We are proud to bring you a faculty lineup that has worked Nationally and Internationally with some of the biggest names in the Industry
JANUARY 2018 FACULTY LINE-UP
OCTOBER 2018 FACULTY COMING SOON!
Kevin Wilson (Los Angeles)
Kevin Wilson has a diverse career in dance and choreography. After attending Oklahoma City University he moved to Los Angeles. During this time he has shared the stage with recording artists such as Madonna, Beyoncé, Lenny Kravitz, Christina Aguilera and toured with Janet Jackson (All For You), Britney Spears (Onyx Hotel), and Cher (Final Farewell). Kevin was also a member of the original cast (Los Angeles) of the Broadway Show, “Disney’s The Lion King” as well as appearing in the feature films Dreamgirls, Austin Powers: Goldmember, Blades of Glory and the highly anticipated Rock of Ages. As an associate choreographer he worked on the sell-out run of Cher - Live at Caesar’s Palace and her current Dressed to Kill tour as well as on So You Think You Can Dance. As a choreographer he has worked with many artists including Mariah Carey, Donny Osmond, Juan Luis Guerra, Paulina Rubio and with Wayne Brady on his Las Vegas show Makin It Up as well as his remarkable performance on “ABC’s Dancing With The Stars”. In addition, Kevin’s work can be seen on television in America’s Got Talent and Your Chance To Dance. Most recently, Kevin has completed work on the feature film Rock of Ages as personal Dance Coach to Tom Cruise. He also was assistant choreographer to Mia Michaels on Broadway's hit show, Finding Neverland and
Radio City Rockettes Spring Spectacular. Kevin recently finished working on Royal Caribbean's brand new show "Sequins & Feathers".
Star Dixon (Chicago)
Star Dixon is an assistant director, choreographer, and original principal dancer of world renowned tap company, MADD Rhythms. She has taught and performed at the most distinguished tap festivals in the country including The L.A. Tap Fest, DC Tap Fest, Motorcity Tap Fest, Chicago Human Rhythm Project's Rhythm World, Jazz City in New Orleans, and MADD Rhythms own Chicago Tap Summit. Internationally, she's taught and performed in Poland, Japan, and Brazil several times. She's been featured in Dance Spirit Magazine twice (Artist on the rise & Speed Demon), The Chicago Reader, & independent film "The Rise & Fall of Miss Thang" starring Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards. Outside of MADD Rhythms, she's performed as a guest with such companies as Michelle Dorrance's Dorrance Dance, Chloe Arnold's Syncopated Ladies, Lane Alexander's Bam, and Jason Samuel Smith's ACGI. Star is currently on staff at numerous dance studios, schools, and a teen program to keep youth off the street called After School Matters. You can find her videos on YouTube under dance13star.
Rachel Siegel (Los Angeles)
Rachel’s early training was in various dance studios throughout West Michigan, including Grand Rapids Ballet. Rachel has also trained internationally. Studios include Broadway Dance Center in New York City, Pineapple Dance Center in London, England, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Lou Conte Dance Studio, and Joel Hall School of Dance in Chicago, along with many more. Most recently Rachel toured with KC & The Sunshine Band dancing with their ongoing “Feeling You” Tour. Rachel has won multiple dance and choreography awards at the regional and national levels and also won Teddy Tedholm’s Storyteller’s Choreography Contest on YouTube. You can see her choreography for the first time on the big screen in the new feature film The Wedding Party now streaming on NETFLIX. Upon moving to Los Angeles Rachel has performed in multiple music videos for successful artists including Tyler Ward, Megan Nicole, Riff Raff, and the Pop Boy Band INNOVATE. She has been an opening act for LA Fashion week and continues to train and perform with Gina Starbuck, Destini Rogers, Brooke Pierotti as well as other artists at The Edge, Millennium Dance Complex, and Movement Lifetsyle studios. Rachel is currently on tour as a National Director with VIP Dance Competition and enjoys her time choreographing and teaching classes at dance studios across the country. Rachel graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Western Michigan University and is excited to continue her dance career in the commercial industry of Los Angeles, California.
Thomas Ford (New York)
Originally from Maryland, Thomas began dancing at the age of five. His unique dance background – a formidable combination of rhythm tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop & contemporary – has afforded him a distinctive career and equally passionate love for the art.
His credits include Debbie Allen’s “Dreams,” “The Kennedy Center Honors,” Laurie Ann Gibson’s “Addictive” music video and performances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He has toured with Lisa Hopkins’ “Tap Kids,” Mike Minery’s “Tapaholics,” and the renowned D.C.-based Tappers With Attitude. The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts recognized him as a Presidential Scholar Semi-finalist, an experience culminating in a solo performance on the “Today Show.”
His work as a performer has yielded an exciting path as a tap and contemporary choreographer and educator, giving him the opportunity to tour with SHOCK! The Intensive, alongside America’s most sought after choreographers. His work and creative process continue to be highly regarded throughout the country.
Thomas has a BA in communications from Marymount Manhattan College.
*Thomas teaches stretch/conditioning, contemporary, hip hop and tap.
Christie Sirota - Jordon DIRECTOR
CHRISTIE SIROTA-JORDON has been teaching and creating choreography since the age of 15. Training from east to west coast and along some of LA’s hottest choreographers, she holds a wide variety of styles that bring an exciting blend to the classroom. A Pittsburgh native, Christie has traveled nationally with numerous conventions and workshops including CDI (Commercial Dance Intensive), Dance Masters of America, Dance Caravan, Professional Dance Teachers Association, N-House Productions and VIP Dance Competition, as well as teaches master classes and choreography throughout the country. She is a National Director for VIP Dance Competition, past Director of FLY: Industry Intensive, Director of 412: The Intensive and is a Regional Trainer for thebodybar(re) fitness franchise. Her credits include Las Vegas Fashion Week, Latin icon JUAN LUIS GUERRA, Disney’s NLT, dance/pop group TAXI DOLL, workout sensation HIP HOP ABS and many others. Her choreography has been seen in regional productions of Footloose and West Side Story, on stage at Kennywood Amusement Park and in concerts and productions around the country. Christie is extremely excited to be back in Pittsburgh and to work with the dancers and artists of this amazing city.
Local Guest Faculty
Assistant Professor - Point Park University
Ballet Master - Royal Ballet New Zealand
The Juilliard School
Pittsburgh CLO & Point Park University
"The Producers: A Movie Musical"
Millennium Dance Complex Pittsburgh
Grammy Nominated Artist "Travis Green"