THE PROJECT DANCE FOUNDATION ROSTER OF MASTER TEACHERS
CHERYL CUTLIP is the founder of The Project Dance Foundation. She joyfully works to provide future dance opportunities for the next generation of dancers through offering performance, networking and training events like Project Dance Times Square, Toronto, Hong Kong, Sydney and Atlanta. Her 15 years as a Radio City Rockette where she was a dancer on the line, dance captain, swing and assistant choreographer for the Christmas Spectacular has served as a strong foundation for understanding dance not only from an artistic point of view but also a business point of view. That experience led Cheryl to create and produce BROADWAY UNDERGROUND along with Jared Grimes. Together they are excited to launch a brand new style of theater at the reknown BBKings Jazz and Blues Club. Cheryl’s favorite career moments include dancing at the Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C., speaking at the annual Hillsong Worship Conference as a dance specialist, and serving as director of The Carolina Snowbelles, a youth precision dance troupe. All of Cheryl’s endeavors are made possible through the grace of her heavenly Father and by the unconditional support of her husband Ron and their two children Ava (11) and Evan (8).
RANDALL FLINN is the founder/artistic director of Ad Deum Dance Company, a professional contemporary dance company in Houston, Texas. Mr. Flinn is a master modern/contemporary dance teacher for Houston Ballet, and has been a past guest artist and modern dance/jazz teacher for Guangdong Modern Dance Company in China under the invitation of Willy Tsao. He has also given master dance classes for City Contemporary Dance Co. in Hong Kong and worked for Hong Kong Ballet under the direction of Gary Trinder. He has appeared on national television in Hong Kong and interviewed for his choreographic work and artistic vision. He has also received invitations to teach for Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In the USA, Mr. Flinn has worked as a coach and choreographer for CIRQUE DU SOLEIL in their production of ALEGRIA and his choreography has been featured in the INTERNATIONAL DANCE SALAD FESTIVAL in Houston, Texas, sharing the same stage with artists from Beijing LDTX Modern Dance Company and Guangdong Modern Dance Company. His choreographic works have also been set on professional companies and dancers in both Europe and Asia including Singapore and Malaysia. Recently Randall’s work has been commissioned for Houston’s Dance of Asia America performances at Houston’s Miller Theatre and for Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance. HYPERLINK “http://www.danceaddeum.com/” http://www.danceaddeum.com/
JENIFER RINGER was born in New Bern, North Carolina, and was raised in Summerville, South Carolina, where she began her dance training at age 10 with local teachers. At age 12 she entered the Washington School of Ballet, where she studied for two years. After attending a summer session at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, Ms. Ringer was invited to enter the winter session at the School on a full scholarship. She became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in October 1989 and a member of the corps de ballet in January 1990. She was promoted to soloist in January 1995 and to principal dancer in spring 2000.
DESMOND RICHARDSON hailed by the New York Times as one of the great modern dancers of his time, Desmond Richardson is a multi-talented artist who has mastered a wide range of dance forms including classical, modern, and contemporary. Richardson’s immense talent was first recognized as a student at New York High School for the Performing Arts during which time he received a merit scholarship from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center (1983-1986) and the International Academie des Tanz in Koln, Germany (1984-1985). He is also a recipient of a Presidential Scholar Award for the Arts (1986). In 1987, Richardson joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater where he was a principal dancer for seven years. After leaving the Ailey Company, he traveled to Germany where he performed with Ballet Frankfurt. Richardson has performed as a guest artist with several world-renowned companies including the Swedish Opera Ballet, the Washington Ballet, Teatro at La Scala, and the San Francisco Ballet. In 1997, he joined the American Ballet Theater where he performed the lead role in the company’s world premiere production of Othello. In its description of Richardson’s performance in that role, the New York Times described him as one of the most majestic dancers ever to tread the MET Stage. In 1998, Richardson joined the premiere cast of the Broadway Musical Fosse for which he received a 1999 Tony Award Nomination. He has also appeared on Broadway in the musical, The Look of Love and in the critically acclaimed Movin’ Out. He had a principal role in Debbie Allen’s dance/theatrical presentation, Soul Possessed, which premiered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 1999. Richardson has worked in television, film, and video in the United States and abroad. These experiences have allowed him to perform with such musical artists as Michael Jackson, Prince, Aretha Franklin, and Madonna. He is featured in Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi’s film, One Last Dance and the Oscar winning Chicago. He made his singing debut in Charles Randolph Wright’s 2005 film, Preaching to the Choir, performed the lead role of Beowulf in Julie Taymor’s Grendel at the LA Opera, Richardson recently appeared in Taymor’s Film, Across the Universe. His recent honors include the Alvin Ailey School’s 2006 Apex award and the prestigous 2007 Dance Magazine Award. Recently Richardson partnered & performed with Diana Vishneva, in her one women show Beauty in Motion, at New York City Center and St.Petersburg, Russia, and is one of two Dancers invited by the President of the United States to perform in the in the 60th Presidential Conference in Israel May 08.
