ABOUT LIBERATE COMMERICAL ARTISTS COLLECTIVE
The commercial dance industry. Everyone's talking about it, few outside of Los Angeles have access to it. Now you do, when you join us at Liberate Commercial Artists Collective.
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As soon as you come to Los Angeles the work begins. You'll train with top industry professionals for 14 days in LA. You'll network, you'll get professional headshots and dance shots, and you'll preform in an industry showcase with top industry professionals.
Meet past Liberate faculty members. Our faulty for Liberate Commerical Artists Collective will be announced spring 2024.
Phil Wright is executive producer and choreographer of "Disney Fam Jam,” the NEW family dance competition show on The Disney Channel based on his viral sensation, “The Parent Jam™.” Wright founded "The Parent Jam™" in 2017 when he was inspired to bring kids and their families together through dance. Streamed online, his high-energy dance classes are designed to encourage positivity, love, and understanding within families around the world. He has worked with some of the biggest names in music including Lil Nas X, Will Smith, MC Hammer, TLC and G-Eazy and Cardi B.
Lauren Froderman’s lifetime of dance training led her to win the seventh season of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance. She has also danced for the Radio City Rockettes, Big Time Rush, Blake McGrath, and others. Appearing in television performances, music videos, and live shows, she continues to reach for the stars and learn as much as possible. She considers her greatest accomplishment since winning So You Think You Can Dance becoming the first dance athlete for Gatorade and the female dance athlete for the G Series Fit line. Lauren continues her pursuit of other dreams in various dance and performance capacities.
Mollee is one of the most sought-after and top working dancers in Los Angeles. Her professional and television credits include, SYTYCD Season 6, Shake It Up, X Factor, America’s Got Talent, Ellen, Drop Dead Diva, Big Time Rush, Glee, Victorious, and The Voice. Mollee has also enjoyed performing with artists including Taylor Swift, Snoop Dog, and J-Lo. In addition to her live and TV performances, Mollee has enjoyed performing in films such as High School Musical 1, 2 and 3 and MTV’s American Mall, where she was a principal dancer. Most recently, Mollee has been focusing on her acting career where she has found incredible success. Her first big break was as a supporting actress in the Ashton Kutcher film No Strings Attached. Recently children around the world have fallen in love with her acting and dance performance as ‘Giggles' in the hit Disney Channel original movie Teen Beach Movie! While focusing on and continuing to build her own dance and acting career, Mollee has always enjoyed giving back to her dance community by sharing her love and passion for dance through teaching and choreographing.
Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up on the Southside of Atlanta. He graduated from Creekside High School in 2008. His preferred styles of dancing include Animation, Popping, and Robotics. His attention to detail and love for teaching proper technique have made him a fan favorite in the dance education world. Cyrus was the runner up on Season 9 of Fox’s hit television show “So You Think You Can Dance.” Since then, he has not stopped working in the industry: performing across the country, shooting commercials and feature films. Movie credits include being cast as “Gauge,” in the most recent installment of the smash hit Step Up franchise, Step Up: All In. Cyrus has returned in recent seasons as an All-Star on SYTYCD and is also part of the Dragon House Hip Hop Crew.
Will began his formal dance training at the age of 15 in the Baltimore area and within three years was named a finalist for the "Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Talent in the Arts" scholarship. Will went on to receive his BFA in Dance Performance from Towson University, where he worked under Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell (former Ailey principal dancer), Vincent Thomas (VT Dance Director), and Runqiao Du (former Washington Ballet principal dancer). While earning his degree, Bell trained at the prestigious summer programs Ailey School (New York) and Lines Ballet School (San Francisco, CA). He has worked with prestigious industry choreographers such as Jerry Mitchell, Denise Faye, Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, Ryan Heffington, Tony Gonzalez, and more. Recently, Will’s choreographic work has been seen in the Virgo Investment Group commercial. He has also choreographed for music artist "Son Of A Bishop". Bell has set work at collegiate institutions such as Towson University, AMDA, and The Studio School. Bell’s work has gone viral, been recognized internationally on many major platforms, and featured in prestigious magazines such as Elle, Nylon, and HuffPost. Will choreographed Pasadena Playhouse's "Little Shop of Horrors" featuring Amber Riley from “Glee”, MJ Rodriguez from “Pose”, and George Salazar from “Be More Chill.”
