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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!

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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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ST. LOUIS, MO - Oct. 15, 2017

Sheraton Westport Chalet
191 W Port Plaza,

St. Louis, MO 63146

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CHERRY HILL, NJ - Oct. 22, 2017 - CLOSED

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

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Radisson Hotel Hauppauge
110 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy
Hauppauge, NY 11788

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MEADOWLANDS, NJ - Nov. 12, 2017 - CLOSED

Hilton Meadowlands
2 Meadowlands Plaza
East Rutherford, NJ 07073

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SPRINGFIELD, MA - Dec. 3, 2017

MassMutual Center
1277 Main St.
Springfield, MA 01103

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BALTIMORE, MD - Dec. 10, 2017

Renaissance Harborplace Hotel
202 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202

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

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

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

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

Serge Onik

Salsa Fusion

Serge Onik was born in Kharkov, Ukraine and moved to the United Stated with his family at the age of 3.

 Training in all styles of Ballroom, he quickly made a name for himself as a National Champion and for capturing 8th Place at the World Games in Taiwan in 2009. As both a performer and choreographer, Serge continues to share his artistry in the industry across many styles of dance. He has been featured in Jennifer Lopez’s “AMA’s Celia Cruz Tribute,” Andy Grammer’s “Good To Be Alive,” and numerous television programs including “Dancing With The Stars,” “Jane the

Chryssie Whitehead


Chryssie Whitehead, born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, grew up dancing with the Columbia City

 Ballet and Southern Strutt dance studio competing nationally. Her training would continue in the summers' in Los Angeles and in New York at the Edge dance studio and Broadway Dance Center. During adolescence she also performed in community theatre, with her high school drama program at Richland Northeast and modeled at Millie Lewis Modeling & Talent agency. Her career of 18 years started as a Rockette then on to schooling in New York at AMDA where she majored in musical theatre. After

Alyssa Quezada

Hip Hop & Jazz

Alyssa Quezada began her dancing career at age 3, dancing and competing regionally and nationally for a local dance studio.

 She attended the University of Delaware where she graduated with a degree in Kineseology and Applied Physiology and was Captain of the 3x National Champion University of Delaware Dance Team. Upon graduating college, Alyssa became a professional dancer when she obtained a coveted position on of the NBA's most iconic dance teams, the Knicks City Dancers. She danced on the team for 6 years and was honored to be given the Captain position after just her second year. While

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

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

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

Hayley Bochner

Hip Hop

Hayley Bochner, born and raised in New Jersey, started dancing at age five. nhardt

 She studied the classical styles- ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, as well as tap. A few years later, she found her love for contemporary, hip hop, popping, and breaking, of which she is very passionate. Hayley started training in street styles like Breaking, Popping, Locking, House, Waacking, New Jack Swing, and Vogue. Upon graduating high school, she moved to New York City to pursue her passion for dance, where she was able to gain an understanding of both the hip hop culture and the dance industry.

David Paul Kidder

Contemporary, Musical Theatre & 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. 

Amy Gammon

Tap & Hip Hop

Amy Gammon is raised and trained in St. Louis, Missouri, where she holds a

 strong passion for dance, teaching, and choreography. She has been on faculty with Performing Arts Centre for 8 years teaching tap, lyrical, jazz & hip hop. Ms. Gammon holds a BA in Dance from Lindenwood University and a Master’s of Arts in Teaching with an emphasis on Dance. Right out of high school, Amy was offered an Apprentice contract with Tapestry under the direction of Acia Gray but opted to complete her education instead. Amy has taught for Tap The Map, Lindenwood University, Greater St.

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

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

Julie Furrer


Julie Furrer, a native of St. Louis, MO, is a 2013 “Professional Advancement Award in Dance”

 recipient from the renown School at Jacob’s Pillow under the direction of Chet Walker. She graduated on scholarship from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Hollywood, CA, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Theatre. Growing up Julie received many regional & national awards and titles, as well as being recognized as one of “Dance Spirit’s Future Rising Stars” finalists. Being a well-versed performer, Julie has studied with numerous tap legends at the Saint Louis Tap Festival started by

Karissa Royster


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

Katharine Ponza


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

Kevin Carmichael


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

Luke Hawkins


Luke Hawkins is a highly sought after tap dancer, actor and choreographer based out

 of New York City. Luke has danced in The Broadway production of Xanadu, Cirque du Soleil's Banana Shpeel (NYC) and Joya (Cancun, Mexico) as well as New York City Center Encore's Productions of No, No, Nanette. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and On Your Toes. He has starred in many regional productions as Ren in Footloose. Huck in Big River, Bert in Mary Poppins, Action in West Side Story, Will Parker in Oklahoma, Tulsa in Gypsy and Robert in The Drowsy Chaperone. His TV and Film credits

