"I am proud to have the opportunity to say we run The Beat Dance Tour as a family. It was important to me from day one that we maintain a more intimate, warm, non-competitive environment with challenging, diverse classes leaving the dancers ready and able to compete at the highest level of dance and through out the years, we have never waivered from that. I am extremely grateful that I am still a working professional dancer and throughout my life, dance has taught me so much more than just steps. By the end of each weekend, I am always overwhelmed with the amount of support, respect and love these dancers have for one another and their craft…the experience is so much more than just steps. I am BEYOND excited for our 2015 // 2016 season and all of the NEW things we have to share! Welcome to The Beat Dance Tour!"
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EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF SYTYCD
Jeff Thacker is recognized as one of the foremost and elite Entertainment Producers on British Television. His background from Dancer, Choreographer and Producer has enabled him to work with the biggest names in the Music and Entertainment industry.
Jeff started his career as a dancer with the World famous TV group “The Second Generation” and having their own weekly ‘live’ show on BBC TV for over six years, gave him his basis and expertise in the world of entertainment, music and production.
As a Choreographer he worked on numerous major entertainment shows on British TV, winning many awards for his contributions. He choreographed many Robert Palmer videos including “Addicted To Love” which was a Worldwide phenomenon and was named as “The Best Male Video of the Decade”.
Throughout his career his own programs have won numerous awards including a BAFTA, an EMMY the prestigious Bronze Rose, 2 Television Press Awards and a ‘Mention Speciale’ at the television festival in Montreux. 2 Emmy Nominations, plus 3 BAFTA Nominations, The New York Film and Television Award. 5 consecutive Record of the Year Awards, 2 National Music Awards for contribution to music, plus many Awards for his TV shows with major International Artists, from Sir Elton John to the late Pavarotti, Jennifer Lopez, Cher, Britney Spears, Diana Ross, Enrique Iglesias, Sting, Celine Dion, the list goes on. Most recently a 2011 Emmy Nomination for So You Think You Can Dance? which he is Co Executive Producer.
New Yorker, Courtney Galiano began her dance training at a very young age and completely fell in love with the art. She began her professional dance career as a NEW YORK KNICKS CITY DANCER for 2 seasons. Since then, she is most recognized by America as a top 4 finalist and returning ALL STAR on Fox's TV Talent Show "So You Think You Can Dance".
Courtney has toured the country with SYTYCD and Fox's hit television show, GLEE. Courtney has appeared in commercials for CLEARASIL, a Disney promo for HANNAH MONTANA, a JVC commercial and has danced in music videos for ADAM LAMBERT, KAT DELUNA and DADDY YANKEE. She filmed Disney's CAMP ROCK 2 and played the animated chipmunk, Jeanette as a dancer in ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKUEL, ROCK OF AGES and Adam Sandler's JACK AND JILL. Courtney has performed live with JENNIFER LOPEZ and SELENA GOMEZ, as well as performing on the AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS and KID'S CHOICE AWARDS.
Born in Thousand Oaks, ca at the age of 20 years old Robert has accomplished many things in his life so far. Once graduated from high school he moved away from home to join a ballet contemporary company " Bad Boys Of Dance' directed by Rasta Thomas, which he toured around Europe and throughout the US. When he moved back to california he guest appeared on a television show called "Dancing With The Stars" perming a Macy's stars of dance performance choreographed by Travis Wall in Feb. 2010.
Very soon after Robert auditioned for the popular television show "So You Think You Can Dance" which he competed the the finale and made it all the top three on the show. Right after the show was finished airing he went on tour with the top 7 dancers of the season along with some of the all-stars of the season.
After tour ended in Nov. 2010 he has been apart of a television show called "Fresh Beat Band" on Nickelodeon as a lead dancer. He recently just filmed a pilot called "Grace" as a lead dancer that was choreographed by Mia Micheals, and written by Kristin Vernoff (the writer of Grey's Anatomy). Nappytabs has created a new show "Mobbed" on fox that he has danced on for this up coming season. He performed on the hit show Dancing With The Stars with Demi Lovato to her new hit Skyscraper. He also most recently appeared on "Glee" in the most recent season on FOX.
