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Learn choreography from a Broadway show and a Pop Culture piece! Perform it for a panel of professionals and get feedback...See if you can make it through the entire audition without getting cut! Click here to register.

Nitzia Martinez  Born and raised in the big ol state of Texas, Nitzia first started dancing with the Pure Gold Dance Team at Boswell High School in Fort Worth, allowing her to perform at Disney California Adventures and be awarded Miss High Kick two years in a row! Since receiving her Associates of Arts from KD Conservatory, she has performed a few shows, like “Guys and Dolls” and “Cats”. Nitzia also worked as a Post Production Space Coordinator in Hollywood. While there, she had the opportunity to work with the editors of “Game of Thrones”, “13 Reasons Why” and “Shadowhunters” to name a few. Now that she has returned to Texas, she is here to gain more knowledge on the entertainment business around the Metroplex and to continue to strive being the triple threat that she is thanks to KD Conservatory!
Michael D’Andre Childs
is an accomplished Director, Music Director, Composer, Playwright, Choreographer, and Actor who is blessed to once again to share his gifts in DFW.  Originally from San Antonio, Michael made his Dallas debut in 2015 and has only excelled since, having numerous opportunities to display his many talents. Most recently his Live Entertainment Company, Artists Unplugged headlined and hosted Last Night in Black History. Some of his other credits include: Last Night in Black History (Director/Choreographer), Sweatbox Refugee Dance Concert Choreographer), Legally Blonde Jr. (Music Director), First Date (Assistant Director and Music Director). TILL (Director/ M.D.), As We Lie Still (Choreographer), A Good Man (Director/M.D.), RENT (Tom Collins/Assistant M.D.), EDGES (A.D.) and countless others.
Paula Morelan
- (Choreographer) She holds a BFA from Texas Christian University and studied with Nathalia Krassovska, Victor Moreno and Fernando Schaffenburg.  Past choreography credits have included working with Lake Placid Center for the Arts (NY), Music Theatre of Wichita (Kansas), Kincaid Regional Theatre (Kentucky), WaterTower Theatre, Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Theatre Three, Dallas Repertory Theatre, Lyric Stage (Irving), Uptown Players, Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, Dallas Children’s Theatre, Plano Repertory Theatre, Collin Theatre, Garland Summer Musicals, and many shows with Garland Civic Theatre and Children On Stage.  Ms. Morelan has received several Leon Rabin Awards and The Column Awards for Best Choreography.

In addition to Ms. Morelan's Theatre choreography, she worked with Aerial Works from 1988- 2004, Metroplex Gymnastics June, 2005 - December, 2007,  Elite Champion Gymnastics June, 2009 – June, 2012 and Rhythmic Ribbon of Texas working with competitive Elite gymnasts on their Dance Syllabi.  In the past Ms. Morelan managed Rosella School of Ballet and Ballet Arts Center form 1974 – 1976 and was Associate Artistic Director of Dance Repertory Theatre of Dallas.  In 1976 she opened Ballet Classique and was Artistic Director of the Garland Ballet Association until 1987.  She became the Director of the Ballet Division of the Performing Arts School in 1987 through 1990.  After performing with Krassovska Ballet Jeunesse and Schaffenburg Ballet Company she began her choreography career in 1983 with Garland Civic Theatre and was resident choreographer from 1988 – 2004.  Ms. Morelan is still very active in theatre choreography, teaches Master Classes and workshops throughout the Metroplex. In addition to her choreography credits, she has Co-Produced/Directed “Sweat Box Refugee” Dance Concert since 2013 and Directed/Co-Directed several KD Conservatory Black Box Productions.  Most recently directed “Fiddler on the Roof” for Rockwall Summer Musicals. Ms. Morelan has been with KD Conservatory College of Film and Dramatic Arts (Musical Theatre Dept.) since June 2005.  Additionally, Ms. Morelan is on the Faculty of Tuzer Dancentre and Artistic Director of the Irving Ballet School.

Tracy Jordan is Executive Director of Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards. He and his mother studied with Buster Cooper. Tracy began his dance career earning his Equity card with the Dallas Summer Musicals. A long career in various exciting aspects of the entertainment
industry kept Tracy on the move: National and regional tours, circus, cruise ships, dinner theater, cabaret, night clubs, commercials, voice overs and industrial shows from coast to coast. He was featured in 42nd Street with Tammy Grimes, Sugar Babies with Mickey Rooney and Juliet Prowse, in touring companies of Jesus Christ Superstar and Fiddler on the Roof with Herschel Bernardi, and with Donald O’Connor at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel. Tracy has appeared in a number of Las Vegas shows including the lead role in the world famous Folies Bergere, and was emcee for numerous events at major Las Vegas hotels. Among his creative and choreographer credits are Funny Girl for Lyric Stage (Irving), Cole for the Lyric Opera of Dallas, tap choreography for Donald O’Connor’s appearance at the Las Vegas Hilton, Singin’ in the Rain for the Super Summer Season at Spring Mountain Ranch in Las Vegas, Un Ballo en Mascherea for the Ft. Worth Opera. He has an excellent understanding of all aspects of the “big picture” of whatever project he is working on.

