She began her formal dance training at the Hartford Ballet School under the direction of Enid Lynn and Michael Uthoff. After a year of intense classical training Charmaine moved to New York to study with founder Arthur Mitchell of the Dance Theatre of Harlem while continuing her formal education at the Professional Children's School in NYC at Lincoln Center.
She rose through the ranks quickly from apprentice to corp-de-ballet eventually becoming principal dancer and one of the company's ballerinas. She electrified audiences with her performances in a broad spectrum of roles. She is best known for her role as The Firebird choreographed by John Taras and Medea, choreographed by Michael Smuin. And Voluntaries choreographed by Glenn Tetley.
Among the highlights of Charmaine's career are command performances for European royalty and historic engagement at London's Royal Opera House. She also performed for luminaries such as Quincy Jones, Bill Cosby, Oprah Winfrey, Nelson Mandela, Cicely Tyson, President and Mrs. Clinton, President and Mrs. Bush, Mr. and Mrs. Colin Powell, just to name a few.
In 1988, as principal dancer, Charmaine was invited to perform in the former Soviet Union as part of the United States Cultural Exchange Initiative. During this historic visit, Charmaine and the Dance Theatre of Harlem was inducted into the prestigious Kirov museum featuring Charmaine as one of the featured dancers representing as cultural ambassador to the United States.
In 1992, Charmaine again made history by traveling to South Africa for an unprecedented six week tour with the Dance Theatre of Harlem before the end of Apartied. Dance Theater of Harlem was the first American dance company to perform in South Africa after the 30 year cultural ban was lifted and performing to sold out, integrated audiences in several townships.
In January 2001, Ms. Hunter was invited to Canada by Mirvish Productions the Toronto based Production Company to direct the resident show Disney's The Lion King at the Princess of Wales. She held the position for 3 years until the production moved to Amsterdam Holland
Miss Hunter relocated to Las Vegas to work with the Cirque du Soleil. She served as the organization's talent scout for dance, acrobats, character actors, and specialty acts. She also served as teacher for the artists in the productions on the Strip. She was also invited to teach the cast of A New Day at the Coliseum in Caesars Palace which features Celine Dion. She not only woks with professionals, Miss Hunter also teaches at 3 of Las Vegas' top competition schools.
Charmaine then founded the Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater, a multi-cultural institution that attracts professional dancers and students from around the world. With financial assistance from various grants and foundations this non-profit organization will provide and inspire young people especially those living in poor communities to dream their dreams and reach for the stars. There will be several facets to the organization. Each component will carry a solid commitment to enrich the lives of young people and adults of the community, be it through the art of dance, music, theatre, or multi-media.
Immediately following the opening of LVCDT, Charmaine was offered the position of Senior Entertainment Manager at the opening of the Venetian Macau, the world's largest gaming and entertainment property to date. There she booked various entertainment acts, bands, models, dancers, specialty acts, etc. This was a huge undertaking for Miss Hunter. While working with Celine Dion, Miss Hunter was also booking executive with Best Agency Las Vegas, a talent and modeling agency that ran entertainment programs in all the major strip hotels. She was also Senior Manager of entertainment at Caesars Palace with Best Agency as well as Fashion Show Mall. There she ran the malls weekly fashion shows which incorporated some of Las Vegas' top models. She booked, trained, and selected the models and fashions for the weekly spectaculars.
To add to the lengthy list of accomplishments, Miss Hunter is
now working as a Southern Nevada Woltrap Teaching Artist with The
Smith Center. This program is early childhood education through the
The Wolftrap mission is To present and create excellent and innovative performing arts programs for the enrichment, education, and enjoyment of diverse audiences and participants.
With a career steeped in the arts, Miss Hunter looks forward to continuing her path in the arts and education and to encourage young people of the opportunities that lay ahead in their future if they choose to use the art of dance as their vehicle.
Don has been part of such prestigious groups as Dance Theater of Harlem, Complexions, Lar Lubovitch, Donald Byrd The Group, Elisa Monte, and was part of collaboration between Dance Theatre of Harlem and New York City Ballet.
Don has had the privilege of being part of many Broadway productions including The Red Shoes, The Lion King, Porgy and Bess, and The Phantom of the Opera, both in Las Vegas and the third national tour. He has worked with many artists including Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, and Celine Dion.
