Miss Tori studied voice and acting at The Boston Conservatory, Wagner College and Belmont University. She has been directed by Broadway's Drew Scott and was coached and mentored by the legendary Broadway musical directors, Jack Lee and Brad Garside. She currently has students performing in Wicked and Avenue Q.
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Guest Choreographer-Miss Olivia
Miss Olivia has taken the dance world by storm over the last decade. Born and raised in Atlanta, GA she began training and competing at the young age of 7 all over the country in Competitive Championship Latin Ballroom Dancing. By the age of 16 she had already won five National Gold Medals in addition to attending Dekalb School of the Arts where she studied Ballet, Modern, Jazz, African, Hip-Hop, Music, and Theater. Shortly after graduating, Olivia decided to further pursue her dreams by training in New York City and then heading out to California for a new and exciting journey.
With a determined spirit and relentless work ethic she soon found herself teaching and performing for the NFL as a San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush Cheerleader, Top 30 Finalist on So You Think You Can Dance (S8), she was featured in Esquire and "Just Dance" PS3 Commercial. In 2012 she decided to move back to New York. Since then she has danced for artists such as: JLO, Madonna, Flo Rida, New Cupid, Sean Kingston, and Brad Paisley. She has also been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, Dr. Oz., 106 & Park, Yahoo, and Telemundo.
Her biggest accomplishment to date though happened on her 26th birthday in June of 2015. Miss Olivia was suddenly dx with aggressive Breast Cancer. She underwent numerous surgeries and chemotherapy. Throughout her challenging journey she continued to dance, teach, perform, write, conduct interviews, and graduate on time from MSU with a Major:Communication & Media and Minor:Musical Theater. “Faith and Art have always healed me back to home and now it is time to pay it forward.”
Miss Olivia is currently back to teaching at Broadway Dance Center and recently became the National Spokesperson for Jemma Everyday "Brave & Beyond". She is also in the process of publishing her first poetry book and EP.
We are so happy that Miss Olivia will be back at BDA to conduct Master Classes for our students.
Guest Artist - Miss Karina
In the United States, she toured 53 cities and 21 states with the Boston Flamenco Ballet. Her extensive dance career in America also includes several works with professional companies such as South Florida Ballet Theater, The Florida Grand Opera, Staten Island Ballet, Carnival Cruise Lines, BalaSole Dance Company, Ballet for Young Audiences-Ballet Repertory NYC, Pilobolus, Neglia Ballet Artists, Some Dance Company, as well as production companies in the entertainment industry.
Her classical repertoire includes soloist roles in "The Nutcracker" as well as "Swan Lake," "Giselle," "La Bayadère," "Sleeping Beauty," "Carmen," "Spring Waters" and others. Her musical theater credits include "The Beauty and the Beast," "Cats," "Grease," "The King and I," "Annie," "The Wiz," "A Christmas Carol," "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Hair."
In 2011, Karina was invited to perform in the opening of the Nanning International Folk Song Arts Festival, appearing live for more than 50,000 people and on 23 different television stations throughout Southeastern Asia. Since 2012, she has performed as a guest principal dancer in "The Nutcracker" productions of multiple dance companies.
Karina is a certified ballet teacher of the American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum for all levels (primary to level 7 & pas de deux). She currently works as an artistic director and dance faculty with her own dance business in South America as well as a dancer, dance judge and teacher in the United States. Miss Karina is also a current teacher at Broadway Dance Center at both location. She is so excited to start teaching the students here at Broadway Dance Academy!