Summer Intensive '22 Bios
Adrian trained as a competitive dancer in the Midwest at both Young Dance Academy owned by Sandy Young and Perseverance Dance Company under Missy Ridgway.Adrian has assisted and/or danced for Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, Dee Caspary, Travis Wall and Sonya Tayeh. He has danced for Rhianna on the MTV Video Music Awards.Also, Adrian was in Rasta Thomas’ “Bad Boys of Dance.” With the company Adrian toured internationally, dancing in Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Finland, Austria and Greece.Adrian has appeared dancing on both “America’s Got Talent” and “Dancing With the Stars.” He was a part of Florence + the Machine’s performance in the Video Music Awards choreographed by Travis Wall.He danced in the Muppets movie and has danced on The Ellen Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and on “So You Think You Can Dance.” Adrian was a part of the original cast of Cirque du Soleil’s “IRIS” at the Kodak Theatre. He has performed in industrials for companies like Apple, Audi and Mattel.He has been a member of Shaping Sound.Adrian danced for Shania Twain in the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in her show “Still the One” directed by Raj Kapoor and choreographed by Mandy Moore.After moving to New York City, Adrian was in the Broadway cast of “Wicked,” danced on the Tony Awards, and is currently a part of the national tour of Broadway’s “An American in Paris.”
Andrew Burleson, a North Carolina native, is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, with a BFA in dance with a concentration in choreography and a minor in Business Administration. He has been dancing since the age of 3 training in various forms including ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, tap, modern and dance composition. Andrew has toured nationally with a dance convention, where he was given the opportunity to assist top choreographers from So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Best Dance Crew, Disney’s Shake It Up, Step Up 2 and Britney Spears. Andrew works as a guest teacher and choreographer for over twenty dance studios across the United States, and has worked for several dance competitions both as a judge and event director. He enjoys being able to empower the future generation of dancers, and has an innate ability of encouraging and bringing out the best in his students. In 2019, he began and is the Creative Director of Coalition Dance Project, LLC, a traveling teaching and choreographic company that focuses on providing a positive and empowering environment to teach and choreograph in. Andrew is continually encouraged by those he teaches when he sees their passion for dance.
Carly is a dancer and choreographer currently residing in Atlanta, GA. She has trained under some of the top the industry leaders in styles ranging from ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, and musical theatre. She grew up training and dancing with the award winning Southern Strutt Dance Company. She has danced with the Atlanta Hawks Cheerleaders, with Unbound Contemporary Company, ATLA Connect, and is currently a choreographer for some of the top competitive dance studios in the nation. She has won many awards for her choreography including Top Choreographer at the 2017 Dance Awards.
Chelsea Sebes is an award winning choreographer and dancer. Chelsea has 17 years of extensive dance training and experience. Her evolution in dance began at the age of six at 42nd Street under the direction of Cindy Stein. Continuing to evolve, she then joined Elite Dance by Damian at the age of 9, dancing and training in all genres of dance for eight years under the direction of Damian Kush and Tina Kay. Chelsea has a unique and creative ability to express emotions through movement. She has worked with top choreographers across the world; including Ms Mia Michaels and Sonya Tayeh from So You Think You Can Dance. She is currently a member of the Versatile Dance Company of Akron Ohio under the direction of the very talented Mitchel Federan. Chelsea has won numerous scholarships and awards for dance technique and performance. She was a feature dancer for Radio Disney. Ms Sebes was also 1 of 50 dancers chosen from across the country in 2007 by Dance USA organization to travel to Bologna, Italy to represent the USA Dance Team. She has been a TOP AWARD recipient from Intrigue Dance Intensive, NUVO Dance, Hollywood Vibe, LA Danceforce, Dance Educators of America, West Coast Dance Explosion, SHOCK/The Intensive, VIP Dance, Hall Of Fame Dance, Adrenaline Dance Intensive, Star Power Dance, Star Quest, Embracing the Dream, Motion Dance Convention and Nexstar!
Her college programs include: Point Park University Pre-Professional Program, Ohio University Dance Program and is currently training at La Roche College Contemporary Ballet Program under the direction of Ms Maria Caruso of Bodiography, Pittsburgh. She is trained in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, and Hip Hop. Her passion and love for her art is undeniable and contagious!
Courtney Ortiz, a native of,Baltimore, MD, is a 2007 YoungARTS award winner. Her professional dance and teaching career has allowed her to travel the world performing in places such as: Dubai, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Germany, Australia and France. Her career spans from stage to screen with credits including: Company Member with The Chase Brock Experience, Choreographer and Dancer on Youtube’s hit web series “The Key of Awesome”, Backup Dancer for PSY and Chris Brown on “The Today Show”, Dancer for Heidi Klum on E! Network, and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring The Rockettes. One of her favorite and most memorable credits was performing throughout Europe on the International Tour of the classic musical West Side Story.
