Tony Mansker *2017 IDA Judge!*
Originally from Manhattan Beach, CA, Tony is a proud member of the Original Broadway Cast of Disney’s smash hit MARY POPPINS, tapping upside down and across the ceiling as Bert on numerous occasions. Other performing credits include SOPHISTICATED LADIES with Maurice Hines, and most recently Bert in MARY POPPINS at Ogunquit Playhouse. Television credits include INSIDE AMY SCHUMER, THE VIEW, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, THE MACYS THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE, The TONY Awards, THE WALT DISNEY WORLD CHRISTMAS DAY PARADE, and numerous commercials including Nintendo DS and Coca Cola. Mr. Tony is the owner and founder of the BROADWAY ARTS LAB, a musical theatre training program offering workshops in singing, acting, music, and musical theatre style dancing to dance studios across the country. Although he calls New York City home, Mr. Tony travels extensively sharing the magic of the performing arts with young people across the United States and Mexico. Passionate about high quality performing arts education, he is certified in THE PAULA MORGAN TECHNIQUE and incorporates this revolutionary method of dance training into his ballet, jazz and musical theatre dance classes. He is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts; BFA in Theatre. Visit www.BroadwayArtsLab.com for more information. Dance on!
Danielle Sten-Guillermo develops inspiring contemporary compositions that are sought after by other innovators, contemporary companies and educational institutions. Her work has been performed on the stage at the Joyce Theater in New York City, and in the scenes of Disney Channel movies, representing her versatility in the industry. Danielle has been blessed to work along side 2 time Emmy-nominated choreographer, Christopher Scott in film, music and television. She was his Assistant Choreographer and Dancer in the Disney Channel Original Movie, “Teen Beach Movie” and its sequel, “Teen Beach 2“, as well as in “Lemonade Mouth”. Her television credits include being Associate Choreographer for SYTYCD Season 8 Finale Show, Assistant Choreographer for ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “The View”, and as a dancer for music icon, Gloria Estefan, on “The Rosie Show”, “Nuestra Navidad”, and “The View”. Danielle was also a dancer in Gloria Estefan’s “Wepa” music video. Early in her career, Danielle had the privilege of dancing for Paula Abdul. In 2008, Danielle and her husband, Lance Guillermo, created “On the DL”. They are a fusion of unique contemporary movement with the fundamentals of hip hop technique – a duet that challenges the misconceptions of a true blend of contemporary movement with authentic hip hop dance. Most recently, Danielle and Lance were invited performers for TEDxBaltimore. Together they are resident faculty members for PowerPak, Turn It Up Dance Convention, A Day of Dance, and for the Baltimore-based workshop CRAZE: A New Dance Experience, as well as travel across the country and overseas to teach master classes, and choreograph unique compositions. During the summer of 2013, Danielle and Lance wrote, directed, and choreographed an original theater-dance production entitled, “Working America”. Their work has also been performed in shows in Los Angeles, California, Las Vegas, Nevada, New York City, Orlando, Florida and other parts of the country. Danielle is represented by Movement Talent Agency for Choreography and Education.
Tara-Jean Popowich was born in Letbridge, Alberta Canada and started training in ballet, point, tap, and jazz in her early years. Tara-Jean has lived throughout Canada and the United States to peruse her dance career. Her first professional job was dancing back up at age 17. Tara-Jean was titled the winner of So You Think You Can Dance Canada Season 2. She was recently a dancer and choreographer for Carly Rae Jepson who was featured in Gianomax commercials. Not only is Tara-Jean a talented dancer, but she is also a highly sought after teacher and choreographer. She has taught all over the world including Spain, Italy, Ukraine, Australia and Africa to name a few. Some of her other credits include appearances as a guest celebrity at the 2010 Olympics, a role in “Heart of Dance” the movie, and dancer in the JUNO awards featured on MTV. Aside from dancing she love’s travelling, scuba diving, bungee jumping, snowboarding, anything exciting. She wishes all of the competitors the best of luck this weekend!
