Co Owner/Producer Cross Pointe Dance Dana Stackpole’s professional career as a dancer has spanned over 21 years, with 7 seasons at the American Ballet Theatre under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov and 4 years with the San Francisco Ballet. She transitioned into a career on Broadway where she performed leading roles in such Tony award winning shows as Carousel, On The Town and the Billy Joel -Twyla Tharp sensation Movin’ Out. Other Broadway credits include, the Tony award winning Contact and the epic Broadway smash, The Phantom of the Opera.
Cross Pointe Dance is the creative vision of Dana and her business partner Dawn Theodore. It was born out of a longing to see dance return to it’s true roots as an art form and an expression of oneself rather then focusing on Dance as a competition. The goal of Cross Pointe Dance is to nurture the young artist within while building confidence in their technical abilities which gives rise to the artistry of dance. Dana’s passion lies in teaching ballet as that was the basis of her dance background.
She has taught in New York City as well as various studios in the Los Angeles area. She currently teaches at A Step in Time School of Dance in Calabasas and has a large private clientele base. Dana is also certified in both Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis® as well as a licensed Zumba instructor.
She is also the creator and owner of Body Affinity. www.BodyAffinity.com
Her desire is to help impart the joy of dance and is summed up in this quote by Martha Graham: “I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. In each, it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of one’s being, a satisfaction of spirit. One becomes, in some area, an athlete of God. Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.” ― Martha Graham.
DAWN SMITH THEODORE
Co Owner/Producer Cross Pointe Dance Dawn has owned her own dance studio in Calabasas, CA for the past 25 years. Her mother, Skipper Downie Smith owned her own dance studio in Cincinnati for 55 years. Dawn’s students continue to be recognized at competitions and conventions with special awards and scholarships. She has students perform on cruise ships, dance companies, as well as The Dallas Cowgirls and Denver Nuggets.In addition, her students have been accepted and attended Summer Intensives at The Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Miami City Ballet, The San Francisco Ballet, Alvin Ailey, and The Rock School.
Dawn has performed and choreographed shows for cruise ships, The Sydney 2000 Olympics, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.
Prior to owning her studio, Dawn lived in New York City where she had the opportunity to teach and perform for the legendary Henry LeTang, best known for his choreography on the movies Tap and Cotton Club. He also choreographed the following Broadway shows Eubie, Black and Blue and Sophisticated Ladies. In addition to teaching at the Henry LeTang School of Tap on Broadway, Dawn also performed for Henry at the world famous Mikado Theatre in Tokyo. She was featured in the Christmas show there where she performed an excerpt from Sophisticated Ladies. She was asked to return several years later to perform in Sophisticated Shuffle.
Dawn also performed as special entertainment at The Junior Miss Pageant as well as the Jazz Festival in St. Croix and toured Mexico for the government to raise money for orphanages. She has been featured in many productions, commercials and TV shows, but enjoys sharing her love of dance with students around the country.
Dawn is also a psychotherapist with a specialty in eating disorders and addictions. She has a private practice in Westwood and Agoura Hills. In addition, she was the Clinical Director of the Eating Disorder Center of California in Brentwood and Director of Day Treatment Services for Monte Nido and Affiliates. She enjoys working with dancers who struggle with eating disorders and body image issues. She also authored a book on dancers and eating disorders, Tutu Thin.
Instructor A New England native Scott has performed on Broadway in six shows as well as two national tours. His most memorable are Jerome Robbins Broadway, Swing and Twyla Tharp’s Movin Out. Feature films include Rock of Ages, Gangster Squad, Gnomeo & Juliet, Bedtime Stories,The Producers, Guess Who, George of the Jungle, Inspector Gadget, Mighty Aphrodite, and his personal favorite,the best picture Oscar winner Chicago.
