Please Meet our Artistic Director Lori Marshburn
Lori Marshburn began dancing Professionally at the age of sixteen appearing in National Tours, Theme Parks, Casinos, Cruise Lines and Regional Theatre. She has also toured the Country performing in numerous shows as Dance Captain and Original Choreographer. Lori has also worked with such Broadway names as Baayork Lee, Tommy Walsh, Donna Drake and Gary Chryst. She once trained under Frank Hatchett at Broadway Dance Centre in New York City. Lori has also taught acro for years and has recently gotten Certified through ACROBATIC ARTS. She is now an ACRO CERTIFIED TEACHER. She has also taught kids here in Las Vegas on a Competitive level. Which they have won Top Awards, Specialty and Judges Choice Awards at competitions. Lori is extremely excited to be the Artistic Director for Strategic Dance Centre and we are Super Excited to have her.
Jamie Grover is proud to call Las Vegas home and be apart of this amazing dance community! She started dancing at the age of three at her grandmother’s studio, Carol Lee Studio of Dance in Spokane, WA. It was there and in her home that she developed the love of dance. At the age of 17, she moved to Las Vegas to perform in her first professional show Jubilee!, at Bally’s Casino. After establishing her roots here in Las Vegas, she set for the high seas where she work for Jean Ann Ryan Productions for six years. Having traveled the world, she was ready to return home to Las Vegas and rejoin her family in Jubilee! Being back has afforded her many wonderful opportunities to the entertainment community including dancing with Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Ceelo Green. She also has danced for many well known DJs such as Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki, Tritonal, DJ Vice and Galantis. In addition to Jamie’s dance career, her TV appearances include Hell’s Kitchen with Gordon Ramsey, Housewives of Atlanta, Ellen’s 12 days of Christmas, NBC’s Today Show with Al Roker and the Opening Bell for NASDAQ. She also had appearances with Penn and Teller and has done multiple photo shoots with People such as Rod Stewart and Heidi Klum. She is beyond excited to teach and continue to learn and grow alongside your little ones!
Having a dance knowledge covering a wide range of techniques, Marcus Bugler teaches master classes, gives workshops, adjudicates and choreographs in dance schools, camps and conventions across the country; notably UNLV, University of Georgia in Athens, Lindenwood College and Utica College as guest faculty. He has taught ballroom dance at Dance Charisma and Perfect Wedding Dance in Las Vegas and has been a guest instructor at the Kingman Dance Factory, the Chatauqua Summer Arts Festival, Marin Ballet, Ballet School of Stamford, Steps, Broadway Dance Center, Eastern Virginia School of Performing Arts, Ballet Tennessee, Miss Linda’s School of Dance, Sawnee Ballet School, Festival Dance Camp at UGA, Exclusively Ballet, Balletfest, Dancentre South, South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory, Bunker Dance, Backstage, Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theatre, West Coast Dance Explosion, Dance Educators of America and the Academy and professional company of Nevada Ballet Theatre.
Marcus has been a dancer with the Muny Opera in St. Louis; the Harkness Youth Dancers (performing at the White House), The Harkness Ballet, with whom he toured Europe, Joffrey II, the Eglevsky Ballet, and the New York Metropolitan Opera where he was a dancer, Dance Captain, Ballet Rehearsal Assistant, and finally Repetiteur in 2001. In 2003 he joined the artistic management team of Cirque du Soleil, opening the production of Zumanity: the other side of Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. He was invited in 2003, 2008, and 2016 to Japan to choreograph the dances for the Ongaku-Juku production of the opera Die Fledermaus, and in 2007 for the Saito-Kinen Matsumoto production of Queen of Spades; all conducted by the brilliant Seiji Ozawa. He was also brought in as a guest artist of the Chicago Lyric Opera twice; first as Assistant Choreographer to re-stage the dances in the opera The Great Gatsby, and in 2006, as Choreographer for Robert Carsen’s production of the opera Orfeo. Home in Las Vegas, Marcus created dance movement in the Insurgo Theatre production of Lysistrada and was part of the creative team choreographing dances in the Opera Las Vegas production of Don Giovanni.