As a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and director, David Lee is most celebrated for his 5 years spent working with The Lab (winners of NBC’s World of Dance Season 2) and more recently working in Artist Development under the mentorship of Shaun Evaristo. David is currently serving his 7th year as the Artistic Director for Culture Shock LA, a non-profit organization that uses Hip-Hop music and dance as a vehicle to enrich the underprivileged youth population in LA. After 6 years of being a resident instructor with STEEZY Studio, David is now focusing his attention as STEEZY’s Instructional Designer and continues to broaden his perspective in dance education.
Halima captivates on screen and on stage! Her sky-high energy is featured in music videos for DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, and Jojo, live shows with Danity Kane’s Dawn Richard, and multiple indie and feature films — including Black Is King and The Prom. She is based in Los Angeles but credits her hometown, Miramar, Florida, for her signature style: a fusion of hip hop, technique, and Afro-Caribbean roots. Today, she’s on a mission to help artists express their most authentic selves.
Jeka Jane started dancing at the age of 5. He attended the School of the Arts in San Francisco with a focus on contemporary and ballet. Jeka trained in hip hop with a community team, The Company, out of Northern California. After moving to Los Angeles, Jeka joined forces with Movement Lifestyle and began teaching classes at world-renowned studio Millennium Dance Complex. Recently, Jeka has danced for musical artist Ariana Grande at the Billboard Music Awards, Coachella Music Festival, VMAS and is a principal dancer in her music video “No Tears Left To Cry”. Jeka made his TV debut on the Emmy Award-winning show “Transparent”. Apart from commercial work, he also teaches workshops all over the world including: Japan, Russia, London and more! Jeka teaches all age groups and levels and welcomes every person in class with open arms!
From stage to screen, Mia Michaels has turned dance into unique works of passion and beauty. Not only is Mia one of the most sought-after innovators in the world of dance, but she is also a figure of inspiration to women around the world. One of Mia’s strongest talents is finding beauty within herself and in others.
In 2015, Mia joined forces with a dream team including Diane Paulus and Barry Weissler for the hugely successful Broadway musical FINDING NEVERLAND. Mia choreographed a preview of the song, “Neverland” for the 68th Tony Awards featuring Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson. Following the Tony Awards, Mia served as guest choreographer for the opening number of the Rockettes Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall and as a guest artist and mentor for Broadway at the White House, hosted by Michelle Obama, Kristen Chenoweth, and Matthew Morrison. Included in Mia’s diverse experience is the critically acclaimed New York-based dance company, RAW, for which she was the founder, artistic director, and choreographer.
On television, Mia has served as an ever-popular judge and contributing choreographer for Fox’s award-winning TV show So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD). Not only has Mia won three Emmy awards for Outstanding Choreography for the television series SYTYCD, but she also made huge contributions towards the show, receiving the “Best Reality TV Show” award at the 2008 Reality TV Show Awards. Additionally, Mia’s fan base in Canada has led her to share her talents on SYTCD Canada as a judge and guest choreographer. Other TV credits include a dream sequence with Hugh Laurie for the hit television show, House MD, entitled “Get Happy.”
Uniting with her SYTYCD judge alumnus, Adam Shankman, Mia and Adam collaborated for the big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, Rock of Ages. Following Rock of Ages, Mia had a co-starring role in Summit Entertainment’s, Step Up 4. Mia directed and choreographed Blake McGrath’s “Relax” video, which was nominated for Video of the Year at the 2011 MuchMusic Video Awards. Other work in film includes: “Cool Women” for AMC/DreamWorks Television, award-winning commercials for Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Bacardi, Coldwell Banker, Ziploc, the WNBA, Star TV & VISA. The five-year run of Celine Dion’s show, “A New Day”, which played at Caesars’ Palace in Las Vegas, was raved by The New York Times, stating, “The greatest pleasure was the go-for-broke physicality of the choreography.” The show, featuring a cast of fifty dancers and two hours of pure artistry, was one of Mia’s favorite choreographic experiences. Other shows featuring Mia’s choreography include Celine Dion’s World Tour, Taking Chances, and Cirque du Soleil’s first touring show, Delirium. Mia has also created works for numerous recording artists including Madonna, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, Anna Vissi, and Prince.
Mia has had the privilege to hold faculty positions at prestigious institutions of dance around the world including Alvin Ailey and the Joffrey Ballet. Mia continues to teach inspirational master classes worldwide known as Mia Michaels Live (MML). This powerful movement is inspiring dancers world wide to access their inner unicorn and dance from the inside out.
Mia’s students, peers, and mentors have noted her as a dedicated, live-changing influence of positivity in their lives. Mia has a way of touching each human she encounters with passion, emotional expression, and confidence of self-love.
