River City Dance Workshop

Join a team of the area’s most exciting dance instructors and choreographers for classes in Hip Hop, Contemporary, Afro Jazz, and Jazz Funk styles.  Instructors and guest artists will present a special Dance Concert at 7:30 pm in the historic Maguire Theatre.

April 14th, 9:30am-4:00pm
$50/student includes all classes

All ages welcome

REGISTER BY PHONE AT 252-338-6455 OR IN PERSON AT 516 E. MAIN ST, ELIZABETH CITY NC

Workshop Schedule

 

(DANCE CONCERT TICKETS ARE SOLD SEPARATELY   $15, GENERAL ADMISSION)

MEET THE ARTISTS:

ZOEY CRUZ  (HIP HOP)

CHOREOGRAPHER/DIRECTOR
Zoey Cruz began his dance career in 2004. He started at a local dance studio in Los Angeles where he began training in freestyle and hip hop. In 2005, he relocated to Washington DC and became a scholarship dancer with Culture Shock DC. Zoey then moved to Las Vegas a few years later to further his dance with Culture Shock Las Vegas. Through that experience, Zoey has had the privilege of working and sharing the stage with other mainstream dance companies and some A-list choreographers like Jesse Lee Santos, Jerry Slaughter and NappyTabs who’s credits range from Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Usher, Pink, Janet Jackson, America’s Best Dance Crew and So You Think You Can Dance. In 2008, He moved back to Los Angeles as a professional choreographer and dancer. He has worked nationally and internationally visiting several cities as a guest choreographer and instructor. Zoey is also an artist with JLS Ent, a management company representing several commercial, industrial and mainstream artists. He has also taught workshops and judged events with dancers from shows such as So You Think You Dance and America’s Best Dance Crew including Boogie Bots, Iconic Boyz, Blue Print Cru, Poreotics, I Am Me Crew, Mos Wanted Crew and Kinjaz. He has also been a featured choreographer/dancer for one of Philippines top TV networks GMA, for some of their biggest stars. In 2010 he had the opportunity to hit the scene internationally, traveling to the Philippines for a workshop tour through ACTS Dance and Arts academy. He has Judged and featured choreography for World Of Dance showcase/competition presented by Paul Mitchell. In 2010 Zoey started his own production and management company Cruz Productions which provided
entertainment, exposure and inspiration to the DMV dance community. He has also taught at several prestiges colleges such as George Town, Wagner College, University of Maryland, and Brown University. In 2014 Zoey had the opportunity to be an adjunct faculty at
Shenandoah University teaching two hip hop courses. For the past 5 years he has also been an instructor for Metropolitan School of the Arts and 3 of those years headed their Hip Hop department. Zoey is also a World Of Dance network partner as a choreographer/judge and
has hosted one of the nation’s biggest Urban Hip Hop competition/showcase Prelude Dance Competition. He is currently touring as a staff choreographer for a nationwide convention called Ambition presented by World Class Talent Experience where he has also
judged at their Nationals . Currently, Zoey is an artistic director of a hip hop company at Power Worx Dance, an instructor/director at Elite Movement, and an adjunct faculty at Mercersburg Academy. Recently, Zoey has connected with a huge record label Reach Records, and will be choreographing to some of today’s biggest urban/christian producers and artists like Gawvi, Trip Lee, Lecrae, Andy Mineo, and Wordsplayed. He has also partnered with one of the biggest social dance networks, DanceOn that reaches 100 million plus viewers worldwide across mobile and web. Zoey has also started his own dance episodic series Urban Generation, along with a collaborative event The Urban Link Experience. With his past, current and future endeavors, Zoey hopes to grow as a dancer, choreographer, and director.