Dominic "D-trix" Sandoval started dancing in 1999 at the age of 13. In 2005-2006, He then started traveling around the world winning bboy championships in places such as: France, Canada, Tahiti, Korea, and various places around the U.S. In 2007, D-trix then competed on the hit television show "So You Think You Can Dance" placing in the top 8. Then right after touring around to 50 cities representing the show. From then he went on and placed 1st in another hit television show called "Randy Jacksons presents: America's Best Dance Crew". In 2010, D-trix went back to So You Think You Can Dance as an "All-Star" and then toured again with the show shortly after.
Currently, D-trix is one of the Judges on America's Best Dance Crew. He has danced for such artist as: Sean Kingston, Donna Summer, Enrique, Pitbull, Baby-bash, Snoop Dogg, Natasha Bedingfield, Panic at the Disco, Ellen Degeneres and many others. Aside from Dancing, D-trix also rated in the top 50 most subscribed comedians in the world on youtube. His life basically consist of creating youtube videos, dancing, and Justin Bieber stalking.
At the age of nine, Allison Holker began her training at The Dance Club in Orem, UT. She quickly fell in love with the art and began to specialize in Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz and Tap dancing. Growing up, Allison was always involved in various competitions. In 2004 Allison won her first National competition in Co DANCE, followed shortly by her win as the National Senior Outstanding Dancer at the New York City Dance Alliance in 2005. She has performed in the opening and closing ceremonies at the Utah Olympics in 2002. She has also performed on TV in various commercials and as the Top 8 on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (SYTYCD) season 2 (was also featured on the SYTYCD Tour 2006).
Allison was then featured in the tap show Revolution which performed at the Joyce Theatre in New York 2008. She later had the opportunity to be a cheerleader in the hit Disney movies HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 1 & HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2. In 2010, she burst back onto the SYTYCD map, by being an ALL-STAR for season 7, and also went on the SYTYCD Season 7/ALL-STAR Tour in 2010. She has performed with various artists such as JACK BLACK, CLAY AIKEN, ENRIQUE INGLESIAS , EARTH WIND and FIRE, CHRISTINA PERRI, TRAIN, and RIHANNA. In the fall of 2010, she filmed an episode of the TV series HOUSE, choreographed by MIA MICHEALS.
Allison is now making her transition from DANCER to ACTOR, with recent projects such as the new TV PILOT "GRACE" starring ERIC ROBERTS, and she is currently filming the new feature film "COBU 3D" starring Derek Hough and BOA.
You can find Allison traveling all around the COUNTRY teaching at various WORKSHOPS and CONVENTIONS. She has much more to come and cant wait for her new journey to begin.
Mark Kanemura was born and raised on the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii. He was a finalist on FOX's hit television show "So You Think You Can Dance" and continues to return to the show as an "All Star". Since moving out to LA, he has appeared on "Dancing with the Stars", "American Idol", "Ellen", "Oprah", "Glee", and various awards shows including the Grammy's, Emmy's, and MTV VMA's. He has worked with artists Keri Hilson, Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry, Kylie Minogue, Janet Jackson, and Beyonce. For the last few years Mark has been working with and dancing for Lady Gaga on various Promo Tours, "Monster Ball World Tour" and most recently on the "Born This Way Ball World Tour".Meet Mark
Neil was born and raised in Clarence Center, NY and grew up an avid Buffalo Bills fan. He has been dancing his entire life, but also pursued competitive gymnastics, baseball and volleyball. A true competitor at heart, Neil won many awards in each of these sports, and was named Captain of his high school volleyball team.
A solid “A” student in high school, Neil went on to pursue a dance degree at Point Park University. At 19, Twyla Tharp plucked Neil from school and cast him in “The Times They Are A-Changin” on Broadway. He has gone on to perform in several other Broadway shows including “9 to 5” and “Bring It On: The Musical.” He has also starred Off-Broadway as Luke in “Altar Boyz” as well as many other workshops and productions around NYC.