Television appearances include BUNHEADS, THE NEIGHBORS, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, DANCING WITH THE STARS, GLEE, WILL & GRACE, SWINGTOWN, ELLEN, SUDDENLY SUSAN, CINDERELLA, ANNIE, CAROLINE IN THE CITY, ELI STONE, TRACY ULLMAN -live and exposed,and the Tony Bennett t.v. special AN AMERICAN CLASSIC. Scott, who also danced early in his career with the NEW YORK CITY BALLET, has been in over 30 national commercials from NISSAN to OLD NAVY,GAP and DIET COKE.
He continues to perform in live shows from the Oscars to the Emmys as well as teach, choreograph and spread the love of dance in and around this country. After a three year run dancing with CHER from Las Vegas to Moscow Russia Scott is happy to be back home in Los Angeles.
Recently Scott just finished filming a bonus live action musical number to be included on the DVD release of Disney’s animation FROZEN. He is very proud of the longevity and variety of his dance career and is currently looking forward to the upcoming release of the film LUCKY STIFF in which he is not only a dancer but the associate choreographer. Scott is grateful and gives thanks to his uncle and mentor Bill Fowler for this life and love of dance.
Tyne Stecklein grew up dancing in Aurora, Colorado. Her dance career began with the High School Musical Concert Tour when she had just turned 18. After that she danced in HSM 2 as well as the movies Stepbrothers, Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons, 17 Again, Fame, The Campaign, Rock Of Ages, A Glimpse Inside the mind of Charles Swan III, and Behind the Candelabra. Her TV credits include the Rose Bowl Parade, Grammy Awards, Academy Awards, American Music Awards, Glee, Castle, Wizards of Waverly Place, CSI, Bones, and Shake It Up.
In addition, Tyne danced in Evolution Dance Company directed by Mark Meismer, and Soul Escape Dance Co directed by Justin Giles. She also danced for Cher in her show at Caesar's Palace, and Michael Jackson in what would have been his last tour in London. Her wonderful experience rehearsing with MJ, lead to the making of "This Is It", in which Tyne was a lead dancer.
Tyne had acting roles in the films Burlesque, No Strings Attached, and Platinum coming out soon! She has worked in many commercials including Adidas, Old Navy, Dasani Twist, Microsoft Tablet, Southwest airlines, and Ford. Tyne was thrilled to join Dancing With the Stars as a new professional dancer last year partnered with Bill Nye “The Science guy.”
James Kinney has been performing professionally since the age of 15. He grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and began his classical training with The Florida Ballet, later melding his training into Jazz and Musical Theater. His Broadway credits include: Fosse, Dance of Death, Barry Manilow’s Harmony and the most recent revival of Sweet Charity, starring Christina Applegate, where he also served as the production’s Assistant Dance Captain. He continued preserving the “Fosse style” when he became the Dance Captain for choreographer Wayne Cilento’s First National Tour of Sweet Charity, starring Molly Ringwald. Film and Television appearances include: "The Producers," "The Dave Chappell Show," PBS’ "Dance in America," "Fosse," "Good Morning America" and "The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade." Tours and regional productions include: Oklahoma!, A Chorus Line, Chicago, Cabaret, West Side Story, 42nd Street, Phantom, and the legendary Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall, at The White House and has danced alongside Liza Minnelli for “Rosie Live" on NBC.
Even while establishing himself as a valued performer in the world of musical theatre, James was laying the foundation for what would become a thriving transition into choreography. Both nationally and internationally, James' innovative work began taking the stage in such productions as the Jekyll and Hyde European Premier, La Cage Aux Folles, Chance and Chemistry,(Broadway) Nothing Like a Dame and Seven Brides for
Seven Brothers. James began to focus in on the art of choreography, and found himself conceiving and creating an original new dance work for DANCE TRACKS NYC, set to Stephen Sondheim’s “Another Hundred People”, and premiering at Lincoln Center. The peice would evolve into a three-part suite, named "March" which debuted at The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and was commissioned by the renowned New Jersey Ballet to be a part of their 50th Anniversary season.
