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.

  • Dusty Button’s training includes the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at The American Ballet Theatre, American Ballet Theatre’s second company and London’s Royal Ballet School where she graduated with honors. She has been featured in Glamour Magazine, PointeMagazine, Dance Spirit and Dance Magazine among many others. She was a principal dancer for Birmingham Royal Ballet and Boston Ballet and is Red Bull’s First Ballet Athlete. Button has been a guest performer with companies around the world including American Ballet Theatre, Japan’s K Ballet, The Mongolian National Ballet, Broadway Underground, Space Coast Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She has choreographed works for Birmingham Royal Ballet and Boston Ballet’s BB@Home Series.

  • 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.

  • 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”.

  • Gregg is an Emmy nominated choreographer and most recently received a lifetime achievement award for dance education. He has worked with such stars as: Bette Midler, Gene Kelly, The Nicholas Brothers, Michael Jackson, Gregory Hines, and Kenny Ortega along with directing a commercial for Carvel Ice Cream. He has performed with music artists: Reba McEntire and The B-52‘s and was featured in a national Volkswagon commercial portraying Donald O’conner. He danced on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and in many movies, including the original Disney classic “Newsies”, and the iconic “Clueless”. He has performed at Madison Square Garden’s home opener for the New York Knicks, and has choreographed for numerous projects including Sprite, Nike and just completed consulting/teaching Seth McFarlane of Family Guy fame.

  • 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.

  • Bio coming soon…

 

 

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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11/24/20 COVID-19 Event Updates, Safety and Registration Guidelines

We are watching the governmental guidance and restrictions closely and will provide an update here and on each event on it's own page when we have confirmed information. Here are the events we are watching especially closely:

Philadelphia, PA
Worcester, MA
New Brunswick, NJ
Chicago, IL
Burbank, CA
Santa Clara, CA

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Season X - Safety,Registration, and Refund Guidelines

Artists Simply Human (ASH), in full cooperation with its venue partners is working diligently to develop and implement safety procedures and protocols to help promote a safe environment during all of our events. These practices may not reflect all that ASH is doing to ensure the safety and health of all participants. We will continue to modify these protocols based on advisories from local and federal authorities. We believe that these protocols, and working together to implement them, can ensure a safe event and the ability to dance together again.

Masks Required in Common Areas and All Classrooms

We require attendees to wear masks in the common areas and in all classrooms. ASH staff, crew, and faculty are also required to wear masks. Masks will also be available for purchase.


Distancing in Convention Classes/Auditions

ASH has increased the amount of contracted ballroom/class space with our venues and is limiting capacity to allow for more social distancing. Masks are not required while dancing, but are required when entering and exiting the room. While our faculty loves you, we all have to go with “air hugs” and “air high fives” to keep each other safe!


Virtual Class Option

Please see the Registration Guidelines at www.ASHDance.com. If dancers would prefer not to take classes in the ballrooms, the classes will be available for livestream, to take from their hotel room or home (if the event is within driving distance). This will ensure that they can still further their dance education and participate in the performance showcase with their studios. Studios should contact ASH directly when choosing to utilize this option at least 14 days prior to the event.


Breaking Up the Day

Class schedules will be modified to create staggered breaks for each convention classroom throughout the day in order to minimize crowds in common areas. This will ensure the least amount of people at any given .me in hallways and at the Merchandise and Registration Booths. If you prefer a contact-less experience, you can visit us online at www.ASHMerchandise.com to order merchandise prior to the event.


Class Observers/Virtual Observers

For now, ASH will be limiting observers in all classes to Studio Staff only. We will be offering Virtual Observer Bands. Virtual Observers will be able to purchase and stream the classes via www.ASHVirtual.com. As our internet connectivity varies from venue to venue, we will release what classes are available to livestream in your city’s Welcome Packet at www.ASHDance.com


ASH Safety Squad

ASH will designate different members of staff and crew to make sure surfaces are sanitized, masks are being worn, and proper social distancing is taking place. In addition, ASH has purchased air purifying foggers which will be used throughout the day in classrooms, backstage, onstage, common areas, and dressing rooms.


