Madison Olandt was born and raised in Thousand Oaks, California where she is one of five children. As a daughter to an actor and a professional dancer, she was bound to pursue a career in the performing arts. Her training began in gymnastics, where she was ranked top 20 in the nation of her age group. This background introduced her to the world of acrobatics, where she discovered her love for fitness, wellness, and movement. Madison then transitioned into dance at the age of 14, where she trained at Cuizon Ballet Center, Academy of Dance, and worked as an assistant for Joe Tremaine Dance Conventions. She was awarded West Coast Elite’s Dancer of the Year 2012 and 2013. Madison is signed with MSA, and is currently a student at UCLA, where she is pursuing a double major in Dance and Psychology. Through this dual degree, Madison has found an important connection between movement and message, a chore value and motivation to her choreographic works. As a student, she has trained and collaborated with world renowned professors such as Michel Kouakou, Rennie Harris, Natsuo Tomita, Cheng Chieh, Jaime Rogers, and Hsiao-Mei Ho. She is the director and choreographer of a student run dance company called FastcoLA, comprised of all female dancers who perform at extravagant UCLA campus events, dance competitions, and several clubs and venues outside of the UCLA scene. Madison is trained in the styles of ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, acrobatics, bharatanatyam, tai chi, cambodian, and west-african. Some of Madison’s professional choreographic works have also been showcased at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion for an audience of full capacity. She looks forward to obtaining her two Bachelors degrees, furthering her artistic development, and spreading her knowledge of movement to the youth.
Hope Rosemary grew up in San Diego where she became a company member of Fern Street Circus at the ripe young age of ten, by fifteen she was performing as a circus professional. In 2010 she relocated to Los Angeles and continues to share her passion for youth circus programming through movement education and performance. Many of her class offerings include aerial silks, lyra, acro/tumbling, acroyoga, partner acrobatics, & yoga.
Hope developed a cross training curriculum taking all of her sports experience, dance training, circus and lifestyle skills and created her own program – CircusFit is a fun fitness program that focuses on strengthening the body in order to fine-tune your performance.
Hope gives her time to raise the local children in our community by offering her hand as coach and role model. Caring for each other is one of the nicest things anyone can do, and her favorite way to show she cares, is by sharing the many disciplines she has learned.
Abby Lee is the Owner and Director of the Maryen Lorrain Dance Studio in Pittsburgh. In May of 1995, she opened the doors to her brand new state-of-the-art facility, renamed Reign Dance Productions. Ms. Miller is also the founder and chief choreographer of The Abby Lee Dance Company.
Ms. Miller was certified by test to teach by Dance Masters of America and received a 25 year pin. In addition, she acts as a consultant to several Public School Districts and is an advisor to Dancer Magazine. She is honored to be the Past President of Dance Masters of Pennsylvania. She is the teacher and a choreographer of fifty-three State & Regional Title Holders & Twenty-four National Title Winners!
A teacher’s reputation is based solely on the success of her students, and successful they are! She has students appearing on Broadway, at Walt Disney World in Orlando and Tokyo Disneyland in Japan, Radio City Music Hall in NYC, Detroit, Nashville, across the United States and abroad in Italy, Greece, and Japan. For every child that has gone on to dance professionally, there are a hundred more who have traveled to exciting cities, stayed in four-star hotels and won major competitions. Thanks to her, there are countless more who have stood a little taller, spoken a little louder and learned the value of hard work. She truly teaches a child that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!
Recently, Ms. Miller gained international recognition for her tv series Dance Moms, the highest rated show on the Lifetime network, and recently debuted her newest project on Lifetime, Abby Lee’s Ultimate Dance Competition. She has received accolades across the world, inspiring countless children to dance.
Her Favorite Quote: ”After 27 years of working, I still don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody else!” ~ Bill Cosby
(Alum) All Genres of Dance and Acrobatics
Contemporary, Legs & Feet, Lyrical, Tap, Acrobatics, Gymnastics & Competition Co – Chair
Taylor Robinson was born in Bethel Park, PA where he trained at Borelli’s Dance Gallery and Pittsburgh Youth Ballet. He recently graduated as a dance major with a concentration in Jazz from Point Park University under the direction of Susan Stowe. He received his BFA in December of 2013.
Taylor has had the pleasure of being cast in the original work ‘The Bench’ by Kiesha Lalama, as well as award winning works created by Ronald Tassone, Nicholas Petrov, and Garfield Lemonius. He recently performed for a Pittsburgh-based company, Texture Contemporary Ballet, under the direction of Alan Obuzor in their debut repertoire; ‘The Alkonost’ and ‘Infinity’. Other credits include ‘Rush Hour’ choreographed by Robert Battle, ‘Enemy Behind the Gates’ by Christopher Huggins and ‘End of Time’ by Ben Stevenson. Taylor also performed in the smash-hit musical, ‘In the Heights’ in August 2013. His latest credits include ‘Journey’ by esteemed choreographer Randy Duncan and ‘Fatum Inflictum’ by Hubbard Street’s very own Terence Marling. He learned to entertain from the best – Walt Disney himself. Taylor, a Mainstage Performer on Disney’s Cruise Line – The Dream, danced into the hearts of families from around the world.
