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Kyla is the founder/artistic director of Dance Key West. She has also danced with Core Project Chicago, Paradise Ballet Theatre, The Buffalo Jills NFL Cheerleaders, The Love Show and for artist Manuel Mendive during the first US-Cuba museum exchange in 5 decades. Kyla’s choreography has been seen at Dixon Place, Lincoln Center, Triskelion Arts, Tennessee Williams Theatre, The Waterfront Playhouse, The San Carlos Institute, The Key West Burlesque Festival, The Red Barn Theatre and The Studios of Key West. Favorite projects include: The ReMARCable Dance Project, a program she created for adults with developmental disabilities, and ‘Ok, Toilet Bowl’ (a children’s music project created by STEVENSTEVEN). www.kylapiscopink.com
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Jordan Fife Hunt trained at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas, Houston Metropolitan Dance Center, The Boston Conservatory of Music, and the Broadway Theatre Project. Credits include: A Chorus Line (1st National Broadway Revival Tour, Paper Mill Playhouse, Theatre Under The Stars, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, The Marriott Theatre), On The Town (The Marriott Theatre), Fiorello! (City Center Encores), Aladdin (The Muny), Where’s Charley? (City Center Encores), Zanna, Don’t (SpeakEasy Stage Company), Cats (Lubbock Moonlight Musicals), La Cage aux Folles (The Marriott Theatre). Concert dance credits include: Benjamin Briones Ballet, Veracity Dance Theatre, In-Sight Dance Company, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Dance Key West, GIG - The Show. Choreography credits include: “Call Me Baby” (music video for recording artist Brittany Campbell), “House of Glass” (music video for recording artist Brittany Campbell), The Broadway Dolls - Resident Choreographer. What’s Next: Mary Poppins (Lubbock Moonlight Musicals), The Little Mermaid (Alabama Shakespeare Festival). jordanfifehunt.com
Stephanie is the Chief Operating Officer of The Florida Keys Outreach Coalition for the Homeless. She also makes a mean vegan spicy mayo and the best mini-cheesecakes around. Stephanie is a fierce and mighty competitor with a wall full of trophies and she wears high heels no matter what, even when out walking through the rough terrain of Key West with her very amazing dog, Stanley.
A native Conch, Aileen received her BA in Anthropology at the University of Florida and headed back to her home waters by way of a 2 year detour in Southern California, where she was introduced to a career working with the Developmentally Disabled. Since returning, MARC (marchouse.org) is where you can find her most days of the week. If not there, she’s most likely home singing songs to her cats, driving north for a family weekend, or having a drink and planning a surf trip with her partner. Aileen joined the DKW board in 2012.
Cheri Cohen’s fundraising career began unexpectedly in 1993 while obtaining sponsors for a cable television show she and her husband Keith wrote and produced. Cheri and Keith traveled extensively through the Caribbean by boat for four years, covering the Sportfishing Tournament schedule as well as the culture and cuisine of each island. Cheri was the only female captain in the tournament circuit in the early to mid-1990s, and she and Keith won and placed in several International Billfish Tournaments.
After the birth of their only child, Olivia, Cheri continued fundraising for local charities in Key West, Florida, and was recognized as an Unsung Hero/Volunteer of the Year by the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys. Cheri served as vice president of the Key West Entertainment Group for several years. Most recently Cheri served on the Board of Overseers and Board of Trustees for Ross School in East Hampton, New York.
Andrew Hodge, New York dancer/choreographer recently returned from an international teaching tour of Europe. He has traveled all over the United States and abroad, giving theatre masterclasses and sharing choreography with students ranging from university level to professional. Hodge took part in Workshop Presentations of Top Hat in New York with Tony-winning choreographer Chris Gattelli! Featured in the #CUPS tap dance viral YouTube hit, with well over 3 million views! Tours: White Christmas, A Chorus Line, Cats and 42nd Street. Regional credits: Arena Stage (Oklahoma! Helen Hayes Outstanding Ensemble nomination), Westchester Broadway Theater (42nd Street, Billy understudy), Theatre Under The Stars, North Shore Music Theater, Waterfront Playhouse, Ogunquit Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Festival. He’s performed on The Adventure of the Seas for Royal Caribbean, for Tyra Banks on America’s Next Top Model and with Liza Minnelli on the TV Land Awards. Certified SCUBA diver, self-taught crochetier.