Marcus teaches privately and internationally and is on staff as dance instructor for the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre. His recent performances on stage locally include Stepsister and Herr Drosselmeyer in Peter Anastos’ ballets Cinderella and Nutcracker for NBT, and the Widow Simone, Dr. Coppelius and Captain Hook in The Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre’s presentations of La Fille Mal Gardee, Coppelia and Peter Pan.
Shara has danced professionally throughout the United States and Europe, having danced with companies in Chicago, St. Louis, Denver, Portland Oregon, Austria and France.
Her varied training with such great teachers including Maria Tallchief, David Howard, Stanley Williams, Gerard Wilk of Bejart’s Ballet of the Twentieth Century, Gibert Mayer former etoile of Paris Opera Ballet, among others lends her classes a unique way of including different styles and techniques.
Shara has been on the faculty of Nevada Ballet Theatre since 2002, and has taught company class for the Ballett des Landeshauptstadt St. Polten. She has taught ballet, pointe, and pas de deux to all levels from beginner to professional. She has taught in schools in Chicago, Portland, and Vienna as well as here in Las Vegas.
Ms. Nadine was born in Germany. She was in Musicals with the Anke Lux Company, such as Sister Act, West Side Story, Christmas Musicals and Phantom of the Opera. She started sharing her knowledge and dance in the dance school when she started at the age of 8 years old in which was the greatest gifts she could ever receive. She taught Russian Ballet and Jazz which was a good experience also to expand her dance variety. In 2008 she was trained in Locking, Popping and House by Bruno de Carvalho who showed her the Underground and foundation of Hip hop. She went to several Workshops in Europe i.e. UKAY ( Germany), Ben Wichert (Germany), Flockey and Rae (Germany), Mr. Wiggles (USA), Showtyme (USA), Meech (France), Babson (France) and Battles like Funkin’ Stylez and Juste de Bout. She learned that Hip hop is more than just dance. Hip hop is a lifestyle and battles were there to exchange and express skills and the love that we all have for dancing. In the Hip hop culture, you learn that it does not matter where you come from, but that it matters what you have in your heart. This is what she teaches her students. The roots of Hip hop such as Locking, Old school, Funk, House, Popping. The key is the technique and the foundation to build choreography and also individual dancing. The diversity, respect, love, passion, musicality, feeling, rhythm, happiness, being with each other and learning from each other and the art of dance to share with each other is very important in my teaching. To give the people motivation, happiness and a goal to become somebody and to express in which ever style you find yourself.
Julie Poort was born and raised in Michigan and moved to Las Vegas in 2001. Growing up in Michigan, she started dancing with Bohaty’s School of Dance when she was 3 and started assisting dance classes at the age of 10. She is extensively trained in Tap, Jazz, Acro, Tumbling, and Cecchetti Ballet/Pointe. She started competing when she was 8 yrs old, winning multiple National Championships at Showstoppers, Rising Star, and Showbiz in Florida, South Carolina, Washington DC, Minnesota, and Las Vegas.
When she moved to Las Vegas, she started as an Acrobat in the ‘Les Folies Bergere’ show and became a multi line dancer as a fill in for both the Short Dancer and Tall Dancer Lines on top of her Acro duties. While performing in Folies, she also worked in Retail and then as Marketing Director for a Real Estate company and then as a ‘Bevertainer’ (aka, Singers and Dancers who are cocktail servers) at The Rio Hotel where she currently is still employed. She has performed in several Golden Rainbow fundraisers, Beaux Arts Balls, Naked Hearts and many more charitable events around our wonderful city.
As a dance instructor, she was trained from the Bohaty Sister’s. Four women who ran a VERY tight ship! She has taught all Genres of dance but her LOVE is Acrobatics….she teaches from young to old….she has been assisting/ teaching since 1987 and has been consistently teaching since 2008 here in town. She has also choreographed several competition numbers here in town, all have gone to finals, but one National winner!
