Choreographers

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Amy Nakamura

Amy Nakamura is an
accomplished teacher, choreographer
and dancer whose distinctive work
has been seen nationwide. She
received her training from the
Joffrey Ballet, NYC and has danced
professionally with Ballet
Pacifica, Noveau Chamber Ballet,
and Dance Repertory Theatre. Amy
received her BA in Dance from CSU
Fullerton and an MFA in Dance from
UC Irvine, where she was awarded
the Freedman Foundation Fellowship.
She also holds a Pilates Teaching
Certificate from the Pilates Center
of Orange County. Her choreography
has been presented at many exciting
venues including Star Search,
American College Dance Festival
Gala and has received numerous
title and high point awards at
national competitions including the
Grand Prize at the Palm Desert
Dance Under the Stars Choreography
Festival. She received the Showbiz
Capezio Choreography Award for
1995-2000 and choreographed for the
Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight
Awards in 1999 and 2002. Her
students have been on Dancing with
the Stars, So You Think You Can
Dance, Wicked. Her college teaching
experience includes Chapman
University, UC Irvine, Santa Ana
College and OCC. She has also
taught at the Orange County High
School of the Arts, Focus Dance
Center and West Coast School of the
Arts. She is currently teaching at
Mt. San Antonio College where she
is the Dance Department
Chairperson.


Melissa Core

Melissa Core is a
professionally trained
Dancer/Choreographer, some of her
accomplishments include dancing for
the Taj Coromandel in India, the
Sheraton Hotel in India, Leofoo
Theme Park in Taiwan, Moshi Moshi
Bollywood in Singapore, The Fortune
Hotel in Thailand. Melissa has also
been contracted as a backup
Dancer/Artist Movement Coach and
Choreographer for Mushroom Records,
Sony BMG and worked with the
Australian Idols. Over the last
year Melissa decided to break into
the USA commercial dance scene,
dancing and choreographing for Zen
Arts Los Angeles, Rachele Lynae\'s
new music video \"Party \'Till The
Cows Come Home\", directed by Trey
Fanjoy,Stephanie Stack\'s new music
video \"What I\'d rather Do\" and
Ne-Yo and Pitbull\'s music video
\"Give Me Everything Tonight\".
Recently Melissa co-choreographed
\"Wouldn\'t You Like To Know\" by
Lisa Matassa in Nashville, TN.


Gina Starbuck

Gina Starbuck, a native of
Fresno, California, is turning
heads everywhere she goes. This
triple threat starred in the LA
Company of the Broadway hit Wicked,
as the Witch’s Mother. She
has worked with artists such as
Nicki Manij, Prince, Adam Lambert,
Gavin Degraw, Gene Simmons, Meaghan
Smith, Josh Kelly, and many more.
She was a contributing
choreographer for a live
performance by Patti Labell,
featuring about 300 top dancers of
all ages from across the country.
She has received endless amounts of
awards and recognition for her work
as a dancer/choreographer, and has
had features in publications such
as gendance, Danceplug, DanceTrack
Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine
and SYTYCDISM. Adding to her
artistic abilities,
Starbuck’s unique sense of
style earned her a full page spread
in one of Japan’s most
prestigious fashion magazines,
Woofin’ Girl. She has her own
signature lipgloss through Cliche
Cosmetics, and her danceapparel
line “Starbeat” is now
available at
www.threaderstyle.com. Since
coming onto the scene in Los
Angeles Gina has appeared on a
variety of television shows, films,
and commercials. Starbuck’s
credits include, The Tonight Show,
Jimmy Kimmel Live, Bring it on 3 &
5, America’s Got Talent,
Mobbed, AXE, and Visa. She’s
on faculty at many prestigious
conventions and dance studios
including, the Edge Performing Arts
Center, Millennium Dance Complex,
Hollywood Vibe, MUSE Dance Company,
Intrigue Dance Intensive and more.
She’s also a featured
choreographer at the Pulse.
Starbuck has been an associate
choreographer for America’s
Got Talent, under the artistic
direction of Brian Friedman for 2
seasons. Her associate choreography
credits also include the CMT show,
Your Chance to Dance. And recently
she has been an assistant
choreographer for Emmy award
winner, Tyce Diorio, for the hit
show “So You Think You Can
Dance”. Soon, she will be a
seen as a guest choreographer on
Lifetime’s hit show, Abby
Ultimate Dance Competition.
Gina is very involved in charity
work and stays true to her belief
that we should use our talents to
serve and uplift our communities.
In 2007, she founded Art4life, and
annual fundraiser that supports
cancer awareness and raises money
for The American Cancer Society and
she is also an ambassador for the
Dancers Care Foundation. Starbuck
is also an accomplished
singer/songwriter and her music is
available on iTunes, Amazon and
many other sites. Starbuck is an
exceptionally dynamic and talented
woman, who will continue to
contribute new and exciting work to
the entertainment industry.


Rob & Tom

Robert Tsai (Rob) was first
introduced to dance through
breaking, and subsequently ended up
in a dance class in high school
which further exposed him to
modern. During this time, dance was
less of a technical/physical
discipline, rather it emphasized
social/cultural contexts within
dance from a world view. It wasn't
until Rob attended Chapman
University in 2003 that he began
formal training in
ballet/jazz/modern techniques, all
the while continuing to enter
battles and establish a presence in
the bboy scene with his crew,
Instant Noodles. Prior to
pursuing a career in commercial
dance, Rob performed with
Gallimaufry & Greene, a modern
dance company directed by and
former Bella Lewitzky principle
dancer, Sean Greene, whom Rob
considers a mentor and great
inspiration. For the month of
August 2008, Gallimaufry & Greene
performed multiple showings of a
full length piece for the
month-long Edinburgh Fringe
Festival. To be perfectly
honest, Rob can't recall the exact
moment (if there ever was one)
where he thought, "I want to be a
dancer!" Besides family and
friends, dancing has been the most
consistent force in his life, and
that everything Rob has learned
about himself has been through
dance and dance experiences,
whether it be training,
performances, learning new
techniques/styles, or even working
as a dancer. As a whole, dance has
allowed him to realize his
physical, emotional, and
intellectual capacity...but more
importantly, it continues to
challenge Rob to be pushing his
personal
limits. ----------------------
Thomas (Tom) Tsai followed in the
footsteps of his brother Rob, first
learning Breaking in 2001, and then
taking a chance by enrolling in a
Modern dance class in 2003. Lacking
physical prowess and a technical
background, he found intrigue in
the creative element, discovering
fulfillment in choreographic
exploration and experimentation.
After graduating from TAS, Tom
attended university in Seattle and
became involved in the local B-boy
scene. However, an absence of
Modern/Contemporary dance in his
life resulted in a transfer to
Pitzer College in Claremont,
California, where he began pursuing
dance academically. Closer to the
rest of the crew, Tom contributed
to the growing presence of Instant
Noodles in Southern California's
B-boy scene. Through his
studies and dance collaborations,
Tom became drawn to concepts behind
Postmodern dance and Cinma Vrit,
where the artistic medium could be
used as a tool to study, reference,
challenge and influence social
expectations, as well as the medium
itself. Tom graduated in 2009,
finally able to commit fully to his
B-boy craft, developing his style
based on conceptual movement
exploration with musical
adaptability. He believes that, as
our bodies are socially,
politically and historically
constructed, the power of dance
lies in the ability to embody,
reflect and build personal contexts
and interpretations. Aside from
Instant Noodles, Tom dances with
the Pennington Dance Group, and
Laurie Cameron & Company.


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