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In Focus: Danielle Dominguez (Contemporary Series)

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Born and raised in Tampa, FL, Danielle Dominguez has trained for over 20 years in the styles of contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, and ballet. She quickly found her love and passion for teaching and has been molding young dancers and choreographing since the age of 16. Some might know Danielle from season 9 of SYTYCD as the “bacon girl” with her unique style of dancing; however, many people can recognize her elsewhere. Under the instruction of Travis wall, one of Danielle’s proudest accomplishments include being cast for a part in, “Step Up 4” the movie, as contemporary dancer Vera Williams where she danced along side some of the best dancers in the commercial world including, Nick Lazzarini, Billy Bell, Teddy Forance, and Kathryn McCormick. Other credits include dancing for Booty Firm with Mark Ballas (DWTS), Choreographing and dancing in Set It Off’s Music Video, “Ancient History”, Joshua Cruz’s Music Video, “Shutting it Down”, MAC Cosmetics, Publix, Kash n’ Karry, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Nickelodeon, and Disney. While finding time in her schedule to pursue other dance opportunities, Danielle is apart of the faculty at The Tampa Modern Dance Company as well as The Urban Dance Experience Convention and devotes her time to teaching and choreographing for her home studio, Centerstage Dance Academy in Tampa, FL in addition to other studios around the country.

In Focus: Danielle Dominguez

Why do you dance?

“To be put simply- I dance because it makes me happy.  It’s both a creative outlet and exercise. ”

Who would you say is your inspiration?

“I’m inspired mostly by my kids that I teach.  Nothing makes me happier than seeing the improvement and growth in them.  The best thing is to see them finally ‘get it’.”

What is your dream job?

“I of course want to grow and expand with my own personal goals, but I am so thankful to be living the life I am right now.  Teaching and choreographing for various studios around the country and some music artists as well!  Look out for Set It Off’s new music video “Ancient History” coming out soon on MTV!”

How would you best describe your style?

“I don’t like putting labels on my style usually.  I’ll hear a song and just move!  If I had to put a name to my style it would be contemporary or contemp-hop.”

What some advice you would give young dancers about the industry?

“Don’t limit yourself.  Don’t get discouraged when you don’t succeed or book a job.  Get back at it!  A lot of the time it’s because you don’t look the part- not your dancing ability.  On that note- make yourself bookable!  Do your homework to look the part and train hard to be able to be the best you can be.  Take class. – all kinds of class… As a dancer AND as a teacher.  I strongly believe that no one should be teaching if they aren’t taking class as well.  Open your mind and make yourself a teacher and choreographer that GROWS.”

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In Focus: Hanna Adams (Contemporary Series)

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Hanna Adams trained at Kim Halls School of Dance for sixteen years.  She has performed on their competition team, “Artists Unleashed” for eight of those years.  Hanna received multiple overall awards, titles, and special recognitions throughout the years.  Her first year exploring WILD Dance Intensive, she was given a yearlong scholarship to tour and assist the world renown faculty during WILD’s 2014-2015 tour.  Hanna has also recently been hired by StarPower International Talent Competition to assist with their Power Pak program.  For three years Hanna has taught at Kim Hall’s School of dance and choreographs for their competition team.  Hanna also teaches master classes and choreographs at multiple studios in Florida. She is apart of a new upcoming company, Tampa Modern Dance Company, and can’t wait for what lies ahead!

In Focus: Hanna Adams

Why do you dance?

“I dance to set myself free.  Free from all of the judgement.  Free from my thoughts.  Free from all of the worldly problems.  I dance to love.  I dance to create.  I dance to be myself.”

Who would you say is your inspiration?

“Marinda Davis is my inspiration.  No matter how many physical walls are put in her way, she goes at them headstrong and won’t let them stand there.  She creates movement in such a way that tells her stories, and wants others to know they can do anything they set their mind to.  Such a sweetheart.”

What is your dream job?

“Dream Job – Beyonce’s back-up dancer.  Duh.”

How would you best describe your style?

“My style is like contemphop.  I am definitely more of a contemporary dancer, but I love to add hip hop moves to spice it up more.  Make it different.”

What some advice you would give young dancers about the industry?

“Don’t give up.  People will always try to crush you in the dance industry.  But in the real scheme of life, who are they??  Do they honestly mean anything to you?  Keep going!  If dance is life for you, or something you truly care about, someone judging you is just another face in the crowd.  Dance is for you if it makes you happy.  Never throw that away!”