From cartwheel to Back Tuck there is a method to her madness. She is very picky about technique but loves to have fun. She has the vision to see when a child is ready. She does not take risks with safety but knows when to push. She runs a very nurturing regime for the younger kids to keep them interested but a very high intensity course for the advanced students. Her goal is to make Dance FUN!!!!
Michele Cole is a native of Santa Monica, California, where she attended California Institute of the Arts(CalArts), before joining “Black Ballet Jazz”, under the direction of Chester Whitmore, embarking on several European tours – highlighted by a tour with Lionel Hampton and Dee Dee Bridgewater throughout Italy. Ms. Cole broke the color barrier, in which she was the first African American female performer to be hired at the Flamingo Hilton Hotel, in Las Vegas, Nevada. After spending four years as a Showgirl, for The Stardust Hotel, Flamingo Hilton and The MGM Grand Hotel, she ventured onto the Broadway stage.
Ms. Cole was a featured performer in the hit Broadway musical “Black and Blue” for its European tour, under the direction of Henry LeTang, Fayard Nicholas and Frankie Manning, performing at prestigious theaters such as, Chatelet (Paris, France), Carre Theater (Amsterdam, Holland), and Thalia Theatre (Berlin, Germany), to name a few.
Ms. Cole has an extensive background in dance, specializing in Historical Black Social Dance and Tap. With a career that spans over 30 years, she has embarked on many productions, where she was an integral team player backstage, from Stage Manager to Wardrobe. “Footsteps Carousel”, brings history to life. Her latest film venture, Revival, in which she danced, is due out this Fall, starring, Chaka Kahn, Oba Babatunde, Michelle Williams, to name a few bright lights.
Ms. Cole was hired to choreograph and teach actors Martin Sheen, Francis Conroy and Brian Geraghty for the production, “The Subject was Roses”, at Mark Taper Forum, under the direction of ESP (Estevez Sheen Production) and Michael Richie (Artistic Director), Center Theatre Group.
Michele has spent the last two years teaching children K-6, the Performing Arts. She is currently working on a production as Choreographer/Instructor, starring Martin Sheen, Sam Waterston, Jane Fonda and Lily Thomlin, a new Netflix series.
Ms. Cole is abundantly grateful for the opportunities which lie ahead.
Wendy began dancing at the young age of four and hasn’t stopped since! She began her education at the Royal School of Dance/Royal Dance Center in Winter Park Florida where she was trained in the Vaganova technique. She began her stage career with Ballet Orlando at the age of 10 with The Nutcracker and performed many ballets with this wonderful company. She then took her love for dance to Skidmore College and continued her training and education with such distinguished artists as Denise Limoli, Debra Fernandez, Kirsten Simone, Doug Verone, Mark Morris, Garth Fagan, Kenneth Topping, and Brian Simerson of Momix. She earned her degree in Performance/Choreography and then promptly moved back to Florida to begin her professional career dancing for Disney at Walt Disney World. After years of dancing for Disney and many wonderful production companies she had the incredible opportunity to see the world dancing for Celebrity Cruise Line. Las Vegas came calling after her last ship contract, and she spent the first six years here dancing in Jubilee! until she retired from the stage to be a mom! Teaching allows her to share her love of dance with the future dancers of the world and wouldn’t want to do anything else.
Bailey Perryman was born in Las Vegas, NV. She has 15 years of combined experience in gymnastics and cheerleading. Before she cheered, she attended Brown Gymnastics for level 4 training and ended up switching to tumbling. She got into cheer at the age of 13 after joining her middle school cheer squad at Canarelli Middle School. After middle school, she attended Desert Oasis high school and cheered on a varsity level all four years of school while earning two most spirited awards and a most inspirational award. During her senior year, she became a captain and became an All-American.
Throughout high school, she coached a variety of cheer teams including Tarkanian Middle School’s cheer for two years. After high school, she joined UNLV’s cheer team before leaving for St. George to attend Dixie State University. During her years of cheer and gymnastics, she learned numerous stunts and tumbling passes including double downs and full ups and also standing back tucks and running fulls. Bailey is beyond excited to be a part of Strategic Dance Centre.