Don teaches Ballet at the Rock, as well as Horton style Modern and Contemporary.
Known for his versatility, Mr. Williams’ repertoire encompasses ballet, jazz, African and contemporary idioms. His leading roles include Balanchine’s “Allegro Brilliante”, “Agon”, “The Four Temperaments” and “Who Cares”; Jerome Robbins’ “Fancy Free”; Glen Tetley’s “Voluntaries” and “Dialogues”; Iago in Jose Limon’s “Moors Pavane”; Baron Samedi in Geoffrey Holders “Banda”. Albrecht in “Giselle”, Siegfried in “Swan Lake”, “Le Corsaire” Pas de Deux, Dwight Rhodens’ “Ave Maria”(original cast) and “Twist”.
As a principal guest artist, Mr. Williams has performed with London’s Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, the International Ballet Festival in Cuba, partnered Cynthia Gregory in the “Gala of Stars” in Bilbao, Spain and starred in many international galas. He has worked with Complexions, Dances Patrelle and Fugate/Bahiri Ballet NY, creating critically acclaimed, original roles with them as well.
Mr. Williams made his film debut in “The Cotton Club” and starred in the Emmy nominated “A Streetcar Named Desire” which was broadcast over the PBS series Dance In America, as well as the Peabody Award winning “Firebird”, which was broadcast over PBS in the Kennedy Center Tonight Series. He was also featured in the Motown 30th Anniversary Special as well as numerous other television appearances and commercials.
In 1998 Mr. Williams made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award winning musical “Ragtime”. In 2000 he was principal guest artist in the New York City Ballet/Dance Theatre of Harlem collaboration for their Diamond Project dancing the principal roles in Robert Garland and Robert LaFosse’s “Tributary” and Balanchine’s “Agon”. He was featured in the national tour of “The Phantom of the Opera” and most recently with “Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular” at the Venetian Resort and Casino.
Mr. Williams’ teaching credits include; Company teacher for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Cedar Lake Ensemble, Celine Dion: A New Day, Nevada Ballet Theater and Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater. School instructor for Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey, Ballet Academy East(NYC) and The Dance Center@ Keith Kleven Institute(Las Vegas). Guest Teacher for Marymount College and Florida State University among others. He was also personal trainer for Keanu Reeves for the film, “Devil’s Advocate”.
Eric received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education from University of the Arts; double emphasizing in Modern Dance & Choreography. Immediately after completion of his undergraduate program, he was invited to join the world renowned Koresh Dance Company under the direction of Artistic Director/Choreographer/Founder Ronen Koresh. Here he received opportunities to work with and perform works by pioneers in the dance community including: Donald Byrd(Spectrum Dance Theatre, Color Purple Musical), Robert Battle (Battleworks, Alvin Aliey American Dance Theatre) and Ohad Naharin (Batshava Dance Company) to name a few.
Choreographically, Mr. Bean has been given the opportunity to create work for several companies as well as hold faculty positions in various national and international dance programs including University of the Arts and Dance Bermuda; American Ballet Theatre’s only international dance program. In 2011 he founded Jaricco.Dance: A Contemporary Dance Company (currently based in Bermuda) that focuses on providing opportunities for local and international dance artists to network and collaborate while presenting work of artistic excellence found on the international stage.
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Johanna Sapakie’s passion for dance and love for choreography have always played an important role in her life. Her diligent work ethic and dedication to the craft have gotten her far in the ever-expanding worlds of dance and entertainment. While coming from a strong ballet background, Johanna is an athletic dancer schooled in a variety of forms including jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, tap, modern, partnering, point work and aerial acrobatics. She was trained from a very young age and has worked with such master teachers as Joe Tremaine, Debbie Allen, Liz Imperio, Marguerite Derricks, Wade Robson and Savion Glover.