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

Marc Kimelman


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

Andrew Hubbard


Andrew Hubbard is a pioneer for the new millennium as an educator and choreographer

 his talents are broadening the perceptions of the dance world. His professional performance credits include Broadway companies of Cats and Footloose, Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, Dr. Pepper National commercial and Guiding Light. Featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America and he was featured in International publications: Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, Pointe Magazine, Teacher Magazine and dance “bible”; Anatomy 2 by Jacqui Haas. Andrew has danced with music artists, Brian Mc Knight and Lou Bega. Hubbard was on faculty at the acclaimed

Missy Lay-Zimmer


Missy Lay-Zimmer is transforming the dance world with her choreography’s unique style and

 musicality. Her New York City credits include: the Broadway and National companies of CATS as Victoria (the white cat), Jesus Christ Superstar (Anniversary Tour), SNL “I’m 50” with Molly Shannon, MTV|VH1 appearances, and Broadway Cares and Equity Fights Aids Choreography Award (co-Recipient) for The Easter Bonnet along side Broadway choreographer Chris Gatelli (News). Films: Little Man Tate with Jodie Foster (Jodie’s Double).Other choreography credits include: Mariah Carey “All I Want for Christmas”, Peter Frampton, husband and wife duo, Over The Rhine,rapper Rakim, Tarkan (Turkish pop star),

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

Ray Hesselink


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,

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

Sherilyn Foley

Jazz & Tap

Sherilyn Foley’s body of work includes an extensive background in the arts, as an

 educator, professional dancer, choreographer, artistic director, and adjudicator. Sherilyn is currently a member of Indiana University’s Dance Faculty, where she teaches Jazz, Tap, and Repertory. Sherilyn was nominated for a Student Choice Award for Outstanding Faculty. She is a former member of IUPUI’s Dance Faculty, where she was named Instructor of the Year. Sherilyn is listed in the prestigious Honor’s Edition of Who’s Who. Ms. Foley was awarded an Arts Commission Grant to present a youth dance outreach program. Sherilyn continues to

Brooke Wendle


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

Ted Laney

Jumps & Turns

Ted Laney began his professional career dancing in the Emmy Award-winning Miss

 MS Pageant. After high school he attended the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive on scholarship. and hough his love for Ballet was strong, he decided to leave behind the dream of becoming a principal ballet dancer to pursue a more versatile career singing, dancing and tumbling for Royal Caribbean Line. Ted’s love for choreography really began when he worked as assistant choreographer for Stiletto Entertainment where he taught and installed production shows onboard Holland America Line. He has also danced alongside Dolly Parton and Broadway legend, Liza

Buddy Mynatt


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,

Chris Wendorff


Chris Wendorff was born and raised in the great Midwest state of Minnesota.

 He began his dance training at the age of 9. Through out his younger years he was a competitive dancer and attended many competitions and conventions throughout the USA. He was awarded many awards and scholarships along the way. He continued his dance training when he decided to attend the prestigious University of Point Park in Pittsburgh, PA. He was awarded a dance degree. While there he continued learning and trained in styles such as bob fosse to commercial jazz, from ballet to modern, and contemporary

Denise Caston


Denise Caston was a Radio City Rockette for 10 years and toured nationally

 with the Tony Award winning musical, Crazy For You. Denise has also had the honor of performing the choreography of Savion Glover at a showcase in New York City. She performed on tour in Australia, dancing all over the continent in Elvis to the Max. Her choreography has been seen in many productions in which she performed, including shows at Caesars Windsor in Ontario, Canada. Credits also include film, television, commercials, and industrials. Teaching credits include classes at Broadway Dance Center (NYC) and Steps on Broadway

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

Efren Herrera

Hip Hop

Efren Herrera, is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and photographer located out of Indianapolis, IN.

 He specializes in hip hop and has been training as a self-taught artist from a young age, but most recently also received instruction from The Dance Refinery, in ballet, jazz, partnering, acro and contemporary. Efren also enjoys collaborating with other artists, and has started a unique photography line that combines light painting and dancers allowing him an additional outlet to create artistry in a new way. For Photography he has traveled to Coachella Music Festival, South by Southwest in Texas, Panorama in New York City,

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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!



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



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



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


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15 Day Cut Off


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Cherry Hill

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Long Island

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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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