Now he finds himself back where it all started… inside a dance studio as the active Manager of Reign Dance Productions and the Resident Choreographer of The Abby Lee Dance Company. Taylor is an inspiring, innovative, energetic instructor that teaches by example. He is thrilled and excited for this competitive season to begin!
Contemporary Jazz, Hip Hop
James A. Washington, a native of Rochester, NY, began his dance training at Dance 22. He graduated cum laude from the Conservatory at Point Park University, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in dance. James has worked with and performed pieces by Robert Battle, David Parsons, Christopher Huggins, Kyle Abraham, Camille A. Brown, Sidra Bell, Peter Chu, and many others. James was ranked Top Five at the 2012 International Choreography Competition at Giordano Jazz Dance World Congress. His choreography credits also include: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Slippery Rock University, Cleveland School of the Arts, Houston Met Too Youth Company, and Abby Lee Dance Company. James was the 2013 male recipient of the “Brazzy Award,” given for outstanding achievement in the field of dance. James was a founding member of the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble (“Top 25 to Watch” in 2012, Dance Magazine) under the direction of Greer Reed in Pittsburgh, PA. He has also performed as a guest artist with The Houston Metropolitan Dance Company in Houston, TX. Finally, James joined the creative team of “The Bench: Journey into Love” as the rehearsal and staging director alongside creator Keisha Lalama. The show is in the stages of pre-production for national commercial audiences.
Aeriel Silks, Lyra, Strength & Conditionjng, Hip Hop, Acrobatics
Kelsey was born in California, but grew up in Macedonia, Ohio, where she spent her school years competing in dance, cheerleading, and acrobatics. In 2011, Kelsey took her passion for dance and acrobatics into the air, and has since trained at notable studios and workshops across the country, including the Circus Arts Conservatory in Sarasota, FL, the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, and the Denver Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival. She also recently competed as a top ten finalist in the U.S. Aerial Championships in NYC.
Kelsey has over fifteen years of experience teaching dance and acrobatics, most recently with Xclaim Dance Company and NorthPointe Dance Academy in nearby Columbus, OH. In addition to teaching at the Abby Lee Dance Company, Kelsey is also the Artistic Director of Iron City Aerial, an aerial performance company here in Pittsburgh. Reserve a private or class with Kelsey and learn to fly!
Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap & Competition Choreography
Guy Amir started his dance training at the age of 7 years old at the Charlotte Klein Dance Centers in Worcester MA. Guy has studied in a variety of dance styles including Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, and Hip-Hop. Teaching dance since the age of 16, Guy loves working with students of all ages. After receiving his BFA from the University of Arizona in 2012, Guy moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career in dance.
Since moving to LA Guy has had the privilege to work on TV shows including “Glee”, “The Goldbergs”, “Todrick” on MTV, “my crazy ex girlfriend”, and various Nickelodeon Shows. Guy has also worked as an actor and dancer in commercials for Android, Google, Pepsi to name a few.
Teaching will always be one of Guy’s passions and he is so excited to be a part of ALDCLA.
Jazz, Jazz Funk, Hip Hop & Competition Choreography
Rumer Noel was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and started dancing at a very early age. She grew up dancing at her Great Aunt, Kitty Carter’s studio, Kitty Carter’s Dance Factory. While at the studio, Rumer traveled and assisted Nick Florez on various Co. Dance, dance conventions, and was able to start teaching and choreographing while still in high school. Rumer was making her mark as a young dancer. Once Rumer graduated high school, she went on to become a dance major at the University of Arizona. Rumer was able to graduate from UofA in three years with honors and a BFA in fine arts.
Now, Rumer is currently living in Los Angeles, and is signed with Bloc Talent Agency. Rumer has already had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Nick Florez & RJ Durell, Kenny Ortega, Travis Payne, Teresa Espinosa, and Todrick Hall along with amazing talents such as Katy Perry, Christina Grimmie, Jon Secada, and K.Michelle- just to name a few. You can now catch Rumer in a few episodes on “Todrick” on MTV, and in Todrick’s “Fiat” commericial. Rumer will continue to grow throughout her journey as a dancer/choreographer while following the path to success, wherever it may take her.
Rumer is extremely excited to be a part of the ALDC faculty, and to get to share her passion of dance as well as her choreography with the best/most talented dancers in LA. “This is an amazing opportunity. I’m thankful each and every week that I get to call this my job.”
