BILLY GRIFFIN (he/him)
Billy Griffin is a New York City–based choreographer and dance educator with a BFA from NYU/Tisch. Select choreography credits include the Off-Broadway and National Tour of Friends! The Musical Parody, as well as work for the Hudson Valley Dance Festival (featuring So You Think You Can Dance winner Ricky Ubeda), The Red Bucket Follies for BC/EFA featuring Ryan Steele, The Drama League Gala at The Plaza Hotel (honoring Steve Martin), Hershey Park, Issac Mizrahi for QVC, The Miss America Organization, The National YoungArts Foundation, New York Musical Festival, The Joffrey Ballet School, The Steps Conservatory, Fordham/Ailey, New York University, and Pace University. As a performer, Billy was in the Broadway/National Tour Productions of Mary Poppins, White Christmas, and Young Frankenstein. Associate/Assistant credits include work with Sonya Tayeh, Josh Bergasse, Andy Blankenbuhler, and Al Blackstone. Billy teaches weekly at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center. Billy is also a legacy ambassador for lululemon. Currently, he and Al Blackstone are collaborating on a show for the CLI Conservatory. This summer, Billy is restaging As You Like It for Shakespeare In The Park at The Delacorte (a show he was Sonya Tayeh's associate on in 2017).
GABRIELLA SIBEKO (she/her)
Gabriella Sibeko is a freelance dance artist raised in Montreal, Durban, and Cape Town. She is now based in New York City and is a graduate of The Ailey School Scholarship & Certificate programs. Her artistry has been shaped profoundly by the choreographers she has worked with, including Katherine Maxwell, Dolly Sfeir, Jon Rua, Ellenore Scott, Akira Uchida, Anya Clark, Andrea Ward, Nathan Trice, and Yoshito Sakaruba, and can be credited in Netflix's Making Malinche Documentary set in Ibiza, Spain. She has had the privilege of dancing for musical artists Phish, Alison Sudol, Sondre Lerche, and ELENI and performed in venues such as Madison Square Garden, The Apollo Theatre, and The Joyce. Gabriella has danced for an array of New York–based dance companies, including Hivewild, MICHIYAYA, MG+Artists, Jon Rua’s TheGrit, TedTed Performance Group, BARE Dance, Abarukas, and Channel:Dig and is represented by New York’s Clear Talent Agency. She is a dance educator and choreographer throughout Canada and the Tri-State area and the co-host/co-founder of danceCONNECT, an interview-style podcast centering around the varying lives of dance artists near and far. Along with performing and teaching, she also works in dance administration for Hivewild and is attending the University of Massachusetts’ Interdisciplinary Program, majoring in Psychology.
GABY DIAZ (she/her)
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Gaby Diaz started dancing at the age of 3 and has trained extensively in various styles. In 2015, she was crowned America’s Favorite Dancer for season 12 of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance and went on to perform on tour alongside Season 12’s Top Ten. Gaby was also seen performing in Jennifer Lopez’s Las Vegas show, “All I Have,” as an All Star on Seasons 13, 14, and 16 of So You Think You Can Dance, on tour with Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound Company, and performing as a guest artist with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Most recently, Gaby can be seen in the Netflix musical “Tick Tick... Boom!” and in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of “West Side Story.”
CARLOS NETO (he/him)
In 1991, at the age of 6, Carlos Neto trained martial arts intensively throughout Europe. During the 90s and early 2000s, he achieved recognition at both national and international competitions. In 1998, he joined the cast of a primetime TV series in
Portugal, his home country, and had several appearances in the film industry. He moved to the UK in 2004, where he trained as a dancer and also earned his BA and Master’s Degree in International Journalism at Cardiff University.
In order to further his training, Carlos studied acting at Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC.
Since 2004, Carlos has danced for the Dutch show BLAZE directed by Anthony Van Laast, played the role of ‘Sudsy’ in West End's hit show Some Like It Hip Hop, portrayed John Travolta’s character in the Nintendo video game Grease, and danced for PS3 Sony Dance Star Party. He was featured in the Bloomingdales 2015 commercial in the USA, choreographed and directed for Warner Brothers, SyCo Music, Sony BMG, Atlantic Records, Britain's Got Talent, Matchbox Twenty, Melanie Martinez, Sergey Lazarev, Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Zenith Watches, NJ Lottery, Kansas Whisky, the Broadway production of Circolombia, The Fringe NYC, and many more. He was the creative director of the largest dance competition in the world, World Of Dance in the UK.
