Un.Convention™ Boston is a unique dance workshop that delivers the best aspects of a dance convention in an intimate, studio setting. During this three day intensive, dancers will take classes in hip hop, contemporary, jazz, ballet, improv and musical theater working with world renowned master teachers and JLDC faculty. Un.Convention™ Boston features small classes, individualized instruction, intimate performances and many opportunities to learn from leading dancers in the field. Celebrate the beginning of the dance season, have fun and enjoy this unconventionally good dance workshop!
We are so please to welcome our first ever Un.Convention Apprentice, Dance Awards 2017 Junior Female Best Dancer Winner and So You Think You Can Dance Next Generation Alumni, AVERY GAY! She will be assisting Al Cattafi (Resident Choreographer, Phoenix Ballet) and leading a new workshop, “Kidspiration.”
See the full list of our talented Master Teachers under the “Faculty” tab.
Stay for Un.Convention After Hours from 4-6pm on Tuesday, August 22nd and enjoy more time with friends, master teachers, food, fun and games.
Dancers will perform for family and friends on Wednesday, August 23rd at 4pm in our Studio 4 Theater.
Un.Convention is open to the public and to dancers of all levels ages 6 and up. All classes take place at JLDC’s new, state-of-the-art facility in West Newton, Ma.
Un.Convention™ Boston 2017
|9:00-9:30||Welcome and Warm-Up|
|12:15-1:00||LUNCH (children will provide their own lunch)|
|2:15-2:30||15 Minute Break|
*Schedule subject to change
Early Bird Tuition: $650 (November 1st – January 13th)
– 3 Full days of master classes
– Un.Convention™ Boston souvenir
Extended Day Drop-off
Students may be dropped off starting at 8:30am
Single Class or Daily rates are not offered. No refunds. Credit for a future program may be given with a doctor’s note.
Chantel Aguirre trained with San Francisco Ballet, The Dance Company of SF and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has performed with San Francisco Ballet, Cedar Lake, Soul Escape, Lunge Dance Collective, Tayeh Dance, Shaping Sound and Still Motion. She has worked with Beyonce, Adele, Florence and the Machine, The Goo Goo Dolls, Taylor Swift, Ceelo Green, Christina Perri, Panic at the Disco, and Chris Brown. TV credits: Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, the Academy Awards, VMA’s, AMA’s, MACY’s Passport, Billboard Music Awards, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, BET Awards, GLEE, X Factor, Good Christian Belles, Two and a Half Men and Mad Men. She tours with NUVO Dance Convention.
Born and raised in Union City, New Jersey, Noel Bajandas immersed himself in the underground dance scene in New York City where he was exposed to the rich cultures of street, club and social dancing. He has graced the stage and/or screen with Madonna, Cirque Du Soleil, Adam Lambert, Toni Braxton, Miley Cyrus, Gloria Estefan & Skrillex, to name a few. He has also appeared numerous times on Dancing With The Stars, The MTV Video Music Awards, The American Music Awards, and Americas Got Talent. Noel has a smooth charming quality to his movement and legendary choreographers Mia Michaels, Jamal Sims, Toni Basil and Walter Painter have all enlisted him to work alongside them on past projects. He’s also contributed his creative energy on shows including Dancing With The Stars, The TV Land Awards, and SYTYCD. One of his proudest achievements as a choreographer has been choreographing all 3 seasons of Hulu’s #1 drama “East Los High” alongside his close friend, Reina Hidalgo. Today, as he continues on his his journey, Noel’s passion for dance has taken him around the world teaching and connecting with a new breed of young artists to become the best they can be; encouraging them to “Dance from the heart, and create your world, one vision at a time”.
Dusty Button is a Principle Dancer for the Boston Ballet. She was born in South Carolina and began her dance training at the age of 7. At age 16, she moved to New York City to train at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre. In 2007, Button joined American Ballet Theatre’s second company, ABT II, were she performed the lead role in Adam Hougland’s Vanished. She completed her training with London’s Royal Ballet School on scholarship, graduating with honors and was presented with the Dame Ninette de Valois bursary. While at The Royal Ballet School she performed lead roles in David Bintley’s Gallantries and Natalie Weir’s Unwritten at the Royal Opera House. She also performed with The Royal Ballet in Sylvia and The Sleeping Beauty. Button was awarded the bronze medal at the Youth American Grand Prix in 2006. She has been a guest performer with companies around the world including American Ballet Theatre, Japan’s K Ballet, The Ace Awards, Broadway Underground, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Space Coast Ballet and Ballet Hawaii. She has choreographed works for Birmingham Royal Ballet and Boston Ballet’s BB@home series, as well as for various companies and organizations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, and New York.
