Master Faculty ~ Festival 2018

Adrienne Canterna

Ballet & Pointe

Adrienne Canterna & The Bad Boys of Ballet  - founded in 2014 and led by choreographer Adrienne Canterna, BAD BOYS of BALLET became Semi-Finalist on Season 9 of the hit TV show, “America’s Got Talent”. BBB continues to tour the world, thrilling audiences with their 21st century ballet styles.

Donna Salgado

Ballet & Pointe

Donna Salgado is a one-of-a-kind contemporary ballet artist based in New York City.


At a young age she became engrossed with her classical ballet studies, training with Tatjana Akinafieva-Smith and Elena Manakhova. Under their guidance she performed in many of the classic works of ballet. She spent summers training at ABT, CPYB, NYSSSA Ballet, and Lines Ballet. 

She furthered her education with a BFA in Dance Performance from Towson University and an MFA in Dance Performance and Teaching from Purchase College, SUNY. During her schooling she performed the choreographies of George Balanchine, Geoffrey Holder, Paul Taylor, Yanis Pikeris, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. She has performed professionally with the Eglevsky Ballet, the Connecticut Ballet, the Sierra Nevada Ballet, Deborah Lohse’s ad Hoc Ballet, Thomas/Ortiz Dance, and David Fernandez’s Some Dance Company. Commercially, she has performed in runway shows and installations for New York Fashion Week, the Armory Show, and the International Beauty Show Expo, and has collaborated with Grammy Award Winning Artist MYA. Donna has commissioned 12 different choreographers to create works on her and/or her company, CONTINUUM, including artists such as Edwaard Liang, Luca Veggetti, Emery LeCrone, Alexandre Proia, Amy Seiwert,

and Juanjo Arques.

Robin Gee

African, Contemporary

Robin Gee is a dance choreographer and filmmaker. She holds an MFA in Contemporary Dance Choreography and Performance from Sarah Lawrence College with a bilateral degree in Filmmaking.

Ms Gee has performed with several dance companies in NY including but not limited to: Les Ballet Bagata directed by Yousouff Koumbassa, the Maimouna Keita Dance Company, Asase Yaa Dance Company and her own company Cinque Folkloric Dance Theater with whom she toured the US and Africa. Her choreographic works have appeared in the North Carolina Dance Festival, Dumbo Arts, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, as well as resident works mounted on various colleges and universities around the world. She is the recipient of the West African Research Association's Post Doctoral Fellowship in African Research and the Central Piedmont Artist's Hub Grant for her work on dance and music in West Africa. She is the recipient of the American Association of University Women's Post Doctoral Research Award (2006 - 2007) for her work on The Mande Legacy, a dance documentation project for which spent six months in Guinea in 2007 and the Fulbright Scholars Award for her research in Mali and Burkina Faso in 2013. She is also the recipient of the 2016-2017 NC Choreographers Fellowship. In 2006 Ms. Gee formed her own company Sugarfoote Productions, a multipurpose service organization which has been serving communities worldwide.  Ms. Gee is an Associate Professor of dance at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, teaching classes in African, Contemporary and Choreography.

Zelda Simms

Hip Hop

Zelda Nadine is a dancer/choreographer who has followed her passions for over 33 years.
Inspired from the tender age of 2 to create routines with her siblings in the basement of her family's homes, she went on to train professionally in all techniques, i.e. ballet, contemporary, jazz, and contemporary.
Her unique gift for Hip Hop has allowed her to choreograph and dance back up for many major artists such as T.I., Fantasia, Juelz Santana, Lil' Mo, Memphis Bleek of Roc Nation, Young Buck of G - Unit just to name a few, which founded and now retired, her to own a all female dance crew, R.A.W., which spawned professional careers of multiple dancers.
The extent of her talents aren't only relegated to dance, but expanded to the areas of artist development, creative director, Tour/Stage creation for artists and performance coaching for Kolten Perine, X Factor Contestant David Corey of Urban Rock Records, and Monika Christian of WB show “Pop Stars” to name a few and being a contracted movement technician for various dance companies and masterclasses. Her gift of creativity has also been honed as a choreographer and teacher throughout Maryland/D.C. area for over 15 years and counting, while training professional dancers who have now become broadway dancers in hit musical Lion King & Matilda, Brooklynettes Dancers, and have appeared inside of Dance Magazine and countless others.
Feeding her passion for dancers and entertainers has now expanded her pallet to competition judging, mentoring professional dancers and now starting a Heels and Jazz Funk Class Dames N’ Stylet. Her personable, relatable nature engages dancers and artist to push their talent, while her attention to detail and desire for excellence will bring out the best in all she's come in contact with.
Passion, perseverance, precision, and presence. That's Zelda Nadine!

