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 18 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 in 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 multiple television shows, commercials and music videos over the years. Jennifer has worked on many live shows, 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
Janaya French was born in Denver, Colorado where she started dancing at age 3 and continued her training at Michelle Latimer Dance Academy. After graduating in 2010, Janaya started her dance career assisting West Coast Dance Explosion for their 2010/2011 season. 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. On the show she worked with Emmy nominated/winning choreographers such as Stacy Tookey, Travis Wall, NappyTabs and many more. Since her time on the show she has appeared on various TV shoes and Films such as; 2012 Teen Choice Awards with Paramore, 65th Primetime Emmy Awards alongside Neil Patrick Harris, 2015 Billboard awards with Fall Out Boy, The Goldbergs, Glee, Teen Beach 2, Ted 2, the CMA’s with Thomas Rhett and Fall Out Boy, CMA Country Christmas special, 42nd People’s Choice Awards, Grease Live, TV Land Icon Awards, and 22nd Critic’s choice awards. Janaya also toured the country with Maks and Val from Dancing with the Stars on the Our Way tour, filmed an upcoming episode of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, danced with James Corden on the 59th Grammy’s, appeared in the new Beauty and the Beast music video with John Legend and Ariana Grande and most recently filmed scenes for the new movie Valley Girl. Janaya is always continuing to audition and further her career in any way possible!
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?"
Emily Crouch Jazz/Contemporary
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.
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.
Trevor Loritz Resident Sub
Trevor Loritz was born and raised in Green Bay, WI. He grew up dancing at Barb’s Centre for Dance, at Midwest Movement under the direction of Ted Jackson, and under Bruce Campbell at Motivation 2 Dance. Loritz was an assistant teacher for Co. Dance Convention and Competition for four years where he assisted Nick Florez, Tyce Diorio, Gina Starbuck, Judy Rice, Gregg Russell, Barry YoungBlood, Nancy O’Meara, Lauren Gottlieb, Chebar Williams, and Chris Jones. After attending Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA for two years, he decided to leave college to pursue his dance career. He later went back to school and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. Some of his credits include the 51st SuperBowl Halftime Performance with Lady Gaga, the 58th Grammy Awards with Lady Gaga, the 65th Primetime Emmy’s with Neil Patrick Harris, performances with Helene Fischer (German artist), the opening number in the 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards, Fuller House (Netflix Season 2), Nickelodeon’s 2014 Kid’s Choice Awards, spot date performances with the artist Maty Noyes, XQ Super School Live Opening and Closing Numbers, Curb Your Enthusiasm (Season 9), The Masked Singer (Season 1), Arrested Development (Season 5), This Halloween in Dance on The Ellen Show, the 2014 National Memorial Day Concert on PBS with Megan Hilty, Disney’s hit television show Austin and Ally (Season 3), RuPaul’s Drag Race Reunited (Season 6), and the 2010 MDA Telethon in Las Vegas. Mr. Loritz has performed in a few Las Vegas shows, including Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers, Surf the Musical, and America’s Got Talent Live.
Scott Hislop Musical Theater Dance
Scott Hislop is a multi-hyphenated talent who lives and works in Los Angeles. He started out a dancer years ago, transitioned into choreographing naturally, but also writes, acts and produces as well. In his 20+ years, he has worked on 35 feature films, countless episodics, dozens of commercials, and many live TV shows, both in front of and behind the camera. Some notable highlights include: LaLa Land, Titanic, The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons, Spiderman III, Glee, Will and Grace, Strange Angel, Fuller House and the upcoming Backseat starring Christian Bale and Amy Adams. He was the associate choreographer for Another Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits and the upcoming Valley Girl. He is thrilled to be joining the faculty of The Floor teaching Musical Theater.
Ivan "Flipz" Velez B B'oyz
Inspired by the choreographer that cerated Michael Jackson's signature moves, 7 years old Flipz began recreating "Billy Jean", "Thriller", and "Beat It". After his parents grounded him for dancing after stating that it was just a "waste of time", he got the bug again on October 19th, 1995 when he met (his now best friend) a House dancer named Abstract. Abstract was a New York native that moved to Florida where Flipz grew up. Abstract was an inspiration to Flipz, and they soon teamed up to perform in a talent show where he was the dancer and Ivan was the tumbler. They began guiding each other by sharing their knowledge of skills with each other. Abstract helped Flipz become the B Boy he is today. Flipz began working at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL performing in a dance show. During this time, he gained stunt experience and expanded his skill repertoire. Once his contract ended, he new his next step would be to take his career to New York. Soon after the move, Flipz booked his first tour called "Break: The Urban Funk Spectacular". Since then, he has performed in 28 films, 84 TV shows, 59 commercials and been on 11 tours.
