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Special Guest Instructors and Choreographers
|Deshawn Da Prince|
Deshawn was enrolled into Devor Dance Center in Jamaica Queens NY at age five and his first classes ever were Jazz, Ballet and African, but five years later he was introduced to Hip Hop. with a group from the same center named Da F.I.R.M. He was the youngest dancer in the group but kept up with the other young adults in the group. Deshawn later on joined a crew of boys who named themselves G.I.B (Go In Brother) who labeled him as a choreographer for the group.
As Deshawn went on experiencing the choreography world he then started submitting to shows such as Carnival NY, Sybarite Love is Love & WOD N.J. were he has presented his latest works.
He also started artist developing and creative directing through the experience of doing such shows.
Deshawn since has worked with artist such as Chris Brown, Lil Mama Nyemiah Supreme and more…. Weather choreographing or back up dancing he booked as much as possible.
Right now Deshawn is a choreographer,dancer,dance coach & artist developer for the New York burlesque show The Dollhouse and there male version The Ken Project who is represented by Bloc Agency NYC.
Deshawn is just getting started, his vision and goals are now more clear than ever this bright new star is sure to please and so refreshing to the dance industry .
Miles Keeney is a New York City based professional dancer, choreographer, and teacher. He's represented by MSA talent agency, and has worked commercially in both New York and Los Angeles. His credits include dancing for Samsung, Silentó, Jason Derulo, Ru Paul's Drag Race, VH1, Viacom, and Calvin Chen, as well as choreographing for programs at Broadway Dance Center, Nikki Tino, The University of Auckland in New Zealand, The University of Virginia, and for countless videos and stage performances. He's had the opportunity to train under the most revered names in the industry on both coasts and has been noted for his power, ferocity, and versatility. Miles graduated in 2015 with a BA in Dance with a double major in Developmental Psychology from Connecticut College.
A powerhouse teacher, Miles teaches consistently in New York City at Peridance Capezio Center and Brickhouse NYC as well as various studios across the country and internationally. He's developed a unique jazz funk style that pulls from his training in hip hop, jazz, contemporary, and modern. His classes leave his students feeling like they channeled their inner superstar and tapped into a higher level of performance quality. He is currently a resident faculty member at Artistic Dance Exchange Competition and Convention, and remains an experienced competition judge, having judged for all regional and national competition dates of Step Up 2 Dance's season.
Michael has been a dance educator for the past 14 years. He has had the privilege of teaching at dance studios around the country, Performing Arts High Schools and most recently was a guest at Point Park University. Michael has trained and mentored students who have performed on Broadway (Billy Elliot & Matilida) Vegas (Jubilee) Theme Parks (Disney Orlando & Tokyo) Major Dance Companies (Giordano Dance Company) and been accepted into the top dance colleges(Point Park, NYU, University of the Arts, Towson, Pace, Fordham, Marymount Manhattan, Walnut Hill)
While a sophomore in college, Michael created the Xhale Dance Company, a contemporary company based in the heart of Philadelphia. He produced and directed eleven shows while he was still a student. In addition to their seasonal productions, the company also performed in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, The Koresh Artist Showcase and The Choreographer’s Canvas in NYC.
Michael was honored to be a finalist in the International Choreography Competition at Jazz Dance World Congress. He was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine (November 2012 issue) and also won the video of the month. Last March Michael had the debut of his new company Michael Susten & Company which was a two night sold out even held in NYC, which was followed by another sold out weekend in November. This February Michael will showcase his work in the Pushing Progress Showcase for the third time, alongside some of NYC's top choreographers.
Born in Toronto, Canada, David Norsworthy is an internationally acclaimed performer, choreographer and teacher. He graduated from The Juilliard School (New York, USA) in May 2013, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Dance Division. He has performed professionally for companies in Canada, the USA, Sweden and Australia.
David is the recipient of The Living Arts Centre's inaugural Ron Lenyk Arts Award and an Ontario Arts Council International Residency Grant. He is the Founder / Artistic Director of FRESH Dance Intensive, a workshop series that has inspired over 5100 young people in 6 Canadian provinces since 2007 and Co-Founder / Co-Artistic Director of TOES FOR DANCE, an outreach and exchange initiative that has received critical praise from The Globe and Mail and The Dance Current. In 2016 he was named one of the 25 Most Influential Young Choreographers by Narcity Toronto.
Amy Yakima grew up dancing at Noretta Dunworth School Of Dance in Dearborn, Michigan. While training, she was casted in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular as Clara for 3 years at the fox theatre in Detroit, MI and 1 year at the Radio City Music Hall in NYC. She is most notably know for winning season 10 of Fox’s hit tv show “So You Think You Can Dance” and continuing to tour nationwide that fall with the top 10 contestants of that season. She toured with Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound dance company and was a performer in Lindsey Stirling’s Shatter Me national/international tour. She was a dancer in Carrie Underwood’s “Something in the Water” music video and came back to SYTYCD as an all-star performer. She trained on scholarship for one year at Marymount Manhattan college, and was on faculty at Velocity Dance Convention, West Coast Dance Convention, and Radix Dance Convention. She just recently made her Broadway debut as Peter Pan in Finding Neverland in which she performed there for over a year.
Gianna Cusato has been training in all styles of dance since she was 7 years old. As she grew older however, her constant love and hunger for the arts pushed her to expand her dance knowledge beyond the world of commercial dance.
She spent more of her summers in high school training at various modern dance programs such as NYSSSA, and the Ailey School where she worked with prestigious faculty. She now is studying modern dance even more in depth as a Dance Major at Purchase College's Conservatory of Dance. She still trains and teachers in hip hop,jazz,tap and lyrical and is also currently signed with MSA talent agency in NYC.