More recently, on the performance side of her career, Johanna has been involved in many projects on stage and on camera including the newest Cirque Du Soleil shows in Las Vegas “Michael Jackson ONE” with Jamie King and “Viva ELVIS” with Vincent Paterson, the Arabesque Festival at the Kennedy Center, “One Love...” with Franco Dragone, “Songs of Soul and Inspiration” with, among others, Debbie Allen, Queen Latifah and Chaka Khan, MEIFF with Otis Salid, The Mexican Billboard Awards with Liz Imperio, The MTV Movie Awards, Slime Time Live, Radio Disney Live, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, New Year’s Eve Live at Mandalay Bay, the first animated ring tone for “Boom di Boom di”, the lead female pole acrobat in Kevin Stea's music video “Domino”, Jazz Dance World Congress 2001-2004 & 2007, “The Professional Dancers’ Society Benefit” with Dick Van Dyke, “Steps in Time” for Disneyland, the grand opening of “The Highlands” with Alex Magno, “The Closing“ and “Bound” with Terry Beeman, the Hysterica Dance Company with Bubba Carr, “NY’s Performance Outlet” with Dee Caspary, Gucci, Redken, Volvo and Tarbell Realty industrials, a Rhino Records Commercial, photography for the Dance Resource Center and much more. Johanna has been a member of Liz Imperio’s Instincts Live Media Dance Company which has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe and Mark Meismer‘s Evolution Dance Company.
With her choreography, Ms. Sapakie has worked on So You Think You Can Dance, “Miley Cyrus: Live in Concert 2009”, “The Gioi Tinh Yeu” with ASIA Music Group, “Michael Jackson: A Tribute to the King of Pop” and “Michael Jackson at B.B. King’s Club”, Jean Ann Ryan cruise lines, “Viva Los Dodgers” at Dodgers Stadium, the Upper Manhattan Lounge, “Jazz Dance L.A.”, promotional showcases for EMI recording artist Oryon, and choreography for professional dance companies, studios and schools around the world and much more.
Also, Johanna has been an associate choreographer for Madonna: The Confessions Tour and Madonna: The Reinvention Tour, “Q'Viva: The Chosen” with Jamie King for Fox and Univision, “Latin on Ice” for NBC, “Your Mama Don't Dance” for Lifetime Television, Filippa Giordano: The Prima Donna Tour, Premio Lo Nuestro, the Latin Grammy Awards, the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the feature film “Dus”, industrials, burlesque shows, animated ringtones, showcases and performances for recording artists Jennifer Lopez, Olga Tañon, Aventura, Jenni Rivera, Los Tigres Del Norte, Nonny and Alexandra Monir and routines for the Los Angeles Clippers, to name a few.
Along with performing and choreographing, Johanna takes much pride in her teaching. While always trying to expand her horizons, she teaches all forms of dance including jazz, lyrical, ballet, hip-hop and tap. She has taught at studios all around the world for children and adults of all levels and abilities. Johanna also enjoyed teaching as part of the LADF and Hollywood Vibe convention faculties. She is currently sharing her knowledge and love for dance at Edge Performing Arts Center in Hollywood and The Rock Center for Dance in Las Vegas, as well as many other places.
Most recently, Johanna has found a new love in the world of aerial acrobatics including tissu, lyra, straps, hammock, pole and cube. She has already performed all over North and South America and the Middle East and is excited to add these new media to her credits. She can be seen as a featured acrobatic performer twice nightly in “Michael Jackson ONE” by Cirque Du Soleil at Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas.
With over 45 years of experience as a tap and jazz performer, Ken Bell is a passionate educator in the art of tap dance. For more than 25 years, Ken has taught tap classes and workshops around the world with a commitment to motivate his students through encouragement and a positive dance environment.
Some of Ken's notable stage performances include the Warner Bros. 50th Anniversary Celebration as the lead tap dancer, Cotton Club Review, China National Summer Showcase and the 41st Academy Awards.
He made numerous television and film appearances during his acting career with parts in General Hospital, Peyton Place, Don't Blame You and Together Brothers. Ken appeared in commercials for Pepsi, Bell Telephone, Sears and Polaroid - just to name a few. Ken shares the knowledge he learned from some of the biggest names in tap dance including Gregory Hines, Willy Covan, Eddie Brown, Paul Kennedy, and Sammy Davis, Jr.
In 1984 Moses accepted an athletic scholarship to Arizona State University. He was an integral part of the success of the 1986 NCAA National Team Championship. Later that year Moses won the silver medal in the Floor Exercise in the 1986 USA National Gymnastics Championships. Plagued with shoulder injuries throughout his career Moses retired from competitive gymnastics in 1992.
Upon retirement, Moses began performing in the entertainment industry in Family Entertainment shows at amusement parks such as Sea World of San Diego, Legoland, MGM Grand Theaters Amusement Park, Harrah's, and also performed in specialty acts for the Ice Capades.
