ABOUT US / Innovative,Fun, Inspiring

We are excited to present to you our NEW and innovative BTS Dance Convention! These affordable one-day workshops will offer classes in Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Tap and Musical Theater. Our teachers create a motivating and empowering learning environment that allows each dancer to shine and bring the hottest trends and styles back to your studio!

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FEATURING / A day full of learning & excitement!

2 Age Levels

5 High Energy Classes

Reasonable Class Sizes

Q&A Opportunity With Master Teachers

FREE Public Showcase

Scholarship Opportunity

Teachers 21+ Attend for FREE!

Online Registration

2017 Convention Tour Dates / Coming to a city near you!

WORCESTER, MA - Oct. 8, 2017

DCU Center
50 Foster Street
Worcester, MA 01608

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LONG ISLAND, NY - Nov. 5, 2017

Radisson Hotel Hauppauge
110 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy
Hauppauge, NY 11788

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BALTIMORE, MD - Dec. 10, 2017

Baltimore Conv. Center
1 West Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

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ST. LOUIS, MO - Oct. 15, 2017

Sheraton Westport Chalet
191 W Port Plaza,

St. Louis, MO 63146

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MEADOWLANDS, NJ - Nov. 12, 2017

Hilton Meadowlands
2 Meadowlands Plaza
East Rutherford, NJ 07073

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ROOTSTOWN, OH - Dec. 17, 2017

The New Center at Ohio Med…
4211 State Route 44
Rootstown, OH 44272

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CHERRY HILL, NJ - Oct. 22, 2017

The Westin Mt. Laurel
555 Fellowship Rd.
Mt Laurel, NJ 08054

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SPRINGFIELD, MA - Dec. 3, 2017

MassMutual Center
1277 Main St.
Springfield, MA 01103

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Master Teachers / Learn from some of the best teachers in the industry!

Brandon Hudson

Contemporary & Street Jazz

Brandon Hudson hails from Central Illinois but currently resides in New York City. Recent 

credits include: Broadway’s Hamilton: An American Musical, Joseph.. Dreamcoat Nat’t Tour, West Side Story Int’l Tour. Other credits include: Diplo/Gwen Stefani, CiZE with Sean T, Mia Michaels “Lost Boys”, Pepsi, and most recently one of the faces for Estee Lauders Men’s Skin Care line, spotlighted on the Men of Broadway. He also hold a B.A. in Dance from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. Brandon is extremely passionate when it comes to teaching future generations how to love the movement they’re

Ricky Hinds

Jazz & Musical Theatre

Richard J. Hinds is the Associate Director for Disney's NEWSIES (Broadway/National Tour) and the

Associate Choreographer for the Broadway bound musical, COME FROM AWAY. Richard has been the Associate/Assistant on JEKYLL AND HYDE (Broadway), IL DIVO: A MUSICAL AFFAIR (Broadway), HERE LIES LOVE (Off-Broadway/West End), 9 TO 5 (National/UK Tours), Disney's HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (National/International Tours), A CHRISTMAS STORY (Kansas City Repertory Theatre/5th Ave Theatre), PIPPIN (Deaf West), A WONDERFUL LIFE (Paper Mill Playhouse), Drama Desk Awards (Hammerstein Ballroom) and Samsung Unpacked (Radio City Music Hall). Richard's directing and choreography credits include Gateway

Robert Taylor Jr.

Hip Hop & Jazz

Robert Taylor Jr. is an American entertainer whose goal is to inspire and spread love  

and peace to people of all ages through music and dance. Robert was born and raised in Coney Island and developed a love for music and dance as a young child. He graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a B.A. in Dance and a minor in Musical Theatre. While at Marymount, he studied the Graham, Horton, and Limon techinques, as well as acting, theater, and other styles of dance. He also performed in several musicals, including New Girl In

Ray Hesselink

Tap

Ray Hesselink is a Director and Choreographer living and working in New York City. 

