Gretchen Gustin- Competition Director, Jazz, Technique Specialist, & Contemporary.
A Florida native who began her dance training under the watchful eye of world-renowned instructors from different backgrounds. At the age of 9, she began competing all over the United States receiving many awards including Top 10 national Soloist and regional champion. At age 15, she received a scholarship to work and perform with the Radio City Rockettes, age 16 she was invited to join the Joffrey Ballet School pre-professional program in New York City, age 17 she moved to Utah to further her dance education and joined Synergy contemporary company and was signed with Focus talent agency based in Utah and was hired for many commercials. Ms. Gustin is well known for her award winning choreography, and the recognition she's received for her amazing choreography. Ms. Gustin will make sure her dancers are not only great performers but also amazing technicians. “It doesn’t matter how old or young you are if you want something you have to put in the work to become the best, and you can be the best all you need is that desire in the classroom because in the classroom is where it all begins.” - Gretchen Gustinis a Florida native who began er dance training under the watchful eye of world renowned instructors from different backgrounds and countries. At the age of 9, she began competing all over Florida receiving many awards. At the aged of 17 she moved to Utah to attend school and joined Synergy Contemporary company and was sith Focus Talent Agency and hired for various TV commercials. Mrs. Gustin is well known for paying strick attention to making sure her dancers are not only great performers but also amazing technicians and has won multiple Choreography awards
Amy Freeman began her training at age eight with Mikhail Casalino and continued with the School of Ballet West ( currently Ballet West Academy) and the University of Utah. She is Certified in Vaganova Syllabus, American Ballet Theater’s National Training curriculum, PBT Progressing Ballet Technique and has completed the Royal Ballet Teacher Observation Program, Summer Intensive training and two Inspire seminars at White Lodge and the Royal Opera House in London. Her pedagogical training comes from masters such as Franco De Vita, Raymond Lukens, Inna Stabrova, Dmitriy Tuboltsev, Sarah Daultry, Samantha Leeman and Kathryn Morgan.
Ms. Amy is a member of IADMS, International Association for Dance Medicine and science and completes Harkness Center for Dance Injury courses biennially through NYU School of Medicine. Ms. Amy is a practicing Licensed Massage Therapist, giving her a working knowledge of the how muscles work together to create movement and how to treat and prevent injury.
Nicole Macaluso (Bateman) has been dancing since the age of three, including the styles of tap, lazz, Dallet, hip-nop, contemporary, and lyrical. Lap remains her absolute passion. Born and raised in Miami, Fonda, her training was surrounded by some or the nation's top talent. Micole nas train In ces in Insion or mers " In Shuffle Man' himself- Mike Minery. She has also participated in multiple workshops led by Brenda Bufalino, Ayodele Casel, Derick Grant, Aaron Tolson, Maud Arnold, Diane Walker, and many more. Her choreography has been recognized regionally and nationally, earning accolades throughout the country. Nicole graduated from the University of Florida in 2014. Where she earned her B.S. degree in Advertising and received her MBA from Florida International University in 2016. She also has training from the International Dance Teaching Standards (DIS program- a dance teacher certification program focused on skill acquisition and pedagogical practices. From 2011-2014, she was a member of Stomp the Swamp- a rhythm and tap group at the University of Florida focused on bringing light to the community through their passion for tap dancing. In 2014, she was head choreographer, earning them a spot to open for Ludacris and Foster the People at UF's Gator Growl. She was the Tap Director of a local studio in her hometown, previously a Regional Manager for a national dance competition, and has been judging talent for several years around the country. Apart from choreography, she is staff at Dance with Jax- a leading dance training program that offers convention-style opportunities in the Jacksonville, Florida community where she now resides. As a tap teacher, she takes pride in the tap programs she has developed and those she has had the opportunity to train; striving to instill a onve in her students and spread tap love!
Marco Tacandong is a dancer, choreographer, and educator from Jacksonville, Florida who is trained in modern, contemporary and hip hop styles. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Jacksonville University where he studied various styles from the faculty and guest artists. He has been dancing for 10 years and has had the pleasure of learning from various choreographers such as Ian Eastwood (Young Lions), Vinh Nguyen (Kinjaz), Kyle Hanagami, and many others from Los Angeles, California, Orlando and Jacksonville, Florida. Marco was a part of a hip hop dance crew in Jacksonville called WreckLess, and Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Dance Repertory Company, danceWORKS. Being a member of danceWORKS for two years provided him with a diverse set of influences in his art and leadership skills. Throughout his career in dance, he has created, performed and produced numerous works that were presented on shows, events, and video projects. Marco currently teaches hip hop and contemporary at several dance studios in Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra with the intention to provide deliberate instruction while cultivating a fun and safe space to move and create.