CURRENT & FORMER CHOREOGRAPHERS & CONSULTANTS

By assembling people who not only have the qualifications to teach but also possess great character traits and values is what truly sets us apart. We feel that you would be hard pressed to find a better staff anywhere! Faulkner's Dance & Gymnastics is a group of highly trained and qualified professionals, considered to be the finest and most knowledgeable in their field. Working together for a common goal to build self-esteem and sport makes our staff unparalleled.

Our team of instructors, coaches and staff members ensure that each gymnast, dancer, cheerleader, taekwondo or whatever you participate in is given the best possible experience. Staff at Faulkner's Dance & Gymnastics have the ability to work with every level of athlete, from beginner to professional. Helping each individual to reach their full potential is the end result. Our talented faculty brings to Faulkner's Dance & Gymnastics years of professional experience from the national stage, television, film, gymnastics national competitions and Broadway as well as local productions.

Meet several of the special talented people who have have taught as choreographers and consultants at Faulkner's in the past.

Miranda Maleski Miranda Maleski : Former All Types of Dance Guest Choreographer & Consultant

Miranda Maleski started dancing when she was 4 years old at the Abby Lee Dance Company in Pittsburgh PA. She moved to LA in 2010 after graduating high school, and has since been a top 20 contestant on season 8 of Fox's hit show So You Think You Can Dance. Other TV shows she can be seen on is ABC Family's The Fosters, ABC's The Goldbergs, and FOX's Glee. She's also been a part of numerous movies such as ABC's 'Love Struck the Musical' choreographed by Michael Rooney, Hallmark's 'Dear Dumb Diary', and Yeezus the Film. She has also toured with Kanye West including his 2011 Coachella performance, 2012 Dark Fantasy tour and 2014 Yeezus tour. Other tours include CeeLo Green European Festival Tour 2014 and most recently Helene Fischer's Farbenspiel Stadium Tour 2015.

Jessica King Jessica King:Former All Types of Dance Guest Choreographer & Consultant

Jessica King is a dancer from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. An injury during week 6 of the competition forced her to leave the competition early. King previously auditioned for So You Think You Can Dance in the third season, but did not make the top 20. She re-auditioned and ultimately made the top 20 for Season 4, where she was paired with contemporary dancer William Wingfield. On July 14, 2008, King suffered several broken ribs and was forced to bow out of the competition. Her spot was given to Comfort Fedoke, who had been eliminated the previous week.

King is a Visual Arts Major at Coastal Carolina University and has been taking formal dance lessons within various styles including tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop and contemporary since the age of three. On July 30, 2009, King returned to the show with her former So You Think You Can Dance partner William Wingfield to perform their Emmy-winning routine "Adam and Eve" choreographed by Tyce Diorio.

She is also backup dancing for Lady Gaga, which can be seen on the 2009 VMAs.

Paula Miller Paula Miller: Former All Types of Dance Guest Choreographer & Consultant

Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Media Communications Graduate from Methodist College. Paula was a Faulkner's student for over 16 years. Paula is a former Methodist College Collegiate Cheerleader as well as a member of the Methodist College Dance Team for 4 years with a total of 20 years dance experience. Paula has been a part of Faulkner's for over 20 years. Paula has competed nationally on the collegiate level. Paula is currently a certified national dance and cheerleading judge.

Michelle Brooke Michelle Brooke: Former All Types of Dance Guest Choreographer & Consultant

Choreographer & Dancer Michelle Brooke is a native of Brooklyn, New Yorker and has been dominating the dance industry with force working and touring the world with an endless list of artists & productions from: Neyo, Pitbull, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Mark Anthony, Cher, Shakira, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Sean Paul, Snoop Dogg, Lil Kim, Lil Wayne, Flo Rida, Nelly Furtado, J. Holiday, LL Cool J, Irelands- Celtic Thunder, the Off bdwy production Goddess Dance & many more. Michelle has graced the screen in Numerous Movies, TV Shows, Awards Shows & Music Videos Such as: Burlesque, The Voice. Dancing with the Stars, Fox So You Think You Can Dance (season 1), Reality Remix (Correspondent), Dance Your Ass Off (Choreographer/Pro dancer), Nip Tuck, All My Children, The Grammy's, Billboard Awards, MTV Awards & the VH-1 Fashion Awards just to name a few. As a longtime performer/gymnast for the NY based percussion group The Rhythmics and former New York Knicks City Dancer performing live is always what has made her strive. Another great passion is teaching and sharing what she has been taught and experienced throughout her career. Michelle has taught master classes in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, South America and throughout the US. As a graduate of NYC H.S. of the Performing Arts with extensive training in All genres of Dance from Ballet, Modern, Jazz-Funk, Hip Hop, African, Belly dancing & Gmnastics, she has projected her talent and unique Fused style as a Well rounded Professional with NO limits on what her choreography may incorporate. Personal goal to continue to help the less fortunate and share the joy of learning how to express yourself through the art of dance and always remain a positive & inspiring role model for others. Life is only what YOU make of it! You GET what you GIVE....

