FLY: INDUSTRY DANCE SUMMER INTENSIVE
PUSH YOUR LIMITS AND IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS IN AN EXHILIRATING SUMMER DANCE INTENSIVE
Metropolitan School of the Arts’ exhilarating dance intensive will push you to reach your maximum potential. Challenge yourself to reach new heights in your dance technique and performance as you train with some of the nation’s most cutting edge dance teachers. FLY dancers spend an intense two weeks in contemporary, street jazz, hip-hop and tap master classes geared toward improving technical proficiency and building performance skills. We end the week with a performance featuring student choreography and pieces learned during the intensive.
Summer 2018 Dates TBD
FLY FACULTY 2017
CHRISTIE SIROTA, FLY 2017 Program Director, has been teaching and creating choreography since the age of 14. Training from east to west coast and along some of LA’s hottest choreographers, she holds a wide variety of styles that bring an exciting blend to the classroom. Christie travels nationally with numerous conventions and workshops, teaches master classes and choreography throughout the country, is a National Director for VIP Dance Competition and a Regional Trainer for thebodybar(re) fitness franchise. Her credits include Las Vegas Fashion Week, Latin icon JUAN LUIS GUERRA, Disney’s NLT, dance/pop group TAXI DOLL, workout sensation HIP HOP ABS and many others. Her choreography has been seen in regional productions of Footloose and West Side Story, Kennywood Amusement Park as well as concerts and productions around the country. Christie infuses her variety in style with her fun high energy to create an exciting mix sure to keep you wanting more!
NATHALIE BLANCO,, MSA HIP HOP DIRECTOR, is a DMV native and inherited her love for dance from her father who stressed the importance of embracing her Latin culture through music and dance. She received her early years of dance training at Joni Reese’s Wheaton Studio of Dance in Maryland. She continued her studies in dance at the University of Maryland College Park and joined UMCP’s hip-hop team DYNAMIC. Finding her strength in this genre of dance, Nat later became a member of Culture Shock DC (CSDC) in 2005 and from 2007 to 2016 was Artistic Director for their youth troupe, Future Shock DC. Nat has gone on to direct troupes at both national and international showcases and competitions. In this upcoming 2016-2017 dance season, she will be the Dance director for DanceNMotion hip-hop program, teaching at Savage Dance Company, and Hip-Hop Department director for Metropolitan School of the Arts. Nat is also a proud member of DMV’s all female dance crew KickRocks, and co-founder of their youth crews, The Pebbles and Little Rocks. In addition to her dance career, Nat is a graduate of The University of Maryland R.H.S School of Business and proud employee of the US Army. She hopes to continue her passion for teaching and sharing the joy and opportunities dance has brought to her life with young dancers who will shape the future of dance.
MICHAEL CRAWFORD, is from Takoma Park, Maryland. He began his dancing with the Maryland Youth Ballet and at the Kirov Academy with Vladmir Djoulahatze, spending summers at The Rock School and san Francisco Ballet. Mr. Crawford then moved on to the Washington Ballet where he performed with the company under the direction of Septime Webre. Upon graduation, he went on to study in the Professional Division of The Pacific Northwest Ballet under Kent Stowell and Francia Russell. After leaving PNB, he has danced with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Jose Mateo Ballet, Ballet Memphis, and American Repertory Ballet. He has been privileged to work alongside productions such as “Guys and dolls”, “West Side Story”, “Show Boat”, “Cats”, and other musicals performing at The Kennedy Center, touring, and many other international stages. As well as Principal guesting with The Washington national Opera, Adam Miller Dance Project, Kinetic Dance Works, TranscenDance Group, brooklyn ballet, ballet Neo, Connecticut Ballet, and Oakland Ballet. While signed with New York Model Management, Mr Crawford had the honor to internationally campaign, and film “Step up”.
