WCAAF Panel of Judges and Workshop Instructors

Panel of Judges and Workshop Instructors

Sasha Fedortchev
Judge – Instructor 2017

Sasha began his life in Moscow, Russia. He trained extensively from the age of seven at the most prestigious gymnastic schools in Russia, including GUTSEI and Moscow State Circus College. After finishing circus school he joined the Moscow Circus, then he was approached by the widely popular, Cirque du Soleil (Quidam). He traveled with Cirque du Soleil performing Vertical Rope and Aerial Chiffon.
Currently, he performing for exclusive events including: corporate meetings and conventions , special openings such as the “Star Wars”, “Spider Man” premiers, Sasha has also appeared on network television shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Celebrity Circus; a performance with Aerosmith at American Music Awards and a Grammy Awards performance with Destiny’s Child.

Sarah
Bebe Holmes
Judge – Instructor 2017

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Sarah Bebe Holmes: Co Artistic Director of Paper Doll Militia Sarah Bebe Holmes’ aerial style is characterized by quality of movement, emotional narrative content, and original innovative choreography. Sarah is co-founder and co-artistic director of LA/Edinburgh based aerial theatre company, Paper Doll Militia, which in turn has been creating progressive aerial theatre in the States since 2006 and set up headquarters in Edinburgh in 2013. She has performed, choreographed and taught around the US, UK, India, Lebanon, Egypt, Austria, Germany, Croatia and Greece, including Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival, Manipulate Visual Theatre Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, New Orleans Fringe Festival, National Mallakhamb Championship (Mumbai, India), Treasure Island Music Festival (San Francisco), and Derry City of Culture (Ireland). Sarah also co-founded Structural Integrity Project (SIP), an international aerial film project;that filmed aerial in unexpected locations, including  silks on a banyan tree outside an abandoned palace in Lebanon, chain suspended from stationary cranes in Edinburgh, and the underside of the onramp to San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge. Sarah  toured as an aerialist with London-based threesixty Entertainment’s 1300-seat pavilion production of Peter Pan, as well as with Osborne&What’s production of Birdy 2015. Sarah  choreographs and directs circus aerial productions including Sharashif (Beirut Lebanon), Two and a Half Sisters (Zagreb, Croatia), SnowQueen (Zagreb, Croatia) and RISE (Edinburgh Scotland) and currently working on EGG, an aerial theatre production on aerials plastic looking at our modern approach to fertility. Sarah Co-produced and had a leading role in LoopsEnd, which toured the US and UK in 2016.

Stuart McKenzie
Judge & Instructor
2017

Stuart was born in London and began gymnastics at the age of 12. He represented Great Britain in Sports Acrobatics for 10 years where his Men’s Four achieved a ranking of No. 1 in the world. Once retired from competition he joined the world renowned Cirque Du Soleil in 2008 in Montreal with the show Saltim Banco and then toured with the show Kooza for over 5 years where he performed in the teeterboard act. Stuart then transferred shows to the new touring show KURIOS where he performed the duo Aerial Straps Act. Stuart recently created the new duo Aerial Straps act for Mystere at Treasure Island in Las Vegas.
Another performance focus involves special events for CDS including more recently the Opening Ceremony for the Pan Am Games and One Night for One Drop.
Stuart graduated from Northumbria University with a  BSc (Hons) Sport Management and is furthermore a certified PT, strength and conditioning, acrobatic and aerial coach; he was artist coach for strength and conditioning on the show Kooza.
He has been coaching, touring and exploring workshops since he was a gymnast progressing to an artist and now ready to take it that step forward helping within retreats and festivals to really build those spiritual and life fitness goals. 
Stuart’s vision is to help people achieve their fitness, performance and life goals through trust, belief, and confidence in themselves
Kennedy Kabasares
Instructor 2017
Kennedy Kabasares is an aerial artist and actor. He has worked with a diversity of theater companies, including: East West Players; Singapore Rep; Center Theater Group; The 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors; performance trio, zero3; Bindlestiff Studio; Playwright’s Arena; Navarasa Dance Theater; and Kinetic Theory Circus Arts. He was invited to compete in the 2011 Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival in Denver, where he took first place for static trapeze, and went on to perform in the finals. Recently he performed with Navarasa Dance Theater as an aerial dancer/actor in their world premier production, “Snake and Ladder”. He also performs duo trapeze with aerialist Lynn Janovich under the name Lynnedy Duo.
Ruby Karen
Instructor 2014 – 2017
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With a career spanning four decades … aerialist, dancer and choreographer, Ruby Karen has thrived in the performing arts—theater, cinema, music and circus arts.  Her success’ gave her the opportunity to globetrot, teaching and performing in metropolises locally in most urban cities within the Unites States and internationally in over twenty (20) countries, including cities such as, Zurich, London, Hamburg, Tokyo, New York, Tel Aviv, Bangkok, Rio De Janiero, Vancouver, Gotenburg, Guatemala, and has been the consultant to several organizations, including Ballet Manila, Bangkok’s Sky Fly, Mumbai’s Fly High, among others; has appeared in commercials, film, theatrical and industrial and community arenas, she received ostensible press coverage from respected publications across the US, Asia, and Europe.and her local residence, Los Angeles. She holds three (3) World Titles in Ballet, Latin and Acrobatic Partnering, was a choreographer and guest performer for So You Think You Can Dance, has authored, wrote and produced Instructional Lifts and Tricks DVD, a syllabus to its certification program, the International Aerial Teacher Training Program (IATTP), and directs and produces entertainment for Circo Etereo Production.  She is the founding director of Aerial Arts America, (the hosting organization to the West Coast Aerial Arts Festival (WCAAF).  Together with husband, Luca Cecchini, they manage their school and group outlets, the Ruby Karen Project Aerial Dance Performing Arts, Orange County Aerial Arts, and Circo Etereo and organize the WEST COAST AERIAL ARTS FESTIVAL, held every November.
CHRIS YATES
Instructor 2017

