When you work with Jennifer Hamilton, expect the best. She’s a jack-of-all-trades choreographer but a master at just about everything. Admired by her clients and students for her teaching abilities, professionalism and creativity, trusted by talent for how natural she makes them look on stage and screen, and emulated by dancers for her effortless technique, Hamilton can do it all and do it well. A Southern California native, Hamilton has been choreographing and teaching for over 20 years, and dancing since the age of 4. Outside of her continuous work as a choreographer and creative director, Hamilton focuses training, educating and directing the program at The Floor Dance Academy, a dance training studio for children here in Los Angeles that Jennifer started in 2016. She still travels to do guest teaching, master classes and set choreographic pieces at various dance studios around the country. Over the years, she has also been a faculty member on many dance conventions, taught professional adults at the EDGE in Hollywood for many years, and she recently became a professor for the Los Angeles division of the Dance on Camera program through PACE University, New York. She has been known to develop strong work relationships with celebrities, such as Leslie Bibb, Elle Fanning & Dakota Fanning, Kate Bosworth, Tobey Maguire and more...training them on multiple projects over a number of years and training them on an on-going basis for dance instruction and body/strength conditioning. Her extensive knowledge in pilates and cardio-based workouts met with her expertise in dance instruction and passion for her craft has allowed her to help and work on many different bodies and ability levels over the years. Hamilton has worked on over 50 feature films, has worked on and been a part of numerous television shows, commercials and music videos over the years. Jennifer has worked on several live shows as well... including this year's 92nd Academy Awards as the show choreographer, on and off Broadway productions, corporate shows and private parties. Click here for resume, imdb link and choreography reel. Hamilton is trained in jazz, ballet, modern and other styles of dance. Most of her training was done in Los Angeles and she has studied with some of the most recognized teachers and working choreographers throughout the city. She is excited to share her wealth of knowledge and training with the next generation of talent. Jennifer is a wife and mother to two amazing boys + their family dog...Paddington.
Janaya French Ballet/Contemporary/Jazz
Janaya French was born in Denver, Colorado where she started dancing at age 3 and continued her training at Michelle Latimer Dance Academy. She moved to Los Angeles in May 2011 and has since been signed with Bloc Talent Agency. In May 2012 she made one of her proudest accomplishments as she was a part of the Top 20 dancers on Season 9 of So You Think You Can Dance. Since her time on the show she has appeared on various TV shoes and Films such as; Dancing With The Stars, The Goldbergs, Glee, Teen Beach 2, Ted 2, American Housewife, CMA Country Christmas special, and one of her favorites Grease Live. She also has performed on many awards shows; the Grammy awards with James Corden, the Emmy awards with Stephen Colbert, People’s Choice Awards with Jane Lynch, the CMA’s with Thomas Rhett and Fall Out Boy and the Latin AMA’s just to name a few. Janaya also toured the country twice with Maks and Val from Dancing with the Stars on the Our Way tour and MVP confidential tour. Most recently she has worked with artists such as Kelsea Ballerini on the People’s Choice Awards, Shania Twain on The AMA’s and can be seen in episodes of Penny Dreadful. Janaya is always continuing to audition and further her career in any way possible!
Samantha Melo Ballet
Born in New York, Samantha began her training at the age of five with Roya Curie, former prima ballerina of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. After Curie’s passing, Samantha continued her studies with Peter and Lisa Newman of New York City Ballet and Valerie Feit of Alvin Ailey. Throughout her childhood Samantha was accepted to and attended many summer intensives such as the Joffrey Ballet School, Alvin Ailey and the American Academy of Ballet. In 2002, Samantha was accepted into and attended the University of Hartford’s Hartt Conservatory division on scholarship, under the direction of Peggy Lyman. In 2004, she was awarded a scholarship to attend Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Performance and Dance Pedagogy in 2006. Upon Graduation, Samantha became a faculty member for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Pittsburgh Youth Ballet and began her professional dancing career with Bodiography Contemporary Ballet. Her dancing quickly took her out to Los Angeles, where she danced principal roles with companies such as California Contemporary Ballet, Creations Dance Theatre, Media City Ballet, and Louise Reichlan’s Los Angeles Choreographers and Dancers. Samantha was also chosen to represent both Trio and Bloch talent agencies where she booked many jobs in the entertainment business. As for teaching, Samantha taught for many different prestigious studios throughout Los Angeles as well as for the LA Unified School District and many private schools. In 2011, Samantha returned to Pittsburgh where she opened The Pennsylvania Academy of Dance and accumulated over 200 students just within the first year. In 2016, she opened up a second location in Pittsburgh to expand her business which continues to grow and expand. Today, Samantha resides back in Los Angeles with her husband and three sons where she teaches master classes and coaches privately all throughout Southern California.