Music, Voice, Piano
Born in Singapore but raised in Houston, TX and Chicago, IL. Peter Maharani began his music education as a young child, singing hymns in church. He continued with piano lessons at age 6 and picked up saxophone at age 10. Throughout grade school, high school, and college, Peter performed and competed in a variety of concerts, touring choirs, musicals, and national competitions.
Peter currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA where he serves as the full-time music teacher and choir director at Trinity Christian School, and a director at the Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts. Peter received his Bachelor’s in Music Education in 2014 from Grove City College.
Peter is excited to bring his upbeat and energetic teaching style to RDP Home of: The Abby Lee Dance Company to get kids interested in learning proper vocal techniques and music reading as it relates to their dance training.
Classical Ballet, Pointe, Variations
A native of Bellingen, Australia, Keira Schwartz studied under the careful eyes of Josephine Jason and Allan Cross before heading overseas to Mannheim, Germany on full scholarship to “Der Akademie Des Tanzes.” Upon completing her training, Keira remained in Europe, dancing for Staats theatre Meiningen Ballett and the Antactisches Ballet Theatre Dessau. With new shores in sight, she then moved to England to dance for Northern Ballet. Since arriving in America, Keira has danced for the Sarasota Ballet, Atlantic City Ballet, Ballet San Jose, Company C, Rawson project, Ballet red and Barak ballet.
She has recently dabbled in commercial ballet projects here in LA including the VMAs with Iggy Azalea and a music video for coldplays “true love”
Keira is a fully certified In the Gyrotonic expansion system and also practices and teaches a floor barre.
“The path isn’t a straight line; it’s a spiral. You continually come back to things you thought you understood and see deeper truths”
Tap & Musical Theatre
Raised in Florida, Ali has since established herself as an inspiring master teacher and upcoming choreographer throughout the country. She is currently a faculty member on several dance conventions and competitions, including Sheer Talent, Dance Olympus, and Danza. She has choreographed works for various dancers and venues throughout the nation, most recently including Occidental College’s musical “The Drowsy Chaperone.” She received her B.S. in American Dance Pedagogy from Oklahoma City University.
Her professional credits include both theatrical and commercial venues, including “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”, and had a featured spot in the new film “Dance Off” with Tabitha and Napoleon and Mark Goodman. Recently, she can be seen as a featured as a dancer in the music video “Bumps Gonna Goose Ya”, featuring Jack Black for the upcoming film Goosebumps. She was a core company member of Gregg Russell’s Tapsounds Underground, and performed as a “Sophisticated Lady” at the legendary Cotton Club in NYC with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, which gave her the opportunity to perform with other tap greats Jason Samuel Smith and Chloe Arnold at the 23rd Annual Tap Extravaganza. Ali can be seen as a featured tap dancer on the FOX TV show, “Mobbed”. Her recent musical credits include Cabrillo Music Theatre’s production of “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Rocky Horror Show”. Ali hopes to continue spreading her love of dance and education to students everywhere! Peace, love and pullbacks!
Acrobatics/ Gymnastics, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Preschool
Alyssa Guerrieri has been dancing and performing for over fifteen years and has a true passion for the art of dance. A former Miss Dance of America, Alyssa has studied in all genres of dance. Upon graduation from high school, Alyssa moved to Los Angeles from her home of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to pursue her dance dreams. She is currently a student at Loyola Marymount University, where she is majoring in Health and Human Sciences. Because dance is such a physically demanding art, Alyssa believes this education will help her to educate not only in technique, but also in flexibility and stretching to prevent injury. Alyssa’s stage performances include Carnival Choreographer’s Ball – choreographed by Matthew Tseng, NappyTabs Madness & Mayhem, the Millennium Experience – choreographed by Nick Lanzisera, and the Capezio 125th Anniversary Show in New York City. She most recently was featured on Fox’s New York City Auditions for Season 12 of “SYTYCD” and in the Las Vegas callbacks shows. Alyssa has appeared in several music videos for choreographer Matthew Tseng. In addition to her performances, Alyssa has modeled for Dancewear Solutions and has worked with models on set for the 2016 catalogue shoots. She is currently on the national tour with West Coast Dance Explosion, under the direction of John Crutchman and Alan Sherfield. Alyssa is eager to continue growing and learning as an artist, believing that with hard work and dedication, “anything can happen if you let it!”
