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Mitchell Kelly ... SYTYCD & ATLANTA PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL
Mitchell spent the majority of his childhood in Atlanta, Georgia. After achieving success as a star high school football player, Mitchell realized his love for dance and redirected his athleticism into training with some of Atlanta’s finest performing arts schools. With having the opportunity to train with the industries top instructors and choreographers, Mr. Kelly credits various instructors with influencing his diverse movement. He began his professional career in 2011, providing choreography for the reality television star Kim Zolciak of Real Housewives of Atlanta and Koncrete Nation, which garnered a Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Art Award for Best Dance Choreographer. Later that year, Mitchell auditioned for So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) and was selected from thousands of dancers to compete. Mitchell advanced to the Top 10 and secured a spot on the SYTYCD tour. Shortly after his appearance, he was humbled to receive his first Emmy nomination for his performance “Turning Tables” choreographed by Stacey Tookey. Since his exhilarating SYTYCD experience, Mitchell has been highly sought after as a performer, teacher, and choreographer. His passion may be dance but his heart is truly in giving back. Mitchell is devoted to the cause of helping other young dancers reach their dreams and created The MK Life Parts Foundation, a non-profit that strives to provide financial and moral support to young dancers through education and scholarship.
ALYSSA NESS ... MARYMOUNT MANHATTAN COLLEGE & NYCDA BRIGHT LIGHTS GALA
Alyssa Ness found her love for dance at the age of two when she began her dance career at a local studio where she studied and competed in many styles of dance. During her high school years, she also attended Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, adding African and modern dance to her training. In 2008, Alyssa had the opportunity to perform with her dance school at the Olympic games in Beijing, China. She has attended numerous summer intensives such as American Ballet Theater, School of American Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Complexions on partial to full merit scholarships and has appeared in music videos, dancewear catalogues, and dance magazines. Alyssa was also awarded New York City Dance Alliance’s National Senior Outstanding Dancer in 2013, which gave her the opportunity to travel with their topnotch faculty and assist classes on their national tour. Throughout the years, Alyssa has had the opportunity to perform in Capezio’s 125th Anniversary Celebration hosted by Nigel Lythgoe, NYCDA’s Bright Lights Gala honoring Mikhail Baryshnikov, Liza Minnelli, and Catherine Zeta Jones, as well as assist the top choreographers of the nation. Alyssa teaches master classes across the country for various dance conventions including the DX – 3D Dance Convention. Alyssa is currently a junior BFA dance major minoring in business management at Marymount Manhattan College. During her time in the dance program, she has had the honor to perform in works choreographed by Al Blackstone, Tito Del Saz, Jae Man Joo, Alexandra Damiani and many more.
MARY TARPLEY ... CHICAGO DANCE CRASH & CHICAGO REPERTORY BALLET
Mary Tarpley began dancing under the tutelage of Frances Taylor in Durango, Colorado. She continued her training nationally and internationally at Interlochen Arts Academy and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London. After graduating, Mary danced with Compagnia Zappala in Sicily, Italy before moving to Paris, France. Upon returning to the US, Mary danced with State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara and as a soloist for Santa Barbara Ballet. She then settled in Los Angeles where she was a principal for City Ballet of L.A. as well as a member of Invertigo Dance Theatre under the direction of Laura Karlin. Now in Chicago, Mary has been a first company member of Chicago Dance Crash, a guest artist for Civic Ballet of Chicago, Chicago Repertory Ballet, Be The Groove, and Dance For Life. Mary has also done an extensive amount of print and video work for dance, including Jordan Matter’s Dancers Among Us, and continues to explore various ways in which dance and movement can be expressed. She also teaches in the greater Chicago area, is on faculty for Ballet Durango in Colorado and teaches master classes around the country as well as abroad. Mary has produced several of her own shows and her choreography has received numerous awards.
GIGI ZIRBES ... POETRY IN MOTION
Gigi was born and raised in Maple Grove, Minnesota and received her initial training at Butterfield's Gallerie of Dance. She was immersed in many genres but found contemporary, hip hop, jazz and acro to especially resonate with her artistic style. Gigi has choreographed and danced in performances for MPLSTV, Aveda Institute, 3M Company, Drop the Mic! and many more. She has earned numerous choreography awards from nationally known competitions including In10sity, Hall of Fame, Eclipse, Majestic and Masquerade. Gigi's training includes one of Minnesota's top studios, LA studios and professionally with Poetry In Motion Dance Co. where she toured and performed in Poland. Ms. Zirbes has developed a reputation of training well-rounded dancers with both strong technique and an established sense of artistry.
CHARLEIGH FRANCE ... CIRQUE DU SOLEIL & TWISTED MOVEMENT DANCE CO.
Charleigh was introduced to dance at the age of three. Two years later, she began competing which fostered her desire to pursue a career as a professional dancer. In high school, Ms. France joined the San Jose Ballet School. Later, she attended San Diego State School of Music and Dance earning a place in their dance department. As a member, Charleigh had the opportunity to take advantage of national and international instruction, such as: traveling to Poland for the World Dance Festival, a summer intensive at Tisch School of the Arts in New York City, and master classes at Julliard. After relocating to Las Vegas, she was hired for a role with Cirque Du Soleil and as a cast member of “Jubilee.” Charleigh has choreographed for and performed with Barcelo Resorts and CoCo Bongo in Mexico. During this time, she was recognized by recording artists Ciara, Christina Aguilera, and Busta Rhymes. She has performed in music videos for recording artist LaMont Wheat as a principle dancer with Twisted Movement Dance Company. Charleigh’s career recently brought her back to Southern California, where she is currently performing, choreographing, directing, and teaching. She has continued to share her love for dance with dancers of all ages in San Diego and Northern California, where her choreography has won multiple awards.
DEANNA TETNER ... WORLD CHAMPION POM INSTRUCTOR
Deanna studied ballet, modern, and jazz genres while living in California. After successfully completing her dance training, she returned to Minnesota and earned a spot on the MSUM University Repertory Dance Co. She has directed all ages and levels around the Midwest in various styles of dance. When pom-pon exploded, Deanna jumped in, feet first, and grasped the concept where she continues to have great success. Her teams have earned numerous titles and awards include the USASF Dance Worlds Champion title.
MONIQUE YOUNG ... MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES DANCE DIRECTOR & ENTERTAINMENT COORD.
Monique brings over 20 years of expertise to our faculty. She has performed with Michael Jackson, Travis Payne and Kenny Ortega, as well as, The Motown Miracles and on numerous TV shows including Snoop Dogg's MTV specials. Often sought after for her choreography, Monique created performances for Misha Gabriel, Marty Kuldeka/Justin Timberlake, rappers YRF and Codeen. Ms. Young has performed professionally with the Phoenix Suns, Oakland Raiderettes, Sidewinders, and currently is the Dance Director for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
LISA SALINE ... DX founder & president
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