10 DAY SUMMER INTENSIVE GUEST ARTISTS & PMCD STAFF
Shoulin young is a young talented choreographer who prides himself on being called the leader of the "new school". Coming from New York the origin of hip hop culture, Shoulin has strived to branch out and bring new life to the world of dance. Starting out as a Bboy originally he evolved by training and adding many styles to his arsenal. Originally a street dancer in New York he picked up many styles from "popping n locking" to housing and later became the first east coast Krump champion in 2006. Competing in battles and competitions of all styles around the world he furthered his career by dancing and working with artists such as Chris Brown, B2k, Nina sky, Jason Derulo, Justin Bieber and many more. He has collaborated and worked with choreographers/Shows such as Nick Bass, Chuck Maldonado, Lil C, Codie Wiggins, WilldaBeast Adams and worked with tour dancers for Rihanna, Jason Derulo, Usher, Pink, Omarion, Justin Bieber, ABDC, World Of Dance and many others. Shoulin has also judged numerous dance competitions from Extreme Dance Challenge in Buffalo New York to Shake The Ground in all of Florida. But the thing shoulin prides himself on most is his passion and love for the art of dance. His charismatic high energy positive teaching style sets him apart from any other in the industry, and he believes with hard work, discipline and dedication anyone can make it to the top and he will see you there!
Stacy is the Owner/Director of the ZPAC Company and ZPAC-Stacy Zawadzki’s Performing Arts Center, LLC. She is also an independent Director/Choreographer for many local Production Companies, local and New York City Productions, a theatre and Dance Adjudicator, and a Fitness Assessor/ Instructor with BWI Health and Promotions. She received MFA-Magna Cum Laude from the University of Buffalo. Stacy has been a member of the Buffalo Contemporary Dance Company, Marie-Christine Giordano Dance Company, where she was reviewed in The New York Times, Alpha Omega Dance Company, New Dance Collective Dance Company and the Zodiaque Dance Company. Professional credits include: Sandra D. in “Grease,” the Hyena Ed in the “Lion King,” Dancer in “Pocahontas" in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, a dancer in the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Show in the British Virgin Islands, a principle dancer in "Aida and Carmina Burana,” a dancer in "Chess," and "Anything Goes" in Buffalo, a dancer in the DVD productions “Jazzmania”, a dancer at World Veteran Games and World University Games. She was honored from the New York State Tany’s Theatre Association, Artie awards and Kennys Awards for her choreography. She has choreographed at SUNY Buffalo, Canisius College, Brooklyn College, and Niagara University Dance Theatre. Stacy also has choreographed for Music Is Art Festival under the direction of Robbie Tacak of the Goo Goo Dolls, Irish Classical Theatre, Elmwood Art Festival, Zodiaque Dance Company, American College Dance Festival, New Dance Collective, Young Choreographer’s Showcase, Dancer’s Workshop and “So You Think You Can Dance Western New York” and Walt Disney World “Magic Music Days”. Stacy and the ZPAC Company have been scouted for a private audition for the TV Show “America’s Got Talent.” Stacy’s concepts and choreography has also been aired and seen on the “X Factor”, asked to compete on “Dance Mom’s Seasons 2, 3, 4, 5”, and Stacy had her own show on the Carnival Cruise Line “Ecstacy”. Her company was asked to perform at Hawaii’s “75th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor Parade”. Stacy currently can be seen as a soloist on a commercial demo spot aired by the TCT network and can be viewed on its local affiliate, WNYB TV 26. Stacy’s biography can also be seen in the “Who’s Who of American Women of 2007 through to 2016”, “Who’s Who In America” and “Who’s Who in the World 2009 through to 2017”.
Heather Roffe, Associate Professor of Dance at Nazareth College, more information coming soon!