In 2014, NYIT Awards presented him with the honor of "Outstanding Choreography/Movement" for his Off-Broadway work, which includes choreography for the comedy play Gymnos: A geek’s Tragedy as well as the dance show Alone-Ology.
EMILY GREENWELL (she/her)
Emily Greenwell is an educator, choreographer, dancer, and certified yoga instructor based in New York City. Born and raised near Detroit, Michigan, Emily has been creatively inclined her whole life. Emily loves to teach and greatly values education,
and she considers herself a student of life. She has been fortunate to travel the world to share her talents, journeying across the US, Europe, South America, and Asia, setting choreography, teaching workshops, and giving masterclasses.
Emily currently serves as faculty at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance Center, and Intrigue Dance Convention.
As the founder and artistic director of non-profit arts collective, CLOUDE.NYC, Emily is an advocate for the arts community. Based in New York, her collective creates work through several mediums, including dance, video, stage, and photo. They host monthly community-centered improv events and annual workshops and collaborate on project-based performances.
Emily’s dance credits include Phish live at Madison Square Garden, Marian Hill, “Want You” Music Video, “Aida” at the Muny Theater, and Todrick Hall’s “Oz The Musical.” Choreography credits include DanceOn’s Every Single Step produced by Brian Friedman and Nigel Lythgoe, the Capezio ACE Awards, Arte Creative, Wise Fruit, The Giving Tree, and more.
Emily’s approach to teaching focuses on you as an individual. Through her versatile experiences in all aspects of the dance industry, she has developed a love for guiding students through practices that encourage creative development. Her goal is for students to grow as artists while being given the tools to thrive in a professional dance setting. Her classes encompass a yoga-based warm-up, improvisation exercises geared towards opening the senses and connecting the body and mind, and musicality-based choreography where there is room to be both precise and make your own artistic choices. Emily’s playful approach to teaching fosters creativity, self-love, presence, and communicative skills. Whether your goal is to dance professionally, choreograph your own work, or move for fun, there is so much to benefit from her class.
TEDDY TEDHOLM (he/him)
Described as “anything but conventional” by Dance Magazine, Teddy Tedholm creates work that pushes boundaries. Teddy’s wide-ranging background helps inform his unique movement style. Over his career, he has worked with Sidra Bell, Douglas Becker, Kate Sicchio, Netta Yerushalmy, Curt Haworth, Erica Sobol, and Emily Shock. Additionally, he was a participant in the Doug Varone DEVICES Choreographic Intensive in 2017. As a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Teddy has presented work throughout North America. In addition to being nominated for a World Dance Award in the Best Choreography Concert/Live Performance category, Teddy has been a finalist in the McCallum Theater Choreography Festival, the REVERB dance festival, and a two-time finalist in the Capezio ACE Awards. He believes that the creation of art can be a valuable research method. This concept propels his work forever forward and makes him a highly sought-after educator. He teaches workshops and sets work all over the world but enjoys returning to New York City, where he directs his company, tedted Performance Group. This group of multi-faceted artists has performed throughout New York City, transforming spaces from living rooms to riversides into fully developed performances to great acclaim. Between performances around the city, he can be found teaching as a faculty member at Broadway Dance Center and Peridance Center.
NATASHA CRUDUP (she/her)
Natasha grew up training on the east coast in both New Jersey and New York City. Well devoted to classical styles of ballet, modern, and contemporary, Natasha branched out from her training with the Dance Theater of Harlem and began moving through the convention circuit. Here, she gained a deeper knowledge of other styles and foundations. After graduating high school, Natasha signed with Go2 Talent Agency and moved to LA where she now resides. She has danced for the likes of Rihanna, JLo, Kanye West, Lorde, Meek Mill, Young Thug, and more and has choreographed for Meg The Stallion and Tyler the Creator. At a young age, Natasha discovered her love for pilates and yoga. In addition to her work in the industry as a mover, Natasha is a yoga healer and body composition specialist for other dancers and celebrities. Her brand, Lil Vegan Shawty has been featured in Reebok, Nike, and more.