I am an international variety entertainer and comic actor with over twenty years full time experience. Drama and Circus School trained I have performed on four continents in three different languages, in a variety of performance genres, from corporate to carnival, theater to film.  Clients include The Lord Mayor of Sydney, BBC studios, London, and the S.F. 49ers.
I specialize however, in presenting unique acts and characters for both stage and roving for festivals, parades and more. All my acts and characters are designed to enhance the public perception of an event or occasion. I have performed at many of the major outdoor festival events of the world including Glastonbury and Covent Garden, England, The Edinburgh Fringe, The Sydney Festival, The Love Parade Berlin, Pier 39, S.F., and many more. 

Local festivals and events include the Sunset Junction Music festival, The Long Beach Grand Prix, The Socal Renaissance Faire, The Scotsfest Highland Games, and many more.

Louise With-Seidlin
Instructor – 2017

Professional contortionist, Louise With-Seidlin is known for her double contortion acts while performing with circus troupes including Circus for Arts, New Pickle Circus and the Circus Center, San Francisco.  She currently teaches contortion based stretching and Vinyasa/ Ashtanga Yoga at various locations in Orange County.  Aside from her completion of her training in Mongolian contortion, she also cross trained in various performing arts disciplines including Dance at the Jimmy Defore school, Acrobatics at Circus Center San Francisco and aerial silks at the Hollywood Aerial Arts.

KELSI CASSIDY
Instructor 2017

Kelsi Cassidy is a passionate performer and choreographer who thoughtfully creates with intention and purpose. She ignited her acrobatics career in 1993 with the Great All American Youth Circus and attributes her 15 year dance background to the Schwimmer family. In 2007, Kelsi began professional acrobatics with the American Acrobats and then went on to perform as a lyra soloist at the San Diego Zoo. Kelsi has worked with numerous entertainment companies, perfected principle aerial roles in the Blue Horizons show at Seaworld San Diego and was chosen out of hundreds of applicants to participate as a top Lyra Finalist in 2016 at the US Aerial Championships in New York City. Kelsi currently whole-heartedly directs Aerial United, San Diego UNITED Training Center’s premier program for advancing aerial acrobatics in San Diego, CA with high level training, community, empowerment, and fun. She has directed and choreographed five aerial and acrobatic productions over the past 3 years and plans to continue to pursue her passion and love for the sport of aerial in the years to come. 

