YOUR INDUSTRY CONNECTION.
All of our faculty have been and currently are working in today's dance industry. You may have seen some of our faculty on Netflix, Disney Channel, Disney+, So You Think You Can Dance, NBC's World of Dance, The Ellen Show, The Super Bowl and many more! The various styles that are offered by Vitality Dance Tour are Jazz, Hip Hop, Jazz Fusion, Tap, Contemporary, Ballroom, and the Industry Insight Course. All of these styles are VITAL for a dancer to be reliable and working in the entertainment industry today.
TAP, Manager of Vitality
Ryan Maw is the creator of Vitality Dance Tour- Your Industry Connection. At age 11, Ryan was scouted by movie producers for a role in the film “Dance Off” and his commercial dance career began. Soon after, he was fortunate to perform on The Ellen Show, So You Think You Can Dance, NBC’s World of Dance, and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Ryan has choreographed for The Next Generation Choreographers Showcase at 25 Live and has performed with many professional companies. Ryan is honored to be a three-time international titleholder of "Best Dancer" and is proud to be the first to win this honorable title with tap dance. Ryan's versatility comes from training in all genres of dance, which led to sponsorships and many industry dance jobs, such as performing live at The Emmy Awards. Although success has come his way, Ryan continues to train across the country and looks forward to sharing his passion for tap dance with the world.
Briar Nolet is a Canadian actress, dancer, singer and creative producer best known for her leading role as Richelle on the hit TV series "The Next Step" and for competing as a soloist on season 3 of NBC's hit reality series “World of Dance.” After finishing in the top 5, with performances going viral, Briar’s success caught the eye of WOD judge Jennifer Lopez who invited the soloist to be the opening act for JLO’s “It’s My Party” tour. With the exposure WOD and the platform of NBC, Briar has been candid about her battle with epilepsy, drawing awareness to the disease that she says she's conquered through treatment and a positive mindset. Briar’s work as a contemporary dancer has earned her features as a cover model on Dance Spirit Magazine and is known for her viral dance concept music videos. Just last year, Briar independently released her debut single “Boys” charted in the Top 40 in several countries and broke the Top 200 single across all markets, genres and services. Briar is
intrigued by music production and found a love for it while dreaming compilations she would love to dance to herself. Last September Briar left for a two month dance tour of Australia and the UK with her co-stars from “The Next Step.” Following the tour, Briar will reside in LA to focus on diversifying her acting with roles across genres. Briar’s time on tour with JLO has reignited her passion for singing and is determined to refine her craft and get back in the studio.
Gabe De Guzman is an 18-year-old dancer, choreographer, singer, actor, educator, and social media influencer. Gabe is a very well rounded dancer trained in hip hop, tap, jazz, musical theater, contemporary, and ballet. At 10 years old, Gabe became a professional dancer as he booked his first job dancing alongside Bruno Mars, Cee-Lo Green, and Far East Movement in Macy’s Passport Glamorama and toured several U.S. cities. Gabe has performed live on stage with major artists such as Paula Abdul, Will Smith, Ariana Grande, Pitbull, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Sanchez, Sharaya J, Natalie La Rose, Flo Rida, Justin Bieber for Purpose World Tour, and Janet Jackson for Unbreakable World Tour. Gabe made TV appearances and performances to Disney's Shake It Up, Radio Disney Music Awards, Nickelodeon’s School of Rock, Life in Pieces, Chad, World of Dance Season 1, Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2012 and 2013, X-
Factor 2012 finale, America’s Got Talent Season 9, Dance Moms, Hocus Pocus 20th anniversary special, and Teen Choice Awards 2018. Few of the highlights of Gabe’s career are performing at the 49th Super Bowl Halftime show with Missy Elliott and Katy Perry, appearing on The Ellen Show, main cast of the web series Boy Squad at Go90, being one of the Disney Club Mickey Mouse Mouseketeers, and most recently as one of the main cast of The Little Mermaid Live. Gabe has choreographed for the opening number for SAG-AFTRA Looking Ahead Awards 2 years in a row, UNICEF gala opening number, multiple charity events, live performances, and music videos.
From being a top dancer in the competition circuit to working as a professional dancer in Los Angeles, Madison brings a bold dynamic to the dance industry. Trained in all styles for 14 years at her local dance studio in Virginia, she collected numerous top awards and was recognized as one of the strongest competitors of her time. In 2011- ’12 she toured with “The Pulse On Tour” as an Elite Protege. On tour, she assisted and worked closely with choreographers such as Brian Friedman, Tyce Diorio, Gil Duldalao, Tricia Miranda, Desmond Richardson, Brooke Lipton, Cris Judd, Dave Scott and many more. Madison can be seen in music videos with artists such as Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris, Nicki Minaj, Joe Jonas, Little Mix; and recently accompanied Rita Ora and Charlie XCX on the hit show Lip Sync Battle. You can catch her latest commercials with Jennifer Lopez and Old Navy. She took the stage with Cher at the Billboard
Music Awards, on top of finishing a tour with Todrick Halls on his sold-out Forbidden World Tour. Recently getting off set with Kayne West and Ariana Grande. Most recently working with Parris Goebal on a Justin Bieber music video. Madison is a young force to be reckoned with in the industry, that brings great relatable energy to all aspiring professional dancers.
