We have assembled a faculty of Top Industry Professionals to Re Energize You and Your Entire Dance Program!
We are proud to present…
Artistic Director, Hollywood Vibe
Liz Imperio has established herself as a major director and choreographer in the entertainment industry. Some of her credits include the staging and choreography for Jennifer Lopez’s most recent world tour Dance Again; director/choreographer of Gloria Estefan’s last 3 world concert tours; and two world tours for Madonna – the Re-invention Tour and the Confessions Tour.
A proud Cuban-American, Liz was born and raised in Hollywood, California. Her work caught the eye of famed choreographer Kenny Ortega at a young age. Liz Became Kenny’s Associate Choreographer for 6 years before breaking out on her own. Her credits make her one of the most sought after choreographers in the business, including most recently: The 10th Anniversary opening performance for Premio Juventud featuring Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull; multiple episodes for Dancing With The Stars featuring Sheila E. and Corbin Bleu; American Idol; The Latin Grammys (last 3 years); American Music Awards featuring Cher; United We Stand with Michael Jackson; ABC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration; Disney Channel’s Gotta Kick It Up; James L. Brook’s feature film Spanglish, CBS TV series Dirty Dancing and commercials for Jack In The Box, L’oreal, and Sheba Cat Commercial featuring Eva Longoria amongst many others.
Liz was recently named Honorary Artistic Director and was commissioned to set new works to celebrate Giordano’s Jazz Dance Chicago celebrating their 50th Anniversary. La Bellaza de Cuba premiered to rave reviews this past spring and has been touring throughout Europe this summer. Liz is also known for her masterful skills as a motivator and master teacher of dance throughout the world; K-Broadway from Japan; Dance Life Studio in Stockholm, Sweden; Harmonic Studios in Paris, France among many others.
Liz has been teaching on the convention circuits for over 24 years including; West Coast Dance Explosion; Tremaine Dance Convention; Co. Dance; Break the Floor Productions; Liz is currently Artistic Director for Hollywood Vibe Dance Convention as well as numerous European companies from Italy to England. Liz Imperio is very proud to be a partner and founder of her own Los Angeles-based production company Liz Imperio Productions.
Teacher, Choreographer and Specialist in Children’s Dance Education
Holly specializes in Jazz, Lyrical and Children’s work and is currently a guest faculty member of Hollywood Vibe Dance Conventions. She has also worked for numerous conventions, competitions, and organizations including Dance Masters of America, Professional Dance Teachers of America & Dance Caravan. Inspired by her Mother, Eugenia Smith who created the Dancing School Kids curriculum, Holly continues to share the ideas and concepts for teaching Pre School age dancers with dance instructors around the country.
Holly has also worked extensively in Canada, adjudicating and teaching for Millennium Dance Festival of Halifax, Dance Ambition Competitions of the Vancouver Dance teachers Association. She has traveled throughout the US and Canada teaching master classes and competition choreography for numerous dance studios. She is now the director and owner of one of Western New York’s most successful dance studios that has been in business since.
Holly has also contributed to articles for Dance Spirit and Dance Teacher magazines.
Creative Director, Hollywood Dance Jamz
Barry has worked with the MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS, Paula Abdul, Jordan Knight, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Nelly, Busta Rhymes, Brian Mcknight and J.Lo (Jennifer Lopez). He has choreographed industrials for SEGA DREAMCAST, NIKE, REEBOK, NAMCO, AND SKECHERS. Barry’s television credits include MTV AWARDS, VH1 AWARDS, MISS AMERICA PAGENT W/DONNIE OSMOND THE TODAY SHOW, REGIS AND KELLY, THE ELLEN SHOW, BUSTA RHYMES, and P. DIDDY. He also performed for the QUEEN OF ENGLAND and with KID ROCK.
Barry has choreographed music videos for such artist as RACHAEL LAMPA, BRIAN MCKNIGHT, FRANKIE J, BABY BASH, AND NELLY. He was a featured dancer in the movie “BRINGING DOWN THE HOUZE” with STEVE MARTIN AND QUEEN LATIFA. He also just shot an episode of the new TV show The Goldbergs.
Ballet and Acro Technique
Growing up first as a gymnast and then later as a ballerina Caitlin has a wonderful knowledge of both worlds. After joining Hollywood Vibe as their featured ballet instructor she has excelled by demonstrating her love for the art of dance and educating the next generation of dancers. Her hands on and caring approach is what earns her the most compliments from dancers and teachers alike.