Dr. Austin Quon
Instructor 2017

Dr. Quon is a local chiropractor and wellness champion in Newport Beach, CA. He is a passionate, high energy speaker educating communities on various health topics. Dr. Quon has worked with elite level athletes at the NCAA Div 1 and professional levels of many different sports, including football, basketball, swimming, hip-hop dance, and more! Dr. Quon is dedicated to bringing NATURAL health and wellness to the world! 
Luca Cecchini
Instructor 2014 – 2017
Born and raised in Italy,  after a long standing career (25 years) as a chef, restaurant owner and event producer, Luca started his training in aerial arts nine years ago with his wife, Ruby Karen as his first instructor, alongside with established instructors and institutions in Southern California and Europe.  He is the technical director for the Ruby Karen Project and its associated organizations, Orange County Aerial Arts, Circo Etereo and Aerial Dance Theater as well as the is the official rigger for the West Coast Aerial Arts Festival. He installs, maintains and prepares all rigging needs and fabrication and designing of aerial apparatuses and circus props for the above organizations.
He garnered his United States rigging certificate in 2010 in compliance with safety protocol of their school and has been the official aerial rigger for international companies – Ballet Manila, Airdance and Skyfly.  Luca also extends his services to rigging indoor and outdoor venues such as convention centers, theaters, hotels and park to clients including aerial companies, studios,academic schools and universities, fitness gyms, as well as small and large event production companies such as EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival).   And..as a young man in Italy, Luca grew up competing in martial arts in the likes of UFC type events, and carries his hobby till this day, in the form of sword fighting and combative stage training.

Terry Beeman
Judge & Instructor
2013 – 2016
Terry Beeman

Renowned master teacher in dance and aerials, teaching all over the world from the great cities of Paris, Prague, Tokyo, to the countries of India, Italy, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Australia and China. In his 15 years of training and teaching aerial Terry has set standards of quality the surpasses most. While gracing the covers of magazine and features in Dance Spirit, Dance Magazine, Vogue, LA Times, and European magazines, Terry has been dancing with Hollywood’s most well known celebrities like, Whitney Houston, Paula Abdul, J-LO, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Natalie Cole and Debbie Allen.  Terry keeps himself very active in the Hollywood scene appearing in films like Showgirls, Eraser, Batman and Robin and such TV show as Fame LA, The Oscars ( 5 years in a row), AMA’s, MTV Videos Awards, The Emmys, 3rd Rock from the Sun just to name a few. Commercials for Pepsi, Diet Coke, Miller Beer Lite, Target, GMC motors, Verizon, Visa Card and Radio Shack.   At the same time, Terry choreographs his own dance company and aerial cabaret “Mental Head Circus”  which has been running in Hollywood (King King in Hollywood Blvd.) since 2008.  You can see more of Terry Beeman at www.TerryBeeman.com for reviews on his works and videos of his past production.

Liz Cooper
Judge – Instructor 2016

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.Liz Cooper has been teaching and performing aerial circus arts since 2001 and is the head aerial instructor for Monica’s Danz Gym in Winnipeg, Canada. She is also the co-director of Momentum, a company devoted to creating original works fusing dance and aerial arts. Together with artistic director Monica Goermann, Liz choreographs and performs in Momentum’s full-length productions. Other performances include annual concerts with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the World Gymnaestrada in Finland, Switzerland, Austria, & Portugal, the Festival of Aerial Arts in Houston Texas, the Contemporary Circus Arts Festival of Toronto, the grand opening of Winnipeg’s MTS Centre Arena, and as a guest artist with Frostbite Circus, NAfro Dance Productions, Bolero Dance Theatre, and Manohar Performing Arts of Canada. In addition to her ongoing classes in Winnipeg, Liz has taught aerial dance workshops in Saskatoon, Edmonton, Toronto, Seattle, Houston, Honolulu, and with the Oulun Tahti Sirkus in Finland. She is also a licensed STOTT Pilates instructor trainer and presents workshops on shoulder anatomy & injury prevention for aerialists.


XOCHITL SOSA
Judge – Instructor 2016
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A competitive figure skater, Xochitl discovered her true passion in aerials in 1999 at a summer camp called Camp Winnarainbow.  In 2012 after helping establish Sky Candy Aerial School in Austin,Texas, and graduated at NECCA’s Pro track program. With focus in Dance trapeze and Duo Trapeze, she was under the tutelage of renowned coaches Aimee Hancock, Serenity and Elsie Smith. and in in Montreal Canada she studied Cirque Du Soleil and ENC coaches, Rachel Walker, Victor Fomine, Chloe Farah, and Itzel Virguenza.

