Judge Panel

Florian Rouiller

Florian Rouiller is a dance teacher, choreographer, and performer who has worked extensively across three continents. Rouiller has an MFA in Dance from the University of Maryland, where he choreographed and performed the original productions Profondeur Inconnue and Wave while continuing extensive performance with local dance companies outside the university. Rouiller began his dance career with training at the prestigious John Cranko School in Stuttgart with a BFA, and performed with the Stuttgart Ballet in productions such as Sleeping Beauty and Giselle. Upon immigrating to the United States, he danced with Merce Cunningham Dance Company as an apprentice, Ohio Ballet, Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Ballet International Eldar Aliev, Ballet Metropolitano de Caracas, and Ballet Contemporanea de Caracas in Venezuela, as well as Goteborg Ballet in Sweden, performing soloist and principal roles and working with choreographers such as Alonzo King, Jiri Kylian, Simon Dow, Robert North, Jorma Uotinen , Jean-Paul Comelin, Lynne Taylor Corbett, to name a few. He has also performed with many companies throughout the United States and taught extensively, including at the Kirov Academy in Washington DC, the Washington Ballet School, and City Dance Ensemble. In the DC area, he has performed with City Dance Ensemble, Dana Tai Soon Burgess, and Lucy Bowen McCauley, Karen Reedy. His piece Fragments was at the finals in the 2010 Korean Ballet competition and his Female solo Verge won the 3prizes at YAGP competition in 2013. He also won a 3prizes in the Men division 2015 at YAGP.

Angelina Sansone

Ballet Faculty in the University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Angelina Sansone began her formal ballet training with Charlotte City Ballet in North Carolina. At the age of 14 she left her family’s home to attend The Harid Conservatory with a full tuition scholarship. After graduating from Harid, she spent two seasons with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, where she appeared in Robert Altman’s 2003 film, The Company. Following her stay with Joffrey, Angelina worked toward her BS in Ballet at Indiana University before accepting a contract with the Kansas City Ballet in 2005. In her 14 seasons with the company, Angelina enjoyed a rich career working with numerous choreographers and performing a ranging repertoire of soloist and principal roles. While pursuing her performing career, Angelina maintained an active teaching schedule and participated in a wide range of creative projects in the arts community. For over 15 years, she was on staff as Ballet teacher with several dance schools and taught as guest faculty across the country. In August of 2018, Angelina returned to her home state of NC and proudly joined the ballet faculty at UNCSA. Before beginning her employment with UNSCA, Angelina received her certification from the ABT National Training Curriculum in levels pre-primary through level 5.  In the following years, in addition to her teaching schedule, Angelina has staged multiple pieces and assisted in the creation of 2 new works by Ilya Kozadayev and Stephanie Martinez. In the summer of 2019, she was invited to teach for three weeks at the Shaoguan University in Guangdong, China.

Modern & Contemporary
Danah Bella

Current Director and Chair in BFA Dance, Peabody Conservatory Johns Hopkins University

Danah Bella, is the artistic director of Danah Bella Dance Works, a modern dance company focused on reclaiming evocative movement as social practice. danah is an award-winning choreographer who has performed & presented her work throughout the country including the Red Rock Dance Festival, Cool New York Festival, United States Asian American Festival, Bates Dance Festival, American College Dance Association’s National Dance Festival, ReVIEWING Black Mountain College, as well as in Mexico and Italy. She has taught workshops and has been artist in residence in festivals and universities throughout the United States and abroad; including, Pro Danza Italia, Bates Dance Festival, Monterey Dance Fest, the American College Dance Association's Regional and National conference, Western Michigan University, University of Virginia, Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival, Santa Barbara City College and Goose Route Dance Festival.  Danah is also a founding member of Colectivo Caliban, an artist collective that transgresses disciplinary borders through sound and movement.  She has worked in higher education since 2002 teaching modern dance technique, dance theory, and history. Danah is currently the Director of the BFA Dance program at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University.She was awarded an MFA in performance from the Ohio State University and a BA in Dance from the University of California in Santa Barbara.

