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Debbie Contillo-Wohar
Director

Owner and founder of Just Dance! Princeton NJ, where she and her sister Laurie opened in 1999. Just Dance! NJ has been in business for  over 18 years.
Debbie left NJ 6 years ago to begin a new journey of her life in Phoenix AZ. Realizing her true passion was to continue to teach dance to young dancers, she decided to open Just Dance! AZ. Her many years of experience, amazing talent, patience and love will now be welcomed here in Chandler.
Debbie began her training in NYC where she studied at various studios including Steps, Phil Black, Broadway Dance Centre, Alvin Ailey and Princeton Ballet School. She studied dance education choreography, modern dance, and ballet at Queensboro College. She has appeared in numerous TV Commercials, Industrials, Movies, Shows, and MTV videos. She has choreographed for National Fitness competitions on ESPN and is a member of SAG. She also holds certifications in Yoga, Pilates, AFAA, Balletone, Aquafit and more. She continues her studies by attending dance workshops and dance teacher intensives, studying with top dancers and choreographers from the east and west coasts. Debbie is delighted to bring Just Dance! AZ to our community here in Chandler.

                                                               

                                                               Gillian George  

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Gillian received her training at Southland Ballet Academy and the San Francisco Ballet School. She has spent summers dancing at well-respected ballet schools such as the American Ballet Theater, Royal Ballet, Houston Ballet, the School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Boston Ballet on full-scholarship. In 2013, she was one of the original dancers to perform in Gala De Danza, in Cabo San Lucas. She was a YoungArts winner in 2014 and competed in the Youth America Grand Prix finals for three years. Currently, she dances in Ballet Arizona’s Studio Company.

                                                         Lyrical- Contemporary

 

 

 

Kylie Bockholt

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 Kylie Bockholt recently  graduated with her BFA in Dance from Arizona State University. She’s from northern California, on the outskirts of San Francisco. She has been dancing her entire life and started dance at a very young age.  A studio-trained dancer with a wide variety of different styles . She trained at Kirkpatricks School of Dance for 10-11 years, then left to go train at Dance Arts Center  focusing on technique with a  jazz-modern fusion,  style  She has trained in ballet, tap, contemporary, lyrical and urban. Dance has been a huge passion of hers. In high school, she was on the hip-hop dance team performing for football games and basketball games during half time. She also on the schools dance ensemble that did special performances and the dance show Mateo Motion. She has  traveled to Barcelona, Spain and did an internship at a dance studio for six weeks. She is excited and looking forward to joining the team at Just Dance this season!

 

 

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TBT Acro

 

Passionate about all types of dance and yoga. Angels’s dance experience started when she was 5, and continued through high school; the spectrum of dance included classical ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, African barefoot, and various types of ballroom. She also has experience in gymnastics, sideline and competitive cheer (at Minnetonka, MN high school), which they placed first in state and nationals. She loves kids and working with them towards their passion. Yoga became a daily part of her life in her recent years and has brought her very much joy and flexibility. She’s a mother of an 18 month old son and one on the way. She looks forward to passing on her passion and knowledge for dance and tumbling for generations to come.

 

 

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Hip Hop Company

Ray has been teaching Hip Hop in multiple states since 2010. He was a valued member of the Arizona State University’s Hip Hop Coalition and is the president of the Arizona based dance crew Leggo Monsters. Just to name a few he has performed at the suns halftime show, Monsters of Hip Hop, Carnival, Celebration of Dance, and Boogiedabeat. Freestyling and choreography are his strongpoints and he is adept at all styles of hip hop and wishes to pass the culture on to the next generation!

 

 

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Alyssa Bortono began dancing at the age of 3 and never looked back. She has been training at a studio for over 15 years in all styles of dance. Over the years she was won many regional and national scholarships. This past year she won a national championship with her team in Division 1 Pom at the UDA college dance nationals as well as 2 in Jazz. She teaches camps with UDA as well as teaching at local studios. She has found that aside from dancing teaching is truly her passion. She loves working with the next generation of dancers and watching them grow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alicia Ridgley

Jazz

Born in Nevada, she moved to Arizona when she was three. To help her make friends she was enrolled in ballet classes at a local dance studio. She quickly picked up the moves and expanded into tumbling, jazz, and beauty pageants. At the age of 5 she joined a competitive dance team that produced groups which frequented StarSearch and other top level performance competitions. By the age of 7 she and her dance team were frequently taking home 1st place trophies at the competitions they attended all over Arizona, California and Nevada. By the age of 12, she started training in other areas like tap, lyrical,  hip hop, and  pointe. Her love of ballet grew so much that she left her beloved dance studio and trained under top professionals at East Side Ballett Academy.
At Hamilton High School, she tried out and joined the schools’ dance company as well as being a part of a ballet company. At Hamilton, she got a chance to choreograph a few dances and loved it.  Alicia attended Chandler Gilbert Community College where she studied dance for 4 years. She got to take dance workshops taught by fantastic choreographers from all over the US and learned a lot from them. Alicia went back to the studio her Mom managed and started teaching what she had learned. She taught classes for Contemporary Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip-Hop.. Alicia is excited to come back to teaching with a daughter of her own now in dance she can’t wait to get back into inspiring others.

                                                         Tina Scarpaci  (Bio coming soon)

Kayla Sibrel Hip Hop (Bio coming soon)

De’Aviyon Samuels Hip Hop (Bio coming soon)

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