Bob Boross

Tap, Vintage Jazz, Musical Theatre

Bob Boross is known internationally for his artistic excellence in jazz, tap, and musical theatre dance, and is known to DC/MD area dancers with his recent teaching at Joy of Motion Dance Center, CityDance Conservatory, The Washington Ballet, and American University.  His impactful career includes dancing on Broadway in Can-Can, choreographing for dance companies throughout Europe and Scandinavia, and teaching as a US State Department sponsored cultural artist at the Boris Eifman Dance Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia.  In 2016 Bob was featured as a jazz dance master in both Dance Teacher and Dance Studio Life magazines, as an invited professor at the NDEO Jazz Dance Conference in Newport, RI, and as a featured musical theatre teacher at the Kennedy Center's Dance Day.  His choreography in the US has been commissioned by VelocityDanceDC in Washington DC, the NY Jazz Dance Choreography Project, and Jazz Dance Los Angeles.  Bob has been a teacher of jazz dance, tap dance, and musical theatre dance, most notably as head of jazz/tap at the University of California/Irvine Dance Department, and musical theatre dance program head at Shenandoah University. He has led university master classes at Carnegie Mellon, Northwestern, NYU, Southern Methodist, and Hunter and Rhode Island Colleges.  Bob's jazz dance teaching is highly influenced by the technique of jazz pioneer Matt Mattox, while his tap dance technique draws from a mix of a light, off of the heels Broadway style with enhanced syncopation.  His classes impart a high level of technique, sensitivity to musicality and nuance, and encouragement of personal expression and performance qualities.  For more information and videos of Bob's work, visit


Nicole Ruark

Musical Theatre, Musical Theatre Tap

Nicole Ruark has had the honor of performing and choreographing throughout the country as well as internationally.  She began her training with Betty Webster at the Salisbury Studio of Dance and continued dancing at the American University where she began her profesional career. Her work as a professional performer includes favorite roles in Cats, The Will Rogers Follies, A Chorus Line, Crazy for You, Guys and Dolls and Sweet Charity.  Ms. Ruark’s contemporary work has landed her several awards including Top Honors and Outstanding Choreography at the Youth American Grand Prix in New York and Outstanding Contemporary at the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland as well as gold and silver medals at the 2013 New York City Dance Alliance.  She has extensive experience as a director and choreographer for universities, regional, and touring companies both in America and internationally.

A sought after teaching artist, Ms. Ruark currently oversees the musical theatre program she created for The Mid Maryland Performing Arts Center where she is also an instructor as well as directs the student musical theatre company. In 2012, Ms. Ruark became a resident artist with the prestigious Broadway Theatre Project. Later that year, she joined the dance faculty of the renowned Imagination Stage in Washington DC. Most recently, Nicole has joined the award-winning Barbara Ingram School for the Arts as Artist in Residence where she instructs and choreographs the next generation of musical theatre performers..

Ms. Ruark graduated cum laude from The American University with a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre.  She attended The Joffrey Ballet School on scholarship and is the recipient of the Herbert R. Brent Scholarship, the Herb Edelman Acting Award, American University’s Outstanding Musical Theatre Performer award, and the Greenberg Scholarship for the Performing Arts. Learn more at



Amanda Woodson

Modern, Improv

Amanda Thom Woodson, MFA in directing and performance from The Ohio State University, is a professor of dance at Goucher College and holds an advanced professional teachers certificate for the State of Maryland.  She is also a certified teacher of Labanotation and most recently was certified in Clinical Pilates and Yoga and is part of the Megan Rich Physical Therapy team. She has an extensive performing and choreographic career both nationally and internationally. Most recently, Amanda was a contributing author for a publication, Early 20th century Polish dance avant-garde artists: stories and reconstructions, published by The Institute of Music and Dance of Warsaw and in collaboration with Routledge Books, 2017.



Lori Clark

Classical Indian & Bollywood

Lori Clark holds an MA, Dance, from American University, Washington DC. A professional dancer, choreographer, and dance anthropologist specializing in Indian and Middle Eastern dance, she currently teaches at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. She brings a life long study of Hindi cinema and Kathak, North Indian classical dance, to her research. She was the recipient of a Smithsonian grant researching the role of women and dance in Hindi cinema through which she interviewed numerous Bollywood personalities. Additionally, Lori has studied and performed Flamenco with Ana Martinez. Lori speaks Hindi, Arabic, and Spanish.

Kristen Stevenson

Ballet & Variations

Bio Coming Soon!

Jen Graham

Improv, Jazz & Leaps & Turns

Jen holds both a Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Choreography and Performance from the University of Maryland, as well as her Certification as a Movement Analyst from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in Brooklyn, NY. She is also the Founding Director of Project C Studios, a private dance school and performance space located in Westminster, MD serving the preK-12, higher education, and professional dance communities. Jen has lectured, taught, presented work, and performed extensively along the east coast for over 15 years; including concert, commercial, and theatrical work for regional festivals, area high schools, private dance studios, community theatre groups, higher educational institutions such as the American College Dance Association, Carroll and Howard Community Colleges, the University of Maryland, Skidmore College, and the State University of New York New Paltz, and other professional arenas such as MetLife Stadium, the New 42nd Street Studios in Manhattan, NY, The Harvey School in Katonah, NY, Joe’s Movement Emporium and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC among others. Furthermore, on the competitive circuit, Jen’s choreography and coaching has won numerous awards and special accolades, as well as earning her dancers title recognitions. Jen’s preprofessional students have gone on to attend prestigious programs such as those at New York University’s Tisch School, Marymount Manhattan College, and University of the Arts, to name a few, and continue to forge successful professional careers within the field.