Risa Steinberg

Current Dance Faculty in The Juilliard School

Risa Steinberg is an active member of the dance community as a performer, teacher, re-constructor of the works of José Limón, and mentor to young, emerging and established choreographers. A native New Yorker, she studied and graduated from the High School of Performing Arts and The Juilliard School where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts. A former principal dancer with the José Limón Dance Company, Bill Cratty Dance Theater, Annabel Gamson, Anna Sokolow’s Player’s Project, Colin Connor, and American Repertory Dance Company of Los Angeles, Ms. Steinberg has also been a guest artist with choreographers including Wally Cardona, Sean Curran, and DanzaHoy of Caracas, Venezuela.  Her solo concert, A Celebration of Dance, featured repertory from Isadora Duncan to contemporary choreographers. As a re-constructor of the works of Mr. Limón, Ms. Steinberg has worked with companies and dancers including Nureyev and Friends, Frank Augustyn, and Karen Kain.  She has been full time faculty at the Juilliard School since 2004 and held the position of Associate Director of Juilliard Dance from 2008-2016. She was a dance panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts, and now sits on the selection committee of The Bessies. Ms. Steinberg is the choreographic advisor and rehearsal coach for Brian Brooks Moving Company and Kate Weare Dance Company. As a choreographic mentor she has had the honor of working with remarkable creators including Kyle Abraham, Michelle Dorrance and Brian Arias.  Steinberg is the co-director of the Ann and Weston Hicks Choreography Project at Jacob’s Pillow.She is presently a cast member of the Punchdrunk production, Sleep No More.

Theater Dances
Sheri Hayden

Dance Faculty in Ann Lacy School of American Dance & Entertainment Oklahoma City University

Sheri graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership in Arts Administration and a Bachelor of Performing Arts. She is a faculty member of OCU’s renowned Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment where she teaches multiple dance styles and choreographs main stage productions. Her choreography credits include Spring Awakening, Spamalot, Music Man, Side Show, Sister Act, Evita, Brigadoon, Broadway Bound (OCU), Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play (CityRep/OCU), Meet Me in St. Louis (UCO), The Oklahoma Senior Follies (OCCC), The Seven Last Words of Christ (Church of the Servant), Trace, Hip Hop Nutcracker, Grace Trumps (RACE) and Bye Bye Birdie (McAlester HS).  In addition to OCU, Sheri is faculty at the University of Central Oklahoma, training dancers in both the musical theater and dance departments and directs several competitive dance companies at a dance studio in Edmond, Oklahoma. During the summers, she provides dance training and choreography at dance intensives for both the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment and the Bass School of Music. She has served on a panel of judges for competitions such as Oklahoma Dance Masters of America, Oklahoma State Dance Team Directors’ Association, Edmond Chamber’s Dancing with the Stars, Starbound, Triumph National Talent, and Dance Champs. Sheri also serves on the Board of Directors for RACE Dance Collective. Sheri has performed internationally on cruise ships, with The Pollard Theatre Company in The Producers, with Tulsa Ballet in its North American premier of Strictly Gershwin and with RACE Dance Collective. Other performance credits include +3 Quartets with Adam Parsons Company in Los Angeles, Jazz Dance World Congress in Chicago, Trace, He Said She Said, Home, Energy, Seven Last Words of Christ, The Variety Care Benefit Show, Grace Trumps, Vamp’d, The Racey Show, Hip Hop Nutcracker, The Girlie Show, and Raceless. Film and television credits include Cube of Light, Affliction, Love Exists, [dis]Ability, Osage 9th Anniversary (Commercial), and I Got a Job (Commercial).

