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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 7 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.

 

Amy Symonds

Ballet

Amy Symonds first began dancing at the age of 13 and discovered a true love for the art a few years later. She has since received numerous scholarships and awards at conventions and competitions, including a national title, and her choreography has been recognized both regionally and nationally. Amy danced with the Youth American Ballet Company for two seasons performing both soloist and principal roles in The Nutcracker, Firebird, Giselle, and Paquita. Over the last three years she has worked on numerous projects around the valley with Scorpius Dance Theatre, Rogue Dance Theater, Convergence Ballet Company, and ELEVATE DanceWorks. Amy is actively training and performing with Instinct Dancecorps and JordanDanielsDance currently in addition to creating and showcasing her own work. She loves to share her passion with the world and encourages all of her students to celebrate their own abilities and accomplishments as well

                                                                   

                                                                 

 

Ray Batten 

Hip Hop Company, Intermediate Hip Hop, Hip Hop Acro

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!

Ciara Selk
Ciara is a NJ native who moved to FL when she was in high school and attended the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of Arts. She has been dancing as far back as she can remember. From the early age of four she knew performing was the life for her. As a student Ciara competed in jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop, and contemporary locally and nationally throughout the Miami area.  She recently graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in Business Communications from the W.P.Cary Business School. She was able to pursue her passion of dance by being part of the Sun Devil Spirit Squad.  Her senior year she led the team to a third place title at the Universal Dance Association College Nationals.   She continues to take dance classes in Los Angeles whenever she can to stay current in the ever changing world of dance to bring her students the latest steps, music and safety skills. Ciara loves to share her passion of dance with her students, and help educate them to become the best artists and dancers that they can be.

Justyce Dillon 

Justyce is a woman of many trades spreading love and light into her surrounding communities. With 11 years of dance training, four of those years being at Arizona State University focusing on Dance Education, she is trained in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Modern. She has been teaching for six years across the valley in  various studios while also doing dance residencies at high schools across the valley. Her work and ideas have been used in multiple studio showcases, dance competitions and intensives, Galas, and ASU thesis work. Her intentions are to expand the internal perceptions of her students while raising self awareness through a holistic developed approach to dance and foundational technique.

 

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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

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

 

De’ Aviyon Samuels

Hip Hop
.De’Aviyon was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan where her passion for dance started. She began dancing at the age of five and focused her training in the style of Hip Hop. In 2013, De’Aviyon and her family moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where she opened her eyes and heart to training into other styles such as Contemporary, Modern, Lyrical, Jazz, and Improvisation at her local dance studio.. She began high school as a freshman at Mountain Pointe High School. There De’Aviyon was the captain of the Urban Dance Team, on Mountain Pointe Dance Company, and the BSU Step Team. Now De’Aviyon is a Third Year Dance Education Major at Arizona State University (ASU). During her time at ASU, she has performed for ASU’s Undergraduate and Dance Annual Showcases. She has also spent her college career rebuilding the ASU’s Urban Arts Club Chapter where she holds the title as the president!  Traveling to other parts of the world that include Paris, Canada, and Chicago, De’Aviyon is interested in experiencing other cultures within various dance communities. In her last final years of college, she hopes to better herself as an artist, learn more skills as an educator, and continue to perform in the Phoenix community. De’Aviyon’s passion, determination, and devotion to dance are inevitable as she continues to perform and create work that brings light into this world

 

 

            Brittney Mayberry

            Brittney Mayberry is a local emerging dance artist and educator from Phoenix, Arizona. Starting her dance career at the age of ten, she is continuing her path now at Arizona State University in Dance Education with an emphasis in post-modern contemporary and ballet studies. “You can always learn something,” when taking class or performing I am constantly learning from my peers, my teachers, and my experience. One can master something, but there is always room to be better than you once were before. Through dance, I have learned to take in everything and each small detail. I have become a better listener and I continue to apply feedback and my own personal critique to my dancing.” Starting at Wager Dance, local studio in Gilbert, Arizona going forward to two years of training at Metropolitan Arts Institute in ballet and modern, to exploring Northern Arizona at the Dance Academy of the White Mountains Brittney has a dance history that is related from techniques of Martha Graham, Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine and Schools of Doris Humphrey.

Mayberry has participated in a Dance Cinema project “Cohort 707” with her dance crew  with recognition and awards at Phoenix Dance Film Festival 2018 and Utah Dance Film Festival 2019 and CONDER|Dance “Breaking Ground Dance Festival 2019”, she choreographed her own modern group piece at the ASU Spring Undergraduate Dance Concert 2019 entitled “Comfort/ Discomfort”. Brittney plans to graduate from Arizona State University in 2021 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Education to teach future students the love and passion of dance and train them to explore the beauty of movement.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                      Tina Scarpaci  (Bio coming soon)

 

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