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.
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.
Ms. Edi was born and raised in New York. She began studying dance at the age of 8 and her professional career started at age 16 in Las Vegas. Growing up, she trained at the Joffery School of Ballet, Phil Black Dance Studio, Henry LeTang Dance Studio, Hofstra University, David Howard School of Ballet, and Eglevsky School of Ballet. She has taught ballet, tap, jazz, and conditioning to all age levels from 2 to adult.
Her teaching experience includes Studio One Dance, Southwest Dance Academy, Summerlin Dance Academy and Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre. As a business owner, she contracted with prestigious schools such as Merryhill and Alexander Dawson to teach their students the art of dance. She preformed in many local shows locally and abroad including Siegfried & Roy’s Beyond Belief. Miss Edi is excited to be part of Strategic Dance Centre’s Youth Ballet program and we are thrilled to have her.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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!
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 excited to teach and continue to grow alongside your little ones!