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.
Mikaela Jagim Ballet/Jazz/Acro
Mikaela began dancing at age 3, teaching at 13 and choreographing at 14. A born and raised Iowan, 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 as a professional dancer performing for and working with names such as Kent Boyd, Andrew Winghart, Rudy Abreu, Kathryn McCormick, and Phillip Chebeeb, and more. She is also a part of Marinda Davis' contemporary company "MarInspired; the storytellers". Mikaela's passion lies in dance, in learning, and in being able to share that with the people around her. She hopes to use dance to inspire and to make a difference in people's lives.
Anthea Young Hip Hop
Anthea Young was born in Kingston Jamaica and raised in Washington DC. At nine years old, she took her first dance class at the Creative Dance Center, under the direction of Joyce Mosso and Shawn Cosby. Continued to train there and also with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. In 2004, she graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in dance and was asked to join Spectrum Dance Theater, under the direction of Donald Byrd. She moved to Los Angeles in 2007, where she performed on a variety of award shows including the Oscars, MTV Vma’s, Billboard Awards, the Emmy’s, AMA’s, and BET Music Awards, and iHeart Radio Music Festival. She’s worked for a diverse group of choreographers such as Kenny Ortega, Travis Payne, Fatima Robinson, Hi-Hat, Marguerite Derricks, Keith Young, Daniel Ezralow, Mandy Moore, Rob Ashford, Katherine Burns, Dominique Kelley, Michael Peña, and Nick & RJ. Anthea has danced for artists like Leona Lewis, Kelly Rowland, Cris Cornell, Selena Gomez, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Pink, Alessia Cara, and Iggy Azlea.
Courtney Allen Hip Hip
Courtney Allen, 29, is a native of Tampa, Florida where she started her dance training at a small Broadway dance studio called Karl and DiMarco at the age of 9. Here she studied ballet, jazz, tap, and lyrical dance. Because of her promising potential she was immediately given scholarships to ensure she remained training with them. She continued her dance training in college at Troy University under the tutelage of former Joffrey Ballet director, Elie Lazar. After graduating, she pursued a career in dance and has danced for many big name companies such as Busch Gardens, Disney Cruise Line, and the NBA basketball team, Orlando Magic. She has also made appearances on shows like Rachael Ray and America's Got Talent. Courtney now lives in Los Angeles, California where she is eagerly pursuing her dance career and is represented by one of the top agencies in the state, Go 2 Talent Agency. Since living there she has had the opportunity to grace many stages and dance with well-known artists such as Beyonce, John Legend, Janelle Monae, Kacie Musgraves and Teyana Taylor. She has also appeared on popular tv programs like “The Talk”, “The Late Late Show with James Corden”, The BET Awards, The Grammys and the American Music Awards.
Leo Morimune Resident Sub
Leo began training under San Francisco Ballet with full scholarship. Attended/graduated from School of the Arts SF. He started his professional career at age 15 as a back up dancer & performing for contemporary companies. For TV/Film/music videos, danced along artists such as Paula Abdul (American idol), Bjork, Nick Jonas, MØ, Jonsi, Jackie Chan to name a few. As an instructor, toured & guest taught for LADM, Hollywood Vibe, ihollywood and other national dance conventions. Getting certification in Yoga instructing has lead him to pursuit of educating the importance of proper allignment and how to execute stylized movement without harming the body. Currently teaching internationally and for dance centers in LA, he also assists film choreographers/directors for knowledge behind the scenes which is constantly evolving.
Logan Hassel Resident Sub
Logan Hassel originally from Johnston, Iowa has been professionally dancing in LA since the age of 10. She has been trained in all styles of dance from hip hop to ballet. Being classically trained at a ballet school in Iowa to dancing in music videos by the age of 11! Logan has danced for Justin Bieber, Janet Jackson, Will Smith and many more! She toured the world as "Clara" in the Radio City Rockette Christmas Spectacular. Followed by touring the year after that as an Elite Protege at The Pulse on Tour. After professionally dancing in LA for 4 years, Logan decided to transition into acting. She started her first role on Modern Family & is now currently working as a reoccurring guest star on Fuller House. Logan loves to share her experiences and love for dance and acting with the kids/teens she works with! And can't wait to see them all shine in their own individual ways!!