PLATINUM Performing Arts Competition Panel of Judges
MACY REEVES obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance at Oklahoma City University. She tapped up a storm in 42nd Street and in Crazy for You, waltzed in Cinderella and My Fair Lady, and was boot scootin’ in Urban Cowboy. She was the assistant stagemanager for the Engeman Theater’s productions of Other People’s Money and Oliver, and I Come for Love presented during the 2008 New York Theater Festival. Macy has taught master classes in every form of dance to students of every age; she has coached and choreographed for numerous contestants in the Miss America Pageant system as well as competition dances and special performances for her hometown studio, The Southern Dance Connection. She hopes to one day perform on the great Broadway stage, but until then she hopes to inspire as many performers through her teaching and performances. Please visit her website for Southern Healing at www.southernhealing.com.
MICHELLE ORREN is currently living in New York City with her husband Daniel, working as a Professional Dancer and Certified Personal Trainer. She has most recently been seen on Oceania Cruise lines in conjunction with Gary Musick Production where she toured more than 25,000 Nautical Miles from Europe to Australia. Her New York experience includes an off Broadway production of Central Park, the Musical. Dance: Oklahoma! at Discoveryland! Theater, company member in Oklahoma City University’s The American Spirit Dance Company and performing for thousands as part of the Miss Oklahoma organization. A dance teacher for many years, she has taught and choreographed for students, studios, pageants and theaters in Kentucky, Oklahoma, New Jersey and New York. Michelle is a graduate from Oklahoma City University with a BA in Dance Performance and a Master degree in Kinesiology focusing in Human Health and Performance.
APRIL MONTE spent over 2 years as a featured singer and dancer on the Oasis of the Seas. She was the director of the performance and competition companies for Phoenix Dance Academy, Studio B Dance Academy, Dance Connection, Spisaks, and Contempo Dance Center in Arizona. She has won choreography and performance awards from over 12 different national competition companies and continues to teach. April has performed and has been the dance captain for many national musical theatre tours including: Cast as Jellylorum, Miss Saigon (Ellen), The Wedding Singer (Holly), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat(Narrator), and All Shook Up (Natalie). Her regional productions include; A Chorus Line (Diana Morales), Cabaret (Sally Bowles), Hairspray (Penny), Oklahoma (Ado Annie), Gypsy (Louise), Carousel (Louise), 42nd Street (Anytime Annie), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck). She has directed and choreographed for Ballet Arizona, Ballet Etudes, French Woods Festival for the Performing Arts, Broadway Palm, Dutch Apple, Phoenix Theatre and Arizona State University. April has studied dance in Los Angeles, New York City, Las Vegas and Phoenix from teachers such as the late Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Frank Hatchett, Mia Michaels, Nian Cadmen, and studied classical ballet at Kelly and Leslie Browne’s Phoenix School of Ballet. She attended Arizona State University and the Boston Conservatory for Vocal Performance, Musical Theatre and Dance.
RYAN P. CASEY is the “improbably tall tap fave” (The Boston Globe) named as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” for 2015.He trained under Thelma Goldberg and Kelly Kaleta with Legacy Dance Company of The Dance Inn in Lexington, MA. He was dance captain of Aaron Tolson’s New England Tap Ensemble, a founding member of Michelle Dorrance’s company, Dorrance Dance and has performed with Billy Siegenfeld’s Jump Rhythm Jazz Project. He was on So You Think You Can Dance and wrote articles for Dance Studio Life, Dance Spirit or Dance Teacher. He has worked with studios, colleges and youth companies across North America. He presented original work at many venues, including the Inside/Out series at Jacob’s Pillow and NYC’s Symphony Space. Ryan currently teaches at Boston University as well as several studios in the Boston area. A choreographer for the University of Connecticut Tap Team, he is a proud alumnus of NYU, The School at Jacob’s Pillow and the National Young Arts Foundation. He was the recipient of a 2014 choreography grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and was featured in the December 2013 issue of Dance Studio Life.
SHIELA WATERS FUCCI studied dance at the Honey Felicetti Dance Studio, attended Springfield College where she performed with The Frank Hatchett Dancers and earned her BFA in Dance from the Boston Conservatory of Music. She moved to Connecticut via Nutmeg Summer Theater then taught for the UConn Theater Department. She has performed, Choreographed and Directed for Community Theaters, including Manchester Musical Players, Little Theater of Manchester, Producing Guild, Montage, Simsbury Theater Guild, Thomaston Opera House, Nth Players and numerous schools. She has been affiliated with the Warner Theater in the capacity of director, choreographer, costumer and performer since 2004. The Manchester Arts Council and St John’s Xavarian High School have recognized Sheila for her contribution to the Arts. She was nominated and won Best Choreographer for her work in “The Producers” at LTM for 2011, and received “Teacher of the Year 2011” from The Warner Theater Center for Arts and Education. Sheila has been a faculty member at WTCAE since 2008, and Deborah’s Dance Workshop in Torrington since 2006. She also teachers at Connecticut Theater Dance, Inc. and UConn’s Waterbury Branch Ollie Program.