Michael is also an award winning teacher and choreographer. He has been teaching and choreographing nationally and internationally for 10 years. He has coached many prize winning students for competitions such as Youth America Grand Prix, NYC dance alliance, and showstoppers dance competition. As well as teaching at many studios including Broadway Dance Center, metropolitan school of the arts, princeton ballet and many many more.
JOSE DE LA CUESTA, is a well-known director/choreographer living in New York City. Credits include “A Chorus Line”, “Sugar Babies”, “West Side Story”, and “42nd Street”.
His work has been performed at Carnegie Hall, twice, and he wrote and directed an original production called “A Funky Fairytale” for Trump’s Casino in Atlantic City to critical acclaim and was held over twice. He received the prestigious Carbonell Award for Best Choreographer for “42nd Street”.
As a performer, Jose has worked in all areas of performing and has toured extensively in the United States and internationally.
He has also worked with such stars as stars as Chita Rivera, Barbara Eden, Brooke Shields, and Lonnie Anderson, among others.
He is also a renowned teacher and has worked at several studios and universities nationwide. He is currently on the staff of Broadway Dance Center, Anita’s Studio of Dance in NY, Metropolitan School of the Arts in Alexandria, VA., and One Broadway in Harrisburg, PA. He was also an adjunct professor of dance at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
He was the resident director/choreographer for Hersey Park for many years, as well as writing their shows. His work there won several awards for best theme park shows in the country and internationally.
He directed the hit production of “42nd Street” at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center, which was nominated for 13 Perry Awards, including Best Director and Best Choreography, as well as an original nightclub show he created, “All That Jazz”, based on the Music of Kander and Ebb.
He recently directed the sold out production of “Evita” for the Axelrod Performing Arts Center, starring former Broadway Phantom of the Opera, Gary Maurer as Peron.
ROGER JEFFREY,was born and raised in New York City where he began his training at Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center in Jamaica, Queens. A graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts, he received his B.F.A. from The Juilliard School under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy. Mr. Jeffrey has performed in the companies of Bernice Johnson, Kevin Iega Jeff, Obediah Wright, Earl Mosley, Zvi Gotheiner, Twyla Tharp, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Lar Lubovitch and with Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project. He has also worked with Dudley Williams, Eleo Pomare, Otis Sallid, Debbie Allen, Danny Tidwell, Ayodele Casel, D’bi. Young, Rasta Thomas, Adrienne Canterna, Doug Varone, Richard Move and Mark Dendy. Mr. Jeffrey is a NYC based freelance choreographer/director. He is currently a visiting professor at George Mason University & Stonybrook University for the 2016/17 school year.
Inspired by his mentor Kevin Iega Jeff, he began to explore his artistic potential as both an instructor and choreographer at the Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center, Edge School of the Arts, South Shore Dance Alliance, The Ailey School, The Juilliard School, Peridance Center, American Ballet Theatre/Make a Ballet Program, Joffrey Concert Group, Studio Harmonic, Elisa King and Dancers, CityDance Ensemble, Camille Brown and Dancers, Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance, Dario Varcaro Dance Project, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Philadanco!, BalletX, Collage Dance Collective, Verb Ballets, New York Hip-Hop Festival, Ballet Arabesque, La Companyia, International Festival of Bennicassim and various conservatories and universities.
Mr. Jeffrey has choreographed and or directed various theatrical productions including Oraltorio featuring Motion & DJ L’Oqenz, Death of the Diva featuring Amanda Seales, The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely featuring Ngozi Paul, Blood Claat featuring D’bi. Young, Gemini Rising and Da Kink in my Hair featuring Angie Stone, Melanie Fiona and Terri Vaughn to name a few. He is also the artistic consultant for Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance and associate artistic director of Dawn Branch Works. In 1997, Mr. Jeffrey founded Subtle Changes, Inc., a nonprofit artist collective committed to the presentation, development, and exposure of the arts. The company has presented work for Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Central Park SummerStage Harlem, E- Moves/Aaron Davis Hall, Judson Church, P.S. 122, DanceNow Festival, Theatre of the Riverside Church, JoyceSoho, Dance Theater Workshop, Back Yard Dance Project, Bric and Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out among others. Mr. Jeffrey is also the co- founder & co-ceo of BOUNCE! dance, vocal, drama convention & competition.
