Progressive Movement Arts Centre
DEJAN TUBIC is leaving his mark on the dance industry. With over 100 million views, Dejan Tubic has become one of the most watched choreographers online. According to Fox News Los Angeles, he is “lighting the world on fire with his fierce moves”. His videos have gotten him in publications all over the world from The New York Times to online blogs such as PerezHilton.com. Ciara, The Black Eyed Peas, Jason DeRulo, Adam Lambert, and Ryan Seacrest are just a few stars who have expressed their love for his work and dancers. Outside his remarkable online presence and achievements, Dejan continues to work as a dancer and choreographer. As a dancer, he has performed with Usher at The American Music Awards, danced for artists such as Toni Braxton and YouTube sensation, Rebecca Black, and was a dancer on the hit TV show X-Factor. He moved onto TV, becoming a cast member as a choreographer on MTV’s The Electric Barbarellas. Later on in his career he was hired to Choreograph for The American Music Awards Red Carpet Show as well as The Streamy Awards, including dancing and choreographing for OMI, Soulja Boy, Vanilla Ice, and the legendary Sir Mix-A-Alot. Recently, Dejan has been working with Pentatonix, choreographing the “On My Way Home” World Tour and appearing in their “On My Way Home” Tour Documentary. Outside of his major career achievements, Dejan continues to travel and be an educator to dancers all over the world. He is a faculty member at International Dance Academy (IDA) in Hollywood, CA and travels the US with Dance Makers Dance Convention. “I would love to change the world, on 8-count at a time”
ZACHARY VENEGAS is a young and innovative dancer/choreographer paving his way to leave a legendary mark in the dance industry. Originally from Carlsbad, New Mexico, Zachary started training at the age of 15 at Cheryl’s School of Dance training in all genres of dance. Shortly after, he was one of few selected to be an Elite Protege with The Pulse On Tour, touring the United States to assist renowned choreographers Brian Friedman, Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Cris Judd, Dave Scott, and Laurie Ann Gibson. Once he completed touring, Zachary needed to further his learning, so he moved to Los Angeles where he soon received dance representation from McDonald Selznick Associates. Zachary has danced for renowned artist Justin Bieber, performing with him at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards and dancing in his music video “Beauty and a Beat” featuring Nicki Minaj. He also danced for pop princess Rihanna on the hit TV show “The X- Factor.” Not only has he worked alongside artists, but also on hit TV shows such as Nickelodeon’s “Victorious” and Fox’s “The X-Factor,” Seasons 1 & 2. Zachary was also a character in the “Just Dance: Disney Party” video game. Working alongside Dejan Tubic, Zachary has choreographed for MGM Grand’s Hakkasan Nightclub & Restaurant for some of the world’s best DJ’s, including Calvin Harris, Tiesto, Laidback Luke, and many more. Zachary is continuing to balance his professional dance career while also adding his youthful and dynamic twist to this generation through his choreography, traveling internationally to support some of the most lively and appreciative dance communities with his teachings.
THOMMIE RETTER has a love for the entertainment business like no other and you will see this shine through in everything he creates. Just finishing a 3 ½ year run on Broadway with, BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL, Thommie had the thrill of performing in front of more than 1.5 million enthusiastic theatre goers. With the curtain closed, Thommie has been able to return to everything else he loves like sharing his love of dance and music. He is also treasuring this time in life watching his two beautiful daughters grow and blossom into fantastic young dancers and citizens. Thommie has ongoing classes in NYC that are full of child celebrities from TV, film and stage. Thommie always has students in a variety of Broadway shows including; Matilda The Musical, Annie The Musical, Kinky Boots The Musical, The Assembled Parties, Newsies, Fly and the US touring company of Billy Elliot The Musical. Thommie is one of the producers of the coming-of-age feature film Contest “The Movie”. The film deals with the tough topic of teenaged bullying along with other issues associated with adolescence. Known for seeking out and attracting the best talent available, Thommie was very instrumental in the preproduction and casting of this timely and important film. Being a part of the creative team at MusicWorks Unlimited since it’s inception in 2003 has been a creative outlet for another passion of Thommie’s, song writing. With song placements in a variety of films, TV shows and radio spots, coupled with his positive outlook on life, Thommie has no problem finding the pulse of the youth of today, putting it into words and giving it that Mr. Thommie touch that has everybody excited about dance and ready to take on the world.
NATALIA NIEVES is currently studying dance at Pace University under the direction of Rhonda Miller in New York City. She has trained in all genres of dance and has competed both Regionally and Nationally. She was a DanceMakers Collective Member Season III. As a Collective member she was able to train closely with world renown artists such as Kathryn McCormick, Robert Roldan, Dejan Tubic, Thommie Alexander, Keith Clifton, Brooke Paulsen, and Janice Barringer. When she is not studying at Pace University she is busy teaching classes and setting choreography for studios all over. You can currently see her choreography being competed across the country.
