Camps – Choreographers

(subject to change)

Keisha Robinson – Director

Keisha Robinson is a graduate of Arizona State University where she earned a Bachelor’ s of Fine Arts in Dance with an emphasis in Choreography.  While at ASU she was a member of the Dance Arizona Repertory Theatre (D.A.R.T) the resident dance company.  Keisha’s passion lies in teaching youth and choreography. Her teaching clients include The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix, The City of Carson & City of Houston, Los Angeles & Compton Unified School Districts, Spring, Houston & Klein Independent Schools Districts, The Bara- Hambright School of the Arts, and Dance Houston. Keisha is currently a freelance choreographer and teacher throughout the Houston area.

Ashley Collins – Assistant Director

Ashley is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dance with Secondary Certification 8-12 and Physical Education Certification EC-12. She has served as choreographer and performer for numerous teams and organizations in the state of Texas such as All Nations in Praise, Elite Masterminds of Lufkin, R.A.V.E dance team, Praise N ’Motion Dance company and the East Bethel Cowboys junior cheer team. She has taught dance classes for the past six years in a variety of styles ranging from hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, ballet/tap and creative movement in both the private and public school sectors. At present, she is the Artistic Director for The Fellowship of Enlightenment Church Sacred Dancers Youth Ministry and an active member of the Adult Praise Dance Ministry. She is also currently serving the Independence Heights Community at Burrus Elementary as the Magnet Department Chair, Dance Educator and Coach for the Burrus Bees Dance Team. Ashley has a sincere passion for the Arts and working with young artists in the Houston community.

jhon r. stronks – Modern/Jazz

 Janie Yao – Chinese

Janie is the Founder and Executive/Artistic Director of Dance of Asian America (DAA), a non-profit dance company established in 2001.  Ms. Yao trained with Mitsi Dancing School and the Houston Ballet in Chinese classical and folk dance and classical ballet. She earned her BFA in Dance Performance from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in ballet, modern, and jazz, and she is a certified teacher of the Beijing Dance Academy Chinese Dance Syllabus.  Her choreography has been invited to the grand opening of Cirque de Soleil: Dralion and the grand opening of the Meadows Museum in Dallas. In 2009, DAA was select as one of eleven dance companies in Houston to perform in Dance/USA’s Showcase – “The Power of Movement” – at The Wortham Center, for which she also served as Production Manager. Ms. Yao is the Co-Director of Mitsi Dancing School which was invited to compete in Season 8 of America’s Got Talent Live at Radio City Music Hall.

recognized as one of City of Shanghai’s best dancer in 2006. Yifan also performs as a soloist with Dance of Asian America.

Bryan Peck – Modern

Bryan Peck is a senior at the University of Houston and is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Dance. He graduated from San Jacinto College South with an Associate of Arts in Dance. He currently dances with UH Dance Ensemble, Karen Stokes Dance, Suchu Dance, ChinaCat Dance and J & D Entertainment. He has trained in modern, jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop and gymnastics and worked with many choreographers and dancers such as Terrance Harrison from Step Up, Twitch from Step Up 3D, and Dacia James. He has attended the American Dance Festival Summer Intensive and the American College Dance Festival with San Jacinto College Dance and UH Dance Ensemble. Bryan has also done modeling for the Halloween Party and Expo; has performed in music videos with Patti LaBelle, Prodigy, Von Won, and Macy Medford; and he has performed in Step Up Revolution with Cindy K’s Dance Studio. He has choreographed for Cindy K’s Elite Competition Team, Dance Houston’s No Limits Dance Camp, and many high schools in the local area.

Robin Carlson and Jerry Foote – Latin/Jazz/Lindy Hop

Dance Force Productions Robin Carlson founded an award-winning professional dance company which provides dance entertainment for corporations, charity galas, and private parties. They have been featured on Discovery Health Channel, the Food Network, and performed for NBA All Star Game VIP Party, the All-Star Baseball VIP Party, as well as the Broadway cast of Chicago. They have performed with Los Lonely Boys, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jeannie Tracey, Gloria Gaynor, Archie Bell, and the Village People, and won the Dance Houston Award in 2005 and the Dance Houston Best Dance Theater Award in 2006.

Tina Bose-Kumar – Bollywood

Tina Bose-Kumar, professional dancer and choreographer, has choreographed numerous stage shows, dance videos and stage productions in the US, India and UAE. She is the co-founder and choreographer of Infused Performing Arts dance school/dance company. Infused Performing Arts is the only Bollywood dance company in the world that incorporates Bollywood Dance and Magic.

 Marissa Cantu Harkless – Jazz

Marissa is originally from San Antonio, Texas but grew up in Austin, Texas where she attended Crockett High School. She was on the Tex Ann’s Dance Team for 3 years and then went on the join the World Famous Texas State University Strutters in San Marcos, Texas. Marissa graduated from Texas State in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with teacher certification and a minor in Communications. She then moved to Houston, Texas to become the head director and founder of the Show Stoppers dance team at G. C. Scarborough High School. After 4 years of building a successful and award winning team at Scarborough she has just accepted the Head Director position of the Reagan Red Coats Dance team.

James Pitre – Hip Hop

James is a professional choreographer and dancer from Banning, California. He discovered his passion for modern, jazz, and hip-hop when he began training at age 11. At 18, James moved to Los Angeles where he trained under choreographers Matt Cady, Nate Adams, and JR Taylor; performing at the world famous Carnival Ball. In Houston, James has taught dance for HISD and several other programs. He has performed with Freneticore, Rice Dance Theater, Son Kiss’d, and others. He is currently a member of the Urban Souls Dance Company.

Andrea Cody – Lindy Hop

Andrea trained in ballet at the Houston Ballet Academy and in Lindy hop with the Houston Swing Dance Society.  She learned from Frankie Manning and Carnell Pipkin and partnered with Carnell Pipkin on the Houston Hepcats.  She has a Bachelor’s degree from University of Chicago where she studied dance history, theory and choreography. She has helped hundreds of couples create “first dances” through her business Wedding Dance Houston. Her contributions to the dance community include being an instructor for Project Row Houses and Arts Alive!, and a choreographer for Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Dance of Asian America, the Houston Hepcats, and the University of Houston Wind Ensemble. She is the founder and director of Dance Houston.

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