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In Focus: Casey Hicks (Contemporary Series)

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Casey Hicks a Tampa Native grew up dancing at Jackie’s Dance Studio Tampa.  After completing the Dance Program at Howard W. Blake High School in Tampa, Casey continued his modern training at Hillsborough Community College.  For 8 years Casey was an instructor at Frank Rey Dance Studio and fulfilled the role of Artistic Director his last two years.  For 3 years Casey was a Principal Dancer with Moving Current Dance Collective and the late All Out Rep; two local modern dance companies.  In 2010 Casey moved to New York City to further his performance career and found an interest in the Musical Theater and Entertainment Dance Worlds. Credits include: “The Nutcracker,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “White Christmas,” “The Wizard of OZ,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat,” “Hello Dolly,” “Guys and Dolls” and “La Cage aux Folles.”  Casey has performed in numerous shows at Busch Gardens Tampa including “Motor City Groove” and “Madagascar Live! Operation Vacation.”  Casey is still actively teaching for local studios in the Tampa area; helping share his knowledge and continuing to shape the future generations of dancers.  Currently Casey is continuing to perform at Busch Gardens, the newest cast member of “BeetleJuice’s Graveyard Mash-up” at Universal Studios Orlando and is traveling with ESP’s “Tell-A-Vision” performing around the country.

In Focus: Casey Hicks

Why do you dance?

“I dance because it brings me joy.  No matter what roadblocks or struggles you have in life, it all goes away when you hit the stage.”

Who would you say is your inspiration?

“I would say my inspiration is my peers.  Seeing them be successful and fulfilling their dreams inspires me to push forward and better myself.”

What is your dream job?

“I can honestly say that I don’t think there’s is one certain dream job.  I find great pleasure in having many jobs constantly getting to work with other talented people having numerous connections and interactions with performers and absorbing their knowledge.”

How would you best describe your style?

“My style?  Well I like to think I’m versatile and not tied down to one in particular.  If I had to specify I would say I’m a jazz modern hip hop hybrid.”

What some advice you would give young dancers about the industry?

“Discipline.  Never give up.  Work hard and stay focused.  Audition all the time and take class.  Never audition because you need the job, audition because you want to do the job.”

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In Focus: Krysten Danielle (Contemporary Series)

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Krysten Danielle is a native of St Petersburg and has spent 25+ years training in dance. Krysten is a graduate from Howard W Blake Performing Arts High School, and has performed with several dance groups over the years. She has also taught and choreographed for studios in the Pinellas and Hillsborough county areas for the last 7 years, and is a current member of VYB Dance Company.  Krysten also spends her time as a stay at home mom to 3 sons, and works to find balance with being a mom and being a dancer.

In Focus: Krysten Danielle

Why do you dance?

“I don’t really have an answer for why I dance, I just do.  Its something I have always done and will continue to do.”

Who would you say is your inspiration?

“My dancing inspirations are largely life experiences and different genres of music.”

What is your dream job?

“Not sure if this is a dream job or more of a dream life.  Owning my own dance studio and once again eating sleeping and breathing the studio would be ideal!”

How would you best describe your style?

“My style is rooted in emotional moods, in other words how I feel is what inspires me at that time.”

What some advice you would give young dancers about the industry?

“Listen and apply.  The greatest gift you can give to the progression of your dancing is to listen to the correction and apply it immediately.”

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In Focus: Erin Marsh (Contemporary Series)

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Erin Marsh is a Tampa native and grew up dancing at Mary Jo’s Performing Arts Academy. There she was a member of their competition team and attended many dance conventions and master classes.  She has been dancing for 21 years. She holds a B. A. in Psychology from the University of South Florida, as well as a minor in dance. During college she danced at Busch Gardens, began dancing with VYB Dance Company, and started teaching at Contempo School of Dance. Her choreography for their competition team has won awards at local dance competitions. After graduation she moved to New York City where she traveled with New York City Dance Alliance during their national tour and took classes with well-known choreographers like Joe Lanteri, Suzi Taylor, Jared Grimes, Luam, and Rhapsody. Her performance credits include productions of FameFootloose, VYB’s Kanvas, IIFA Bollywood awards, Cocktails X Couture, and back up dancing for Bubblapalooza. Recently, she choreographed for Sweet Charity and Shrek the Musical, joined Tampa Modern Dance Company, and had the opportunity to dance in Set It Off’s new music video “Ancient History.” Currently she teaches hip-hop and contemporary at Elsa Pardo Dance Center and choreographs for their competition team.

In Focus: Erin Marsh

Why do you dance?

“That’s easy – I dance because it makes me happy and I get to express who I am and share my passion with others.”

Who would you say is your inspiration?

“My biggest inspiration comes from my fellow dancers who I take class from and dance with.  The support, love, and motivation in the dance community pushes me to be better.”

How would you best describe your style?

“I would have to say that I’m a versatile dancer and I love to dance and choreograph to all styles.  If I had to label it though, my style is a fusion of jazz, contemporary, and hiphop.”

What some advice you would give young dancers about the industry?

“Follow your dreams and always stay positive no matter what.  Don’t let rejection discourage you from pushing forward.  Keep training and growing to be the best dancer you can be.”

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