CHRISTOPHER ROBBINS is a native of South Carolina, presently residing in Myrtle Beach. Recipient of VIP winner at Dance Olympus and Male Performer of the Year with Starlight/LA Underground competitions and "Dancing with the Horry County Stars". He has been awarded in national competitions around the US for his choreography, among them the “Judges Critics Choice Award” at the NYCDA in 2002, 2003, and 2006. Chris has worked with artists and choreographers such as Donny & Jimmy Osmond, Jennifer Holiday, Kristine W, The Pointer Sisters, Lee Greenwood, Gil Stroming, Joe Lanteri, Suzi Taylor, Dena Rizzo, and Jaime King. He has worked for Opryland Productions, Gaylord Productions, Hardrive Productions, Celebrity Cruise Lines, NBC, ABC, CBS, Walt Disney World Productions, and Tokyo Disney Productions. Chris’s credits include The Walt Disney Productions of “Beauty and the Beast” and “Tarzan Rocks”, “One” at the Alabama Theatre in Myrtle Beach, SC in 2001, 2008, and 2009. He has worked for Dance Masters of America, Dance Troupe Inc., Star Systems, and Showstopper Dance Competition. Presently, Currently Chris works for Starpower and Encore DCS as a teacher, judge, MC, and choreographer around the United States. He also works for Hardrive Productions as assistant choreographer to Pamela Bolling where he put up 6 production shows for Celebrity Cruises on The Century and The Galaxy. Chris has obtained the role of the male swing for “Legends in Concert” show in Myrtle Beach since 2007. Chris is a member of Unbound Dance Company owned by Caroline Lewis Jones and Susan Dabney as of 2009. Chris is now the residing Artistic Director of Eclatez. Dance Company and has his professional company CRDanze.
TIFFANY HILLIARD started dancing at the age of nine. After winning numerous awards and titles, including the prestigious World Tap Dance Championship, Tiffany furthered her education at State University of New York where she received her Bachelor’s of Art degree in Dance.Tiffany has had the privilege of studying tap from master teachers such as Dianne Walker, Savion Glover, Gregory Hines and Beale Fletcher.She began teaching tap at 22. Her students and choreography have received national recognition. Tiffany continues to inspire her students to find their own love of tap.
ALEX WALKER MINER has over 20 years of dance experience studying all styles of dance, with an intense focus on rhythm tap. She spent 10 years competing regionally and nationally, receiving top overall placements and many judges and technique awards for her excellence in tap. Alex found her love of teaching at the age of 16, with an apprenticeship under Stacey Austell, which afforded her the opportunity to learn proper teaching techniques, structure of choreography, classroom organization, and many important skills she carries over into her day-to-day teaching. Alex has studied under some of the top tap dancers in the industry, including: Jason Samuels Smith, Diane Walker, Mike Minery, Anthony Morigerato, Gregg Russell, Michelle Dorrance, and Melinda Sullivan. She continues to enrich her dance education by attending workshops, conventions, and classes. Alex’s students are consistently recognized by the aforementioned tap masters for excellent tap technique and knowledge of tap history, and her choreography continues to receive recognition on the regional and national scale.
RACHEL HELMS Rachel's love and passion for dance began at the age of five. She danced competitively for eleven years and attended many conventions and master classes with Mandy Moore, Dee Caspery, Tabitha & Napoleon D’umo, Mike Minery, and many others. Rachel trained and competed in contemporary, jazz, tap, ballet and hip hop, winning numerous regional and nationally recognized awards. Rachel has been awarded scholarships from Carolina Dance Masters among others. Rachel has also studied dance at the Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, and The Central Wisconsin School of Ballet. Rachel has performed at a variety of venues including Justin Mann’'s "Breaking Silence". Rachel graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she has received a Masters Degree in Biology. She has been accepted into the prestigious John Hopkins medical school and is currently pursuing her PhD. Rachel enjoys sharing her love for dance with students of all ages, and is thankful for the opportunity to teach.
"BO" BROADWELL Bo has been an artist in the industry for the past 16 years. He is an original cast member of the new musical Trip Of Love that premiered in Osaka, Japan. His other credits include the national tours of CATS, Thoroughly Mode...rn Millie and Crazy For You, for which he served as Dance Captain. Bo has learned and worked with masters such as Gwen Verdon, Ann Reinking, and Ben Vereen in addition to contemporaries such as Joey McKneeley, Rachelle Rak, and James Walski. He has performed for Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Disney cruise lines as well as Dollywood and Walt Disney World. Although Bo has danced with Dolly Parton and Jennifer Hudson, his favorite dance partner is still Minnie Mouse. In addition to performing Bo has taught, choreographed and adjudicated with the International Thespian Festival, Encore DCS and many studios throughout the southeast. He has been awarded in national competitions for his choreography, among them the “Judges Choice Award” at DanceMakers in 2015. He is currently residing in NYC performing in the Off Broadway show, Trip of Love.
JOEL PAULUS is a dancer, singer, actor, musician, choreographer and teacher originally from Baytown, Texas. Mr. Paulus has performed with many regional and civic ballet companies across the United States including Rochester City Ballet, North Star Ballet, and Contemporary Ballet Theater of New York. In New York when not dancing freelance, he could seen performing for three seasons as a supernumerary with the Metropolitan Opera and American Ballet Theatre. He was also a member of Dance Spectrum, At Marah Dance Theater and in conjunction with the Jose Limon Dance Company danced in There is a Time for the C.S. Lewis Institute in Cambridge, England. Other credits include choreography for the NIV Kids Club video series, the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, and various regional musical theater productions ranging from Pirates of Penzance to South Pacific. Places of study include: City Ballet of Houston, Joffrey Ballet School as full scholarship trainee, Broadway Dance Center, Steps, a BFA in Musical Theatre/Dance emphasis, and an MA in Christian Apologetics researching the theological value of ballet. Mr. Paulus' studies afforded him the opportunity to glean from a spectrum of dance luminaries including David Howard, Elenor D'Antuono, Fernando Bujones, Donald McKayle, and Charles McGowan. He has taught ballet classes in the greater Houston, Charlotte, and New York areas. Currently, Mr. Paulus is pursing PhD studies in theology and the arts and is artist in residence with the Union County Youth Ballet.