KARA ANDERSON began dancing at age 3, in Southbridge, MA. She was on the Competition Team, and traveled to the Soviet Union, Sweden, Copenhagen and Denmark to perform with her team. Kara graduated from Dean College with her Associates Degree in Dance, as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa, Dean Dance Company, a dance tutor, and the recipient of the Joan Phelps Palladino Dance Scholarship. Kara taught at many studios in New England. In 1997, she opened Kara Anderson’s Dance Studio in North Brookfield, MA, and opened her second location in Southbridge, MA in 2010. Her students have won many scholarships, high scoring awards, and title awards. Some of her former students now perform professionally. Kara has been recognized regionally and nationally for her choreography. She stays active in the dance community by volunteering at local theatre companies, and continues to take classes at conventions in New York and Boston. She has studied with many accomplished choreographers such as, Joe Tremaine, Stepp Stewart, Gregory Hines and Laurie Johnson. Kara has been adjudicating various competitions across the country for 12 years.
ARIE HOCKMAN began her classical dance training at Ballet Arts, and expanded her studies as a four year member of the North Country Dance Company, under the direction of Cheri Skurdall, to include Jazz dance, Modern dance and Composition. In 2002, Arie received a BFA in Dance with cum laude honors from UMASS Amherst as well as a Chancellor’s Talent Award. Arie is a faculty member at Step by Step Dance Studios, Waltham, and Impulse Dance Center, Natick, where she is also the Artistic Director of The Connecting Point Dance Company. She teaches Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Lyrical and Strength and Conditioning for Dancers to students ages 8 and above. Her choreography includes Oliver and her current c ollaboration with Ricardo Foster, Jr. on a contemporary tale of boy meets girl which premiered at Circles II at Boston University and The Faculty Concert at the Dance Complex. Career highlights include: To Be… American College Dance Festival Gala Performance; Godspell, Gypsy Rose Lee, Guys & Dolls, QNEK Productions; Music Man, Joseph and His Amazing Dreamcoat, The Vermont Children’s Theater; West Side Story, The Academy of Performing Arts Camp Cod; Chaos Theory Dance Company; judging for various competitions; and teaching at Boston’s Day of Dance, the Rhode Island Dance Festival, and the Massachusetts Dance Festival.
DEBORAH CASEYgraduated from Dance Educators of America and opened her studio in 1974. She is an active member of the US Sports Acrobatics Federation, PDTA, International Tap Assoc., International Assoc. of Dance Medicine and Science and the CT Dance Alliance, and a lifetime member of Dance Educators of America with 25 years as a member in good standing. She attended programs at Hartford School of Ballet, Canadian Dance Teachers Association, Manhattan Dance Project, and Dance Teacher Magazine/Dance Teacher Summit. She was the 2003 keynote speaker at the summit, and a guest speaker at the studio owner’s forum round table discussion during the business track of the 2004 conference. In 2005 Deborah was interviewed by Jennifer Branch, from Dance Teacher Magazine for her presentations. She attended “The Pulse” intensive teacher workshop in NYC by the Broadway Dance Center with “So You Think You Can Dance” faculty and many accomplished choreographers. She has judged many competitions, as well as Pageants for American Miss Talent and Modeling, Stagestruck Dance Competitions, Dance Capers, The Miss Wolcott Pageant, Greater Miss Litchfield County Pageants, Dance Arts Plus, That’s Entertainment, THS Dance Team and Cheer Competition “Compete for a Cure” and Southwest Conference Championship Dance Team Competition.
CHARIS MOSES taught for Alvin Ailey, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Joffrey Ballet School. She was a graduate and principle/soloist for the Jones/Haywood School/Capital Ballet Company and Duke Ellington SOA, and lead dancer and cochoreographer of the Las Vegas production “Divine Diva’s.” In 1984, she was the DC’s Jr. Miss and National finalist in Mobile, AL. She received a full scholarship to the Alvin Ailey School, offers to join Ailey II, and was invited to join the Dance Theatre of Harlem first Company by Arthur Mitchell. Charis owned/directed two performing arts studios, created the arts and education outreach program and retail store for JBS NYC, and served as production manager/costume coordinator for the 2010 Nutcracker Production for the collaboration of Gelsey Kirkland Academy and JBS. She created new works for the Joffrey Jazz/Contemporary Co., (under Michael Blake), including a Louis Vuitton collaboration in 2013. She was Ballet Mistress for Lula Washington Studios and Co. of LA, choreographed for Black Entertainment Television (BET); Celebration of Gospel. She choreographed the offBroadway Gospel Musical “THIAC” (Tell Hell I Aint’ Comin’), for Thiac Productions in 2012, the music video and finale of NY Mercedes fashion week 2012 for Code Purple Event. She choreographed/assisted fashion designers: Che’ Elliott, Indashio, Sharon E. Clarke, (project runway consultant) and Anya AyoungChee (project runway winner). Her students received scholarships and danced with Kirov Academy, Complexions, N.Y.C.B., Washington Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Houston Ballet, Interlochen, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, ABT, Bad Boys of Dance, Dance Theater of Harlem, Alonzo Kings Lines Ballet, Susan Farrell Workshops and more. She choreographed/ staged The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, La Fille’ Mal Garde’, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Raymonda and created many original works. She is currently teaching at schools in the TriState area and consulting studio owners regarding studio management. Her musical credits include Mame, West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Wizard of Oz and Into the Woods. In summer 2010 and 2012, she served as the assistant director to Carol Foster for the Duke Ellington’s School of the Arts Summer Intensive & Musical.