Nycole Ray A Detroit native, Nycole Ray graduated from The California Institute of the Arts with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in dance. She received additional training at the California State Summer School of the Arts, Wayne State University, and as an exchange student at the London Contemporary Dance School in England. Mrs. Ray has performed with the Bruce Wood Dance Project, Walt Disney World Entertainment, Christopher and Friends directed by Christopher L. Huggins, the Lula Washington Dance Theater, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II and the Zadonu African Dance Company. She has worked with noted choreographers such as Donald McKayle, Dianne McIntyre, Christopher L. Huggins, Alonzo King, Donald Byrd, Bruce Wood®, Rennie Harris and Camille A. Brown. In addition to her concert dance performances, and has appeared in music videos, industrials in the U.S. and Europe. Nycole is the 2013 recipient of the Natalie Skelton Award for Artistic Excellence from the Dance Council of North Texas and has set choreography on Detroit Renaissance High School, Wayne State University’s Dance Company, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, DBDT: Encore!, and the Milwaukee Dance Connection. Mrs. Ray was commissioned by the Dallas Museum of Art and created , Art on 5th Avenue based on the contemporary jewelry designs of Author Smith, The Subtle, The Sum…Give More Than You Take, based off of the Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take exhibit in 2013, The Line of Beauty that Runs Through, based off of works from The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece exhibit along with works from their permanent collection in 2013, Le Afrique Masquerade for the The Art of Disguise exhibit of African Masks in the fall of 2010 as well as a commissioned work for the Dallas Holocaust Museum in 2009. Mrs. Ray was a featured choreographer for the Ninth FINTDAZ Festival in Iquique, Chile in 2016 as well as the Tenth Annual Choreographers Choice Series in Dallas; and premiered work in Vienna’s 2003 International Black Dance Festival She accompanied Dr. Chuck Davis, as an invited guest, during his annual pilgrimage to Africa, and has been a teaching Assistant and adjunct at Texas Woman’s University. Mrs. Ray received the 2011 Artful Dancewear Teachers Scholarship through The Dance Council of North Texas to continue her studies, and is a certified Dunham Technique Instructor. Nycole is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and is the Director of Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Summer Intensive program and has served in the past as rehearsal director for the Bruce Wood Dance Project, Assistant Rehearsal Director for Dallas Black Dance Theatre and the Director of Bloom, Dallas Black Dance Academy’s Performing Ensemble. This marks her 7th season as the Artistic Director of DBDT: Encore! (Formerly DBDT II), and marks her nineteenth year with Dallas Black Dance Theatre.
Shannon Watters Shannon has been teaching dance and fitness classes since 2004. She is comprehensively certified through Power Pilates and working on teacher grade examinations for Cecchetti USA. She has worked with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Dallas Stars Ice Girls, Jacksonville University, Collin College, Texas Woman's University, Berkner High School, Allen High School, Sunset High School, Dallas Dance Company,  private studios, among others. She  teaches contemporary/ lyrical, improvisation, jazz, ballet, and Pilates at the Academy of Dance Arts in Allen, Texas. Collin College Dance Department, Jacksonville University, Dallas Dance Company, Allen High School, Sunset High School, Bally Total Fitness, Academy of Dance Arts, among others have showcased Shannon’s work. Shannon is a Competition Team Director at the Academy of Dance Arts in Allen, Texas, and her works have been awarded national titles, outstanding choreography awards, overall high score routines, Critics' Choice Awards, as well as the Federation of Dance Competitions People’s Choice Award. Shannon is an Associate Professor of Dance at Collin College (Fall 2014-present). She is also an Adjunct Professor of Dance at Tarrant County College Connect (Spring 2015-present). She teaches Ballet, Jazz, Dance Appreciation, Pilates, and Anatomy & Kinesiology for Dancers.

Rachael Lieck Bryce
Pilates Methodology


Location: Collin College PRC Dance Studio

Are you looking to make global connections for a lifelong career in the Pilates industry
that aligns seamlessly with your dance practice?

You know that Pilates is corrective exercise with empirically-backed results. The industry
is growing and needs dedicated, educated professionals to continue the original work
of Joseph H. Pilates. The Real Pilates Teaching Training (RPTT) program is looking for
talented, ambitious instructors to join their worldwide team.