MIKE ESPERANZA (he/him)
Mike Esperanza is an acclaimed artist from New York City who has established a national presence in the dance, photography and design communities. Mike has presented work on national and international stages with commissions by Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, Laguardia Performing Arts Center, National Center for Choreography in Akron, Ohio, San Francisco Dance Film Festival and numerous universities around the nation. Mike’s talent garnered the “Dance: Creation for Performance” grant presented by Dance/USA and the Irvine Foundation, the “Innerstate” tour presented by ODC Theater, the paid engagement award at the Palm Desert Choreography Under the Stars Festival, the Reverb Dance Festival commission award, and the CUNY Dance Initiative. Mike’s work has been described as “bold, athletic movement and theatricality - epitomizes the dance of the new millennium: shape-shifting, vernacular-blending with a prescient focus on the brave new world in which we live.” ~ Jessica Abrams, Explore Dance.
ROBERT BYNES (he/him)
Rob Bynes, a native of New Jersey, grew a love for dance primarily through praise dancing in church and growing up in the Jersey & Baltimore Club culture. Now as a professional dancer & educator his style is a combination of street style, commercial and concert influences. As an alumni of the Monsters of Hip Hop cast, he has gained valuable perspective on the convention experience at a high level. Rob has had the pleasure to teach and connect with communities internationally as well as work with major artists such as Missy Elliot, Kendrick Lamar, Chris Brown, H.E.R. and Normani to name just a few of many over the years.
Byron Tittle (he/him) is a New York City born and based dancer and educator. At a young age, Byron studied tap dance privately with David Rider and Kendrick Jones II in his hometown. He trained extensively at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway,
Alvin Ailey, and the PULSE on Tour Dance Convention.
Byron has been a member of Michelle Dorrance's “Dorrance Dance” company since 2011 and has been appointed co-dance captain. With Dorrance Dance, Byron has traveled to Spain, London, Russia, Germany, France, Singapore, and Canada. Throughout the United States he’s had the privilege to perform at The Joyce Theatre, New York City Center, the Guggenheim Museum, BAM Fisher, NBC's The Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center, St. Mark's Church, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Vail Dance Festival, and The Ted Shawn Theatre at Jacob's Pillow.
Byron has been a featured dancer on the X-Factor (2013), Kevin Hart's dance double for Sony’s The Wedding Ringer (2015), MTV's Video Music Awards for Nicki Minaj (2015), the BET Awards: Janet Jackson Tribute (2015). Byron has been an assistant choreographer for the Aeropostale Jeans Commercials in 2015 and 2017, and the Michael Kors National Commercial in 2018 with Mishay Petronelli and Casey Brooks. Byron was a featured dancer in the HULU documentary "Ballet Now" dancing alongside Tiler Peck, Michelle Dorrance, and Virgil "Little O" Gadson. Most recently, Byron was also a featured dancer in the 2019 Jon M. Chu directed film, "In The Heights".
In 2019, Byron toured the United States, Australia, and New Zealand with Hugh Jackman in "The Man, The Music, The Show", and is humbled to have received a Princess Grace Foundation Dance Fellowship Award.
He most recently participated in the 2021 Soul Train Awards as a dancer with Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold and the inaugural, 2022 “Artists at the Center” curation as an associate choreographer and dancer under the leadership of Tiler Peck, Michelle Dorrance, and Jillian Meyers.
MARY GRACE MCNALLY
Mary Grace McNally is a Massachusetts born dance artist and choreographer. After graduating with a BFA from the University of the Arts, she moved to NYC to pursue a career in dance where she was honored as the winner of the 2018 Capezio A.C.E Awards. Mary Grace is the founder of MG + Artists; a project-based dance collective. She has produced two evening-length shows, Not For Picking and When It Falls, which premiered in New York City and Los Angeles. Her work has been presented at The Joyce Theater, The Dance Gallery Festival, Dixon Place, The Young Choreographer’s Festival, Centre National de la Danse in France, and deSingel in Belgium. As a dancer, she has performed the works of Doug Varone, Jon Rua, Monika Felice Smith, Tommie-Waheed Evans, Katie Swords-Thurman, Emma Portner, Erica Sobol and Ryan Spencer. Most recently, she performed at Madison Square Garden for Phish’s NYE Concert. Mary Grace can be seen dancing in music videos for OneRepublic and Angel Olsen and has acted and danced in commercials for Microsoft and Splash Blast Water. Mary Grace is a guest instructor and choreographer at competitive dance studios, workshops and universities across the country, as well as Guest Faculty at Peridance Capezio Center and Broadway Dance Center. She is currently represented by BlocLA.