Michael Susten is currently teaching at Broadway Dance Center in NYC. Michael is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a BFA in Jazz Dance Performance and was honored with the Choreography Prize upon graduation. In 2006 Michael moved to Orlando, Florida to pursue a job offer at the Walt Disney World Resorts, where he went on to perform in “The Festival of the Lion King” and Magic Kingdom’s “Trolley” Show. He then became a seasonal employee and continued to perform over the next five years. He also had the opportunity to choreograph and perform for Disney’s ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade. While a sophomore in college, Michael created the Xhale Dance Company, a contemporary company based in the heart of Philadelphia. He produced and directed eleven shows while he was still a student. In addition to their seasonal productions, the company also performed in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, The Koresh Artist Showcase and The Choreographer’s Canvas. After graduation Michael continued producing his company, while teaching at studios in the Tri-State Area, including Dance New Amsterdam in NYC. In 2010 Michael and his dancers were selected to showcase his work in the Dance Underneath the Stars Choreography Festival in Palm Springs, California. The Xhale Dance Company also had the opportunity to perform as a guest with Tracie Stanfield’s Synthesis Dance Project, before celebrating its 5th Anniversary concert at the Salvatore Capezio Theatre at Peridance last year. Last summer, Michael was honored to be a finalist in the International Choreography Competition at Jazz Dance World Congress. He was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine (November 2012 issue) and also won the video of the month. Michael is a judge for regional and national competitions and continues to travel the country to educate and inspire young artists. He is currently getting ready for the NYC debut of his new dance company Michael Susten & Company. A recent write up in NYCStuff said “Mr. Susten is a choreographer who is unafraid to explore the dynamics of motion and emotion, his choreography is athletic with a balletic overtone.” -Darrell Wood
Courtney Ortiz, a native of Baltimore, MD, is signed with one of the country’s top leading dance agents, Bloc Talent Agency. She is a winner of the National Foundation Advancement of the Arts youngARTS award for Modern Dance. Her professional dance career has allowed her to travel the world performing in places such as: Los Angeles, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Germany, Alaska, Australia and France. While living in New York City, Courtney has performed in many productions including Broadway on Broadway in Times Square, the dance musical at the New York Musical Theatre Festival and at Radio City Music Hall. She has been seen on TV back up dancing for Korean Superstar PSY for his “Gentleman” debut on The Today Show, behind Chris Brown for his “Fine China” release, dancing next to Kelly Ripa on Live! with Regis and Kelly, and working out alongside Madonna promoting her MDNA World Tour! Courtney has also had the opportunity to audition for “So You Think You Can Dance” where she has successfully received a “Ticket to Vegas” multiple times and made it to the Top 50 Female Dancers in Season 9. Other professional credits include: numerous music videos, Royal Caribbean Cruise lines, The Latin Quarter Show at REVEL Casino Atlantic City, Choreographer and Featured Dancer in YouTube’s hit web series The Key of Awesome, The Aluminum Show in Madrid, Spain, David’s Bridal Commercial, and a competition judge on Lifetime’s “Dance Moms” Seasons 2 & 3. Courtney most recently returned home from Europe performing in the classic musical West Side Story as the Assistant Dance Captain and Jet Girl during it’s International Tour, where they performed for 10 weeks at the world renown Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, France. Currently, Courtney teaches Master Classes around the country and is on staff with numerous dance conventions.
Michelle Robinson honors Turn It Up Dance Challenge as no stranger to dance and the field of entertainment. With a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from the State University of New York. Michelle has not only gone on to a successful career as a dancer on and off Broadway but she has also managed to maintain a strong commitment to education as a Teaching Artist. Since recently departing from the Broadway production of Chicago the Musical where she was a cast member of for the past thirteen years. Michelle has had the pleasure to serve as a celebrity judge for Dynamite, Rising Star and New York Dance Alliance which has given me a solid understanding of the process and procedures of the competition circuit. Given her skills, experience and sincere commitment to dance education, Michelle continues to make a valuable contribution to the dance industry.
Maud Arnold honors Turn It Up Dance Challenge coming from an extensive dance background. Maud made her stage debut at age 4 with Savion Glover, acting in his piece “The Real Deal” which was presented on Broadway. At age 17, she spent a summer dancing in Brazil. She then moved to Los Angeles and attended The Debbie buytramadolbest.com/ativan.html Allen Dance Academy, on scholarship, to study in a comprehensive dance program with master teachers from around the world. Maud has been a featured faculty member and performer for the LA Tap Fest since 2004. She teaches annually in Debbie Allen’s Dance Institutes in Dallas and Houston, Texas. In 2004, Maud was featured as “One of the Top 20 Under 20 Tap Dancers” in Dance Spirit Magazine. Her television credits include “Secret Talents of the Stars” as a dancer for Mya, the opening number for the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, NBC’s Today Show, and the annual Fourth of July Celebration on the Mall with Ray Charles. Maud has also worked on numerous music video projects as assistant to the director with artists such as Lil Wayne, Jennifer Lopez, Keri Hilson, Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, Keyshia Cole and more. As a stand-in and double Maud has worked with Beyonce for a Direct TV commercial as well as “Single Ladies” and “If I were a Boy” music videos. A recent graduate of Columbia University in film, Maud hopes to pioneer new Tap experiences for the tap and film community.
