BRIAN FRIEDMAN NMDF CONVENTION 2019

Entrepreneur, artist and trendsetter, Brian Friedman is one of today’s most in demand creative director/choreographers for popular concerts, tours, music videos, television shows, commercials, and films. His creations, moves, and style are graceful and captivating, which makes him a true living legend in the entertainment industry. Friedman has directed and/or choreographed some of the most popular and groundbreaking music videos and performances such as Britney Spears “Toxic” and “Slave 4 U,” “My Love Is Like Wo” by Mya, “The One” by Prince, *NSYNC’s “Dirty Pop,” and many more for such artists as Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Usher, Pink, Ne-Yo, Brittany Murphy, Christina Aguilera, Nicole Scherzinger, The Wanted, Carly Rae Jepsen, Karmin and Rihanna. Friedman entered millions of homes as a judge and choreographer on the FOX hit show So You Think You Can Dance. Simon Cowell brought Brian to London for The X Factor. Cowell created a brand new on-camera position specifically for Brian as creative director. Friedman has served as creative director and choreographer for multiple seasons of The X Factor UK, as well as on other reality competition shows such as American Idol, The Voice Australia, and The X Factor (US version). He also directed, choreographed and danced on Dancing with the Stars.
Brian was a consulting producer for several years on America’s #1 summer hit show, America’s Got Talent and The US version of The X Factor. Additionally, Friedman has served as creative director for performances on shows such as Ellen, The Tonight Show, The View, Good Morning America, as well as for numerous top-tier artists’ award show performances. Friedman has also choreographed for countless television shows including Will & Grace, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, David Letterman, The Ellen Show, Oprah, That 70’s Show, MTV VMA’s, VH1 DIVAS LIVE, and The Billboard Music Awards. Friedman’s dance training began at 11 in his hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona. He soon starred in Newsies and “Kids Incorporated,” and owned his own dance studio by the age of 16. As a young dancer, Friedman worked with such artists as Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, George Michael, Paula Abdul, Celine Dion, Melissa Etheridge, and Patti LaBelle. Friedman has received The Industry Voice Award for Best Choreography in a music video for Britney Spears “Till The World Ends” as well as having been nominated for 4 MTV Video Music Awards, 2 Music Video Production Awards and 5 American Choreography Awards.

NIKA KLJUN NMDF CONVENTION 2019

Daughter of two Slovenian faces in the entertainment industry, Nika was destined to stardom. Her passion for dance and love for the stage began at her parents’ dance school, Bolero. There, she nurtured her talent and followed in her family’s footsteps competing as an undefeated champion and dancing professionally since the age of three. She studied in jazz, tap, latin, ballroom, funk, but her heart truly lies in the hip hop culture. She wanted to share her passion for hip hop and became a mentor for the Bolero dancers, encouraging them to follow their dreams while bringing them to multiple wins all over Europe.
Although she is a superstar and Ambassador of Dance in Slovenia, winning gold as a soloist at the world championships and being a Nike global spokesperson is what really put her on the world map. Taking over Europe as a professional dancer and choreographer sparked a bigger dream. She is the proof that anything is possible.
Nika now lives in Los Angeles. She has worked on major projects such as Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Ne-yo, Pitbull, T-Pain, One Direction, Cher Lloyd, Jessica Sanchez, Donna Summer, Kaya Jones, Gina Katon, Matt Pokora, Herb Alpred, Macy’s fashion tour, Monsters of hip hop, NRJ music awards, X-Factor UK & France, America’s Got Talent, Billboard Music Awards, and the Britney Spears tribute on the 2011MTV Video Music Awards. She is choreographing for a formal Pussycat Dolls singer Kaya Jones (Oscars 2013 night out, Asian tour) and choreographed & danced for Blake McGrath. She also worked as a choreographer for famous superstar Lena Katina from the world known Russian group T.A.T.U. She was a resident dancer on X Factor USA and she co-choreographed a final opening number for the professionals with Kevin Maher on Dancing with the stars. Lately she was working under the world famous “So You Think U Can Dance” choreographers Napoleon & Thabita (Nappytabs) being one of the choreographers in the famous American hip hop show The Monsters of Hip Hop alongside Tony Testa, Jaquel Knight, Luther Brown, Nick DeMoura, Tucker Barkley… Right now she is touring with Macy’s Glamorama fashion show in America with Cirque De Soleil, Sheryl Crow & Backstreet Boys. On a regular basis you can catch her at teaching at world known dance studios Millennium Dance Complex and International Dance Academy (IDA).
Her passion and heart for the art of dance and performing electrifies all students in her classes andworkshops internationally to adequately prepare them for the stage. Nika already taught in more than 15 countries around the world, teaching on her own 2 workshop tours in Asia (Dance 2xs tour) and South America. She is known for bringing the heat and magic into class so don’t miss this experience!

