GUEST WORKSHOP CHOREOGRAPHERS

 

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Gage Crismond

Hip-hop, Contemporary

Gage Crismond was born in Michigan and began his training growing up as a competitive dancer. After graduating high school, Gage attended Western Michigan University as a dance major. There, he studied classical ballet, modern, jazz, music composition and photography. He also performed pieces by Rennie Harris, James Greg, Carolyn Palvlik, David Curwen, Monique Haley and Kristen Harvey; as well as Orechesis Pieces 2015-2016. While at Western he became a creative director for Hip Hop ConnXion: Michigan Branch.

 

In the pursuit of more training, Gage traveled outside of Michigan to Chicago, LA and Florida to develop his art alongside Dave Fonseca, Annie Franklin, Ellenore Scott, Kobi Rozenfeld, Willdabeast, Devin Solomon, Josh Williams, Tricia Miranda, David Moore and Ian Eastwood. He also had the privilege to travel to Israel to teach at Studio Life Dance in Tel Aviv hosting workshops for all age groups.

 

Gage moved to Chicago in 2016 and became a part of the urban dance community. There, Gage made his mark by dancing in CODA Hip Hop Dance Company, teaching at community workshops, holding weekly classes at the DanceRoom, showcasing choreography at Carnival and MasterPiece Dance Competition and starting his own art collective known as ALWAYS.

 

He currently lives in LA where he continues to train under numerous choreographers at The Edge and Movement Lifestyle. He has most recently performed with Tony Tzar at Carnival and Club Jute, as well as Dallas Trillo at Friday Night Raw.

 

Gage's ultimate goal is to give back to others and to positively impact the world through his passion as an instructor.

 

We are honored to have him as a guest at Great Lakes Dance Factory and look forward to his fun, creative and inspiring classes.

 

Felipe Figueroa

Acting

Growing up in Connecticut, Felipe started singing in church (at the gentle push of his mom). From there, he joined The Drama Club at his high school and fell in love with theater. Following high school, he attended NYU and earned a BFA in Drama with a concentration in musical theater. He spent two summers during college performing at Cedar Point's Centennial Theater where he met GLDF owner, Crystyl Mitchell-Fritz, and became one of her soldiers and friends for life. Following college, some of his favorite musical theater credits are:  West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Footloose and Evita performed in regional theaters on the east coast. With a desire to pursue a career in television he moved to Los Angeles. He can be seen on Transparent (season 1), Lopez (season 1) and Criminal Minds. If you surf hard enough, you will find him in countless sketches on YouTube and other media platforms.

 

Felipe has been coaching our GLDF dancers on their acting skills for years and we are so excited to welcome him back to share his endless knowledge, wit and inspiration with us!

 

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Paige Deets

Hip-hop, Contemporary

Paige Deets is a dancer, teacher, and award-winning choreographer. She was born in Homer Glen, Illinois and trained at Elite Dance Academy from ages fourteen to eighteen. She attended Western Michigan University and graduated spring 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

 

During her time at WMU, she performed in works choreographed by Peter Chu, Lauren Thompson Hall, Ashley Deran, Liv Schaffer, Josh Manchulich, Kirsten Harvey, and Erica Peterson. In 2015, she performed as a principal dancer in excerpts from Ohad Naharin’s Deca Dance.  She was also a company member of The Western Dance Project touring company under the direction of Whitney Moncrief.

 

After graduating Paige danced on scholarship at Visceral Dance Center for two seasons while dancing with Trifecta Dance Collective and Project Bound Dance Company.  At this time, Paige premiered her work “Within Authorization” at the College of Dupage Annual Choreography Competition where she received the first place award.

 

In fall of 2016 she traveled to Kibbutz Ga’aton, Israel to study under the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company where she worked with dancers and choreographers from all over the globe.  She trained under Danielle Ohn and performed many works by artistic director Rami Be’er and members of his company.

 

In fall 2017, Paige moved to Los Angeles California where she currently resides. She has since appeared in music videos for Half The Animal, Mickey Singh and more. She also dances with Geometry Dance Company under the direction of Kenzie Crosley where she has gotten the opportunity to perform evening length shows in Los Angeles, throughout the United States, and in Sydney, Australia.

 

Paige continues to work as a freelance dancer and choreographer while teaching in schools, workshops, and dance studios in Los Angeles and across the country.

 

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Megan Battaglia

Yoga

Slow Flow: A flow designed to bring balance to the body and mind by holding poses. Made to help focus on breath and become mentally and physically stronger. This class is good for beginners as well as experienced yogis. 

Vinyasa: a powerful and energetic flow that helps connect breath and movement while incorporating a variety of postures. (Recommended for the more experienced yogi)

 

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Deavondre Jones

Hip-hop

Deavondre Jones, Founder of DanceSpire, has developed a unique and rewarding dance career despite a humble upbringing. Since the inception of DanceSpire in 2013, he has touched thousands of lives as a speaker, performer and instructor throughout the Midwest. In Michigan, he is best known for his commitment and consistency behind the weekly drop-in class: #DropInWednesdays.

To stay updated with the work he's doing you can follow his weekly "Consistency Builds Momentum" Vlog on Youtube.