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.
National Direct LADM and Dance Educator
Jackie’s career as a choreographer and director has crossed into all venues. She has worked with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry including Barry Manilow, Paula Abdul, Melissa Manchester, Englebert Hunperdink, Peaches & Herb, Yvonne Elliman, Expose, Stacey Q, Barbara Eden, Barry Bostwick, to name a few.
Jackie’s list of television choreography boasts several weekly series, and her commercial list includes McDonalds, Burger King, Levi’s, Honda, Ford, Polaroid and dozens more.
Her work with young people in competition goes unchallenged. Her teen dancers, A Sleight Touch, won the Star Search Teen Championship, and her group, Boys Club went on to win $100,000 as the Star Search Dance Champions.
Jackie also became active in the fitness industry just as aerobics was taking off. She was featured in several magazines including New Body and Fit where critics raved about her revolutionary fitness program, FreeDance. She soon became the staff choreographer for the Crystal Light and Reebok Aerobic Championships. The fitness sensation eventually took Jackie to Miami where she wrote and published an exercise manual and system which was used by health clubs all over the country. She worked to usher in what was to become the industry’s hottest craze, “low-impact” aerobics. Still, Jackie will say that her greatest blessings are sons Joshua and Aaron.
Paula Morgan is one of Southern California’s most sought after dance teachers. She is a brilliant teacher and a great iconoclast, someone who totally breaks the mold. Paula Morgan has a varied professional background that includes numerous film credits, ballet company work, and choreography in several regional and local productions. Paula Morgan was classically trained at San Francisco Ballet and Eugene Loring’s American School of Dance in L.A. Ms. Morgan counts Jack Cole, Joe Tremaine, Louis Dapron and the Nicholas Brothers among her mentors.
Paula Morgan is known to be the “secret weapon” to a list of students that is a veritable who’s who in the dance world. She has devoted her life to developing her technique that looks like a combination of yoga, Pilates and ballet and yet is totally unique. Ms. Morgan is currently traveling to several studios around the world teaching her technique. She has worked with several companies and schools in California, Louisiana, Michigan, Italy and New York City.
Ms. Morgan knows what it takes to be a great dancer. Her vision is to the horizon. She understands that a dancer’s body must grasp the varied moods and changing vocabularies of the music and tell a story with form in motion. For Ms. Morgan, the dancer must lay a foundation of impeccable strength, flexibility and technique in order to let the brain and heart speak of the direction the vehicle, the dancers body, must go. Paula’s main purpose in life is giving back to the world of dance that has given her such joy.
EMMY AWARD Winning choreographer Bonnie Story is one of the countries most in demand dance makers, who’s work was recently featured on the hit FOX dance show “So You Think You Can Dance”.
She was a choreographer on all of Disney Channel’s smash hit High School Musical films, directed by Kenny Ortega. Bonnie received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography, along with Kenny Ortega and Charles Klapow for their work on High School Musical. Bonnie served as co-choreographer for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, choreographed an episode of Touched by an Angel, and the Disney film, Virtual Perfection. She assisted Vincent Paterson on a commercial campaign for Hummer, which aired internationally. As the Associate Artistic Director of Odyssey Dance Theatre, she has directed and choreographed concert work for the company. She is a highly sought after guest teacher who teaches and choreographs for many institutions throughout the country and has taught her special brand of jazz within the Ballet Department at the University of Utah. Under the direction of Vincent Paterson, she assisted and choreographed Playzone 2006, a monumental stage production featuring some of the biggest music recording artists in Japan.
Bonnie brings outstanding credentials and experience to the world of entertainment. She attended Julliard and the School of American Ballet, and was a Ballet West and William F. Christensen scholarship recipient at the University of Utah. Bonnie danced in several Ballet Companies as a Principal Dancer, including Ballet West before moving to Los Angeles to study jazz, modern dance, and acting. As a veteran television and film performer, she has appeared in such national commercials as MasterCard, Pepsi with Michael J. Fox and Shaquille O’Neal, Diet Pepsi with Ray Charles, and AT&T. Bonnie has also performed in many MTV videos such as Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal, and has worked with Micheal Jackson again on a MTV anniversary project. She has also worked numerous other music recording artists.
Bonnie’s recent credits include choreography for the feature film Dear Dumb Diary, America’s Greatest Pastime, an episode of Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and numerous Disney Channel segments featuring Ashley Tisdale, Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana), the Muppets and both the Sugar Bowl and Orange Bowl Half Time shows in New Orleans and Miami. She has done choreography for the films American Mall (MTV Films), Rock N Roll Forever, and High School Musical 3.Bonnie choreographed a commercials for the Ohio zoo, Miche Bags and Zion’s Bank. She was one of the choreographers for the new Cirque du Soliel show inspired by the music of Elvis, called Viva Elvis, which is currently playing in Las Vegas at the City Center.
Bonnie loves giving back. Throughout her career, she has continued to study, perform, teach, assist, and choreograph. She brings all of these experiences as well as her breadth of knowledge to all of her work.
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.
Robert Prescott Lee
Robert has performed with a panoply of reputable artists such as Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, JoDee Messina, Ashanti, and more. His portfolio includes work with choreographers including Wade Robson, Tina Landon, Stevie Ray Anthony, Paula Abdul, Keith & Sharon Young, Chris Dupree, Liz Imperio, and many more. Robert has worked on a number of commercials and has made it to the big screen in “The Son of the Mask”, “Rent”, and was a pre-production choreographer for “Kickin’ It Old Skool”.
