Saturday, March 25th – Afternoon Showcase and Evening Concert
Sunday, March 26th – Master Classes
If you are a studio or dance company interested in performing, please write to email@example.com.DNE 2017 Registration Forms
Company Tech Form
Student Choreography Tech Form
Master Class Registration Form
In May 2016, Ryan P. Casey & Dancers reformed and became formally known as Off Beat, a performing ensemble dedicated to presenting engaging, inventive, rhythm-based work that takes tap dancing off the beaten path. Under the artistic direction of award-winning performer and choreographer Ryan P. Casey, the company infuses its original choreography with quirky humor, poetry, characters, and more. The ensemble has performed at the Cambridge River Festival, Dance for World Community Festival, The Dance Complex, Bridgewater State University, Cotuit Center for the Arts, The Dance Hall, and numerous other venues. Their most recent production, “Unbound,” will continue touring in the fall. www.ryanpcasey.com
Skye Mattox (See bio below)
Master Class Instructors:
Skye Mattox – Adv. Musical Theater // Contemporary
Skye Mattox is SO excited to be teaching at Sole City Dance! Thanks to Heidi!! Skye began her career when she moved to NYC at age 17. She was seen on Broadway in West Side Story, and On The Town, where she understudied the lead role of Ivy Smith. Other NYC credits include American Dance Machine, and numerous shows for New York City Center’s Encores! series, such as Little Me and Do I Hear a Waltz? She can also be seen on the second season of NBC’s hit TV series SMASH, as a recurring cast member. Skye most recently finished up a run as Louise Bigelow in Arena Stage’s production of Carousel in Washington DC. In addition to performing, Skye is also passionate about teaching. She has been on the faculty for Broadway Dreams Foundation, as well as guest teaching at various performing arts studios and schools. Follow her on Instagram: @skye_mattox
Ryan Casey – Tap
Ryan P. Casey was named in 2015 as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” and one of Boston’s “25 Most Innovative People Under 25.” In addition to his solo work, he has danced for Michelle Dorrance, Aaron Tolson, Billy Siegenfeld, and Adrienne Hawkins. As an educator, he has worked for colleges, festivals, studios, and arts programs throughout the country and in Switzerland. He has presented work throughout the Northeast with his company, Off Beat, including the Inside/Out series at Jacob’s Pillow. A frequent contributor to Dance Magazine and Dance Studio Life Magazine, Ryan is also a proud Capezio Athlete. Formerly on faculty at Boston University and currently choreographing for the University of Connecticut Tap Team, Ryan is a proud alumnus of New York University’s Gallatin School, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, The Dance Inn/Legacy Dance Company, and the National YoungArts Foundation. He teaches at The Dance Inn, where he trained with Thelma Goldberg and Kelly Kaleta, and Impulse Dance Center. He recently earned a grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts and was published in the Journal of Dance Education.
Kelly Kaleta – Tap
Kelly Kaleta began her training in Western MA, and started teaching while she was attending Boston University. Focusing in tap, she has taught up and down the East Coast and Canada, choreographing, judging, and performing in many different venues. She has also been a faculty member and judge for Tap2You, Dance Masters, and Tapademics, and has taught at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, and Peridance in NYC. You can also see her and her choreography in the award winning movie “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench” directed by Damien Chazelle. In 2006, she was featured in Dance Spirit Magazine with the cast of “Imagine Tap,” created and choreographed by Derick Grant and Aaron Tolson. Other past performances include Break the Floor, directed by Gil Stroming; Clara’s Dream: A Jazz Tap Nutcracker, performing with Drika Overton, Josh Hilberman, and Brenda Bufalino; and many others. She lives in Norwalk, CT.
Hibbz Funkmaster – Hip Hop
As a young girl, Hilary “Hibbz” Sayers spent time training in street styles of dance when Hip-Hop made it’s first debut in the 90’s in Boston with her cousin and crew, the “Floor Lords”. She stepped into a studio for the first time at age 11 and started training in jazz, ballet, tap, and modern and competed and performed around New England and NYC. After high school, Hibbz turned her focus back to her first passion, hip-hop, and starting digging more into the original elements of Hip-Hop Dance. She spent years studying and training and became versatile in popping, breaking, waacking, house, and old school. Hibbz started competing in freestyle competitions in 2012 all over the US. She’s been a finalist in Las Vegas, Texas, Orlando, NYC and has won several New England competitions 1-on-1 competitions. She loves everything about the hip hop culture and wants to express to the world why everyone should love it too!
Assaf Benchetrit – Ballet
Assaf Benchetrit began his dance and music studies at the Rubin Academy for Music and Dance in Jerusalem, Israel. Upon graduation, he danced with the Jerusalem Dance Theater, the Panov Ballet, and later with The Israeli National Ballet Company. During his military service, Assaf received the “Remarkable Dancer” prize from the Israeli government which allowed him to continue dancing while serving. After completing his military service, he arrived to United States to dance with companies such as The Joffrey, Metropolitan Classical Ballet, Alabama Ballet, and Gelsey Kirkland Ballet. Throughout his career, Assaf toured through England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and numerous other countries. He performed lead roles in the majority of renowned ballet productions such as Swan Lake as Siegfried, Don Quixote as Basilio, La Corsaire as Ali, La Bayadere as Solar, Coppelia as Franz, Sleeping Beauty as the Prince, the title-role in Petrushka, and a number of George Balanchine works including Apolloin the title-role, Donizetti Variations and the Nutcracker as Cavalier. Assaf holds a joint B.S in computer science and B.F.A in dance degrees with academic honors from Montclair State University, and an M.F.A degree with academic honors in dance from Hollins/ADF/Frankfurt. He was a faculty member at Yale University, Columbia University (Barnard College), Rutgers University, Montclair State University, and Raritan Valley Community College, where he taught ballet, mens’ class, pas de deux, variations, and modern dance.
Dee Keri – Int. Musical Theater
Former Artistic Director of Keri Productions, Ltd. Dance, Salem, New Hampshire, has 40 years in the entertainment business as a professional dancer, choreographer, dance educator, stage manager and judge. Some of her credits include full stage revues for Norwegian Cruise Lines, Disney, night club revues, pageants, and television. Versatile in many forms of dance, including Jazz, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, and Tap, from solos – productions of 80+ dancers, she has choreographed twenty one musicals and is the recipient of three national choreography awards. Some of Dee’s dancers are currently performing on Broadway, in Las Vegas, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Legends in Concert.