11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
American Dance Festival Masterclass with Jenna Riegel
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Dancer Movement + Physical Screenings with Children’s Health Andrews Institute
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Photo Sessions with Brandon Tijerina
12:30 – 1:30
Musical Theater Dance Masterclass taught by Trevor Wright
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
American Dance Festival Masterclass + Scholarship Audition
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
American Dance Festival Q&A
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
OPEN AUDITION Local Dance Companies & Schools
3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
4:15 PM – 5:00 PM
Nutrition for Dancers Workshop with Noel Williams
Physical Therapy + Injury Prevention Workshop with Jennifer Kieschnick
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Holly Nieman MS, LAT, ATC, EMT - Athletic Trainer - Children’s Health Andrews Institute
Holly attended Northern Michigan University for her Bachelors in Athletic Training with a minor in Emergency Medical Services. During her senior year of undergrad she was an intern with NYU’s Harkness Center for Dance Injuries in NYC. She completed her Masters in Science degree with a Rehabilitation Sciences major from California University of Pennsylvania. While completing her Masters degree, Holly primarily covered high school sports and collegiate rugby, hockey and lacrosse on the east coast before moving to Texas with the opportunity at Children’s Health Andrews Institute to help develop the dance rehabilitation program. Along with being a licensed and certified Athletic Trainer, Holly is also a certified Emergency Medical Technician, certified KinesioTape Practitioner and Corrective Exercise Specialist.
Jenna Riegel, originally from Fairfield, Iowa, is a dance artist, maker and educator. Jenna holds an M.F.A. in Dance Performance from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Maharishi University of Management. During her eleven year performing career in NYC, Jenna danced with Daara Dance (choreographer Michel Kouakou), Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Shaneeka Harrell, Tania Isaac Dance and johannes weiland. She toured and performed nationally and internationally as a company member of David Dorfman Dance, Alexandra Beller/ Dances, Bill Young/ Colleen Thomas & Company and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. Jenna taught open classes in Contemporary Technique in New York City at Gina Gibney Dance Center, New York Live Arts, Mark Morris Dance Center and 100 Grand Dance. She has been on faculty in the Dance Departments of Barnard College, The Juilliard School and Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, she has taught master classes at The Joffrey Ballet School, Columbia College, NYU, The New School, Ohio State University, SUNY Purchase, Bard College, Connecticut College, Hollins University, Emory College, Arizona State University, Brigham-Young University, Dartmouth College, Williams College, Skidmore College, LIU, University of Maryland, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of California-Berkeley, University of Iowa, the American Dance Festival and the Bates Dance Festival. Jenna’s choreographic work has been commissioned by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Iowa, Barnard College and Colby College. She has also acted as repetiteur for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and has re-staged Continuous Replay and D-Man in the Waters (Movement One). Most recently, Jenna served as Assistant Choreographer to Bill T. Jones on a new musical, Paradise Square: An American Musical. Jenna is currently an Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance at Amherst College. Learn more about Jenna by clicking HERE!
Noel Williams is a Performance Dietitian for EXOS, where she works with youth, high school, collegiate, semi-professional, and professional athletes across all sports, including the NFL, MLB, Olympic sports and professional dancers, educating and counseling them on proper fueling and hydration strategies to optimize their health and nutritional status as well as maximize training and athletic performance outcomes. Noel is especially passionate about educating teachers, coaches, athletes, and their families on safe supplementation and banned substance awareness, especially as many of the athletes she works with compete at the collegiate and professional levels, where they are subject to drug testing. She also works with athletes, families, medical professionals and coaches to identify, prevent and treat Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) and the Female Athlete Triad. Noel earned her bachelor’s degree in nutrition and master's in exercise physiology and sports nutrition, both from Montana State University and is a registered dietitian (RD) licensed in the state of TX, and Board Certified in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). Noel was raised in Montana and has counseled patients and athletes in Montana, Oregon, and the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area where she currently resides.
Jennifer Kieschnick's passion is promoting health & wellness of the upcoming youth, through her practice in Pediatric Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics. She graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center where Jennifer received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2010; she is a recognized Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist in Physical Therapy. She serves in the Andrews Institute Dance Medicine & Concussion programs as well as other special areas of interest including ACL recovery & treating general pediatric orthopaedic conditions & acute pain responses in the active pediatric patient. Jennifer is certified by Functional Movement Systems (FMS) in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), as well as utilize dry needling & cupping in her practice.