Ray has had the privilege to help train the children performing in Broadway's Billy Elliot: The Musical. As a dancer, Ray created the role of Mr. Happy in Derick Grant's Imagine Tap! As a performer, Ray's favorite performances include originating the role of "Bud" in Batboy: The Musical. He has also been featured as a principal dancer in Nayikas, a classical Indian Dance Company. Ray has choreographed for many venues including New York Musical Theater Festival, The Duke Theater, Symphony Space,

Natalie Rossi

Tap & Jazz

Natalie Rossi graduated Summa Cum Laude from Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts with a BFA

in Dance Performance. Following graduation she was signed by McDonald / Selznick Associates. Originally from Long Island, New York, she received her early training from David Sanders, Lisa Hopkins, Robert Reed, Jeff Edmond and Scott Jovovich. She has performed at the Duke Theater on 42nd Street in the New York City Musical Theater Festival. She has performed at KTU’s Beatstock Summer Concert, Bette Midler’s Hulaween Extravaganza, Jon Stewart at Lincoln Center, Nothing like a Dame at the St

David Paul Kidder

Contemporary & Jazz

David Paul Kidder is a New York based dancer, singer, actor, and choreographer. New York

Credits include The Joyce (American Dance Machine), BAM (Kristin Sudeikis Dance), Signature Theater, The Wild Project, and St. Marks Theater 80. Regional credits include Pittsburgh CLO, Flat Rock Playhouse, New Theatre, Alhambra Theatre, and Walt Disney World. He has also appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. David Paul has directed and choreographed productions in NYC at Narrows Theater and his choreography has also been seen on ESPN at the National Dance Team Championships. 

Erin Pasko

Contemporary & Hip Hop

Erin Pasko began her dance training in Wall, NJ at The Dancer’s Workshop where she

was a national award-winning performer and competitor. In addition to her early dance training at TDW, Erin trained at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center in New York City under Neil Schwartz, Jared Jenkins, and many more. Erin was a New Jersey Nets Junior Dancer and moved on to dance on the nationally ranked Rutgers University Dance Team. She has performed in several of NYC’s and LA’s most popular dance shows including “Carnival Choreographer’s Ball”, “Run The

Marc Kimelman

Jazz

Marc Kimelman is the associate choreographer for the Broadway production of A Bronx Tale, co-directed

by Jerry Zaks and Robert DeNiro. He has worked with Katy Perry, Chaka Kahn, Neil Young, A$AP Rocky, Patti Lupone, Charlize Theron and NYC Ballet, and teaches at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. He choreographed Play It Cool (Off-Broadway), Man of La Mancha (Stratford Festival), Once on this Island (Dora Award for Outstanding Choreography), Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera (NYMF), Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, In The Heights, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Broadway Bares, and is

Brooke Wendle

Jazz

Brooke most recently worked on Cirque Du Soleil’s new Broadway show Paramour

as Associate Choreographer. This year Brooke directed and choreographed Adam Lambert’s Original High World Tour, which kicked off New Years Eve 2016. She worked as the associate director and specialty act designer for Franco Dragone’s Taboo at the Hard Rock Hotel in Macau, China and has been supervising choreographer for America’s Got Talent for the past four seasons. Brooke’s choreography has appeared on Orange Is The New Black, VH1’s Best in Music 2015, American Idol, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2015, I

Jack Samuel Gill

Hip Hop & Street Jazz

Jack Samuel Gill's artistry has taken him from a Nobel Peace Prize Concert to the World

Ski Championships; from master teacher at the most prestigious dance festival in the world, Jacob's Pillow, to that of the ground breaking 11 Countries Project in Belgrade, Serbia; from Buenos Aires sharing his dance knowledge on behalf of the multi award winning Ricky Pashkus to Greenland as part of a cultural exchange on behalf of his native Norway. Jack's unique, powerful, smart and musical classes have thrilled dancers world wide-from Paris to Malaysia, Israel to India, Greenland to

Shannon Lewis

Musical Theatre

Shannon Lewis is known for her critically acclaimed performances and works praised for breakthrough

style and passion, she brings a signature style to her creations and collaborations. She is the creator of the groundbreaking StyleSmash Project which is currently being developed in the US and Canada. Shannon recently Choreographed the critically acclaimed Claudio Quest* at NYMF at Signature Theatre NYC. (*Honorable Mention Best Choreography Award). She is the Choreographer of a new musical in development with DREAMWORKS directed by John Tartaglia. Other CHOREOGRAPHY includes: Pageant Princess (Director/ Choreographer);The Roger Rees Awards (Director/Choreographer); Dee Snider’s Rock and Roll