Miles Avery Miles Avery: Former Guest Gymnastics Instructor & Consultant

Coach Avery has coached at every level of gymnastics teaching both girls and boys. Having coached gymnast from pre-school to the Olympics gives coach Avery a distinct advantage over most coaches. Coach Avery knows what hard work and dedication can do having himself gone from a beginner to elite level and USA National Team member in five short years! Avery has been mentored by some of the best minds in gymnastics and Hall of Fame coaches. Avery himself is one of the very few USA coaches that has the designation of Brevet Coach from the F.I.G.

Miranda Hucks Miranda Hucks: Former Clogging Choreographer & Consultant

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with a minor in History at Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, North Carolina. Miranda is a member of the National title winning team "Bailey Mountain Cloggers" and also is a member of the Mars Hill College Dance Team. Recently Miranda performed in the World Folkdance Festival in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Miranda is a member of 2003 All-American Clogging Team. Miranda has been clogging competitively for over 14 years and is considered one of today's most recognized performers and choreographers on the east coast. Miranda has worked with some of the best clogging in world that include America's Got Talent stars "All That".

Jason Samuels Smith Jason Samuels Smith: Former Dance Choreographer & Consultant

Jason is a NYC native and Emmy and American Choreography Award Winner in Tap. Jason is considered the next Gregory Hines and Savion Glover. In less than a decade, Jason has emerged as a multi-talent leader in the Art form of Tap. Jason has been seen on "So You Think You Can Dance" as a special guest choreographer, Secret Talent of The Stars on CBS Television (Trained Music Star Mya), been a member of the cast Da' Noise, Bring in Da'Funk. Dean Hargrove's Tap Heat, AMC televisions series Cool Women, Imagine Tap, Chicago, Savion Glover's NYOTs, Soul Possessed with Patti LaBelle. Jason was the recipient of the Arts International Grant and the Alpert McDowell Fellowship Award and he also received the 2007 Gregory Hines Humanitarian Award. Jason founded tap company A.C.G.I. & JaJa Productions band featuring original jazz-influenced hip-hop music appearances throughout the United States. To find out more information regarding Jason Samuels Smith please check him out at www.divinerhythmproductions.com.

Sue Samuels Sue Samuels: Former Dance Choreographer & Consultant

Specializes in Jazz (Broadway Coach, Veteran Performer and Choreographer). Sue has established herself as one of the staples of the performing arts community of today. With over 35 years experience, Sue's expertise is often sought after for mentoring and coaching purposes by professionals and aspiring artist from around the world. Sue's performance and choreographic credits include Got Tu Go Disco, The Johnny Hallyday Show, The Brazil Export Show, All My Children, Jerry Lewis Telethon, Contemporary Women, Zoom, Dr. Pepper, 7 UP, Wheat Thins, Head & Shoulders, Adidas and Glaxo. Sue is Co-Founder of Jo Jo's Dance Factory in NYC which later became Broadway Dance Center.Sue continues to travel around the world for master classes. Students and Teachers come to study her unique jazz style. Sue currently teaches at the Broadway Dance Center (Since 1986). Sue was trained by Broward Civic Ballet in Florida and performed with the company for six years, also studied in NYC with Madame Swoboda of the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo. To find out more information regarding Sue Samuels please check her out at www.divinerhythmproductions.com.

Lane Napper Lane Napper: Former Dance Choreographer & Dance Consultant

Some of you may recognize Lane Napper from the hit television show, "Victorious". The sitcom about a young girl (Victoria Justice) who goes to a Performing Art School in Los Angeles, California. Lane plays "Lane Alexander", the school’s mild mannered guidance counselor. Lane is also the head choreographer for each episode. This summer his choreography was submitted for an Emmy.

Lane is an accomplished teacher, actor, dancer and choreographer who has been featured in a long list of videos, commercials, stage productions, voice-overs and television including "iCarly," "Drake and Josh," "Suddenly Susan," "Nikki," and "Zoey 101."