In addition to her work as a teaching artist, Jen also works privately with clients in the areas of somatic movement repatterning and performance coaching for both functional and expressive movement, as well as offering leadership and communication training for youth, post graduate, and corporate groups. Most recently she partnered with the Neuro and Cognitive Science Department at the University of Maryland to create the DeLeComm (Developing Leadership Communication) Program for Graduate and PhD Students entering the workforce. Jen has also served in notable positions on the boards of the Maryland Council for Dance and Capitol Region Educators of Dance Organization, as well as within the University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, & Performance Studies. She actively continues to share her philosophy and artistic perspective independently and in public and private institutions, schools, and arts organizations as a body-worker, choreographer, guest artist, lecturer, and presenter.

Paulette Florio


Paulette is a life long yogi who has taught yoga for over 40 years. Her classes are a
blend of her yoga training (Sivananda, Integral, Iyengar, Tri Yoga, Anusara, Ashtanga, Aerial Yoga) plus her 30 years in Neuromuscular Massage Therapy (NMT). She focuses on student safety, proper alignment, cultivating the breath and making yoga available to all populations regardless of age or physical condition. She teaches all levels of mat and Aerial Yoga. She is certified in Yoga for Scoliosis, Back Care Yoga, Yoga for Cancer (Y4C) and Aerial Yoga.  For more than 12 year she has shared her knowledge and passion for yoga at THE STUDIO, a yoga studio in St. Michaels, MD.  Paulette strongly believes that “yoga is for every body”.

Barclay Gibbs

Stretch / Conditioning for Dance

Barclay Gibbs is the Artistic Director of Ballet Chesapeake and the Owner and Artistic Director of the Dance Conservatory of Maryland (DCM). Barclay received her early dance training at the Peabody Preparatory, Towson University’s Children’s Dance Division, and the Baltimore School for the Arts. As part of her training in the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus, Barclay completed both the Advanced Ballet and Solo Seal RAD examinations. Barclay trained at the Central
Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and went on to perform professionally with Ballet British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and with Charleston Ballet Theater in South Carolina. Barclay has performed in many classical ballets as well as works by leading choreographers such as George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, and John Alleyne. Barclay received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Dance Performance graduating summa cum laude from Towson University. Barclay taught and choreographed ballet and modern dance for schools throughout the Mid-Atlantic
region including the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Towson University, Baltimore Ballet, the Greater York Center for Dance Education, and the Peabody Preparatory of Johns Hopkins before becoming the Artistic Director of DCM and Ballet Chesapeake in 2008.

Kirsten Grish


Bio Coming Soon!

Amanda Showell

Swing Dance, Salsa

Amanda started dancing ballet and tap at 6 years old. Intrigued by her parent’s social ballroom dance lessons she started taking ballroom dancing at the age of 9.  From that time, Amanda knew ballroom dancing would be her life path.

Amanda entered in her first competition at the age of 10. From there Amanda would go on to become US Amateur Junior Pro – am Champion in both International Latin & Standard, Ohio Star Ball ( Now the world pro – am championships )Ladies Pro – Am  Adult Standard Champion and US National Grand Finalist in International Standard, Latin and American Smooth. Before turning professional Amanda went undefeated in the International Standard for over a year.

In 1996 Amanda decided to turn professional and began teaching. Amanda competed in the Professional International Standard division from 1996 – 2001. Some of her titles included:

2000 & 2001 US Professional International Standard Rising Star Finalist
Southeastern US Rising Star Professional Champion 2000
Dancesport Montreal Rising Star Standard Champion

Amanda is proud to have instructed at some of the largest dance schools on the East Coast. She is also the former coach of the University of Delaware & Princeton University Dance Teams.

In 2001 Amanda decided to retire from professional competition. At that time she also returned back to her native Eastern Shore of Maryland and began instructing in Easton. In the past 17 years she has built “Dancing on the shore” which has now expanded to be in 7locations and 6 instructors.  Amanda is excited about the future of Dancing on the Shore as it grows and expands. Amanda is proud to say she has been a ballroom dancer for 30 years and a teacher for 22.  She is available for private & group instruction in International Standard, Latin, American Smooth and Rhythm at all levels beginners to advance. She is available for classes in Easton, Salisbury and Milford, DE.

Amanda resides in Greensboro, MD


NSquared Dance


Also performing in our Artists Concert, dancers from NSquared will be teaching as well!  More bio details coming soon!

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