Xochitl resides in Oakland, CA where she performs regularly and teaches at Kinetic Arts Center.  Shortly, she will join performing artists at Seattle’s Acrobatic Conundrum
For more info on Xochitl visit: http://www.xochitlsosa.com/about

Aurelie Deroux-Dauphin
Judge – Instructor 2015

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Direct from France, Aurelie made her professional debut at the age of 17 in “Le Jeune Ballet de France,” a company in which she performed principal modern roles all around the European continent. She was also in “Scottish Ballet,” directed by Robert North. in Austria for “ABC Dance Company” directed by Nicolas Musin, performed and developed aerial pieces at “Jean Ann Ryan Company’s cruise ship productions, principal to modern dance company “Maryse Delente”, and an acrobat and aerialist with the “Transe Express Company.  In Asia, she was a special guest for “Empat Mata TV show”.  After finishing 5th in “Tu Si Que Vales”, the Spanish version of America’s Got talent, she joins Cirque du Soleil in Japan for the “OVO” show as a principal role and is set for another contract with them this winter.  From an educational standpoint,  Aurelie is the artistic director of “Cirque de la Lune” a school and touring group for young artist. Ms. Dauphin has been retained by Cirque du Soleil in several of its projects, and currently is a resident aerialist for said organization.



TANIA HOLT
Judge 2015

Tania Holt

Tania Holt is an experienced multi-talented aerialist and choreographer who performs and coaches on silk, lyra, rope, bungee, hammock, flying trapeze, cube, and more. Her students have gone on to perform with Cirque Du Soleil, Pink, Taylor Swift, and Cirque Eloize. Her versatility and passion for creating have taken her to perform in a variety of venues, from dinner shows in Germany, Stage Shows in Lebanon, Greece and Venezuela to film and television in LA. Her Artistry has been featured on The Country Music Awards, Dancing With The Stars, The Kids Choice Awards, Cold Case, The Voice, Austin and Ally, Tokyo Disneyland and Special Events for Cirque Du Soleil. Tania has shared the Screen with Channing Tatum, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Nick Jonas, and Chealsea Handler. She feels incredibly fortunate, for her amazing collaborators in the air as well and her loving family and fiance.



 Odgerel Gombo
Instructor 2014 – 2016
Odgerel Gombo

Take only from the best. Mongolian contortionist, Odgerel Gombo has performed at Circus related productions and events just about everywhere. He was a silver medalist at the Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo and a legendary instructor who has taught at at several schools all over the continent, including his very own school in Mongolia. He is a key element to many successful contortionists today. Mr. Gombo is a faculty instructor for Ruby Karen Project Aerial Dance Performing Arts teaching contortion and is a principal artist to Circo Etereo.  Arranging private training in contortion with Odgerel can be booked at the Aerial Dance Theater, Costa Mesa.

Svetlana Delous
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Svetlana is a Vancouver-based professional aerialist and co-founder of The Circus Lab Inc, which she launched in 2013 with hand-to-hand artist Jason Waugh. She coaches circus students to inspire the next generation of artists through her love for the circus arts as well as through precise technical teaching. Her most advanced students have earned invitations from thought-after circus schools and production companies.Her work in the world of circus as a performer has placed her on the Cirque du Soleil artist database, and ranges from touring shows to live television events, commercials, corporate entertainment, and theatrical productions.


Jeannette Bent
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Jeanette has over 20 years of dance experience spanning from New York, France, Mexico to L.A. She has performed in Super Bowl XXXVII, the 2004 NBA Summer Pro League, Disneyland’s Dance the Magic Parade and aboard the Norwegian Cruiseline’s Gem. She was contracted to choreograph for the GLEE! Project, a musical production off-Broadway (T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland: The Musical) as well as for an ABA basketball team before working as the choreographer in resorts in Manzanillo, Cancun, Turks and Caicos, and Florida. There, she picked up aerial dance and acrobatics. She returned to New York City in 2009 to advance her skills in circus (including acrobatic pole) and dance before heading back to California to open up her own studio, Aerial Arts Santa Cruz. She produces large musical theatre shows from her entertainment company, Stellaria Productions, as well as travels internationally to compete in pole and aerial hoop. Jeanette just wrapped the Circus of Nations 6-week show on the bandstand stage in the sand in front of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk performing Lollipop Lyra and Lyra with a handloop.