Al Cattafi began his training at the world renowned Joffrey Ballet School in NYC, as well as continuing his studies at Kelly Allen’s For Dancer’s Only. Upon high school graduation, Albert won the prestigious title of Mr. Dance of America and shortly after that he was honored to receive a full scholarship into the dance program at Montclair State University, which he attended for only 48 hours when he departed to begin his professional career. Albert can be found in several episodes of “Saturday Night Live”, has appeared as a guest artist on SYTYCD, and was featured in an international Coke Zero Commercial. He has performed on the Video Music Awards for Florence and the Machine and on the American Music Awards with Kelly Clarkson. Known for his technical prowess and artistry, Albert was an original member of both internationally recognized dance companies “Shaping Sound” under the direction of Travis Wall, and “Bad Boys of Dance” under the direction of ballet star Rasta Thomas. Currently Albert Blaise Cattafi is the Resident Choreographer for the Phoenix Ballet and is a proud faculty member of Los Angeles based dance convention, “L.A. Dance Magic”.
Channing Cooke grew up in Havervill, MA where she trained under Karla Pattavina. She debuted on So You Think You Can Dance as a top twenty contestant and then went on to perform alongside Neil Patrick Harris at the 42nd Annual Academy Awards. Some of her other TV credits include American Idol, where she performed with Rihanna, The X Factor with Jeese J, So You Think You Can Dance with Jennifer Lopez, the American Music Awards, All The Right Moves, Shake It Up, Austin & Ally, Two and A Half Men and Movement One documentary. She currently teaches throughout North America and is dancing with Shaping Sound Company.
Sandi Duncan has been a dance educator in New England for over 20 years. She owned & directed Dance Productions in Woburn, MA for 9 years, before becoming a senior faculty member at Melissa Hoffman Dance Center in Hudson, NH. Sandi has taught, choreographed & adjudicated for numerous dance organizations throughout the U.S. & Canada. Her passion is connecting with the students she works with on a deep, emotional level, challenging them to achieve personal success through goal setting, commitment, positive self-talk, and visualization. Her business is called “Sharing the DANCE of LIFE.”
Rory Freeman BFA in Modern Dance SUNY Purchase (NY). He has performed in pieces by Bill T. Jones, Paul Taylor, Bella Lewitsky, and Luca Veggetti and performed globally as a member of MOMIX. He worked with Commonality, Escape Artists, Royal Flux, and with Earth, Wind, & Fire, Taylor Swift, Paula Abdul and Jack Wagner. He worked on portions of “The 2014 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies”. He is faculty and judge for national conventions and competitions and teaches at studios across the U.S. Rory is also the Co-Founder of Move: The Initiative, a weekend dance intensive in his home state of Rhode Island. Rory joined Shaping Sound in 2013 and toured with them last year, and performed at the International Festival Danse Encore, Dizzy Feet Gala and Dancer Palooza.
Billy Griffin is a New York City based artist who received his BFA from New York University/Tisch School Of The Arts. Billy’s performing credits include the Broadway/1st National Tour productions of Mary Poppins, Young Frankenstein, and White Christmas, as well as Jeff Amsden’s A Few Good Men Dancin’, The Electric Company on PBS, and the video game ‘Dance on Broadway’ for Nintendo Wii.As a director/choreographer Billy has created work for Waldameer Park, The Miss America Organization, The National YoungArts Foundation, Fleet Week at South Street Seaport, The Neighborhood Playhouse and NYU. Associate/assistant credits include working with Andy Blankenbuehler on Only Gold, Joshua Bergasse on episodes of NBC’s SMASH, Marlo Hunter on My Life Is A Musical at Bay Street Theater/Duke on 42nd, and Al Blackstone on Broadway Backwards, BC Beat, the new musical Crazy In Love, and most recently Freddie Falls In Love at the Pershing Square Signature Center, and the Fire Island Dance Festival. Billy also travels the country setting choreography for many dance studios and serves as an adjudicator and master class teacher for various conventions and competitions.