CJ SALVADOR NMDF CONVENTION 2019

Started tap dancing classes at the age of 10 at The Talent Forum in Libertyville, Illinois - Mark Yonally was a teacher that really took him under his wing.
He was inspired to take dance because he thought it might be fun to be in a boy band one day and of course because of Michael Jackson
He later took at Extreme Dance Center in Chicago - Ian Eastwood was his first hip hop teacher
CJ also boxed for three years and played a lot of sports. He follows the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bulls.
His favorite place he's visited thus far is Scotland. He was born and raised in Chicago and says sushi is his favorite food.
He's been in Los Angeles since May of 2011 and has already worked several jobs including the Selena Gomez tour which kicks off at the end of July.
Some of his favorite dance classes to take in Los Angeles are those taught by Shaun Evaristo, David Moore, Kevin Maher, and Tony Testa.

PHILIP WRIGHT NMDF CONVENTION 2019

Philip Ladaniel Wright is an African American Dancer, choreographer and artistic director. His hometown is Miami and he was born on November 12, 1986 and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

He started dancing under the direction of Steve Cruz at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center at the age of 9 and never looked back. Beginning with African Dance and then studying under Ms. Eason, branching off into Lyrical, Modern and Contemporary Dance.

Being so close to Miami Beach he had plenty of opportunities to dance, sing and perform locally. He was just 12 years old when he got his first taste of TV, appearing on Wami on Miami with a group called Small Demands under the direction of Steve Cruz.

Philip would dance at school talent shows and joined a popular local group called the Skool Boyz where he was introduced to Street Hiphop. When the chance came to choreograph the high school dance team he jumped for it and found that he loved to teach and choreograph dance as well as perform. Taking this experience, he became a Hiphop teacher at a small studio in Homestead, FL, the Paramount Dance Studios.

More and more opportunities to perform came Philip’s way. An appearance on BET’s 106 & Park with Ft. Lauderdale based dance crew Vibe the Beat was followed by the chance to work with Zedric Bembry in 2003 as a dancer with 1st place act at Dance Fever, Live in Color. He toured the US with Live in Color, from New York to California and also performed on a mini tour with DJ Laz and Sito OnerRock in Texas.

Philip appeared on America’s Got Talent and the Miami Heat Audition Show. Eventually he would become a choreographer under Zedric Bembry for the Miami Heat Dance Team.

As his reputation in Miami grew the chance came to start his own classes, Phil’s Hiphop and Funk Class, at Peaches School of Dance, Local artists began using Philip’s talents for music videos and he choreographed in high schools. Flanagan, Pace and Ransom Everglades to name a few.

Working with Glenn Douglas Packard and Kehynde Hill at the Dance Utopia Agency, Philip was booked as a backup dancer for Brooke Hogan. He appeared with her on MTV’s Brooke Knows Best. Philip appeared in the movie Stomp the Yard II as a stepper/dancer after a successful audition in Atlanta, GA.

Philip has also worked on awards shows including Premio Lo Nuestro dancing behind famous Latin artists.

Philip pushed himself to live his dream of dance in spite of a medical condition known as Achalasia, a disorder of the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach. He lost a lot of weight and was unable to keep his energy up. After surgeries in 2010 and 2012 he came back stronger, determined not to let this challenge stop a burgeoning career.

JADE CHYNOWETH NMDF CONVENTION 2019

Jade Chynoweth (shi-NOF, born August 21, 1998) is an American actress and dancer. She is known for her roles as young Artemisia in the 2014 epic historical fantasy war film 300: Rise of an Empire and Carmen in the 2016 superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, for her recurring role as Kathleen Nolan on the TNT television series The Last Ship and Odalie Allen on the YouTube Red series Step Up: High Water.