In continuing his choreographic accomplishments, James, alongside Broadway legend Donna McKechnie, created the dynamic movement for The Hollywood Bowl's Guys and Dolls, starring Jessica Biel. The duo would also work to choreograph a new musical; Cross That River, premiering at the New York Musical Festival. Further musical theatre choreogprahic credits include: "I Do, I Do!" at the Old Globe, Hello, Dolly! starring Sally Struthers, West Side Story, White Christmas, Crazy for You, as well as countless other productions around the U.S. In addition to choreography, James continues to teach at New York City's premier dance studios, Broadway Dance Center,Steps on Broadway, and Peridance.
In his exploration of new mediums, James has become a highly sought-after director/choreographer/producer and creative consultant for live events around the country, most notably, working in the world of fashion for HERMES of Paris in both NYC and Miami. Today, James Kinney's work can be seen on stages and television screens around the country. He has become known as a vital asset in creating new and innovative movement for musical theatre, the concert dance world, film/television and live events, all while staying uniquely true to his artistic vision of smart, meaningful movement, oozing with style.
Evan Schwarz attended and graduated from the LA County High School for the Arts. He was accepted at Julliard in NYC, where he had the opportunity to perform pieces choreographed by Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Martha Grahmn, and Jose Limon.
Since his graduation from Julliard, Evan spent 3 years performing in Switzerland at Konzert Theatre Bern. He went on to perform for the National Dance Company of Wales. Evan’s teaching experience includes teaching Ballet and Jazz at AMAS Musical Theatre Academy, New Orleans Service Project where he created and executed dance classes for the performing Arts High School and after school program. Evan also taught all levels of dance classes at The Konzert Theatre Bern.
In addition to being skilled in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Evan is also an excellent Tap teacher.
Lea was trained at the Larkin Dance Studio in Maplewood, Minnesota. She studied and competed in dance throughout her childhood with Larkin, and won a scholarship in New York to dance in Los Angeles. She moved to Los Angeles at 18 years of age and had agency representation with Bobby Ball, KSA, Clear Talent, and has been a choreographer, professional dancer and teacher for over 22 years. She has taught dance all over Southern California, and she was the owner /director of On The Beat Dance Academy for 16 years and had her students compete, perform at Disneyland, Clipper Games, and choreographed & had her students perform at a couple of great charity events for the Children’s Hospital in LA & City of Hope, and for St Jude’s Children’s hospital, and for the Summer Special Olympics in LA.
Lea choreographed/danced/Featured in: MOVIES: Austin Powers w/Mike Myers, That Thing you do w/Tom Hanks, TV: On FOX- Mad TV, V.I.P. Show, Ben Stiller Show, CBS-The Bold & the beautiful, NBC-The Tonight Show w/Jay Leno, HBO-Tracey Ullman Show, ESPN-Body By Jake-was the host for Reebok slide step, AWARD SHOWS: Country Music Awards-Dixie Chicks “Ready to Run”,Billboard Music Awards- Mystical, Comedy Awards- Trophy Host, VIDEOS: Chris Isaac Video “Go Walkin’ Down there”, Courtney Love Video “Celebrity Skin”, Carmen Electra video “Fun” produced by Prince, Eddie Reader “Town without Pity”, Reebok workout videos- Aero Step workout & Power Step challenge Workout, TOURS/SHOWS: Adidas International Dance Team, David Lee Roth Tour, The Flintstones Show-Universal Studios, Flexatard/Gilda Marx Show, Obermeyer Ski Show, B.U.M. equipment show, Joico Hair Fashion show in NY, FEATURED MAGAZINE: People Magazine, Soap Opera Digest, COMMERCIALS: Bally’s Fitness, Tropicana Twister, Sprite.
And much more…
Being that dance has always been the biggest part of her life, and she has been on all sides of the spectrum, she loves helping young inspired dancers to grow in their technique, and to be positive on their personal journey and to have passion when they dance and dream, from the inside out!
Instructor Laurie Kanyok is originally from Southwestern Pennsylvania, but currently resides in New York City. Ms Kanyok’s dance career spans from the broadway stage to the commercial word of film and television. In New York she performed in Fosse, Movin Out, principal cover (original company) and Come Fly Away, principal dancer (original company). She also performed in the first national tours of all three shows.