RPTT instructors learn the tried and true method, combined with a modern approach
to fitness, biomechanics and injury-prevention to train a diverse clientele, from
professional athletes to seniors and everyone in between. Successful graduates
can build a rewarding career with flexible hours, not to mention free to heavily
discounted Pilates sessions.

Want to learn more? Nationally-recognized lead teacher trainer Rachael Lieck Bryce
will be teaching a Pilates mat class, followed by an information session on Dallas’
RPTT program at Pilates Methodology.

Rachael Lieck Bryce is the owner and senior instructor at Pilates Methodology in
Dallas, TX. She is dedicated to the classical Pilates method, and has worked with
clients ranging from five to 85 of all fitness levels. Bryce teaches from a place of
authenticity, with the goal of enriching people’s lives through classical Pilates.
Methodology marks the third studio that she has built, opened and operated.

A former contemporary dancer, Bryce was introduced to Pilates through her college
ballet teacher. She first trained with Colleen Glenn in Dallas, completing a rigorous
program through The PilateSystem in 2001. She received her second certification with
New York–based Power Pilates in 2006, and became a teacher trainer for Power Pilates
three years later. In 2014, Bryce embarked on a new adventure with Alycea Ungaro,
entering her Synthesis Mentorship program. In 2016 she became part of an international
network of Pilates professionals who train and educate Pilates teachers for Real Pilates
as a Lead Teacher Trainer. For more information, visit


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Christopher Bloodworth ~ “A Life In Dance: Resources For Those Onstage at Every Stage,”  Career Transition For Dancers, a program of The Actors Fund. Christopher D. Bloodworth is a National Director of The Actors Fund, a national organization that supports all professionals in performing arts and entertainment. As the chief workforce development and training expert he develops the policies, theoretical approach and service modalities that support 3,500 individuals who utilize these services yearly. Christopher has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the College at Old Westbury, and a masters from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. He serves on two boards, the New York City Education & Training Coalition and the International Organization for the Transition of Professional Dancers.

Griff Braun ~ “A Life In Dance: Resources For Those Onstage at Every Stage” American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Griff Braun is the New York Area Dance Executive at the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), the labor union that represents dancers and opera singers in major companies across the United States. Prior to joining the executive staff at AGMA, Mr. Braun had an extensive career as a professional dancer, performing with American Ballet Theatre, The Royal Swedish Ballet, The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, San Francisco Ballet, The Metropolitan Opera, and Complexions, among other companies. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Mr. Braun attended the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, began his professional career in The Dallas Ballet under Flemming Flindt and, in 2003, was awarded the Natalie Skelton Award for Artistic Achievement by The Dance Council of North Texas.


 Suzy Matheson ~ Benefits of Dance/Movement Therapy - Texas Chapter of the American Dance Therapy Association Dallas native Suzy Rossol Matheson, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, received a BFA in Dance Performance at Southern Methodist University and an MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling Psychology from Antioch University New England in Keene, NH. Suzy is currently a board-certified dance/movement therapist through the American Dance Therapy Association and a certified counselor through the National Board for Certified Counselors. Suzy served as the President of the Texas Chapter of the ADTA from 2006 to 2011, receiving an Exceptional Service Award from the ADTA for the inspiring, revitalizing, and dedicated role she has embodied, as well as helping to breathe new life into the chapter. Suzy has also served as the Adaptive Dance Chair for the Dance Council of North Texas from 2009 to 2011. She was active is managing grants and planning Adaptive Dance workshops. Suzy’s clinical experience as a dance/movement therapist began in 2000 where she has worked with a variety of populations and settings including geriatric, children, behavioral health, developmentally delayed, autism, rehabilitation, and substance abuse. Suzy currently works for Springstone, Inc. as a contractor for 2 behavioral health hospitals in the DFW metroplex, as well as works at the Autism Treatment Center of Dallas, and various assisted livings throughout the area.

Charles Santos ~ TITAS
For over 25 years, Charles Santos has been a pivotal catalyst for the arts including founding the Austin Festival of Dance, managing, directing, producing, and fundraising in New York for Eos Orchestra, Dancers Responding to AIDS, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. In 2001, he became the executive director of TITAS Presents. He serves on local and national boards including Dance/USA, Dallas Arts District, DRA National, and BTWHSPVA advisory boards, and works regularly with the NEA and TCA. Mr. Santos expanded TITAS Presents to become a catalyst for the creation of commissioned works and to serve as an incubator of cultural collaborations.