Amanda Lehman, has been a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer based out of NYC for over a decade. She received her training on the prestigious Richard Ellner Scholarship at Broadway Dance Center. Amanda is a featured dancer and choreographer for Transcendence Theatre Company’s Broadway Under the Stars in Sonoma, CA. Her work in California gained her a Broadway World award for Best Choreography. Most recently, Amanda choreographed and performed in a national Ford Car Commercial. She has performed in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall and was an original cast member for Disney’s Finding Nemo the Musical at Walt Disney World written by Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award winner, Robert Lopez. Amanda performed in Footloose directed/choreographed by Emmy award winner, AC Ciulla. She has done several productions of Randy Skinner’s Tony Award winning Broadway musical 42ND STREET including the Moscow, Japan and US National touring companies. You could find Amanda performing with the cast of Rock of Ages at The Cutting Room’s Rock’N Roll Debauchery cabaret. Traveling to over 80 cities and 7 countries, Amanda performed abroad with the Irish Dance show Spirit of the Dance. At the start of her career Amanda spent a summer performing at Hershey Park in Pennsylvania and six months at sea on Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas. As a former competitive dancer and title holder she is currently on staff adjudicating & teaching master classes for several national dance conventions and competitions in the US and Canada. Amanda currently serves on faculty at Oakland University and loves working with the next generation of young dancers in the Midwest at nationally acclaimed competitive studios. She has taught at the collegiate level at both American Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (AMDA) conservatory and CAP21 in Manhattan. She was substitute faculty for Sheila Barker at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Amanda was a published columnist for Dancer Magazine and was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine’s April 2006 issue. In addition to performing in many Broadway revue productions, some of Amanda’s favorite regional theatre credits include: A Chorus Line, West Side Story, and Music Man. She has choreographed for the Miss Connecticut pageant, America’s Junior Miss, and Nike’s Step it Up challenge. Amanda could also be seen in the CBS commercial America for the Arts and is well known in Tokyo for NHK’s television documentary Broadway Dreams: The Life of a Dancer. Amanda is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.
Justin Lewis, a native of the Washington D.C area has been Tap Dancing since the age of 5. Mr. Lewis began by watching the movie “Tap” with Gregory Hines. He felt stimulated to dance so he went upstairs to his room and taped nickels to the bottoms of his sneakers and began to dance. Mr. Lewis then began to study dance at Knock On Wood Tap Studio in Silver Spring Maryland. He later became a member of the Pre-Professional Company, Tappers With Attitude (TWA). Under TWA Mr. Lewis danced on many famous stages including, Lincoln Theatre, Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, Blues Alley, The Smithsonian, National Corcoran Gallery and many more. Mr. Lewis took on the role of Dance Capitan for the last term of his stay in Tappers With Attitude. Lewis was then accepted into a top Arts College in Chicago IL. He attended Columbia College Chicago from 2007-2009 where he was majoring in Performing Arts Management.
Mr. Lewis began his professional career 10 years ago when he performed solo with legendary drummer and jazz musician Chuck Redd. Since then Lewis and Redd have done several performances to help fuse the tradition of Tap Dance and Jazz music back together again.
Mr. Lewis is currently a Master Tap Choreographer and Artistic Director at Studio Bleu Dance Center in Ashburn Virginia. He teaches from age ranges five and up. His insight to rhythmic tap dance innovates new ideas to this studio. Being an artist is a passion for Mr. Lewis, not a lifestyle.
Lewis relocated to Los Angeles for a year, where he was performing in a new tap dance element at Universal Studios, named “Tap Worx.”
