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FACULTY

Heather Morris

Marty Kudelka

Comfort Fedoke

Cat Cogliandro

Chasen Greenwood

Angelica Stiskin

Kavita Rao

Sean Aaron Carmon

Helene Phillips

Orialis Ashley

Kobi Rozenfeld

Co-Owner & Artist Director

Morgan Mulholand

Assistant Artistic Director

PRO ASSISTANTS

Konnor Kelly

Jenna Laspinas

Evan Jordan

Megan Deffenbaugh

Jarod Smith

Maggie Doty

THE HEAT TEAM

Johnny Shamos

Co-founder & General Manager

Matt Gutierrez

Director of Studio Relations

Leah Bleiweis

Production Manager

Amanda Hart

Production Associate

Note: Faculty varies from city to city based on location needs and faculty availability.

HEATHER MORRIS

HEATHER MORRIS is best known for her breakout role as series regular Brittany Pierce on FOX’s hit series, GLEE. She has appeared on shows such as CBS’ HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER and Netflix’s GLOW, and recently starred in the feature films MOST LIKELY TO DIE and FOLK HERO & FUNNY GUY. She also appeared in Harmony Korine’s feature SPRING BREAKERS, opposite Ashley Benson and Selena Gomez. In addition to acting, Heather is an incredibly established dancer who joined Beyoncé’s “I Am…Sasha Fierce” world tour right after college, and competed on the 24th season of DANCING WITH THE STARS on ABC.

MARTY KUDELKA

As Justin Timberlake’s exclusive choreographer and co-creative director, Marty Kudelka has choreographed many of his live and televised performances, including Timberlake’s current MAN OF THE WOODS World Tour, the spectacular 2018 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show, and the Academy Awards performance of “Can’t Stop The Feeling” for the film Trolls. Marty is currently working on the highly anticipated feature film sequel Trolls 2.

Marty’s collaboration with Timberlake on his music videos, include “Filthy,” “Say Something” featuring Chris Stapleton, “Rock Your Body,” “Sexy Back,” and “Suit & Tie,” which won Best Choreography at the 2013 MVPA Awards.  He also co-directed and choreographed Timberlake’s sold-out Justified and Future/Sex/Love/Sound world tours. Marty has also choreographed Timberlake’s Vanguard Award performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, 2013 Brit Awards, and 2008 ESPY Awards, as well as with his 2005, 1006, 2007 MTV Video Music Award performances.

Marty is the five-time MTV Video Award Nominee for Best Choreography in a Music Video, and Winner of the 2007 MTV VMA for Best Choreography for Justin Timberlake’s music video, “My Love.” In addition, Marty has also choreographed for other notable music artists, including Mariah Carey, JLO, Pink, Janet Jackson, Robin Thicke, One Direction, The Jacksons, The Backstreet Boys, JLS, Tinashe, Jason Derulo, Bebe Rexha, and Joe Jonas.  

 

Comfort

Comfort Fedoke was born in Fort Worth, TX and lived majority of her life in the Dallas metroplex. She is also half Nigerian; Warri in Delta State.

She is a multi-talented, Emmy-Award Winning dancer, choreographer, director, actress, and singer. Known for competing on So You Think You Can Dance Season 4, Comfort was invited back as an All-Star and choreographer and continues mentoring new competitors each season.

Comforts dance roots stem from the street and has competed in freestyle dance battles all over the world. Recently, her success in battle has taken her from the dance floor to the commentator’s booth, working alongside Sway Calloway for Red Bull TV. Comfort was also featured in Nike’s 30-year celebration of Air commercial promoting the new VaporMax shoe and MJ’s Pepsi generation

On stage, Comfort has worked and performed live with talented artists such as Kanye West, LL Cool J, Chaka Kahn, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Wale,Jason Derulo, JLo, Travis Scott, Drake, Gwen Staffani, lizzo , and Missy Elliott. Comfort currently serves as a dancer for Hip-Hop legend Missy Elliott and has appeared in a number of her music videos. Her work doesn’t end on the dance floor. She has acted in a number of films and TV shows over the past five years. Such as films like Step Up 5 All In and The Mindy project. She was also in the film, High Strung, which was directed by Michael Damien, where Comfort played the supporting lead female character, “Poptart.”

