INTENSIVE at PINNELL – January 2017!
PINNELL DANCE CENTRE INTENSIVE 2017!
Chris was born on October 2, 1981. He grew up in Southington, CT.
Attuned to rhythm from an early age, he began tap dance lessons at the age of four.
When he was ten, Chris began his performance career in his home state of CT, as Fritz in the Nutcracker with the Hartford Ballet.
In his early teens, he trained and toured in theater and dance with the School of the Hartford Ballet and the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts.
Chris was a member of Looking In Teen Theater, a youth acting group that confronts the realities of teen related issues.
At 15, Chris was cast in the international sensation, Tap Dogs, with whom he toured for five years.
He then joined Gil Stroming as an original cast member of Break the Floor and faculty and staff member of his Production Company. He then was appointed as Creative Coordinator of Jump, the cutting edge traveling dance competition and convention.
As 12-year resident of New York City, Chris could also be found teaching tap dance at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway.
He has extensive experience teaching pre-professional students at local dance studios in and surrounding New York City.
As an active master teacher, Chris has worked with a variety of conventions and competitions throughout the United States. He has also choreographed solo and group routines that have gone on to receive high honors on the regional and national levels.
Chris is also a former Adjunct Faculty member of Wright State University and Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH. He taught courses in Tap Dance and Dance Studies.
As a member of Noah Raceys’, New York Song & Dance Company, Chris has traveled to Amman, Jordan, on behalf of the US Embassy. The aim was to introduce tap dance to the Jordanian culture. He went on to be a guest artist in the original production of Noah Racey’s Pulse, directed by Jeff Calhoun, which premiered at the Asolo Repertory Theater, Sarasota, FL in the Summer of 2013.
Since 2000, Chris has an ongoing relationship with the Rhythmics and Livelab Productions, with whom he has performed and choreographed for mission-driven events designed for the world’s largest organizations.
He was also an original cast member of a creation of Project Dance and Jared Grimes called Broadway Underground, currently residing at the legendary B. B. King’s in Times Square, NYC.
Chris later signed on as an original cast member and co-choreographer of Rasta Thomas Tap Star’s, a Bad Boys of Dance Production. This show sat down in Hamburg, Germany for the summer of 2012.
After earning his GED, Chris began is undergrad at Sinclair Community College, in Dayton, OH. There he later founded the Tap Factor, a passionate group of tap dancers of all demographics who are interested in using dance as a social tool for self expression. He produced community events such as Soul’d Out – Dayton and the Dayton Tap Project and gained experience in community engagement, a field of interest he would continue to pursue in the coming years.
With his sights set on pursuing his new found mission, he returned to New York City, where he completed his last two undergraduate years of college, at the New School for Public Engagement. This would help him understand further the work he did in Dayton, OH, with the Tap Factor as well as how to define other aspects to his work that drives his current interest, which is “to share dance with the world in ways that are meaningful and impactful.”
Chris is a proud member of the Center for Social Innovation – Starrett Lehigh. A shared work space that community that is operated by over 200 socially conscious organizations.
Click here to view a short documentary charting the work of the Tap Factor, the FREE Players and Best Buddies New York. It charts the progress of the immersive tap dance program that brought together individuals of all abilities to the stage at Carnegie Hall in Elaine Kwon & Friends, a benefit concert supporting Best Buddies New York.
Chris was also invited to be a presenter at the the 2014 TEDxPeachtree Conference in Atlanta GA where he demonstrated that music is a language that has no borders. His performance piece was a collaboration with Heaven Beatbox, an international beatbox forerunner.
In early 2015, Chris was invited to tap dance with Scott Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox on it’s 2nd Annual European Tour. The experience gave Chris the opportunity to understand what it was like to play music venues to concert audiences. It has further enriched Chris as a solo artist.
Chris is proud to have been reunited with Tap Dogs as it’s Foreman and Dance Captain, with whom he has toured recently in Germany and China.
Originally from Ottawa ON, Akira began his professional dance career in the summer of 2010 when he had the opportunity to work with highly esteemed choreographers Bobby Newberry and Blake McGrath performing for Girlicious and Blake McGrath in Z-103.5’s SUMMER RUSH at Wonderland.
After graduating high school, Akira finally made the move to Toronto to pursue his professional dance career in the fall of 2011 at the young age of 18. Upon his arrival in Toronto, Akira took part in Conteur Dance Company’s inaugural show “State Of Mind”, directed and choreographed by Eryn Waltman, as an apprentice dancer.
Within the short period of time he has been living in Toronto, Akira has worked on multiple film/television shows such as Canada’s Got Talent with Paul Becker, Degrassi with Jeff Dimitriou, The Next Star Season 5 finale with Mike Riccio and Over the Rainbow with SYTYCD choreographer Sean Cheesman. He has taken part in many industrial performances such as the Three to Be Charity Event Gala: Robotica, The Annual Wild Wild West Hoedown hosted by Magna Chairman Frank Stronach, the Toronto Interior Design Show 2012 and the Shaw Media Upfront 2013. He can also be seen in multiple music videos such as Dragonette’s “Let It Go”, upcoming artist Young Avz’ “That Song on the Radio” and Blake Mcgrath’s “Heaven”.
