Faculty

PROFESSIONAL DANCE NETWORK’S 2018 FESTIVAL OF DANCE FACULTY

MEERA

Meera- InFusion pic (1)Meera’s musical upbringing has trained her to be an artist since the age of four. Daughter of Classical Indian Tabla player, Raj Kumar Varma, and international Indian and Oriental dancer, Zarina, at a very young age this multi-award-winning Dancer has entertained and captivated audiences reaching six different continents.

During her artistic career, Meera been featured as an actress, guest dancer and choreographer in both Hollywood & Bollywood films, television shows and commercials, and music videos internationally. Having performed for dignitaries, royalty, and worldwide audiences, she was chosen as the artist to represent ancient to modern India in the Commonwealth Games Bid for 2010.

With a stage presence that is powerful yet playful, Meera’s creativity as an artist captures the emotions of rhythm and reveals the sensuality of her soul. Her stage presence is powerful yet playful, expressing extraordinary style with grace and beauty. She has performed to a vast array of cultural music and styles, ranging from the traditional styles of the East fused together with the more modern, progressive and dub-step styles. She has trained in India, USA, Canada and Egypt with world renowned Dancers and choreographers.

With the natural essence of her East Indian heredity and technique flowing through every performance, her style of dancing is unique, focusing on fusing various Classical and Folk Dances of India, and authentic Egyptian and Cabaret style Bellydancing, with modern Urban elements, leaving you with a classical, but funky “In-Fusion” style. She has released four Instructional DVDs, including “Bellydance: The Art of Toning & Technique”, and three Dances of India Instructional DVDs – “Ancient to Modern”, “Bollywood to Bollydance”, and “Urban Bhangra Bounce”. Meera is also a Principal Dancer and Choreographer of the most prestigious, world renowned Bellydance group, Bellydance Superstars, and is a featured artist in their live DVD, “Bombay Bellywood: Live from Los Angeles”.

Today, Meera carries on the tradition of her ancestor’s musical background, and pursues her artistic career before audiences around the world, teaching her “In-Fusion” style.

FRIT AND FRAT FULLER

bio_frit_fratPDN celebrates the opportunity for Frit and Frat to arrange their busy world-wide schedule and again be a favorite faculty member of PDN’s Festival of Dance, especially their “Rhythm Steppin” classes. As the Artistic Directors for LA based KIN Dance Company, KIN has performed in Los Angeles and abroad.

Frit and Frat have choreographed for Mrs. America & Mrs. World Pageants, at theme parks and in Taiwan and London.  Their jukebox stage musical, “Down Around Brown Town”, celebrating the music of Mr. James Brown, received the 2013 NAACP Theatre Award for Best Director of a Musical/Local Division.

 

Josh Curtis

2015 pdn josh headshotPDN is pleased that one of its favorite teachers will be returning for Festival of Dance. Josh, (also known as Josh3Thousand/J3K) is a talented hip hop teacher and choreographer whose work with Southern California dance teams and high schools are continually receiving wide accolades.

Most recently, Josh danced in Pharrell Williams’ “24 Hours of Happy” video and choreographed for Glasses Malone’s music video “Get Busy”. Josh’s goal is to be the best leader and help others pursue their dreams to be a professional Dancer/Choreographer!

 

PAMM DRAKE

2015 pdn pamm headshotSince 1984 Pamm has owned and operated DANCE/10 Performing Arts Center in Alameda, California and is Director and Creator of The Tap Dancing Christmas Trees. She has studied with famous dance legends including Twyla Tharp, Merce Cunningham, Jose Limon, Joe Tremaine and Frank Hatchett.

Her professional career includes dancing roles in Applause, Music Man, A Chorus Line and performances in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Hollywood Holiday Parade. Pamm has a BA in Dance from UCLA and a Masters Degree in choreography from Mills College and is a member of Actors Equity, AGVA and Past President of Dance Masters of California Chapter 13.

 

Ryan Justus

2015 ryan headshotRyan started dancing as a Pre-teen, and grew up competing at numerous regional and national competitions, winning Teen Mr. Dance of California and Dance Masters-Chapter 13. He is certified with Dance Masters of America in jazz, tap, ballet and acrobatics.  His strong technical background in Jazz, Musical Theatre and Lyrical (with an emphasis on musicality) and 20+ years of dance enables him to incorporate emotion and character in his choreography.

He has been a member of The Tap Dancing Christmas Trees for over 15 years. His professional credits include Industrial shows for Yelp and Bank of America; American Gospel Music Awards and Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in NYC. Ryan is a graduate of the Drama Program at the University of California Berkeley and 1st Vice-President of Dance Masters of California Chapter 13.