Brandon Tijerina is an award winning director, actor, choreographer, and dancer. For the last 18 years he has worked professionally in Texas, including 13 years in public education. He has strong professional connections with many working in the secondary and higher education fields throughout Texas as well as those in the national arena. Many of his students have been accepted to prestigious musical theatre/theatre departments such as Texas State, UT Austin, Cincinnati Conservatory, and NYU, and gone on to work professionally in Chicago, New York and Hollywood.
He has had the opportunity to work with many industry professionals from theatre, to music and film. Brandon has a reputation for producing Broadway quality musicals on a high school budget. In addition to directing and choreography, his expertise in theatrical design is well known in the industry. He has produced shows with minimal to lavish sets, props and costumes all while staying within the appointed budget.
Alyssa Harrington (Lincoln, NE) IG:Livin_my_dreamz Alyssa was recently featured at the NYIT Animation and Film Festival (New York, NY) for her unique performances, inspiration and contributions to the performing arts and will appear in the Toyota Prius 2020 commercial series. A recipient of the “Nebraska Young Artist Award”, “Best Featured Dancer”, “Academic Scholarship Award”, and Certification in ISTD training. Alyssa joined UNO’s "The Moving Company" as the youngest member in school history. On scholarship Alyssa attended Kansas City Ballet, The Ailey School, and Dallas Black Dance Theatre as a demonstrator for Dudley Williams and Milton Myers. Alyssa has performed and worked with SD|Prism Dance, DBDT: Encore! Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Mary Kay, Sally's Beauty Supply, Southwest Airlines, Brown Girls Do Ballet, Mahogany Blues Dance Apparel, Jamal Story, Jordan Kahn Music Company LLC, Larwell Productions, SD|Prism Dance Elevate!, and B. Moore Dance. Alyssa is honored to have participated in many dance festivals located in Belize, Jamaica, Panama, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, LA, and New York. Her Choreography has been featured on Channel 4 News,YAGP, Kitty Carter's Dance Factory, DISD, Royale Ballet Dance Academy, Studio 7, Private Schools, Drill Teams, Contemporary Ballet Dallas, Dance for the Planet, Online, Mentoring Programs, Suicide Prevention Groups, Domestic Violence Women's Groups, & Human Trafficking Awareness. Students have been accepted into BTWHSPVA, ABT SI, Joffrey, MVC, SCU, OU, TCU, and NYU. Alyssa is grateful to be on staff at The Bar Method as an Instructor and Supervisor at Life Time Athletic at Sky, all while pursuing her career as a performing artist, educator, instructor, model, choreographer, audition facilitator, and rehearsal director nationally and internationally.
Trevor Wright was raised in La Jolla, California. His breakthrough acting lead role was in the 2007 film Shelter as Zach. His recurring role as Zack Powers on George Lopez and guest starring in television series such as NYPD Blue, Scrubs and Boston Public led to his being named in 2003 by Teen Vogue as a "young and upcoming star that's here to stay". His very first break came through his involvement in music videos when, in 1989, Wright, along with fellow actor Elijah Wood, appeared in the video for Paula Abdul's single "Forever Your Girl," directed by David Fincher. He subsequently starred opposite singer Stacie Orrico in the videos for her singles "Stuck" (2003), and "I Could Be the One" (2004). His first feature-film role was in 1993's Memories by Joe Frank, but his first major role was as "Zach" in the 2007 independent film Shelter, directed by Jonah Markowitz and co-starring Brad Rowe, Tina Holmes and Ross Thomas. His role brought him three awards for Best Male Lead at the Dallas Out Takes, and Best Actor and Audience Awards at Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
Wright's film roles include Vicious Circle, in which he appeared in the role of the character "Fin". He was the lead actor in Vacancy 2: The First Cut, that had a straight to DVD release on January 20, 2009. His 2010 films include The Social Network and 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams. Wright enjoys skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing and other similar activities. He resides in Los Angeles.
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