FACULTY

MAUD ARNOLD

Known as one of “Tap’s Leading Ladies” and cover girl for Dance Spirit magazine’s Tap issue, Maud Arnold is a member of Syncopated Ladies and performed in their sold-out full-length concerts in NYC, Los Angeles, DC, Vancouver, and Dubai.
Maud most recently was seen performing with Pharrell Williams and N.E.R.D on The Ellen Show and appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America and at Essence Fest in New Orleans after Syncopated Ladies’ video covering Beyoncé’s Formation, went viral.

Beyoncé shared the video on all of her social media and then hired the Syncopated Ladies to perform at her Ivy Park active wear clothing line launch at TopShop, London.

Maud has quickly become a sought after teacher, judge and performer worldwide. Mentored and trained by Debbie Allen, Maud has taught at Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles and Allen’s Dance Institute in Texas.

Further to teaching in the USA, Maud has taught tap dancing and Afro-Funk in Dubai, Brazil, Japan, Spain, United Kingdom, Croatia, Ukraine and Russia.

Maud’s other Television Credits Include: BET Experience: 106 and Park, The Late Late Show With James Corden, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Switched at Birth,

Secret Talents of the Stars as a featured dancer with Mya, The Today Show and Syncopated Ladies winning Season 11 of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance: Dance
Crew Battle
. Maud can be seen in national commercials and print ads for Toyota, GAP and CANTU and has worked with Beyoncé on several commercials and music videos.

Maud is the co-director and producer of the critically acclaimed DC Tap Festival, pioneering new experiences for dancers and artists worldwide and with her sister Chloé
Arnold they were recognized by the US House of Representatives as arts preservers and ambassadors.

Maud is also a female entrepreneur that holds a degree from Columbia University. Further to teaching, she oversees Chloe and Maud Productions and their many entities including their clothing lines:
I LOVE TAP and UniLove as well as their tap dance workshops and after school programs.

Maud exudes her passion for tap dancing with her high energy, fun and action-packed dancing.

For more information: www.maudarnold.net.

CHristopher Broughton

Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Christopher Broughton began dancing at the age of 12 and never looked back. Under the instruction of Paul and Arlene Kennedy at Universal Dance, he immediately became a member of the Kennedy Tap company, world renowned and responsible for tap greats such as Derick Grant and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, the latter of which he had the pleasure of performing as cast mates in his first Tony, Astaire and Drama Desk Award winning Broadway show After Midnight. Broughton’s dancing has also led to National recognition with the NAACP ACT-SO Award not once, but twice. As an instructor, performer and choreographer, his art has taken him everywhere from St. Louis and Washington D.C. to Brazil, Finland, Cuba, Italy, Germany and beyond.

In 2007, hardship struck Broughton’s life when he spent over a year recovering from a major injury to his left leg. He has very much since returned and is at the peak of his game. Since his triumph, Broughton has performed and toured the world with greats such as Jason Samuels Smith, R&B singer MYA, Ted Levy and Chloe Arnold to name a few. Company work has included national and international tours with Dorrance Dance, including Bessie Award winning work The Blues Project co-created/choreographed by Michelle Dorrance, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Derick K. Grant, and Toshi Reagon. He has also performed as a featured dancer on the 25th Anniversary International tour of Riverdance; a critically acclaimed run of the Signature Theatre’s revival of Jelly’s Last Jam featuring choreography by Jared Grimes; Magic of The Dance; Rasta Thomas’ Tap Stars; The Cotton Club Parade at NY City Center; and the national tribute tour of Thank You Gregory!. Christopher’s athletic choreography, courage and charisma are in the highest demand and he continues to learn and grow his art. Christopher Broughton owes his sincerest gratitude to his sister Chantel Heath, who introduced him to the world of dance, Tonie Nicholas, son of the legendary Fayard Nicholas, and Paul and Arlene Kennedy; without whom, he wouldn’t be where he is today.

RAY HESSELINK

Ray Hesselink is a Director/Choreographer living and working in New York City.
Ray has presented choreography at various festivals and venues around NYC. Ray specializes in creating character-driven choreography and excels at comedic storytelling through dance.
Ray loves to make people laugh! As a dance instructor, Ray has had the privilege to help train the children who performed in Broadway’s Billy Elliot: The Musical.
Ray is on Faculty at Juilliard, Broadway Dance Center and STEPS on Broadway in NYC. He also coaches actors privately.
Ray holds a B.A. from the School of Theater at UCLA.

