We have been a part of CLI Studios program since 2016 and are excited to

announce that we are continuing our partnership. with CLI Studios this year to give our students access to the dance industry's top choreographers. Register with our studio this season and you'll be able to take online master classes from world renowned choreographers!  Our instructors are also excited to share all the added material they are getting from this program! 


Saturday, September 24th, 2022

Check back for the details coming soon!




Past 2019-20 workshop at ABC

Tiffany Whitaker

Tiffany Whitaker is a professional dancer and singer with over 20 years experience in the dance and entertainment industry, and as a Radio City Rockette. 

Tiffany is a proud member of Actor's Equity, AGVA and AFTRA. She has performed around the globe with several well-known artists including dancing legend, Gregory Hines; choreographer, Linda Haberman; and fashion designers Tara Subkoff and Tim Gunn. 

She has worked on stage, commercials, print, TV and film; including work with The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Saturday Night Live, Paula Dean, The The US Open, Mike & Juliet Show, and the Kentucky Derby, among others. 

She has also done commercial and print work for Vanity Fair, La Prairie, Fitness Magazine, Grey Goose, Heineken, Papa John's Pizza, Dunkin Donuts, Verizon, Osteo Bi-Flex, ConAir, to name a few.

Along with being an accomplished dancer and performer, Tiffany is also a gymnast, certified pilates instructor, and a leg and parts model.

These days Tiffany is a proud mother of two, living on Long Island, after many years of living and working in New York City. 

Todd Shanks

Todd Shanks has been featured in Dance, Dance Spirit, Dance Studio Life, Dance Teacher and Dancer Magazines.
As a performer Todd has danced in music videos, commercials, industrials and television programs including, “The Electric Company”, Kimberly Clark, “The View”, Volvo, Ford Motors, Race for the Cure, Wrigley’s, Paramount Pictures, “Good Day NY”, Lance Armstrong Foundation, Pilsen Beer, the United Way, UFO Jeans, 1010 WINS, Hope and Heroes, and the Lyme Disease Foundation. On stage he has performed with Synthesis Dance Project, Jette Performance Company, The Westchester Philharmonic, SDCF Dance Break, and the 2006 Miss Florida Pageant. Todd performed on field at Gillette Stadium for the 2015 and 2017 NFL Kickoff shows featuring T-Pain and Flo Rida respectively.

His choreography has been seen in a commercial for BIC "Soleil" Razors and on ice for the opening number of “Stars, Stripes and Skates” staring 3- time National ice skating champion Johnny Weir. His choreography has also been featured on “The View”, ABC Nightly News, The MSG Network, NY1, CW 11, and at NYC’s Carnival, Steps on Broadway’s Faculty in Performance, Making Strides Boston, Dean College: 50 Years of Gold, Yankee FanFest and “The Game is in Us” (a Nike spec commercial). Todd was recently booked to choreograph a New Line Cinema production.

Todd was on Faculty at Steps on Broadway in NYC for over a decade. He has been a guest teacher at the University of Florida, SUNY Brockport, Boston University, Skidmore College, ACDA New England, the Ailey Extension, Ballet Hispanico, Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, Dance Masters of America, Dance New Amsterdam, Florida Dance Masters and many private dance studios throughout the United States. He is currently a full time Artist in Residence at Dean College and is teaching on tour with Manhattan Dance Project and Dance Educators of America.
For more information please visit, www.toddshanks.com

Past 2018-19 workshop at ABC

John "Comix" Barrella

Hip Hop/ Street Dance Educator, Choreographer, Consultant & Company Director

Based on the East Coast, John specializes in the instruction of dance culture, freestyle and choreography in the styles of locking, popping, b-boy, street/hip hop influenced choreography and more. He is owner of Soul Sessions hip hop dance convention. As a performer,  John works as a solo artist and in collaboration with members of the hip hop community. He has been a featured dancer in music videos “HSKT” by Tenin and “Get Away” By  Alissia. Other works include a tribute to the Lockers at “Waack to the Future”,  Halftime shows for the NY Knicks, The Hoboken Unity festival and much more.  As a choreographer, John’s work has been presented internationally. His unique approach to movement has been placed on dancers in a number of states in the United States, dance schools in Canada and colleges/universities with dance programs in the tri-state area. 

John is also director of “The Redef Movement: Artists of Street Dance” , a dance company established in 2007 that enforces hip hop as an art form and educational endeavor.  John and his company has presented work through his company both in hip hop and modern dance atmospheres. The company was the champion of hip hop battle “Ill Bounce 3”, finalists for “Battle for Your Life” and continues to make a presence at hip hop battles. Their work has been seen at Madison Square Garden, The NY Filipino Festival, The Biomorphic Dance Festival, Show up and Dance, Monsters of Hip Hop and a number of other events in NY, Philly and NJ.

