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Fall 2019 workshops were a huge success!

 

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Boston line-up

November 10th, 2019

Channing Cooke, known for her outgoing personality and knowledge beyond her years, is a very hard working and successful entertainer. Having grown up as a studio kid she has a very strong background of technique and training in all styles of dance that range from Ballet and Modern to Jazz, Hip-Hop, and even Acrobatics. Born and raised in Haverhill, Massachusetts, Channing not only met the high demands of the competitive dance world but was also a nationally ranked Cheerleader as well as an extreme athlete. She debuted on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” as a top twenty contestant and then went on to perform alongside Neil Patrick Harris at the “42nd Annual Academy Awards”. Other TV credits include “American Idol” where she performed with Rihanna, “The X Factor” with Jessie J, “So You Think You Can Dance” with Jennifer Lopez, the American Music Awards, “All The Right Moves”, “Shake It Up”, “Austin & Ally”, “Two and A Half Men”, and Movement One a dance documentary. She currently teaches throughout North America and is a company member of Shaping Sound.

Julie LaMancuso is the National Tour Director of the American Dance Awards, and the Director of ADA in Class! After growing up competing on the ADA stage, Julie transitioned into a regular adjudicator, teacher and choreographer for the company, both at the Regional and National level. Julie is also a sought-after choreographer and teacher based out of Buffalo, NY. She is an alumni of the David DeMarie Dance Studio, was a founding member of the Buffalo based pre-professional contemporary company Infinity Dance Project, and trained at the American Academy of Ballet. Julie obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University at Buffalo in Dance in 2012. Julie's work has represented the University at Buffalo's Department of Dance at the American College Dance Festival at Penn State University. She served at the Assistant to the Director for both of the university's resident dance companies, Zodiaque Dance Ensemble and Zodiaque Dance Company, which gave her invaluable experience in arts management and theatrical production. Julie is a past recipient of the Amanda Occhino Endowment Scholarship of the Arts, given annually to the dance major who shows the most dedication to the program of Theatre & Dance. She has also been commissioned several times to set work on dance majors at Fredonia State University. In the summer of 2011, Julie was named America's Young Choreographer of the Year at the American Dance Awards Nationals in Boston, MA. In the Fall of 2011 she joined the American Dance Awards faculty, and the rest is history. Julie travels across the US and Canada, setting choreography and teaching master classes for competitive studios. Julie's favorite part of traveling to teach and choreograph is that it gives her the opportunity to help students come to realize their full potential as dancers, artists, and people.

Samantha Sonzogni is an award winning choreographer who has been dancing since age three. She has been trained extensively in all genres of dance under names such as Michael Minery (Director of Jump, Director of American Tap Festivel, Slide, Tapaholics) and Ray Leeper (So You Think You Can Dance, Director or Nuvo, Choreographer). Samantha also works with companies, such as Capezio, to help move the dance world forward with new dance wear products. From 2003 - 2010 Samantha was apart of the New Jersey Tap Ensemble where she performed in many theaters such as NJPAC, along side notable tappers Maurice Chestnut, Karen Callaway and Deborah Mitchell. Samantha is not only a dance teacher, but she also graduated from Montclair State University with her Bachelors degree in English. In the competitive world, Samantha has had multiple National winning pieces and has been recognized for her choreography by many competitions, including American Dance Awards, Starquest and Starpower. Samantha has traveled around the United States teaching aspiring new artists and hopes to continue to do so for a very long time!

Steven Blandino has a BFA in Commercial Dance from Pace University, with a focus in Choreography. His choreography credits include 2020 Capezio ACE Awards Finalist, Bridesmaids: A Dance Narrative (Writer, Director, Choreographer) Ludo's Broken Bride at the New York Musical Festival (The Duke on 42nd St), Rebel Rebel: The Many Lives of David Bowie (Canada, National Tour 2017), Burlesque to Broadway (Canada), The Steps Beyond Foundation Performance Lab, Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP - Peridance), 2015, Young Choreographer's Festival 2015/14, Choreographer's Canvas 2015, Jared Grimes' "Run the Night", Hero Awards: honoring Jerry Mitchell, the Alvin Ailey Dance Soirée, to name a few. Dancer/Performer: West Side Story (Houston Grand Opera. Weston Playhouse), Sleeping Beauty Dreams (The Beacon Theatre/The Artsch Center), Newsies, Mamma Mia!, Shrek (Tuacahn Center of the Arts), Johnson & Johnson, Carnegie Hall, and many more.

Steven has been featured in The New York Times, Front Row Center, TheaterMania, and was recently featured in an issue of Dance Magazine as an Emerging Young Choreographer. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his choreographic works. Steven is currently on Faculty at Steps on Broadway, Peridance Capezio Center, and various institutions across New York City. 

David Andrini, a Bronx Native, is better known as "Flaco" in the dance world. He began training in all styles of dance as a young boy and found himself dancing professionally at the age of 14. Through his training process he also found himself loving the Hip-Hop movement and it landed him many opportunities to hit the stage with many top Hip-Hop/R&B artists such as Travis Scott, Mac Miller, TKA(K7), and many more. From touring with the legendary Missy Elliot to currently working with R&B Artist Teyana Taylor, he was most recently given the opportunity to set his choreography to her latest track "How You Want It?" at the 'Femme It Forward' concert featuring Cardi B. His passion for dance has also given him the opportunity to be apart of the Off- Broadway show "Artist Of Light - iLuminate" as well as many music videos for top artists such as Ellie Goulding "Hate Me" Feat. Juice Wrld, M.I.A, Kat Deluna, and many more. Flaco is a 27 year old professional dancer and choreographer who's motto is "Trust The Process." Through his dance and teaching career, this process has made Flaco want to inspire the youth to "Let Go And Take That Next Step." He is so honored, excited and extremely thankful to be apart of ADA's Faculty. Now Let's Vibe Out!