Shelby Kaufman

“Shelby’s choreography is fabulous and she’s a triple threat in the theatre. She is a thinker and she can write. She can write her own plays, her own musicals, her own everything… She’s a wonderful storyteller and I’m sure she’s gonna write a whole bunch of stuff that’s gonna merit as well as her dancing.”
Dr. Harold ‘Stumpy’ Cromer

Off Broadway, Shelby assisted Gail Pennington Crutchfield on the choreography of ‘Freckleface the Musical’, and acted as the SDC observer for three-time Emmy nominated choreographer Mandy Moore on
‘Nobody Loves You’ at Second Stage Theatre. She also frequently assisted the late tap legend Dr. Harold ‘Stumpy’ Cromer both in choreography and master classes, has become Chloe Arnold’s dance captain for
a number of projects on the East Coast, and was the assistant to NBC SMASH’s Emmy Award winning choreographer, Joshua Bergasse, for his musical theatre choreography showcase at City Center Studios. Additionally,
Shelby’s choreography has been featured multiple times in
the annual Tap City ‘Main Event,’ New York City ‘Tap Extravaganza,’ and Motor City ‘Motor City Soles,’ as well as ‘Tappy Holidays,’ ‘Band of Gypsies’ and the first ‘Young Choreographer’s Festival.’

Shelby has made television appearances tapping on both Sesame Street and The Steve Harvey Show. Other notable venues include the Apollo Theatre, Lincoln Center, Jacob’s Pillow, Symphony Space, The George
Street Playhouse, The Duke Ellington Theatre, and Detroit Orchestra Hall.

jenefer miller

Jenefer is a native of Detroit and has been performing, teaching, directing, and choreographing professionally for over 25 years. She holds a BA in the Performing Arts from Oakland University and a MAEd from the University of Phoenix. She is the co-founder of Tap 24.7, and appeared on stage with Scuff’d Up, Especially Tap Chicago, Dance Chicago, Detroit Tap Festival, Sesame Street Live, and was featured on TV by Your Life A to Z and Phoenix 3TV. Jen has worked with legends such as Savion Glover, Ben Vereen, Debbie Allen, Jimmy Slyde, Dianne Walker, Barbara Duffy, Professor Robert Reed, and Heather Cornell, and the Nicholas Brothers. Directing and choreographic credits include: American College Dance Festival, Tap 24.7, 13 the Musical, Hairspray, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, How to Succeed, Seussical the Musical, and many more. Faculty credits include the Motor City Tap Fest, The St. Louis Tap Festival, Circle City Tap Fest, The Las Vegas Tap Festival, Nexus Dance Conventions, Tap Into the Network, and more.

Recently, Jenefer was awarded prestigious Oakland University MaTilDa Award for Alumni Lifetime Achievement in Dance, was a finalist for the Ahwatukee Chamber’s Educational Mentor of the Year and Phoenix Best Teachers, and has won numerous inspirational awards including one from former Governor John Engler of Michigan.

Founder of JMill Productions, Jenefer produces Just West of Broadway and The Phoenix Tap Festival. For more information visit www.justwestofbroadway.com! Follow Jenefer on Instagram @jenk360, Twitter @JMillP, and like my Facebook @JMillProductions and @jwobaz.

SAM WEBER

Sam Weber is an award winning artist who has gained a global reputation in the world of tap dance and is in demand internationally as a performer, master teacher and choreographer. A protege of tap master Stan Kahn in San Francisco, he was a principal dancer and choreographer with the Jazz Tap Ensemble from 1986 to 2009 and received acclaim at home and abroad touring with the company. He was the first tap dancer to receive New York’s “Bessie” award, presented in recognition of outstanding artistic achievement. He has appeared at international tap festivals since the first Colorado Tap Festival in 1986 and has taught and performed with such legendary tap masters as Charles “Honi” Coles, Jimmy Slyde, Steve Condos, Buster Brown, Gregory Hines and the Nicholas Brothers. Sam is one of the few tap dancers in the world who performs Morton Gould’s “Tap Dance Concerto.” He is also the recipient of numerous tap dance awards, including the Legacy Award from the Third Coast Rhythm Project, the Giant Steps Award from the San Francisco Tap Festival and the Juba Award from the Chicago Human Rhythm Project. He has taught at UCLA, Cal State U. Fullerton, Cal State U., L.A. and San Francisco State University. He teaches regular classes at ODC School and City Dance School in San Francisco and at Stagebridge in Oakland.