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SADM 2018 Summer 


Intensive, Ballet Forum, 

Competition & Banquet


July 12-15, 2018 ~ Memphis, TN

Convention Faculty

We are so excited about our faculty this summer!

Justin Boccitto

Tap
Justin Boccitto is an international dance instructor and an award-winning director/choreographer who recently appeared on the front cover of Dance Informa Magazine. He is a current faculty member at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, Marymount Manhattan College, Circle in the Square Theatre School, Cap 21 and guest faculty at The Juilliard School.  Some of his students have included Adam Chanler-Berat (Peter and the Starcatcher, Amelie), Sophia Anne Caruso (Lazarus, NBC's Sound of Music), Oona Laurence (Matilda, Southpaw), Jennifer Damiano (Next To Normal, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark), Brian Falduto (School of Rock), as well as Sean Fosse (Bob Fosse's grandson) and Lady Gaga. Justin appeared on television as a coach for MTV’s Made and has choreographed several Off-Broadway productions as well as Gypsy Of The Year on Broadway. He received the Kennedy Center Best Director Award for his production of Hairspray in Nashville and two New York Musical Festival awards for What Do Critics Know? and Errol and Fidel.  He has worked at the Metropolitan Opera, Papermill Playhouse and for fifteen years he served as Executive Producer of The Group Theatre Too, a theatre collective in Manhattan producing musicals, plays and dance projects throughout the country

Adrienne Schrag

Ballet Forum & Ballet
Adrienne Schrag graduated Cum Laude with Honors from Belhaven University with a B.A. in Dance and an emphasis in teaching. Adrienne has taught creative movement, ballet, modern, jazz and lyrical to all ages in Georgia, Mississippi, and Illinois and has eleven years of storytelling experience and teaching life skills to children through International Children's Outreach all over the U.S., Juarez, Mexico, and Akureyri, Iceland. Adrienne is a skilled performer and choreographer, and she has also headed up a community outreach dance improvisation workshop for middle school girls in Illinois. In the classroom, Adrienne's passion is for fostering a positive atmosphere of learning that is as encouraging as it is challenging. Sharing dance fulfills her passion to offer others tools for self-expression and art appreciation.

Alex Black

Hip-Hop & Musical Theater

Alex Black has studied in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Orlando, Detroit and at numerous conventions. He was also a member of the Dance Theatre Unlimited for eight years where he competed and performed. Alex also received many scholarships and awards at workshops and conventions. Alex traveled with the 2008-09 tour of the Broadway show Movin' Out. He danced ensemble and understudied the role of Tony. He finished four contracts with the production cast of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Alex recently performed in the show Dance Legends in London, Ontario and danced in the film “American Girl”. He has appeared in the Beauty and Beast TV show as well as Dagrassi, Nikita, Paris and MayDay. He has toured Ontario with the show Twist and Shout and Damn Yankees. Alex is in his third season as a member of the Stratford Festival, Ontario company where he performed in Carousel, The Adventures of Pericles, A Chorus Line, As You Like In and currently is in Guys and Dolls and Romeo and Juliet.

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Kelcey Matheny

Jazz & Tap
Kelcey Matheny is a New York City based teacher and performer originally from Bradford, Tennessee. Kelcey is currently on faculty at Bronx Dance Theatre, Serious Fun NYC, and the assistant to choreographer and teacher Justin Boccitto. Her New York credits include In the Heights at Gallery Players, Legally Blonde, Broadway Takes Two and the Choreographers’ Canvas at the 92nd Street Y, and the tap dance musical Song and Dance Men. Kelcey has also performed with Caston and Company and Mark Albrecht. Other performance credits include Dance St. Louis’ Spring to Dance Festival and the Dancing in the Streets Festival in St. Louis, Missouri. Kelcey has choreographed and taught for dance studios in Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, and New York. She received her BFA in Dance from Southeast Missouri State University and was a graduate of Broadway Dance Center’s Professional Semester program

Sarah Jo Fazio

Jazz
Sarah Jo Fazio currently lives in New York City and is co owner of Two4One Productions.  She most recently choreographed the UDMA fashion show and was seen on the CBS morning show.  She has served as co-choreographer and artistic consultant on the Las Vegas show "Bite" for Molyneux Entertainment as well as choreographed the Carman "Heart of a Champion" Tour which premiered on Pay Per View, as well as the Dino "Christmas Spectacular" which aired on QVC.  She has choreographed and directed Six Flags productions all over the country and has co-produced the show "Industrial Movement" for Silvertree Productions.  She has choreographed half time shows for the New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, the Oklahoma City CAVS and has directed the show "Cirquo Magnifico" in Houston, TX.  Her choreographic credits include such musicals as "Crazy For You", "Anything Goes", "Damn Yankees",  "Grease", "Les Miserables", "Singing In The Rain", and "Suessical-The Musical".  Sarah is the past recipient of the "America's Young Choreographer Award", and has worked with one of the original top ten American Idol contestants.   She is a graduate of Oklahoma City University, and works for such organizations as Danza and Masquerade. 

