Faculty

  • Braham Logan Crane is an award-winning choreographer on the world stage including setting works on dancers from American Ballet Theater, Bolshoi Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and Bad Boys of Dance starring and directed by world renowned Rasta Thomas. He has collaborated and performed with recording artist and “Avenue Q” Broadway star, Angela Ai. Additionally, he choreographed and performed at the Sziget Festival in Budapest, Hungary as an opening act for The Killers. As a teaching professional, he has served as a guest artist on the faculty of many renowned dance schools including Virginia school of the arts, Koresh dance center, University of the Arts, The Relativity School, Broadway Dance Center, Peridance and Steps On Broadway. He is an inspirational teacher and entrepreneur. He has created ASH and brought together this phenomenal faculty to create the experience of a lifetime for the next generation of artists.

  • Lisette Bustamante began her entertainment career straight out of high school, and in the years since she’s worn a number of professional hats including dancer, choreographer, artistic director, songwriter, music video director and movement coach. She’s danced alongside superstars such as Ariana Grande, Madonna, Gwen Stefani, Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson and Usher on stages all over the globe, and has choreographed for Pink, Prince, Britney Spears, Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez. She’s been featured in commercials for Gap, Pepsi, Pringles, iPod and Sprite, and has choreographed for film and television, with credits including supervising choreographer on America’s Best Dance Crew. Lisette made her debut as a host and mentor to talent of all kinds on AMC’s “SHOWVILLE”, where each week she coached small town talent and worked with them to be the best they could be and help them achieve their lifelong dreams. With over 15 years experience in the arts, entertainment and music world, her approach is to give people the permission to express themselves, find where their strengths are, and share those gifts with the world.

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  • Known as one of “Tap’s Leading Ladies” and cover girl for Dance Spirit magazine’s Tap issue, Maud Arnold is a member of the female tap band, the Syncopated Ladies, widely known for viral videos that have accumulated over 70 million views, the most
    successful being their tribute to Prince and their cover of Beyoncé’s Formation, which Beyoncé shared on all of her social media and then hired Syncopated Ladies to perform at her Ivy Park active wear clothing line launch at TopShop, London. Maud also performed live with the Syncopated Ladies on ABC’s Good Morning America, the Ellen Show with Pharrell Williams and N.E.R.D. and sold-out concerts in Los Angeles, Dubai, New York City, and Washington, DC,
    receiving rave reviews in The New York Times and more.

    Maud has quickly become a sought after teacher, judge and performer worldwide. Mentored and trained by Debbie Allen, Maud has taught at Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles. Further to teaching in the USA, Maud has taught tap dancing and Afro-Funk in Dubai, Brazil, Japan, Spain, Haiti, United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada, Croatia,
    Ukraine and Russia.

    Maud’s Television Credits Include: Black Lady Sketch Show, BET Experience: 106 and Park, The Late Late Show With James Corden, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Switched at Birth, Secret Talents of the Stars as a featured dancer with Mya, The Today Show and Syncopated Ladies winning Season 11 of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance: Dance Crew Battle. Maud can be seen in national commercials and print ads for Toyota, GAP and CANTU and has worked with Beyoncé on several commercials and music videos. Maud’s choreography has been featured on Good Morning America and she made her
    directorial debut with Dola’s Space Daughter series.

    Maud is the co-director and producer of the critically acclaimed DC Tap Festival pioneering new experiences for dancers and artists worldwide. and with her sister Chloé Arnold they were recognized by the US House of Representatives as arts preservers and ambassadors.

    Maud is also a female entrepreneur and podcast host that holds a degree from Columbia University. The Maudcast releases new episodes weekly and is available wherever you stream podcasts! Further to teaching, she oversees Chloe and Maud Productions and their many entities including their clothing lines: I LOVE TAP and UniLove as well as their tap dance workshops and after school programs. Maud exudes her passion for tap dancing with her high energy, fun and action-packed dancing.