Michael Keefe trained from an early age in Massachusetts where he was a featured dancer with The Massachusetts Youth Ballet. A diverse, competition dancer, Mike won numerous individual titles including “Mr. Headliner”. He went on to expand his training at NYU’s Tisch School for the Performing Arts. In addition to performing Mike has gained acclaim as a choreographer, has held multiple teaching positions across the country and was a judge for Hall of Fame Dance Competitions. His professional credits include dancing with recording artist JoJo, performing at the New York City Fringe Festival and being a featured soloist in Rhythmic Circus’ Feet Don’t Fail Me Now. He was a featured tap dancer at the 2005 Presidential Inauguration Celebration & the off Broadway show, Mike Minery & Friends. He is a member of Bad Boys of Dance and a featured performer in Rock the Ballet.
Jeff Lapes has been involved in the dance industry since the age of 8 when he began training in all styles of dance. Hip-hop became his true passion after training with and mentoring Dan Karaty of SYTYCD fame. He started working as a dancer in his teens and toured with artists such as Nelly Furtado, Timbaland, Ne-Yo, and Lil Mama. He has been seen on MTV, CBS, Broadway promos, and several music videos. Jeff also toured with America’s Best Dance Crew as a member of the crew “Iconic”. He then moved into teaching and choreographing, contributing to the choreography for the Broadway show “In the Heights” and by age 19 was a full-time faculty member/hip-hop teacher for a national dance convention where he worked with artists such as Taylor Dane, Deborah Cox, and Patti LaBelle. Most recently, Jeff worked with his mentor Dan Karaty in Amsterdam choreographing for the artist Labyrinth for the hit show “The Ultimate Dance Battle”. While Jeff was there, he also choreographed for a musical “Lover of Loser”, which was based off a Dutch book of the same name. He now brings his love and passion for dance full circle, in creating and being the director of Rock the House, a new dance convention and competition.
Kaylee “Impavido” Millis hails from Kingston, MA. She began dancing at the young age of eight years old at Pembroke School of Performing Arts, a small town studio in Pembroke, MA. She has trained in styles such as ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary and hip hop. She is currently a Pulse On Tour protege and a Monsters of Hip Hop Nominee. Impavido has been a member of Concept Artists and Pictures In Concrete (PIC), while dancing in the Boston dance scene. She is currently traveling with JUMP Convention Tour as a VIP. Impavido has previously trained at The Gold School Dance Art Company for classical dance training, and since that time has been choreographing and teaching. Lastly, she currently works at Artistic Dance Studio in Fall River Mass, and is a brand ambassador for CLI studios.
Brea has trained with and assisted some of the top teachers and choreographers in the country including Mia Michaels, Stacey Tookey, John Crutchman, Dee Caspary and Doug Caldwell at his Broadway Dance Center intensives. Touring with regional ballet companies, and performing with choreographer, Dan Karaty (N‘Sync, So You Think You Can Dance), Brea is well versed in all forms of dance. She has established a name for herself as a highly skilled dancer and choreographer, taking her own performances as well as her students to the next level. Brea can be seen in Disney hits such as Teen Beach Movie, High School Musical, and Shake it Up. She has danced in numerous commercials and industrials, appeared in the off-Broadway show, “Break The Floor” and was also a semi-finalist on Season 2 of FOX’s hit television show, “So You Think You Can Dance.” In addition, Brea has performed in numerous parades and shows at Walt Disney World. Recently, Brea has joined Revel Dance Conventions faculty. Her unique choreography keeps Brea in high demand throughout the country where she teaches workshops and at dance intensives as well as choreographing for dance companies throughout the U.S.
Avery Gay’s chameleon like abilities have earned her comp-world celebrity. In a testament to her versatility, she won the 2015 Hope Award—a prize reserved for the best classical and contemporary dancer in the pre-competitive age bracket—at the Youth America Grand Prix Las Vegas semifinals. Considering her strong work ethic and love of performing, it’s no surprise the 12-year-old didn’t stop there: She also scooped up the bronze medal in her age bracket at the 2015 YAGP NYC finals, was named The Dance Awards 2015 Mini Division Best Dancer in Las Vegas and is a member of the 2016 Beat Squad at DancerPalooza in L.A.Avery logs 30 to 35 hours per week at Master Ballet Academy in Scottsdale, AZ, honing her classical technique. To accommodate her intense schedule, she attends public school in the morning before hitting the studio.
We ask that you wear a Leotard and tights/dance shorts. Come ready with your hair in a bun.
*Students may change for Hip-Hop