What Is Raleigh Moves Together?
“Raleigh Moves Together Workshop” is a FREE workshop to be held at CC & Co. Dance Complex for dancers that are enrolled in middle and high school dance programs in Wake County to provide access to classes with professional educators and choreographers. During this 6 hour workshop, the dancers will not only take classes but will participate in “talk-backs” with the guest artists, where the dancers can ask questions and receive feedback as well as mentorship opportunities. This day will include contemporary, hip hop, jazz, musical theatre, and commercial dance classes of varying levels. At the end of the day, all dancers will have the opportunity to participate in a commercial video project.
The mission of “Raleigh Moves Together Workshop” is to give every dancer in Wake County an opportunity to explore and grow their talents within the dance arena and connect them to the possibilities of dance as a vocation regardless of their financial means.
CC & Co. Dance Complex
8863 Six Forks Rd
Raleigh, NC 27615 Guest Faculty
EVAN MOODY is a Hip-Hop based choreographer with a skill in southern style grooves and commercial style dance. After 10 years of working as an professional dancer/choreographer in the industry, Evan is now here in North Carolina to train dancers that want to learn the basics of interpreting hip-hop music through dance and want to learn more about the professional industry. Evan has years of experience with touring the world as a dancer as well as being apart of commercials and films. With such credits as: Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd to Mountain Dew, Old Navy, and Target, Evan’s class is based around helping each individual find their strengths in Hip-Hop and help grow the professional dancer as well as making sure the students have FUN. For professional career and for social, this class is meant for the dancer that wants to grow in the art of hip-hop.
HOLLY CROSBY began dancing at a young age with a fitness focus right along side from college days to current. From dance teams to private studio work, convention and competition; as a dancer and teacher it she feels like she’s covered it all! Holly loves her time spent choreographing and is always up for a dance party! Movement is where it’s at to stay healthy mind, body and soul!!
KIRSTEN RUSSELL was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and began her journey dancing at ten years old. She continued her training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Upon leaving school she dove into creating, and began teaching and choreographing at her home studio, CC & Company Dance Complex under the direction of Christy Curtis. Shortly after she began choreographing she was one of 19 choreographers chosen to compete as a finalist at the 2014 Capezio A.C.E. Awards in New York City. Kirsten is honored to be the winner of the 2015 Capezio A.C.E. Awards, and was awarded $15,000 towards creating her own full length show. Upon receiving this award she has traveled all over the country to choreograph and began teaching on JUMP Dance Convention. Her work has been featured on Season 2 of NBC’s World of Dance with her group “Pursuit”. She most recently teamed up with Nick Young and Jaci Royal to create their show “Contrary to Popular Belief” which premiered in Los Angeles.
MARLEEN MELENDEZ Marleen Melendez started her dance training at the age of 11 at Dance Theatre of Jacksonville in NC. Growing up training in various styles from tap, jazz, contemporary, ballet and hip hop, she fell in love and knew that this was she was born to do. Eager to start her career, Marleen graduated high school a year early and moved to New York City to complete the Professional Semester Program at Broadway Dance Center. Since graduating from the program in 2012, Marleen has had the pleasure of performing at Radio City with Lele Pons and Daddy Yankee for Google and Youtube’s week long industrial choreographed by Kyle Hanagami. She has also had the pleasure of working with various choreographers such as Candace Brown, Zach Lattimore, Nicco O’Connor, Jared Grimes, Jared Jenkins, Keenan Cooks, Neil Schwartz, and more. She has performed in several of New York’s most popular dance show’s including Carnival, Sybarite, Run The Night and Rhapsody James’ Sirens After Dark. In addition she has performed in the Soul Train Music Awards flashmob choreographed by Frank Gatson, and a Billboard Event for Grammy nominated Colombian artist, Fonseca. Marleen has also had the honor of being nominated three years in a row for the Monsters Of Hip Hop show by Parris Goebel, Kevin Maher and Marty Kudelka. Marleen is currently teaching at CC & Co. Dance Complex and will continue to do so as she moves to Los Angeles in the next month.
ROBERT GREEN is a passionate and enthusiastic musician, dancer, teacher, and choreographer from Raleigh, NC. Robert got his start in the Arts by way of music, playing violin for 12 years. In this time Robert received many prestigious awards for violin performance which landed him on scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, double majoring in Music and Dance. After traveling and simultaneously training in Hip-Hop, Ballet, and Jazz, Robert got noticed by some of the industry’s top choreographers. Robert went on to travel the country assisting industry legends such as Laurianne Gibson, Brian Friedman, Tabitha & Napoleon D’Umo, and many more. In 2013, Robert followed his heart and took a giant leap of faith by moving out to Los Angeles to pursue an entirely new career in the dance industry. In 2015, Robert was one of 12 men selected to dance around the globe on Taylor Swift’s record-breaking “1989” World Tour. Robert broke the internet by sharing the viral video of the tear-jerking phone call to his mother, breaking the good news. He has since danced for the industry’s top artists including Justin Timberlake, Selena Gomez, The Weeknd, Mary J. Blige, Ricky Martin, Pitbull, Ellie Goulding, as well as the chance to choreograph for Charli XCX, Tove Lo, and most recently Tamta. Robert also teaches around the globe, and has taught classes and workshops in London, Russia, France, and China. He regularly teaches at two of the most popular dance conventions in the U.S., Monsters of Hip-Hop and The Pulse, where he uses his extensive musical background to enhance his student’s musicality, stage presence, and star quality. Robert looks forward to growing and sharing his passions with as many artists as possible!
THE COMMERCIAL DANCE INTENSIVE was created in 2014 to train the next generation of dancers not only in technique, but in the skills required to be successful in the professional dance world. CDI is focused on every aspect of a dancer’s training and all the people that support them along the way. For dancers, our intensives are unlike any other. CDI is so much more than just technique and choreography. CDI allows you step into the life of a professional dancer and leave more educated and prepared to make this your career. Once you attend a CDI intensive you are in the #armyoflove and our incredible community of dancers and faculty will continue to support you throughout your dance career: anytime, every time.
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