Comfort is now transitioning into more choreography, acting, creative directing and her own music. Comfort now wrote, produced, & features on a new song “My kind of night “ by Emanuel Giella. She will soon be releasing new music with producer BeatSlaya under Labld Fresh

Cat Cogliandro

Cat Cogliandro, born and raised in Houston, Texas, received her BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase. Since then, Cat has worked with creators such as Cherice Barton, Phillip Chbeeb, Tyce Diorio, Ian Eastwood, Mike Esperanza, Hayden J Frederick, Jason Gorman,  Juliette Irons, Jaci Royal, Sophia Stoller, Megan Lawson, Sonya Tayeh, and Andrew Winghart. She has been featured in Dance Spirit Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, Dance Informa, SDvoyger, and has been a guest on DanceSpeak Podcast, WeirdAdults and Barrretender Podcast. Cat was a featured dancer in the movie “Supporting Characters,” directed by Daniel Schechter, and danced in The Neighbourhood music video, “R.I.P 2 My Youth”, directed by Hype Williams and supervising choreographer, Ian Eastwood, as well as a dancer in Phillip Chbeeb’s short film “Sync.” She was also the assistant choreographer to Ian in Trevor Wesley’s Official 360 Music Video “Chivalry is Dead,” a choreographer for an episode of “Alone Together” on Freeform, and Eva Gutoski’s (@mylifeaseva) music video “Dance As A Distraction.”
Cat was one of ten choreographers chosen to compete in Nigel Lythgoe’s first season of a competitive choreographer show on Go90, Every Single Step, where she made it to the final four.  

Cat is currently based in New York City, where she teaches permanent classes at Broadway Dance Center and Peridance, but travels to Los Angeles often where she teaches at studios such as Movement Lifestyle, Millennium Dance Complex and ImmaSpace. You can find her on the road teaching for Celebrity Dance Convention, and has also taught for Studio School (formerly Relativity School), The Joffrey West Summer Intensive, The Los Angeles Dance Festival, The Pulse on Tour Teacher Workshop, Open Call, and SouldeSoul Dance Convention. She continues to travel nationally and internationally to “help people  find a better understanding of themselves through dance” and has just teamed up with a clinical psychologist to create the first ever dance + self-esteem getaway called Soul Meets Body. She is also the co-creator of SoulSync which takes place in Brazil.

Ms. Cogliandro has a passion for art and expression. For freedom and love! For living an unapologetic life of happiness. As she navigates though her own wild adventures of triumph and failure, she hopes to inspire others to do the same (especially the youth) and to do so fearlessly. Her dance company, CATASTROPHE!, also aims to promote the power (and necessity) of self-love and self-worth. They placed second runner up at 2015 Capezio ACE Awards and have been seen performing in shows in Los Angeles, New York, Brazil, and Korea.

Chasen Greenwood

“Dancer, singer, actor and choreographer,  Chasen is bicoastal primarily in L.A giving him opportunity to work with artist such as Lady Gaga’s choreograher Richy Jackson, and Director Neal Brennan for Xbox Super Bowl commercial. Chasen has been featured in Dancer Magazine as “one to watch,” completing a nationwide tour as soloist with State Street Ballet. His choreography won “Best Young Choreographer” at Regional America Southwest. Chasen began his career performing with Leann Rimes, and in the musical Casper (national tour), training on full scholarship with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Ballet Austin. Chasen performed West Coast premiere of “Newsies,” as well as on the East Coast.