Caitlin launched her television and film career as a featured ballerina in the movie Step Up. That year she auditioned for the hit Fox reality show So You Think You Can Dance and became a top 12 finalist on Season 5. After a nationwide tour with SYTYCD, Caitlin moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Since then, she has performed on America’s Got Talent, the Academy Awards, and TV Land Awards, and has starred in commercials for Diet Coke, Progressive, and Heineken. She has also been performing and choreographing all over the world with artists such as Paula Abdul, Kanye West, and David Archuleta.
We are so proud to have Caitlin as a part of our dedicated faculty.
Choreographer, Teacher and Studio Owner
Ryan has been teaching and choreographing since the age of 14 and now travels the US and abroad spreading his knowledge and love for dance.
He has choreographed and performed pieces for Gregg Russell’s tap company “Tap Sounds Underground,” the Miss Kansas Pageant, the Tampa Bay Tap Festival, the 2010 Jerry Lewis Telethon opening number with Tyce Diorio, and has choreographed award-winning routines at studios across the US and abroad.
Recently, Ryan was a featured tapper for an upcoming episode of FOX’s “Mobbed” with Howie Mandell. You may have also recently seen Ryan dancing with partner Gregg Russell as one of the top 18 dance acts (Tap Sounds Underground) on Paula Abdul’s television show “Live to Dance”. Ryan’s been featured on CBS’s “Star Search” with Arsenio Hall and Usher, on FOX’s “30 Seconds to Fame,” and a commercial for Carvel Ice Cream. He has worked with Broadway Choreographer Keith Young on the skeleton crew of the Sammy Davis Jr. musical “Sammy” and has recorded his tap sounds for the Disney film “The Princess and the Frog” as well as the demo tape for the remake of the movie “Fame.” He has appeared in numerous shows including industrials for both Adidas and Nike, performed at Broadway Dance Center in New York, the Buddy Epson Tribute in Los Angeles and was the Nutcracker Prince in the San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker.
Ryan’s true passion is in teaching and choreographing. He has taught on numerous conventions and tap festivals and has traveled internationally to inspire tappers worldwide. Starting July 2012, Ryan and his wife Brigid bought and took ownership of Simi Dance Center in Simi Valley, CA. He is currently the founder of Neo Rythmo, Inc., a tap manufacturing company that has produced the FIRST and ONLY professional black colored taps on the market, aka ProTones (www.Pro-Tones.com). In January of 2012, Neo Rythmo released the NEWEST tap accessory to hit the stage, melodies: Multi-colored taps for performance and competition. Although known for his tap, Ryan excels in all forms of dance. Using his versatility, he infuses and creates a unique and up to date style that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Darryl Retter is a veteran name in the Dance Industry and Convention Circuit, teaching Tap, Lyrical, Jazz, Studio Management Classes, Teaching Studio Syllabus, Technique, and Choreography for his videos and inspiring dancers and teachers across the nation for the past 30 years!
He has taught for conventions, DanceMakers, Adrenaline, Dance Caravan, has guested with Tremaine and many Dance Masters chapters.
Darryl’s empowering and educational Dance Studio Business Classes have become popular with studios all over America and many are using his Dance Studio Toolbox tips to build their dance studio into a strong and successful business.
Darryl is in his 25th year in owning and operating his L.A. Studio, Retter’s Academy of Dance, and has seen his dancers move into careers on Broadway, world tours with music artists, choreographing for Disney and Nickelodeon TV, and teaching on national conventions.
In 1996, Darryl created The Dancer’s Bridge in LA to direct 18-25 year old dancers into the professional world of dance. A one-year program, Dancers Bridge offers a safe and realistic view of what it’s like to be part of the LA experience in dance.
Darryl owns the company MusicWorks, which offers over 4000 products to inspire and support dance studios worldwide. Owner of the Al Gilbert Collection, MusicWorks is the ultimate dance studio resource.
As a professional dancer Karen Chuang has toured with some of pop culture’s greatest icons including Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, and Lady Gaga. She has also performed in a variety of television shows, live events, and recently danced in Fox’s Emmy nominated, “Grease: Live”. While engaging in the commercial dance industry as a performer, Karen continues to explore her individual voice as an artist. She was the Executive Director of UCLA’s hip-hop dance team, NSU Modern, and has been a proud member of LA based Entity Contemporary Dance since 2009. Meshing elements from her different experiences in the commercial, urban, and contemporary dance worlds, Karen’s unique style has allowed her to teach internationally and across the U.S. She also recently presented original works at the Capezio A.C.E. Awards and the McCallum Choreography Festival in Palm Desert, CA.