Taking the Stage/Backstage at ASH

ASH will be creating block studio scheduling for the Performance Showcase. Congregating backstage is not permitted. Masks must be worn backstage and only removed while dancing. One routine at a time will be permitted backstage. The routine on deck will wait outside of the backstage area, and will enter once the routine onstage has finished and exited the backstage area.


Dressing/Changing Rooms

Studios should limit the number of parents assisting with costume changes to the absolute minimum necessary. A\er each studio completes their routines, ASH staff will properly clean the changing room before the next studio enters.

 


Performance Showcase Audience

ASH will have limited seating available for Studio Staff and immediate parents/guardians. All audience seating will be arranged in coordination with the venue to support best practices for social distancing. We ask that you wear a mask and only sit with members of your studio. In all instances, please remain 6 feet apart and wear your mask.


Watch Performance Showcase on ASH’s Livestream

Since seating will be set up according to social distancing guidelines and limited to Studio staff and immediate parents/guardians, ASH will livestream the performance showcase at www.ASHWebcast.com. The video wall located in the lobby will also be broadcasting the Performance Showcase. Friends and family can watch from home, and attendees will be able to watch from anywhere at the venue!


One-Way Only

Whenever possible, all entrances and exits will be separate and one-way only. All Entrances and exits will be clearly labeled, respectively. No one may enter through the exit and vice versa.

 


Welcome Show, Closing Show, Collaboration Class, Q&A Session, and Awards

The Welcome and Closing Shows are being re-imagined using all ballroom space, digital media, and featuring Company, Assistant and Faculty performances. Whenever possible, ASH will create more award sessions to minimize crowd sizes. All Scholarships will be announced in the Closing Show and presented to the recipients by a gloved and masked ASH Assistant. One studio representative will be designated to pickup all awards. Collaboration Class and Q&A Session are suspended for the time being.


Distancing in Common Areas

All attendees should observe social distancing requirements in the common areas outside of the ballroom. When in line for registration or when purchasing merchandise, please stand 6 feet apart, and have your mask on.

 


Elimination of Photo/Video Booth

ASH will eliminate our Photo/Video Booth. All Photos and Videos are available to view and purchase at www.ASHPhotoVideo.com

 


Elimination of Cash and Coins

ASH will eliminate all cash and coin transactions. Only credit cards and contactless payment such as Apple Pay or Google Pay will be allowed. As always, Cashier’s Checks or Money Orders will be allowed for Registration payments if pre-arranged with the ASH Office prior to the event.

 


Elimination of Water Stations

ASH will eliminate the traditional water stations in the ballrooms. Dancers should bring multiple water bottles to class in their bags to stay hydrated!

 


Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer will be available outside every class/ballroom, backstage, dressing rooms, and at the MERCH counter. Everyone must use the hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting. At MERCH, we ask that you use the sanitizer prior to beginning any shopping/transaction and at the completion of your transaction. At the REGISTRATION BOOTH, we ask that you use the hand sanitizer provided before and after you check-in.


Hand Washing

All attendees should wash their hands multiple times throughout the day. The CDC recommends this as one of the best practices to avoid transmission of the virus. Staff, Faculty, and Crew will be required to wash their hands consistently throughout the day.

 


Safety Training

All ASH Staff, Crew, and Faculty will receive vigorous safety training to ensure that all CDC methods of sanitizing and general cleanliness are employed to keep themselves and clients from being at risk.

 


Temperature Checks

All ASH Staff, Crew, and Faculty will receive touch-less temperature checks each day. Hotel partners are also following this same process with their employees. Any Staff, Crew, or Faculty with a temperature higher than 99.9 will not be permitted to work the event. We recommend studio owners and staff check temperatures of dancers and staff each morning.


Venue Cleanliness

The hotel venues have increased sanitization of all surfaces, handrails, elevators, door handles, etc. and will be cleaning and sanitizing regularly throughout or during our entire event.