Michelle Huynh (studio director/Tap Classes)
Miss Michelle is from Baltimore, MD. She has been teaching tap dance and choreographing for the past twenty-one years. She began her dance training at the age of 9, at the Jean Kettell Studio of Dance in Baltimore, MD. There she studied ballet, tap and jazz under the direction of former Rockette, Jean Kettell Gable. Michelle has attended the Towson State University Summer Dance Program, and Dundalk Community College's Act I program in Baltimore where she has had training in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, musical theatre and choreography. Michelle has taken numerous dance workshops at SUNY Brockport; studying ballet, tap, jazz, modern, Irish, African, hip hop and Brazilian dance forms; as well as dance classes at 171 Cedar Arts Center in NY, Steps and the Broadway Dance Center in NYC, and ballet, pilates and hip hop at BCC in Binghamton. Michelle has continued her dance instruction from DMA (Dance Masters of America); NADAA (National Association of Dance and Affiliated Arts, Inc.) and NTE (National Tap Ensemble). Choreography credits include recital and competition dances; Disney's Magic Music Day performances; the tap choreography in Hamilton Gibson's Anything Goes and the choreography in HG's George M.
JASON AUMAN (VOICE LESSONS)
Mr. Auman is from Wellsboro, PA. He currently sings and performs with the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton. Jason has been teaching voice for the past thirteen years. Jason received his Bachelor of Music degree from Mansfield University where he was awarded the Associated Male Choruses of America scholarship. Jason performed the roles of Dr. Blind and Frosch in Die Fledermaus, Nanki Poo in The Mikado, Nathanael in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Don Curzio in La Nozze di Figaro; performances with Tri-Cities Opera's Broadway Beginners Program, scenes from the Magic Flute with the Singing Actor's Studio and he performed in The Messiah at Carnegie Hall in NYC with John Rutter; and in The Messiah at Mansfield University as the tenor soloist. In addition to the operatic stage, Jason has received acclaim in his stage roles of John Merrick in The Elephant Man, Willum Cubbert in The Nerd and Brilliant in Walk Right Up. Jason has been instructed in voice from very prominent teachers including: Jake Gardner (NYCO/Chicago Lyric Opera), Jill Gardner (Glimmerglass Opera/Chicago Lyric Opera), William Hicks (Metropolitan Opera/NYCO), Peyton Hibbitt (TCO), Soto Papoulkas (Vienna State Opera/Dusseldorf Opera), and Youngsuk Kim (MU).
Theresa Byers (Ballet, pointe, musical theatre and Jazz intensives)
Miss Theresa is from Baltimore, MD and has been teaching dance for the past twenty-four years. She is currently teaching at the Jean Kettell Studio of Dance in Baltimore, MD. Theresa has taught pointe, ballet, jazz and tap dance and she is currently a company member with Jean Kettell's Studio of Dance. Theresa began her training at the age of 11 in ballet, tap and jazz at the Baltimore studio and has taken numerous dance workshops at SUNY Brockport in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, Irish, African, hip hop and Brazilian; as well as ballet and tap at Steps in NYC, tap at BDC, modern and tap at Essex Community College in MD, and tap with the NTE in Baltimore, MD. Theresa has performed in various venues including Downtown Disney, Hershey Park; performances with Steve Stravino; "Dundalk Dances" showcases; Ironbirds pregame performance; Dundalk Community College's Christmas Program, and benefit performances for the Children’s Cancer Foundation throughout the Baltimore area.
Maia Stam (preballet, Modern and African Classes)
Miss Maia is a graduate of Goucher College, where she majored in dance with concentrations in choreography and dance administration. While at Goucher, Maia performed in numerous student, faculty, and guest artist works, including works by Andrea Miller of Gallim Dance, Darrel Grand Moultrie, and former Pilobolus dancer Trebien Pollard. In addition, Maia choreographed and staged several of her own works, served as the president of Goucher’s improvisation club, and was awarded numerous scholarships and awards for dance, service, and academic performance. In 2014, Maia was awarded a Gilman Grant to study abroad in Ghana, where she wrote, “The New African,” a study of the effect of American dance composition techniques on Ghanaian dance performance. Subsequently, Maia was invited to present her research at the Wellsboro Fringe Festival, Goucher International Studies Day, and the American College Dance Festival, and was awarded the Brooke Pierce Phi Beta Kappa Award for outstanding research in the arts. Since then, Maia has worked with dance companies including LehrerDance, ClancyWorks Dance Company, and Deep Vision Dance Company.