The only intensive of its kind!This five day dance training experience is designed to help students remove the self-made obstacles that prevent them from reaching their true potential. This year’s theme, EXPAND! is focused on building upon their training and life experience to help them grow exponentially by opening their eyes and minds to new ways of moving and engaging in the world around them. By helping dancers to acknowledge and accept where they are in the process of their training and lives, we help them to own and celebrate the tiny victories that lead to their own personal success.
Chelsea Studios151 W. 26th Street6th FloorNew York City, NY 10001
Youth: 8 - 10Pre-Teen: 11 - 13Teen and Sr: 14 and up
3 experiences to choose from!
Original MPower Experience
Aspiring Choreographer’s Experience
Our passionate and experienced faculty are focused on celebrating each student's unique talents and capabilities. They'll be challenged in a safe and supportive environment to work at their personal best with other dancers from all across North America. The bonds they develop with their new friends will last a lifetime!
Located in the heart of Chelsea, Chelsea studios hosts auditions and rehearsals for professional theater companies, Broadway and touring productions. Your dancer may run into a current or future broadway star!
•Mamma Mia! on Broadway•National Tour of Bombay Dreams•Appeared as a dancer on CBS’s “Limitless”•Toured with Sukbhir, RDB, Shehzad Roy and other major Indian and Pakistani pop artists.•Multiple professional choreography credits including: Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan, Broadway Bares, Broadway’s Easter Bonnet Competition, commercials and music videos•Bachelors and Masters degree in education with a specialization in Dance•Has taught at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center and the Joffrey Ballet
Jessica Rizzo-Stafford (Choreography Seminars)
•MA from NYU Steinhardt’s Dance Education Program•BFA in Dance Performance from UMass Amherst•National and European tours: Guys & Dolls, Grease•Regional Theater: West Side Story, Cabaret, Sweet Charity, IMPULSE Modern Dance Company•Creator/Director of Project “C” - choreography workshops designed for young, emerging choreographers•Current Faculty: Dance Teacher Web, D’Valda & Sirico Dance & Music•Previous faculty member: Rutgers University, Perichild program at Peridance Capezio Center, New Dance Group and 92nd Street Y•Served as Company Director at the historic Steffi Nossen School of Dance/Dance in Education Fund•Traveled to Uganda to teach creative movement to misplaced children•Featured instructor at the Queen’s Kampala Ballet & Modern Dance School•Master teacher and adjudicator for various dance competitions
Stephanie Potteiger (Showcase Choreographer)
•BFA in Dance from The University at Buffalo•Has performed on various cruise ships throughout Europe, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean•Performed with Spirit Productions in Reno, Myrtle Beach and Beirut, Lebanon•Assisted Ben Blaque of the Illusionists on America’s Got Talent•Toured with the Illusionists 2.0 in the U.S., Melbourne, Australia and Osaka, Japan•Member of ALMA NYC Dance Company•Associate Choreographer at Marquette Productions Inc
Matt Lopez (Hip Hop)
•On faculty at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, Dance New Amsterdam, New York Film Academy and Groove Dance Competition and Convention•Selected as one of top 12 Dance Convention Teachers in the USA by Dance Informa Magazine•Performance credits include: a feature on Live with Regis and Kelly; dancing for Sean Kingston, Wyclef Jean, Nicki Minaj and Hillary Duff•Choreographer for R&B/Pop Aritsts Kyle James and Sid Haywoode•Dances with the crew DEF-C raising awareness for non-profit organizations•Has taught internationally in the Philippines and the UK
Jason Marquette (Musical Theater and Tap)
•Owner/Director of MPower Dance Workshops•BFA in Musical Theater from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia•Former Faculty Member of Broadway Dance Center, New Dance Group and Peridance Capezio Center•On Faculty at the New York Film Academy•Recurring faculty at Dance Teacher Web Live’s annual dance teacher conference in Las Vegas•On faculty with All American Talent Awards, Spotlight Dance Cup and Resonance Tap Experience and Convention•Produces and stages full length musicals and professional live entertainment for corporate events in and around NYC•Has travelled and taught internationally in Canada, Finland, Guatemala and Ecuador•Performance Credits include: HersheyPark, Walt Disney World, 1st National Tour of the Revival of 42nd Street the Musical, Regional theaters across the U.S.A.