Emily Crouch Jazz/Contemporary/Jazz Funk
Emily Crouch grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and began dancing at the age of 3 where she trained and competed in all styles of dance. She moved to Los Angeles in 2013 to begin her professional dance career signing with Clear Talent Group and dancing with Soul Escape Contemporary Dance Company under the direction of Justin Giles. A year later, she joined Entity Dance Company performing in shows and teaching classes internationally, and at Company Intensives. Emily toured with Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy dancing for their “Our Way” show throughout the US and Canada. She just got done working on the Target commercial for the 2018 Grammy’s, and performed in Katy Perry’s Video “Chained to the Rhythm” and performed with her on the 2017 Grammy Awards. She has worked with Debbie Allen as a dancer/actor in her production “Freeze Frame” performed in Los Angeles and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. She was cast in the stage production of “Pearl” performing at the Lincoln Center in NYC under the direction of Daniel Ezralow and traveled to Germany to dance for the major European artist Helene Fischer. Other credits include projects and music videos for Meghan Trainor, Mike Posner, Kacie Musgraves, Tyra Banks, Snoop Dogg, and Selena Gomez. She has also made her mark on the commercial world including promotions/commercials for Ultimate Fight Club (UFC), Nike, Reebok, RayBan, MAC Cosmetics, Mitsubishi, and Pepsi as well as projects for “Just Dance” Video Games and Disney/Tokyo Disney to name a few.
Marissa Bumb Ballet/Jazz
Marissa Bumb is from Portland Oregon where she started dancing at a young age. She moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to pursue her training in dance at The EDGE Performing Arts Center’s scholarship program. She has trained with many of the industry's top choreographers and has had the opportunity to perform with different artists and companies since being in LA. Marissa loves to share her passion of dance with her students and looks forward to continuing to grow as a dancer and teacher.
Carly Blaney is a professional dancer with Bloc Talent Agency in Los Angeles. She was a finalist on the hit FOX television show "So You Think You Can Dance." After finishing in the top 12, she then continued on to tour 77 cities across the United States and Canada. Since moving to Los Angeles, Carly has been able to pursue her dream as a professional dancer. Recently she performed with Jennifer Lopez at the American Music Awards. Carly has also performed on the Grammy Awards with James Corden, the Emmy Awards with Stephen Colbert, and she also has performed at the Latin American Music Awards two years in a row with numerous artists such as Becky G and Pitbull. She also has appeared in various different music videos, commercials, and television shows. She had also appeared in a national campaign with Fabletics! Carly has had the opportunity to work for amazing choreographers such as: Mandy Moore, Travis Wall, Marguerite Derricks, NappyTabs, Kenny Wormald, Richie Jackson, Chris Scott, Kyle Hanagami, Liz Imperio and many more. Carly also had a huge passion for teaching upcoming generations. She has had the opportunity to travel across the country, choreographing, teaching master classes, judging and teaching on conventions.
Brittany Lorin Musical Theater/Jazz
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Kara Hess Guest Teacher & Resident Sub
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Ava Bernstine "Ava Flav" Hip Hop
Ava J Bernstine, affectionately called Ava Flav, native to Los Angeles, is one of the Industry’s sought after dancers. She is a well-versed dancer whose dance style is influenced by, but not limited to her hip-hop, jazz, ballet and contemporary training which is also prevalent in her diverse choreography. Ava has toured the world with artists such as Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears. Some of her other credits include Usher, Chris Brown, Nikki Minaj and the feature film “ LaLa Land.” Around 2010, Ava took her passion for dance and became an activist for dancers joining like-minded individuals of the Dancers Alliance committee. In 2012, she sat on the panel representing DA when they won the decades-long campaign for an industry-changing union music video contract through SAG- AFTRA. She is committed to the continual growth and change of the dance industry and the education of dancers. Ava has also worked along side Debbie Allen since 2001, assisting her in multiple projects and teaching at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy. She is a young, energetic, and passionate dancer who, although teaches, is humbled and considers herself to still be a student of the art. She enjoys teaching and believes that it is important as a dancer to know your history, and because dance is ever evolving, know where it’s going. Her style is fun, hard-hitting and funky and often has influences from her jazz training. Although feminine, she can get down just as hard as the guys. Ava's favorite quote: "Why Walk, When You Can Dance?"