Kristen performs with America’s Sweethearts, dedicated to sharing history through harmony. She recently performed in Off Broadway Musical Once Upon A Mattress with Jackie Hoffman and Lypsinka Epperson. You may have spotted her on TV as the Ventriloquist in a Snapple commercial with Nick Cannon. Regional credits include: Janet in The Drowsy Chaperone, Christine in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain, Sister Amnesia in Nunsense, Patty Andrews in Sisters of Swing, For more adventures…. www.KristenMichelle.net
Originally from Traverse City, Michigan, Brent Whitney began his training at Dance Arts Academy and Ballet Etc. He continued on as a dance major at Western Michigan University. His first professional job was with the Milwaukee Ballet Company where over the next four years, he performed a variety of classical and contemporary roles by leading choreographers. Additionally, Brent has performed with the Milwaukee Opera, Ballet NY, Ballet X, Connecticut Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet, San Diego Opera, Toledo Opera, Carolina Opera, and Lustig Dance Theatre. As a choreographer, he has created work for a variety of companies as well as his own company, The Traverse City Dance Project (traversecitydanceproject.org). Brent is a licensed Massage Therapist with an Associates Degree in occupational health.
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Angela Harriell is the director and choreographer of the popular Nutcracker: Rated R, as well as the founder and choreographer of the theatrical dance company, The Love Show. A graduate of Fredonia University, where she received The Graduate Scholarship for ballet, she has danced with Elisa Monte and David Brown dance, Randy James Danceworks, Brooklyn Ballet, Opera Francais De New York, The Box, and was a professor teaching ballet at Binghamton University. Angela has set original works for Jerboa Dance of Seattle as well as Dance Key West in Key West, Florida. Cointreau, Vogue magazine, The BBC, and Dom Perignon have commissioned dance pieces from her and she also been commissioned to create original choreography for a New York Banksy screening. Her work has been selected three times to be presented at special galas at the National Arts Club, where Angela has performed along with such luminaries as Elaine Stritch, Tammy Grimes, Charles Busch and Julie Halston. Angela also taught dance at Lincoln Center for Midsummer Night’s Swing. The New York Post and many other publications have praised her choreography, and The New York Times sent a reporter to follow her troupe’s exploits last Bastille Day. Angela’s company, The Love Show has toured all over the US, including Tokyo, Japan, performing two of her original productions in Rappongi and Shibuya. Her most recent productions were with musician Corn Mo: a rock opera ballet, Severed, that opened to a sold-out house at The Highline Ballroom, and Boomstick Ballet, a live dance homage to Bruce Campbell at Le Poisson Rouge.
Owner/Director of CoffeeMill Dance Studio, Choreographer/Instructor (Modern, Musical Theater, Zumba)
Born and raised in the Bronx, Penny relocated to Key West in 1977 with a B.A. in Dance Education from Herbert H. Lehman College. Penny purchased the CoffeeMill property (known for it’s El Brazo Fuerte coffee) in the mid-eighties, co-founded the Key West Dance Theatre and became an original member of the Fabulous Spectrelles (Toni). Penny choreographs for all the theater groups in Key West including Keys Kids (credits include: Annie, Peter Pan, King & I, High School Musical, Footloose, Wizard of Oz, Little Mermaid, Oliver, Wanda’s World) the Waterfront Playhouse (favorites include: Urinetown, Reefer Madness, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Drowsy Chaperone, Xanadu, Spamalot) and the Red Barn Theatre (credits include: Rocky Horror Picture Show, Bat Boy, Forbidden Broadway, Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class, Bingo) and produces DanceWorks! (this year featured A Midsummer’s Night Dream May 16 & 17 at TWT) and Walk on White’s ‘hiPSo fActO’ - an informal live dance performance series. In 2009 the CoffeeMill was awarded an ‘Art Reach’ Grant to present Peter and the Wolf to school aged children. Penny is also interested in promoting dance in our schools through the CoffeeMillDance Outreach and Scholarship Program bringing dance to children who cannot get to the studio and is a recipient of two ‘Artist in Schools’ Grants. Every summer Penny is proud to be a part of Camp Bravo! A musical theatre camp for children in collaboration with the Waterfront Playhouse and Keys Community School of the Arts (credits include:Once On This Island, The Aristocats Jr.)
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Christina Johnson (aka CJ) fell in love with dance back in the 1990’s; in a far away land known as Oregon. She was studying fitness and entertaining the idea of being a “dancer”. CJ moved to Seattle where she cofounded Jerboa dance (www.jerboadance.com), and has dedicated her professional life to the arts ever since. She made the trek across the country, joining the NYC dance scene in 2005. CJ is proud to have been on stage with The Love Show, Shir Dance Theater, Tamara Sarri, Zambasa, and more! Now you can find her traveling all over NYC and beyond teaching, performing, and playing with circus freaks.
Ben Pegg, hailing mostly from Provincetown Massachusetts, blends uniquely searing guitar riff-repartee with a tangibly soaked passion. His smooth aesthetic vocals are reminiscent of the late Jeff Buckley and guitar playing on par with influences Michael Hedges and Stanley Jordan.