Kelby Brown is an American born choreographer, from St. Louis, Missouri. Kelby has had the pleasure of choreographing for Justin Timberlake for the 20th Anniversary, Kids Choice Awards. He also created a special work to pay homage to the legendary founder of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Mr. Arthur Mitchell, for Opera Noire. Later he joined forces with Screen Director Ryan Shiraki for the movie Spring Breakdown, where his choreography was showcased by a star-studded cast including Amy Poehler, Parker Posey, and Rachel Dratch. Kelby then reunited with Shiraki to choreograph for the hit MTV show “Awkward”. Kelby’s choreographic stage credits include Zombie Strippers the Musical, where his choreography was quoted in the Broadway World review as being, "The Star of the Night.” Kelby’s expertise in teaching and his dedication to the art of dance makes him a highly sought after instructor, coach and choreographer. As such, he has held faculty positions at some of the most prestigious institutions including American Ballet Theater, Alvin Ailey, Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Chicago, State Ballet of Missouri, PACE University and Broadway Dance Center. Kelby continues to teach and inspire, both domestically and internationally, and is recognized as an influencer in the dance community.
Al Blackstone is an Emmy-nominated director, choreographer, and educator. His passion for bringing people together to experience something meaningful drives him to make dances, tell stories, and encourage joyful connection. Born in New Jersey and raised in a dance studio, he has called New York City home for more than a decade. In that time he has created emotional work for the stage and screen, thrown parties for charity, and introduced hundreds of people to one another. He believes deeply in the power of dance, community, and kindness.
Amanda attended the Hungarian National Ballet School in the summer of 1990 before moving to New York to study at The School of American Ballet. Following the student workshop, she was invited to join the New York City Ballet. During her 15 years with the company, she performed principal roles in ballets by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, and was featured in many new works. Amanda appeared in numerous Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts with NYCB, and in the 1993 Warner Brothers movie, “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.” She was also featured in Shape Magazine, Oprah Magazine, Pointe Magazine, and Scotland’s “Caledonia.” In 2006 Amanda left NYCB to be an original cast member in Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular. She returned to New York the following year, and from 2007-2009, she worked in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and on the National Tour. In 2010, Amanda was selected as the “swing” in the original Broadway cast of Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away. When the show moved to the Wynn’s Encore Theatre in Las Vegas under the title Sinatra: Dance With Me, Ms. Tharp invited her to be the dance captain for the production. In 2011, Amanda graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University with a B.A. in Arts Administration, and rejoined Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera, serving as the show’s assistant dance captain until 2014.
Billy Griffin is a New York City based choreographer and educator. Select choreography credits include the currently touring Friends! The Musical Parody, as well as work for the Hudson Valley Dance Festival featuring So You Think You Can Dance winner Ricky Ubeda, The Red Bucket Follies, The Drama League Gala (honoring Steve Martin), Hershey Park, Issac Mizrahi for QVC, The Miss America Organization,The National YoungArts Foundation, NYMF (nomination for choreography), The Joffrey Ballet School, The Steps Conservatory, Fordham/Ailey, New York University and Pace University. As a performer Billy was in the Broadway/National Tour Productions of Mary Poppins, White Christmas and Young Frankenstein. Associate/Assistant credits include work with Sonya Tayeh, Josh Bergasse, Andy Blankenbuhler and Al Blackstone. As a dance educator Billy is on faculty at Steps on Broadway and is a guest faculty member at Broadway Dance Center and NYU. Billy is also a proud ambassador for Lululemon. IG:@SillyBillyGriffin www.billygriffinonline.com
MICHAEL SNIPE JR
Michael Snipe Jr. was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended the Baltimore School for the Arts and received his B.F.A from The Juilliard School. Upon graduation, he won The Hector Zaraspe award for Choreographic honors. He has performed with Ailey 2, The David Parson Dance Company and Robert Battle's company Battle Works. He has also performed in Swing! The Musical and Movin' Out. He was in the original cast for the first national tour of Movin' Out and later went back to New York to perform with the Broadway Cast. He was also a member of the Irish Modern Dance Theater based in Dublin Ireland. He lived in Paris for a year and taught at Le Centre des Arts Vivants. He’s been on faculty at Columbia College, Roosevelt University and The Joffrey Academy, all in Chicago. He has taught summer sessions at the Kirov Academy in Washington, D.C. and for the Ailey Experience in NYC! He teaches for Ailey Extensions and is currently on Faculty At Ballet Tech. He’s super excited to be joining the Kanyok Arts Initiative.
Vin Berardi has been an acting instructor for over twenty years, having programmed and created classes at every level and for all age groups, throughout the northeast. As a director, he’s mounted new works at multiple regional theaters and in New York City, and has had great success at several festivals—most recently the BAD Theater Fest. On each show he played Vin Berardi, and received rave reviews. He’s the artistic director of his own theatre company, My Theatre Company, for which he’s directed and produced two successful original productions. He’s also a co-creator of The Trilogy Podcast, and has his own comedy website.