Jean Wenzel *2017 IDA Judge!*
Jean Wenzel, A long standing judge on the competition circuit, Jean is one of the most respected judges in the dance community. Originally, from Minneapolis, Jean attended the University of Minnesota and performed with the Minneapolis ballet company. She continued her professional career performing with major entertainers such as Jimmy Durante, Wayne Newton, Juliet Prowse and many others. Upon settling in Massachusetts, Jean founded and operated a large dance studio for 13 years. She is currently a faculty member at Dean College Palladino School of dance. In her 31 years at Dean, she has taught tap, choreography, musical theater and has choreographed many musicals and dance company pieces. Jean has been representing Dean College by presenting scholarships for the past several years. More than one million dollars has been awarded, allowing many dancers to continue their education in this prestigious dance program. Jean continues her studies by attending workshops as well as teaching at several of the events. She is past president and a permanent board member for Dance Masters NE chapter 5. In addition to adjudicating competitions nationwide, Jean has been the American tap judge for the World Tap Championships in Germany twice. Look for her advice on competitions in Publications of Dance Studio Life magazine. Jean loves judging so that she can share her knowledge with aspiring dancers.
Sarah-Kay “SkooJ” *2017 IDA Judge!*
Sarah-Katarina (SKooJ CorE-O) brings her knowledge and talents to the Performing Arts with experience in performance, choreography, instruction, and adjudication. SKooJ’s organic approach toward movement created the Boston Community Dance Project (BCDP), a professional collective expressing their passion of story telling through contemporary and fusion movements. BCDP’s work can be seen at NYC Dance Week, NYC Carnival, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, and our annual BCDP show every August! SKooJ is also the Former Artistic Director of the Boston-based Static Noyze Dance Company (World Of Dance:NYC/NJ Champions and 5x Best Theme Winner), whom are a Theatrical Hip Hop Company that have guest performed for Former Governor Devaul Patrick, Harvard Business School’s New Venture Competition, and for colleges throughout the country. Her choreography and direction has also been featured on the HGTV series “Spontaneous Construction”, NESN, The Dr. Oz Show! and on the most recent WayFair.com Commercials as well as MTV’s new show PROMPOSAL! Her talents have also paired up with TedEX Boston/Philadelphia, New Balance, Broadway in Boston, LA’s own Club Jete, and Carnival Choreographer’s Ball Anniversary Show! SKooJ is also part of the adjudication world being on the judges panel for Prelude Urban Dance Competitions, Turn It Up Dance Challenge, Kids Artistic Revue (KAR), Elite Dance Challenge, and Diva Dance Competitions. She also travels the country and teaches at their conventions and nationals locations setting productions on their selected elite dancers throughout the season! Most recently, SKooJ is on faculty of the new craze Artistic Dance Exchange and has started assisting Brian Friedman at his RADIX Dance Convention classes! SKooJ CorE-O entered the Music Video scene with choreographing for International Pop Artist Tamara Rodriguez, Pop/R&B Artist Erene, and Lucia Marie’s House of Blues Tour! Other credits include “Digital Love” by Makio, “Dance With You” by Bad.