Most recently, Courtney performed in the 1st National Tour of Finding Neverland, Lin Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights, and the first ever revival in 30 years of Jerome Robbins’ Broadway at The Muny’s 100th Season in St. Louis, MO! You can also catch Courtney’s feet tap dancing in the hit FX series, “Fosse/Verdon”, where she was the dance double for Young Bob Fosse! Outside of performing, she has been a dance educator and adjudicator for over 10 years. She has worked for numerous dance conventions and is a current faculty member with REVEL Dance Convention where she teaches Jazz and Broadway Jazz since their very first season. Courtney is also the proud owner of Impact Dance Adjudicators and the host of their dance podcast “Making The Impact – A Dance Competition Podcast.” Follow her on Instagram! @courtney.ortiz
Grace has become a sought after dancer/choreographer/teacher across the USA. Grace has toured the world as Ballet Mistress & performer for Rasta Thomas’ “ROMEO & JULIET” and “ROCK the BALLET,” choreographed by Adrienne Canterna. She is on faculty with New York City Dance Alliance and Steps on Broadway in New York. Grace can most recently be seen dancing in season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and her choreography was recently featured on season 3 of NBC’s World of Dance. Grace currently serves as the Assistant Choreographer on the National Tour of CATS!
Gracie grew up training and competing in Latin, Standard and Smooth ballroom styles all around the world. She is honored to be a 13x top six finalist at NDCA’s U.S. Nationals in the Latin and Standard championships. As a two-time national champion, she represented the U.S. at the WDC World Championships in Paris, France placing 14th in Youth Latin and 8th in the Fred Astaire Cup. After fulfilling her ballroom career at such a young age, she went on to graduate from Marymount Manhattan College as the Gold Key recipient for her BFA in Dance, concentrating in ballet. While at MMC, she performed works by Robert Battle, Gerald Arpino, Jessica Lang, Jessica Hendricks and Gabrielle Lamb and was accepted to The School at Jacob’s Pillow’s Contemporary program. Gracie can be seen on FOX TV series: Sons of Tucson as a principle dancer and was featured in Derek Hough’s TV series pilot, “Dance Rivals” as a reality actor and dancer. She was recently in the ensemble of Royal Family’s production, “Women on Fire” and performed as a dancer in Eamon Foley’s DanceBreak debut. She is currently a faculty demonstrator on tour with New York City Dance Alliance a Swing for the CATS National Tour! .
Ian Klein is a New York City based dancer, choreographer and educator. His training includes everything from Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Break dancing, various styles of Ballroom, and various Modern techniques. He is honored to teach classes at the world renowned Broadway Dance Center in New York City, throughout the country and internationally on traveling workshops and intensives in numerous styles of dance demonstrating his passion for the art of movement.
Ian believes that the numerous styles of dance should be used like paints on a palette and dips into each of them while creating to ensure that the outcome is covered in hints of classical technique to street edginess with brush strokes of what ever style the choreography calls for.
Ian can be seen in Movies, Hit Television Series and National Print Ads. He has also had the privilege to perform live with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Dita Von Teese, Rita Ora, Chris Brown, Conor Maynard, Sean Kingston, Ne-Yo and The Band Perry just to name a few. Ian graduated from Marymount Manhattan College where he majored in dance and received his B.F.A.
Originally from upstate New York, Nikki both danced and taught at Tap to Toe Studio of Dance for nearly fifteen years. After deciding that she wanted to pursue dance as a career she attended Point Park University for three and a half years and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance.
Right out of college Nikki landed her first job with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines where she performed as a dancer and aerialist on the Quantum of the Seas for 6 months then on the Ovation of the Seas for 9 months. While performing nearly 350 shows in the unique techno savvy venue Two70, she was able to travel all over China, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.
Now residing in Nashville, TN with her husband and two fur babies, you can find her performing as an aerialist and fire spinner with Beyond Wings Circus all over Nashville and the surrounding cities.
Patrick Daniel is a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer living in Brooklyn, New York. While attending high school he had extensive training with Orlando Ballet, ABT Austin, The Rock School, and Joffrey Ballet. Upon completion of high school he attended the University Of The Arts in Philadelphia on full scholarship for 2 years. After his second year in college Patrick began touring with Bad Boys of Ballet for 5 years across Europe and performing at various industrials. Patrick has also danced with Stacey Tookey’s Still Motion Dance Company, shot a music video for Logo TV and recently shot a commercial for the brand OPPO. Most recently Patrick danced for 6 weeks in Dubai at Expo 2020 under direction of Stacey Tookey. Now residing in New York he teaches and choreographs for professional and preprofessional students globally and signed as a dancer with MSA Agency.
Ryan is a professional tap dancer/choreographer that has been a part of choreography teams on movies for Netflix, Paramount Plus, and Disney Plus. Since the young age of 13, Ryan has performed on The Ellen Show, and was a contestant on both So You Think You Can Dance and NBC’s World of Dance. Ryan’s versatility comes from training in all genres of dance, which led to sponsorships and many industry dance jobs, including High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Julie and The Phantoms, Descendant’s Remix Dance Party, and Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. Although Ryan continues to work in television/film, he enjoys teaching across the country and looks forward to sharing his passion for tap dance with the world.