Jenna Z. Alvarez is an American actress/dancer known for her roles on Showtime’s Kidding (2018), Disney Channel’s Shook (2019) and Disney’s Club Mickey Mouse (2017). Jenna is honored to be a Disney Mouseketeer with some other amazingly successful dancers, actors, and singers in today's industry. She’s trained in numerous dance genres since the age of six including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, lyrical, and musical theater. Because of her versatile training, Jenna has danced with big artists- Daddy Yankee, Sia, Alyson Stoner, Todrick Hall, and JC Chasez. Jenna was on NBC's World of Dance Season 1 with ImmaBeast and has been on The Ellen Show for tWitch and Allison's Dance Challenge. As a member of the Vitality faculty, her goal is to encourage students to find their purpose and lend a helping hand in making their industry dreams a reality.
Charity Anderson is the youngest of 10 children and grew up dancing in her mom’s dance studio in Springville Utah since she was 2 years old. She has trained in ballroom, jazz, hip hop, tumbling, ballet and contemporary all her life, with top teachers in all styles both nationally and internationally. Charity has danced ballroom competitively, placing in finals & winning events since she was 5 yrs old and is a National Latin Ballroom Champion. She has also been a competitive dancer in jazz & contemporary, winning Over-All Awards at competitions and conventions since she was 10 years old. Her 1st professional job began when she appeared in a supporting lead role at 12 yrs old in the Off-Broadway production of “Dance Star” produced by Alec Mazo and Edyta Sliwinksa (DWTS). Other professional appearances include: NBC World of Dance Finalist, Ellen Degeneres, WOD Live Tour, Dolce & Gabbana, World’s Top Talent, Dance Plus, Dance Network, multiple music videos & commercial work, Derek Hough Live Tour, NBC Rockerfeller Tree Lighting, & NBC Holidays With the Houghs.
Andres Peñate is the second oldest of 6 children and grew up dancing at two separate studios. He first started dancing when he was six years old and his first style was ballroom. Taking his dancing competitively he was able to compete and perform around the nation and won a National Latin Ballroom Championship title at twelve years old. He was introduced to Hip Hop when he was eight years old, and at 14 branched off to train in Break Dancing, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, and Contemporary. He began competing at conventions and other competitions winning scholarships and awards in multiple categories. All this versatile training led Andres to become a finalist on NBC’s World of Dance, season 2. Since then Andres has been performing and teaching around the world including the U.S., Canada, Denmark, Austria, India, and China. He has also taken up the film industry performing and acting as a principal dancer on Dear Dumb Diary and High School Musical: the Musical: the Series, as well as multiple music videos.
Ezra Sosa began dancing at age seven, turning professional at age 15 when he started doing industrials. Ezra made Top 6 on Season 16- So You Think You Can Dance, performed on America’s Got Talent Season 9 and 10, and World of Dance Season 1 and 2. He credits Talia Favia, Francisco Gella, and Chaz Buzan as his greatest influences and his family, close friends and his studio as his biggest supporters. He’s looking forward to going on tour with Vitality to travel and see all the fans who rooted for him on So You Think You Can Dance and hopes to one day be a pro on Dancing with the Stars. Ezra has also made professional dance tutorial videos with Disney star, Sofia Wylie and has appeared on The Ellen Show with the Top 10 from Season 16 So You Think You Can Dance.
Stephani Sosa’s goal is to be known as the Latin version of Beyoncé. She’s trained in all styles since the age of 8 but her specialty is Latin ballroom. She competed Latin competitively and has 2 national titles in Latin ballroom. She made Top 9 -So You Think You Can Dance Season 16 and recently toured with the SYTYCD Live 2019 Tour. She hopes to one day be a Pro on Dancing with the Stars. She's booked several movies, industrials, and commercials and will be appearing on High School Musical: the Musical: the Series Season 1 on Disney+. She’s also appeared on the Ellen Degeneres Show and World of Dance Season 1. Her passion and love for dance have made her want to join the Vitality family and continue to share and inspire others.
Tori Caro grew up in San Diego and has been dancing since the age of 3 and competitively since the age of 7. She moved to LA on her own when she was 15 to pursue professional dance and choreography. She is known for her versatility in all styles of dance, from classical ballet to hip hop. Although she has many accolades as a competitive soloist and team member, she thrives in storytelling through movement and media. By the time she was 18, she choreographed her first feature film, commercial, and TV film. She has recently worked on a new Netflix series, created and directed by Kenny Ortega, as an actor, assistant choreographer, and dancer. She wants to continue her career not only as a dancer and choreographer but as many more things to bring her versatility into the industry.