Adriana Falcon has just returned from China where she served as Dance Captain for the “Belles of Broadway” show in Macau! While in Asia, she has had the opportunity to perform in The Venetian’s “Carnivale”, open for Cantopop boy band “Grasshopper” at the VML’s Celebration Concert with over 2,500 attendees, dance at the opening ceremonies for Mario Batali’s restaurant “Lupa”, as well as teach and freelance in Hong Kong! Adriana was one of twelve chosen to join the cast of Bravo’s hit series “Step it Up & Dance!” She has performed Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” on the TODAY Show and at the Tribeca Film Festival. Adriana is featured in Shaun T’s popular fitness series “INSANITY” and “Hip Hop Abs”! Adriana was featured in the opening ceremonies for the U.S. Open, performed with music legend Manheim Steamroller and danced alongside The Hangover’s Zach Galifianakis. Industrials include: XBOX 360’s KINECT featuring Ne-Yo, Waterford Crystals and N.Y.L.A. Shoes. Adriana was both dancer and actor in independent films The Video Guys, Maggie Marvel, The Book of Me, and will be playing the lead in upcoming dance documentary “20-Somethings”! Theater credits include: Peter Pan (Wachusett Theatre Co), The King and I (Salisbury Lyric Opera), Anything Goes (Booth Productions) and Spain’s Le Cirque. Adriana is a member of LiNK! the Movement, under Artistic Director Ginger Cox, and has performed at the International Dance Festival in NYC, “On With The Dance” benefiting Dancer’s Responding to Aids, “Built on Stilts” in Martha’s Vineyard, Waxworks, Jazz Dance Enterprises, 60×60 Festival, Webster Hall, 92Y, among others. Adriana Falcon has a B.A. in Education from the University of Massachusetts- Amherst. She is a guest teacher at Broadway Dance Center in NYC, has taught contemporary at The Joffrey Ballet School in NYC, and is the Artistic Director of NYC’S Performing Arts Collective, an in-house master class series that brings NYC dance professionals to studios and schools across the country (www.thepacnyc.com). Ms. Falcon has adjudicated numerous competitions and conventions in the U.S including Turn It Up Dance Challenge, Step Up 2 Dance Competitions, Broadway Dance Center’s Summer Intensives, and American Dance Training Camps. Adriana teaches contemporary, jazz, street jazz, theatre dance, and is a certified ZUMBA instructor.
Mindy Ann Kendi *2017 IDA Judge!*
Mindy Ann Kendi honors Turn It Up Dance Challenge as a truly well rounded dance professional. The love for dance was put into Mindy’s heart at the age of 5, so her mother enrolled her at a local dance studio. She has been immersed in the industry ever since. She has had the opportunity to train with many prestigious companies and studios. She has been fortunate enough to spend summers training with the Briansky Saratoga Ballet, the New York City Dance Alliance, and was also accepted into the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts on a full modern dance scholarship. Mindy has spent most of her professional career training at Broadway Dance Center, where she later moved on to become an intern under Bonnie Erickson and was mentored by Jim Cooney. She has been seen performing on stages from NYC to Oklahoma and even on the big screen! Mindy has worked with Choreographer Mandy Moore, as a featured dancer, on the feature film “The Silver Linings Playbook.” She has also worked on another film “Paranoia” as a featured dancer, and a TV series “Do No Harm,” which aired on NBC. Mindy was also chosen to do a photo shoot for the NFL and Nike as a fashion representative for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and with that did TV interviews. She has taught at a variety of studios and has worked with numerous companies in the Philadelphia region and her choreography has been seen on stages all over the east coast. She has produced and directed her own production of “The Nutcracker.” She is currently spending her time teaching and choreographing, and traveling to judge competitions and teach master classes. Her specialties in her teaching career are ballet, contemporary, and musical theater. She donates her time to teach contemporary dance for an organization called “Hope Dances”, which is designed to bring dance into the lives of special needs children.
Eric B Mota *2017 IDA Judge!*
Eric B. Mota is a working “triple-threat” performer, director/choreographer, teaching artist, adjudicator, and AFAA certified fitness instructor, originally from San Antonio, TX who for the past 8 years has called NYC home! Prior to moving to New York City, Eric was the Artistic Director of the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center and its Academy for musical theatre and dance in South/Central Pennsylvania. He has toured much of North America in the Broadway national tours of The Wizard of Oz (Nikko/Ensemble/Dance Captain) and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Ensemble/Young Max cover/Male Swing/Dance Captain). Most recently, Eric had the great privilege of entertaining audiences at the legendary Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN for a 6-week run of How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Associate Choreographer) during the 2015 holiday season. Other professional credits include A Chorus Line (Paul), Hair (Woof), Peter Pan (Peter), Smokey Joe’s Café (Victor), Disney’s Tarzan (Sabor), Footloose, Sweeney Todd, Evita, West Side Story, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the Tony award winning Alley Theatre. Television/Film credits include Every Little Step (documentary) and American Idol (season 10). Mr. Mota has also directed and/or choreographed numerous musical productions throughout the country, including A Chorus Line, Rogers and Hammerstein’s A Grand Night for Singing, Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables, Barnum, Peter Pan,The Boyfriend, Working, Disney’s High School Musical, Beauty and the Beast,Tarzan (ATAC Globe-Best Choreography) and most recently, Mary Poppins at The Woodlawn Theatre for which his choreography received rave reviews and also won an ATAC Globe Award for Best Choreography! His formal training includes the North East School of the Arts High School (Musical Theatre/Dance Major), Sam Houston State University (B.F.A. in Musical Theatre; Dance Minor), Broadway Theatre Project (under the direction of Broadway legend Ms. Ann Reinking), New Dance Group (NYC), STEPS (NYC), and Manhattan Movement and Arts Center (NYC). Besides being an extremely proud Turn It Up Dance Challenge director/adjudicator for 6 seasons now, Eric is also a proud Broadway Connection master class instructor, Man In Motion teaching artist, Platinum National Dance Competition adjudicator, Legacy Dance Championships adjudicator, resident choreographer for The Play Group Theatre in White Plains, New York, and is an Advisory Board member for The Woodlawn Theatre in San Antonio, TX. This summer you can catch Mr. Eric playing Chino in Theatre By The Sea’s production of West Side Story, after which he will begin working on the national tour of FAME, starring as Joe Vegas!