Lane has trained and worked with children and adults, beginners and professionals, actors and non-movers. Lane's technique and style is simple: Why not have fun with something you enjoy doing? Lane also specializes in teaching Tap & Jazz. So, if you love music and want to learn how to move through each beat, this class is for you. Lane's style is fun and invigorating. He is great with ALL levels. His energy and flare have made him one of the most sought after and coveted teachers on the scene today.

Cynthia Vallone Cynthia Vallone: Former Dance Choreographer & Consultant

Cindy performed with independent New York and regional ballet and opera companies. Cindy is a master teacher with expertise in beginner/intermediate ballet technique and in the use of corrective therapy for the prevention and healing of injuries. Teaches at top New York City schools and gives master classes. Guest teaching nationwide. Relates extremely well to children and adult beginners. Experienced in working with people with disabilities. Cynthia's unique approach to ballet training is embraced by dancers and non-dancers alike, from the serious adult beginner to the advanced professional. Working internally through thought and visualization, Ms. Vallone enables students to rid the body of excess tension so that alignment can flow naturally and movement can occur freely. Steps are broken down and fully explained, so that students learn through understanding rather than from imitation. Her technique is physically therapeutic for the prevention and healing of injuries, and it provides a solid foundation for all types of dance. Cynthia creates an atmosphere of attention and caring that allows each student to grow as an individual and to develop strength, awareness, confidence, and grace.

Ken Prescott Ken Prescott: Former Dance Choreographer & Consultant

Ken is a Director and Choreographer who has has directed from Broadway to Brazil. As a Director and Choreographer he has created production numbers from "The Lawrence Welk Show" and "The Andy Williams Show" in Branson Mo. He has directed and Choreographed "Crazy For You, "George M!", "The Boyfriends", A Day In Hollywood-A Night In The Ukraine", "West Side Story", "Singin' In The Rain", and "On Your Toes", which garnered him a Carbonnel Nomination and on and on. He co-authored a musical version of "A Christmas Carol" called "A Dickens Of A Christmas" which has been produced across the country and was nominated as best new musical of the year. His "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" as Director/Choreographer was launded by the New York Times at Gateway Playhouse. As a performer he has won 3 DTL Awards as Best Leading Performer, Best Director, and Best Special Production. In addition he has won 2 Los Angeles Drama Logue Awards for his performances in the Gene Kelly in "Singin' In The Rain" and as Eddy Ryan in "Funny Girl". He has sung with the "New" Modernaires- starred on Broadway. He has his own Big Band Show in Myrtle Beach, S.C. called "Big Band At The Savoy" which cast him in several roles. He was also the star of "42nd Street" on Broadway and was a member of the "New" Modernaires, of Glenn Miller Fame.

Ariana DeBose Ariana DeBose: Former All Types of Dance Guest Choreographer & Consultant

Ariana is best known as a contestant on Fox's hit show "So You Think You Can Dance" as one of season 6's top 10 girls. She also just finished up a stint on "One Life to Live" in the Star Crossed Lover's series.
Ariana has been seen in multiple theatrical productions including: Aida (Aida) BSS, A Chorus Line (Cassie), Les Miserables directed by Terrence Mann, Grease with the North Carolina Theatre, Ragtime (Sarah) and Fame (Carmen) with the WFR Theatrical Ensemble. She is an award-winning soloist, choreographer, and has been fortunate to sing along side the likes of Yolanda Rabun, Ray Walker, Terrence Mann and the late George Merritt. She is also the reigning Coldstone Creamery Shake It Up Champ as chosen by Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas!
Ariana trained at CC & Co. Dance Complex under the direction of Christy Curtis. She has worked with numerous choreographers from NY and LA including Sonya Tayeh, Mandy Moore, Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo, Tyce Diorio, Mia Michaels, Nick Lazarini, Wade Robeson, & Martha Nichols of "So You Think You Can Dance", Jason Parsons, Lauren Adams, Wes Veldink, Josh Bergasse, Joe Lanteri, John Crutchman and Elizabeth Parkinson. She has also worked extensively with the faculty of the WCU's Triple Arts Broadway Series- including Christopher Damboise and wife Kelly Crandall as well as Terrence Mann and great mentor, Charlotte Damboise.

Sheila Barker Sheila Barker: Former All Types of Dance Guest Choreographer & Consultant

Sheila Barker has been an educator, choreographer and performer for the past 12 years in such places as Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Europe and across the USA. She received a BFA in dance and has extensive training in Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Tap, African/Dunham and Musical Theatre. Her performance background ranges from Broadway and Off-Broadway to industrials, music videos and soap operas. Sheila has choreographed many industrials, music videos and stage shows for recording artists.