In between broadway shows she would gig out of Los Angeles in films like Cinderella, Showgirls and A Time For Dancing, as well as the Grammy awards, Tony Awards, and MTV Awards with artists like Ricky Martin, The Smashing Pumpkins, Liza Minnelli and Michael Jackson.
When Ms Kanyok isn’t performing she is teaching around the country and abroad. Her latest creation is daughter Alexandra who is already dancing her way through New York City.
Instructor A native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Shawn began studying dance at age six. At ten she trained at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Dance Department. At 11 Ms. Black auditioned for and was accepted at Alabama School of Fine Arts under the direction of Dame Sonia Arova and Thor Sutowski. When she graduated, she received the school’s prestigious Prix de Excellence de Danse and was listed in Who’s Who Among American High School Students.
That summer she represented the United States as the only female member of the team sent to the International Ballet Competition in Helsinki, Finland. At 18 she danced with Atlanta Ballet, and at 19 she auditioned for Mikhail Baryshnikov and was accepted into American Ballet Theatre and went on to work with world renowned dancers and choreographers on stage, television, and in movies.
Ms. Black is listed in Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who in America.
Dancing with Mikhail Baryshnikov, her featured roles included: the movie “Dancers,” Pas de Trois and Cygnets in “Swan Lake,” Flower Girl in “Don Quixote,” and Peasant Pas de Deux in “Giselle.” Working with Agnes De Mille, she was cast in a leading role in “Fall River Legend” and as the principal dancer, Cowgirl, in “Rodeo.” Working with Twyla Tharp, Ms. Black danced In the “Upper Room,” “Brief Fling,” and “Elements.” Anthony Tudor cast her in his “Pillar of Fire” and for the television filming of his ballet “Dark Elegies.” Sir Kenneth McMillan cast her as Princess Florine in his ballet “Sleeping Beauty.” She also danced leading roles in Clark Tippet’s “Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1,” Jiri Kylian’s “Sinfonietta,” James Kudelka’s “Cruel World,” Glenn Tetley’s “Rite of Spring,” and Sir Fredrick Ashton’s “Symphonic Variations.”
Ms. Black’s teaching experience includes: American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Hawaii, Alabama Ballet, Alabama Dance Theater, Charleston Ballet Theater, Virginia Ballet Theater, Santa Fe Community College, The University of South Carolina, and San Elijo Dance and Music Academy in San Elijo, California. Since 2010 Ms. Black has been Director of Perdido Bay Ballet in Pensacola, Florida.
After earning a B.P.A at Oklahoma City University, Samantha moved to Los Angeles and booked her first job dancing back up for pop artist, Ashanti. She worked at Disneyland singing and dancing in several shows.
Samantha had the pleasure of performing on the Kodak Theatre stage, now known as the Dolby, alongside Val Kilmer and Adam Lambert in "The Ten Commandments, the musical." She received experience working on set with Cher and Stanley Tucci during the filming of "Burlesque" and learned the secrets of magic on "Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed" as a lead assistant.
Samantha traveled to Greece to perform with Atonis Remos and Ana Vissi. More recently she was seen dancing with Rihanna in her Grammy performance, with Taio Cruz in the "American Giving Awards" as well as TV performances on "Mistresses", "Bunheads" and "Castle".
Hayley Erbert grew up in Topeka, Kansas where she trained and competed in many different styles of dance, winning numerous National titles and awards. She has attended many dance intensives for additional training such as The Dance Sessions and Joel Ruminer’s Dance Intensive.
Hayley was recently on the Fox hit TV series “So You Think You Can Dance” where she finished as the top 3rd female. She had the opportunity to work with some of the biggest choreographers in the industry including but not limited to Sonya Tayeh, Mia Michaels, Christopher Scott, Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo, Sean Cheesman, Tyce Diorio, Mandy Moore, Stacey Tookey, and Peter Chu. Soon after, Hayley modeled for Discount Dance Supply as one of their featured dancers.
Hayley has also taught several master classes for studios around the nation, Elite Dance Company, and Texas Dance Educators Association.
