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Joe Tremaine is President of Tremaine Dance Conventions and Competitions and is one of the most influential dance personalities in the country today!
He is an internationally-known dance educator, choreographer and performer who has worked on Broadway, in ballet companies, on television, videos, night clubs, movies, industrials and commercials. In addition, he also serves on the advisory boards of many, dance-related organizations and is very active in charity work.
Tremaine Dance Conventions and Competitions has been Joe’s passion for the past 29 years. In 2006, he celebrated a hugely successful 25th Anniversary Tour and held a star studded National Finals Convention where such stars as Broadway legends Chita Rivera, Liza Minnelli, Ben Vereen and television’s Christina Applegate attended and were honored.
Joe has received numerous honors including the 2008 Man of the Year Award from the Michael Awards in New York, benefiting the National Children’s Leukemia Foundation. A “Joe Tremaine Day” was proclaimed by the Governor of the State of Louisiana, two Mayors of the City of Shreveport, Louisiana, and most recently, in January 2007, by Mayor Michael Bloomberg who proclaimed two days â€œTremaine Dance Convention and Competition Daysâ€ in the City of New York.
In October 2006, he was honored by the Professional Dancers Society at their annual “Fall Ball” and was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award by Broadway legend, Chita Rivera. Joe received the Jazz Dance L.A. Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Palm Desert, California’s “Dance Under the Stars” concert series in 2001.
He was also a National Spokesman for National Dance Week in 2000! Joe served as a judge for Miss Louisiana in 1999 and a preliminary judge for the Miss America Pageant in 1998. In 1994, Joe received the Fosse Award for Dance Education (equivalent to the Oscar).
Other awards include The Professional Dancers Society Award for Excellence in Dance Contributions as well as the Gus Giordano Award and the Dance Educators of America Award. Joe has also worked with many stars including Academy Award winners Helen Hunt, Barbra Streisand and Goldie Hawn, as well as Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate, Selma Blair, Mary Tyler Moore, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michelle Lee, Diana Ross, Bob Hope, Raquel Welch, Jeff Goldblum, Carol Burnett and many others.
Joe’s motto is: Dance Training is Life Training!
Peter Sparling is Thurnau Professor of Dance at the University of Michigan and active independent dance artist. As former principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company, chair of the U-M Department of Dance from 1988-93 and Artistic Director of Peter Sparling Dance Company from 1993-08, he has had extensive experience as director, choreographer, performer, teacher, lecturer, video artist, writer, collaborator, administrator and dance/arts consultant.
A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and The Juilliard School, Sparling danced with the companies of JosÃ© Limon and Martha Graham while also forming his own company and one-man dance performance, Solo Flight, before leaving New York for Ann Arbor in 1985. As a regisseur of the Martha Graham Resources, he has since staged Graham’s works on his own company and on companies all over the world. He has held residencies at the American Dance Festival, at numerous American universities, and in Mexico, London, Australia, Portugal, and Taiwan. He is a recipient of the 1998 Governor’s Michigan Artist Award and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and Arts Foundation of Michigan.
Sparling has collaborated extensively with composers, poets, actors, visual artists and scientists. He has written texts for performance and been published in Ballet Review, Michigan Quarterly Review and Choreography and Dance.
He was commissioned by the Detroit Institute of Arts to create work for both the Detroit 300: Artists Take on Detroit: Projects for the Tricentennial and the exhibit Degas and the Dance. His solo show Bodytalk (2002) featured original text and video as well as a host of distinguished collaborators. His video/performance work, Peninsula, received its premiere at the 2004 Ann Arbor Summer Festival and celebrates the cultural and geographical landscapes of his home state of Michigan.
A videographer and teacher of screendance at U-M, his videodance, Babel was selected for the 2007 New York Dance on Camera Festival, the 2008 American Dance Festival Dance Film & Video Festival and has toured the world. His most recent made-for-TV work, Climbing Sainte-Victoire, was broadcast on Michigan Television in April, 2009. He is presently working with photographer Ernestine Ruben and architect Monica Ponce de Leon on a new installation.
Christy Curtis Buss
From St. Louis, Missouri, Christy Curtis Buss won a national, American Girl contest and became an award-winning choreographer. She has worked with celebrities like Bob Hope, LeAnn Rimes, and Paul Rodriguez, and sports teams including the Los Angeles Rams, Clippers, Sparks, and Lakers.
After being the choreographer for NBC’s “Days of Our Lives,” “Passions” (for 18 years), and “Sunset Beach,” today, Christy splits her time between Las Vegas, where she is the Tropicana Hotel Entertainment Manager, and southern California, where she is the founder of The Studio Art of Dance.
Nathan began his dance career at the San Francisco Ballet where he spent two years followed by a three-year stint in a show called “Dance Between the Lines” choreographed and directed by legendary choreographer Anne Marie Garvin. That show’s success brought it and Nathan to L.A. and the world famous Roxy Theater on Sunset.
Nathan immediately began studying under Roland Dupree, Joe Tremaine, Joe Bennet, Claude Thompson, Hama and Jackie Sleight.
After winning the grand prize on the original “Star Search,” Nathan was one of the most sought-after talents in the nation. He went on to become Paula Abdul’s favorite dance partner, accompanying her on her acclaimed “Under My Spell” world tour, appearing in several of her music videos and the Emmy Award-winning opening number of the 1990 “American Music Awards.”
Nathan has worked closely with such stars, directors and choreographers as Michael Kidd, Reba McEntire, Michael Peters, Beyonce, Mel Brooks, Mia Michaels, Brandy, Jack Nicholson, Spike Lee, Robert Zemeckis, Blake Edwards and Rob Marshall, to name just a few.
Nathan’s teaching career has taken him all over the world, from workshops in Canada and Japan to the dance conventions “L.A. Underground,” “Dance Caravan,” “Access Broadway” and currently “American Dance Projekt.” He also teaches every week at Hama’s Dance Center in L.A.
Nathan co-founded Dancers’ Alliance in 1989. Wrote, produced and directed the “Dancers’ Guide” in 2003, won an “L.A. Theater Critics’ Choice Award – Best Choreography” in Hollywood.
He has choreographed, directed, produced or appeared in over 30 national commercials, more than 100 industrial shows, and dozens of television productions.
Music videos for the artists: Jason Mraz, Sugar Ray, Smashmouth, Harry Connick Jr. and many more.
Over 20 feature films including the Academy Award winners “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Forrest Gump,” “Boogie Nights.” And the hits “Austin Powers Goldmember,” “Rent,” “The Mask,” “Be Cool,” “500 days of Summer,” the list goes on….
Recently Nathan was credited as choreographer and assistant director of the hit play “The Good Steno” at the Hayworth Theater in L.A.. He was also the lead camera operator on the controversial feature film “Naked Boys Singing”, 2nd unit director and segment producer on the documentary film “Nuts and Bolts.”
Nathan’s was also the choreographer of an episode of the crime drama “Life” on NBC, a dancer on multiple episodes of the show “Eli Stone” and a dance-double opposite Molly Shannon on the sitcom “Kath & Kim.”
Nathan’s versatility, experience, thorough knowledge of dance, professionalism and positive energy make him an invaluable asset to any project.
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