Southern Association of Dance Masters

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Southern Association of Dance Masters

Start date: 7/10/19
End date: 7/15/19
Last day to book subject to availability: 6/20/19

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Summer 2019

Jessica Tenbusch

Jessica has been dancing for over 20 years, starting her training in Collierville, Tennessee at Ginny Mount School of Dance, where she attended SADM conventions for many years. She continued her training and graduated with honors, receiving a BA in Dance from Western Kentucky University. 

After graduating, she moved to Chicago where she danced as an apprentice with Chicago Tap Theatre, under the direction of Mark Yonally, for three years. In 2014, she began dancing with Tristan Bruns and his company TapMen, and she is still a current member. She also is currently a dancer with the Chicago Human Rhythm Project's resident company Stone Soup Rhythms, under the direction of Lane Alexander and Dani Borak. 

Jessica has performed all over the Chicago area, and has traveled abroad, dancing in Italy, France, and Spain. With CHRP, she has performed works by Dani Borak and renowned tap dancer and choreographer Michelle Dorrance. 

SADM is happy to welcome Jessica back!

Kelsey Nelson


Kelsey has over 25 years of dance experience ranging from major motion pictures to teaching students all across the country and judging for several prestigious dance competitions within the United States. She received her Bachelor of Science in Dance Management from Oklahoma City University.

Some of Kelsey's professional performing credits include Anchorman II: The Legend Continues, Rock of Ages (major motion picture), Million Dollar Arm, HSN, Royal Caribbean International, Feld Entertainment/Feld Motor Sports, Cirque Productions, Universal Orlando, Busch Gardens, Hardrive Inc., Event Show Productions, D Squared Productions, Cirque USA, and many more. Along with performing, Kelsey has a passion for providing quality instruction and choreography. She has had the opportunity to continually develop both her teaching and choreography portfolio by working with St. John's University, Wake Forest University, McKendree University, University of South Florida, New Bern High School (NC), Father Lopez High School (FL), Barron Collier High School (FL), Oviedo High School (FL), Victoria's School of Dance, USA Ambassador Pageant, Cirque USA,, Universal Dance Association and many more local studios in Florida. Kelsey has been honored to be a Master Instructor for both Universal Dance Association and Dance Team Union in the past few years.

You can find Kelsey on the judging panel of several different national competitions and as a member of Impact Dance Adjudicators. She has had the honor of judging several different National Finals for Universal Dance Association and USASF. She is always working to provide the most beneficial and valuable critiques possible to help both students and teachers alike grow and develop. Her passion for dance spreads wide and far and is always looking for new ways to continue to expand her wings in the entertainment and education industry.


Summer 2019

Cailin Manning

Hip Hop & Contemporary

After growing up training competitively in Middle Tennessee, Manning received a B.F.A from The Ohio State University where she worked with choreographers such as Abby Zbikowski, Joshua Manculich, Ann Sofie Clemmenson, Stephen Koplowitz, Ohad Fishof/Noa Zuk, & others.As a sophomore, her duet with Tadas Varaneckas, Blended Hues, premiered at the 2015 Midwest American College Dance Festival Conference. Her senior choreographic work From Four to Two, a ten minute piece based on anthropological studies of humans, won the 2016 BellaMoxi Emerging Choreographic Artist Festival in Chicago Illinois & an article in Dance Informa Magazine. While at OSU Manning curated a love for dance film. Unveiling premiered at both 30FPS Film Festival in Columbus Ohio & the Jacksonville Film Festival in Jacksonville, Florida. She's set work for Seven Dance Company, The Collaborative Dance Project, Susan Petry & The Gift Project, Found Youth, Found Movement Group, Nashville School of the Arts, & studios across the country. 

Now back in Nashville, she has taken on the role of Associate Director for Found Movement Group under the executive direction of Stacie Flood-Popp where she will be presenting her first evening length work the way i see it. Other recent endeavors include performing at Lincoln Center in New York as a part of Booking’s Dance Festival, choreographing & directing the dance video for Beth Crowley’s Standstill, presenting her piece Bum One at Big River Dance Festival, & working as the videographer for American Dance Festival’s Winter Intensive at NYU Tisch this past winterShe is excited to back on faculty for Southern Association of Dance Masters this year! You can catch her  Modern/Contemporary/Floorwork technique classes at the Millenium Dance Complex in Nashville as well as open classes held across Middle Tennessee.

Joshua Manculich

Ballet & Ballet Forum
Joshua Manculich, from Windber, PA, graduated as valedictorian in 2005 and went on to pursue dance and psychology studies at Point Park University. While there, Josh was a recipient of the Conservatory’s Outstanding Graduate Award for his artistic involvement in the Pittsburgh community. He had the opportunity to perform works by Douglas Bentz, Jennifer Keller, Kiesha Lalama-White, Peter LeBreton Merz, Whitney Moncrief, Caroline Skjorshammer, and Paul Sutherland. Joshua’s performance credits include The Pillow Project, an innovative Pittsburgh-based company under the direction of Pearl Ann Porter and JMT-JLS Productions, under the direction of The A.W.A.R.D. Show! winners Jessica Miller Tomlinson (2009) and Jacqueline Stewart (2010). While in Chicago, he has danced three seasons with Thodos Dance Chicago, participated in Autumn Eckman’s Dance Chance, and in the summer of 2012, was fortunate to be a founding performance member of Pursuit Productions, an up-and-coming dance theater force, under the direction of Ahmad Simmons and Kacie Smith. Josh’s choreography and class structure are known throughout the Chicagoland area for their emotional resonance. Josh could not be happier that he spends the majority of his time moving!

Ballet Forum Faculty

Summer 2019

Rebekah Hampton Barger

Ballet Forum

Rebekah Hampton Barger has been sharing the love of dance and movement with students around the country for over 25 years. She specializes in classical ballet, modern, and contemporary dance, and has also taught aerial dance for more than 10 years. Her teaching integrates kinesthetic awareness and skeletal alignment, with positive reinforcement and clear, detailed demonstration.

In 2010, Rebekah ended her work with Perpetual Motion Dance and the Oklahoma City Ballet to move to Nashville and found FALL, the city’s first aerial and contemporary dance company. She was a guest choreographer in 2018 for Nashville Ballet and has created commissions for the Nashville Symphony, and OZ Arts. Rebekah’s work has been featured in the Sideshow Fringe Festival, Tennessee Arts Academy, Barefoot Brigade Dance Festival, Nashville Fashion Week, and in music videos for Humming House, Ryan Beaver, Kat Jones & The Prophets, Timbre, and Genuine Joy.

Rebekah has trained with the East Coast Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Nashville Ballet, and Ballet Magnificat, and currently directs the Ann Carroll School of Dance ballet program. She is also a guest instructor for New Dialect, the Governor’s School, and the Tennessee Association of Dance, and recently completed a 5 year residency with abrasiveMedia.

Ashley Volner

Intro to Ballet Forum
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