Marquise Hitchcock is an Honors Graduate of The Governor’s School for the Arts. After high school, he went on to study at the Boston Conservatory, and is now a proud alumnus of the Ailey/Fordham University BFA Program. Marquise has danced for local companies such as Todd Rosenlieb Dance, Virginia Musical Theater Company, and Virginia Ballet Theater before relocating to New York to dance with the Black Iris Project, ARIM Dance, and to further pursue his love of Musical Theater and Commercial Dance. He received the 2013 Student Choreography Award at the Regional High School Dance Festival and in that same year was acknowledged as one of “Tidewater’s Top Talents to Watch” by the Virginian Pilot. He most recently received the Professional Advancement Award in Dance provided by the prestigious School at Jacob’s Pillow Dance in 2015 and the Choreographic Excellence Award from the Ailey School in 2016. When he is not dancing, he is also a personal trainer and fitness enthusiast.
Kaelyn has been a teacher for over 15 years, both at her home school near Cincinnati Oh, and traveling all across the United States and Canada as a a guest artist and instructor. She was a featured performer in the tap drum show "Krash, Boom, Bang!" and became the youngest choreographer for Kings Dominion. She was a top 24 finalist for Season 3 of SYTYVD and as since become a well-known competition adjudicator. Kaelyn was a part of a new company called Tap Factor, became the co-founder of Proto-Tap and is currently the owner of Tap Dance Tutorials #BRINGTAPTOTHEPEOPLE. She is also a faculty member of Tap the Map and Bella Moxie Tours. Focusing on all styles of dance, she is a sought-after teacher and adjudicator who loves to bring her unique teaching style to kids all over the country!
Jodeci Milhouse is an American song writer and recording artist. However, long before she stepped on stage with a microphone she entertained thousands through dance. Jodeci instructs and choreographs hip hop, jazz, and tap throughout the metro DC area. She has worked with renowned Directors and Choreographers such as Kenny Ortega, Debbie Allen, Geo Hubela, Dena Rizzo, and Bradley Taylor. Jodeci spreads her love for hip hop through her high energy workshops at Showstoppers and Destination Broadway. Her professional credits include Disney, Kennedy Center, Showtime at the Apollo as well as numerous instructional hip hop and dance videos.
There is no doubt that this powerhouse will take the world by storm!
Joshua Bergasse is a NYC based choreographer and teacher. He has been a member of the Broadway Dance Center Faculty since 1998. As a choreographer, Bergasse won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography for NBC’s Smash. Theater credits include: On the Town and the upcomingGigi on Broadway, Little Me and It’s A Bird...It’s A Plane... It’s Superman! City Center Encores!; Guys and Dolls and The Sound of Music Carnegie Hall; Bomb-Itty of Errors and Captain Louie Off-Broadway; Fame The Musical Tour; Nerds Philadelphia Theatre Company (Barrymore Nomination);Secondhand Lions Fifth Avenue Theatre; West Side Story Stratford Shakespeare Festival; On the Town, Guys and Dolls, Carousel, and The World Goes Round Barrington Stage. Also for television, Bergasse choreographed for FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance. Joshua has performed in the Broadway and/or National touring companies of Movin'Out, Hairspray,The Life, and West Side Story.
Mr. Duane began dancing Hula at the age of 5 and has not stopped moving since. He has been teaching Hip-Hop in Hampton Roads for the last 12 years and has incorporated all styles of dance to create his routines. He is also the founder and owner of Art Thru Muvmnt. Duane enjoys demonstrating diversity and increasing the knowledge and talent base of his students.
Jonathon Green attended Saint Joseph's College and studied in Economics. Jonathon enjoys teaching waltz, tango, foxtrot, salsa, merengue, chacha, rumba, swing, Chicago Style Stepping, and bachata. He loves to teach partner dancing the most because he loves to watch two people non-verbally communicate. Jonathon enjoys teaching at Encore because he thinks everyone there is awesome from the owners to the instructors to the students and it's a great atmosphere to teach and learn. His favorite thing about teaching dance is watching people who think they can't do something realize that they can.
Cara Goodwin is originally from Virginia Beach, VA, where she trained with and later taught for a nationally known studio. She has a B.A. in Theatre and Dance from James Madison University. From there, she had the honor to work for several companies, including contracts with Cirque du Soleil and Stiletto Entertainment. She has been seen in various commercials, performed in the presidential inaugural parade and was a featured Broadway Dance Center teacher in a Sesame Street promo for Madison Square Garden. She has also performed all around the US and internationally for various events and shows. While she lived in NYC, Cara produced, directed and choreographed for her company, Beyond Lines Contemporary Dance Company. Cara has been on faculty at Broadway Dance Center in NYC, and is currently on faculty at Old Dominion University and the Visual and Performing Arts Academy. She also teaches for the Virginia Governor's School for the Arts and travels the US and Canada as a Master Teacher and choreographer.
Matt Aylward is a new up and comer in the LA dance world, hailing from Charlotte, NC. Matt started dancing at the age of 13 and has been trained in multiple styles such as Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet, and Jazz. In his short time in LA, Matt has danced for artists such as: Usher, Rihanna, Jason Derulo, Katy Perry, and Joe Jonas, and been on multiple television shows like Glee, Ellen, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Good Morning America. Matt also can be seen in Justin Timberlake’s monster VMA Performance at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, as well as the “Suit & Tie” music video featuring Jay Z. Recently, he has become one of the Hip Hop teachers traveling with Adrenaline Dance Convention on their regional tour season. His unique, smooth style is great for all ages, and provides for a great learning experience!
Bill Hotaling began his dance training in New York City. Since then, he has performed on stages throughout the world, from Radio City Music Hall in NY to the World Design Expo in Japan. He has appeared in music videos for groups such as Cameo and Sweet Obsession, and performed in many industrials for companies such as AT&T and IBM. You can see him in commercials for “Rascals” candy and “Miller Ultra” beer as well as in the film When Harry Met Sally. Teaching and Choreographing have become his main focus. In New York City he has taught at three of the most successful dance studios: Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway and Central Park Dance Studio. He has choreographed theatrical productions of Chicago, The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof and Pippin. He travels extensively, teaching workshops and master classes for the leading dance organizations (Manhattan Dance Project, Dance Masters of America, Dance Caravan…), colleges and universities (Disney American College, Columbia University…), and over 200 dance studios around the world. Most recently he has taught at the Dancin’ Poznan Festival in Poland, Centre International de Danse Jazz in Paris, as well as master classes in Austria and Italy. He is the founder of the Manhattan Dance Project, now in its fifteenth season.