PAST INSTRUCTORS

Sharna Burgess 

2018 & 2019

Sharna Burgess is a native Australian based out of Los Angeles, Sharna Burgess is a creator, story teller, professional pretender, choreographer and all around performer whose work spans theater, film, broadway and television. Her popularity rose very quickly once she joined ABC's hit show, "Dancing With The Stars" in 2011 where she is a regular finalist and fan favorite and is the reigning Mirror Ball Champion with celebrity partner, Bobby Bones. This fiery red head's talents go far beyond the dance floor, she also has a real passion for singing, acting, hosting, and giving back.

 

RHONDA KAUFMAN MALKIN

2017

Rhonda Kaufman Malkin, owner/ director of Fusion Exercise, Inc and Professional Dance Coaching, has been training and teaching dancers nationally and internationally for almost 25 years. As a highly successful professional dancer in Los Angeles and New York City for over 17-years, Rhonda maintains a high level of professionalism and expectation for all of her dance students. While attending UCLA as a Sociology major, Rhonda performed as a Los Angeles Laker Girl for 3 years and received a championship ring for the 2000 inaugural season at Staples Center with the Lakers. She was a Radio City Music Hall Rockette for 12 years and a Rockette Swing (memorizing all 36 Rockette dance tracks) for 7 of those years. Some of Rhonda's other credits include: "The Producers: The Movie Musical" directed by Susan Stroman and dancing with Matthew Broderick, “The Academy Awards” dancing with Robin Williams, The “MTV VMA's” performing with Panic! at the Disco, “MTV Movie Awards” Irish Step dancing with Mike Myers, the film "Beautiful" with Minnie Driver, national commercials for Sears, Macy's, CBS, “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” and Westfield Shopping Towns, multiple live stage shows for Disney's El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood and Hyperion Theatre at Disney's California Adventure Park, “The Today Show” with Matt Lauer and Katie Couric, “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Martha Stewart, Regis and Kelly, “Suddenly Susan” with Brooke Shields, Mad TV, and a special performance in the East Wing at the White House for President Obama and the First Lady. Rhonda loves seeing her students achieve success in the world of dance and is proud to have "bragging rights" where countless students have gone on to perform on Broadway, National tours, International tours, Cirque du Soliel, as Radio City Rockettes, NBA dance teams, JUBILLEE! in Las Vegas, Beyonce music videos, and international cruise ship shows. In between NYC performances, Rhonda developed her FUSION EXERCISE fitness method over a 6-year period and has gained national attention with several of her celebrity clients. Rhonda was featured in SHAPE magazine and SHAPE.com in May 2014 with her former client, Ivanka Trump. Rhonda’s other dance teaching credits include Universal Dance Association, Dance Masters of America, Liberate Artists Workshops, Head Choreographer for NCSY Camp Maor, La Guardia High School of the Arts (FAME School), and currently is Head of the Dance and Physical Education Department at Manhattan High School. Rhonda’s Professional Dance Audition Workshops in NYC are “Invitation Only” and in incredibly high demand at Ripley Grier Studios. Her most recent workshop sold out in 24-hours. Rhonda was recently featured in Dance Magazine Online in an article highlighting her dance coaching specifically for the Rockettes. She is currently featured in the March 2018 edition of Dance Magazine.

RICHARD CHEN SEE

2017

Richard Chen See has been staging the dances of Paul Taylor since 1999 while he was still actively performing for Mr. Taylor, originating and assuming numerous roles from the choreographer’s extensive repertory of works, dating from 1954.

 

Mr. Chen See started his performing career in 1979 with Northern Ballet Theatre (Manchester, UK) and went on to dance with companies that include Oakland Ballet (California, USA) and ODC/San Francisco (California, USA), before becoming a featured performer of Paul Taylor Dance Company in New York City from 1993 through 2008.

Mr. Chen See’s dance repertoire ranges from classical ballet to experimental modern works, and he draws on this breadth of experience when coaching dancers to technical excellence, grounded in the artistic intent of a dance or choreographer.

When not travelling to stage dances, Mr. Chen See resides in New York City where he teaches ballet and modern dance at conservatories for teenagers and pre-professionals. He also runs a seasonal Kayak/Stand Up Paddleboard business on the Hudson River, often working on programs to get the physically and economically disadvantaged into outdoor activities.

 

LLOYD CULBREATH

2017

Lloyd Culbreath, a veteran Fosse dancer, has worked in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. Currently, he is lead instructor for the Fosse Master Class Series sanctioned by the Verdon Fosse Estate. Lloyd’s Broadway credits include DANCIN’, Sophisticated Ladies, The Tap Dance Kid, Big Deal, National Tour of Sweet Charity, Honky Tonk Nights, Guys and Dolls, On The Town (Assistant Choreographer), Man of La Mancha (Assistant Choreographer), National Tour of Chicago (Dance Captain) and Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life.

 
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