2020 Fall Convention Faculty

Judy Rice

Jay Fagan

Richard Elzy

Madison Embrey

Mallory Marshall

Trevor Loritz

Jay Fagan 

hails from Chicago, and is one of the most sought-after tap masters in the industry today. His mastery of rhythm tap has been performed, taught, and choreographed worldwide. 

    He was trained by the very best tap dancers in the business including, Lane Alexander, Gregory Hines, Henry LaTang, Sam Weber and Savion Glover. 

    Jay was an artist in residence for two years at Oklahoma City University. He has taught all over the Chicagoland area, and is part owner of Jo’s Footwork Studio and The Dance Workshop.

    Beyond his mastery of tap, Jay has studied and teaches all mediums of dance. His choreographic works have consistently and always placed within all top-ranking national competitions. 

    A recipient of both the Presidential Scholar Award and the American Dance Award, Jay has danced with AM/FM Dance Company, Especially Tap Chicago, Sarah Savelli/Jay Fagan Project and Sibling Rivalry with his sister Connie Fagan.

    All this could not be possible without his first dance teacher Jo Irbe (his second mother) who trained him from the start and showed him the love and wonderful life of dance. 

 

Trevor Loritz 

is from the Green Bay (Wisconsin) Area and grew up dancing at Barb’s Centre for Dance. He also studied under Ted Jackson at Midwest Movement in Chicago and with Bruce Campbell at Motivation 2 Dance in Indianapolis. 

    After attending Loyola Marymount University in Los Angelesbfor two years, he decided to leave college to pursue his dance career. He later went back to school and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. 

    Some of Trevor’s performance credits include Paula Abdul, Lady Gaga, and the 65th Primetime Emmy’s with Neil Patrick Harris, as well as the German artist Helene Fischer. Trevor has performed in a few Las Vegas shows: Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers, Surf the Musical, and America’s Got Talent Live. 

    He has assisted Tyce Diorio on Season 11 of So You Think You Can Dance, and Mark Meismer at various dance workshops. For the past few years he’s assisted Jennifer Hamilton (choreographer/dance educator/dancer) on projects, including the 92nd Academy Awards.

 

Mallory Marshall

 is a performer, educator and choreographer based in the Metro Detroit area. She was a student of The Dance Shoppe, where she trained in all subjects of dance. Outside of The Dance Shoppe, Mallory had the experience of training in some of the country's most popular dance hubs — including Los Angeles; New York City; and Chicago. 

    In 2016, she became a faculty member at The Dance Shoppe. She has also had the pleasure of teaching at intensives, master classes, national conventions, and numerous studios throughout Michigan.

     Mallory’s passion for teaching and choreography 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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