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.
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 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 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!
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 www.bobboross.com.
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 www.NicoleRuark.com
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.
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.