Maddie Kurtz received her early dance training at the D’valda and Sirico Dance and Music Centre in Fairfield, CT, studying ballet, modern, lyrical, jazz, tap, hip-hop, and musical theater under the direction of Angela D’valda Sirico, Steve Sirico, Jessica Stafford, and Jason Marquette. She then went on to complete a B.A. in Dance and Religious Studies at Colby College and an M.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography at The College at Brockport, SUNY. Her most recent performance credits include works by contemporary dance leaders, such as Julia Burrer, Heidi Henderson, Annie Kloppenberg, Paul Matteson, and Kendra Portier. She has taught at and choreographed award-winning competition numbers for studios throughout the Northeast, while also creating and producing contemporary dance works for the concert stage with her company, MKrep. In addition to teaching dance, Maddie is a certified yoga, Pilates, and Pure Barre instructor. With interests rooted in the overlaps between concert and commercial dance, she has presented research at conferences including the National Dance Education Organization, The Dance Studies Association, and the Popular Culture Association. Further, Maddie is a national adjudicator with StarQuest International Performing Arts Competition, Inspire National Dance Competition, and Impact Dance Adjudicators.
Jaime Wattie is the Owner/Director of Palmyra-Macedon Conservatory of Dance since opening in 2011. She grew up in Long Island, NY, where she received numerous awards and performance opportunities for several years under the direction of Tracy Platt, and Vic D'Amore (former President of Dance Educators of America). For seven summers in a row, Jaime received the opportunity to study gymnastics with the 1996 Olympic Bronze Medalists Adrian Ianculescu and Cristian Leric from Romania. She received a scholarship to dance at SUNY Fredonia, and has a BA in business. At Fredonia, she was a principal member of the dance ensemble, a dancer and choreographer for Orchesis Dance Company, and a dancer on the FSU Dance Team. She has been teaching and choreographing for over a decade at multiple venues in Western NY, and has performed professionally for various organizations. Most recently, her students achieved first place at a Rochester, NY regional dance competition. Jaime is trained in multiple styles of dance, and just loves to boogie.
Audrey Woolever has been dancing since the age of three and her love for dance has never faltered. The Next Jennaration, one of the top fifty studios in the nation, is where she spent seven years of her training. This studio has had lasting impacts on her life as a dancer from stretch and strengthening workouts to honing her technique skills. She was a competitive dancer for ten years during which she was nominated Dancer of the Year for Dance America (2010), earned the title of Miss Teen Thrive (2011), and was a member of the team that won the Starpower National Victory Cup (2012, 2014). Miss Audrey is an accomplished dancer in the styles of jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, modern, and partnering. Miss Audrey recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wells College with a BA in Theatre & Dance along with a BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. In her last year at Wells, Miss Audrey received the Carol Stull Prize for Dance Performance and was also awarded a Theatre/Dance Prize in Choreography for her dance thesis “Gravity.” While teaching at PMCD, Miss Audrey is also pursuing her MFA in Choreography/Performance at The College at Brockport. She is very excited to be sharing her passion of dance at PMCD!
Fiona Kier is local talent from Pittsford, NY! She has been studying ballet and Irish dance for 17 years with the Pittsford Ballet School, and the Rochester Academy Of Irish Dance. She is currently studying Dance at Nazareth College, and is working towards a mathematics minor. She has studied everything from Afro-Carribean, to learning Somatics and Kineseology. She is very excited to be joining the staff at Palmyra-Macedon Conservatory of Dance.
Rachel is a 2001 graduate from SUNY College at Brockport. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Dance and a Minor in Business. She was a three time student choreographer at SUNY College at Brockport. During her studies, she took several classes from the Tony Award winner Garth Fagan and the late Timothy Draper from the Rochester City Ballet. Rachel has performed with the Kista Tucker Dance Company, The Ellis Wood Project and Dancescore. Rachel also took part as a choreographer and assistant for the American College Dance Festival. She competed regionally and nationally with Images in Dance during high school. In 2008 Rachel opened Platinum Dance Company. During this time as owner and director her choreography has received numerous 1st place overall placements and judges awards.