Kiki Lucas
Kiki Lucas

Kiki Lucas is currently a second year Assistant Professor of Dance at Point Park University teaching jazz technique and Entrepreneurship for the Arts. She spends her weekends traveling as part of Modas Dance faculty, as well as being a free lance teacher and choreographer. She is a PPU alumni and has been a part of the Point Park International Summer Dance faculty since 2002. In Spring 2020 she was honored to have been the choreographer for Point Park University’s rendition of “Pippin” along side director Stephen Sposito.She was the Resident Choreographer of Met Dance Co for 8 years as well as a company dancer for 11 seasons in Houston, TX. She recently spent a year in Miami, FL presenting 3 successful full length evening performances as the Resident Choreographer of Mosaic Dance Project.Kiki has worked with artists over the years such as, Robert Battle, Kate Skarpetowska, Peter Chu, Pattie Obey, Salim Gaulwoods, Sidra Bell, Larry Kegwin ,Joe Celej, Jason McDole and Kiesha LalamaHer choreography has been presented at Jacob’s Pillow Inside Out Stage, The Kennedy Center, Met Dance Co, Towson University, Marygrove College, Point Park University, University of Central Oklahoma, The Grier School and recently James Madison University. Her International Teaching Credits include: Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bogota, Manizales, Pareira, Colombia. Costa Rica. Panama City, Panama. Montevideo, Uruguay and Zamora, Mexico. Kiki was interviewed and featured in Dance Teacher Magazine for being a strong force in the freelance teaching world as well as being named one of Houston’s 100 most creative people by the Houston Press.Other teaching credits include: Broadway Dance Center, TUTS Theater Under the Stars, Debbie Reynold’s Dance Studio, Hawaii Pacific University, University of Michigan, SCAPA- Kentucky, Alabama School of the Fine Arts, Texas A&M, University of Houston, Sam Houston University, Ad Deum Dance Co, Met Too Youth Ensemble, San Diego State University, Midwestern Arts Conference, YES Dance Festival VA, Dallas Morning New Festival, Choreographer’s Ball Los Angeles CA, Candy Apple’s Dance, Tobin Fine Arts San Antonio, Fort Worth Dance Festival, Miami Arts Charter School, Florida Dance Masters, Dance Masters of America and CREATE dance festival Miami, FL

Ethnic & Cultural Dances
Sarah  Anindo Marshall
Sarah Marshall

Dance Faculty in the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance University of Southern California

Anindo began her musical and dance career in her homeland of Kenya as a vocalist, dancer, and a percussionist. She enjoyed a successful solo career in Europe, as a vocalist, signing a recording contract with EMI Spain, and becoming known as Kenya's singing sensation. Anindo has performed with Babatunde Olatunji, Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, among others. Today Ms. Marshall is a Certified Dunham Technique Instructor, and serves as a board member of the Katherine Dunham Certification Board. Dunham Technique is a technique created by Katherine Dunham. It is a combination of dance disciplines - ballet, jazz, modern, cultural dances from Cuba, Brazil, Haiti, Africa etc. Anindo is also an accomplished musician, percussionist and a dance teacher of African dance from East, South, Central and West Africa. She has studied with the world's finest percussionists, Babatude Olatunji, Mamadi Keita, Mor Thiam, Lamin Dido Camara, Karamba Diabate to mention a few.  Her study of African rhythms made her continue studying West African dance as well under the umbrella of such teachers as Kimoko Samo (formerly artistic director of Les Ballet African of Guinea W. Africa), Marie Basse and countless other great African dance teachers. She teaches percussion from Africa and Latin America and private vocal and piano classes to children across the globe. Ms Marshall is the Founder/ Artistic Director of MARSHALL DANCE COMPANY, a dance company that focuses on Dunham Technique. Preserving the legacy of Katherine Dunham.

Lijun Zhou

National Class-A Performer, Graduated from the Department of Chinese Classical Dance, Beijing Dance Academy (bachelor's degree). Department of Choreography, Capital Normal University (master’s degree). Visiting scholars to New York to study drama, dance theatre, and modern dance choreography. Received the American Dance Festival Leadership Scholarship and studied at Duke University. Former performer of the Song and Dance Ensemble of PLA General Political Department, Lecturer and choreographer, Capital Normal University, China. Performance experience: The works have won the highest national dance awards many times, including Eternal Regret (《⻓恨歌》), Li Nationality Homeland (《黎族家园》), Jinse Homeland (《锦瑟家园》), Dream (《梦》), Flower Whisperer (《花语者》), Bird's Nest Attraction (《⻦巢吸引》), etc. The female lead in more than a dozen dance-dramas. Held an individual dance session, A Chinese Lady, in New York as the lead actor, chief director, and producer, which was well-received; acted as lead performer and choreographer in Peony dreams: on the other side of sleep acted; art director and leading performer in children's dance-drama My Mulan in Toronto; created and starred in the music and dance poem The Harmony of Qin and Se (《琴瑟和鸣》), which was praised by CHINA TIME of Germany; starred and choreographed Memory5D, a piece of music and dance show featuring intangible cultural heritage and premiered in Los Angeles; chief director of wu.xiang in Chinese Dance Session in Columbia University. Sino-American Dance Contribution Award by New York House of Representatives, Award for Dance Drama Director by the Canadian House of Representatives. The dance director and choreographer of many movies: Li Bingbing’s dance director and dance substitute in the movie Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal. Florida media reported that Zhou Lijun was called the most beautiful woman in China. “Her desire to express his heart can be felt acutely in her works. She strives to experience and portray the deepest level of humanity in different characters and try to get close to human nature. Beauty is just her style of performance. What she pursues is the expression of the truest side of her heart from her body language. She tries to find the most powerful expression deep in her heart! Maybe it’s no longer about the body.”

