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SUMMER 2014
Tuesday – Wednesday, August 19th – 20th

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  • Experience this 2-Day master class convention with some of the most in-demand teachers in NYC specializing in
  • Hip Hop, Contemporary, Jazz, and Musical Theatre**
  • Get inspired and take your dance training to new heights!
  • Scholarship awards are given each day for future Groove Convention and Competition events

Who: Open to dancers in two age divisions- Juniors aged 8-12, Seniors aged 13+, Recommended for dancers with 2 yrs or more experience.

When: August 19 – 20, 2014 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM each day

Where: Hosted by Kathy Blake Dance Studios, 3 Northern Blvd, Amherst, NH 03031.

Tuition: $295

Space is limited, hold your spot with a $99. deposit online or call us at 603-673-3978, tuition balance due by July 31st.*Deposit to secure your registration is non-refundable.

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kcgroove200x200KC Castellano – Contemporary

  • Dancer in two Lady Gaga videos – You and I and Marry the Night
  • Chosen as top 3 on BET’s competition dance series Born to Dance: Laurieann Gibson
  • Assistant to Tyce Diorio on Season 7 of “So You Think You Can Dance”

KC Castellano: KC is 25 years old and currently living in New York working as a professional dancer/choreographer. She is a very inspiring talent with a unique style and passionate vision. She is trained in all styles of dance focusing mainly on contemporary and hip hop. You can find her in Lady Gaga’s two most recent videos, You and I and Marry the Night. KC has also worked with artists such as Jordy Towers, and Kat Deluna on her 2010 promo tour. In 2011 KC was chosen as top 3 on BET’s competition dance series Born to Dance: Laurieann Gibson; an experience where she performed live on the Monique show and on stage live at Lady Gaga’s Monsterball in Atlanta. KC’s choreography credits include Choreographers Pick at the PULSE 2011, Choregrapher of the Year 09-12, KTU’s Beatstock and Freestyle Free for All, Discoball, countless music videos for up and coming artists, and assistant to Tyce Diorio on Season 7 of So You Think You Can Dance. KC is currently teaching and choreographing all over the country and Canada. Her goal is to push people to their physical and emotional peak. “My mission is to have every student leave the room feeling full: full of knowledge, full of motivation and full of spirit.”

KarlaGarcia200X200Karla Garcia – Jazz

  • Top seven female dancers on Season 5 of FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance”
  • Currently filming scenes as a dancer on Season 2 of the NBC show “Smash.”
  • Graduate of NYU with a BFA in dance and a minor in journalism

Originally from Oxon Hill, Maryland, Karla Garcia was in the top seven female dancers on Season 5 of FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” Her stage credits include the Broadway revival of “West Side Story”, the Broadway show “Hot Feet” and national tours of “Wicked” and “The Addams Family.” She danced with the D.C. based hip-hop crew Boogie Bots (from America’s Best Dance Crew Season 2) and has also shared the stage with Jordin Sparks, The Roots and Lonely Island. Currently, Karla has been filming scenes as a dancer on Season 2 of the NBC show “Smash.” When Karla is not performing, you kind find her teaching and choreographing at various dance studios along the east coast. Constantly striving for creative growth, she combines influences from her technical background with different textures of contemporary, jazz and hip-hop. Karla is a graduate of NYU with a BFA in dance and a minor in journalism. Groove welcomes Karla to our faculty.

Enrique200x200Enrique Brown – Musical Theatre

  • Four seasons with Ballet Oklahoma as a Principal/Soloist
  • Actor/singer/dancer in many Broadway, national touring, regional and stock productions including The Little Mermaid & Fiddler on the Roof
  • NYC based Choreographer and Producer

Founder of Brown Productions, Enrique is a theatrical producer, director, choreographer and performer. Having only just begun his career as a producer in 2009, he was recently involved with the Broadway production of The Pee-Wee Herman Show. Then, under the wings of co-producer Randy Donaldson (RD Productions), he helped Kander & Ebb’s The Scottsboro Boys make its’ Broadway debut in the fall of 2010. Currently, Enrique is working with the producing team of a new musical adaptation of Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me A Tenor, for its premiere in the West End of London. Enrique spent four seasons with Ballet Oklahoma where he danced roles from the Prince in The Nutcracker to Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet. Other favorite ballet roles include Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, D’artagnon in The Three Musketeers and the world’s shortest George Bailey in the premiere of It’s a Wonderful Life. From there, Enrique went on to become an actor/singer/dancer in many Broadway, national touring, regional and stock productions. He was last seen playing multiple characters in The Little Mermaid at The Lunt Fontaine. From 2004 to 2006 he was in the revival of Fiddler on the Roof starring Alfred Molina, then Harvey Firestiein and Rosie O’donnell, where he performed the famous bottle dance for two years. Other Broadway credits include The Music Man where he performed the role of Tommy Djilas and Oklahoma! He can also be seen dancing in the film titled “Across the Universe” directed by Julie Taymor. Enrique has traveled the US in the national tours of Fame-The Musical and in the comedy role of Big Deal from West Side Story. While not quite done performing, Enrique has found a growing passion in choreography. He has choreographed numerous ballet pieces and was the assistant choreographer for the national tour of Oklahoma!.

mattlopez200x200Matt Lopez – Hip Hop

  • Dancer for Sean Kingston and Wyclef Jean
  • Teacher at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center and Dance New Amsterdam located in New York City
  • Live with Regis and Kelly’s Go-Go Segment

Matt Lopez: Matt first started dancing at the age of 10, performing for a Filipino dance troupe in New Hampshire. He attended Northeastern University majoring in theatre. Lopez later transferred to the University of Central Florida where he danced at Walt Disney World. Matt had the opportunity to perform with Hillary Duff in the Christmas Day Parade televised on ABC. Upon graduating from Central Florida, he landed a job as the mascot for the New England Patriots. In the spring of 2010, Lopez was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly’s Go-Go Segment. His other notable past stage/television performances include dancing for Sean Kingston and Wyclef Jean on a kids programming show on PBS, as well as artists Yulya and Matt Palmer. Matt now lives in New York City where he is currently dancing with his crew, DEF-C, and choreographing flash mobs to raise awareness for non-profit organizations. In April 2012, Lopez was the audition facilitator for a Nicki Minaj performance and chosen as a lead dancer in Times Square for the debut of her album, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.” Matt is now choreographing for R&B/Pop artists, Kyle James and Sid Haywoode, whose song, “No Excuses” is #6 on Europe’s dance hit chart. Lopez teaches hip-hop/funk master classes abroad including the Philippines and the United Kingdom. He is currently teaching hip-hop and street jazz at drop-in studios, Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center and Dance New Amsterdam located in New York City.

**Please note: all faculty members are subject to change based on availability.  In the event a particular faculty member is not capable of appearing, Groove will always substitute an equally qualified instructor.