Recently, Hayley moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue her dream career as a dancer.
Dancing and performing has always been her passion and she hopes to inspire and motivate the
young dancers of the next generation.
SHAUN TAYLOR-CORBETT & NOEMI DEL RIO
Shaun Taylor-Corbett & Noemi Del Rio both met and got married while performing in the Tony-award winning cast of In The Heights. They were part of the Broadway and National touring casts. Shaun, best known for playing the role of Sonny, joined the cast in their off-broadway run. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, and the Public theater in NY. Some of Shaun's credits include: Hit Kid's TV Show Hi-5 (Discovery Kids/TLC 2004-2007), Altar Boyz (Off-broadway), Romeo & Juliet (Regional), and he his currently playing Frankie Valli on the 2nd National Tour of Jersey Boys. He also co-wrote a musical based on his Native American tribe (Blackfeet), called “Distant Thunder.”
Noemi Del Rio played all 5 leading dancer tracks in addition to covering the role of Carla in the Broadway and touring casts of In The Heights. She joined the cast shortly after they opened on Broadway. She trained at New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL, and Marymount Manhattan College in NYC. Some of her other credits include: Law & Order SVU, Harry's Law (NBC), Torchwood (Starz), Carmen the musical (La Jolla), Lysistrata Jones (DTC), Captain Louie (Off-Broadway).
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2011, Shaun & Noemi have taught over 20 musical theater acting workshops around the country. Over the course of their careers, they have trained with some of best private acting and vocal teachers, and they are both excited to share their experiences and passion for teaching with students across the country. Their knowledge of auditioning and musical theater is sure to inspire students to take their performance to the next level.
Rocker Verastique appeared in the original Broadway companies of Contact, Chicago, Victor/Victoria and Carousel.
Mr. Verastique's other Broadway credits include Miss Saigon, Phantom of the Opera, Sweet Charity andThe Ziegfeld Follies of 1936, as well as the world premiere productions ofHearts Desire, Jekyll and Hyde, Spirit and the Broadway workshop of Fosse. Rocker's other credits include Paul in A Chorus Line (Pittsburgh Musical Theater), Konstantine Morrisine in On Your Toes (Gateway Playhouse.NY), Sophisticated Ladies (Drury Lane, Chicago), Feld Ballet, Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, danced six years with artistic director Mikhail Baryshinikov in American Ballet Theatre.
In Los Angeles, he spent four years on the television series Fame and was the male lead in the award winning music video Nasty opposite Janet Jackson. Mr Verastique choreographed Miss Saigon (Pittsburgh Musical Theater), Leader Of The Pack, Dreamgirlsand Beehive (Pittsburgh Playhouse), Five Guys Named Moe and Little Me(Candlelight, Chicago), A Chorus Line (Geva, Rochester NY) and co-choreographed Rugrats, A Live Adventure (2 World Tours).
Mr. Herman has appeared on Broadway in Contact, A Chorus Line (Mike),Leader of the Pack, Song and Dance (First National Tour), Big Bad Burlesque (Off-Broadway), Die Soldaten (NYC Opera) and was the associate choreographer for Michael Bennett's Pre-Broadway Workshops of Scandal.
Mr. Herman has directed and/or choreographed World Premier musicals at the Goodman (Chicago), Long Wharf (New Haven), Zipper Theater (NYC), Ford's Theater (Washington, D.C.), City Theatre (Pittsburgh), Playwrights Horizons (NYC). George Street Playhouse (New Brunswick, NJ) Directors Company (NYC), Theaterfest (Upper Montclair, NJ), Bottom Line (NYC), The Rep (Nashville), LA Children's Theater, Naked Angels Theater Company (NYC) as well as dozens of other Broadway Musical Classics all over the country.