Alison Dambach

Contemporary & Lyrical

Alison Dambach is an award winning choreographer and dance educator who graduated from NYU Steinhardt

 with her MA in Dance Education: ABT® Ballet Pedagogy. She is also a graduate of the Orange County High School of the Arts and Loyola Marymount University. Alison’s broad performing career includes the International Tour of Grease the Musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (New York), Beyond Lines Contemporary Dance Company (NYC), Tokyo Disneyland Resort, BARE Dance Company, the Latin Music Awards, and Don Ho’s Las Vegas Review. In addition, Alison created and directed Friends For Japan, a Broadway community concert, which raised funds to

Katharine Ponza

Tap

Katharine Ponza is originally from Sydney, Australia. She has worked as a Performer, Instructor

and Choreographer in Australia, the US and Canada. Her credits include Sydney 2000 Olympics, Disney's World on Ice (Sydney), Tap Soloist with the Brad Child Jazz Orchestra (Sydney). For four years, she was featured as one of the iconic Showgirls in "Jubilee!" at Bally's, Las Vegas, and also performed at the Las Vegas Hilton, Paris Theatre, and Caesar's Palace (Las Vegas). She was a Guest Faculty member at Harbour Dance Centre in Vancouver, BC, and a Guest

Amanda Lehman

Jazz & Musical Theatre

Amanda Lehman has been a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer based out of NYC

for over a decade.  She received her training on the prestigious Richard Ellner Scholarship at Broadway Dance Center. Amanda is a featured dancer and choreographer for Transcendence Theatre Company’s Broadway Under the Stars in Sonoma, CA. Her work in California gained her a nomination from Broadway World for Best Choreography. Most recently, Amanda choreographed and performed in a national Ford Car Commercial. She has performed in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and was an original cast member for Disney’s Finding Nemo the Musical at Walt Disney World

Tiffany Hopper

Jazz & Lyrical

Tiffany Hopper has been teaching dance to students of all ages for 20 years. 

She is a graduate of Dance Master's Teacher Training School, at the University of Buffalo, where she was awarded the prestigious Janet Bachna Scholarship. Tiffany is a member of Dance Masters of America, and 1st Vice President of Mid-Atlantic Dance Masters, Chapter 17. Tiffany has taken the stage in many regional performances. Her favorite roles include Belle in Beauty and the Beast and Velma in Chicago. She also enjoyed performing the ballet sequence in Rodgers and Hammersteins Carousel. While she adored performing onstage, Tiffany found that her true passion was discovered in

Buddy Mynatt

Jazz

Buddy Mynatt was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana where he started his dance training

 at the age of 18. Once he decided to move to Los Angeles, California he received a dance scholarship at Joe Tremaine Dance Center and had the opportunity to train under some of the best teachers/choreographers in the industry such as Joe Tremaine, Wade Robson, Michael Rooney, Liz Imperio, Doug Caldwell, Margueritte Derricks, and many more. After his scholarship term ended, he was invited to audition for “The New Power Generation Dance Co.” which was created by world famous musical artist Prince. Once there,

Kevin Carmichael

Contemporary

Kevin Carmichael graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Kinesiology and Contemporary Dance.

 While at IU, Kevin was cast to perform pieces choreographed by modern dance icons, Bill Evans, Bella Lewitzky, Paul Taylor, David Parsons, and the internationally renowned, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. Kevin’s most recent performance was with C+C Music Factory, performing as a backup dancer to their chart topping hit "Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" at the 80's Explosion Concert in Staten Island. During his recent 3 year residency in New York City, Kevin was named “Choreographer of the Year” 2012 and 2013, had choreography showcased at

Joanna Numata

Hip Hop

Joanna Numata’s love of movement lead her to train in jazz, tap and ballet from

 an early age into her teenage years. At the age of 17, she moved to NYC to attend Hunter College. Shortly after moving, Joanna started training at Broadway Dance Center where she continued her studies in jazz, tap, ballet and african and began learning different street styles.. After devoting much of her time to improving her craft, Joanna's tenacious efforts paid off. She was invited to become a member of Rhapsody James's company. This opportunity allowed her to gain the experience and training she