Mr. Lewis intends to follow in the footsteps of famous family members to keep the art of performance alive. His uncle starred in the hit television show “The Suite Life on Deck” in which his uncle played the character Mr. Moseby. Lewis looks up to his uncle as a figure of stage performance and screen performance and uses the techniques he has learned over the years to put them into his art of Tap Dance.
Along with the art of Tap Dance, Lewis has practiced many other styles of dance. He has taken classes at a young age in Jazz, Hip-Hop and other partnering dance styles. He studied under the master jazz dancer Mr. Billy Siegnfeld of the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project in Chicago IL.
Lewis has been a part of the Washington D.C Metropolitan dance scene for many years. He travels to different dance studios around the area and helps to correct and critique pieces for competition dance groups. He has judged various Dance Competitions all around the country. He has taught at nearly 30+ studios in the US alone. His new and improved style of tap has created a spark at studios around the country. He has also taken his efforts to Edmonton Canada at “Tap Into The Cure” Festival of over 1000 students.
In his most recent performances, Lewis became part of the world traveled show Rhythmic Circus’ “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now.” He has performed in NYC, Miami, Los Angeles as well as the Edinburgh, Scotland Fringe Festival, where the show earned the highest rating of the festival and received five stars.
Mr. Lewis was accepted into the Annual New York Young Choreographers Festival in March of 2015, where his choreography was chosen over hundreds of applicants to be showcased at the Symphony Space Theatre in Manhattan. As well as being an award recipient, Mr. Lewis was honored in being asked choreographed the finale for the Fred and Adele Astaire awards on Broadway in NYC.
Lewis’ talents and teachings have taken him to perform at the World Renown Apollo Theatre and Town Hall in New York City with his student Luke Spring (Ellen DeGeneres Show, So You Think You Can Dance, A Christmas Story “Broadway”). Together Lewis and Spring created a fusion of Tap Dance that is enjoyable to audiences of all ages adding humor and fun personality and technique.
Mr. Justin M. Lewis gears his career efforts towards presenting Tap Dance to the world today and issuing the art to younger generations to come for it to be held onto for centuries to come. Lewis intends to “tap up” his solo career to new levels around the world, giving new light to the art of Tap Dance in various countries through improvisation, rhythm and passion.
Chris Munar, started dancing in 2008 with a DMV-based crew called Ajnin Precizion. In 2009 he joined the collegiate competitive team from UMBC, Major Definition. Shortly after he started dancing with the crew, Tito BoyScouts, known for their comedy and urban stylized sets. In 2010, Chris has volunteered with the non-profit organization Baltimore Dance Crews Project. KCX artists is a division of the KODACHROME network was formed in 2011 and Chris was invited to be a part of the first installment as one of their dancers and choreographers. The same year, Chris auditioned and joined the professional hip-hop dance troupe, Culture Shock DC. In the year 2012, he signed with the Cruz Productions management company and also became sponsored by Fresh From Birth clothing line. In 2013 Chris became the assistant director of Mini Shock DC dance Troupe and a co-founder of an all-male dance crew from the DMV called UpperClassMen. In 2014 Chris started to work with Raw Element Dance Company as well as became a hip-hop instructor for Capitol Movement in DC. He has worked for many studios in the DMV area including C-Unit Studio, Mid-Maryland Performing Arts Center, American Dance Institute, Dance Dimensions, Strictly Rhythm, Dancin’ Time Studio, 24/7 Dance Studio, Mount Airy Performing Arts Center, and Making Moves Dance Collective, Studio 180 and Gainesville Dance Center. His journeys has taken him to teach and perform at places such as DC, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, North Carolina, New York, Texas, Utah, California, and Canada. Throughout these many events, Chris has also been privileged to judge prestigious dance competitions such as Prelude Carolinas, Prelude DMV, and Prelude Championships held in Philadelphia. He was also awarded a one-city scholarship at the Monsters Dance Convention held in DC as well as won the ClubStylez freestyle battle in 2015. Chris hopes to share what he has learned from many great dancers, mentors, and friends. But above all, Chris prays to share God through his dancing.