Guest Faculty

DAYNA SZYNDROWSKI

Dance and music – inseparable. Dayna’s experiences in dance have all been informed by this connection and her pursuit of rhythm. She has primarily studied tap dance and its rich history in jazz music and improvisation as a means of communication. This led to investigations in Afro-Cuban & Greek music, body percussion, and most significantly now, her focus on contemporary flamenco. As a result of the magnetic magic of percussive dance and the desire to continuously learn and seek new rhythmic inspiration, Dayna has been fortunate enough to spend time across Canada, the US, Cuba, Spain, and Greece performing and studying with many tap, flamenco, and music artists, and passing on what she has learned as a teacher to all ages and levels.


DIANNE WALKER

Tap resurgence pioneer, Dianne ‘Lady Di’ Walker’s distinguished 30-year career spans Broadway, TV, film and festivals. Dance captain in the iconic Black and Blue in Paris, and Broadway, she appeared in the movie TAP, and is the only female in the famed Hoofers Line. Walker trained with tap legends, such as Leon Collins, and was a director of his school. Dianne earned a Master’s (Ed.); has taught at Harvard, UCLA, and other universities, and is celebrated in many awards and tributes


TERRY BROCK

Terry Brock’s background includes multiple choreographic works, an international performing career and teaching internationally. Terry has shared the stage with the likes of Gregory Hines, The Nicholas Brothers and Ben Vereen. She’s created repertory and appeared with major symphonies. A long-term member of Jazz Tap Ensemble, she collaborated with Mercer Ellington in a tribute to his father, Duke. Conservator of Eleanor Powell’s choreography–right down to her tap shoes and travel trunk.


BYRON TITTLE

Byron Tittle has been dancing since the age of 5 in his hometown of New York. Starting with tap and ballet, he soon grew to enjoy the different genres and aesthetics in the entire realm of dance. He began tapping with the American Tap Dance Foundation’s Tap City Youth Ensemble, meeting Michelle Dorrance through workshops and classes held there. He has toured the nation with The Tap Kids under the direction of Lisa Hopkins and Phillip Stern. Most recently, he has enjoyed touring with Dorrance Dance.


JASON JANAS

From New Jersey began his tap dance instruction under Ms. Deborah Mitchell and was the first charter member of the New Jersey Tap Ensemble. He was a member of the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble under the direction of Gene Medler. His first professional company was Tapestry Dance Company in Austin TX, under the direction of Acia Gray as a principal dancer for 5 years. Derick Grant invited Jason to be in his show Imagine Tap! and changed his life. Other credits include “Souls of our Feet” with Tapestry Dance Company, “Wonderland” with Sara Savelli and Ayodele Casel, and  recently co-choreographed and was featured in “Tap Stars” with Rasta Thomas. He has taught at tap festivals around the world.   He loves to tap dance. He loves to learn from other dancers and about those tappers who came before him.


BRITTANY DESTEFANO

Brittany DeStefano is a multi-form dancer from upstate New York. After many years training locally, she began studying in NYC under the mentorship of Derick K. Grant. At the School at Jacob’s Pillow, she studied with Lane Alexander, Derick K. Grant, Lisa LaTouche, Brenda Bufalino, Paul Arslanian, Sam Weber, Nicholas Van Young, Jason Samuels Smith and Michelle Dorrance. She began her professional career as a company member of Tap Kids under the direction of Lisa Hopkins and has worked with numerous New York-based choreographers.


GABRIEL WINNS ORTIZ

Gabriel Ortiz was born and raised in San Diego, CA. He started dancing at the age of 11, and his love for the art form has continued to grow ever since. He has toured worldwide with the critically-acclaimed stage show, Tap Kids, and since moving to New York City he has worked with various companies including RumbaTap, Dorrance Dance and Swing FX. He also directs his own group called the Students of Sound and teaches a class at the American Tap Dance Foundation. Television credits include Americas Most Talented Kids (2002), America’s Got Talent (2011), and FakeOff (2014).