Bam Martin/Kinjaz Dance

Bam Martin is a professional Dancer/Choreographer from Los Angeles, CA. Throughout his career he has brought his hard hitting choreography style to many stages and workshops around the world. Bam is currently sharing his knowledge of movement through teaching on different platforms, and creating artistry alongside his world-renowned crew, The Kinjaz. In 2014, Bam Martin choreographed the finishing performance for GRV at World Of Dance and was competing against Keone Madrid's group formerly known as 'Cookies' Choreo Cookies. GRV placed 2nd as Cookies placed 1st, many have debated that GRV should have came in first. Kinjaz is an LA based American Dance crew. Established in 2010 Kinjaz was founded by Mike Song, Anthony Lee. Which originally began as a group that just danced to Naruto music formerly known as ANBU Black Ops. Kinjaz is now one of the greatest crews in the world, with members coming from famous legendary groups and choreographers with different backgrounds from groups such as Kaba Modern, Poreotics, Jabbawockeez, and Mos Wanted.

Kyle Clark

Dance Faculty at University of the Arts, Temple University, and Swarthmore College

Kyle “JustSole” Clark is a native of Baltimore, MD.  He moved to Philadelphia in 2002 in pursuit of a professional dance career. Kyle attended the University of the Arts from 2002-2006. Shortly after graduating from UArts in 2006, Kyle was selected by world renowned Hip Hop Theater Company, Rennie Harris Puremovement. Kyle was a principal dancer from 2006-2015. In 2010, he was promoted to Rehearsal Director for RHPM and served in that role until 2015.         Kyle has performed, taught, and competed internationally in countries such as France, U.K., Amsterdam, Russia, Mexico, Nigeria, Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Kyrgyz Republic, and Kazakhstan. He also served as a U.S. Cultural Ambassador for Hip Hop 3 times via DanceMotionUSA and Next Level Programs.  His battle wins include: The Abyss 2012 (D.C.), Freestyle Session/SOTI 2013 (Philly), Juste Debout USA 2014 (NYC), Bust-A-Move 2014 (Montreal),  Slick City 2 (Chicago). He has also judged battles nationally and internationally including 2 appearances on “House Dance Forever” in 2015 & 2016.  Kyle has also choreographed “Street Dance Theater” works for dance companies such as Ailey II, Eleone Dance Theater, JUNK, upon many others. In 2019, Kyle was the Choreographer for “The Roots” music video, “Feel It”.          
Kyle being passionate about the history, culture, and articulation of Hip-Hop dance, co-founded “ Funky Sole Fundamentals” w/ Dinita Clark in April 2011. It’s a dance workshop series dedicated to the preservation of Hip-Hop, House, and Funk Styles. Also in 2011, he co-founded Just Sole! Street Dance Theater Companywhere he serves as Choreographer and Artistic Director. In 2016, Kyle was awarded a grant by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage for his physical autobiography entitled “The Life Of A Just Sole”.  In 2017, The University Of The Arts awarded Kyle“The President’s Distinguished Teaching Award” for his teaching excellence. Kyle is currently an MFA candidate at UArts in Philadelphia, graduating in Summer 2021. Currently, Kyle is an adjunct professor for 3 Universities: University of the Arts, Temple University, and Swarthmore College.

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