STEVE ROOKS performed with several dance companies including the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, and the Martha Graham Dance Company, where he was a Principal Dancer for over 10 years. He has taught and choreographed internationally for several companies including the Martha Graham Dance Company and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago 2. He is currently Associate Professor of Dance and Resident Choreographer at Vassar College.
STEPHANIE STRADLING was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She began her dance training at the age of six at the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet School with Jean Gedeon. Ms. Zungre entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, in the fall of 2000. In addition, she trained at the summer programs of Miami City Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and SAB. In December 2002, Ms. Zungre became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and in October 2003 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. Since joining New York City Ballet, Ms. Zungre has performed a featured role in: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ (Dolls), La Sonnambula, Romeo and Juliet,Peter Martins’ Chichester Psalms, Jerome Robbins’ N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz (NYCB premiere), Susan Stroman’s Double Feature, Christopher Wheeldon’s An American in Paris.
JARED GRIMES is a young and vibrant artist who is heavily making his mark in Tap and Hip-Hop/Street Jazz. On numerous occasions, he has danced alongside legends such as Gregory Hines, Fayard Nicholas, Author Duncan and performed for timeless icons such as Ben Vereen, Debbie Allen, and Jerry Lewis. He is a member of “Rhapsody The Company”, and has performed across the United States and abroad with the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble. Grimes has also toured with Musical legend, Mariah Carey, under the choreography of Marty Kudelka, and danced for artists such as Common, Salt N Peppa, Envogue, and the Roots under choreographer, Fatima. Jared’s live stage credits include “Babes in Arms” at the Goodspeed Opera House, “Sammy,” directed by Debbie Allen, the North Carolina GTC production of “Sophisticated Ladies”, and “Vaudeville” directed by Chris D’Amboise. Grimes has appeared in commercials for Coca-Cola and television shows such as CBS’ “Star Search,” “Showtime at the Apollo,” ABC Family’s “Dance Fever” and The Jerry Lewis Telethon. His feature film credits include New Line Cinemas “Little Manhattan” and Elevation Filmworks’ “First Born,” starring Elizabeth Shue.
CHET WALKER is currently the Artistic Director of Walker Dance , a nonprofit Musical Theatre Dance Company. He garnered acclaim onstage in theaters across the globe, in television, film, music video and all commercial media. Perhaps best known as Creator and Co-Choreographer of the Tony – and – multi-international-award-winning FOSSE, Chet has directed and choreographed original new musicals with unwavering success, as well as having mounted extraordinary recreations of classic musical productions in close collaboration with shows’ original creators. His original works range from CIRQUE DU SOLEIL, to original dance pieces created for Compania Internacional de Teatro Musical, the international Jazz/Musical Theater Dance Company which he co-artistic directs in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to JACOBS PILLOW where he serves as Director of the Jazz/Musical Theater Program. Chet Walker began performing on Broadway at the age of sixteen when he appeared in the first revival of ON THE TOWN . Other Broadway credits include: LORELEI, THE AMBASSADORS, and four Bob Fosse musicals: THE PAJAMA GAME, PIPPIN, DANCIN’ and SWEET CHARITY. As director/choreographer, Chet’s extensive professional stage credits include SWEET CHARITY in the United States, Holland, Japan, Mexico, Norway and London’s West End, the tenth anniversary tour of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, and DORY! A MUSICAL PORTRAIT at the Will Geer Theater in Los Angeles. Other productions include CHICAGO, 42nd STREET, A CHORUS LINE, FOLLIES, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, WORKING,and KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN. Chet originally conceived the 1999 Tony-Award-winning musical FOSSE which also garnered an Outer Critics Circle Award and the Toronto Theater Alliance Award for Choreography. Other award nominations for FOSSE include the L.A. Critics Award and The Outer Critics Circle Award, both for choreography, and The Olivier Award for Conceiver of Best Musical. Chet is also recipient of the L.A. Dramalogue Award for Best Choreography for THE BEST LITTLE WHREHOUSE IN TEXAS ; Sweden’s equivalent of the Tony Award for Best Choreography for ANNIE GET YOUR GUN; and Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award for his co-choreography of PAL JOEY at the Goodman Theatre. This year, Chet was honored with Israel’s equivalent of the Tony Award for his Choreography of THE PRODUCERS.