Beverly is a Filipina-American artist, choreographer, and dance educator whose compassion and joy are fueled by empowering the next generation of artists. She values her experience in the commercial dance industry and recently received a Master’s of Fine Arts in dance at the University of California - Irvine. Beverly is also a passionate and knowledgeable performer who has traveled internationally with recording artists while filming national commercials. In addition to touring, Beverly has performed in music videos, recorded television, live award shows, and hopes to share her experiences with aspiring dancers. Born a Chicago-Native, Beverly majored in dance at Ball State University where she trained in modern, jazz, ballet, musical theater, and post-graduation in hip-hop. With her diverse background in dance, she hopes to inspire dancers through interdisciplinary connections and dance history.
Once upon a time there was a 17 year old named Jamal Story. He won the Spotlight Award Scholarship, a prize lauded by all in the land, and balanced a 3.92 GPA, all while training rigorously with Adria Wilson, Oui Geometer Dance Company, and the modern dance godmother Lula Washington. As a teen Mrs. Washington saw the potential for greatness and ushered Jamal into her adult company, the Lula Washington Dance Theatre, where the seeds of integrity were planted into the phenomenal story that is Jamal’s life, love and pursuit of dance. Continuing to excel under exceptional circumstances—he toiled arduously and prevailed in the second graduating class at the California Academy of Math and Science—Jamal fled to Dallas to earn dual degrees at Southern Methodist University in Dance Performance and TV/Radio Communications. While there, Dallas Black Dance Theater and Fort Worth/Dallas Ballet opened up their doors for replacements and guest artist gigs. Never one to leave his roots behind, Jamal continued his close ties to Lula, joining the company for various touring dates. Spellbound by movement, Jamal danced with acclaimed choreographer Donald Byrd/theGroup, Madonna's 2001 Drowned World Tour, Complexions and with Cher as an aerialist and dancer on Cher's Living Proof: The Farewell Tour. Immediately thereafter, he was summoned back into the studio with Donald Byrd to help discover the movement for the history-making Broadway show, The Color Purple where he spent the duration of its run as a dancer and assistant dance captain. Seamlessly transferring from concert dance to Broadway, Jamal continued to defy expectations and broaden his horizons when he published his first novel 12:34 a slice novel. Enchanted with the close knit Broadway community, he returned its forest as an original cast member yet again in Mr. Berry Gordy's Motown the Musical. Jamal is a strong advocate for educating young artists about the changing landscape of dance. While on Cher's current Dressed to Kill , he remains active as the co-chair of the National Dance Committee for SAG-AFTRA, and holds a seat on the unions local New York Board. With his company, Schehimazade Productions, he lives, ever after, happily choreographing, teaching, writing and consulting as an independent contractor.
Broadway: Carousel, Newsies (Astaire Award nom), Matilda, West Side Story (Baby John), Billy Elliot (upcoming: Once Upon A One More Time) Tour: An American In Paris (Jerry Mulligan).
Other stages: The Music Man (Kennedy Center), A Chorus Line, (NY City Center), The Wild Party (NY City Center), In Your Arms (The Old Globe), Carousel (Houston Grand Opera). Film/TV: FX’s Fosse/Verdon, Girls5Eva, Ted 2, Five Dances, NBC's Peter Pan Live, Smash, most recently Netflix’s I’m Thinking Of Ending Things and Disney +’s Better Nate Than Ever
Ysabelle is a young professional dancer/choreographer who emanates hard work and passion with an edge. Her account is filled with captivating dance routines, fashion, and friends. Her fans are drawn to her whimsical and carefree personality as well as her ability to come off as a relatable young adult trying to live her life to the fullest.
Professionally, Ysabelle has worked with the likes of Kevin Hart, Bruno Mars, and J. Lo. She can be seen in True Religion and FENTY campaigns but spends much of her time teaching at some of the most popular hip-hop studios and events globally, where she is able to extend her influence and inspire others.