  • Hannah Easley, has set up bases in dance communities all over the country including Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Seattle and New York City. She began her training in all styles at age 10 and has been creating her own art since age 15. As a commercial dancer and choreographer, her credits include Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Ricky Martin, Kimberly Cole, Herb Alpert, Beacon, T Mobile, Sonos Speakers, Boost Mobile and Amazon, to name a few. In 2015, she created her own training company, The Westsiders, based in Seattle, Washington. The Westsiders has recently expanded, now holding weekend intensives throughout the country known as The Westsiders Camp.  During quarantine, she started a performance based program entitled In My Feelings. This program gives students the space and permission to explore their emotions and choices paired with support from Easley and their virtual community.

  • Erica is an LA-based choreographer, dancer and educator. She has choreographed and danced in numerous music videos for artists such as Zedd, Lauv, Maren Morris, Gryffin, Zohara, Jeremiah, Audrey Mika, Baynks, Elliot Moss, Alyson Stoner, Cobi, Emma Charles, Exes, Jordan McGraw, and Ava Max. She has worked for choreographers Eden Shabtai, Luther Brown, Phillip Chbeeb, NappyTabs, Hihat, Jojo Gomez, Chris Scott and Travis Wall. Erica has appeared in movies such as All Styles and Disney Channel’s Zombies 2, as TV commercials for Frito Lays with Anna Kendrick and the Falabella in Chile.
    Erica is very passionate about teaching and regularly holds classes in LA at Millennium Dance Complex and TMilly Studio. She has also taught internationally in Singapore, Chile, Russia, France, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, India, Israel, Canada and Mexico. She also has worked as a choreographer and creator for brands like Yves Saint Laurent, Victoria’s Secret, Target, Under Armour, think!, Spotify, Visible Mobile, Just Dance 2021, Adidas and Red Bull. Erica aspires to continue developing her unique style of contemporary fusion and inspire others.

  • Sabrina Phillip is an innovative choreographer and engaging teacher. Sabrina is originally from Canada where she trained intensively in Ballet, Jazz and Modern dance in her early studies and went on to work at the international level in London, England. She has since been asked to travel the globe to work as a teacher and choreographer for numerous companies, dance studios, universities, workshops and conventions, most recently in Europe, Asia and New Zealand. Sabrina is a proud finalist of the 2016 and 2017 Capezio ACE Awards! Her degree in Exercise and Health Physiology provides her with a special understanding of the human body and the mechanics of movement. As a teacher, her intention is to challenge dancers; focusing on placement, correct technique, strength, agility and musicality. Sabrina has performed with dance companies including Tessandra Chavez’ Unity Dance Ensemble. She appears in commercials for Dex, Hip Hop Abs, Corvel and appeared as a dance expert in Hollywood’s 10 Best Dance Movies. Her choreography has been featured on So You Think You Can Dance as well as a commercials for MoBeam and BCBG. Live performances she’s also choreographed for include Jacob Jonas’ To the Sea, Carnival Choreographer’s Ball, EDGE Scholarship Showcase, Silverlake Contemporary Ballet, and the televised Nappytabs production for artist Rashed AlMajid in Saudi Arabia.  Her music video credits include choreography for Martin Baltser, Holly Conlan and Jenna Bryson.

  • Dwight Rhoden has established a remarkably wide-ranging career, earning distinction from The New York Times as “one of the most sought out choreographers of the day.” A na­tive of Dayton, Ohio who began dancing at age 17, Rhoden has performed with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Les Ballet Jazz De Montreal, and as a principal dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He has appeared in numerous television specials, documentaries and commercials throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, and has been a featured performer on many PBS “Great Performances” specials. Widely known as “a dancer’s choreographer,” Rhoden has worked with, coached and created for some of the most diverse artists in the ballet and contemporary dance worlds.  He has directed and choreographed for TV, film, theater and live performances including So You Think You Can Dance, E! Entertainment’s “Tribute to Style” and Cirque Du Soleil. He has also worked with such high-profile artists as Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Kelly Clarkson and Patrick Swayze. Rhoden is a Co-Founder and Co-Director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

  • Desmond Richardson has danced with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Frankfurt, and was the first ever African American Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theater. He has performed and choreographed for the hit TV show, So You Think You Can Dance and was a featured performer with Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna, Elton John and Aretha Franklin. Richardson was a member of Broadway’s Original Cast of “Fosse”, Twyla Tharp’s “Movin’ Out”, “The Look of Love” and “Aftermidnight” and is a Tony nominated Artist. He is the Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, is the recipient of the Icon Dance Industry Award and you can see him featured in the new movie “High Strung Free Dancer”.