At the age of 14, John was accepted into the "School of the Arts” in East Brunswick where he spent four years learning modern dance and ballet from a variety of instructors and master teachers. Aside from traditional dance classes, he attended annual courses in human anatomy, improvisational techniques, teaching dance to children, choreography techniques, musical theatre and theatre. In college, John studied childhood education and small business management to round out the important aspects of his dance career training. From his early teens, John has studied under various hip hop artists and was recruited into WildStyle dance company where he learned his basic hip hop techniques. He gained a love, respect and appreciation for his core styles with glimpses into technique for house dance, waacking and dancehall. Furthering his training, John still regularly attends classes and events with master and pioneering hip hop artists. Notable influences on his work include Tom Mckie, Spex, Brian Green, Bev Brown, Jazzy J, Sekou, Pavan Thimmiah and more.

John is an active educator and choreographer with work recognized in both the U.S.A. and Canada. Currently, he has developed a curriculum and program that trains teachers in hip hop terminology and technique, applying it to class structure. This program, “The Fundamentals of Hip Hop Education” has become widely used and has offered countless teachers a look into his own method of instruction. Johns classes and events are designed to teach aspiring dancers the fundamentals of street & hip hop dance as a freestyle art and techniques to master choreography. His goals are to inspire people to be artists and push themselves creatively and positively both in and outside of dance.

Bill Waldinger

Bill is currently based at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City where he teaches both the Luigi Jazz Technique and classical ballet. He is also a regular faculty member at the New York Film Academy, Broadway Dance Center (Regular Guest Artist), CAP 21, Molloy College and The Alden Moves Dance Theater. He has taught at Marymount Manhattan College, Hunter College and The Manhattan Ballet School. Certified by Luigi to teach the Luigi Jazz Technique, Bill has taught Luigi Jazz workshops for the New Rising Sun Dance Project at DANY Studios/Joyce SoHo.  Bill has created Jazz Workshops, bringing together teachers who worked directly with Luigi, Matt Mattox, Jerome Robbins and Bob Fosse. He has taught both Ballet and Luigi's work for "Broadway Donation Dance Classes", an organization providing "pay what you can afford" dance classes for working professional dancers. As a Guest Teacher, Bill has traveled the country to numerous conventions, colleges, schools and studios with engagements in Russia, Switzerland  and Ireland planned for later in 2018. Bill has also developed absolute beginner “Dance Classes For Singers" at The Singers’ Forum. As a performer, Bill has appeared in musical theater, concert dance, commercials, music videos, television and industrials. Highlights include regional and Off-Broadway productions of A Chorus Line, Carousel, Kismet, Drood, Oklahoma!, A Funny Thing…, and Guys and Dolls. He has danced in commercials for Time-Life, music videos for the group Fela-Antoine, the television show Soul Alive and appeared in videos for the Theater Dance Workshop. He was a company member of The David Storey Dance Works and The Labyrinth Dance Theater.

Tina Fretto Baird

As a Jazz Tap Artist and Educator, Tina is a protégé of Brenda Bufalino and a part of the Copasetics Club lineage. She was additionally mentored by Barbara Duffy & Katherine Kramer and is grateful to have studied with three incredible female artists. Since 1991 she has taught at numerous schools and colleges throughout New England, New Jersey and New York, including Emma Willard, Russell Sage College and Skidmore College. She has performed at Jacob’s Pillow in Lenox, MA with Lynn Schwab, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Duke Ellington’s “Sacred Symphonies” with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, The National Museum of Dance Gala “Singin’ In The Rain” with the Alex Torres Orchestra and in NYC at Zinno’s Jazz Tap Brunch with Barbara Duffy and at Swing 46 under the auspices of Buster Brown. She is the owner of Saratoga Jazz Tap where she provides private mentorship, creates new works and produces concerts and National Tap Dance Day festivals, bringing in guest artists and musicians to teach and perform.

Her most recent presentations/collaborations include Saratoga City Ballet’s “The Nutcracker Sweet & Swingin’ “ (2017 Loewenburg Auditorium with The Chuck Lamb Trio), Saratoga ArtsFest Friday’s “Gotta Dance” (2017, Riggi Theatre, National Museum of Dance), Saratoga ArtsFest Fridays “A Vaudeville Circus” (2015 Tang Museum), “Everything Will Be Copasetic” (2014 Saratoga ArtsFest, Universal Preservation Hall), National Tap Dance Day Festival with Brenda Bufalino (2013 National Museum of Dance), National Museum of Dance Black History Month Celebration (2013 with tap dancer Rebecca Kim), Stoptime: Louis Armstrong Celebration (2011 curated by Margo Mensing). She has choreographed productions for Saratoga Children’s Theatre, Saratoga Springs High School Drama Club and St. Clement’s Church, and serves on the Board of the Dance Alliance of the Capital Region and the Catholic Daughter’s of America. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts/Directing from the State University of New York at Albany with a minor in Dance from Skidmore College and currently teaches at Skidmore College and Saratoga City Ballet. She llives in Saratoga Springs with her husband and daughter.