Ashley Volner

Contemporary
Ashley Volner was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She graduated from University of Alabama with a B.A. In dance. After graduation she visited NYC to represent the university in a dance showcase and ended up staying and calling the big city her home. In NYC she started work study with Broadway Dance Center. She was a choreography assistant and can be seen in 'Pas De Carole' with fellow Memphian Maxx Reed. Ashley also assisted Mr.Reed for the musician Sees’ music video 'She Cried.' She soon afterwards moved to Hamburg, Germany to dance for AIDA cruise line. In between contracts she dance modeled for designer Ela Erdoğan as well as can be seen running through the streets of NYC for Nike in the Japanese magazine MILK. You might have seen her dance in Memphis with Bridging Souls Dance Company. She's also had the huge pleasure of working for Jamarious Stewart dancing literally new heights in the 'Go showcase' through the company STREB. Numerous dance studios, around the country, have had her choreograph their competition routines. Her most recent work has been dancing in the music video 'Appointments' by Julien Baker.

Ballet Forum Faculty

Summer 2018

Ashley Volner

Intro to Ballet Forum
Ashley Volner was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She graduated from University of Alabama with a B.A. In dance. After graduation she visited NYC to represent the university in a dance showcase and ended up staying and calling the big city her home. In NYC she started work study with Broadway Dance Center. She was a choreography assistant and can be seen in 'Pas De Carole' with fellow Memphian Maxx Reed. Ashley also assisted Mr.Reed for the musician Sees’ music video 'She Cried.' She soon afterwards moved to Hamburg, Germany to dance for AIDA cruise line. In between contracts she dance modeled for designer Ela Erdoğan as well as can be seen running through the streets of NYC for Nike in the Japanese magazine MILK. You might have seen her dance in Memphis with Bridging Souls Dance Company. She's also had the huge pleasure of working for Jamarious Stewart dancing literally new heights in the 'Go showcase' through the company STREB. Numerous dance studios, around the country, have had her choreograph their competition routines. Her most recent work has been dancing in the music video 'Appointments' by Julien Baker.

Adrienne Schrag

Ballet Forum
Adrienne Schrag graduated Cum Laude with Honors from Belhaven University with a B.A. in Dance and an emphasis in teaching. Adrienne has taught creative movement, ballet, modern, jazz and lyrical to all ages in Georgia, Mississippi, and Illinois and has eleven years of storytelling experience and teaching life skills to children through International Children's Outreach all over the U.S., Juarez, Mexico, and Akureyri, Iceland. Adrienne is a skilled performer and choreographer, and she has also headed up a community outreach dance improvisation workshop for middle school girls in Illinois. In the classroom, Adrienne's passion is for fostering a positive atmosphere of learning that is as encouraging as it is challenging. Sharing dance fulfills her passion to offer others tools for self-expression and art appreciation.

Julie Edwards

Ballet Forum
Julie Edwards, a native of North Carolina and a new resident of Tennessee, has been teaching dance for the past 26 years in eastern North Carolina. Upon graduating from East Carolina University with a BFA in Dance, Mrs. Edwards began her teaching career with North Carolina Academy of Dance Arts where she trained dancers of all levels in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern. In 1992 she founded Farmville Dance Academy and was the Artistic Director for ten years. For the past 14 years, Mrs. Edwards has been back teaching and choreographing for NC Academy of Dance Arts. To continue her ballet training and further her teaching technique style, she has had the opportunity to work with notable dancers such as Galina Panova, Timour Bourtasenkov, Margaret Severin-Hansen, Gabor Kapin, Elie Lazar, and many others. Mrs. Edwards has restaged/choreographed ballets such as The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Star and Stripes, Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, and Le Corsaire. Since relocating to Germantown, Tennessee, she has taught master classes and substituted at local studios in the Memphis area but, upon request, she continues to return to North Carolina to train students and share her talent and love for dance there as well. While at East Carolina University, she was a member of the Broadway Musical Traveling Company “5,6,7,8…” lead by David Wanstreet. Mrs. Edwards also performed at the American Dance Festival, Dance Arts Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker as well as many performances of the East Carolina Dance Theatre. She has been a judge and choreographer for local Jr. Miss Programs (now Distinguished Young Women) in North Carolina.