Mikaela Jagim Ballet/Jazz/Acro
Mikaela began dancing at age 3, teaching at 13 and choreographing at 14. Born and raised in Iowa, Mikaela grew up training extensively in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop. She also traveled the country attending and assisting for various dance conventions in order to expand her training and diversity. Mikaela now lives in Los Angeles, CA and is signed with Bloc Talent Agency. As a professional dancer, she has performed for awards shows, music videos, commercials, and more. Some of her favorite credits include filming an episode for the upcoming TV show “Them: Covenant”, dancing for Little Big Town on the Academy of Country Music Awards, and dancing for Maluma on the Latin American Music Awards. She has performed in a live commercial for “The Greatest Showman”, danced in and choreographed Tim Atlas’ music video for “Tangerine”, and done many more commercials, music videos, and stage performances. She is also a part of Marinda Davis' contemporary company "MarInspired; the storytellers”. Mikaela is fortunate to have learned from and worked with some of the best in the biz including Marguerite Derricks, Liz Imperio, Andrew Winghart, and more. She is so grateful to get to share all that she has learned with the next generation of dancers.
Arie Bodenhausen Ballet/Jazz/Pilates
Arielle Bodenhausen moved to LA to pursue her dance career at age 19. In the past 8 years she has enjoyed all realms of performing from doing Franz Harary’s Grand Illusion show in Shanghai to creating her own dance film projects “Beyond Existence”. You can spot Arielle in commercials for Barefoot Wines and Heineken. She has been a dancer in music videos for Flo-Rida, KO's “Feelin' Electrical”, Alex G’s “Find You”, James David’s “1968” and AER’s “Keep You Here” music video to name a few. Arielle has danced on The Ellen Degeneres Show multiple times. Along with Performing she has assisted Kathryn McCormick on So You Think You Can Dance, Britt Nicoles tour, and many other classes and projects. Through these years of training and performing, she has found a deep love for how the body works, which led to her Pilates Certification. She had a minor back injury that inspired her to dive deep into how to keep dancers bodies healthy. Through her training, she broadened that desire to everyone, not just dancers, to find health and strength for an active life. Arielle fully believes that the best way to move through life is to MOVE through it. So, if it’s from the stage or the Pilates studio, you will find Arielle enjoying deeply what she does.
Brandy Lamkin Hip Hop
Brandy Lamkin was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, and raised in Los Angeles, California. Brandy began dancing at the age of 12 studying Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, African, and Hip Hop. At the age of 12 she also began dancing professionally when she booked a performance with Michael Jackson. From there she went on to work with child R&B group Immature. Brandy continued a fruitful dance career over the next 25 years performing and touring with, Mary J Blige, Gwen Stefani and No Doubt, Shakira, Chris Brown, J.Lo, Ciara, Usher, Pink, Mariah Carey, Pharrell Williams, Jay-Z, Missy Elliot and many others. Brandy worked on various films from the Step Up franchise; Step Up 2 From The Streets, Step Up Revolution, Step Up 5 All In, in addition to various television and award shows, Jane The Virgin, So You Think you Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars, The American Music Awards, The Latin Grammy Awards, The American Crime Story, The Ellen Show, Good Morning America, SNL, amongst many others. As a teacher of dance, Brandy’s goal is to teach in hopes of allowing her students to develop an inspirational relationship with dance.
Simon "Vincible" Mendoza B Boyz
Simon Mendoza is a Canadian-born multi-talented performer and entertainer from Tampa, Florida who has whole-heartedly devoted the majority of his spare time to teaching and influencing children and youth. His recent on-screen credits include Lip Sync Battle, Glee Season 6, Tru TV’s Fake Off Season 2, international dance film “High Strung", and Awesomeness TV’s "Dance Camp" on Youtube Red, as well as being a featured B-boy in the world’s first 360 Music video “Waiting for Love” by Avicci. His stage credits include MTV Movie Awards alongside The Rock, James Corden with Rebel Wilson & Anne Hathaway, LL Cool J, Team iLuminate (A.G.T Season 7 Finalists), and the Harlem Globetrotters. Simon has traveled abroad (Saudi Arabia, Australia, Kuwait, Mexico, Canada, Romania, Kazakhstan) and helped broaden the scope to the youth via Hip Hop and breaking workshops in his ten year career. He has been an advocate for Flipz Entertainment and the philanthropy movement “Footprintz/Leave Your Mark” worldwide originally funded by Ivan Flipz Velez, his confidant, friend, and mentor.
Sydney Moss Ballet
Sydney Moss was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She grew up training at Studio 413, signed with a reputable Los Angeles-based agency at 14 years old, and moved to LA after high school in 2016. Since then, Sydney has worked with choreographers such as Kat Burns, Nappytabs, Tyce Diorio, Dave Meyers, Andrew Winghart, Phillip Chbeeb, Nolan Padilla, Mia Michaels, and Tessandra Chavez. She has danced for multiple pop artists such as Janet Jackson, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake and Jennifer Lopez. Her dance credits also include The Billboard Awards, The Lortel Awards, High Strung Free Dance Film, Why Women Kill, Crazy Ex Girlfriend, and more. Sydney also has experience in teaching young children and assisting at conventions such as Radix and Jump.