Neil may be best well known for his time as a contestant on the FOX reality show So You Think You Can Dance, where he finished in 3rd place on Season 3. He was also selected to be an “All-Star” on seasons 7 & 8. He has also appeared on TV in One Life To Live, Mobbed, as well as starring in the MTV Film The American Mall. He also had the opportunity to film Grace, a pilot for ABC in 2011. On film, Neil has danced in Going The Distance (New Line), and most recently in Rock of Ages
Neil is currently starring on Broadway as STEVEN in Bring It On: The Musical.
Arizona native, Ade Obayomi, began dancing at a young age. His early credits include touring with Les Grands Ballet Canadiens de Montreal and the film "A Diva's Christmas Carol." Studying and competing in Arizona, Kansas and Canada, Obayomi trained in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, African and hip-hop dance. An accomplished gymnast, Obayomi was named the Arizona State champion for gymnastics when he was just ten.
His love of dance earned him a scholarship to attend Chapman University, where he also studied sound engineering. While attending Chapman, Ade auditioned for Season 5 of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, eventually becoming a finalist on the show. During his time on the FOX hit show, Obayomi ended his run in the Top 6. Since then, he has performed throughout the U.S. on the SYTYCD National Tour and has also enjoyed teaching contemporary and hip-hop dance around the country. Obayomi recently performed on the 2010 Grammy Awards broadcast with Beyonce and can be seen in Rihanna's "Hard" music video. He was a featured dancer on the Alicia Keys Element of Freedom World Tour. Most recently, Obayomi was a 2010 SYTYCD ALL STAR which led him to the 40 city National Tour.
Comfort Fedoke was born on May 20, 1988 in Dallas, Texas. She was raised in Lagos, Nigeria for a few years and now resides in Los Angles, California as she continues on her career in the entertainment industry. At the age of thirteen, Comfort had already involved herself in the art of dance and taught herself how to dance by watching numerous break dance videos and emulating Michael and Janet Jackson. As Comfort grew older she attended Booker T. Washington Performing Arts High School in Dallas where she continued to be the only girl “who got down with the boys”, which continues to be the case now, and fuels her competitive drive.
Dallas Dance Club 21, a local Dallas dance show, was the beginning of Comfort’s stardom, which led her to being one of the top 10 contestants on the hit television show, So Do You Think You Can Dance, season 4. From there, she was asked to come back to SYTYCD as an All-star for season 7 in 2010. After the reality show, Comfort has been featured in a couple upcoming films as a lead dancer in “Honey 2” and the remake of “Footloose”. She has also danced in the late Michael Jackson Tribute Tour and Justin Bieber’s My World Tour. Comfort has worked with some very talented people in the entertainment industry such as: Brian Friedman, Chuck Maldonado, Travis Payne, Stacy Walker, Miley Cyrus, Rosero, Jamal Sims, Nappytabs, etc.
Comfort is currently a part of an all-female crew composed of five girls, created by Sho-Tyme himself. Outside of dancing, she has also excelled in rapping and singing and is now pursuing her career as a recording artist.
“My music fights against the system that teaches to live and die. Life is like music; it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, NOT BY RULE.” Says Comfort Fedoke.
The M3tefizikel ® seeks to stimulate the inner most belief in oneself through the creative medium of Music, Movement, & Art. In our galaxy we maneuver hard dashes of reality, and find an equal balance of the most magical, Visual Storytelling personally conceivable. Whats farther than B.YOND??? A place where we exercise and stimulate our spirits full ability, and push into The Next Dimension: = The M3tefizikel ®
The M3tefizikel ® vision begins with Monique C. Borromeo & William B. Wingfield whom partnered together have over 15 years of professional experience in the Entertainment Industry.Teaching is one of the main highlights of our job because there is nothing that compares to being able to give back. We are aware of how important this next generation is, and we want to give them all the tools & more, that are necessary for success in an constantly evolving industry. Class is very hands on, and just as much about a verbal communication as it is about a physical dance combination. Your students will have the opportunity to work with 2 professional Artists that are known in both the Concert & Commercial worlds giving them insight, a versatile style fusion, and actual real lyfe information pertaining to both worlds of experience. Our hope is that our class will spark additional ways of thinking, and a more full vocabulary of movement qualities.
