SDC Master Classes & Intensives
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Melissa Miles was born and raised in East Lansing, MI. She began training in gymnastics and dance at a very young age. After high school she attended the Jammnation dance convention and was awarded a scholarship to Broadway Dance Center in NYC. She studied in New York for a year before making the move to L.A. Since her move to L.A., she has established herself as being one of the most sought after dancers and up and coming choreographers in the Industry. She has performed with many artists including TATU, Lil’ Bubba, Ricky G., Jesse Morales, Kara, Sean VanDerWilt and Gloria Gaynor. Other credits include The Latin Grammy’s, Adidas, Pin Up Girls USA, 30 Seconds to Fame, Miss USA Pageant, USO European Tour, Gypsy Awards honoring Chita Rivera and Rob Marshall, iPop, and the MTV Movie Awards. Last summer she danced in the extreme sports show “All Wheels Extreme.” This year, she will not only dance but also co-choreograph this same show. She also choreographed the comedic play “Seven Redneck Cheerleaders.” Melissa has had the chance to travel internationally dancing, teaching, and choreographing throughout France, Spain, Japan, Korea, and Canada. She also travels throughout the United States teaching master classes and working with top ten university dance teams including choreographing MSU’s national competition routine. Her class consists of a variety of styles including lyrical, contemporary, thrash, and funk.
Alissa started dancing at the age of three in southeast Texas. After graduation, she went to Sam Houston State University and received a BFA in Musical Theatre and Dance. While in college, she performed with the Houston Symphony’s A Very Merry Pops, danced aboard Majesty of the Seas with Royal Caribbean, and performed in Hello, Dolly! at Theatre Under the Stars in Houston. Alissa became a Radio City Rockette in 2009 and recently Ninished her 8th year. With the Rockettes, she has performed on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, America’s Got Talent, The 2017 Tony Awards, Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting, Celebrity Apprentice, the Presidential Inauguration and numerous other TV shows. Alissa’s other professional credits include the New York Spectacular, A Chorus Line (Sheila Bryant), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Beatrice), West Side Story (Shark/Estella), Spamalot, White Christmas, Guys and Dolls, Mary Poppins, and Oliver. Between shows, Alissa teaches aspiring dancers all over the country.
Jacie Scott comes to us from Louisiana, born in New Orleans and raised in Monroe. Her dance career began at the age of three, training with Linda Lavender School of Dance and the Twin City Ballet Company in ballet, tap, jazz, modern and hip-hop. In 2012, Jacie earned her degree in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University, where she was a 3-year member of the LSU Tiger Girls. The team won the UDA Collegiate Hip-Hop Championship in 2010. Following her tenure at LSU, Jacie moved to Texas to continue her dance career with the world-famous, internationally acclaimed Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. In her four years with the DCC, Jacie has worn one of the most iconic cheerleading uniforms to date, served as a group leader and was a four-year Show Group member. As a member of Show Group, Jacie has represented America’s Sweethearts in Bahrain, Kuwait, Turkey, South Korea, Japan and Guam, visiting with military as an entertainer and goodwill ambassador on four separate tours with the United Services Organization. Jacie has shared the stage with some of the best in the music industry, including Usher and Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Selena Gomez, Pitfall, Ne-Yo, and Luke Bryan on the nationally televised Thanksgiving Halftime performance at AT&T stadium. She’s also performed on NBC’s I Can Do That with Nicole Scherzinger and Cheryl Burke, and at the Academy of Country Music Awards. She recently relocated to New York City after her first season performing as a Rockette in The Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.
When she isn’t dancing, Jacie is an instructor at The Bar Method and works a freelance writer. She is also the founder of Declare HOPE, an organization she started in honor of her late mother. The nonprofit is dedicated to pancreatic cancer awareness. Jacie believes that no matter how far you get in your dance career, you can never stop learning. She enjoys sharing her passion for dance with dancers of all ages, and every opportunity to teach is another opportunity to learn!
Charis Alimanova began her training at the Space Coast Ballet Academy in Florida with Kirov Ballet dancers Janna Kirova and Boris Chepelev. From 2006 through 2009, she trained at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC, and graduated with a diploma in the Vaganova Technique. Some of her favorite roles have been Play with Fire in Christopher Bruce’s Rooster, Clara in The Nutcracker, and The Cook in Ben Stevenson’s Alice in Wonderland. This is Charis’ third season with Texas Ballet Theater.
Cassidy is a sought after choreographer traveling the country choreographing for numerous high school and collegiate dance teams and dance studios. She has trained over the last 20 years in jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, modern, lyrical, contemporary, and hip-hop. She is on staff with MA where her talents are utilized in choreographing, instructing and assisting with dance competitions. She recently finished her second year as a member of the NFL’s first and only co-ed hip-hop crew, the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue Dancers. During college Cassidy was a World Famous Kilgore College Rangerette and Swingster where she had the opportunity to travel and perform in Scotland, Ireland, New York and Chicago. After Kilgore Cassidy continued her studies at the University of North Texas where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Integrative Studies with a concentration in dance, marketing and management. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society. As a member of her high school drill team, the Whitehouse First Ladies, Cassidy served as an officer her junior year and as captain her senior year. Her performances include NFL half time show featuring The Kinjaz, Super Crew and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, The Dallas Cowboys NFL draft party, the Dallas Cowboys Christmas Spectacular, Cotton Bowl half-time and pregame shows, the Dallas Crystal Charity Ball, the Dallas hip-hop dance festival, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day parade, an off-Broadway show, Slide, the All-Ireland football finals at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland, the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin, Ireland and a performance at the University of St. Andrews in St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland, UK.