Jessica (Miss Jess) is originally from the land downunder. She grew up in Australia where she taught various ages and disciplines, as well as performed as a dancer for major sports teams, musical theatre, cabaret and children’s shows.
At 19, she took her first contract on Carnival Cruise Lines and never looked back. Since then, Jessica has danced and sang on six Cruise Ship contracts undertaking the role of Dance Captain and Company Manager; she has danced at the historic La Nouvelle Eve in Paris, France; and here in Vegas, in the classic Jubilee! where she was given the opportunity to dance with Britney Spears! Jessica’s most recent role is being Mommy to her baby girl.
Born and raised in Gary, IN, Victoria Jones developed skills in all styles of dance but was the first student from Gary performing in Bril Barrett’s hoofers tap dance crew M.A.D.D. Rhythms in Chicago from 2005 until present. M.A.D.D. Rhythms is known in the tap community for their significant rhythmic sound performing in major dance shows throughout Chicago like Dance Chicago, Juba, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project with Lane Alexander, traveling and performing nationally at several tap festivals within the major cities across the map including the St. Louis Tap Fest and more. Under the inspiration of the tap movement, Victoria relocated to Las Vegas determined to progress and pursue her dance career. Her tap career with M.A.D.D. Rhythms has led her to start the Las Vegas division, M.A.D.D. Rhythms Las Vegas and work and intern every year with the LA Tap Fest since 2012 owned by Debbie Allen and directed by Jason Samuels Smith and Chloe Arnold.
Inspired from many greats including the late Dr. Bunny Briggs, and Dr. Prince Spencer, she joined forces and founded the Las Vegas Tap Fest in 2013, a nonprofit 501©3, designed to honor the history of tap dance in Las Vegas and keep this art form alive. Victoria actively teaches Tap and Hip Hop, at the Las Vegas Tap Academy and schools in the Clark County Schools. She continues to spread her knowledge and love for dance and the discipline throughout Las Vegas and aspires to travel the world with her gift!
Samantha is an accomplished dancer with over 20 years of performance experience in the U.S. and Europe. She spent several years touring Europe with “Diastasis” the national dance company of Cyprus, sharing the stage with international notables including George Dalaras, Nana Mouskouri and George Moustakis. In the U.S. she was principal dancer in the legendary stage spectacular “Jubilee”, as well as a featured dancer and showgirl in the world famous“Les Folies Bergere” in Las Vegas. She has danced on television specials with Jim Belushi, Ellen Degeneres , Paris Hilton and has choreographed for MTV’s “Roadies-Las Vegas”. She has led company classes during her time with “Diastatis” and “Jubilee”, and spent two summers helping develop the summer dance program at Camp Vega for girls in Maine.
Originally from Tucson, AZ, Samantha began her early ballet training at the France Academy of Dance under the direction of Richard France and later, at the University of Arizona with Melissa Lowe and Jory Hancock. She was a soloist with the Tucson Metropolitan Dance Company, performing classic repertoire including Swan Lake Act II, The Nutcracker and Don Quixote. She also performed several seasons in the corps de ballet of the Arizona Opera Company under the direction of Richard Holden.
Samantha continued her dance studies in London, training at Pineapple Dance Studios, and experiencing the rigors of auditioning for West End productions. Samantha studied several styles of dance including ballet, jazz, tap, modern and character.
Currently based in Las Vegas, Samantha continues to dance and choreograph for corporate and private events. She specializes in the stylized art of the “Las Vegas Showgirl”, learned under the mentor-ship of Fluff LeCoque, (protégé to “Jubilee” creator Don Arden, who defined the classic Las Vegas Showgirl.)
After retiring from the Las Vegas stage, Samantha transitioned into teaching. She joined the faculty at The Rock Center for Dance in Las Vegas teaching levels ranging from pre-dance and creative movement to adult int/adv ballet. She also teaches dance fundamentals and creative movement in the kids department of Lifetime Athletics as well as guest teaches ballet for gymnasts at Flip For Me gymnastics facility. Samantha is also a certified teacher of the Progressive Ballet Technique, a program that develops proper body alignment and muscle memory geared specifically for dancers.
