The Dance Centre offers multiple opportunities throughout the year for all of our students to experience a variety of dance classes and teachers. Here are just some of the faculty that have joined us at TDC…
Megan “Megz” Alfonso was raised in the Bronx and then moved to Long Island where she began training at Michelle Ferraro’s Dance USA. She dedicated her time to taking and teaching dance classes for the past 23 years. Megz recently competed in the television show “So You Think You Can Dance” where she became one of the Top 6 finalists. One of her many accomplishments consisted of assisting choreographers Nick Zobrowski at Adrenaline Dance Conventions, Shelia Barker at MPAC, and Cynthia Geffon and Nick Zobrowski at the Choreographer Ball in LA. Megz has traveled all over the US and UK touring with Deca Dance Company and Matrix/Loreal. Megz was an extra in the movie Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, danced in the Idog commercial 2009, and appeared in the Step Up movie. She has choreographed and danced for singer, Raquel Castro, from “The Voice”. She also appeared on Fox 5 where she danced for her crew “Decadance Company” and performed at the Apollo Theatre. In addition, she performed a piece entitled “Four Seasons” at the hip hop festival for London brought to New York . Megz aspires to continue training and bettering herself as a dancer, teacher and choreographer so that she can achieve all of her goals for her future and inspire others to do the same.
Paulette Ashkenazie has been teaching in the tri-state area for over the past 10 years, specializing in hip hop and street jazz. She has trained at Broadway Dance Center, while working with NYC’s top choreographers. She has performed for many live events,tv shows,music videos and movies. Which include Pepsi & Uber Super Bowl halftime show, 9.23 Amp Radio Station, Dr Oz, NYC’s Carnival, Galaxy by Harvic clothing brand commercial, Recording artist Chris Porter, and most recently choreographed and performed in New York & LA Fashion week 2018.
Eric John Campros began professionally performing in California at the age of 18. Throughout his career, Eric has had the privilege of dancing with several artists including The Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Usher, Mikaela, and Aaliyah. He has appeared on numerous television series and specials including the MTV Video Music Awards, the BET Awards, and the Blockbuster Awards. He has danced in several commercials and industrials for companies including Nissan, Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Old Navy, Target, Nike, and Wrangler Jeans.
As a choreographer Eric toured the south with Real Soul, in Germany with the bands B3 and M*Pire, and has worked with recording artist Kelly McCarthy. As an educator Eric has taught classes around the world, most recently in China as guest faculty at Shandong University of the Arts and Hebei Art University. He recently returned from a second successful tour of India where he worked with some of the brightest stars in the Bollywood Industry. He will return again early next year.
Ashlé Dawson is undisputedly one of the most versatile choreographers and performers in the industry. Through uniting her own blended heritage and multi-cultural dance background with commercial and contemporary forms her work has become globally recognized. Recent credits include choreographer and activist with Global Citizen, Wild N’ Out (Prince Royce), Times Square New Years Eve (Univision) for artists Don Omar, JenCarlos Canela, Alejandra Guzman. She was in the original Top 4 of SYTYCD and has worked on “America’s Got Talent”, “Latin Grammys”, Champion professional on “Mira Quien Baila” (Spanish DWTS, US). She has had the chance to work with Steven Spielberg (The Post), Anne Hathaway (SNL), John Leguizamo (Fugly), Gloria Estefan (American Idol), John Oliver (Last Week Tonight) and artists such as Wisin y Yandel, Leslie Grace, Fonseca, Romeo Santos & Tito Puente Jr. Her work has been used by companies including AUDI, New Balance, Macys, Canon, Paul Mitchell and more. Ashlé is the founder and director of “Breaking Conformity Productions, Inc. “and the artistic director of “Latin Fusion Dance Project” both based in NYC.
Shelly Hutchinson is a choreographer, instructor, dancer, actress and producer in New York City. She has been a Contemporary and Musical Theater choreographer for “So You Think You Can Dance” Ukraine for the last four seasons, also on the creative teams and performed in operas such as Candide, Samson and Delilah, and Aida as associate choreographer and assistant director. Choreographer for adapted for stage version of Disney’s High School Musical. TV appearances include MTV, CBS Morning Show, ABC, Saturday Night Live, Law & Order, Lipstick Jungle, Ugly Betty, Kings, HBO Miniseries “Mildred Pierce”, The Today Show, David Letterman, The Learning Channel, dancer for Wyclef Jean and in Lou Bega’s “Mambo #5”. Performing credits include Radio City Music Hall, Warner Brothers Films, Disney, Off- Broadway and Regional Theatre, Broadway Bares, International Arts Festival in Italy, Care Wave Japan, National and European Tours including “Fame, the Musical”, Bye Bye Birdie, Irene, and West Side Story, assistant choreographer for “Falco”, a multi- media show in Vienna, Austria based on the late 80’s pop star.
Her work has recently been seen at City Center, Symphony Space, Merce Cunningham, Manhattan Movement Arts Center, and Salvatore Capezio Theater. With 17 years of deep and diverse teaching experience with all levels and ages, she has taught at various studios in the US, Germany, Italy, Austria, Prague, Argentina, Japan, Costa Rica, Cirque Du Soleil, Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Joffrey Ballet School, The Pulse, and Peridance in New York. Choreographer for “Nix” and “Occasion for Sin” as part of Planet Connections Theater Festivity in NYC.
