Throughout the year, we bring in top artists in the dance world to share their talents and inspirational teaching with our students. Past guests have included Sharon Wehner (Principal with Colorado Ballet), Andy Blankenbuehler (Tony winning Broadway choreographer), Angelina Armeiskaya (Kirov teacher and star of Children of Theatre Street), Dustin Phillips (MTV choreographer), and many more.
Here’s a few we’ve had at the studio in 2014 alone!
Jennifer is a dancer, teacher and choreographer who has traveled around the world doing what she loves. Whether it’s judging, teaching, and or choreographing for dance companies, dance studios, high schools, colleges, and live stage shows, she does it all. Originally from Arlington, Texas, Jenn has lived and worked in New York City and Los Angeles for the past 7 years. In between New york and Los Angeles, she also took over as the competition jazz instructor for a prestigious dance studio in Missouri.
Credits include: The Elan Awards, The Carnival, Hollywood and Highlands guest performance, ESPN, Dallas Maverick Dancers, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Dallas Morning News Dance festival, The Edge show, industrials including 711 and Ski Doo, the Atlanta Braves game, Pepito’s story choreographed by Debbie Allen, The International Dance Festival in Tropea, Italy, The National tour and dance captain of “Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy”, Pod Cast, MTV’S New Year’s Eve, QVC , Dance Escape, and the top 20 girls for Season 4 of So You Think You Can Dance.
Versatile in all styles, his Choreography pushes the limits both Athletically & Aerobically. BreaknBones Clothing line is another one of Rustin’s creations.
His TV& Film credits include: Vanilla Sky, Aerosmith, The American Music Awards, Jimmy Kimmel Show, Guys Choice Awards, Nikki, Popular, MTV Diary of Christina Aguilera with the Pussycat Dolls.
Commercial Credits include: Motorolla Rokr, IPOD, McDonalds, Olympics on NBC, ZIMA Vibe, Blockbuster, VISA, Kirin Beer, A.A.R.D’urban, Adidas.
Video and Performance Credits include: Jennifer Lopez, CHER, Barenaked Ladies, Matchbox 20, LIT, Quarashi, Powerman 5000.
Rustin has also shared his amazing NRG in industrials for: Harley Davidson, IBM, LifeScan, Debeers Diamonds, Camel, Dadda Shoes, Arbonne Cosmetics & Puma, as well as at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood for Disney Movie Premiers of Wreck it Ralph, UP, Bolt, Wall E, Ratatouille, Herbie, Home On The Range, Finding Nemo, Santa Clause 2, Monsters Inc., Atlantis and Hercules.
His performances on live stage include: Avalon and Gone with the Whim for MYO Dance Company. Live at the Roxy with the Pussycat Dolls & he toured to Taipei, Taiwan for Disneyfest and Tokyo, Japan for the Cirque Show, Masquerade.
Cat has a love for dance that can only hope to be matched. While pouring every ounce of her soul into each movement she is a perfect example of talent, dedication and hard work. She has been recognized for her vision and choreography with several awards around the country. A great role model for young entrepreneurs, Cat is the owner of her own exclusive dance clothing line called Cat Viger Apparel, which is a favorite of dancers nation-wide.
Cat is versatile in Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop and Tap.
Her credits include: Beyonce, Anoop Desai on the Monique show, Nickelback, Brisk, Amway Industrial, Master’s of Illusion, FLiRT Dancers & Fox’s hit TV show Glee.
Sharon Wehner is originally from San Jose, California. She trained with Jody White and David Roxander, San Jose Dance Theatre, San Francisco Ballet and San Jose/Cleveland Ballet. Ms. Wehner joined Colorado Ballet in 1995 and was promoted to Principal in 1999, and in the last 18 years, has performed many lead roles with the Company. These include Kitri in Don Quixote, Giselle in Giselle, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Medora in Le Corsaire, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Swanilda in Coppelia, Mina in Dracula, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, the Cowgirl in Rodeo, the Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Cinderella in Cinderella, Esmerelda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Principal couple in Balanchine’sStars and Stripes, Rubies, and Theme and Variations, Antony Tudor’s Leaves are Fading, and Twyla Tharpe’s In The Upper Room. She has been honored to have solos and pas de deauxs created on her by choreographers Val Caniparoli, Edwaard Liang, Mathew Neenan, Christopher Wheeldon, Darrel Grand Moultrie, Dwight Rhoden, Jessica Lang, Brian Reeder and Toru Shimazaki. In addition to Colorado Ballet, Ms. Wehner has also performed with The Washington Ballet, Oakland Ballet and Amy Seiwert’s Imagery. She has also been a guest artist at the Vail International Dance Festival, and in Japan in the Aoyama Ballet Festival, and the National Ballet of Japan’s Golden Ballet Co-star. Sharon enjoys teaching dance to all ages and abilities, particularly Dance For Parkinson’s Disease.