JAKE KODISH NMDF CONVENTION 2019

Jake Kodish started training Hip-Hop and Contemporary dance at age 12, in his hometown of Miami, FL. By age 15, he was working alongside other urban dancers in a non-profit street driven studio. He has trained in all forms of dance from Ballet, to Lindy Hop, to House, but has become known for his signature Popping, and Contemporary Hip-Hop.

At 16, Jake performed in the finals on America’s Got Talent, and by 18, he was studying in LA, and working nonstop as a dancer. He danced in the film Step Up 4, and countless music videos, including Prince’s Breakfast Can Wait. He was in the dance ensemble for Disney’s Shake It Up, and Austin and Ally. His national TV commercials include Microsoft, Samsung, and Behr’s Paint.
Jake’s live performances include Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour 2015; Prince on Arsenio Hall; Prime Time Emmy Awards 2013, Taylor Swift’s Blank Space - American Music Awards; and Justin Beiber and Will.i.am on the Billboard Awards.

In 2015 alone, Jake shared the stage with Jason Derulo, Mary J. Blige, Selena Gomez, Ricky Martin, Pit Bull, Tovlo, 5th Harmony, The Weekend, Nick Jonas, and countless other artists.
Summer 2014, Jake toured with Julianne and Derek Hough on the Move Live Tour as a principal dancer. Though a choreographer himself, Jake has worked with the best including Kyle Hanagami, Christopher Scott, Dave Scott, Tyce Diorio, Wildabeast, Tricia Miranda, and more. He has assisted NappyTabs, Wildabeast, Phillip Chbeeb and Twitch on So You Think You Can Dance.

Jake is in perpetual forward motion, and is always working on his craft as a dancer/choreographer.

ZACC MILNE NMDF CONVENTION 2019

Irish dancer affiliated with the ImmaBeast dance crew who has worked with esteemed choreographers such as Janelle Ginestra and Will DaBeast Adams, among others.
He auditioned to join a couple of dance groups called Bubblegum and Sorority in New Zealand in January of 2014. He was rostered to the Varsity crew at The Palace Dance Studio following the audition.
He starred in a dance routine set to Beyonce's "Partition" for the immaBEAST Dancers YouTube channel.
He has a sister named Kerrie.
Associated With
He and Kirsten Dodgen both made the Varsity Crew for The Palace Dance Studio in 2014.

YANIS MARSHALL NMDF CONVENTION 2019

Yanis Marshall, a Britain's Got Talent 2014 finalist, is currently touring the world teaching and performing in countries such as Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Russia, England, France, and the United States. He appeared on the French version of Dancing with the Stars as an artistic coach, choreographed for Ukraine's So You Think You Can Dance, and is now the new choreographer of Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity show in Las Vegas.
Yanis is known for his intricate and fun heels choreography, which can be seen in his viral videos that have even been shared by artists such as Beyonce, Ciara, Natalia Kills, and Ariana Grande.

DEXTER CARR NMDF CONVENTION 2019

Dexter Carr started dancing at the age of 16 in Miami, FL, and got his first professional job with Chris Brown in his hit music video, Kiss Kiss. While in NYC Dexter had the chance to work professionally with Joss Stone, Katy Perry, Kelly Rowland, and Beyonce. He also got to experience the Broadway community by being a part of the Original cast of Bring It On: The Musical (National Tour and Broadway) and later, In The Heights. Dexter also worked on a Puma National commercial and Discovery Channel Spot. Since Dexter left Broadway he has worked with; Aloe Blacc, Demi Lovato, Missy Elliot, Jlo, Janet Jackson and many other amazing artists. And now transitioning into choreography has choreographed for Iggy Azalea, Tinashe, Kelly Rowland and other exciting projects.