Alexa Anderson grew up in Chandler, Arizona where she trained and competed in many different styles of dance, winning numerous National titles and awards. She was a talented and dedicated pupil, and was awarded Student of the Year for Arts and Academics at The Arizona School of the Arts where she attended high school. She was featured numerous times in DanceSpirit Magazine as a young up and comer, and in 2010 she was featured on the cover. At age 17, Alexa performed in NYC as a principal dancer in the off Broadway contemporary dance show, “Beneath the Surface”. Soon after, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career as a dancer. Since then, she has been feature in several television commercials and music videos and has danced on television shows such as Glee, Xfactor, American Idol, America’s Got Talent, Dancing With The Stars, All The Right Moves, and was a contestant on Season 9 of So You Think You Can Dance. Alexa has toured the country as a cast member of Travis Wall’s contemporary dance company, Shaping Sound. She has also performed with many talented artists such as Kanye West, Queen Latifah, Colbie Caillat, Paramore, The Wanted, Icona Pop, Redfoo, Fifth Harmony, and Demi Lovato. Alexa continues to tour the country as a Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor and dedicated dance teacher/choreographer.
Since the show So You Think You Can Dance, Comfort has been active in both the street world and the greater performing arts industry. Her work is not only diverse but has also taken her all across the country and the world.
Comfort has participated and won battles like Juste Deboute in France and KOD in China. She has appeared in music videos for artists such as Jason Derulo and Florence and the Machine. She has danced alongside the top artists such as Rihanna at iHeart Radio, LL Cool J at the Guys choice awards, and Missy Elliott at the Super Bowl 49 Half Time Show in Phoenix. Comfort has also choreographed for the Indie artist, Karmin.
Comfort’s work doesn’t end on the dance floor. She has acted in a number of films over the past five years. She was in Step Up 5 All In, which is now available on DVD. She was also in the film, High Strung, directed by Michael Damien, where Comfort played the supporting lead female character, “Poptart.”
In the midst of her dance and acting career, Comfort has found the time to reconnect with her familial roots in Nigeria. She is now a judge on a famous family show in Lagos, Nigeria called Maltina Dance All.
And last, but certainly not least, Comfort has been actively pursuing her music career and has her song “Lose Your Mind” out on iTunes now. She is in the process of working on her EP and recently dropped a new single called “Takin over” on her Soundcloud.
Kent Boyd is an LA-based choreographer, movement director, and producer who got his start as runner up on Fox’s hit dance show SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. After working in the industry for the past decade, Kent has toured around the world as a dancer for SYTYCD and various chart topping artists. He starred in the Disney Channel Movie “Teen Beach” and “Teen Beach 2” and also produced his own show for the network, “Free Period.” He’s choreographed music videos for Vanessa Hudgens, Becky G, Franz Szony, Stand Up to Cancer, Lauv, All Time Low, and assisted choreography for Dua Lipa on various music videos.Kent also has an extreme passion for teaching and has been a faculty member of Hollywood Vibe Dance Convention since 2011 where he is currently touring and teaching young dancers all around the U.S and Canada. In 2017, he was awarded Favorite Convention Teacher by the Industry Dance Awards.Kent started his training in Ohio, and has a background in musical theater, jazz, Alexander Technique, Viewpoints, and has even studied comedy at the UCB Theater. With a fun, high-energy, and often absurdist style, Kent’s work transports you to another world. Always a risk taker, Kent enjoys playing with a narrative, plot-driven style that’s consistently infused with humor and wit.
Nico grew up training as a competitive dancer at local dance studios, receiving numerous awards and titles in nationwide competitions. At the age of 18 he auditioned for Fox's hit TV series "So You Think You Can Dance" season 10, becoming the top 5th male finalist. After his successful run and a nationwide tour with the top 10 contestants, Nico moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career. At the age of 19, Nico relocated to New York City to fill his role as Darcy/Jojo in Disney's hit broadway show "Newsies". Once the show closed in August 2014, he moved back to LA to fulfill his desire for film and television. Working as a professional dancer he's worked on networks such as ABC, NBC, HBO, FOX and has danced on nationwide commercials and variety/reality shows. Nico has also accomplished performing in various theater shows in New York City and Tokyo, Japan.
Over the past few years, Nico has been working on several television and movie projects, including a recent installment of Blumhouse's "Into the Dark" franchise on Hulu, dancing with Kelsea Ballerini at the 52nd Annual Country Music Awards, and much more! You can also see Nico in Jonathan Wysocki's acclaimed film, "Dramarama," available on-demand and on DVD, as well as in Ryan Murphy's latest seasons of the "American Horror Story" anthology - the web-exclusive "Stories" season and the "Death Valley" portion of Season 10 - which are streaming on Hulu!
In March 2022, it was announced that Nico would be joining the cast of the acclaimed Hulu series "Love, Victor" for its final season, which debuted on June 15 on both that platform and Disney+!
Look for Nico on the next installments of the streaming-exclusive “American Horror Stories” season and the network-based Season 11 of “American Horror Stories,” both debuting later this year!