Sue Press

suepressTeachers and adults at past PDN conferences welcomed the informative and creative approaches Sue’s classes offered.  Teaching for more than 15 years at the YMCA of Los Angeles,  Sue has been a fitness educator for 35 years.  Her certifications include Arthritis Foundation in Aquatics and Exercise, Pilates, Yoga Stretch I and II, Restorative Breathing Development, Functional Strength and Balance Solutions and the Parkinson Foundation.

Her classes offer core focus programming, blending power, grace and building on the foundations of proper body alignment with precise cueing. Sue has a BA in Medical Social Work from Cal State University Northridge, with graduate studies in Health Sciences.

IRIS SPECTOR

2015 pdn iris headshot 10 19PDN welcomes Iris who always brings our dancers a perspective on World Dances and various styles of ethnic dance.  She began studying dance at age three and continued her extensive training with African, Afro-Caribbean, Middle Eastern, Flamenco and Salsa. Also dabbling in Bollywood, Polynesian and other world dance genres, Iris is known for creating exciting fusion choreographies that promote multi-cultural awareness.  She had competed all over the world as both a soloist and troupe dancer.

 

 

Germaine Lewis

2015 pdn germaine headshot 10 19As one of the most popular PDN instructors with the high school dancers, Germaine has been dancing since the time he could walk.  In high school, his love for dance lead him to become an IKE Dancer for the Eisenhower Dance Team and lead his team to their second championship in two years! While attending Cal State Long Beach, Germaine studied many forms of dance styles, where he developed his passion for ballroom dance.

Germaine is both a warm and friendly instructor and a fierce competitor. Germaine enjoys the opportunity to teach all styles of ballroom to our PDN dancers of all ages that are passionate and excited about learning.

 

Lupita Limon

2015 pdn lupita headshot 10 19We welcome back to PDN Lupita, who shares with us her techniques with Argentine tango, swing, salsa, cha cha and smooth dances. Lupita has been a competitive ballroom dancer since her teens, competing in professional and semi-professional competitions in the U.S, South America and Europe.

Her exciting PDN classes include “Hot Hula”, a work-out based on Hula dance.  As owner and choreographer of Limonadas Dance Company, Lupita is an adjunct dance professor at Riverside City College.

 

Raydel Caceres

Raydel CaceresBorn in Pinar Del Rio, Cuba, Raydel began studying at the Professional School of Arts Raul Sanchez and continued his training at the National School of Ballet in Habana, Cuba.  As a lead soloist, Raydel was cast as the main lead role in Silent Roar, choreographed by Zena Buthune in Hollywood, CA and was described as “Raydel, the Cuban dancer, which reaffirmed his total domination of this ballet Coppelia style and technically shown — especially in his leaps, spins in the air and good extensions.”  Rayed has been an international guest artist with multiple companies.
Raydel will be part of PDN’s 2018 Professional Faculty, teaching ballet technique, partnering and pirouettes.

Kelly Mason Person

As a seasoned PDN faculty presenter, Kelly will again be teaching many of our ballet classes.  Kelly began her professional training at age thirteen with a scholarship from the Pacific Northwest Ballet and additional scholarships with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Rock School in Philadelphia.  Kelly has been a dancer with the Los Angeles Classical Ballet, Inland Pacific Ballet, guest artist with Redlands Festival Ballet and Principal dancer with Redlands Dance Theatre.  She is a noted choreographer for several original ballets, including the Little Mermaid, The Tale of the Pumpkin King, the Wizard of Oz, Cinderella and the Snow Queen.  Kelly has been seen on the Jay Leno show and Diagnosis Murder.
Kelly is currently the acting director of the Ballet of Corona.
Kelly will be teaching ballet and a Core Class at PDN’s 2018 Festival of Dance.

Jaymz Tuaileva

Jaymz_TuailevaWe are pleased that Jaymz will again be part of our professional faculty, having been well-received last year.  Jaymz offers his expertise as a dancer, actor and singer.  He was a finalist, second season, on So You Think You Can Dance and on their 2006 Tour.  Jaymz was in the opening number on Season 17, week 5 on Dancing with the Stars, and on their Las Vegas and @ Sea shows.  He has been a principle dancer with Cher, Donnie and Marie, World Champions Tour: Ballroom and World Jazz Congress in Costa Rica.  His TV and film credits include Glee Live, High School Musical, Legally Blonde and the 2002 Winter Olympics.  Jaymz starred as Bernardo in West Side Story and Danny Zuko in Grease.
PDN is pleased that Jaymz will offer his expertise at our 2018 Festival of Dance with ballroom, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and creating music videos.

April Maclean

April MacleanApril Maclean, owner and founder of Infuse Dance Collective, has been teaching and choreographing professionally in the Inland Empire for the last fifteen years.  After graduating with her BA in dance, April danced for Intersect Dance Theatre, a professional contemporary-based company directed by Sofia Carreras and Mark Haines.  Infuse Dance Collective is home to five performance groups.
April will be teaching modern and contemporary dance at PDN’s 2018 Festival of Dance.