JAIME LYN MCKENNA
Jaime Lyn McKenna, Artistic Director of RDC, Co-founder of EMIAJ Movement LTD. (2003), 1995 graduate of Dean College, Franklin, MA, has had 32 years of extensive and eclectic dance studies which include Martha Graham Dance Studio, Alwin Nicholia Studio, Erick Hawkins Studio, Broadway Dance Center (master classes), Frank Hatchett, Makumi Sakato, Sue Samuels, Bill Hastings, Denise Jefferson and Savion Glover.
Ms. McKenna began her dance training at the age of five on Long Island and has received many competition accolades. Among her titles are Starpower Regional and National Champion Soloist in Lyrical and competitor in Ballet, Tap and Jazz; American Dance Spectrum Regional Dance Competition Champion in Ballet, Tap and Jazz; Choreographer for Brookhaven Theater Dance Guild “Dance Spectrum”; Dance Educators of American Dance Regional Competition Champion in Ballet, Tap and Jazz as well as the 2003 Outstanding Choreography Award at the New York Dance Festival.
Her performance and choreography experience include Disney's Big Red Boat; Disney World, Orlando; The Williamsburg Arts and Historical Center; as well as St. Mark's Church in the Bowery, NYC; a performance benefiting Dancers Responding to Aids, a branch of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. In 2009, Jaime was honored to co-produce the Rising Star Dance Competition, with all proceeds benefiting DRA
Jaime continues to further her dance education at yearly UDMA conventions, Rhee Gold Seminars, performances at such renowned dance venues as Jacob's Pillow, MA and City Center, NYC.
Jaime is happily celebrating five years as Owner and Artistic Director of Revelations Dance Center.
SR. HIP HOP
Angel has taught master classes from New York City to L.A. He has danced on the Wade Robson Project and can be seen dancing in the 2007 film “Across the Universe” directed by Julie Taymoor of Broadway's “Lion King” fame.
Angel can also be seen in television and print ads for Chili's, Verizon, Baccardi and the United Way, to mention just a few. All his credits are too extensive to list.
This is Mr. Angel's fourth year at RDC as Sr. Hip Hop instructor and competition choreographer. It is our pleasure to have him on our staff.
JR. MUSICAL THEATER/MUNCHKIN HIP HOP
MINI HIP HOP/ JR. HIP HOP
JR. HIP HOP COMPANY
Stephanie has been dancing for twenty years. She has studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop. Stephanie began student teaching at age eleven and teaching at eighteen. She has been teaching for several years at the after school dance program at Central Islip Mulligan Elementary and Reed Middle School.
Stephanie is currently attending Stony Brook University after earning her Associates Degree at Suffolk Community College.
She continues her dance experience at Broadway Dance Center and has studied under such masters as Sue Samuels and Leslie Feliciano. Stephanie has advanced her skills in dance education through attending such conferences as UDMA (United Dance Merchant's of America) and Rhee Gold Seminars, as well as visits to inspirational dance venues and performances such as Jacob's Pillow and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Stephanie has been a valued member of our RDC family for five years.
COMBO 2 / SR. JAZZ / SR. JAZZ COMPANY
Damaris began dancing at age three. She began student teaching at age twelve and teaching at the age of eighteen with her love of the art form growing at each level.
Damaris is attending Stony Brook University after having earned her Associates Degree in International Studies at Suffolk Community College. Although her ambitious academic schedule keeps her quite busy, Damaris continues her dance education. She studies at Broadway Dance Center in NYC, taking master classes with Leslie Feliciano, Helene Phillips and Sue Samuels. Her teaching skills have been enhanced through attendance at UDMA (United Dance Merchant's of America) and Rhee Gold Seminars.
Her teaching experience includes jazz and ballet classes at the Sachem Enrichment and Arts Program; hip hop, salsa, contemporary, Hawaiian, belly dance and combo classes at Computer Associates and hip hop classes at Stony Brook University.
Damaris' positive vibe is and invaluable part of our RDC team and we are pleased to have her with us for the past five years.
Cheryl began her dance training at the age of eight and has studied Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Belly Dancing, and Hip Hop at various local studios.
Throughout her study and career she has participated in competitions and conventions receiving numerous awards for her choreography on both the regional and national levels. Cheryl was the Dance Instructor for the Stony Brook University's Athletic/Wellness Center for several years, as well as Stony Brook University's Fitness/Dance Workshops and Conventions.
Cheryl continues to hone her dance skills at Broadway Dance Center in New York City as well as participating in the UDMA (United Dance Merchants of America) yearly conventions and conferences.
RDC is honored to have Cheryl with us for the fifth year as we look forward to many more.
INTERMEDIATE HIP HOP
Michele discovered her love for dance at the age of two. Throughout her dancing years, she has studied Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern,Lyrical, Irish Step Dance and Zumba. Her love for Tap was greatly inspired by Savion Glover and Gene Kelly.
In August 2001, Michele performed in an off-Broadway production of Break the Floor, directed by Gil Stroming. Michele attended class with tap choreographers such as Gil Stroming, Mike Minery and Greg Russel in preparation for this production. Additionally, Michele has studied with modern choreographer Mia Michaels, Hip Hop choreographer Dan Karaty and Irish Step Choreographer Colin Dunne. Michele was a member of the University of Rhode Island Dance Company during her college years, with her emphasis on Tap.
Michele continues to explore her love for dance while taking class at Broadway Dance Center and in anyway she is allowed to move her tappin' feet!
We are thrilled to have Michele on the RDC team for the past four years.