Kirven James Boyd / Antonio Douthit - Oct 27, 2012

Where Masters Come...

Alicia Graf Mack trained at Ballet Royäle Institute of Maryland under Donna Pidel and attended summer intensives at the School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. Prior to dancing with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from 2005 to 2008, Ms. Mack was a principal dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem and a member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet. In addition to several galas and festivals, she has been a guest performer with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet and with André 3000 and Beyoncé at Radio City Music Hall. She is the recipient of the Columbia University Medal of Excellence and Smithsonian Magazine’s Young Innovator Award. Ms. Mack graduated magna cum laude with honors in history from Columbia University and received an M.A. in nonprofit management from Washington University in St. Louis. She is also a guest writer for several nationally distributed dance publications. Most recently, Ms. Mack served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Webster University in St. Louis. Ms. Mack rejoined the Company in 2011.

Kirven James Boyd began his formal dance training at the Boston Arts Academy and joined Boston Youth Moves in 1999 under the direction of Jim Viera and Jeannette Neill. He also trained on scholarship at the Boston Conservatory and as a fellowship student at The Ailey School. Mr. Boyd has danced with Battleworks Dance Company, The Parsons Dance Company and Ailey II. He performed at the White House tribute to Judith Jamison in 2010. Mr. Boyd joined Alvin Ailey in 2004.

Antonio Douthit began his dance training at age 16 at the Center of Contemporary Arts under the direction of Lee Nolting and at the Alexandra School of Ballet. He also trained at North Carolina School of the Arts, the Joffrey Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet and the Dance Theatre of Harlem School. After graduating from high school in 1999, Mr. Douthit became a member of Dance Theatre of Harlem where he appeared in featured roles in the ballets South African Suite, Dougla, Concerto in F, Return and Dwight Rhoden’s Twist.  He was promoted to soloist in 2003. He also performed with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. Mr. Douthit joined Alvin Ailey in 2004.

Alicia Graf Mack - Oct 20, 2012

TYGER-B - Oct 20, 2012

TYGER-B strives to go beyond expected limits. The gift of dance has allowed him to grasp several forms of movement, create different styles of choreography, and teach students from many different backgrounds. Tyger-B first began training in his home town of Washington D.C.. Afterwards he traveled out to seek the knowledge of all styles of Hip Hop, Capoeira, Dance Hall, and several others forms through many hours of focus and sweat. While on this journey Tyger-B became a graduate of University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he studied in the techniques of Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap and other dance styles. 

After graduating from University of The Arts and completing his first job as a back-up dancer he went on to become a choreographer for recording artist such as R&B great "Ginuwine" as well as many dance companies and studios from all around the world. 

Tyger-B has represented the USA (Breakdance World Championships - Hip Hop) several times over the past year and a half and has continually stayed progressive within the Battle Scene, on the stage as a performer and off the stage as a choreographer.

While traveling the world to share his lessons and knowledge, Tyger-B's assertive attitude has allowed him to excel in any field he puts his mind to. He believes this, and so much more, can be done by simply remembering the "gift of dance" can be taken away at anytime!! 

Through it all, Tyger-B chooses to give his skills and knowledge back to those who wish to take. Those who wish to receive his positivity and encouragement on AND off the stage, in AND out of the classroom!

Matthew Rushing - Nov 9, 2012

Matthew Rushing was born in Los Angeles, CA. He began his dance training with Kashmir Blake in Inglewood, CA and later continued his training at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. He is the recipient of a Spotlight Award and Dance Magazine Award and was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He was a scholarship student at The Ailey School and later became a member of Ailey II, where he danced for a year. During his career, Mr. Rushing has performed as a guest artist for galas in Vail, Colorado, as well as in Austria, Canada, France, Italy, and Russia. He has performed for Presidents George H. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, as well as at the 2010 White House tribute to Judith Jamison. During his time with the Company he has choreographed two ballets: Acceptance In Surrender (2005), a collaboration with Hope Boykin and Abdur Rahim-Jackson, and Uptown (2009), a tribute to the Harlem Renaissance. In 2012, he created Moan, which was set on Philadanco and premiered at the Joyce Theater. Mr. Rushing joined the Company in 1992 and became Rehearsal Director in June 2010.

Akua Noni Parker (Kinston, NC) began dancing at the age of three. She later moved to Wilmington, Delaware and continued her training at the Academy of the Dance until she graduated high school. In 1999 she joined Dance Theatre of Harlem where she danced leading roles in Agon, Giselle and The Four Temperaments. In 2005 she joined Cincinnati Ballet, where she danced soloist roles in Swan Lake and Lambarena. In 2006 Ms. Parker joined Ballet San Jose, where she was the first African-American woman to dance the Sugar Plum Fairy inThe Nutcracker. She teaches master classes throughout the country, has coached young dancers for YAGP, and worked on the film Enemy Within as a wardrobe consultant and rehearsal director. Since joining Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2008, she has had the pleasure of performing at the Gala of International Dance Stars.