Lily Cabatu Weiss ~ Dallas Arts District Lily Cabatu Weiss is the Executive Director for the Dallas Arts District and most recently served as the Artistic Director for Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, the 2nd Artistic Director since Paul Baker, founder of the school. In addition, she served as Chair of the Dance Department that now serves as a national model. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Dance from Texas Woman’s University, has taught on the dance faculties at Southern Methodist University and Houston’s HSPVA, and joined the faculty at BTWHSPVA in 1978. Her dance credits include John Mead and Dancers in New York and Japan, the Texas Choreographers Award from the Texas Commission on the Arts, guest choreographer for four seasons in the Dance Education Department-New York University, and Dallas Black Dance Theatre, among others. Much of her work was instrumental in Booker T. Washington HSPVA’s distinction as the Top 8 Magnet Schools by the U.S. Department of Education, the Texas Medal of Art (the first institution to receive this award), and the renovation and expansion of Booker T. Washington HSPVA in the first Public/Private Capital Campaign for Dallas ISD. Additional awards include the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Distinguished Teacher, Distinguished Teacher by the Commission on Presidential Scholars twelve different years by 14 students, SURDNA Arts Teacher Fellowship, the Texas Dance Educator Award, Bates Dance Festival Teacher Fellowship, was featured in two articles in Dance Teacher magazine in 2007 & 2009 for her work at BTWHSPVA, Distinguished Alumna from Texas Woman’s University, received an Honor Award by the Dance Council of North Texas and an Outstanding Service Award from the National High School Dance Festival. She has trained many students who are performing in dance companies both nationally and internationally and who are now her colleagues and friends. She was instrumental in many current partnership programs such as Sammons Lunch Jam series with AT&T Performing Arts Center, the sold-out run of the allschool musical, HAIR with Dallas Theatre Center, and Soundings through the Nasher Sculpture Center, each promoting the Dallas Arts District, and recent feature articles in D Magazine and Patron Magazine. She serves on the Boards of TITAS Presents, the Booker T. Washington HSPVA Advisory Board, Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau (DCVB) Cultural Tourism Committee, Advisory Board for the Creative Arts Center, DCVB’s Committee for Moving Cities Dallas, Board Alternate for the Dallas Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and represents the Dallas Arts District as a board member of Texans for the Arts.

Mary Whiting ~ Benefits of Dance/Movement Therapy - Texas Chapter of the American Dance Therapy Association Mary Whiting M.S., BC-DMT is a Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist who specializes in the treatment of Complex post-traumatic stress, eating dysregulation, body-image, dissociative conditions, personality disorders and co-dependency in relationships. A Michigan native and former professional modern dancer with the Martha Graham Ensemble, NYC, NY, has preceding affiliations with the Holliswood Hospital, the Renfrew Center and the Center for Experiential Psychotherapy in NYC, NY. She has served on the Southern Methodist University’s dance faculty search board, and as President of the Texas Chapter of the American Dance Therapy Association, Dallas, TX. Ms. Whiting supervises, educates and lectures on the use of dance/movement therapy as a form of non-verbal psychotherapy and its effectiveness in treating Cptsd and emotional dysregulation response to trauma incorporating applications of Dr. Richard Kluft M.D., and Dr. Collin Ross, Trauma Model of recovery. Ms. Whiting is in private practice in Dallas and Carrollton TX. For further information contact Mary Whiting at 214-493-1412.

Gayle Halperin ~ How to sustain the dance company model and how it is evolving. Gayle Halperin is president and producer of Bruce Wood Dance Project. She and Bruce Wood
formed a partnership in 2010 and together with a group of Dallas investors launched Bruce Wood Dance Project. Halperin was born and raised in Connecticut and received her BA in dance from Connecticut College. She performed with Mel Wong Dance Company inNew York from 1976 to 1984 and taught dance at Yale University and Southern Connecticut State University. She and her husband relocated to Dallas in 1984. She went on to receive the
first MFA degree in Choreography/Performance at Texas Woman’s University. She was an Assistant Professor of Dance at TWU from 1988 to 1995. Halperin is very active in the nonprofit arts sector since leaving academic work. She is on the board of directors of TITAS PRESENTS; Sammons Center for the Arts; and President’s Council of Booker T. Washington HSPVA. When she was on the Dance Council of North Texas Board of Directors, Halperin and her colleague, Linda James, founded the Dance Planet Festival and co-produced it for 20 years. Halperin was chairwoman of the Dallas DanceFest from 2013-2015. The James + Gayle Halperin Foundation is dedicated to supporting the arts in Dallas. The Halperins are the recipients of the 2011 Tom Adams Award of Appreciation for Dedication to TITAS and the Arts; 2011 Crystal Hope Award from AIDS Interfaith Network; and 2014 Sammons
Center for the Arts Award. Gayle received the 2011 Texas Woman’s University Distinguished Alumna Award. The Halperins are proud parents of two sons, David and Mikey. Her dream
has always been to transform Dallas into a center for dance.