At the age of 3, Russian born, Olga Sokolova began her artistic journey as a rhythmic gymnast in the small town of Vladivostok. In 2002, Olga joined the Olympic Training School of Russia where she received the title of Master of Sports. Following her olympic training, Olga received recognition as a champion in the Siberian tournament “Nika”, and later became a winner of “Primorskie Zori”, a championship of Far East of Russia. In 2005, Olga became a rhythmic gymnast technical instructor and ballet teacher in Herbaria Training Center in Barcelona, Spain. Following her Olympic career, Olga traveled to Europe to study dance at the Cinevox Junior Dance Company in Neuhausen Rheinfall, Switzerland where she received a scholarship from the International Academy of Ballet and Modern Dance. Upon graduating in 2009, Olga toured Europe taking lead roles for Romeo and Juliet, and Bolero. During this period, Olga received intensive technical training at Wuppertal Pina Bausch Dance Theatre in Germany.
In 2011, Olga traveled to the United States as she received a scholarship from the American Musical and dramatic Academy with a major in dance. Since her studies, Olga has choreographed solo and group dance performances for YAGP and Velocity dance competitions where her students have received gold, silver, and bronze achievements. In 2014, Olga joined Go2Talent Agency where she has succeeded as a performer and choreographer throughout the United States.
Hollywood entertainer, Nicci, was born to parents Jim, a musician (Berklee College of Music) and Carol, a sleep technologist, and raised in a small town on the New Jersey coast along with three younger brothers, Jim Foon, a well known LA based recording engineer, Anthony, and Joseph.
Early on, the captivating youngster was recognized as a natural performer and began her singing career at the age of 7 in a local talent show. She continued performing in many theatre/musical theatre projects, from leading roles in “Hair,” to “Songs for a New World,” and “Footloose.” Her theatre experience quickly broadened her interest in acting for film and TV. Her dream was made a reality when she was able to be the host of a syndicated TV show on CNN/CN8 at the age of 15. That was a big year, as she was also able to do her first studio recording as a solo vocalist. Her performances as a soloist at the prestigious NJPAC and PNC Bank Arts Center lead her to the Big Apple.
As a teen, Nicci moved to Manhattan and in a short while was performing locally with the likes of Kathleen Battle at Ashford and Simpson’s “Sugar Bar”. She has been very fortunate as a young performer to be able to share the stage and screen with many admirable artists, including Jay Leno, Michael Bearden, Paul Shaffer, Dan Kneece, Chris Walden, Jesse Dylan, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love, Mario Lopez, Gilles Marini “Sex and The City”, The cast of “So You Think You Can Dance”, members of “America’s Best Dance Crew”, Grammy Award winning Edna Wright and the Honey Cone, The Temptations, Debbie Reynolds, Barbara Eden, Louis vanAmstel “Dancing With the Stars”, Lynda Carter, the cast of American Idol, DJ Vice, Eric DLux, DJ Echo (Power 106),Basim (Danish X-Factor), Darla Beaux (Rondor International Music Publishing), Carlos Jenkins (Hitbangaz), Justin Garza, Nels Jensen and Emmett Skyy.
Nicci is a performing Solo Artist/ Touring and Studio Singer/ Songwriter/ Vocal Producer/ VO Actor/ Actor/ Host/ Recording Studio Owner. Needless to say, the Angeleno wears many hats while avidly pursuing her career and working as a performer. You can catch Nicci a spokesperson in a nationally airing ADHD awareness campaign “Own It” alongside Adam Levine, which features her as a Singer/ Artist/ Studio Owner. She owns and operates a studio in Los Angeles where she writes, records, and works collaboratively with new students and artists alike. Her debut Indie Pop-Rock EP, “Picture Perfect”, is set to be released alongside her music videos and Vevo Channel in 2016. She isn’t confined to Los Angeles however, and keeps an open mind about varied projects that have taken her all over the country, which included a stint headlining in spectacular Las Vegas. She has also landed leading roles in the feature films “Lucky Loser” (Sundance). Her most recent TV appearance was on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno and the soap “Passions”. She’s appeared in various commercials and continues to work as a well-rounded performer. She has recently been offered several exciting animation opportunities in the world of voice-over and released an iPad app for children where she performs over 40 character voices.
Nicci continues to thrive and find interest in every aspect of the arts.
As a creative innovator and cutting edge entertainment industry visionary, Shayon THEHITMAN is on the pulse of all things music, as a self-taught piano player since age 5 and a Producer/Solo Artist/Writer. Shayon is not limited to writing for himself, alone; he’s also a Producer/Writer to many successful and up-and-coming indie artists. He’s able to relate to the ears of the everyday listener and to those of the most refined audio engineers.
While working on independent projects and touring, Shayon teaches music to special needs adults at Performing Arts Studio West (PASW), a school that has been featured on ABC and 60 minutes for it’s exceptional talent. Influenced by the likes of Prince, Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin, Seal, Outkast, Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, The Beatles and Musical Theatre, Shayon’s whole life has been dedicated to feeling music deeply.
“I’m young, tenacious and ready to make my mark on the industry as a breakthrough leader. I’m ready to share my knowledge and music with everyone. So here’s to us singing, laughing, crying and dancing together – all at the same time!”