Akua Noni Parker - Oct 24-25, 2015

Casie Goshow, aka B-Girl 'Tynee' is hip hop choreographer and break dancer, who has been teaching both hip hop and break dancing for the last 10 years around the country.  She is originally from a small town in Pennsylvania and went to live in New York City after college, before making the move to Los Angeles.  She has worked in the commercial entertainment industry working a variety of jobs as she pursues her dreams.  Casie has worked side by side with various artists and organizations such as Chris Brown, Lil John, Psy, French Montana, Beats Superbowl Commercial, the NBA, Adidas and was a Las Vegas Season 12 Street Finalist on So You Think You Can Dance?

Currently she is touring around the country teaching kids of all ages at studios, conventions and competitions.  Casie owns her own clothing line, Goshow Yourself, which was created in response to the bullying occurring around the country.  She wanted a clothing line that inspired people of all ages and walks of life to have the courage and confidence to be themselves.

Justin M Lewis, a native of the Washington D.C area has been dancing since the age of 5. Mr. Lewis began by watching the movie “Tap” with Gregory Hines. Lewis then began to study dance at Knock On Wood Tap Studio in Silver Spring Maryland where he later became a member of the Pre-Professional Company, Tappers With Attitude (TWA). Under TWA Mr. Lewis danced on many famous stages including, Lincoln Theatre, Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, Blues Alley, The Smithsonian, National Corcoran Gallery, The Apollo Theatre in New York City and many more. Lewis was then accepted into a top Arts College in Chicago IL. He attended Columbia College Chicago from 2007-2009, where he majored in Performing Arts Management. Currently, Lewis teaches at over 30 studios around the country. He had the honor of becoming a principle dancer on a new Tap Dance show at Universal Studios in Hollywood California entitled “Tap Worx”. Mr. Lewis is currently a swing dancer for Rhythmic Circus’ “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now.” He has performed on various stages with the world renown show and has toured in Scotland for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest arts festival in the world. Lewis is also a Master Tap Choreographer and Artistic Director at Studio Bleu Dance Center in Ashburn Virginia. He teaches around the country and judges talent for multiple dance competitions. He has the honor and pleasure to be the teacher of Mr. Luke Spring (Ellen DeGeneres Show/ A Christmas Story on Broadway) where Lewis and his student Spring teamed up to perform together on many occasions. Lewis has also been influenced in his career from family members, as his Uncle played the character Mr. Moseby of the Suite Life of Zach and Cody from the Disney Channel (Phill Lewis). Phill Lewis has been an avid part of Lewis’ career and has enjoyed teaching his nephew about show business. Mr. Justin M. Lewis has geared his career and dancing efforts to bettering the art of dance around the world. By adding new innovative ideas, new aged music and creative movements, Justin M. Lewis performs, choreographs and entertains audiences around the country and the world.

Casie Goshow - Nov 13-15, 2015

Justin Lewis - Dec 18-20, 2015

Emily Brown - Nov 6-8, 2015

Emily Brown, currently based out of New York City, trained in all styles of dance growing up in Northern Virginia. She performed with Debbie Allen at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in two of her original productions, “Dancing in the Wings” and “Alex in Wonderland”, and had the honor of performing in Italy and Spain, at the Prix d’Italia and the Prix d’Espana, with The Junior American Dance Company under the directorship of Mark Marino. She was also a top 34 finalist in Season 4 of Fox TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance”. 

While obtaining her BFA in Dance from George Mason University, she performed works by Mark Morris, Ohad Naharin, Christopher d’Amboise, David Parsons, Susan Shields, Bill T. Jones, Doug Varone, and Martha Graham. 

She is a current company member of contemporary dance companies MarInspired, under artistic director, Marinda Davis, Derek Mitchell Dance Company, CATastrophe! Dance, with artistic director, Cat Cogliandro, and also The Difference Between Company, with artistic director, Talia Favia.

Emily performed for both Derek Mitchell and Marinda Davis at the 2015 Capezio A.C.E Awards, where Marinda Davis received second runner up. Emily has had performance opportunities with Michelle Dorrance, Derrick Grant, Jared Grimes, Jason Samuel Smith, Chloe Arnold, Cat Cogliandro, Derek Mitchell, Talia Favia, and Marinda Davis. She has also had the opportunity to perform a tap and contemporary duet alongside spoken word poet, Sekou Andrews, at the TEDMED convention at The Kennedy Center. 

Emily Brown is currently a professional dancer, as well as dance teacher/choreographer, based out of New York City. 


Elijah Morton - Nov 20-22, 2015

Owner of Morton’s Dance Center in Landisville, Pennsylvania

5X Nationals Champion Choreographer

2nd in the world with World Dance Championship

Starpower Regional Judge

PowerPak Choreographer

TurnItUp Dance Challenge Master Choreographer

Master Teacher at Millennium Dance Complex

Adjudicator for Broadway Dance Center, Summer Intensive

Opened for Def Jam recording artist Jeremih