We stress the idea of dancers becoming Artists and the journey of what that entails. We will help them understand the many dynamic levels of what it takes to stand out when necessary, whether in Dance or in Lyfe! Classes are Fun, Energetic, promote a balanced level of discipline, and are very, very informative. We Thank You for the opportunity of considering us to help continue on the good work that you and your teachers put in on a daily basis
Dondraico Leonta Johnson has been attributed with creating, inspiring, and performing with most of the entertainment industry's influential performing artists. Hailing from small town Forth Lawn, SC, Dondraico was an avid sportsmen and athlete. Although he excelled in football, baseball, and track and field, connecting with Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes began his illustrious dance career at the early age of 17. He had the privilege of touring the world with Lopes' first recording girl group, BLAQUE, which in fact opened for recording heavyweights TLC and NSYNC at the time. Being bitten by the performance "bug", Dondraico decided to move to Los Angeles to have the opportunity to perform with the likes of Mariah Carey, Beyonce', Janet Jackson, Usher, Will Smith, Destiny's Child and many other notable artists. He has had the pleasure of working with major conglomerates like Diesel, Nike, Adidas, and Microsoft lending his dance skills to bring their corporate visions to life. Akin to live performances, he can be seen in the feature films Gigli, From Justin to Kelly, Footloose, The Comebacks and all of the Step Up movie series.
With such a lengthy resume' of dancing behind artists, Dondraico turned his sights to choreography. His expertise has afforded him the opportunity to create the movement for such artists as Madonna, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Ricki Martin, Jennifer Lopez, and even the departed legend, Michael Jackson. Feature films such as Footloose, Step Up 3D, Step up Revolution, Michael Jackson's THIS IS IT, Jack and Jill have tapped Dondraico to conceptualize and choreograph noteworthy dance scenes. He has choreographed for every major awards show on television and can boast creating moves for clients from Nickelodeon and Disney to the SuperBowl, Grammy Awards, and Academy Awards. Being the renaissance man he is, acting is another feather in his cap. Look for him in HBO's The Wire and Step Up Revolution displaying his acting prowess along with his other choreographic abilities.
Nico Greetham began his dance training at the age of eight at local competitive dance studios in his home town Woodbridge, Virginia. Nico was the top 5th male in the Fox hit TV series "So You Think You Can Dance" season 10. He was also fortunate enough to be part of Disney's hit Broadway show "Newsies" as Darcey. He has starred in the Netflix series "House of Cards", ABC's soap opera "General Hospital” and is featured in commercials for CarMax and the American Beverage Association. Nico was also the lead actor in short films "Ready, Set, Connect", "Marked", and can be seen as part of Vocal Adrenaline on the Fox hit TV show “Glee”. Along with dancing, Nico wishes to pursue a career in acting and modeling and hopes to make it to "the big screen". Dancing and performing has always been his passion and he wishes to inspire those surrounding him.Meet Nico
"This was my first dance convention ever and I learned so much from only two days of the convention. It inspired me to become a better dancer and I can't wait for it to come again next year!"
"WE LOVED IT!!!! Best Convention yet!! The Faculty ROCKED - totally engaged with the dancers!! Mr. Thacker's SYTYCD Event was an awesome experience for my dancers."
“It was fantastic! My daughter was inspired by the faculty. When we got home she said to me - “They really cared about how I was dancing.” Will absolutely be back next year.”
“I felt like I was the only dancer in the room! I learned more during the BEAT than I ever have in my entire life of dance."
“I loved interacting with the teachers on a personal level!”
The BEAT Dance Tour is a weekend filled with so much more than just dance, we provide smaller class sizes to ensure each dancer can truly learn from the experience. Each class is completely different than the next featuring top choreographers and dance professionals from movies and television shows, tours with top artists and more! Our faculty are not just phenomenal dancers but inspiring, versatile, talented teachers.