Tiffany's Dance Academy Workshop Weekend - Tiffany's Dance Academy

Tiffany’s Dance Academy Workshop Weekend

April 27-28, 2019

We are bringing the convention experience home to TDA

Join us for a weekend of Master Classes and performances with our guest teachers!

Jimmy Locust has shared his talents internationally, working with superstars Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul, Quincy Jones and Debbie Allen.  He has appeared in music videos and films and has performed at the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards and MTV Video Music Awards. Mr. Locust was one of the head choreographers for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and was nominated for an American Choreography Award in 2001 for his work on Warner Brothers’ television show Nikki. Locust worked on the Justin Bieber Tour in 2010 and as choreographer for the CW Television Network’s The Next with hosts John Rich, Joe Jonas, Nelly and Gloria Estefan. Locust has also choreographed commercials for both international and national markets, including Sanyo (Japan) with Nicholas Cage and most recently, Rapid Advance (U.S.) which is currently running. Locally, he has choreographed for the Stamford Symphony’s Gala and Curtain Call Theatre as well as numerous high school productions. He also designed and wrote dance education curricula for Domus, Chester-Addison Community Center, Stamford Family YMCA, REACH Prep and Horizons. Locust has been a studio owner, master teacher and choreographer in the Fairfield County area for over ten years. He is Founder and Director of Harmony Nation, an anti-bullying educational program that performs at area schools. He also directs Locust Contemporary Dance Works, a youth company with performances throughout the year culminating in a New York City concert, as well as Hip Hop’s Finest and FOCUS Hip Hop pre-professional groups. Locust was appointed by the renowned Boca Ballet Theatre in Florida as a returning faculty member for their summer residency program. Recently, Locust was selected to be an adjudicator (2015) and Artist-in-Residence (2016) for the JCC Maccabi Games Artsfest. Locust’s multi-faceted lifestyle is chronicled in his reality show Locust Under 5’.


Jacob Gutierrez-Montoya is a highly sought-after teacher and internationally award winning choreographer trained in ballet, modern, tap and jazz. Based in Sacramento, Jacob received his education in dance at the University of Nevada Las Vegas where he was certified in the Erick Hawkins Technique and later received Lester Horton training while dancing with the Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theatre. He has also danced professionally throughout the world at numerous festivals, competitions and shows.   His students have been accepted into such prestigious programs as the American Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.  In 2015, Jacob founded Sacramento Contemporary Dance Theatre, a non-profit dance company designed to support other local charities and to encourage young dancers and choreographers in the region. In just over 2 year, Sacramento Contemporary Dance Theatre has raised over $30,000 for local programs to benefit cancer research, the deaf and hard of hearing community, and organization that fight human trafficking.


For the past decade, West Coast Tap Dancer, Jensen Freedman attended and received praise for her distinctive style and overall positive influence during the multi-city traveling tap intensive, Tap Into The Network. She grew up through the program and over time found herself assisting 3 master teachers including Ryan Lohoff, Angela Carter and Gregg Russell. She is on her 2nd tour as Guest Teacher for Tap Into The Network and continues to assist and train with the next generation. Her energy in the class is contagious which is what makes her sought out as guest instructor.  Jensen began tap dancing at the age of 4.  When she turned 18, she continued to work with Gregg Russell, performing as a member of the 3rd generation in his company Tap Sounds Underground.   At the same time, Jensen began touring as Ryan Lohoff’s dedicated tap assistant at the Hollywood Vibe Dance Convention. For the past 6 years, she has continued to train under Ryan which has led her to the role as principal dancer and assistant choreographer to his company known as Rhythm Dance Company.  She is also on her 3rd season traveling and teaching for The Streetz Dance Convention, teaches tap with a traveling intensive, The Bridge Training Program and  is a traveling judge for VIP Dance Competition.


David Maurice, artistic director of cocodaco Dance Project, trained in dance with César Degollado while attending the University of Arizona. He has danced for Ate9 Dance Company, Madboots Dance, Gallim Dance, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, cocodaco Dance Project, Moving People Dance Santa Fe, Loni Landon Dance Project, Kevin Jenkins, Alex Ketley, & Roderick George. Outside of these companies, he has performed the works of George Balanchine, Charles Weidman, Donald McKayle, Talley Beatty, Bob Fosse, & Mia Michaels.

He is the resident choreographer of Condanza in San Francisco. David has set choreography on cocodaco Dance Project, Santa Barbara Dance Theater, and Ate9 Dance company.

He has assisted Barak Marshall with The Castaways, set on Ballet Rambert (London), Kevin Jenkins with Farewell My Lovely, at Big Muddy Dance Company, and Loni Landon on Damon Cardasis’ award-winning film Saturday Church. He has taught at Ballet Panama, University of California Santa Barbara, University of California Irvine, Loyola Marymount, & Northwestern University. 


More information about the weekend!

The cost is $175 per dancer ages 10+ for 6 hours of classes and $100 for dancers ages 5-9 for 4 hours of classes.  Tuition includes all classes plus a Dancer ticket to the Dance for a Difference performance at the Bankhead Theatre on Sunday, April 28.  Dancers will also be considered for special recognition including scholarships towards solos choreographed by our guest instructors.

All classes will be held at the TDA Livermore studio.  Classes for dancers ages 10+ will be held on Saturday, April 27, from 12-6.  Dancers ages 5-9 will have their classes on Sunday, April 28, from 9-1.  We will conclude the weekend with a dancer recognition ceremony at the Bankhead theater immediately following our Dance for a Difference performance.

Please click here to reserve your spot today!