CONVENTION DETAILS *Scroll Down for our 2017 Convention Dates, Locations, & Prices*
- 1/2hr energy boosting warm-up.
- 4 Master classes taught by celebrity guest instructors and staff at 1hr and 15 minutes each.
- Master classes are offered in a range of styles.
- Scholarship opportunities – one student in the junior (7-12 yrs) & one student in the senior (13-20 yrs) workshop will receive a scholarship towards any other workshop valid thru 2018.
In-Studio Workshops & Competition Choreography:*Scroll to the bottom of the page for In-Studio Workshop Instructors & Details*
- We bring top educators & choreographers.
- Dancers get training with our professional staff in their own environment.
- All styles of dance, all age, multiple teachers, and multiple levels.
Take advantage of this amazing opportunity and we are sure your students will thank you for it.
Our professional faculty credits include:”So You Think You Can Dance”, Radio City Rockettes, Broadway, Off-Broadway, Television, Film, & Award winning choreography.
Workshops are customized to your needs. Interested in more information and want to create a workshop of your own? For more information call (877)-572-9415 or email us at info@thatsentertainmentpa.
What are the benefits of having an in studio workshop:
• No travel or hotel costs for your studio families.
• Incredible Pricing! (We can help you create your own package!)
• You pick a date that works best for your studio. In-studio workshops are offered year round.
• Small classes allow for more material to be covered and perfected.
• You pick the classes and levels you want for your students! ·
Workshops are customized to your needs. Interested in more information and want to create a workshop of your own? For more information call (877)-572-9415 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONVENTIONS & IN-STUDIO WORKSHOPS (Commercial Ad)
|CONVENTION WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS
NOTE: The “YELLOW” highlight indicates Celebrity Instructor.
|DATE||LOCATION||INSTRUCTOR & GENRE|
|Jan 21-22, 2017||King Of Prussia, PA||Jayson Douglas (Jazz), Madelyn Mickelsen (Tap), Sasha Mallory (Contemporary), Kahlief Bussie (Hip-Hop)|
|Jan 28-29, 2017||Atlanta, GA||Virgil Gadson (Hip-Hop), Joshua Epp (Tap), Michael Crone (Contemporary), Sam Allen (Jazz)|
|Feb 4-5, 2017||Myrtle Beach, SC||Joshua Epp (Tap), Virgil Gadson (Hip-Hop), Sasha Mallory (Contemporary), Michael Crone (Jazz)|
|Feb 11-12, 2017||Burgettstown, PA||Madelyn Mickelsen (Tap), Joshua Epp (Jazz), Jaime Kaplan (Lyrical), Kahlief Bussie (Hip-Hop)|
|Feb 18-19, 2017||Rockhill, SC||Sasha Mallory (Jazz), Joshua Epp (Tap), Michael Crone (Contemporary), Virgil Gadson (Hip-Hop)|
*The Competitions & Conventions are separate events.
You can attend either one or both!
Sam Allen was born and raised in Manhattan, New York where he graduated from New York City’s acclaimed “Fame” school, LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. This school provided him with many opportunities to develop his artistic craft and ultimately gave him his foundation in the entertainment industry. After studying with the American Ballroom Theatre and the Harkness Youth Ballet, he decided to move to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in choreography and graduated from the University of Southern California. He has been featured in many music videos, commercials, and television shows. After choreographing the General Motors NY Press Event for the Auto Show at the Javits Center, he began to teach Hip-Hip Dance Classes at various dance studios in both NYC and LA. His choreography was featured in Carnival Choreographers Ball and was also awarded first place and best choreography at the United States Tournament of Dance Nationals. Sam loves the opportunity to tell stories through creative movement and enjoys inspiring people to dance.
Michael Crone is a choreographer, director, writer and performer. He has been dancing and writing for 21 years, directing and choreographing for 15 and professionally performing for 10 years. He has worked for companies such as RWS and Associates, NBC, and Bonanza Pictures. He is a part of East Coast Talent Agency and resides in Atlanta where he is currently working on pursuing his performance and directing career. His performance profile can be found on sites such as IMDB and 800 Casting! Michael has won performance and choreography awards at competitions like Access Broadway, Dancers Inc., and once upon a time danced on the That’s Entertainment stage. He is well versed in all forms of dance; his top three being Hip-Hop, Contemporary, and Jazz. He is the Artistic Director of Motion City Studios and just recently released a book on Amazon titled Tales from the Apocalypse. He is currently directing, writing, and performing in various projects that will be released through 2017 and onward. He is looking forward to working closely with That’s Entertainment now and in the near future and cannot wait to see what these incredible dancers bring to the stage during the competition season.
Blake A. Balathunis is a professional dance educator, gymnastics coach, and Choreographer from Western Massachusetts. Blake has over 15 years of expert level technical dance & performing arts training in all styles from several dance studios within Western Massachusetts, as well as advanced gymnastics training from Chicopee Gymnastics. Blake has had the honor of touring all throughout the East Coast performing in over a dozen dance showcases and theatre productions. When Blake was fifteen he received the Triple Threat Award, presented by D.R.E.A.M. Studios, which allowed him to perform in the “The 3T” Dance and Preforming Arts production intensive in Montgomery, Alabama under the direction of film actress, Dr. Tonea Stewart . Blake has performed with many successful and talent choreographers such as Shelia Baker, David Bovat, and Alfred L. Dove. After high school, Blake received his degree in Dance Pedagogy from Greenfield College. Blake has also received extensive training from both the National Interscholastic Coaches Education Program and the American Sports Education Program.
