Absolute Dance Company's Faculty
Absolute Dance Company's instructors are the best at what they do. Our faculty is composed of professional dancers, experienced instructors, and award-winning choreographers. Absolute Dance Company is proud to introduce our 2016/2017 Dance Season Faculty:
Absolute Dance Company Owner. Studio Director.
Competitive Team Choreographer. Competitive Team Artistic Director.
Brandie Andrews founded Absolute Dance Company in 2003. Brandie has studied hip hop technique, performance arts, and strength training for dance in order to prepare her recreational and competitive dancers for a future in dance. Brandie's award-winning competitive teams attend conventions such as Intrigue, West Coast Dance Explosion, Velocity, 24/7, and Hollywood Vibe. Brandie's hip hop program is a technique based program that focuses on teaching the students gliding, waving, popping, house styles, isolations, beginner level breaking and more. Our hip hop program focuses on preparing our students to confidently freestyle dance at weddings, dances, and gatherings rather than just learning a choreographed piece that doesn't translate to the real world. Absolute Dance Company owner/director Brandie Andrews has built this pre-professional studio to teach students to DANCE! Students at ADC will learn proper technique, learn the terminology, have the ability to freestyle and improv, will understand beats and the rhythm of music, and will be able to use their talents in the future as a performer or as an educator of dance.
Jazz Program Director. Competition Choreography.
Victoria Caruso is a professional dancer with the Cleveland Cavaliers Dance team. Victoria is Absolute Dance Company's jazz program director, contemporary instructor and creates choreography for ADC's competition teams. Victoria focuses on technique throughout her class and is able to bring fresh, innovative choreography to our jazz dancers and competition pieces.
Melaina began her ballet training at the age of four with the School of Cleveland San Jose Ballet, under the direction of Dennis Nahat and Gladisa Guadalupe, performing in Cleveland San Jose Ballet's performances of Toreador, Coppelia, and The Nutcracker. In addition to her classical ballet training, Ms. Kampf also studied Modern and Contemporary Dance under the tutelage of dance luminaries such as Tom Smith, Sabatino Verlezza and Tom Evert. At the age of sixteen, she joined Dancing Wheels, America's premier physically integrated dance company, as the youngest Trainee in the history of the company. She quickly rose through the ranks to become their Principal Dancer, performing featured roles in the company works by world-renown choreographers such as Sabatino Verlezza, May O'Donnell, Hernando Cortez, Michael Medcalf, Rosalind Newman, David Roussseve, and Pilobolus Dance Theater, to name a few.
In addition to dancing in over 120 performances across the country annually, Ms. Kampf served as an instructor and the School Administrator for the School of Dancing Wheels where she conducted weekly dance classes, workshops, masterclasses, and summer camps for students with and without disabilities. As well as working with Dancing Wheels, Ms. Kampf has taught Ballet, Pointe and Contemporary Dance for students of all ages extensively throughout the Greater Cleveland area and has choreographed award-winning pieces for ballet companies and soloists at numerous dance competitions.
Mike Smart began dancing at the age of 8. Self-taught until he began dancing with the Cleveland Cavaliers Cavs Kids at the age of 12. He danced under their establishment for 3 years. At 17 years old, ELEVĀTED Dance Company was founded by Howard Washington and he was an original member. He has been training under Howard ever since. Now his choreography has taken top 3 on the World Of Dance stage multiple times. Mike focuses on true hip hop techniques and performance skills. Students will learn how to properly perform hip hop dance.
Youth Dance Classes.
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Ballet. Pointe. Variations en Pointe.
Jennifer O’Connor has studied and taught the art of dance for over 35 years. Her studies began at The Dance Institute (Akron, OH). Jennifer’s technical education focused on Vaganova - the Russian system of classical ballet - but also included modern, character, and jazz. Her instructors included principal dancers and choreographers from Bolshoi Ballet, Kirov Ballet, Eifman Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Netherlands Dance Company, Boston Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, Limón, and Mueller to name a few. She was educated by notable greats such as Inna Stabrova, Heinz Poll, Richard Dickinson, Jerry Burr, Tom Smith, Luc Vanier, Marc Ozanich, and Lana Carroll.
At the age of 15, Jennifer was awarded a scholarship and asked to train with Joffrey Ballet NYC. During this time, she performed roles in La Bayadére, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Pas de Quatre, Coppelia, and many other classical and contemporary pieces.
Jennifer started her teaching career in ballet and choreography in 2004. Since then she has staged and choreographed many classical and contemporary pieces, including a full-length production of The Nutcracker for the Ballet West Youth Company. Many of her students have gone on to dance professionally.
Jennifer is also a Certified Personal Trainer, Pilates instructor, Kickboxing Instructor, and the creator of Barre Fusion (A fitness class based on the principles of ballet, Pilates, and yoga).
She currently resides in Rocky River with her husband Marty, two children Emmett and Cullen, and dog Winston.
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