Mr. Herman choreographed George Lucas Super Live Adventure (Japanese Tour) ,Jane Fonda Workouts (Designed by Theoni Aldredge, Shubert Theater, NYC),Tabaluga and Lilli (2 European Tours) and the 1987 national tour of Dreamgirls. Mr Herman directed and choreographed Madhattan (New York, New York Hotel & Casino, Vegas), Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus (3 International Editions), Rugrats, A Live Adventure (2 World Tours) and the acclaimed Dreamgirls - the 20th Anniversary Benefit Concert for The Actors' Fund.
McKenzie-Rae Anderson grew up dancing in Austin, Texas at Dancers Workshop. She has 16 years of studio training as well as 4 years of dance team training. She served as a 2 year captain of the award-winning Leander High School Blue Belles where she won many accolades for her solos and choreography for both her team and surrounding schools. She was recognized for her contemporary piece in "The Weaving" which was performed at Lincoln Center in New York City.
At 18 she set off for Los Angeles where she was selected for the prestigious Edge Scholarship program. After training with some of the best teachers in the business, she signed with BLOC Talent Agency. McKenzie's credits include Glee, Bones, Dancing with the Stars, X-Factor, Becky G, Latin American Music Awards and traveling abroad to perform with German, pop star, Helene Fischer. She has done commercial work for Amazon, Chrysler, Prius, Reebok, MAC Cosmetics, Ugg and Toms. McKenzie assists and is being mentored by Helene Phillips, who is among some of LA's well-known teachers and choreographers. She has taught across the state of Texas both in studios and for dance teams. Kenzie is a certified personal trainer and considers herself a chameleon as she is proficient in all genres of dance including ballet, jazz, pointe, contemporary, jazz-funk, hip-hop, and tap. She brings a contagious enthusiasm to all of her classes as she shares her passion for the arts and fitness!
Bobby Amamizu is a graduate from Orange County High School of the Arts and holds a BFA in Dance Performance from UC Irvine. He has performed classical, Balanchine, and Forsythe ballet’s in his career. Currently he is represented by Movement Talent Agency in Los Angeles as a professional dancer.
Stage credits: Cirque du Soleil’s Viva Elvis (original cast dir. Vincent Paterson), Freelusion, Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away Roadshow, Tokyo the Company (Tokyo Inouye), Unity LA (Tessandra Chavez), Commonality (Adam Parson), Loving The Silent Tears (original musical), International Ballet Festival of Miami, Laguna Dance Festival, National Choreographers Initiative. Film: Fame, A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas, Dear Dumb Diary. Television/Commercials: Lip Sync Battle, Home Joy, Dancing with the Stars, Miss Universe, Strictly Come Dancing, Fiona Apple music video “Paper Bag,” Jerry Lewis Telethon. Industrials: L’Oreal, Mattel, and Morinda. He has also judged and taught at conventions/companies/Studios including: Cirque du Soleil, Edge Performing Arts Center, The Houston Met, OCSA, Act 1 Talent Dance Competition, Tremaine Dance Conventions, LA Elite/Elite Dance Conventions, and West Coast dance Explosions.
Bobby also assisted on projects such as: Kansas City Ballet (rehearsal assistant to Jodie Gates), Love on the Floor featuring Cheryl Burke and Takahashi Daisuke (rehearsal assistant to Tessandra Chavez), and Jose Cuervo Commercial (Choreographer Assistant to Michael Rooney).
Manuela Oliveira Specializes in Hip Hop and Jazz Funk and trained in Jazz, Ballet,Salsa, Samba,House, Breakdance, popping and House. She is well Recognized in the Field of Dance and Choreography, her works have been displayed on TV shows, TV Commercials, Music Videos and on Stage. Choreography Credits include: NBC's The Voice Season's 1,2 & 3 as Performance Consultant and Choreographer working with Ceelo Green, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine, SYTYCD Malaysia Season's 1 & 2 as Creative Director, Choreographer and Guest Judge, SYTYCD Australia Seasons 1,2 & 3 as Choreographer, X-Factor USA assisting Paula Abdul , Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards and more.... Manuela has appeared as a Dancer for Rihanna - MTV Music Awards, Jennifer Lopez, Sara Bareilles, Luke James and more.... visit manuelaworld.com for full bio.