2022-23 Faculty & Judges

Michael Deeb Weaver is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dance at the University at Buffalo, where he teaches jazz, tap, and musical theatre dance styles, and is Managing Director of Zodiaque Dance Company. An accomplished dancer, actor, instructor, and choreographer, his performance credits have taken him all over the world, including National Tours of A Chorus Line (Mike), and Young Frankenstein the Musical (Swing). As a member of the Actors' Equity Association, he has served as Dance Captain, Assistant Choreographer, and/or Assistant Director for productions of Kinky Boots, Thoroughly Modern Millie, My Fair Lady, Gypsy, Mame, and Young Frankenstein the Musical (West Coast regional premiere). Michael's choreography has been featured on the famous Las Vegas Strip as a part of Picturesque, a new burlesque tap revue. He has served as a faculty member at Nazareth College, and as a guest instructor at Montclair State University. He has also been on faculty for Dance Masters of America, the Chautauqua Institution, and at Steps on Broadway in New York City. Additionally, he serves as an instructor, choreographer, and adjudicator for dance conventions, competitions, and award-winning dance studios across the country. Michael holds his BFA in Dance from the University at Buffalo.

 

Pamela Yasutake is a Seattle Native Performer, Choreographer and Instructor. Widely known as a member of the hit Female Tap Sensations, Syncopated Ladies, Pamela has wooed audiences around the world performing live in sold-out concerts and in viral videos accumulating over 100 million views online. 
 
In 2016, Pamela made her Broadway debut in the original cast of "Shuffle Along, Or , The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed".  Directed by George C. Wolfe and choreographed by Savion Glover, the critically acclaimed production received ten 2016 Tony Award Nominations including Best Musical.
 
Pamela's television credits include The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS), The 70th Annual Tony Awards (CBS), Maya & Marty (NBC), So You Think You Can Dance (FOX) and Good Morning America (ABC). 
 
In her hometown of Seattle, Pamela has performed and choreographed for Seattle Theatre Group’s production of “Dance This…”, eight seasons of the Black Nativity Play of Seattle in which she performed the lead dancer role of Mary for two consecutive seasons, and various appearances and performances with Northwest Tap Connection. Pamela also continues to be a sought-after faculty member on countless tap festivals and dance conventions. She will be appearing in the new Apple TV musical film, "Spirited" starring Ryan Reynolds, Will Ferrell and Octavia Spencer, set to release during the 2022 holiday season.


www.PamelaYasutake.com @pamelayasutake

 

 

Jessica Gabrielle Thomas is a native of Detroit, MI. She obtained a M.F.A in Dance from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Thomas also received a B.F.A in Dance from Wright State University. She currently instructs/assists classical ballet at Christina’s Adult Ballet, The Foundation House, and Juliana's School of Dance. Thomas is also a part time classical ballet professor at Wayne State University. She assists as well as instructs ballet on online platforms such as Zoom Meetings and Google Meetings. Thomas performed in American Ballet Theater's Sleeping Beauty as Ariana during its run at the Michigan Opera Theatre. She has also performed extensively throughout New York City, NY; Dayton, OH; and Detroit, MI for companies such as Dayton Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet International, Naomi Goldberg Haas, and Ohio Dance Theater, also in collaboration with Verbs Ballet. Her choreographic work entitled Mandela/Angelou is featured in Pointe Magazine as Editor's choice for pointe video of the month. Thomas was also featured in an article for the Herald Tribune of her choreographic work entitled " Consent (?)" which was performed for Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company summer intensive at University of Florida's “In The Round” as emerging choreographer. Thomas' choreographic works have been presented at the Arts League of Michigan, Detroit Dance Race, Detroit Dance City Festival, Ascendence Dance Chicago, Biomorphic Dance Festival, Alone, Not Lonely, The Breath Project, MODArts Dance Collective, Brighton Dance Festival, to name a few. She is currently a professional ballet company member for Ballet Edge Detroit. Thomas is a professional educator, choreographer, and performer.

Jessica Barr is a native of Cleveland Ohio. She comes from a dancing family and is an Alumni of Above the Barre Dance Company. At a young age, she trained in dance and gymnastics winning many state and national titles including Miss Dance of Ohio 2013. Jessica has studied at Broadway Dance Center in New York City under the direction of Bonnie Erickson getting to perform on the Alvin Ailey Stage. She has worked professionally for Norwegian Cruise Lines as and dancer and aerialist through the Mediterranean and Caribbean. Jessica has a huge passion for choreography and training. Her choreography has been recognized at the regional and national levels. She is also certified to teach through Alixia Flexibility, Acrobatic Arts, Dance Masters of America & Cecchetti Council of America. She is thrilled to be here with you all this weekend and spread her love of dance with you all. 

Fall Convention
     Pamela Yasutake - Tap
     Jessica Thomas - Ballet
     Michael Deeb Weaver - Jazz
     Jessica Barr - Contemporary &
               Acro Levels 2 & 3
     Caitlin Carnacchi - Acro Level 1
Specialty Classes during Acro for everyone:
     Andrea Peck - Hip Hop
     Marina Oliveira - Samba
Junior Scholarship Judges:

       Tap: Savannah Spindelman
       Ballet: Nia Silao
       Jazz: Emily Hockenberry

PAC & Spring Workshop
     BALLET - Michael Lambert
     JAZZ – Alyssa Guerrieri  
     TAP – Thommie Retter
Alyssa Guerrieri
Alyssa is an educator, choreographer, and performer with experience of over 20 years from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A former Miss Dance of America, Alyssa has studied in all genres of dance and has performed on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance, The Greatest Showman, and various music videos and live stage performances in Los Angeles, CA. Alyssa took on the lead role in Marinda Davis’ live production of UNbreakable, storytelling the human experience through live contemporary movement. She has worked on the national tour of West Coast Dance Explosion while simultaneously pursuing her undergraduate degree at Loyola Marymount University. Most recently, Alyssa received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California, where she now practices in Pittsburgh as a full-time clinician, treating a multitude of athletes of a variety of different specialties and conditions. Alyssa is eager to continue to meld PT with her experience in professional dance and is especially humbled to share her passions with all of the dancers this weekend!


 

Alyssa Guerrieri

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