His remarkable body of work and consistent professionalism has paved the way for him to choreograph and assist in several projects for film, television, and the like; in addition, he toured the world for two years with renowned Latin Artist Chayanne. He also appeared in commercials for Toyota Hylander, DirectTv Campaign, SoBe Life Water, and iPod. Though commercial dancing is a large part of Robert’s career, he is passionate about traveling, teaching, and watching his choreography come to life. He is also a firm believer that although technique is critical, it is your spirit that truly makes the performance.
In recent years Robert has made the transition to business owner, event director and producer. From various dance conventions, competitions and live shows, Robert has been building his reputation as someone who understands what it takes to put on professional and well managed event.
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.
Being born and growing up in Los Angeles, Jim Keith is a true Hollywood kid. He has worked in Los Angeles as a performer (actor and dancer), choreographer, educator and talent representative for over a decade. A former Hollywood High School Performing Arts Center alumni (graduates include comedy legend Carol Burnett, singer Brandy and the late John Ritter) and Joe Tremaine Dance Center Scholarship student, Jim wishes to bring integrity and passion to the art form he loves most. His comedic style and knack for making dance students understand quickly first established him as a highly sought after teacher in the Los Angeles area and throughout the United States to instruct private workshops and teach on conventions and competitions. A firm believer in strong, classical technique mixed with current trends and styles, he was seen teaching on guest, substitute or permanent faculty at over 12 different studios across southern California and judging for over 30 dance and cheer competitions nationwide.
In 2004 Jim was hired as an assistant by DDO Artists Agency and was quickly appointed Director of their Dance and Choreography departments. Under that direction, the agency opened three additional branch offices in under three years; Miami, Las Vegas and Nashville, extending the arm of commercial dance representation respectively to those regions. During his time spent at DDO, he was responsible for placing dance and choreography talent in all facets of the entertainment industry including Film, TV, Commercials, Music Videos, Live Stage Tours and Industrials of various kinds. He gained TV buyers that included “So You Think You Can Dance”, “Dancing with the Stars”, “Americas Best Dance Crew” and “Americas Got Talent”. His represented talent worked with and choreographed for major music icons like Madonna, Brittany Spears, Ricky Martin, Prince and Beyonce. His corporate clients have included Nike, Kidz Bop, Wella/Sebastian Hair Care, Pepsi and MAC Cosmetics just to name a few.
In late 2006 he was asked to serve on the advisory board of Dance Spirit Magazine and has since been featured in several articles who’s topics have ranged from dance employment to dance education and training to technique and competition dos and don’ts. These articles have also lead to him being featured in several additional national magazines and websites, including Dance Informa, Dance Track Magazine, Dance Magazine, Gendance.com, Dance Teacher, Dance Studio Life Magazine, Dancer Magazine and American Cheerleader Magazine. Currently, you can catch him on Answers4dancers.com and Youtube where his video lectures on dance employment and ‘agent-client-relations’ have been featured and viewed by thousands of dancers worldwide. He was honored to be included on a special committee that was consulted to assist in creating the initial design and scoring structure for the hit TV show “America Best Dance Crew” and becoming a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Emmys.
In 2010 he was nominated for “Dance Judge of the Year” by the Spirit Industry Trade Association and asked to serve on the advisory board for the Young Choreographers Festival.
Later that same year, he left DDO and opened his own talent management company called The Movement. The Movement was the first management company of its kind. Dedicated exclusively to the careers of choreographers and dance educators.
After two highly successful years of talent management, he returned to agenting, only now as partner and president of his own agency. Together with dance icon and entrepreneur Bill Bohl, he has formed a new talent agency exclusively dedicated to dance called MTA or The “Movement Talent Agency”. He and Bill are very excited to begin moving toward a new design in dance representation and setting new standards of excellence in their field.
Dancer and Kinesiologist.
Lighting Supervisor at California Institute of the Arts.
Christine Dion has been setting trends in the Dance & Talent Industry for over 30 years as an Author, Speaker, Columnist, Beauty and Image Expert. After working internationally as a professional makeup artist in television, fashion and theater Christine saw a need for quality cosmetics with age appropriate colors that are easy to apply for parents and performers. She designed MODE DION Cosmetics & Training for support and later her articles became the industry standard as she became known in the dance world from her numerous monthly beauty columns in Dance Spirit “Look of the Month”, Dance Teacher and Dance Informa Magazine’s. Her book “High Performance Beauty” (published Princeton Press) is a must have for anyone who steps on a stage or in front of a camera. Her popular Stage Beauty & Image workshops are taught in studios across the country and provide the skills needed to insure everyone looks their very best.
MODE DION beyond beauty is dedicated to building confidence, social and professional skills that attract opportunities for new performers. Christine became specialized in this field as lead instructor for John Robert Powers Finishing School/Beverly Hills, New Model Coach at ELITE Modeling Agency, Director of John Casablanca’s Image Center and Owner MODE DION Image Center. Her new book “RISING STAR Skills To Empower & Achieve” provides performers the skills needed for success in the public eye along with the a destination for confidence, poise, style and professional manners at www.empowerandachieve.com. Shop for MODE DION Cosmetics, view Christine’s Beauty Columns and Books, get tips, Looks, “How to Videos” and more at www.modedion.com. Make-up kits and bulk discounts available! To book a Studio Workshop Call (760) 837-9433 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.