As a teacher, Samantha uses her years of experience to reinforce the positive influence of theperforming arts on young dancers. She is respected for her talent in dance, and understands the technique, discipline and dedication necessary to prepare young dancers for a career in dance.
Alan D. Medina Narvaez
Alan is a former Dance Captain/ MJ Warrior of the Michael Jackson One by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, NV. With eight years of experience he has participate on America’s Best Dance Crew Season 6, America’s Got Talent, Dancing with the Stars, Hip Hop International and currently in Cirque du Soleil.
To acquire all this experience and dance knowledge, he trains in his native country, Puerto Rico, and outside of it. In Puerto Rico, he was part of dance faculties and taught hip-hop and popping but also constantly always was training with his crew 787 in different urban techniques such as: dance, acrobatics, tricking. When he got to college, he was part of the university dance team and competed with them at UDA (National Dance Team Championship) in the jazz division and hip-hop division. This perseverance and training is what makes him grow and be better everyday in what he always loves, dancing. It also give him a base to start his career as a professional dancer/choreographer and to achieve a numerous challenges and goals.
Now, when he is not dancing at MJONE, he enjoys teaching hip-hop to young age dancers in different academies in Las Vegas because his goal as a dancer is to share his knowledge to next generations, so they can keep evolving and grow that passion for the art of dance that can lead them to reach the impossible.
Angela’s formal ballet training began in Santa Monica, California at Westside Academy of Dance. In 1996, she moved to Seattle, Washington to be a professional division student at Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She has danced professionally with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Opera, and Carolina Ballet. She has also done a great deal of musical theatre including Oklahoma, Cats, Man of La Mancha & Chicago. Her teaching includes two years on the faculty of Olympic Ballet in Edmonds, Washington, and Barre Definitions where she taught Barre fitness. Angela was also in the show Jubilee! here in Las Vegas and danced for the Fercos Brothers on their Central American tour. Angela is now a mother of twin toddler boys and she looks forward to teaching her new students!
Lisa has been in the All Star cheerleading industry for the past 17 years and a gym owner for 10 years. She has been active in the US All Star Federation Regional and National Advisory Boards, as well as, the National All Star Connection, as a Nationally Appointed Representative. She also serves on the disciplinary committee for the USASF. In addition to coaching in the community, she also judges competitions both nationally and internationally and runs a high school cheerleading and dance programs.
Genise A. Ruidiaz
Genise A. Ruidiaz, a Miami native, started her professional career here in Las Vegas with Cirque Du Soleil in “The Beatles Love Show”. Since that time, Genise has appeared with some of America’s biggest names such as Mark Anthony, Wayne Brady, Jennifer Lopez and Nicki Minaj, just to name a few. (Any chance you remember Nicki Minaj’s dancer that got bit by a snake during the VMA’s? That was Genise!) While she found her dancing on Hollywood shows such as the VMA’s, American Idol, Premios, Glee, and True Blood rewarding, she could not stay away from Las Vegas!
She made her Vegas return as an original cast member of Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers. When it was announced the show would close its doors in December of 2016, she chose to view it as an opening window! There would never come a better time to fulfill the dream of producing her own shows, and GAR Entertainment was born.
Genise has over 25 years of dancing experience in all different styles which is reflected in her choreography. Reverie was put together with the mindset of appealing to all audiences. There is Jazz, Rock n Roll, Blues, Pop and R&B, and audiences are guaranteed to fall in love with her exceptionally skilled dancers. With incredible dance moves set to high energy music – what’s not to love?
Jerome C. Rivera
Jerome is originally from the Philippines . He moved to the U.S in 2013 to pursue more about dancing. Jerome started dancing when he was six years old. Jerome was a dancer and choreographer for the award winning House Company of Las Vegas. He teaches and choreographs for many local
High Schools including his alma mater, The Clark Dance Company. He is an active member of Bang Squad where he competes in freestyle battles that highlight is abilities in tumbling, tricking, and any style. Jerome has a passion for teaching and seeing that every one of his students reaches his/her potential. He is beyond excited to be part of the start up team for Strategic Dance Centre and can’t wait to get started!