Karissa Royster

Tap

Karissa Royster began studying tap dancing when she joined RPM Tap Ensemble under the

 direction of Barbara Phillips in 2006. Originally from San Antonio, Karissa is a recent graduate of NYU, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and was a Jackie Robinson Foundation scholar. In April 2016, she made her Broadway debut as both the Dance Captain and member of the dance ensemble in Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 & All That Followed, choreographed by Savion Glover. Karissa continues to train in tap and other styles of dance. She

Mara Newbery Greer

Musical Theatre

Mara Newbery Greer was the dance captain for the Original Broadway Cast of A Christmas Story,

 the Musical (dir. John Rando) and set the Equity National Tour at Madison Square Garden. Recent credits also include On Your Toes at New York City Center Encores (dir/choreo Warren Carlyle) and the world premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s Honeymoon In Vegas. Mara was Dance Captain on the 1st National tour of Shrek the Musical(dir. Jason Moore and Rob Ashford). While working with Shrek, Mara had the opportunity to travel to London to assist choreographer Josh Prince in mounting the show’s West End

Marjorie Failoni

Musical Theatre & Tap

Marjorie Failoni is a NY based choreographer and performer. She is originally from St. Louis, MO

 and has a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan. Go Blue! She has been in the national tours of 9 to 5 (associate choreographer/dance captain), Disney's High Schoo Musical (Dance Captain), and Disney's High School Musical 2 (Dance Captain). She had the privilege of going to London to help set the UK tour of High School Musical 2. Associate choreographer for Getting the Band Back Together (George Street Playhouse), Assistant choreographer for The Fig Leaves are Falling (Unsung Musicals), Andy

Robert Moses

Jazz & Musical Theatre

Robert Moses has been dancing and teaching for over 25 years. He has performed in numerous dance

videos and as a backup dancer for several artists. He can even be seen on several seasons of Lifetime Television’s Dance Moms. Robert made the transition to choreographer and Masterclass presenter, and has spent the last 8 years touring the country teaching at studios and conventions. He is well versed in all genres of dance, making him one of the most sought after judges for conventions and dance competitions. Robert is also trained in fitness and

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Sample Convention Schedule

Junior Senior
08:30AM Registration
9:00-9:20AM Warm Up (Held in the main room)
9:30 - 10:30AM Jazz Tap
10:40 - 11:40AM Tap Hip Hop
11:40 - 12:10pm Lunch Break
12:15 - 1:15pm Hip Hop Jazz
1:25 - 2:25pm Lunch Break Contemporary
2:30 - 3:30pm Hip Hop Musical Theatre
3:40 - 4:30pm Showcase & Scholarship Awards (Held in the main room)

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Convention Pricing / Great price for an incredible event!

BEFORE 15 DAYS

$125

2 Age Levels
5 High Energy Classes
Q&A Opportunity With Teachers
Showcase & Scholarship Awards

AFTER 15 DAYS

$135

2 Age Levels
5 High Energy Classes
Q&A Opportunity With Teachers
Showcase & Scholarship Awards

OBSERVER

$20

Parent Observation Band
Showcase & Scholarship Awards
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Payment Cut-Off Dates

 City

Event Date

15 Day Cut Off

Worcester

Oct. 8

Sept. 23

St. Louis

Oct. 15

Oct. 1

Cherry Hill

Oct. 22

Oct. 7

Long Island

Nov. 5

Oct. 21

Meadowlands

Nov. 12

Oct. 28

Springfield

Dec. 3

Nov. 18

Baltimore

Dec. 10

Nov. 25

Rootstown

Dec. 17

Dec. 2

FAQS / More information!

Yes we do! Head over to our Registration page and click Independent Registration.
Yes, BTS Dance Convention offers 2 age levels. Junior (12& Under) and Senior (13& Over) Studio directors & teachers may change a dancer's level as they please, based on the dancer's ability.
Yes, parents can purchase an "Observer Band" for $20.
BTS Dance Convention allows all teachers 21+ to take the classes for FREE!

REGISTER / Come dance with us! We hope to see you soon!

STUDIO DIRECTORS – Please register your students using the Studio Registration link below. This will take you to our online registration. Use the NEW Convention section to register.

INDEPENDENT REGISTRATIONS – Please register your dancer using the Independent Registration link below.

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