Moses moved to Las Vegas in 1997 and began working in the Golf Industry while teaching tumbling and gymnastics for local dance schools and gymnastics gyms.
Moses now serves as an AKC (American Kettlebell Club) Coach and WKC (World Kettlebell Club) Fitness Instructor.
Moses is married to Quinn Callahan.
As an educator, Ms. Callahan has had the opportunity to teach hundreds of dancers for over 20 years. Quinn has been teaching in the Las Vegas dance community for 8 years. She has earned respect along with a reputation for excellence. Ms. Callahan wrote a syllabus and teaching program for the largest dance conservatory in Nevada. She, along with her husband, created a conditioning program as a supplement to a dancer’s training, designed to give the dancer optimum strength and flexibility. Ms. Callahan has received the “Choreography Award” from several National Competitions. She received 2 awards for “choreographic excellence” from Starpower Dance, of which 6 were given out of 900 entries. Her choreography has been described as “rhythmic, breathtaking, fun and fresh”. Quinn’s students and choreography have received numerous title and overall high point awards. As an educator, Quinn is dedicated to teaching the importance of training, giving the dancer more freedom to explore the pure joy of dance. Ms. Callahan was an honorary judge for Dance Masters of America.
Well known for his inspirational classes, as a teacher he travels internationally. Works as a dance judge, show director, and lectures on the university circuit.
Shawn’s choreography encompasses a wide range of styles. His work combines contemporary movements of today with a classical sense of line, placement, and technique. Dancers have performed his work around the world and his award winning competition routines gain top honors.
Originally from San Diego, California Shawn now lives and works in Las Vegas, where he teaches dance and yoga for Cirque Du Soleil, the Elton John show, local competition teams, and is on faculty at the Rock Center For Dance.
Former principal soloist with the National Ballet of Peru and veteran of International Ballet Festivals. She began dancing salsa, rap and jazz under the direction of her uncle, Luis A. Rodriguez, at the age of 7 . Three years later she started with Ballet in the Municipal Ballet of Trujillo/ Peru ( 1992 - 1998) .
In 2007 she won a highly competitive scholarship to study Ballet and Musical Theater in Argentina, where she also won a GOLD MEDAL in an International Jazz Dance Competition. Sandra's South American roots bring a special Latin flare to her performing and teaching.
She is on faculty at the Rock Center for Dance, Las Vegas' professional dance studio. Where she teaches Ballet ,advanced stretch, fitness Barre .
Most recently she just got off a tour with well-known flamenco guitarist “Benise” .In Las Vegas Sandra is a featured dancer for the show “Illusions” at the Riviera .
His television choreographic credits include commercials for McDonalds, Aramis Cologne, and Autolite autoparts, as well as the Superstars of Gymnastics for USA TV network, John Tesh Live at Redrocks for PBS, The Mystery and Magic of Nadia Comaneci for ABC TV, and The World Gold Gymnastics Tour starring Nadia Comaneci, Bart Conner, Keri Strug and a cast of Olympic Gymnasts.
Featured for his solo tap dancing on various TV shows and in Las Vegas, Tony can also be seen in many dance magazines for his authoritative articles on jazz and tap and ads promoting Capezio's Coppola Tap Shoes, which were introduced in 1990.
Tony's modern dance background while training with Graham disciple, Jaime Rogers, and performing with the Rogers' Company, has helped him maintain a strong technical standard. He spent several years on faculty at Mesa State College, where he developed a dance major and was the program's artistic director. His musical theatre credits include; Chicago, Tommy, Return to Forbidden Planet, Kiss Me Kate, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, West Side Story, and performing the lead in George “M.”
Tony has choreographed several production numbers for the Hilton's “Work that Skirt” and Lake Tahoe's “Full Body Rock.” He has been guest choreographer for dance concerts at University of Northern Colorado and recently at Pomona College in California. He was also featured solo performer at Reno, Nevada's Art Town Celebration in “Reflections of a Life on Stage.” He choreographed a collaborative project with Chicago's Jay Franke, of the famed Hubbard Street Dance Company.
Tony Coppola is presently on faculty at UNLV in Las Vegas, where he teaches jazz, tap, dance appreciation, and provides both percussion support and covers modern class. His writing background for dance magazines has led him to his latest academic project; a workbook for dance appreciation class. Kendall Hunt Publications is collaborating with him on this project.