Amari Smith has been dancing since the age of 8, where he trained in all styles. During his time at his home studio in Las Vegas, he spent vigorous hours honing in on his skills. Over the years he has refined his hip hop skills taking master classes with the best choreographers in Los Angeles. At the age of 16, he started assisting the world-renowned choreographer, Tricia Miranda. Since becoming a professional dancer in Los Angeles he has had the pleasure of working with artists such as Mariah Carey and JoJo Siwa. He has been spotted on television shows including The Ellen Show, Americas Got Talent – Season 11 and Showtime At The Apollo. He also traveled to Japan to teach at Culture Jam Tokyo. While furthering his career as a dancer and educator, Amari hopes to be an inspiration to those who want to follow their dreams.
JAY JAY DIXONBEY
Jay Jay Dixonbey was born in Detroit MI, where he has studied multiple styles of dance including, but not limited to Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Contemporary since the age of 9. Jay Jay is very passionate about the art form of dance and believes that dance is an experience. After he graduated from high school, Jay Jay took a leap of faith and moved to Los Angeles to further his dance career. Since the big move, he has had the pleasure of working with world esteemed choreographers such as Ray Leeper, Mandy Moore, Luther Brown, Mia Micheals, Mark Meismer, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance, and Travis Wall just to name a few. Jay Jay had the opportunity to tour with Derek Hough on his latest solo tour, “Derek Hough Live”, but is most known for his recent work on So You Think Can Dance Season 15 and the So You Think You Can Dance Live Tour 2018! Out of all of his tours, Jay Jay is most proud of being a member of Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound. In addition to touring,
he has appeared on TV shows such as Ellen DeGeneres (Season 16), the 89th Oscar Academy Awards, and in Beyonce’s music video “Spirit”. Staying true to his love of education, he is the Artistic Director of his family’s dance studio in Michigan. Jay Jay is so excited to share his love of dance with all of you!
Jake Mcauley started his dance training at age 8 in Elk Grove, California at Elite Studio of Dance. It was there that his love and passion for dance were fostered through working with many different choreographers including Cindy Salgado, Melody Lacayanga, and Jess Hendricks. After spending most of his high school years training with Cheryl Copeland, Jake decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in commercial dance. Since moving to LA a year ago, Jake has danced for such artists as Paula Abdul, Saro, Tate Mcrae, and Blake Mcgrath. He has worked as an apprentice for Unity LA under the direction of Tessandra Chavez and is currently a member of the IAF Company as well as Rudy Abreu’s Embodiment Dance Company. He has worked on various projects with Brian Friedman, Talia Favia, Cameron Lee, Nika Kljun, and Sarah Brinson, and has assisted on the dance conventions Radix and 24 Seven Dance. Most recently Jake can be seen as a featured dancer on the Rockefeller Center’s Christmas Tree Lighting Special on NBC behind Derek Hough. Jake is excited about all of the opportunities ahead and is grateful to be following his dreams!
Michael Prince is a driven young artist born and raised from Richmond Hill, Ontario. This 20-year-old began his dancing journey at Vlad’s Dance Company at the age of 2. Michael has spent the past 18 years training to work on his style, technique, and acting which helped him grow into the professional performer he is today. He has won numerous awards including “Young Choreographer of the Year“ 2018 and 2019, as well as “Senior Male Best Dancer “ at The Dance Awards (2018). In the summers of 2017, 2018, 2019 he was selected to represent Dancer Palooza as a member of the “Beat Squad“ and also helped choreograph the Beat Squad piece in 2018. He was also featured as a dancer in the Season 2 Finale of Family Channel’s “The Next Step“. Most recently Michael just finished filming an up and coming Disney Movie and is currently filming a Netflix original film. He is also touring with Jump Dance Convention as an official demonstrater and continues to teach/choreograph across North America.
Connor began dancing at a very young age, training in all facets of dance at Allegro Performing Arts Academy. In 2013, he performed in his first LA show at Carnival, which led him to sign with Clear Talent Group. Two years after being signed, Connor finally made the move to LA and has since been working with artists such as Janet Jackson, Justin Bieber, and even choreographing for the movie High Strung: Free Dance. Connor recently competed on season 3 of the tv show “World of Dance” with Unity LA, directed by two-time Emmy award winning choreographer Tessandra Chavez, and continues to work alongside her in pursuit to follow in her footsteps.
Hugh Aparente was born in the Philippines and raised in Detroit, Michigan. As he trained in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, he soon realized just how much he loved dance. After 4 years of hard work and dedication, he began working with other choreographers like Ian Eastwood, Kyle Hanagami, Keone and Mari Madrid, and Nappytabs. He has worked with artists such as Jennifer Lopez, NSYNC, Pretty Much, Sophia Black, Lido and has performed for the American Music Awards, Radio Disney Music Awards, NBC: World of Dance Season 1, Cirque Du Soleil, Coachella and more. Hugh hopes that one day he can use his passion and gift for dance to help make a change not only in the world but in people’s hearts.