NICOLE KIRKLAND NMDF CONVENTION 2019

Nicole Kirkland is a professional dancer, choreographer, and instructor in LA. Originally from the Bay Area, she received her training in studios, dance companies, and conventions. She began dancing at the age of 2, teaching at the age of 16, and at the age of 20, she was already a working choreographer in the industry.
Nicole’s choreography talent is apparent in both industry and community dance. On the industry side, Nicole has choreographed for Prince, Gwen Stefani, Nicole Scherzinger, Iggy Azalea, Kehlani, Bryson Tiller, Ceelo Green, Hyolyn, RL Grime/Daya, Teyana Taylor, K. Michelle, Paloma Ford, Tayla Parx, Liv Warfield, E40, 3rdEyeGirl, Iakopo, Judith Hill & many more. She was also runner-up on Nigel Lythgoe’s “Every Single Step” Season 2 choreography competition show. On the community side, Nicole has choreographed for hip hop companies The Lab featured on NBC’s World of Dance, immaBEAST, GRV and Gravy Babies.
Nicole’s diverse style of choreography stems from her extensive training background. She can teach anything from jazz funk and heels, to urban and pop styled hip hop. Nicole focuses on character. She stresses the importance of performance and creating a story, no matter the style of movement. She teaches her students to not just “act” like a character they are portraying, but to actually “be” the character. Nicole believes in teaching her students something new every time they take her class so they leave feeling inspired.

DELANEY GLAZER NMDF CONVENTION 2019

Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, Delaney has been dancing since the age of three. She began training with the Tremaine Performance Program at age 14 and at 21 became a guest faculty member.  In recent years she has toured the world with many top artists from her first tour with Helene Fischer, to Justin Bieber’s Purpose World Tour, and most recently Chris Brown’s Heartbreak on a Full Moon Tour. Along with tours, Delaney has worked with other top artists such as Ciara, Demi Lovato, Timbaland, Kyle, and Alex Aiono. Her many TV credits include Mickey Mouse’s 90th Birthday Celebration, the American Music Awards, The Grammy’s, The Billboard Music Awards, The Voice Finale, Hulu’s East Los High, The Teen Choice Awards, Radio Disney Christmas Special, VH1’s Hip Hop Squares, and The Latin AMAs. Now at age 22, Delaney has her own class in Los Angeles at Robin & Kenny Wormald’s studio Playground LA. Online, Delaney has leveraged her creativity and has been able to reach 1 million fans. With this social media presence she strives to be a positive influence for her younger followers. She continues achieving her dreams of being a top professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer.

ANDREY BOYKO NMDF CONVENTION 2019

Andrey Boyko famous russian dancer and choreographer. One of the top rated dancehall and afrobeat teacher in a world. He worked with local and foreign artists, Jamaican singers and Djs. He teached his classes all over the world. Ukraine, Belorussia, Europe, USA, South America and Canada. Judged World of Dance Russia and Siberia. For now he is one of choreographers of tv show “Dance” on Russian television. Winner of Project 818 Dance Championship. Winner of Jamaician Dance Award on “International male dancehall dancer” nomination. One of the top dancehall djs in Russia, played on biggest dancehall events in Russia and Europe.

KIRILL TSYGANOV NMDF CONVENTION 2019

Kirill Tsyganov
Born in Kstovo, Nizhny Novgorod region, Russia.
Started dancing at the age of 10, started teaching at the age of 16 in Nizhny Novgorod (Dance4U School, 2015 – 2017), at the age of 18 moved to Moscow and joined NEW YORK Dance studio (2017 – present). Taught classes in over than 30 cities in Russia as an invited choreographer. In 2017 was invited to teach for the LADY BOMB project in Moscow, Russia and in 2018 was one of the choreographers for NMDF convention in Athens, Greece.
In 2017 started a team named ALIENS CREW.

Styles

  • Hip hop
  • Choreography

Working experience

  • Choreographer of ALIENS CREW, 2018 – present
  • NEW YORK Dance Studio – Moscow, Russia, 2017 – present
  • NMDF Convention – Athens, Greece, February 2018
  • LADY BOMB Project – Moscow, Russia, May 2017
  • Dance4U School – Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, 2015-2017

Achievements

  • 1st place Fame Your Choreo November 2018 – Best Dance Solo (Pro)
  • 1st place Fame Your Choreo November 2018 – Best Dance Show (Pro) (ALIENS CREW)
  • Nominee Best Choreographer of Russia 2018 – Respect Showcase
  • 1st place Fame Your Choreo May 2018 – Best Hip Hop Dance Crew (Pro) (ALIENS CREW)
  • Nominee Best Choreographer of Russia 2017 – Respect Showcase
  • 1st place Fame Your Choreo 2016 – Best Dance Duet (Pro) (K. S. Union)
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