JOSEPH C. WIGGAN

Native of LA, Joseph Wiggan began to tap dance with Paul and Arlene Kennedy. Joseph is a 2003 Music Center Spotlight Award winner, 2004 Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and winner of the 2005 Princess Grace Award for outstanding artistic achievement. Joseph performed in the US tour of Riverdance, the tap musical Imagine Tap! choreographed by Derick K. Grant, and toured France and abroad in Jerome Savary’s musical comedy À la Recherche de Joséphine. Joseph made his Broadway debut in George C. Wolfe’s Shuffle Along. He has taught in Sweden, Japan, France, Guatemala, and Taiwan and has been a cultural exchange performer in Cuba, Peru, and Russia. Joseph works as a member of The Double J’s, a tap duo act with his older sister Josette.


CALEB TEICHER

Caleb Teicher is known for “mixing super-charged energy with tossed-off charm” (The New Yorker), is an acclaimed choreographer, performer, and teacher based in New York City. He began his dance career as a founding member of Michelle Dorrance’s celebrated company, Dorrance Dance. He was awarded a 2011 Bessie Award for Outstanding Individual Performance for Michelle Dorrance and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards’ A Shared Evening at Danspace Project, and continues to perform with the company. Other favourite performance credits include The Chase Brock Experience, Syncopated City Dance Company, The Bang Group, iLuminate, West Side Story (Int’l Tour and London), and Irma La Douce (City Center Encores). Teicher was named one of Dance Magazine’s 2012 “25 to Watch” and, recently, the winner of Dance Magazine’s “Best Emerging Choreographer” in the 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards.


CHANNING COOK HOLMES

This dancer, drummer, actor, singer, and fashion entrepreneur has travelled the world leaving huge footprints. Channing’s genesis consisted of tap and drum lessons leading to commercials and movie roles under the tutelage and mentorships of Alfred Desio and the great Gregory Hines. Credits consist of appearances in A Showtime Original: Bojangles, Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, Jazz Tap Ensemble and Riverdance (International, Regional and Broadway casts He is  2-time Princess Grace Award winner for Dance Fellowship for Tap, 2-time Nominee and 2006-07 NAACP Theatre Award winner for choreography. He recently wrapped a world tour with Grammy nominated and VMA award-winning music group, Capital Cities; opening for Katy Perry on the PRIZMATIC TOUR.


KRISTINA LINDEN

Born and raised in Vancouver, Kristina began performing at a young age and soon developed a passion for the stage. She was seen as a principle tap dancer in the Opening Ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics and has been an opening act for pop singer, Mya. Her television credits include: Hellcats, the X-Files and Psych. Theatre credits include: Graziella in West Side Story, Singin’ in the Rain, Anything Goes and 42nd Street. Having studied education in University, she is a passionate dancer and teacher who shares her love for performing every chance she gets!


SUSAN NASE

Susan Nase is a tap dancer, singer, and Scottish highland dancer born and raised in Saskatoon SK. After a brief career as a chemical engineer in Calgary AB, Susan took her artistic talents to New York City in 2008 where she was selected to perform with 7 other world-class tap dancers in the US tour of “Thank You Gregory! A Tribute to the Legends of Tap” featuring Maurice Hines. During her 4-year stay in NYC she had the pleasure to perform with some of the city’s top choreographers, including 2015 MacAurthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance, Max Pollak and his troupe Rumba Tap, and fellow Canadian Lisa LaTouche. Susan has traveled to international festivals in the France, Spain, Turkey, Italy, USA, Brazil and Greece to perform and study tap, world and body music. As an arts educator, Susan has presented many master dance and music workshops across Canada and the US. Susan currently resides, teaches and performs in Vancouver, Canada.


CHLOE ARNOLD

As a leading lady in the Art Form of Tap and entrepeneur with a degree from Columbia  University, Chloé has wooed audiences in over 28 countries and 35 states. Her work can be seen on film, television, and stages worldwide. Co-Founder and Co-Director of the DC Tap Festival, Chloé’s career highlights include, CBS’s The Late Late Show with James Corden, Boardwalk Empire, working with Beyoncé and Dancing with the Stars among many others. She was seen on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance as the winner of the dance crew battle with her company, Syncopated Ladies who have had sold out shows in New York, Dubai and Washington along with viral hits such as covers of Beyoncé’s Formation and Prince’s When Doves Cry. She has performed numerous musical productions with legendary Debbie Allen as well as a sold-out New York run of her One Woman show My Life. My Diary. My Dance.