2022 Fall Convention Faculty 
 

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Amy Reik

Mallory Marshall

is a performer, educator, and choreographer based in the Metro Detroit area. For 18 years, she has trained in a variety of dance subjects — attending masterclasses and intensives in Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; and Chicago, IL. Mallory specializes in performing and teaching the styles of tap, hip-hop, jazz, and contemporary. She has been awarded at numerous competitions and conventions, particularly for her tap dancing, including the prestigious title of Dance Masters Miss Dance of America 2019. Mallorys passion for teaching and choreographing goes as far back as her early years of childhood, and she is proud to now be pursuing both at a professional level. She attends Wayne State University in Detroit as a Dance Major, where she continues to broaden her education and appreciation for the art of dance.

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Stacey Del Valle

Stacey grew up in the Dance Masters of Michigan organization and trained for 15 years at Pointe Counterpointe Dance Center in Garden City, MI.

During her career, she earned several regional and national titles, including Teen Miss and Miss Dance of Michigan.

Stacey attended Michigan State University where she earned bachelor's degrees in Athletic Training and Exercise Physiology, then proceeded to earn a master’s degree in Kinesiology from Penn State and has published research on injury prevention in youth ballet dancers. 

Stacey works as an athletic trainer for MSU Sports Medicine, is the assistant coach of the MSU Dance Team, faculty for the MSU Department of Theatre and a certified teacher in ballet, tap, jazz and acrobatics through Dance Masters of America. She is also the competition team director for Ann’s School of Dance in East Lansing, MI.

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Terri Newman

Terri Newman has been an active member of Dance Masters of America for 40 years.  She is honored to have served in numerous capacities including, national delegate, national title director, title event choreographer, welcome party choreographer, convention faculty, and judge at both regional and national events.  

Terri has trained dancers that have gone on to successful careers on the Broadway Stage, as Rockettes, in major professional companies such as Alvin Ailey and Kegwin, in arena shows, as theme park entertainers, and on cruise ships.  Terri prides herself on creating confident, responsible dancers with strong work ethics.  This has led many of her former students into leadership roles as team captains on dance teams at Division One Universities; and you can find her students as studio owners and teachers throughout the country.  Terri is proud to have trained 7 national title holders for Dance Masters of America and American Dance Awards.

Terri is particularly proud of a turning method that she created to train dancers to turn fearlessly.  She shares this method with teachers and dancers in master classes taught throughout the U.S and in the production of a DVD.  Terri’s heart lies in a special program called “Miracle Dancers” that she pioneered with Easter Seals.  This program pairs dancers with challenged children, bringing these challenged children class and performance opportunities.  Last year, Terri created her own adjudicated system of 5 levels of ballet class that she calls “Metamorphosis”. 

Terri Newman is a strong believer that when you find a child’s passion you have the opportunity to help them learn all the life lessons necessary to become a happy, successful adult.  Each generation of children provide their own teaching challenges, which keeps Terri’s love and excitement for teaching the art of dance alive as she enters her 42nd year of teaching.   Terri is happy to share her experience with her fellow dance educators at the DMM fall event.

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Gil Mata 

Gil began his professional training under prestigious “hip hop” studio, Xtreme Dance Force. Originally from Aurora, IL, Gil has studied all styles of dance from a variety of top industry teachers and choreographers.  Without any previous technical training, Gil made a reputation for himself at Xtreme Dance Force. He grasped the concept of dance through his hard work and determination.  Under the direction of Samuel Renzetti (MTV MADE Choreographer) & after training at Columbia College Chicago, Gil has learned to teach a style all his own.  He began his Choreography career at XDF in 2006 and teaching professionally at Visceral Dance Center in Chicago soon after. Some of Gil's credits include opening acts for top recording artists Tyrese, Mims and Lupe Fiasco 2007 MLS half-time show on ESPN . Noble Fool Theatricals "Altar Boyz" at Pheasant Run Resort. Gil has also presented work at many local dance festivals in Chicago, including the esteemed Carnival Choreographer’s Ball. He has also choreographed for many high school dance teams across the country & most recently had the opportunity to work with one of the most prestigious Collegiate dance teams. Gil is most recently thrilled to become part of the family at Refresh Dance Convention. 

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Densil H. Adams

Mr. Adams has been an Artistic Director and Ballet Master for the past 38 years and has earned an enviable reputation as an educator, adjudicator and choreographer. He began his tenure with Dance Masters of America as an instructor of ballet and modern, and is currently on the faculty for multiple DMA chapters, the National Faculty and the Ballet and Jazz Intensives. In addition, he is on the national roster for Adjudicators for Regional Dance America. 

 

Mr. Adams began his early training attending the  South East Regional Dance America Festivals where he received many scholarships and accolades. He attended Birmingham Southern College on a full scholarship and was a member of the Birmingham Ballet. In 1976 he moved to New York City to continue his formal training at the Joffrey Ballet under Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino, and had the privilege of spending the summer of 1979 at Jacobs Pillow culminating with an apprenticeship with the American Ballet Theatre. In 1980 he relocated to Dallas to accept a principal contract from George Skibine with the Dallas Ballet. With a strong interest in modern, he became an Artistic Director and Performing Artist with Dancers Unlimited Repertory Company of Dallas. Mr. Adams was a member of Actors Equity and contracted several National Broadway tours along with concerts at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

 

As a choreographer, Mr. Adams continues to produce choreography for the concert stage, regional Dance America Ballet Festivals, fashion shows and national commercials. Since 1990 Mr. Adams has produced full length productions for The Crystal Charity Ball, The Junior League Ball, The Dallas Opera Ball, 

The National Kidney Foundation, DIFFA Dallas and The Art Ball for The Dallas Museum of Art. He has choreographed numerous Industrial shows and has worked as a Ballet coach/ choreographer for the USA Ice Dancing teams. Mr. Adams has produced seven Ballet recordings for the classroom and an instructional video for partnering. Many of his former students are now performing on Broadway and in premier dance companies throughout the world. 

 

Mr. Adams was honored as the recipient of the 2015 Dance Masters of America Presidents Award.

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Jennifer Morante

Jennifer is a member of our organization, teaches dance and is an avid patron of the movement arts.   She practices law in the area of insurance defense litigation, including No-Fault, transportation, premises liability and general liability.  

Prior to joining Wilson Elser, Jennifer's practice included complex commercial litigation matters,  including anti-trust violations, consumer class actions and securities and insurance coverage, fraud investigations and rescission of policy matters.  

We look forward to Jennifer sharing her law knowledge with us as dance business owners.  

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