Hefa Tuita and Randi Kemper are a choreography and teaching team who have performed alongside some of biggest names in music. They’ve been in countless music videos, performed on world tours, and danced on numerous television shows. Between the two of them, they’ve danced for Janet Jackson, Beyonce, Usher, Chris Brown, Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo, and more. Most recently, they were involved in all Michael Jackson projects off the XSCAPE album including the Michael Jackson hologram performance on the Billboard Awards, the “Love Never Felt So Good” music video, and the iHeart Radio Music Awards performance ft. Usher. They’ve performed on some of the biggest television stages for dance including So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With The Stars. Hefa and Randi continue to dance, perform, create, choreograph, and share their knowledge with young dancers around the world.
Jaja Vankova is an artist, choreographer, and dancer with 20+ years of experience in movement and street dance. She was born March 21st, 1992 in small-town Ceska Kamenice in the Czech republic. She found her passion for dance, performance, and movement when she was a little child. At that time joining the small dance crew Tizzians, leading her to then join a professional dance crew Out Of Bounds in her teenage years.
She was studying choreography, theater, and performance with her group while actively researching and working on herself in numerous other styles and the history of street dance.
After many successes in the Czech Republic, Jaja received the opportunity to start her dance career in Los Angeles with IaMmE Crew. This lead her to become America’s Best Dance Crew champion and the opportunity to stay in the US.
Since then Jaja has traveled to 40+ countries to share her knowledge, give performances, and work on numerous projects around the whole world. She has worked with numerous artists, such as choreographing for Justin Bieber and dancing for Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Kevin Hart, Ludacris, and more. She’s notably known as a finalist of So You Think You Can Dance season 12, as Robot Girl from Step Up All In, or for her own project The Puppet & The Puppet Master. Jaja is the founder and director of RUR Alliance where she’s leading the next generation of artists to become powerful individuals in all aspects of dance and arts.
Geri Brown is a storyteller, an educator, and social entrepreneur whose work is threaded in breaking the barriers to access and building safe, equitable, and inclusive communities. Her work utilizes art (dance, theatre, and music) as the catalyst for change. She runs three organizations called the Trifecta of Change. Geri is the Founder and Creative Director of Liberate Artists Inc., a dance education movement and benefit corporation, which utilizes dance education to build confidence and promote social growth in young people. Not a dance competition or dance convention, Liberate Artists Inc. has created its own pathway forward that focuses on helping students be their best self in a non-competitive environment. In her work with Liberate Artists Inc., Geri has traveled all over the world making dance the catalyst for change. From Australia to England to New York to Texas, Liberate Artists builds each dancer up through their catch phrase “You Are Enough.” They inspire kids and promote socio-emotional growth through mindfulness, colorful history, inclusionary practices, and award over $500,000 in scholarships per year. Including the Patricia A. Woodward Inspiration Award, which has been awarded since 2016, where Liberate Artists pays for dancers tuition for an entire year at their home studios. In an effort to ensure dance education is safe, equitable, and inclusive Geri serves as the Founder/Organizer for Dance Education Equity Association (DEEA). DEEA is an organization dedicated to serving the dance community through their BE COURAGEOUS courses, community support, and systemic based consulting work. Dance Education Equity Association educates to implement their expectations of safety, equity, and inclusivity into dance communities everywhere. By working together, in compassionate accountability, DEEA is working to make dance for all. Always, Enough Foundation is the final pillar in her trifecta of change.In an effort to continue to support families and provide additional socio-emotional support, Geri is the President and Executive Director of Always, Enough Foundation [501c3]. Always, Enough Foundation breaks barriers to access to ensure performing arts education is for all. In their effort to remove financial barriers to access, Always, Enough Foundation pays for tuition, travel, accommodations and meals, for dancers and their families to attend dance competitions, dance conventions, and other performing arts opportunities that meet their standards of safety, equity, and inclusivity. Geri is also a member of the newly initiated Intersectionality Task Force for the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS). IADMS's mission is to enhance the health, well-being, training, and performance in dance by cultivating medical, scientific, and educational excellence. As an artist and storyteller, Geri graduated cum laude, with her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Pace University. As a student and post graduation, Geri was hired as the Assistant Recruitment Coordinator under the tutelage of her mentor Patricia A. Woodward, and then became the Interim Recruitment Coordinator for the entire Pace University Performing Arts Department. There, she assisted and managed thousands of auditions and applications for the Acting Program, Musical Theatre Program, and then the novel Commercial Dance Program, and was also responsible for ensuring all of the performing arts students, had the requirements needed to graduate. Geri is a trained actor, singer, dancer and writer, who uses the word storyteller to best describe her work. As a member of Actor’s Equity Association, Geri has performed Off-Broadway, in pre-Broadway productions, and in NYC theatres. Geri also originated her role in Tales from the Tunnel starring alongside Tony Award and Drama Desk Award winner Wilson J. Heredia, who originated the role of Angel, in the Broadway musical Rent. Due to her exceptional character work, Geri has been highlighted for her work by The New York Times which quoted “Geri Brown is ferocious as the station clerk who has seen it all,” and by TheaterMania “Geri Brown radiates presence, attitude, and a sense of humor.” Additionally, Geri has been researching and writing a spoken word musical about civil rights and LGBTQIA2+ rights activist, Marsha P. Johnson, for the last eight years with her collaborator and friend Brett Macias. As a storyteller, Geri continues to create spoken word, poetry, and essays. From storyteller to educator to social entrepreneur, the pulse of all of Geri's work is her mission is to inspire all to truly know that "You Are Enough," exactly as you are, in the skin and body you are in.”
