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JOE ISTRE

Versatile, cutting-edge, and extremely stylized; only three of the many adjectives used to describe this multi-talented teacher-choreographer.  His unique approach to teaching combined with his understanding of the art keeps him in demand all over the country.   He has danced in such shows as 42nd ST, CHESS, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and was part of the DIRTY DANCING TOUR.  Joe assisted with the West End show HOT MIKADO in London, the Tony nominated Broadway show AIN'T BROADWAY GRAND, and the German version of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.  Most recently Joe worked shopped the show Contact for Lincoln Center choreographed by Susan Stroman.  Joe has choreographed shows for the HBO, Midas Muffler, American Express, and Merle Norman Cosmetics.  He teaches for many universities, dance companies, and conventions throughout the U.S. as well as at home in the New York area.  Look for Joe's own series of videos available at www.joeistre.com.

Ingrid M. Pettus

Ingrid M. Pettus was born in New York City and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She received her training in dance at the Creative and Performing Arts School in Philadelphia.  She then attended Virginia Commonwealth University and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree emphasizing in performance and choreography.  Ms. Pettus is the owner of Ingrid's Dance Theater Inc. in Richmond, Va.  She is also the Artistic Director of Interpose Dance Company, a competition performing group of children with ages ranging from 9 to 18 years old.  Ingrid Pettus has judged many competitions for Accent on youth and Stars of the 90's, to name a few.  Ingrid has been a guest artist at Longwood University, Henrico School of the Arts and Louisburg College.

DARLENE CEGLIA

WNY native Darlene Ceglia was a featured performer in New York and abroad with LEE THEADORES' AMERICAN DANCE MACHINE, BELLETAP USA and in nationally televised specials for ABC & NBC-TV.  A former student of Sam Fiorello, Darlene has appeared with Maruice and Gregory Hines, Judith Jamison, Bob Hope, Aretha Franklin and Robert Goulet, among others.  She has taught at Harkness House and the Broadway Dance Center in NY, and currently is a master class teacher for several major dance organizations as well as private schools all over the country.  Widely regarded as a meticulous technician, Darlene has established herself as one of the most innovative choreographers on the dance scene today.  She is also the artistic director of Darlene Ceglia's Dance Project which in eight short years, has become one of the most highly regarded schools for tap and jazz dancers in the United States.

VALENTINO R. TAGUDING

Valetino R. Taguding - actor, singer, dancer, model, magician, director, and choreographer; graduate from Townson University where he was a nationally ranked gymnast; received Towson's University's coveted Junior Scholar Athlete, Senior Scholar Athlete of the year Awards; five year National Acrobatic - Dance Champion and a three-time Grand National Dance Champion; danced on the hit television show star Search; modeled for In Fashion magazine; choreographed for Busch Gardens and Water Country USA; recognized as one of the top gymnastic and acrobatic dance teachers in the country.

For Further Information:
Rodney Williams
(434) 395-2548
rwilliam@longwood.edu
Lancer Gym 307 Dance Studio