JASON WAUGH
Instructor 2014 – 2016
Some of Jason’s strong qualities include physical fitness, and
developing new skills on and off of gymnastics and circus apparatus for both men and women. He has also trained with and helped acrobats into Cirque Du Soleil. He trains and performs in hand to hand Acro and other circus arts that prove to be helpful in both the dance and the gymnastics realms.
The Circus Lab encourages creativity and forward thinking in the circus arts. Their goal is to instruct students in fundamental circus skills while allowing for ‘play’ on the equipment and encouraging their individual styles and interests in movement.

Laetitia Bodin
Judge & Instructor 2014

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A native from France, where she was a competitive gymnast, Laetitia traveled the world for ten years with Cirque du Soleil, including six years with Quidam as an aerialist. After a one-year break due to the birth of her son, she was eager to go back to the circus scene and was part of the creation the show Zed (a Cirque du Soleil production based in Asia), with which she stayed for three years as a Bungee/Hammock and Hand-To-Hand artist.While performing in Japan, she met her husband-to-be, Nick, a Seattle-based rigger for Cirque Du Soleil, and followed him back to Seattle after the completion of her contract in September 2010. She worked again for Cirque Du Soleil in 2011 on their Quidam arena tour in a Hand-To-Hand act. After that she was fortunate to find a partner in Seattle with whom she built a new Hand-To-Hand act and performed regularly in the Seattle area.Now living with her son and her husband in San Francisco, she enjoys passing her knowledge and experience on to her students, teaching circus arts. Her strength resides in her analysis of movements and her attention to details and safety, and in whatever specialty, she strives for teaching each movement to perfection.


Jacob “Kujo” Lyons
Judge & Instructor 2014

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Kujo is an experienced teacher of both breaking and the circus arts. In addition to teaching b-boy master classes and workshops around the world, he’s been teaching at Edge PAC in Hollywood for 10 years. Additionally, he teaches Chinese pole at Cirque School LA in Hollywood, and also privately coaches champion pole fitness competitors. Kujo has been featured in a number of high-profile media projects – he back-flipped into jeans for a Levi’s national commercial, was the principal b-boy in Run DMC’s music video, “It’s Like That,” and was featured in the films Battle of the Year: The Dream Team and Step Up 2: The Streets. Kujo is also an accomplished circus artist – he excels on aerial straps and Chinese poles, and has performed in numerous circus shows both nationally and internationally. He was also hired by Cirque du Soleil as a consultant for The Beatles: Love in 2004, and again 2011 for one of their upcoming productions. Jacob “Kujo” Lyons is a b-boy first. He’s been a preeminent figure in the global b-boy/breakdance scene for 20 years, performing, competing, judging competitions, and teaching in 35 countries on 6 continents. His creative contributions to b-boy culture and movement vocabulary are indisputable, and continue to inspire and influence b-boys around the world to this day.Kujo is one of the founding members of Soul Control Crew. Established in late 1995, Soul Control forever changed the way power moves were done in the b-boy world. The vast majority of fundamental air flare combinations were pioneered by members of Soul Control, including Pablo (RIP), Charles, Mega Man, Inferno, Babak, and Kujo as well.


Matheiu Leopold
Judge 2014
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Mathieu Leopold’s aerial work & choreography has been seen in both mainstream, contemporary & nouveau cirque venues through the years. His work has captivated, inspired & influenced audiences world-wide.He has choreographed for the hit Television show “Dancing with the Stars”, through 3 season finales, performed for Cirque Du Soliel’s hospitality flag ship “LIGHT”, as well as the 2013 ACM Awards w/ Little Big Town “On your side of the bed” choreographed by Mandy More, The Grammy’s, Emmys & Oscars Etc.  As a soloist performer as well as the Aerial Director for the Lucent Dossier Experience, he has directed and produced unique programs for many corporate events. Mathieu’s Leopold’s aerial work & choreography helped pioneer the aerial arts into mainstream Los Angeles music, art and entertainment culture; including The Edison, Coachella, LIB festival, Boom (Portugal), Electric Picnic (Ireland) etc. He has performed as a cast member for acclaimed live shows like, “Terry Beemans Mental Head Circus”“The ACT”“Luminario Ballet” & “LIFE” at the new SLS hotel in Las Vegas. His work can be tailored to a wide variety of professional, specialty & luxury entertainment services. With 10 years of performing & coaching experience, he is considered by his peers as a master of the aerial arts, He is the business owner or Aerial Culture Inc, producing full shows • rigging • aerial consulting & choreography, aerial/dance and workshops.