Jesse Marks is from Bloomington, Indiana. An aspiring cellist from the age of 6, he studied at the IU School of Music and was the awarded the first chair of the Paris Youth Symphony in 1996. Mr. Marks also began his dancing at Indiana University under the tutelage of Violette Verdy. In 2000 he was awarded a full scholarship at San Francisco Ballet School where he studied primarily with Jorge Esquivel. Mr. Marks joined Colorado Ballet in 2002, and was promoted to Soloist in 2008. During his time with the Company he has performed works by George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Christopher Wheeldon and Lar Lubovich, among others. He has also had the privilege of working with and performing world premieres by many choreographers including Dwight Rhoden, Edwaard Liang, Rennie Harris, Amy Seiwert and Jessica Lang. His notable roles include ‘The Chosen One’ in The Right of Spring, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, the Jester in Cinderella, the Nutcracker Prince in The Nutcracker, Lankendem in Le Corsaire, Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, and Blue Boy in Yes, Virginia, Another Piano Ballet. In 2009, Mr. Marks took leave from Colorado Ballet and moved to New York City. While there, he was given the opportunity to join the Metropolitan Opera and dance the principal role of Rinaldo in its production of Armida. During his year away, he also danced with Ballet X and made guest appearances with Delta Festival Ballet, Neglia Ballet and Lydia Johnson Dance. For the past three seasons Marks has also had the opportunity to join Dances Patrelle during its spring season in New York.
Emma Bradley grew up and trained in the DC area (our very own Buffa’s Alum!) where she fell in love with dance and the power that movement has to transform lives – as it has hers, and for which she is truly grateful. Her goal is to share this gift of dance that challenges intellect and tests bodies. Performance experience/work includes Capezio 125th Anniversary Gala at City Center in NYC, Dizzy Feet Foundation Gala at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles where she worked with Mandy Moore and Nick Lazzarini; Bright Lights Shining Stars Gala at Skirball Center in NYC, choreographed by Andy Pellick; and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet 360 Installation 2013, directed by Alexandra Damiani.
During her time in the competition circuit, she was highly recognized and awarded scholarships throughout the United States and Europe. In 2012, Dance Spirit Magazine named her one of the top 15 competition dancers to watch. She was also featured in the NRG/MSA YouTube Video Dance Project. Her training includes American Ballet Theater, The Kirov Academy of Ballet, Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell, and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet 360.
Emma is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with NRG and Rustin Matthew as a Faculty Apprentice and looks forward to the adventure of meeting and working with so many new dancers and sharing in the excitement of the dance world.
Nicole Kirkland is from the San Francisco Bay Area. Now residing in Los Angeles, Nicole has accomplished a lot in a short amount of time; from choreographing for the world re-known hip-hop team GRV and their youth team Gravy Babies, to choreographing and creative directing for one of the biggest legends in music, Prince. Nicole has worked with Prince on his recent Music Videos, TV and Live Performances. She also choreographed for the E-40 Ft. Chris Brown and TI music video “Episode”. Nicole also teaches classes and workshops and sets pieces for studios and companies around the world. Currently, she continues to work with Prince, his band and several artists underneath him, choreographs for GRV family, and is developing Polish pop star Patricia Kazadi.
Noelle Marsh born in the small town of Sanford, North Carolina knew before finishing high school that she wanted to be in Los Angeles pursuing dance as a career. At the age of 18 took on the fox hit series So You Think You Can Dance and earned a place as a top ten finalist. Following the show she has performed on tv episodes like Glee, The Voice, XFactor, House, Parks and Recreation, DWTS, Bones and Ellen Degenres. Award shows including the VMA’s, Oscars, Billboard awards and has performed with Beyonce, J-Lo, and The Wanted to name a few. She has worked alongside Emmy winning choreographer Mia Michaels as an assistant choreographer on SYTYCD. Recently, she toured the US with Shaping Sound under the direction of Travis Wall, Teddy Forance, Nick Lazzarini, and Kyle Robinson. As much as Noelle loves to perform her true passion lies in the creative process, using movement as a channel in hopes of inspiring others. Tackling different areas of the industry, Noelle has ambitions of expressing her voice as a choreographer and director as her career unfolds.