Mrs. Batrowny Jackson is the owner and Artistic Director of Rochester Conservatory of Dance. Alana is an Alumni of Roberts Wesleyan College where she studied English, Early Childhood and Adolescent Education, and The University of the arts (Philadelphia, PA) where she majored in Dance Performance on a Promising Artist Scholarship. Since 2015, Mrs Batrowny Jackson had the privilege of teaching over 200 children between the ages of 1.5 and 5 at 7 area Pre-Schools and Daycares, in addition to the dancers at Rochester Conservatory of Dance Studio Location. She began teaching dance over 10 years ago, and has had the opportunity to teach students of all ages and styles. Alana also spent 4 years working as a teacher’s assistant and after school childcare counselor at Pearce 4 Kids. Alana has trained at several schools, including Raphael Grigorian’s School of Classical Ballet Theater, Flower City Ballet, Danek School of Performing Arts. She has been a Member of the United States Dance Team and The International Dance Organization, and was awarded the Silver Medal for Adult Formation at the 2005 World Ballet and Modern Dance Championships. She has choreographed, directed, and assisted in directing over 14 full-length performances, including Flower City Ballet’s The Nutcracker, York Central School District’s Shrek The Musical and The Sound of Music, Geneseeo Community Players The Wiz. Alana has performed notably at the Closing Ceremony for World Scholar Athlete Games in 2006, in Athens, Greece at The Dora Stratou Theater in 2004, at Rochester TedX in 2013, Flower City Ballet’s The Nutcracker from 2010-2016, as well as in over 12 performances as a member of One Dance Co beginning in 2011. In 2016, she performed in the Rochester Fringe Festival in Invisible Boxes, choreographed by Collette Welch. Her passion is to expose children to the arts through providing a tolerant and accepting artistic forum for students to express themselves through the art of dance.
Hannah Campanelli grew up dancing in the Rochester and Buffalo area. She attended the Draper Center for Dance Education and Pittsford Dance Studio. She also danced with the Infinity Dance Project in Buffalo for three years. In Rochester, she performed in multiple performances for the Rochester City Ballet productions such as The Nutcracker and Cinderella. After high school, she moved to New York City where she is currently getting her BFA Commercial Dance degree at Pace University. She studies ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, modern, choreography, and pedagogy. In NYC, she performed for Talia Favia in Impressions VI, Lauren Gaul and Rhonda Miller and Dee Caspary in DanceOutLoud, and for Scott Jovovich’s production of The Nutcracker.
Erika Atkinson has been teaching dance for over a decade. Currently she teaches students of all ages in tap, jazz, ballet, tumbling and is a choreographer for competitive tap. Erika is the Director of The Oasis Tappers, in Rochester, NY, a senior citizen tap group promoting and enriching the lives of other seniors. Erika has choreographed for many musical performances around the Rochester region including Alice in Wonderland for Siena Catholic Academy, 3RGMC, BayView YMCA, the Rochettes, and the Rochester Gay Man's Chorus. In 1995 - 2003, she was the Owner/Director/Choreographer of Centerstage Dance Studio in Rochester, NY. She graduated from St. John Fisher College with a BA in Communications/Marketing Management
Solange Rodrigues will be entering her junior year of college at the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase College. At University, Solange is studying ballet, modern, and contemporary styles. She grew up training locally at Little Red Dance Studio for 15 years. Solange currently teaches contemporary and hip-hop, and is looking forward to her guest class at PMCD!
Alanna Viscosi is a local 2018 Pal-Mac graduate who started dancing at Elite Studio of Dance at age 3. She has experience in jazz, tap, lyrical, modern, contemporary, musical theater, and hip hop. Alanna plans to attend Nazareth College next year, as she has been accepted into their Doctor of Physical of Therapy program. She is also planning on completing a dance minor. Alanna loves PMCD and is very excited to join the team!