Master Class with Adrienne Hicks
Sep
22
1:00 PM13:00

Master Class with Adrienne Hicks

Variations Dance Studio is excited to host Adrienne Hicks on Sunday, September 22nd!


Adrienne Hicks began her dance training at Troy School of Ballet, and she studied with the following summer intensives: North Carolina School of Fine Arts, the Joffrey Trainee program, and American Ballet Theatre. Following high school graduation, Adrienne Hicks entered the Ailey/Fordham BFA program. Contacted during her sophomore year by Chancellor Jack Hawkins of Troy University , Adrienne agreed to help charter the university’s first dance program. Adrienne has been instrumental in bringing dance to the Troy University campus. In 2009, Adrienne joined Adrienne Canterna’s Pretty Girls of Dance and, during the summer of this same year, worked as Canterna’s understudy for Rasta Thomas’s Bad Boys of Dance in their performance of Rock the Ballet, an experience which prepared her for much of how to develop TDRE into the company it is today.

Adrienne also worked with Chancellor Hawkins, the Confucius Institute, and the College of Communication and Fine Arts, to organize and help direct an hour long performance which TDRE toured to universities in Beijing and Hebei, China in the summer of 2010. During this tour, Troy Dance Repertory Ensemble performed in The People’s Great Hall, the only dance troupe to have ever done so. Adrienne’s direction and example has not only helped TDRE to become a respected company but has given her a deep appreciation for the work that goes into building anything from the ground up, and she is most proud to have played such a crucial role in TDRE’s beginning.

Graduating Summa Cum Laude on May 6, 2011, Adrienne moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she she became a member of Project 7 Contemporary Dance Company. In February of this 2015, Adrienne rejoined Bad Boys of Dance in their show Romeo and Juliet. She is currently the newest professor of dance at Troy University, where she is thrilled to have come back full circle to her favorite place in all the world!

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Master Class with Karen Chuang
Oct
5
9:00 AM09:00

Master Class with Karen Chuang

Variations Dance Studio is thrilled to host Karen Chuang for a Contemporary Master Class on Saturday, October 5th!

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Karen Chuang is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer based in Los Angeles, CA. As a professional dancer Karen has toured with iconic artists including Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, and Lady Gaga. She's appeared in a variety of television shows, live events, and most recently, Karen performed in the 2018 Billboard Music Awards with Janet Jackson. Karen is represented by Clear Talent Group, and has been a proud member Entity Contemporary Dance since 2009.

As a choreographer, Karen meshes her different experiences in the urban, commercial, and contemporary dance worlds. She's presented original works at TEDxUCSD, the Capezio A.C.E. Awards in New York, and the McCallum Choreography Festival in Palm Desert, CA. Karen was awarded the 2018 Favorite Convention Teacher Award by the Industry Dance Awards. She teaches regularly at Edge Performing Arts Center and is on faculty for Hollywood Vibe Dance Convention.


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Master Class with Krysta Thompson
Oct
12
to Oct 13

Master Class with Krysta Thompson

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Variations Dance Studio is excited to host Krysta Thompson on Saturday, October 12th!


Krysta Thompson is a native of Dothan, AL where she has been on staff at The Dothan School of Dance for over 20 years. Krysta is the current Junior Performance Team Director at DSD. Her passion and love for the arts has driven her to pursue a career in dance, as well as, other venues inspired by her experiences throughout her life.

She trained with The Dothan School of Dance, and traveled to New York and many other cities to continue her training and performance experiences. She has held dance titles such as Miss Dance of Dance Masters of America Chapter #33 and New York City Dance Alliance's Outstanding Regional Dancer. She performed with the Southeast Alabama Dance Company for 11 years, and she currently assists and choreographs for the company. Krysta is the current Junior Performance Team Director at Dothan School of Dance. Her Junior Team was awarded the overall National Title for the Hollywood Vibe Battle of the Stars.

Krysta's goal is to teach not only the technical side of dance, but to instill a love of dance into her students; teaching them to dance from their heart. She is trained in all styles of dance and her unique teaching style, both strict and humorous, has continued to inspire dancers for many years.

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Master Class with Nico O'Conner and Amanda Welch
Oct
21
5:30 PM17:30

Master Class with Nico O'Conner and Amanda Welch

NiCo O'Connor is a working professional in Los Angeles, NiCo has been featured in ads for: Wal-Mart/Latin Grammys, Sean T’s Rockin Body Fitness, and MC hammer’s reality show. He’s appeared in music videos for Finger 11, Stephie Ray, NLT, and was a dancer for artists Kat Graham, Prima J, and for P!nk at the 2010 American Music Awards. He has worked with choreographers Chonique Sneed and Lisette Bustamonte assisting on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew. He has also worked with Tabitha and Napolean as a dancer on the ABC show Mobbed.

NiCo’s choreography credits include Latin Artist Noelia on her 40 Degrees international tour, Choreographers Carnival Ball, and Vietnamese International superstar Phuong Vy. He was an assistant choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance (Poland), to Chonique and Lisette on the 2011 Britney Spears Femme Fetalle World Tour, and  Korean pop girl group, Girls Generation. NiCo recently choreographed a duet between actors, Kristen Bell and Don Cheadle on Showtime’s House of Lies. He continues to teach at various dance studios, gyms, schools, workshops, community events and kids’ programs, educating youth on the principles of dance and promoting active lifestyles.

Amanda Welch’s bio coming soon!

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