PAIGE WILLIAMS lives in New York City and is a dance graduate of Oklahoma City University. Paige has performed regionally in “On the Town” at the Paper Mill Playhouse, in “Hairspray” (Dynamite) at the Cape Playhouse, and in “All Shook Up” (Lorraine) at the Music Theater of Wichita. She performed around the country in the 2nd National Tour of Mary Poppins. Paige has performed in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular as a Rockette in Nashville and in New York City at Radio City Music Hall. She is excited for the opportunity to share her passion for dance and performance with new generations of dancers! Paige is currently performing in Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” on their national tour.
STEPHANIE MOLLER has been studying dance since the age of three. As soon as she was able, she joined the competition team and got “bit by the bug.” She learned many genres of dance, but always loved the heavily disciplined and strong technically based class of ballet. Throughout her competitive years she received many high scoring title awards, ballet scholarships and an invitation to represent the US in The World Dance Competition in Berlin. Stephanie graduated from Stony Brook University in NY with a Bachelors degree in Theatre Arts. For the last ten years, she has been the Assistant Director and Competition Director for North Shore Studio of Dance in Huntington, NY under the direction of a former Rockette, Danielle Kimmins. She has educated young dancers into polished performers. Several of her students have starred in “The Radio City Christmas Spectacular,” “Billy Elliot,” Alvin Ailey, and participated in ballet programs including Joffrey, Miami Ballet, and Boston Ballet. They have received many title and high scoring awards at competitions.
CAREN BARNES graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts and is currently enrolled in a Masters of Arts program at Lesley University. She performed on Carnival Cruise Lines from 20102014, entertaining guests in the main theatre as a production dancer. During her employ at Discoveryland USA, she performed in Oklahoma!, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and A Western Musical Review in stock theatre in Tulsa, OK. Caren performed in dinner theater and taught classes to the local children and adolescents in Saipan, CNMI. She was a performer and the assistant to the magician in the touring Rob Lake Magic Show from 20082010. In the American Spirit Dance Company, she performed in shows, tours and local performances.
BUFFY CROSBY was a New England Patriots cheerleader from 19821985, a feature dancer at three pregame shows, and received the Public Service Award from her fellow squad members in 1985. She served as a member and choreographer for the Middleboro Cobras Semi Professional football club. Buffy taught NCA championship cheerleading squads, dance teams and in many studios. She studied at local studios in MA, including Boston Conservatory of Music Ext. Program and the Jeanette Neill Dance Studio. Buffy’s other experience includes being first runnerup in the 1984 Mrs. MA pageant, second runnerup in the national 1986 Beauties of America Pageant and modeling for various photographers in the US. She has judged many dance and cheer competitions and beauty pageants.. She has coached many award winners for pageants and dance team competitions. She is the webmaster for the New England Professional Cheerleaders Alumni Association and has helped develop the newly formed National Football Cheerleaders Alumni Association. Buffy has a passion for helping women develop and be all they can be whether it’s dance, fitness or technology.
TIYIKA MINTON (TEE) has trained extensively in all styles of dance. His main focus has been hip hop and tap. He is a regional and national title holder, has trained with 8 Count Dance Team and in New York with Savion Glover and Jared Grimes. He began his own choreography at age 16, and won many awards regionally and nationally including overall high score student choreography award. He has continued to instruct and choreograph throughout New England. He has choreographed for Universal Records, National dance competitions, beauty pageants, WuTang management and Str8t Up Entertainment.
JENNA NOWLIN has been involved in the arts – dance, music, modeling, acting, and beauty pageants since the age of three. With experience in tap, ballet, hiphop, jazz, contemporary, and production numbers, dance has always held a huge place in her heart. She is a nationally recognized tap dancer, having won top awards in numerous dance competitions across New England, and been awarded the title of, “Miss Broadway” in 2008. She has won Miss Congeniality and Interview Awards through the Miss America Organization, was crowned Miss Tri County in 2011, Miss Collegiate Area 2014, competed for the title of Miss Massachusetts 2014 and was awarded 2nd runner up. Jenna was a model for Model Club Inc., doing runway, advertisement, and commercial modeling experiences. She completed a television pilot series in Cape Cod. Jenna has experience as a dance instructor in all styles. She choreographed the 2008 Mr. BR all male pageant in Bridgewater, MA judged in 2010. She has been a guest judge on competition panels in New England and has assisted in interview preparation for teenage pageant participants. She has worked as a competition stage manager and an assistant dance convention instructor. She enjoys working with youth, building confidence in young women and hopes to start a mentor program to help inspire and encourage them to go for their dreams.