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Southern Association of Dance Masters - July 2021

Convention Faculty

Summer 2021

Alexis Juliano


Alexis  is an award-winning dancer, teacher, and choreographer. She is

best known as being a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance Season 10. Alexis

is currently a cast member in the Broadway show, Stomp. She recently

accepted the role as Rehearsal Director for the touring company as well. While

she is not touring with Stomp, Alexis is traveling to studios across the country

teaching classes and setting choreography. You can find her listed on numerous

tap festivals and dance conventions, as well as a judge on various dance

competitions. Her performances include, Tap Kids, Hands Down Tap Project, Tap

N Time, Jared Grimes’ Underground Tap, Universal Studios Holiday Parade, Nigel

Lythgoe’s Dizzy Feet Gala, and Gil Stroming’s Capezio A.C.E. Awards. Alexis’

most recent works include the Fox presentation of Grease, Live!, Jimmy Kimmel,

and a background dancer for Alessia Cara. Alexis is currently pursuing a

certification in Performing Arts Industry from NYU, as well as a dance education

certification from IDTS.

Desmond Nunn

Musical Theater

Desmond  is originally from Alabama but currently residing in New York City. He

attended The University of Alabama as a dance major under the artistic direction of

Cornelius Carter. Having trained in many different styles of dance including ballet, jazz,

modern and ballroom Desmond performed in the 1st annual Dizzy Feet Foundation

Gala headed by Nigel Lythgoe, So You Think You Can Dance. After college he worked

for the Huntsville Ballet Company as a principal dancer, and later on as the Ballet

Master of the company. After his time with the ballet company Desmond moved to New

York City. He then booked a role in The Wiz at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as a

member of the ensemble and the Scarecrow and Wiz understudy. Desmond is currently

Dance Captain, ensemble swing and John Laurens/Philip Schuyler cover in The First

National Tour of Hamilton: An American Musical.

Dani Heverin


Danni has trained and performed all across the US and abroad. Danni went on to graduate from the University of Alabama with a bachelors degree in business and dance. Eleven days after graduating, Danni landed the coveted title of “Radio City Rockette” in the world’s most iconic precision dance troupe, the Rockettes. Throughout her career, Danni has made numerous television appearances including HBO’s “Lovecraft Country”, ABC’s “Nasvhille”, “The Tonight Show: starring Jimmy Fallon”, “Step Up: High Water”, “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade”, the “Today Show” and most recently “Genius: Aretha” on National Geographic.  She has performed alongside music sensations including: Cythia Erivo, Christina Aguilera, Teyana Taylor, Ne-Yo, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Big & Rich and many more! Heverin can be seen dancing in the feature films, "Love, Simon", "Honey 4: Rise Up and Dance", "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk” and Disney's "Million Dollar Arm" and "Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made”.

Danni has assisted industry leading choreographers on projects such as Disney’s “Godmothered”, Facebook Watch’s “Queen America” and 21st Century Fox’s, “Let’s Be Cops”.  When Danni is not performing, she is traveling the country as master teacher, adjudicator and choreographer. Currently, Danni is in her seventh season as a Radio City Rockette.

Faculty 2021

Masters of converting coffee into customer satisfaction

Erik Cavanaugh

Erik Cavanaugh is 28 years old currently living in Nashville, Tn. and is working towards changing what it means to have a "Dancer's Body". Erik was a contestant on America's Got Talent, been featured in commercials, music videos, danced on the main stage of Electric Forest, and has had many other performances all over the world. He is known for his social media videos, going viral countless times with his view count in the hundreds of millions, he has also been celebrated by major celebrities such as Fergie, Ashton Kutcher, Nicey Nash, Lisa Rinna, Todrick Hall, and many more. Erik's philosophy is: Do you dance? Do you have a body? Then you have a dancer's body.

Dr. Tegan Reeves

Injury Prevention
Dr. Tegan Jemma Reeves is a seasoned dance professional with over 20 years of movement instruction and 15 years of dance adjudication. Tegan has extended her work into research studying the mind/body connection. The former Executive Director of USASF Dance and The Dance Worlds, Tegan spent her adult career dedicated to competitive dance. Her background at Iowa State University studying dance, as well as her diverse array of movement education modalities, fueled this passion and led to her current pursuits. Earning her doctorate studying embodied literacy and yoga in 2018; Tegan is now studying the instruction and impact of movement and teaching yoga and acrobatics in Memphis, TN.

Ballet Forum

Summer 2021


Ballet Forum & Convention

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 dance and contemporary ballet company. Then in 2019, after facilitating a partnership with Nashville School of the Arts, FALL moved into the school to become the resident dance company and work with the students in the dance conservatory. 

Rebekah has been a guest choreographer for Nashville Ballet and created commissions for the Nashville Symphony, and OZ Arts. Her 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. 

She has trained with the East Coast Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Nashville Ballet, and Ballet Magnificat, and was the ballet program director for the Ann Carroll School of Dance 2010-2019. In addition to directing FALL, Rebekah is a guest instructor for New Dialect, the Governor’s School, and the Tennessee Association of Dance, and recently completed a 5-year artist residency with abrasiveMedia, inc. Learn more about Rebekah and her work at


Noah Klarck

Ballet Forum

Born in Dearborn Michigan, Noah began

his dance training at Ginny Mount School of Dance. He then continued his classical Ballet training at age 13 with Ballet Memphis. During high-school, he trained at Interlochen Arts Academy, under the direction of Joseph Morrissey and Justin Koertgen. He will be going into his senior year at the University of Oklahoma this upcoming fall, where he is majoring in Ballet Performance. He has performed roles in: The NutcrackerSleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire, La Bayadere, Harlequinade, Paul Taylor’s Company B, Nilas Martins’ Les Noces, Alejandro Cerrudo’s Lickety Split, Jose Limon’s A Choreographic Offering, and more

Allie McDaniel

Intro to Ballet Forum
Allie McDaniel began dancing with Joy McDaniel Academy of Dance (Memphis, TN) at the age of 2. During her time at JMAD, she took classes in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, hiphop, and gymnastics. She was awarded top honors for her solos in lyrical, jazz, and pointe. She has worked and assisted at JMAD since the age of 10. Allie is going into her Senior year at Western Kentucky University for a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. So far at WKU, Allie has performed in 13 dance concerts. She has been a member of SADM for 6 years and attending SADM conventions all her life. Allie is honored to be a part of the SADM Summer Faculty this year, and is excited to teach the Intro to Ballet Forum class!

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