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Teachers 2018


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Teachers 2018


The teachers and choreographers of DFTD are hand-picked each year to maintain the highest quality workshop and deliver a captivating dance experience. DFTD 2018
is no exception with an amazing staff of teachers.

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Isaies Santamaria Perez


Isaies Santamaria Perez


Born in France, Isaies started studying dance in Paris at « Latin and Tropical Dance School » where he learned Afro Caribbean styles including Salsa, Bachata, Mambo and Cha-cha. He has graduated as a teacher and been chosen to be part of the school’s company. After that, Isaies Studied at Rick Odums School of Ballet Jazz. Also, he has been part of the top16 in "You Can Dance," the French television version of “So You think you can dance”.

For the past 6 years, Isaies moved to New York to broaden his horizon and vision to study 2 years at Peridance Capezio Center and performed pieces from choreographers as Igal Perry, Manuel Vignoulle, Bryan Arias, Enzo Celli and Ephrat Asherie.

As a freelancer, he is been working with companies in New York as the Dash Ensemble (Gregory Dolbashian), M/Motions (Manuel Vignoulle), Metin Movement (Sarah Mettin), Enzo Celli (Vivo Ballet), Chafin Seymour (Seymour Collective), Igal Perry ( Nutcracker) Bryn Cohn +Artists and Zvi Gotheiner (Zvi dance) He performed at Fire Island festival, Jacob’s Pillow, Booking Dance Festival at jazz Lincoln Center, Bryan park Festival, Brooklyn dance festival, Bam Fisher, Monterrey Ballet Gala, Massmoca, Jack Crystal Theater at NYU, ADI dance festival, Kaatzbaan, Bam Next wave Festival and many others...

As a choreographer He set a solo on students from Hartford University and Peridance Capezio Center as well a dance piece on NYU Tish School’s students for the summer intensive. He is been assisting Gregory Dolbashian for many projects as « Intenso » by Daniil Simkin, NYU residency at Tish School and Manuel Vignoulle for the piece « Break through» for Alvin Ailey II.

He is working as well as a teacher at Gibney Dance Center and at JOFFREY BALLET in New York City for the summer intensive and the Pre-Professional program. He also work with the Push Model agency and in Fashion Models with Charlie Wan (Lean on me), Jeff Mikkelson (And Men Magazine 2017) and Mark Shaw.

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James White


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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Chavva Smith-Hofstad


Chavva Smith-Hofstad


Chavva Smith received her dance training from the Chicago Academy for the Arts, Joel Hall Dance Center, Alvin Ailey School, Broadway Dance Center, and Jacobs Pillows. 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.

"Chavva is an exceptionally versatile, skilled and dedicated dancer, who honors the importance of the traditional tech­niques, her passion for movement and freedom of dance. Chavva 's visual language as a dancer and interpretation of dance are totally unique in it's character, she also is able to fuse this in her position as both a choreographer and teacher" – Stephan Reynolds.