JEFF SHADE is thrilled to share “the dance” at this year’s PROJECT DANCE! His new dance-ical, PLAYGROUND, recently premiered in New York as a fundraiser for two suicide hot lines, and is being booked for it’s first tour. He also choreographed the world-premiere of CAGNEY! — a new musical based on the life of James Cagney! It is currently running at FLORIDA STAGE! Jeff was co-winner of the BEST CHOREOGRAPHY award at the New York Musical Theater Festival last season. Other New York choreography credits include NEW YORK MOVES, WATCHING MY HAIR GROW, and more. TV choreography includes THE ROSIE O’DONNEL SHOW, MR. ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD, and THE HITOMI KIROKI JAPANESE TELEVISION SPECIAL. As a dancer, Jeff performed on Broadway in SWEET CHARITY (choreographed by Bob Fosse), CHICAGO (as dance captain for Ann Reinking’s choreography), and TEDDY & ALICE (choreographed by Donald Sadler). Jeff has an MA in dance therapy (psychotherapy through movement) and an MBA (from Columbia University). He is the founder of HOUSE OF THE ROSES, a dance-based outreach network providing free weekly self-esteem and self-confidence building dance adventures for hundreds of New York’s homeless children.
FREDDIE MOORE performed with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, Donald Byrd/The Group, and Forces of Nature among other dance companies. He is currently on the faculty at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center as well as having his own school in Jersey City. Mr. Moore is the Artistic Director/Choreographer of Footprints Dance Company. In 1993, he was on the national tour of the Broadway Musical “The Wiz” starring Stephanie Mills.
SAM SINNS is currently a dancer/singer at Walt Disney World where he is the swing/dance captain for Finding Nemo, the Musical. At Disney he also performs in the Hoop Dee Doo Revue and Beauty and the Beast- Live On Stage. Along with dancing professionally, he is pursuing an MA Religion at Reformed Theological Seminary.
AMY LOVE OSGOOD grew up dancing in Phoenix, Arizona and received much of her professional training in Los Angeles, California. While in Southern California, Amy was Co-founder of the Mosaic Dance Ministry, where she served as artistic director and choreographer. She currently co-leads Perichoresis, Redeemer Presbyterian Church’s Dance Company. Amy’s most notable professional title is Radio City Rockette. She and her family call Brooklyn home.
THEARA WARD began her professional career as a “baby ballerina” with Dance Theatre of Harlem. She made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award winning revue, “Black and Blue. The role of Ghost of Christmas Future was created on Theara for the Madison Square Garden version of “A Christmas Carol.” She has appeared on television in a series, commercials and videos. Theara’s choreography credits include “Promises Of Gold,” Off-Broadway, “The Prayer Dancer” George Street Playhouse and served as artistic director for dance for “Urbana,” an international conference, in St. Louis, MO. Theara has worked as a teaching artist with New Jersey Performing Arts Center, The Alvin Ailey Foundation and Mickey D. and Friends. Theara conducts dance workshops around the country. She is the author of the collection of poems, “From The Heart Of A Sistah” which serve as the script of her one woman show with dance,poetry and music.
SHELBY SKIDMORE is a Texas native who has been dancing for 19 years. Her training encompasses all genres of dance, which she has studied at EDGE Performing Arts Center, Broadway Dance Center, and Westwood Fine Arts Academy in Austin. She spent two years at the University of Texas in Austin studying Dance Performance, and she graduated from Abilene Christian University with a degree in Dance Education. Throughout her life, Shelby has performed in and directed several dance companies, including Roustabouts Dance Company in Austin. Shelby travels the nation choreographing for various dance programs both privately and through Encore Creative Productions. She makes her current home in New York City, where she performs with multiple dance companies and projects including Fear.Less Dance, Atmosphere, and Kairos.
