Dana Wilson

Specialty: Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary

Cool Jobs:
Dana has worked on commercials, music videos, award shows, and movies (“Shrek 4”, “Charlie Wilson’s War” and “The Grammys”).

She appeared as a guest choreographer on SYTYCD Season 7, and has also performed on, “SNL”, “Ellen”, “Dancing With the Stars”, “America’s Got Talent”, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”, and “American Idol”.

Dana has worked with many recording artists including Justin Timberlake, Justin Beiber, Britney Spears, The Backstreet Boys, Joe Jonas, Kylie Minogue, and Florence and the Machine.

She contributed alongside world-renowned choreographers such as Toni Basil, Marty Kudelka, Tony award winner Andy Blankenbuehler, and Emmy award winner Wade Robson.

Dana is a leading voice in her community, as Dancers’ Alliance Board member, SAG/AFTRA Ambassador, and creator of her very own Dance Industry web-series called “More Than Moves TV”.

She is an admirer and student of movement with a soft spot for dance history, and a finger on the pulse of the future of the dance industry.

 

Jess Hendricks

Specialty: Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Ballet

Training:
Jess Hendricks graduated from the University of Colorado with a BFA in Dance. Her training consists of Perry Mansfield School of the Performing Arts, American Dance Festival, Harvard Dance Festival, EDGE Scholarship, Gus Giordano and Hubbard Dance Street

Cool Jobs:
Her credits include commercials and industrials for Godiva, L’Oreal, Reebok, Toys R Us, Universal Studios, Volkswagen and Warner Brothers. Jess worked on the tour of HAIR as Dance Captain for years, performed for the opening premiers of Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby and can be seen in such movies as Living Out Loud and Between The Sheets. She has danced in or been the assistant choreographer to the Elan Awards, Bob Fosse Awards, Ms. America Pageant, Carnival, Dance Break and Broadway Bares. 

Jess has choreographed the New York musicals “The Shaggs”, "The Book Of The Dun Cow" and "Dead City" as well as the movie musical "Free Fall". She has choreographed the music video "Just A Dress" for the Berlin Film Festival and "Mia Agapi Fotia" for European artist Sofia Strati’s Eurovision. 

Jess has taught at Universities and Festivals throughout Canada, Costa Rica, Cyprus, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway and the United States. Jess has danced with "The Wes Veldink Movement" and co-created her own company "Two Peas & A Pod". She recently created live work for the band “A Great Big World” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, set work to be performed at Carnegie Hall and assisted with choreography for the Alicia Keys tour. She is currently an adjunct professor at both Pace University and Marymount Manhattan College in New York and on faculty with 24 Seven Dance Convention.

 

Cindy Salgado

Specialty: Contemporary, Ballet, Hip Hop

Training:
Cindy attended the Juilliard School and graduated with the Princess Grace Scholarship in 2005 and has been performing ever since.

Cool Jobs:
Cindy has had two brief appearances assisting Andy Blankenbuehler and Mia Michaels on “So You Think You Can Dance”. She can also be found in a TV documentary of the Juilliard School, titled “Dance School”. For the past three years, Cindy has been blessed with her dream job of touring with Crystal Pite’s company, Kidd Pivot. Before that, she had the pleasure of dancing for Aszure Barton’s company, Aszure Barton & Artists, Peter Chu’s company, ChuThis, Lauren Adam’s concert, “Moving Still”, Dee Caspary’s company, IV, and Mia Michaels’ company, RAW. She has also performed Andy Blankenbuehler’s work in an Elton John benefit on Broadway, toured through Greece performing Mia Michaels’ work with the pop star, Anna Vissi, and had the rare honor of performing with Mikhail Baryshnikov in his “Hell’s Kitchen Dance Tour”.

“Everyone has a unique voice and story that’s worthy to be heard. If you’re willing to share your own while being open to all those around you, you’ll continue to grow as an artist. There are countless ways to move and express yourself, so don’t ever think there is a limit to how much you can learn. If you want to work for choreographers that are going to uplift you, you need to be eager, open minded, and open hearted, because positive energies attract one another.” - Cindy Salgado

 

Corey John Snide

Specialty: Tap, Ballet, Contemporary

Training:
Corey John Snide is currently training at the Juilliard School. He is graduating with the Class of 2015 performing works by Jose Limon, Murray Louis, Monica Bill Barnes, and Emery LeCrone.

Cool Jobs:
At the age of 13, Corey started his professional career portraying the role of Billy Elliot in “Billy Elliot the Musical” on the West End and Australian stages. After a year and a half abroad, he came home to NYC to work appearing in “13 the Musical” on Broadway.

Corey has been seen on television on ABC’s “One Life to Live” as a dancer in their annual musical, and other guest roles on ABC, NBC and more.

 

 

Allison Leigh Thomas

Specialty: Contemporary, Improvisation, Jazz

Dancer | Choreographer | Certified Energy Therapist | Photographer | Videographer | Director | Certified Yoga Instructor | Lover of LIFE 

Training:

Allison grew up in Marietta, GA and trained under the direction of Rebecca Moore and Dani Rosenberg at Rhythm Dance Center. Those two fabulous ladies were key players in instilling confidence, creativity, and passion into Allison. She is forever gratefulfor the roots they helped her to grow through dance and artistic expression.

Other Training:

  • Arizona State University, 2008 BFA in Film, Concentration of Dance in Film 
  • 200-Hour Teacher Training Certification, Yoga Works
  • Integrated Energy Therapist, Level 3, The Center of Being

Cool Jobs:

  • Videographer/Editor/Photographer, NYCDA 2004-Present
  • Accendere the Company, Artistic Director, August 2014-Present, The Show./The Show. Extended 

Why Allison is a Mentor:

A lot has happened in the 12 years since she graduated from RDC, but her love for dance, self-expression and teaching has stayed intact and remained a through line in her story. Allison sees the glowing potential that radiates from every person she meets, but her truest connections come through her work with young people. She is very sensitive to how difficult it can be to hold onto your truth during the teenage years (and all years); and she is in love with helping each student see their own beauty, and when they are ready, in their own time, she loves to gently guide them to find unique ways to boldly share their light. 

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