Jazz / Contemporary Intensive Guest Teachers
Owner/Director Studio Level Dance Project
Emily Martin grew up right outside of Baltimore, Maryland. She began her training early with a concentration in ballet. Emily trained in and around the D.C metropolitan area at schools such as Kirov Academy of Ballet, Washington Ballet, and Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts. Realizing her passion for dance Emily finished high school early to further her training. She attended Anne Arundel Community College as a dance major for two years under the direction of Lynda Fitzgerald. Emily was also a member of the AACC dance company and traveled to the American College Dance Festival Association for training and performing. After completing two years of college Emily moved to New York City to begin dancing professionally with :Pushing Progress, a company under the direction of Calen Kurka. Emily has worked with choreographers such as Chris Hale, Maya Escueta, Shelly Masenior Hutchinson, Melissa Wolfe Rosbero, and many others. Emily moved back to the Baltimore area to be closer with her family. Upon doing so she began to realize her passion for choreography and teaching. She began teaching at various studios around Baltimore and Annapolis. Wanting to further her education, Emily received three pilates certifications through Peak Pilates. She is currently working on her advanced pilates certification with The Pilates Center based out of Boulder Colorado. Pilates is very influential in Emily’s teaching and choreography, focusing on correct alignment and use of breathe in movement. Emily has received numerous choreography awards over the many years of teaching and choreographing with a strong concentration in contemporary and lyrical. She also received a certification in Progressive Ballet Technique. Emily and her mom, Barbara, purchased a dance studio formally known as Rohanna Dance Productions in Annapolis Maryland in 2012. Now known as Level Dance Project, the studio is flourishing under Emily’s commitment to classical training and an overall well balanced base of technique. Beyond the studio Emily is a trained master teacher who is still traveling across the country to teach and choreograph at various studios hoping to bring her passion to dancers everywhere.
Ali was born and raised in the coastal city of Newport Beach, California. She began dancing at the age of 9. At age 13, Ali began apprenticing for a professional dance company based out of LA, called MusEffect, under the direction of Jessica Starr. She attributes her growth in dance to being thrown into a company where the majority of the dancers were around 6 years older than her. She was the youngest member ever inducted into the company and remains the youngest company member to this day. Living so close to LA, she has had the opportunity to dance for many artists such as Hailee Steinfeld and Alicia Keys, as well as brands such a Reebok and Gap. Ali attended Orange County High School of the Arts as a major in Commercial Dance, until she’d chose the online education route in order to more seriously pursue her dance career. Ali prides herself on her diverse training and exploration of such a wide array of dance styles that have greatly attributed to her own movement and teaching style. She assisted Intrigue Dance Intensive’s 2016-2017 tour, and through this opportunity, Ali found a love for education and creation that she is continuing to pursue. This past year, she has taught and choreographed throughout the United States, as well as Europe, Canada, and Costa Rica.
Owner/Director Studio 49 School of Dance, Anchorage AK
Mikal has been dancing since the age of 3 and has been an instructor for over 25 years in jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop and acrobatics. She began teaching at the dance studio she grew up dancing at in Alaska and now is the director/owner of her own Studio, Studio 49. She has been a guest instructor and choreographer at many studios in Alaska, Louisiana, California and Canada, and has taught dance to children through Anchorage Community Schools programs. Mikal has performed with Diavolo Dance Theatre, her own Company at Studio 49, for Kristine W. in the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics in 2001 and played “Vicki” in the traveling Broadway production of “A Chorus Line”. Mikal has also written, directed and produced 9 Dancicals for her company along with writing many original songs for the shows. Mikal has trained at numerous conventions, such as Tremaine, Dance Caravan, Dance Olympus, 5678 Showtime, NYCDA, NUVO, Jump and The Dance Awards. She has also danced at the Edge Dance Center and the Millennium Dance Complex in LA. Mikal has trained under dance legends such as Frank Hatchett, Gus Giordano, Mia Michaels, Joe Tremaine, Savion Glover, Gregg Russell, Henry LeTang, Dianne Walker and Doug Caldwell. Her choreography has won many 1st, 2nd and 3rd places at Regional and National competitions for the past 15 years. Mikal Has also choreographed Gymnastic floor and balance beam routines for high schools, colleges and club gymnasts. Her style, energy, sass and passion make her a fun teacher that everyone loves to learn from.