Angelica Stiskin

Angelica Stiskin is internationally recognized for her versatility as a choreographer, director, performer, and dance educator. She proudly earned her BFA in Dance at Marymount Manhattan College under the direction of Katie Langan, performing works by Robert Battle, Shen Wei and Lar Lubovitch to name a few. Angelica is honored to have assisted the Emmy Award winning Mia Michaels across the U.S.A. and Canada. She has performed with Justin Bieber and The Disney Channel’s Shake It Up Girls, as well as a guest artist in ASH Contemporary Dance Company and American Dance Artists, Adrienne Canterna’s former company, with performance artists such as Rasta Thomas and Travis Wall.

Other privileges include working for Benoit-Swan Pouffer (Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet Gala), Marlena Wolfe (Rehearsal Director), Ballroom Marfa, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble (Rite of Spring/Detroit Opera House). Angelica works as a répétiteur for Robert Battle, representing “The Hunt” in the Netherlands for world-renowned company, Introdans. Angelica directed and choreographed a piece for NY Fashion Week in collaboration with Louis Vuitton and Parsons School of Design. She has also recently been commissioned by Christian Dior Couture to choreograph in honor of the new Spring/Summer 2019 collection inspired by dance.

She has traveled with VIP Dance as a National Director, and also served as Brand Design Director/Choreographer for luxury comforts brand, Move Society. Miss Stiskin is part of the adjunct faculty at Marymount Manhattan College, and was positioned as Artistic Director of Joffrey Ballet School’s Jazz and Contemporary Trainee Program in September 2017. She was one of the first faculty members of the program over 10 years ago and is now humbly in charge of the program’s trajectory. Angelica is honored to have this responsibility of guiding the future generations of dance while continuing to design high-level concepts for fashion, editorial, and entertainment.

Stanley Glover

Stanley Glover was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Illinois. Stanley holds a BFA from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. He was a top-20 contestant on FOX’s television show, So You Think You Can Dance, and has performed repertoire and trained under some of the best in the industry, including, Sidra Bell, Robert Battle, Random Dance, Hubbard Street, Pennsylvania Ballet, and many more. Stanley performed as a principal dancer five days a week on the Las Vegas Strip in Cirque du Soleil’s production of Mystère. Stanley is also a 2019 Princess Grace Dance fellowship award recipient. Pointe magazine featured Stanley as one of their 2019 “Standout Performances”. Stanley also had a featured spread in Dance Magazine’s column “On The Rise”. Stanley currently dances at BalletX in his 3rd season.

Kavita Rao

Kavita Rao, Karmagraphy’s director/owner, produces distinctive contemporary dance styles. Internationally and regionally renowned for her choreography and teaching abilities, she conjures out of her world travels characteristics of eastern and western dance. Signed with one of LA’s top dance agencies, MSA, Rao has been featured in numerous lives shows, music videos, films, commercials and television shows during her dance career. Her choreographic work can recently be seen in episodes of “Got Talent Israel,” “Angie Tribeca” on TBS, Youtube Red’s “Buddy System,”  WeTV’s “David Tutera’s Celebrations,” Dancing with the Stars,” and “Tengo talento Mucho Talento”. She is the choreographer for YouTube sensation Vidya Vox and has choreographed 4 of her most recent videos including “Tamil Born Killa,” “Diamonds,” “Minnale,” “Home,” and her 2017-2018 world tour “Kuthu Fire.” Rao was also honored to be an associate choreographer for world-renowned designers Loubioton and Sabyasachi’s ”Deep Sleep for Beauty” launch. Asst. choreography projects, with famed choreographer Mary Ann Kellogg, completed and awaiting release are a new pilot for NBC and a “Like Father,” starring Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer.  Rao is also creative Director for Esther Anaya, and the DJ duo of Atmsphre 