She is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center and Peridance Capezio Center, and currently producing a series of concerts to benefit various national charities. She is the Director of UNCOVERED CHOREOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS, a series of intensives based in New York City to help young dancers find their identities as choreographers.
Aaron Parkhurst has almost two decades of tap dance experience under his belt. He received dance training in his hometown of Albany, NY. Working in NYC professionally for the past 10 years, he now calls the city his home.
Aaron is a guest instructor for Shuffles NYC, Dance Masters of America, as well as SLIDE, a week long tap intensive directed by Mike Minery. He also teaches private lessons in NYC and travels to choreograph and instruct master classes throughout the country. He enjoys teaching and passing on his love for dance to younger generations. Aaron has also enjoyed a career in concert dance, working as a soloist and collaborator in NYC and in LA. He was a company member and soloist for AM Dance Project in New York City under artistic director Anthony Morigerato.
Aaron has performed at NY City Center in the 125th anniversary show for Capezio. He performed in Tap the Show choreographed by Mike Minery for 4 years including a national tour with the show, traveling to almost all 50 states. He was an associate choreographer and dance captain while on tour. Aaron has danced, choreographed, and entertained for corporations such as FedEx, Hershey Entertainment, and Gaylord Opry Entertainment among others. Favorite theatre credits: 42 nd Street, White Christmas, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and My One and Only.
LaVon Patterson- Originally from Philadelphia, PA, started his journey with dance at Broadway Dance Center in Manhattan, NY. To further his skills and education he attended the Creative & Performing Arts High School in Philadelphia and went on to receive a BFA in Jazz Dance Performance from the University of The Arts.
LaVon had the honor of being assistant choreographer to Brian Thomas for Michael Jackson’s 30th Anniversary Special in 2001 at Madison Square Garden and he’s worked with major music artists such as Usher, Destiny’s Child. *N-Sync, J-Lo, Michael Jackson and many more! LaVon is the creative director of “JustMove” and an adjunct faculty member of Lehigh University.
Thomas Radon began his dance career as a jazz and hip-hop dancer before becoming a professional choreographer at only 13. He was the main choreographer and scout for national model and talent conventions. Tommy was also a part of many performance tours, working as a choreographer, master teacher and consultant.Tommy eventually continued his dance career as a ballroom instructor. He earned Top World Instructor at Arthur Murray; Top NY Instructor each year he was at Fred Astaire as well as Top US Instructor at Fred Astaire in 2008. Tommy currently holds the world record of teaching 214 dance lessons in a single week to raise funds for charity. He was also awarded Top World Dancesport Instructor of 2017, Top Instructor 2017 for Dancers Cup Tour, Superstars Series and US Dancesport Series, and finally Second Top Teacher overall of the Global Dancesport Series 2017. Tommy continues to compete professionally and is co-owner of the Storm Ballroom Dance Centre with his wife, Jennifer.
Neil “Dradle” Schwartz has been dancing since the age of seven. After graduating from the University of Maryland and moving to NYC, he has had the privilege to work with Rhapsody James, Luam, Lisette, Chonique, Eric Jenkins, and more. He has choreographed for artists such as ASTR, Bosco, Wynter Gordon, Rome Fortune, Mateo, PUSH PLAY, TT the Artist, Oyinda, RIVRS, and more. He has also had the opportunity to work with Luam as assistant choreographer for Icona Pop on America’s Got Talent and David Letterman.
Neil was hand selected to choreograph the launch of Pharrell Williams fragrance girl for Sephora. He was also an assistant choreographer with Lisette Bustamante on Girl Generation Hikkup. He was also hand selected to work with actor Channing Tatum as a contributing choreographer for the flashmob seen on The Today Show in promotion for Warner Brothers Magic Mike. He has traveled to Hawaii,Peru, Mexico, Brazil, Croatia, Sweden, Switzerland, Vienna, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Israel, and Italy teaching workshops and was a recipient at the Young Choreographers Festival in 2010 and as a returning guest artist in 2011.
Neil now teaches at Broadway Dance Center in NY as well as guest teaches at Millennium Dance Complex and Movement Lifestyle in LA. His choreography can be seen on The Today Show, Good morning America, NBC Live, PBS, World of Dance, Carnival Choreographers Ball (NY/LA), Rhapsody James presents Sirens After Dark, and more.
Tracie Stanfield is an award-winning choreographer, educator, creative consultant, and the founder/Artistic Director of SynthesisDANCE in New York City. As one of the top teachers in New York City, Tracie brings energy, style and passion to her students across the world. Known for inspiring and challenging classes, Tracie’s work focuses on moving beyond the steps to allow each dancer to find their connection with breath, emotion and movement. Building on the technique of ballet, the bold rebellion of modern contemporary and the passion and pulse of jazz dance, Tracie’s classes are explorations in PURE DANCE. Her work has been commissioned throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Latin America. Her signature voice as a choreographer has helped create and define contemporary lyrical movement in concert and commercial dance. Dance Magazine calls her classes “inspiring‘” and the Huffington Post UK says Tracie’s choreography “thrilled and mesmerized with her masterful fusion of contemporary and classical dance forms.”