STEPHEN WYNNE (Int/Adv Modern) a native of Philadelphia, PA, began his training at the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet. After receiving a full scholarship to the School of American Ballet Theatre, he was contracted by Joffrey Ballet in New York City. Stephen then traveled to Europe to live and work. During this 16-year period oversees he worked with many different companies, such as Scapino Ballet in Amsterdam and CH Tanz Theater in Zurich, Switzerland. In 1984, he was contracted as principal dancer and resident choreographer for the Freiburger Tanz Theater in Germany. Stephen toured worldwide with the company and performed in national theaters and opera houses on many continents. Beginning in 1989, Stephen served six years as principal dancer and guest choreographer for Tanz-Forum, the resident modern dance company at the Metropolitan Opera House in Cologne, Germany. During this time he also worked with RTL Television and acted in several films. Stephen received an award for his choreographic achievement from the German Cultural Department in October of 1993. After returning to the United States in 1994, Stephen founded At Marah Dance Theatre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1996. Under his direction, the company had four successful European tours as well as tours in the Caribbean, Canada, and throughout the US. During this time Stephen worked with Nina Watt (of the Limon Dance Company) to set There is a Time, performing this work with her in Oxford and Cambridge, England, in coordination with the C.S. Lewis Foundation. Under Stephen’s leadership, At Marah was included in the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour and also received many grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Dance Advance (funded by the Pew Foundation), the Huston Foundation, and The 5-County Arts Fund. Stephen currently resides in Jackson, Mississippi, where he serves as Artistic Director of TALK Dance Co and an Assistant Professor of Dance at Belhaven College
JEFF LEWIS has choreographed and performed in over 20 musicals, as well as danced in several professional dance companies. He has taught dance in Russia, Rome, Canada, The Dominican Republic, and was also a part of the Young Messiah Tour with artists such as Carman, Crystal Lewis, Avalon, Newsong, Margaret Becker and many more. Jeff is also involved in Israel with the Feast of the Tabernacles and the founder of Arrows International in Oklahoma.
NATALIE LEWIS has credits with television, theatre, cruise ships, and concert tours with various artists. She has made special appearances on Ricky Lake, Disney’s House of Blues, Nickelodeon, Universal Sound Stage, Pay per View, ABC’s Fox Family and many others. She toured with LFO sharing a stage with artists like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Most excitingly, she was touring as lead dancer on Carman’s Heart of the Champion Tour. She has been a member of Ad Deum Dance Company under Randall Flinn, Laura Morton and Clara Kravey. She danced lead roles and had the privilege of working with various choreographers, including Steve Rooks (Former Principal with Martha Graham), Loreen Faigel (Xaris Dance Europe), and Caleb Mitchell (Houston Ballet Company). Currently Natalie is on staff with Dance Revolution Dance Convention teaching jazz and hip hop. She also is on staff with Project Dance in NYC, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Sydney Australia and Hong Kong.
CYNTHIA NEWLAND is on faculty at Belhaven College, located in Jackson, MS and earned her BFA from George Mason University and MFA from Arizona State University. Her experience as a dancer and teacher has taken her to to over fifteen countries worldwide, where she along with her husband, Douglas Eltzroth have instructed and promoted the use of the arts in various forms. She is the mother of amazing three children.
LIZA POLLOK is currently the Director and Choreographer of Ballet Excelsior of Houston. She has studied dance since the age of five, training in Australia and Canada before relocating to the United States. She has examined in the Sonshine Christian Ballet (SCB), the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (CSTD), Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and Christian Ballet Academy (CBA) and holds her teachers qualifications in SCB, CSTD, and CBA. Liza has danced in Europe, Canada, Australia, Central America and the United States (Ad Deum Dance Company). She is the co-writer of the Sonshine Christian Ballet syllabus in the United States.
AINSLEY SUDDS of Calgary, Canada began her dance training at Calgary Imperial School of Ballet and Crossings Dance Ministries at age 5. She has gone on to teach ballet and modern at Crossings for the past 5 years. She was a member of Corps Bara Dance Theatre for 6 years where she had the opportunity to work with internationally known choreographers such as Amy Meyers, Daniela Sodero, Steven Wynne, Mona Enna, Randall Flinn, Lisa Calverly, and Jonathon Kane. Ainsley completed a BA in Dance at the University of Calgary in the fall of 2007. She is presently a professional studies student at the Limon Institute and Peridance in NYC, where she will receive a certificate of completion in the spring of 2008. This next season will take her back to Calgary where she will return to teaching and performing with Corps Bara Dance Theatre.
DEBORAH SEARLE is the founder of Dance INFORMA Magazine (www.danceinforma.com). Project Dance is close to her heart as she seeks to bring relevant and redemptive dance news to the world every day. Deborah was an active member of Hillsong and their dance company. She is trained in Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing Jazz, Modern, Tap and Ballet to major levels, training in Adelaide and Sydney, Australia and Atlanta, USA. Deborah enjoys teaching across Australia and the US where she inspires the next generation of dancers in her classes and workshops.