Garrett “Spaghetti” Minniti (Hip Hop and Jazz/Contemporary)
•National and International touring companies of Caution: Men at Work TAP•National Touring Productions of Broadway’s SWING! and 42nd Street•The Great American Song Book featuring Carol Lawrence and Ed Ames in Branson, MO•Performed in over 50 Mainstage musicals, industrials and dance productions including Grease (Danny), Singin in the Rain (Cosmo), Little Shop of Horrors(Seymour) and Disneyland’s 45th Annual Parade of the Stars•Founder/Director of The Breakthrough Outreach and Performance Company•Creator/Choreographer of Universal Studios Hollywood’s Tap Worx•Cotton: The Fabric of Our Lives Commercial with Camilla Belle•Former faculty of The Edge Performing Arts Center in Hollywood, CA and Steps on Broadway in New York City
Something for everyone!With 3 different experiences to choose from, we have something for every dancer! The MPower Experience is great for the recreational dancer, while the Pre-Professional Experience will help the dance career minded student learn more about the business. The Aspiring Choreographer’s Experience is designed to help dancers learn the skills and techniques to bring their creative visions to life!
Rates listed do not include early bird pricing or scholarships. Looking for price breaks? Group rates are available for studios bringing 5 or more dancers. Individual dancers can refer their friends and receive discounts when they register! Email us for additional info or click here to register!
Latoya Roberson (Ballet)
•Trained at Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, Dance Theater of Harlem and The Ailey School•Recipient of the Judith Jameson Fellowship while training at the Ailey School•Performed with the Ailey Company in their production of Alvin Ailey’s Ballet “Memoria”•Studied under and performed in pieces by such esteemed artists as Melissa Hayden, Gelsey Kirkland, Arthur Mitchell, Ronald K. Brown and Judith Jamison•Television performances include being featured on Live! With Regis and Kelly and the MTV Music Video Awards•Has performed with Contemporary Ballet Theater and Genesis Dance Company•Holds certification in Ballet Teaching and Registered Teaching status with the Royal Academy of Dance in London, UK
Not just for dancers!MPower is an event for the whole family! Each morning, parents can attend a free seminar designed to help parents understand the struggles and challenges their dancers are experiencing on their journey. Other topics include tips on helping to develop healthy, respectful and mutually beneficial relationships with teachers and studio directors.
Karl Maier (Ballet)
•Trained at University of New Hampshire, Boston Ballet and The American Academy of Ballet at Vassar•1st National Tour of Pippin (Aerial Captain)•Performed for nine years with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet•Appears in PBS’ Great Performances at the Met dancing in flying in many operas including John Adams’ Grammy Award Winning Dr. Atomic•Adjudicates for national dance competition All American Talent Awards•Teaches ballet in the Musical Theater department at the New York Film Academy and movement for actors at the New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts
Robert Taylor Jr. (Hip Hop)
•Top 20 Contestant on Season 8 of So You Think You Can Dance•Danced for L.L. Cool J at Carnegie Hall•Performed with The Mothmen on America’s Got Talent in 2015•National Tour of Hairspray•B.A. in dance with a minor in Musical Theater from Marymount Manhattan College•Currently on faculty at Broadway Dance Center
Chanon Judson-Johnson (Contemporary)
•Graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from the University at Buffalo•Associate Director and Member of Critically Acclaimed Urban Bush Women•Performed on Broadway in Cotton Club Parade and the Tony Award Winning Production of Fela!•Commercial performance credits include Victoria’s Secret Live, The Jimmie Fallon Show, and the Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Concert•Teaching Artist with Alvin Ailey Arts in Education, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Urban Bush Women, and Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts•Program Director for Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance Summer Camp
Sheila Barker (Jazz)
Ephrat Asherie (Hip Hop)
•On faculty at Broadway Dance Center in New York City
•On faculty at Broadway Dance Center in New York City