Chobi Gyorgy
Instructor 2014
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Chobi Gyorgy maintains a successful career as a celebrated performer and a master rigger. A native of Hungary, Chobi graduated from the intense vocational program of the Hungarian Circus School. He began performing immediately with a nine-person teeter-board act called “Kiss Faludy”, which toured throughout Europe appearing in many well known circuses, including Krone (Germany), Trolle Rodine (Sweden) and, in Latin America, Circo Tihany, as well as on European TV shows. Chobi was the base for many incredible tricks like the four-man high, which was taller than the five-man high stack of other acts. His five years with Kiss Faludy culminated in a tour with the prestigious red unit of “the greatest show on earth,” Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey.


Paige Halex
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Being an aerialist completely embodies everything Paige loves about the performance world. Having participated in gymnastics, dance, and theatre in her youth, circus arts were the perfect match for her, and she has never looked back. Paige has trained mainly as an aerialist, specializing in aerial silk
and dance trapeze, but has also dabbled in many other areas of circus, such as trampoline and various ground disciplines. Over the past several years, she has performed at many public, commercial, and corporate events, both locally and internationally. She currently performs as an aerialist with Canadian circus company Blink Acro.Paige is currently the head of the aerial silk department at The Circus Lab in Vancouver, BC, and coaches students of all ages and levels of ability. She also coaches the students of The Circus Lab’s intensive program, working with a group of highly talented youth interested developing careers as circus artists. In addition, she has been a guest instructor at multiple circus events across North America. As a coach, Paige loves being able to share her students’ pride as they overcome their obstacles and achieve their personal goals.


Melissa Sandvig
Judge – 2013
Melissa-Sandvig

Well known for her performances at Season 5 of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, ballet trained, Melissa Sandvig, was a resident artist for Milwaukee Ballet.  She also traveled and performed with Los Angeles Classical Ballet, performing her principal role in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.   At age 15 she won 2nd place in the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards for Classical Dance. Now Melissa is a freelance performer in the Los Angeles area performing with companies such as the Sacramento Ballet, Helios Dance Theater, Luminario Ballet, Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, The Los Angeles Opera, Body Traffic and Motion Tribe.  Melissa is one of few dancers privileged to perform Marie de la Palme’s aerial piece “Le Coure Illumine”.  Melissa is a finalist in Season 5 of “So You Think You Can Dance” and was the first classically trained ballerina ever on the show.  She has also made an appearance as a ballerina on the hit show “Glee” “Dancing with the Stars”, “America’s Got Talent”, “Greys Anatomy”,“Hart of Dixie”, “Bunheads”, and continues to pursue acting with an appearance on “The Young and the Restless”. Melissa has also work with Cirque du Soleil creating a new show. She is well know for making ballet current by setting class and ballet choreography to pop/hit music that the dancers can relate to.


Jamie Hodgeson
Judge 2013
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Jamie Hodgson has been performing circus arts for almost 15 years.  In 2006, she began teaching at the New England Center for Circus Arts where she has directed the Intensive Training professional program since 2009.  In addition to preparing future circus professionals, Jamie is the founder and artistic director of Girls on Trapeze performing group.

Deborah Brockus
Judge 2013

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Representing the Performing Arts discipline, Deborah Brockus is labeled “ the single most important person in Southland Dance”, an “impresario”, “ the mother superior of LA dance” and “indefatigable” by the Los Angeles Times, for her involvement in establishing the local dance scene as a producer, choreographer, and teacher.   She is founder and artistic director of Brockus Project Dance Company (1991), the CEO for Brockus Conservatory of Dance and Musical Theater, a pre-professional boarding arts high school and has held many positions in the past including the former Chair of the Dance Department at Idyllwild Arts Academy, the Former Director of the Summer Dance Program at Idyllwild Arts Academy, Former Chair of Dance at the California Conservatory of the Arts, and former head of the Dance Division of LAUSD’s Saturday Gifted and Talented Conservatory.  Brockus has worked nationally and internationally on stage, in film, and on television as both a dancer and choreographer. She is also the founding director of Los Angeles Dance Festival and 40 Dance In LA showcases, which include Spectrum (local professionals), New Perspectives (high school invitational), Split (mixing an out of town company with three local companies) and  Caught Between (multi-media) and Why We Dance Series ( a dialogue between the artists and audiences).

 

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