  • DJ Smart has been described as innovative, quintessential and arguably one of the most versatile and gifted performers of his generation. Mr. Smart has acquired a vast amount of education through his matriculation. He is a graduate with honors from the University of the Arts where he received his BFA in Ballet Performance. In addition to his degree, he was the recipient of the prestigious “Stella Moore Prize” as well as the “Outstanding In All Styles” Award. He has received an endless number of accolades including: 2006 NAACP ACT-SO National Dance Gold Medalist, 2007 YoungArts winner in Jazz Dance, Capezio Athlete, Eleone Dance Theatre Icon Award, 2013 Got Dance LA Spotlight Recipient,  2013 Edge Magazine Person of the Week, and an “Emerging Artist Award” from Opera Noir. He has made countless guest appearances granting him the opportunity to perform, teach and choreograph all over the USA and in over 30 countries internationally. His credits include: Jessie J, The Jacksons, Twenty-One Pilots, Cher, Becky G, Disney’s Best Friends Whenever, Dancing With the Stars, Latin American Music Awards, America’s Got Talent, Billboard Awards, Momix Dance Company, Oklahoma!, Koresh Dance Company and more. Most notably, he was a special guest performer on the hit TV series “So You Think You Can Dance” and “So You Think You Can Dance Ukraine.”

    He is frequently involved in charity work, mentoring youth and activism for human rights. He continues to travel the world sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience as a performer, teacher, choreographer and ambassador for the arts.

  • Tovaris Wilson was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He is a graduate of the prestigious New World School of the Arts in Miami and was admitted to a mentorship program with legendary Choreographer and Director Debbie Allen. As a Dancer, Tovaris has performed on the Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, and the BET Awards.  He can be seen in commercials for Pepsi, Rubbermaid, and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter products. He has been featured in films including the Austin Powers Trilogy, Rush Hour 3, A Time For Dancing, and Rock Of Ages with Tom Cruise. Tovaris can be seen in music videos with artists including Britney Spears, Will Smith, and Prince. He has also been a featured dancer on world tours with Britney Spears and Cher. He has choreographed for artists including Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Cher, The Pussycat Dolls, Vanessa Carlton, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland, Adam Lambert, Jordin Sparks, Iggy Azalea, Natasha Bedingfield, Keri Hilson and FKA Twigs. His choreography has been featured on television shows such as American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Got Talent and Jimmy Kimmel Live.

  • Matthew Smith was born and raised in Houston, Texas and began his dance training at a very young age in all genres of dance.

    He graduated from The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and performed in several broadway shows with Theatre Under The Stars. Matthew was a 2015-2016 ASH Assistant which launched his professional dance career in Los Angeles, California.

    Since then Matthew has danced for Macklemore, SIA, and Andrew Winghart’s “Blue Wave” commercial. He has traveled the world dancing on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and has appeared in Disney’s “ Stargirl“on Disney +.

    His work as a breakout choreographer has allowed him to be a finalist in Jaquel Knights “March Madness” and he teaches at various dance studios across the United States. Matthew has assisted world renowned choreographers such as Stephen “Twitch” Boss, and Braham Logan Crane to name a few.

    Matthew prides himself in helping his students find their individuality and voice as a dancer.

 

 

Please Note: ASH Faculty varies from city to city.  Unfortunately, ASH cannot guarantee which faculty will be in attendance. Occasionally, advertised faculty will be replaced by an equally qualified professional.

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