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Krista Barker

Krista Barker

Jazz | Lyrical | Contemporary

Krista has been dancing since the age of 4. Her performances have taken her all over the United States, Canada, and Japan. She has had the opportunity to showcase her passion for dance through television, videos, concert tours, and live stage performances. In addition to Krista’s own talents as a performer, her award winning choreography has been featured on SYTYCD, America’s Best Dance Crew, Hip Hop International, live stage performances, and at schools, night clubs, and national competitions. She specializes in stylized jazz, technique, lyrical, contemporary, fitness and competitive choreography. Krista is an original member and Director of Automatic Response, and has been a proud member since 2005. They have been featured on season 1‘s America’s Best Dance Crew, Apollo presents American Icons and numerous stage production shows. “To inspire, and be inspired” is what Krista lives by, and she is a proud new mentor, teacher and choreographer for Kim Mcswain’s “Changing Lives” program. Just recently Krista launched AMP Dance Competition, to inspire kids to use their love for dance to make change in the community. Credits Include: Aaron Carter Jukebox Tour, Aaron Carter Japan Tour, Britney Spears Onyx Tour, Star Search, FAMEUS, West Coast Dance Explosion, Conversations of Lust, American Icons Live as Janet Jackson, America’s Best Dance Crew, The Goddess Concept, AMP Dance Competition, Purple, C(her)ish, British Invasion, Changing Lives, Top Jazz Choreographer for Break the Floor 2017.

Andrea Coffey

Andrea Coffey

Tap | Hip Hop

ANDREA COFFEY… started dancing at the age of three in Aurora, Colorado, and started competing at the age of nine. She trained in Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary, and Jazz along with her specialties: Tap and Hip Hop. At the age of thirteen, she participated in a week long tap intensive under the instruction of Jason Samuel-Smith, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, and Elka Samuel-Smith, and performed her solo in the closing showcase at the Cleo Parker Robinson Theater in Denver. Andrea has trained through a hip hop scholarship program at Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio in Los Angeles, and has also studied tap at The Edge in LA and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Andrea majored in Sociology and Communications at Arizona State University where she was also a dancer and Co-Captain of the ASU Hip-Hop Coalition whom she performed with during the halftime show for the Phoenix Suns and at the 2009 ASU Commencement with guest speaker President Barak Obama.
 
In 2011, Andrea was also featured in the Just Dance 3 commercial. She has performed with Tap 24/7 in their annual National Tap Dance Day show and in the Motor City Soles Showcase at the Motor City Tap Festival in Detroit along with Chloe Arnold and Gregg Russell. Andrea has taught master classes and/or set tap choreography in Washington, Arizona, Missouri, Kansas, Virginia, Texas, Orlando and throughout Colorado. She has received awards and accolades for her choreography regionally and nationally. Currently, Andrea is a 4th year adjudicator for Starquest International where she has judged regional and national competitions, as well as taught Hip Hop, Tap, and Jazz Funk Master Classes. In between judging and teaching Andrea is also preparing for Tap 24/7’s annual National Tap Dance Day Showcase, which will take place in Phoenix Arizona. She loves sharing her passion of dance with children and strives to train dancers to be their best selves inside and outside of the studio.
Annie Gratton

Annie Gratton

Jazz | Lyrical | Musical Theatre

Originally from Quebec, Canada, Annie was raised in Phoenix, AZ and grew up training competitively in all styles of dance. She is trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Musical Theatre. Annie spent a year on the Arizona State University Dance Team performing at sporting events and competing at the National level. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2012, Annie has worked for Tyce Diorio dancing in “The Gyspy Awads” and as an assistant on “So You Think You Can Dance” . Performed on the Latin Grammy Awards with “Calle 13” for Spencer Liff, “Pearl the Show” at the Lincoln Center in NYC for Daniel Ezralow , “Premios de la Radio Awards”, the feature film “TED 2” for Rob Ashford, and The “2017 Grammys” for Katy Perry. One of her most recent credits include dancing in NBC’s “Hairspray Live”, and dancing in the Lythgoe Family Panto “Beauty & the Beast, A Christmas Rose” choreographed by Many Moore! She is also on Faculty at “Hollywood Dance Jamz” dance convention, and a jazz director at Revolution Dance Center in Montrose, CA ! She LOVES being able to relate to all of the young dancers at the studio and across the country and showing them that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE with passion and hard work!