 Rao is a current faculty member of The Studio School in LA and had the privilege of creating her own curriculum as being the first to teach her course – “World Cultural dance ” in her specialty of the Indian Arts. A 7-year faculty member of Dupree Dance Convention, Rao was the first master instructor to bring Bollywood dance to the national convention circuit. Her choreography can be seen all over the US in the dance competition circuit.  Some master class credits include: Joffery Ballet, Dance and Dialouge, Dance Connection, Harvard Westlake as well as public and private schools all over the US. She has judged many national Bollywood competitions, including Just Dance (India’s SYTYCD), Jhoomti Sham, Bollywood America and Nachale Deewane. She created artistic works in Guam, Israel, India, Mauritius, S. Africa, Los Angeles and across the US. Choreographing for multiple artists, Rao has a long list of Indian and Western music videos to her credit. 

She is also the resident choreographer for the commercial production company Contagious and some past and current studio residencies include Millennium Dance Complex, Dance Dimensions and International Dance Academy Hollywood — and master classes across the country. Along with teaching multiple dance styles, Rao uses her public relations and entrepreneurial background to teach a business for dancers class to help prepare young dancers for the industry. 

Along with teaching and choreographing, Kavita directs and owns the dance entertainment company Karmagraphy, a full service entertainment and production company based in Los Angeles and New York.  As the Artistic Director of Karmagraphy, she produces work weekly to fit her client’s needs and exceed their expectations.  

Recent clients include: IFFA (International Fashion Film Awards), International Indian Film Academy (IIFA), IFFLA (Indian Film Festival LA), Disney/Pixar, Dreamworks, Kaiser Permanente, Intuit, Gita Anjali Diamonds, GO Campaign, Pratham, INDUS, TIE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), South Asian Bar Association, Arpen Global Charities, and SDM Cancer Relief Fund, Chopra Foundation, Red Roof Inn, Morongo Casino and LA Fashion Week.   

Creator of “AAJA, A tale of Karmic Destiny” and Co-creator of “Bollywood Rise”, both full-length dance/cirque spectaculars featuring interdisciplinary performance arts and high scale production, Rao pushes the envelope when creating live stage shows. Both shows are currently touring and obtained rave reviews from media outlets as KTLA, India West, India Journal, LA Times and more.  Rao has such a wide range of choreographic styles due to years of experience creating both live experiences and on camera work.

Sean Aaron Carmon

Sean Aaron Carmon is an internationally-acclaimed dancer and choreographer. He has performed on Broadway (La Cage aux FollesThe Phantom of the Opera), with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for seven years, as a guest artist in South Africa and Italy, and is currently featured in the National Broadway Tour of Disney’s The Lion King. He is a master Horton-based modern and contemporary jazz teacher and his choreographic work has been lauded as “everything and then some…” by major publications such as the New York Times and Dance Magazine. Follow him @hookedonsean across most social media platforms. 

Helene Phillips

Emmy nominated choreographer and director, Helene Phillips is a true visionary with an incredible talent for keeping her body of work passionate, committed, and most importantly, “real.”

Whether she’s directing Michael Jackson or choreographing Madonna, Helene’s input ignites every area of a project. “I can see how I want the final images to look, and then backtrack to make that vision come to fruition.”

As a pivotal director and choreographer, Helene Phillips is known for lighting fires—creating the culture, setting the spark, and managing the resources to keep herself and her team focused, prepared, motivated, challenged, and consistently successful. Her shows are goal-directed: she creates the vision, executes it, and brings it to fruition. Sir Richard Attenborough called her tireless. Michael Gill, the renowned producer who brings Broadway shows to Las Vegas, calls Helene’s visions Revolutionary. She possesses more boundless energy than anyone else in the room, as well as the drive and knowledge to create visions from beginning to end. Helene is connected to the most influential people in the industry.

Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas, while working on the largest production of its time, a 3-D film called Captain EO with Michael Jackson, turned the direction and the choreography over to her because they felt she was the only one who knew what she was doing. Anjelica Houston requested Helene to direct her for the same reason. Helene was handed over the microphone and would yell Action and Cut. She collaborated with every department working on this project and directed Michael Jackson in the recording studio. The team knew they could count on her.