Originally from the Midwest, Colleen has trained extensively in all genres of dance. Growing up she
attended summer programs at The Kirov, Tulsa Ballet, State Street Ballet, and Edge PAC. After attending
Oklahoma City University, Colleen moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment
business. Since her start in LA, Colleen has worked on several projects from theater to film. She has
worked with artists such as Beck, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Paula Abdul, Jordan Sparks, Ne-Yo, Raphael
Saadiq, and Perry Farrell. TV and Film credits include: Fame, Crazy Stupid Love, No Strings, Love Struck,
The Campaign, Behind the Candelabra, Blunt Talk, Starving in Suburbia, True Blood, Glee, Dancing with
the Stars, Greek, America’s Got Talent, Cold Case, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Good Morning America, The 63rd
Emmy Awards and VH1’s Divas Live. Commercial credits include multiple spots for American Horror
Story for FX networks, Barnes and Noble, GE, Tropicana, and Ford.
Amanda always had a passion for the arts. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Amanda has cheered collegiately, and has received scholarships . She is DANCE TEACHER CERTIFIED.
Amanda began dancing in her youth at Gray’s School of Dance where she advanced in all areas, including tumbling/acro, and started teaching in high school. Amanda has been singing, dancing and acting since a young age in numerous local variety shows, recitals, events, festivals, musicals, plays and ballets getting to travel nation-wide performing for national televised events. Amanda’s favorites include performing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade; having her AERIAL BASKET TOSS featured during March Madness, NCAA DI Men’s Basketball Finals and later again on National News; and cheering for NCAA DI Football Bowl Games, NBA halftime show performances and the Chicago Bulls. Amanda was also Cheer Captain, and on the Navy & Nationals Team for U of I.
Her years of dance training include ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, hip hop, acrobatics, cheerleading/poms, workshops, conventions and master classes. In cheerleading, Amanda excelled in dance, partner-stunting, tumbling, mounts, jumps, as flier, full-twist and aerial basket tosses. She has experience with high school and college nationals and camps, and was invited to join staff. As Staff Instructor, Choreographer and Judge for the #1 cheer/dance association, Amanda taught cheerleaders/dancers of all ages Nation- wide. Amanda has received championships and top team awards. Other accolades she received are Hometown Hero for community service efforts within school district; Honorary Ambassador of Ottawa from Ottawa Chamber of Commerce; All-American, All-State and All-Conference First Team for cheerleading; and ICCA All-Star Cheerleader.
Amanda resides in Las Vegas with her husband and 2 children. She became a full-time mommy when her second child was born and is excited to reenter the world of dance and cheer and tumbling! She was recently cast in a music video with Femmes of Rock from Las Vegas. Amanda is looking forward to working with all of you, most importantly your child/children. She hopes to instill the love and valuable impact dance has had on her throughout her career in dance, cheer and tumbling. Bring It On!!
Nicole has been classically trained since the age of five. When she was 18, she moved to New York city to train with the Joffrey Ballet school. When she turned 19,
Nicole danced professionally with the Hartford Ballet in Connecticut. The last company Nicole danced with was Les Ballet De Monte Carlo in Monaco. She spent many
years training, 14 years performing professionally with classical Ballet companies and 20 years teaching.
Nicole’s teaching career consists of six years In California teaching classical Ballet, choreographing ballets from the Nutcracker to contemporary style dance. Since living in
Las Vegas, Nicole has taught Classical Ballet for over five years. She has taught at Nevada Ballet, dance teams at Legacy high school, show Choir at Cadwallader Middle
school, Dance and theater at Gilbert Magnet school, theater at Hollywood Kids and worked with Kids in Las Vegas who are training to have a singing career with
Nicole Binder is currently on her third year as the Dance Specialist at Doral Academy Fire Mesa. She will be teaching musical theater class here at SDC.