Bonita Saldana

Bonita Saldana

Hip Hop

Combining her unique flavor, dynamic performance, and distinguished resume, Bonita Saldaña’s influence is recognized from the streets to the stage. Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, her professional career originated as a member of the Phoenix Mercury Hip- Hop Squad and the Phoenix Suns Dance Team. Also known as, “Bgirl Bonita”, she has performed with artists such as: Jason Derulo, P. Diddy, Black Eyed Peas, Sean Kingston, Fergie, Jamiroquai and is a member of three of the most legendary, world- famous and credible names in Hip-Hop dance: The Rock Steady Crew, The Groovaloos and The Beat Freaks. She has also been featured on Disney’s Shake It Up, Nickolodeon’s Fresh Beat Band, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars and MTV’s Made. Bonita has been teaching, performing, and judging nationally and internationally for 16 years. She is grateful for the launch of her dance school, StudanceLAB.com, in Phoenix, Arizona a studio with strong roots, passionate students, and expert educators. 

Brigid Benson

Brigid Benson

Contemporary

Brigid Benson started her dance training at the age of three in Phoenix, AZ. She moved to Los Angeles after high school to further her training at EDGE, Millennium Dance Complex, and Movement Lifestyle. She was accepted into Erica Sobol’s training program the Gypsy Project in 2016. She currently dances in Cat Cogliandro’s CATASTROPHE! dance company. Her tv and film credits include Fake Off, Rachel Dratch’s Late Night Snack, and EDM artist Duelle’s music video “Louder”. She has worked with choreographers such as Jaci Royal, Ian Eastwood, Cheryl Baxter, Jason Gorman, Lee Martino, and Dana Metz. She recently traveled around the U.S. performing in the musicals Grease as “Cha Cha” and Miracle on 34th St. She’s also danced for Disney Cruise Line on two of their ships. Brigid is currently finishing her BA in Business Administration at ASU. She is excited to be apart of AMP this season!
Jayar Fernandez

Jayar Fernandez

Hip Hop

Jayar (J.R.) Fernandez, born in New York, Raised in Chicago, and now living in Phoenix, is a dancer/actor with credits including Adidas “All In” campaign, principle dancer for Mary Kay Cosmetic line, and Fort McDowell Casino to name a few, He has become a recognized dancer also performing countless shows, including Miss Teen World 2008, Celebration of Dance, World Of Dance SD 2010 (3rd Place winners), and BoogieDaBeat 2012 Champion as well as competing on NBC’s World Of Dance Season 2 . He is currently performing with 6 Feet Deep and Automatic Response Dance Crew, featured on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew season 1. Along with dance, he also works media and hosts for Pacific Rim Video in Los Angeles, CA , and Hip Hop International in Las Vegas, NV. He currently teaches around the valley at various studios.

Sarah Mualim

Sarah Mualim

Contemporary

Sarah began dancing at the age of 13. She first began training within Arizona before relocating to Los Angeles to pursue various scholarship programs at world-renowned studios such Edge Performing Arts, Millennium, and Movement Lifestyle.  Additionally, she has assisted on dance convention tours such as Hype, Co. Dance, and One Rhythm. After returning to Arizona, Sarah has taught and choreographed for multiple studios in the valley which has allowed her to share her love and passion for the art. Her choreography has been recognized at both the regional and national level. She has been a member of the professional performance company Automatic Response since 2009 and currently works for AMP Dance Competition.

Past credits include: World of Dance SD 2010, Hip Hop International, Conversations of Lust, Goddess Concept, Danc’Inspriations, backup dancer for national recording artist Jasmine Hormez.

Taylor Schultz

Taylor Schultz

Contemporary

Taylor Shultz is the Creator and Artistic Director of Synergy Dance Alliance, based out of Phoenix, Arizona. Taylor creates unique workshops and intensives every month to provide artists with connections and mentorships to facilitate connections for training dancers into the working world. In addition to owning and operating her own Company Taylor is a principal dancer with Los Angeles professional dance company MusEffect and also spends her time touring with the teaching staff of Muse Dance Company. Taylor’s choreographic works can be seen across the globe on both stage and screen alike. Taylor is best known for her storytelling abilities and creating works that focus both on the artistry and athleticism of her dancers. Her unique approach to bridging dancers from the world of education into the industry makes her sought after worldwide. To empower young artists Taylor uses innovative choreography, Writing workshops, acting classes, and adjudicating at competition. Taylor is excited to be touring with AMP and bringing her unique perspective to the judging panel this season.
 

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