Kahlief “Lite Eyez” Bussie is from Willingboro, NJ. He initially found his love for dance at the age of 16 and is now trained in various styles of Hip-Hop, including but not limited too, Locking, Krump, Popping, Tutting, Commercial, Jersey Club, Waving, and more. He’s also appeared on national television with three appearances on BET’s “106 and Park, an appearance on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew highlight reel and MTV’s Spring Bling. He’s choreographed for various music videos and he is now currently teaching Hip-Hop at four different dance studios. In addition to That’s Entertainment workshops, he’s also apart of the That’s Entertainment Performing Arts Competition staff. He can be seen hyping up the kids during awards and dancing through the halls during competitions.
Jayson Douglas is from Paterson, NJ where he began his training at Dance World Academy. He went on to further his training in New York City at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center and Alvin Ailey. Jayson also attended Point Park University to study dance as his major, where he also attended summer programs at Dance Place, Orlando Ballet 2, and Boston Ballet; all on full scholarships. Jayson’s professional career began as a Trainee with North Carolina Dance Theatre, now known as Charlotte Ballet. Jayson then went on to dance for Lexington Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Ballet Nouveau Colorado and one of the top 25 to watch companies named in Dance Magazine, Company C Contemporary Ballet where he was featured in Twyla Tharp’s “Surfer in the Styx”. He has also performed around the world on cruise lines as a dancer and aerialist in Cirque afﬁliated themed shows. He is a resident choreographer with MidState Ballet, Sarah Berges Dance, and teaches masterclasses around the country as well as internationally. In 2014 he toured to Paris with Sarah Berges Dance and is currently going into his second year as a company member with Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre in Boston.
Joshua has been dancing since the late age of 15 years old. He was taken to “Bring A Friend” week at his home studio and started with no rhythm and two left feet. He was determined to improve his skills and found himself registered in every class possible. He grew up in the small suburb of Bensalem, Pennsylvania. By the time he was 21, he knew that he wanted to dance not only for fun, but also, as a professional. In 2008 Joshua auditioned for University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where he was accepted and rewarded with the Promising Artist Award. He is trained in all styles of dance including ballet, jazz, modern, tap, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, african and acrobatics. While receiving his degree, he taught at several different studios in the Bucks County Area. He graduated from UArts in the Spring 2012 semester with his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Education with a focus in jazz performance and a minor in creative writing. Since then, he has been teaching and setting choreography on many studios in the Tri-State area and continues to audition and take classes in NYC. He currently works for several dance competitions and helps judge, teach master classes and sets choreography on young dancers. In his free time, Josh is a full-time Veterinarian Assistant at an animal hospital in the Bucks County Area. When not teaching he loves reading and spending time with his 4 cats and 2 dogs.
Virgil Gadson is a dancer, actor, choreographer, and educator from Philadelphia, PA. He has appeared on TV shows like “Americas Got Talent”, MTV‘s “Americas Best Dance Crew”, and placed as a finalist on Fox’s Emmy nominated reality show “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 12. Virgil was nominated for a Fred Astaire Award for his Broadway debut as a principal dancer/actor in the Tony nominated show “After Midnight” along side Dule Hill, Fantasia Barrino, Patti LaBelle, Tony Braxton, Babyface, K.D. Lang, and Vanessa Williams. In Philadelphia he attended Freedom Theater and became an alumnus of University of the Arts in 2008. At UArts he was able to integrate a broad spectrum of dance genres into his canon such as Modern, Jazz, Ballet and Tap; although Hip-Hop continues to be his specialty. Virgil is involved in outreach to dance communities locally and internationally, encouraging the importance of the history of dance as a tradition and sharing his knowledge and passion for dance with the world.
Jaime Kaplan has been a judge for nine seasons and is glad to share her passion of dance with students. She has studied dance for over 25 years and has worked as a teacher for over 15 years. As a competitor, she won numerous awards across all genres of dance. In college, Jaime led the Pom Squad to a national win and performed various pieces within the dance department, including The Nutcracker. Jaime holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and focuses on the treatment of eating disorder and body image concerns and works to promote awareness within the dance community.
Sasha Mallory just completed her second world tour with Madonna, the Madonna Rebel Heart Tour. As the second place finalist of the 8th season of So You Think You Can Dance and as an accomplished dancer with award winning choreography in the industry, she has been asked back this year as a mentor for the upcoming season, SYTYCD Next Generation. Mallory’s training began in her hometown of Bakersfield, California at the age of five (5) and since then she has trained at the top academy’s and distinguished schools of dance around the world. Including, but not limited to, the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.), the Civic Dance Center, the Ailey School Summer Intensive and Certificate Program, Boston Summer Intensive and the Houston Ballet Summer Intensive to name a few. Her first major dance breakthrough was with Adam Lambert on his Glamnation Tour 2010. Since then, Mallory is one of the most accomplished female contemporary dancers of our time and has worked with a number of artists and companies in music videos, commercials, stage and live performances including Rihanna, Wayne Brady, Uh Huh Her and Budweiser. Mallory is involved in her community as well by painting pictures and donating some of her work to the LGBT Homeless Center in Los Angeles as well as teaching, choreographing and working with programs that give back to various communities.
Originally from Racine, Wisconsin, Madelyn Mickelsen began studying dance at the age of six. She continued into professional dance training and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point obtaining two Bachelors of Art degrees in Dance and Arts Management. Madelyn has showcased and produced choreographed works in various performances, showcases, festivals, and for adjudication at the American College Dance Association. She has performed and been involved in a variety of shows and productions across the Midwest and has studied under dancers from; the Joffrey and Milwaukee Ballet, Giordano Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street, and the Radio City Rockettes. Madelyn has relocated to New York City and has continued her career in performance arts.