In a progressively challenging career, she has worked with legendary performers and directors for the past 20 years, among which were Madonna (Who’s That Girl Tour), Miley Cyrus (The VMAs), John Travolta (Stayin’ Alive), James Brown and Dan Aykroyd (Dr. Detroit), Michael Douglas (A Chorus Line – the film), John Candy (Going Berserk), Rosie O’ Donnell and Penny Marshall (all Christmas holiday spots for K-Mart), Christina Applegate and Jay Mohr (Mafia), Charlie Sheen and Anna Faris (A Spelling Bee), Peter Gabriel and Sting (life benefit concerts), Denis Leary and Elizabeth Hurley (Dawg), and the list goes on and on.

Helene has been nominated for an Emmy for her work on Papa’s Angels starring Scott Bakula and Cynthia Nixon. She has been a key directing and choreographing force behind such artists as Karyn White’s Love the way you love me, Klymaxx’s Meeting in the ladies’ room, Jack Wagner’s The Weatherman Says, and Was Not Was’ Walk the Dinosaur. She has also conceptualized, directed, staged, and choreographed Main Showrooms for such cruise ships as the QEII and the Oceania Riviera.

Helene has created shows across broad industries. Her modus operandi is to first envision the entire project and then she backtracks so she knows how to involve the lighting and wardrobe people, as well as the editor. Helene’s expertise in music and editing is unique as a result of a lifetime of connecting sound, movement, and storyline.

Helene has been a consistent top director/choreographer who sets the vision and motivates her team to extraordinary achievements. She has an international family and professional experience that spans the world. She is comfortable in a wide range of cultures and geographies. She brings not only a sharp intelligence, but a powerful leadership style that is inclusive, collaborative, and motivational.

PAMELA YASUTAKE

Pamela Yasutake is a Seattle Native Performer, Choreographer and Instructor. Widely known as a member of the hit Female Tap Sensations, Syncopated Ladies, Pamela has wooed audiences around the world performing live in sold-out concerts and in viral videos accumulating over 50 million views online.

Pamela made her Broadway debut in the original cast of “Shuffle Along, Or , The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed”. Directed by George C. Wolfe and choreographed by Savion Glover, the critically acclaimed production received ten 2016 Tony Award Nominations including Best Musical.

Pamela’s television credits include The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS), The 70th Annual Tony Awards (CBS), Maya & Marty (NBC), So You Think You Can Dance (FOX) and Good Morning America (ABC).

In her hometown of Seattle, Pamela has performed and choreographed for Seattle Theatre Group’s production of “Dance This…”, eight seasons of the Black Nativity Play of Seattle in which she performed the lead dancer role of Mary for two consecutive seasons, and various appearances and performances with Northwest Tap Connection.

For more info: www.pamelayasutake.com

ORIALIS ASHLEY

Orialis Ashley, a Puerto Rican native, is a Los Angeles based Dancer, Choreographer and Instructor. She has been seen tap dancing on Good Morning America, BET music awards, and at the London launch for Beyonce’s IVY PARK clothing line. She is currently a member of Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies and teaches full time at Murrieta Dance Project in Southern California.

Orialis earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from The Florida State University. There she was honored to work under master ballet and modern teachers such as Suzanne Ferrell, Ronald K Brown and Alonzo King. Following her college graduation, Orialis joined the Denver based Cleo Robinson Dance Ensemble in 2003. She toured nationally with the company as featured soloist in works by Talley Beatty, Christopher Huggins and Alvin Ailey

After leaving the company in 2005, she expanded her dance career from concert to commercial work and moved to Los Angeles. She has been seen dancing at such venues as the Hollywood Bowl, Top Hats at the Grove, New York Fringe Festival, Glamour’s Woman of the Year Summit, Essence Festival in New Orleans, Ford’s Man of Honor in Detroit, Vail Dance Festival, Jazz Dance World Congress in Chicago, DC Tap Festival, Music Videos and various Stage Shows.