Most recently, Akira had a dancer role in an upcoming indie movie called “My Daughter’s Nightmare”. He will also be working closely with choreographer Roberto Campanella in a new horror series entitled “The Strain” which will be filming throughout the New Year.
Akira has worked for 24/7 and JUMP Dance Conventions.
A choreographer, dancer, teacher, and producer, Kristin Sudeikis is a highly involved and influential member of the New York metropolitan, national, and international dance communities. As both Artistic Director of Kristin Sudeikis Dance and as a commercial choreographer, Kristin creates work that is rooted in igniting social activism and connected to the world—seeking to affect lasting change through ephemeral moments. Her commercial work ranges from screen to brand promotion, and includes dance events for SELF Magazine, Microsoft, and Wells Fargo Bank. Most notably, Kristin created with and for NIKE as part of the NIKE Blast women’s training event in Stockholm, Sweden (2010-2014). She and her choreography have also been featured on NBC’s 30 Rock; with Mariah Carey on Good Morning America; in music videos and tours for recording artists; and in such publications as Marie Claire, Vogue, Dance Teacher Magazine, and SHAPE Magazine. Most recently, Kristin was commissioned to choreograph music videos for Chinese pop star Bibi Wu, expanding her cliental of recording artists to include international musicians.
Kristin has also produced, directed, and choreographed four original, sold out productions in NYC. Her 2010, “Even in Silence…” and its companion piece, “Even in Silence part deux, the light Remains…” explore the power and poignancy of the unsaid. In May 2012, Sudeikis had the honor of creating for the Peridance Contemporary Company, presenting the world premier work, “I Am You”. With social activism as a constant influence, Kristin choreographed and produced “STAND”, a benefit to promote awareness of the human trafficking epidemic. “STAND” was produced in conjunction with the GEMS organization and the Half the Sky Movement, both of which provide services for female victims of oppression and sexual exploitation. In addition to full-evening productions, Kristin Sudeikis Dance has also performed in festivals throughout the New York metropolitan area and the United States, including the Brooklyn Dance Festival, The Gratitude Project, Young Choreographer’s Festival; and tours in San Francisco, Raleigh, Houston, and Stamford, CT. Kristin Sudeikis Dance made its film premier in March 2014, with an original dance film set to John Legend’s, “Made to Love”. The company is currently in the midst of creating their second series of dance films.
When at home in New York City, Kristin teaches at Broadway Dance Center and at Peridance Capezio Center. She also travels nationally and internationally, choreographing, performing, and presenting master classes at colleges, studios, and festivals. Most recently, Kristin taught at the American Dance Festival in North Carolina, and remarks, “a space that honors global visionaries such as Maya Angelou, Pina Bausch, and Bill T. Jones is a cool and invigorating place to move”.This year, Kristin was among such artists as Camille A. Brown in representing “Women in Dance,” a mentorship program for up and coming creators and choreographers. Whether on stage, on set, or in the studio, Kristin’s driving focus is to allow others to experience the true and real social impact that is created when music, time, space, and ‘the other’ connect. Ultimately, Kristin encourages dancers to reach far beyond any limitations they may perceive themselves to have, “only then, can they tap into what they want to become. Dance is a gift. Study hard. Take care of it. Never cease striving to become the artist you want to be.”
Born and raised in Brooklyn NY, Andrew started his performing career at the early age of 17 dancing for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida as a “Kid of the Kingdom” as well as a dancer in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. He then continued on to perform for Royal Caribbean, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (NYC and Branson, MO), as well as numerous industrials, television commercials, movies and episodes of SNL. Andrew was also an original member of Mia Michael’s dance company R.A.W.(Reality At Work). Other performing credits include A FEW GOOD MEN… DANCIN’, FAME (Off-Broadway/National Tour), A CHORUS LINE (Lenape PAC), CARNIVALE (Radio City Music Hall), original company member of the American premiere of WE WILL ROCK YOU in Las Vegas and the role of “Chistery” in WICKED (Chicago).
Choreography credits include FAME (Capital Playhouse), commercial’s for the Japanese Chocolate Company GLICO, TROJAN brand company, TENA, Bud Light Super Bowl commercial, BREAK OUT IN SONG “Anything Goes” starring Katie Thompson and the workshop of CATY BRIDGEWATER, a new musical by Bobby Cronin. Andrew was the co-choreographer of FAME (Macau International Music Festival) and has been the Associate on HAIRSPRAY, FOREVER PLAID, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE (New Theatre), SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE (Capitol Repertory Theatre), A CHORUS LINE (Lenape PAC), DANCEBREAK (Alvin Ailey Theatre), SWEET CHARITY (NYC workshop), ORPHEUS (NYC Opera) and CARNIVALE (Radio City Music Hall).
His award winning and nationally recognized choreography can be seen showcased throughout the country as well as in Canada at many local dance studios, dance companies and college dance teams.