Audry is a New York based dance arts manager, choreographer, teaching artist, and yoga instructor. She began her career as a performer traveling the country by bus in Sesame Street Live, by horse in Dolly Parton’s Stampede, internationally by ship for Norwegian Cruise Lines, and under the big top for Circus Hermanos Vazquez and Cirque Montage. From there she focused her energies on teaching ballroom in New York City classrooms, choreographing for Concordia Conservatory, and spending summers at Stagedoor Manor theatre camp. From high schools to regional theatres she has choreographed several musicals including Cinderella, Grease, HAiR, Aida, and Working. Along the way Audry has taken several opportunities to step into management positions with roles including dance captain, company manager, experience manager, and now Director of Operations for Liberate Artists. Today you can find Audry working, traveling, and teaching for Liberate Artists, sharing the love of Sesame Street traveling with Sesame Workshop, spreading the word on the benefits of yoga to anyone who will listen, and choreographing musicals in her spare time.
Fox is a commercial hip hop and musical theatre performer. Fox has been performing and competing on stage for over 19 years, with experience and training in various genres of dance, including but not limited to: jazz, tap, lyrical, ballet, pointe, hip-hop, salsa, and modern to name a few.
Fox is a graduate from Penn State University, majoring in Dance Stage Management and Performance. Since graduating, she has performed, stage managed, and directed multiple productions. Fox assists, directs, and choreographs local tristate musician’s music videos and live performances, as well as choreographers dance videos and content. Fox enjoys teaching at multiple studios and hosting workshops. Though Fox is usually seen teaching hip hop and lyrical, you can find her in AM Ballet and heels classes at night all in the heart of NYC. Fox’s life motto is, “Never let the dreams you had as child be forgotten, you have more time than you think”.
At Liberate Artists we value being kind, compassionate, and caring while building brave dance experiences that support folks of all races, genders, abilities, disabilities, shapes, and economic backgrounds. At Liberate Artists you don’t have to be a professional dancer but you do have to be a good human in society.
1. ACCESS CHECK-INS
2. USE OF PRONOUNS AND DANCER’S CHOSEN NAMES
3. BUILDING REST INTO OUR SCHEDULE
4. DEEA SAFETY TIPLINE
Every Liberate Artists experience includes an Access Check-In which, "allows people to share any access needs they might have if they feel comfortable." (Disability Intersectionality Summit)
We check in with our registrants to meet their needs and provide reasonable accommodations because all bodies are dancing bodies if they want and choose to be.
At every Liberate Artists experience, we create name tags with dancers’ pronouns and preferred names because every dancer should know that their identities are worth respect and acknowledgment.
Recovery is an important component of building strong and healthy dancers. We include rest during our longer experiences to allow dancers to recover from movement and partner with organizations such as Doctors For Dancers to further reduce the risk of injury.
We also partner with our sibling organization, Dance Education Equity Association, to ensure that our experiences are always growing to be safer, more equitable, and more inclusive. Our teaching artists go through training to reduce the risk of harm and we utilize the DEEA Safety Tipline as a resource for safety. It’s an anonymous (if you’d like) tipline where folks can submit any instances of harm they may have endured at a Liberate Artists experience. This tipline was created to reduce the risk of harm from bullying, racism, discrimination, othering, and abuse of any kind. We’ve implemented policies, inspired by transformative justice practices, to work with students who have been harmed and/or causing harm.