Brent McBeth *2017 IDA Judge!*
Brent McBeth is a musical theater performer, teacher and choreographer from New York City. His tap and jazz styles are inspired by the MGM movie musicals (Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Donald O’Conner), as well as the Golden Age of Broadway (Jerome Robbins, Bob Fosse). After graduating with a B.F.A. in Musical Theater (Sam Houston State), Brent served as dance captain of the international tour of Fosse (starring Ben Vereen and Ruthie Henshall). He has had the honor of performing onstage with Ann Reinking, Maurice Hines, Sandy Duncan, Jason Samuels Smith and Randy Skinner. Favorite performance credits include: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (cast recording); No, No, Nanette; Big Apple Circus- The Grand Tour; Thoroughly Modern Millie. He is a resident company member and choreographer for the Drama Desk-nominated NY theater company, Parallel Exit, and his choreography has been seen in numerous festivals and theaters around the world, including New Victory Theater (NYC) and City Center (NYC), COS Festival (Spain), GOP Varieté Theater (Germany) and Festival Der Traume (Austria). Brent continues to teach in dance studios and conventions, as well as judge dance competitions, around the country.
Matthew Kiernan *2017 IDA Judge!*
Matthew Kiernan grew up in Boston, MA and has studied at the Harvard Summer Dance Festival, the Julliard dance program, and the Joffrey summer scholarship program before earning his BFA in dance from New York University. Professionally, Matthew has toured with Mary Poppins, Young Frankenstein, All Shook Up, 42nd Street, and Cats. He has been featured on Broadway in Earth, Wind and Fire’s Hot Feet and in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. While he continues to perform, he also teaches on faculty at Jan Martin Dance Studio and Variations: A Dancers Studio in Long Island, NY. He also teaches master classes in ballet, tap and music theatre jazz all over the tri-state area. He feels truly blessed to be a part of this amazing community and continues to find ways to challenge himself everyday!
Elijah Morton *2017 IDA Judge!*
Elijah Morton honors Turn It Up Dance Challenge coming to you from central Pennsylvania. Elijah is versed in all styles of dance, but his expertise is hip hop. He has trained with some of today’s hottest choreographers and is ready to share his love and passion for the art of dance with the participants of Turn It Up. His credentials include:
• Sx Nationals Champion SDA Choreographer
• StarPower Master Teacher & DanceForce Choreographer
• 2nd in the world with World Dance Championship
• Wild Dance Intensive Choreographer
• Starpower Regional Judge and PowerPak Choreographer
• Turn lt Up Dance Challenge Master Choreographer
• Master Teacher at Millennium Dance Complex (Pgh)
• Adjudicator for Broadway Dance Center, Summer Intensive
• Opened For Jeremih
Joanna Priwieziencew was born in Paris, France. She is an alumni of the State Ballet School of Warsaw, Poland. While studying, Joanna performed at the Grand Opera of Warsaw, The Stuttgart Ballet in Germany and the Open Dance Festival in St. Petersburg. In her professional career, she has danced with companies in Spain, Italy, NYC, California, Ireland, and as a soloist the Cairo Opera House in Egypt.
Joanna teaches regularly master classes in New York City, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Berlin.