Headline Credits:

*World of Dance / World of Dance Network
*World Class Talent Experience / Ambition Tour
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AUTUMN LAUFER  (CONTEMPORARY)

Autumn Laufer is a dance teacher/choreographer based out of Virginia Beach, VA. She received her B.S. degree in Dance Education and still continues to travel all over the US to train with professionals in the industry. Specializing in contemporary, improvisation, hip hop, and jazz dance styles, she has been teaching for over 10 years at various studios and schools as well as directing competitive dance teams. Currently she is the Artistic Director of Danceland 2 Virginia Beach (formerly Performance Dance Company) where she also runs the competition team. Her choreography has received numerous awards at regional and national competitions as well as special awards. She has been a master teacher for Art Thru Muvmnt, Salem High School for the Performing Arts, Governor’s School Regional High School Dance Fest, and World Class Talent Experience national dance competition, with whom she also tours and judges dance competitions. Autumn has a true passion for dance and movement which has been with her as long as she can remember. Her mission is to help students not only better themselves in their technique and movement quality, but to provide them with tools to better evolve their artistic expression. So many dancers these days have amazing legs, turns, and tricks. Autumn loves helping dancers discover thier personal style and artistry that makes them stand out in their own special way.

See Autumn’s work:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJuqUumau08&t=1s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5W2W1DVL3o&t=1s

JALEEL CHEEK  (AFRO JAZZ)

Born and raised in Lexington, North Carolina, Jaleel Cheek has fostered his passion for dance since age seven.  In his hometown studio, Jaleel began taking technique classes during high school and went on to study Dance and Performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Under the instruction of professors such as Robin Gee and Duane Cyrus, Jaleel’s exposure to different dance styles grew and his lifestyle as a dancer began to thrive.  Over time, Jaleel has studied and embraced many genres of dance including afro jazz, hip hop, contemporary and acrobatics.  Opportunities to share the stage with names such as Mýa, Big Freedia, and The Pussy Cat Dolls, (to name a few!)  have made him a seasoned entertainer that leaves an audience wanting more.  While collaborating with other skilled dancers, Jaleel has even appeared on television shows such as Vybz Dance vol. 4, America’s Got Talent season 11, and along side stars from VH1’s hit series Ru Paul’s Drag Race, gaining both local and national exposure.  Working with companies like Bloc NYC and Carolina Dance Masters has given Jaleel the chance to network with other professional dancers while honing his craft as a well-rounded performer and leader.  Jaleel is currently an instructor for Centre of Performing Arts in Burlington, North Carolina, where he specializes in teaching tumbling and acrobatics. His drive is endless he continues to grow as an artist on a daily basis.  With his passion for dance overflowing, Jaleel hopes to create an international company that will inspire the world his innovative choreography, unparalleled style and his appreciation for dance education.

QUINN WOLFF  (JAZZ FUNK)

Quinn Wolff is a dancer and choreographer from Las Vegas, Nevada specializing in Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, and Hip Hop and started his dance career his freshman year of high school. Prior to relocating, he taught for the International Academy of Dance and Performing Arts (IADAPA) for two years where the students and faculty voted him the teacher of the year. Quinn has always strived to learn new material and to advance his own skills through the experience he receives working with choreographers such as Lindsey Hachiguchi and Deva Houston at IADAPA. He also worked alongside Steven Rollins and Tre Leggings while performing for the dance company Culture Shock Las Vegas. He danced and performed for groups such as; Intervention – Healing Through the Performing Arts, the Choreographers Annual Convention, and was awarded first place during World Dance Class Nationals, NDA Dance and Cheer Nationals, and USA Dance Nationals for his artistic creativity and superior ratings. His college career, majoring in Dance, has allowed him to also work with Maria Duff, Caine Keenan, Yanis Marshall, and Matt Steffanina just to name a few. He attended the University of Las Vegas Nevada and transferred to Slippery Rock University which was ranked in the top five dance schools in America. Quinn recently moved to Elizabeth City with his partner, whom he met while attending Slippery Rock University, and has been the choreographer for the Arts of the Albemarle’s Center Players Program for “Return to Athens” and “James and the Giant Peach”. While residing in Elizabeth City, Quinn has been actively involved in the local community, not only for the Arts of the Albemarle, but also working as the Dance Choreographer for Magic Elite All-Stars where his dance team placed first in Cheer Limited Competition and second at JAM Fest. He is also choreographing Encore Theaters “Little Shop of Horrors” and preparing local youth for World Class Talent which is a regional dance competition in 2018.