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Teachers 2016


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Teachers 2016


The teachers and choreographers of DFTD are hand-picked each year to maintain the highest quality workshop and deliver a captivating dance experience. DFTD 2016 is no exception with an amazing staff of teachers. Teachers for 2016 will be posted soon.

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James White


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James White


James White is a North Carolina native, he received his M.A. of Dance Education at New York University in hopes of creating his own dance convention to help aspiring dancers become their best. 

James has had to opportunity to train in New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta in Modern, Contemporary, Street Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Commercial Dance.. He has trained with choreographers such as Luam, Neil Schwartz, Zach Lattimore, and Candace Brown and is currently a Monsters of Hip Hop Show Nominee. 

James' professional credits include BET Blaze the Stage, Sound Syndrome: The Off Broadway Show, the Broadway Dance Center Showcase, NBA Playoff Flash Mob, Frankie Lemmon School Promo Video, and the New York University Faculty and Master's Concert.   He has also had the opportunity to assist choreographers such as Neil Schwartz and Aurelia Michaels for the "For Your Love" Music video by Cess and Unlimited Wireless Flash Mob. 

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Benedicte Schoyen


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Benedicte Schoyen


Born and raised in Norway, Benedicte Schoyen was educated at the Norwegian Opera Ballet School. Upon completion of her studies there, she left Oslo to study at The Royal Academy of Dance in London, and later to study at the Studio Paris Centre in Paris. Before opening her own studio, she danced professionally for 10 years while teaching at Morolandis Studio, Debbie Reynolds Studio, and Third Street Dance Academy as well as at USC. As an assistant professor she regularly teaches jazz ballet to students in the musical theater program. Recently she choreographed and staged four major television shows for Norwegian Broadcasting, she have also choreographed 12 television shows for NRK, Melodi Grand Prix Junior. At her studio she teaches both classical and jazz ballet to children, as well as ballet on all levels to adults of all ages.

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Chavva Ariel Smith-Hofstad


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Chavva Ariel Smith-Hofstad


Chavva Ariel Smith-Hofstad earned her BFA from Marymount Manhattan College in New York. Chavva received dance training at the Chicago Academy for the Arts, Joel Hall Dance Center and Homer Bryant Ballet in Chicago. She trained with Alvin Ailey School and the Broadway Dance Center in New York and Jacob´s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts.

She performed with Techni_Que Dance Company, Sweet Charity, Jazz Fusion, Michael Jackson, L.L CoolJ, L'Oreal, Geoffrey Beene, Zoot Suit and so much more.

After graduating with her BFA she relocated to Los Angeles and started working with Benedicte Skoyen at Santa Monica Dance Studio. She also taught at UCLA in the dance and musical theater department. In 2008 she moved to Norway and have been working as a teacher and choreographer at a range of studios and Universities from the east to the west coast and founded DFTD 2011 with the soul purpose of communicating and collaborate with others her love and passion that is dance.

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Edwin Mota


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Edwin Mota


Edvin Mota was born in Mexico and began his studies at the National School of Dance of Mexico. He was awarded a scholarship from the School of American Ballet in New York to finish his studies in the special men class of Stanley Williams.

In 1985 he won the professional prize at the Prix de Lausanne.

He became a member of the Royal Ballet of Flanders where he was promoted to first soloist. He was invited to join London City Ballet and after one season was offered a contract with the Birmingham Royal Ballet former Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet as first soloist.

He then move to Germany to work with the Staatsoper Hannover and later as guest soloist with the Komische Oper Berlin; He was guest on several occasions in the National Ballet of Mexico.

Edwin Mota’s repertoire included, the prince in The Nutcracker, Albrecht in Giselle, the prince and Bluebird in the Sleeping Beauty, Benno in Swanlake, Puck in The Dream, Romeo and Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, James in La Sylphide, Basilio in Nureyev’s Don Quichote, the lead in Theme and Variations, Symphony in Three Movements, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and other Balanchine pieces, and lead roles in works from
F. Ashton, A. Bournonville, J. Cranko, J. Kylian, A. Tudor, K. McMillian,
P. Wright, D. Bintley amongst others.

In 1999 he worked as a Ballet master at the Ballet of Zaragoza in Spain.

He has taught for: National Ballet of Mexico, London City Ballet, Pretty ugly tanz Köln, Amanda Miller, Deborah Colker Company in Brazil, Ballet de Zaragoza, Staatstheater Nürnberg, FriedrichstadtPalast in Berlin, ARCHITANZ in Tokyo, Neuer Tanz Company
Tanzprobebühne Marameo in Berlin, Tanzhaus nrw in Düsseldorf, Barbora Greiner project
Ballettzentrum in Berlin and others…

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Gallery


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Gallery


To students, teachers and to all who been involved with “DFTD″ thank you for a fantastic workshop. This gallery is dedicated to you. Hope to see you again for DFTD. And remember don´t forget to dance.

 

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