With over 15 years of teaching experience, her students and choreography have been seen on many TV shows including So You Think You Can Dance, Dance Moms, Little Big Shots, Abby Lee’s Ultimate Dance Competition, Ellen, and the Late Late Show with James Corden and also at Tokyo Disney.

Kobi Rozenfeld

Kobi Rozenfeld’s professional reputation and heightened demand in the dance industry has led him to work with some of the best entertainers and most notable celebrities in Hollywood such as Beyonce, Britney Spears, Natasha Bedingfield, Macy Gray and “Wonder Woman’s” – Gal Gadot.  His most recent television credit featured himself, as World Judge and Expert for CBS’s new hit talent show “The Word’s Best”. This tv show, premiering directly after Super Bowl LIII to an audience of 26 million viewers, featured superstars James Corden, Drew Barrymore, Ru Paul, and Faith Hill. 

Kobi is also credited for directing and choreographing the world tour of “Barbie Live” – The Musical, produced by “Mattel” and EMS. He was also recently responsible for the choreography of the reunion of 90’s boyband “Hi Five” in Israel. In addition, Kobi has choreographed for the British singer and songwriter, Natasha Bedingfield, at the “LifeBall” concert in Vienna and Macy Gray with her hit “Beauty in the World”.  

Topping this list, is  Kobi’s work with Britney Spears during her 2009 comeback and choreography for the incredible pop sensation, Beyonce, in her “I AM…” World Tour. That same year, he performed alongside Beyonce as one of the dancers at the Grammy Awards.  Kobi has also choreographed for Israel’s “So You Think You Can Dance” and for the musical show in California’s Legoland Amusement Park.

Kobi was born in Israel and has been dancing and choreographing from a very early age.  His early credits include performances in the successful productions of Fun Tazi, Cabaret, and Peter Pan.  Kobi worked with and choreographed for some of the top Israeli pop artists in their music videos as well as national and international tours. He choreographed for “The Little Mermaid” national tour and won numerous choreography awards.  

In summer 2006, Kobi began working with Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble upon his arrival in the United States.  He choreographed new pieces for the company and gained great critical acclaim through the group’s performances at the Disney Concert Hall, Paramount Studios, The Kodak Theatre, and for a special on PBS.  L.A.’s top working dancers presented Kobi’s choreographic work at the prestigious “Carnival – Choreographer’s Ball” in Hollywood.  

As a choreographer, Kobi is represented by Go2Talent, one of the top choreography and dance agencies in the industry.  Kobi travels the world as a free-lance choreographer. He has taught master classes at the Broadway Dance Center in New York and Pineapple Dance Studio in London.  He has instructed workshops around the world in Israel, Guam, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, France, Slovakia, Spain, Croatia, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Cyprus and the United Kingdom.  Kobi is passionate about sharing his love for dance with all those he comes into contact with, motivating and inspiring his students and leaving them with a thirst for more!

MORGAN MULHOLAND

Morgan has traveled coast to coast studying, teaching and performing the art of dance. After dancing through her childhood, Morgan earned her B.F.A from San Jose State University and began her masters at St Mary’s College and CU Boulder where she developed curriculum and taught college dance courses. She has choreographed various musicals throughout the California collegiate system including Cabaret, Chicago, West Side Story and Spring Awakening. Morgan has worked with profound artists such as Gesel Mason, Ana Prada, Erika Randall, Susan McClain and Rennie Harris. She owned and operated her own dance studio for nearly a decade, where she strived to teach not only beautiful dancers, but good humans. After college Morgan moved to Los Angeles where she joined the Keshet Heim Dance Ensemble and taught at various schools in LA. Morgan is a certified personal trainer, yoga instructor and is developing a program to help dancers be more anatomically aware in the effort to avoid injuries and create longer careers.

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