Alumni

Many of our dancers have moved on after High School to become professional dancers, teachers, and choreographers.  Some have been on TV Shows while others have starred in movies and off broadway shows!  Meet some of our wonderful Alumni…

lauren-froderman-alumni-thumbnailLauren Froderman

A recent high school graduate, Lauren Froderman was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. She has been dancing since she was 3 years old. At age 10, Froderman performed with the Phoenix Rockettes. Her life goals and ambition is to perform on Broadway and become a school teacher.  She is the winner of So You Think You Can Dance!

Lauren now teaches and choreographs around the country at different dance conventions and dance studios!

 

matt-dorame-alumni-thumbnailMatt Dorame

Matt Dorame comes to us from Phoenix, Arizona where he studied and trained at Ballet Arizona, The Dance Connection, and Arizona School for the Performing Arts, all nationally ranked. At an early age, he traveled and toured with the Los Angeles Classical Ballet to China, and later with West Coast Dance Explosion and Co Dance as a featured assistant. Matt has trained at many prestigious summer institutions including American Ballet Theater and Boston Ballet.

After attending the University of Arizona on full scholarship, Matt joined Odyssey Dance Theater. During his five years with Odyssey, Matt performed principal roles while touring New York, California, and Europe. Along with that, he has enjoyed traveling regularly throughout U.S. cities as a contemporary teacher for L.A. Dance Magic.

Some of Matt’s most recent credits include featured dancer on MTV’s American Mall, lead dancer in the Shawn Borrow music video “Army of Kings”, and top 13 contestant on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance. Matt has also worked to assist SYTYCD choreographers Mia Micheals, Tyce Diorio, and Dee Caspary. Matt currently lives in New York were he has just finished a season with the renowned Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet.

ade-alumni-thumbnailAde Obayomi

Arizona native Ade Obayomi began dancing at a young age. His early credits include touring with Les Grands Ballet Canadiens de Montreal and the film “A Diva’s Christmas Carol.” Studying and competing in Arizona, Kansas and Canada, Obayomi trained in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, African and hip-hop dance. An accomplished gymnast, Obayomi was named the Arizona State champion for gymnastics when he was just ten.

His love of dance earned him a scholarship to attend Chapman University, where he also studied sound engineering. While attending Chapman, Ade auditioned for Season 5 of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, eventually becoming a finalist on the show. During his time on the FOX hit show, Obayomi ended his run in the Top 6. Since then, he has performed throughout the U.S. on the SYTYCD National Tour and has also enjoyed teaching contemporary and hip-hop dance around the country.

Obayomi recently performed on the 2010 Grammy Awards broadcast with Beyonce and can be seen in Rihanna’s “Hard” music video. Currently, Obayomi is a featured dancer on the Alicia Keys World Tour.

heather-morris-alumni-thumbnailHeather Morris

Heather Morris was born in California, but spent most of her younger years in Arizona. At a young age she discovered her talent for dance, and in 2006 she auditioned with her best friend for the hit reality TV show “So You Think You Can Dance Season”.  Although she didn’t make it into the top 20, the show was a stepping-stone for her career in dance.

A year later, Heather landed a job as the backup dancer for Beyonc, and accompanied her on two different world tours. In 2009 Heather starred in Fired Up, a film about two guys who lie in order to attend a camp with 300 girls . The choreographer for the film, Zach Woodlee, liked Heathers dancing and got her more work on several TV shows, including Eli Stone and How I Met Your Mother.

Heather first met the cast of Glee when she was brought in by choreographer Zach Woodlee to teach them the Single Ladies dance during season one. The show decided to keep her as the third cheerleader, and the character Brittany was created. Although the role was supposed to be a minor one, Heathers talent quickly shone and her character has become one of the most loved on the show. The second season of Glee provided Heather with many opportunities to expand her dancing and singing. The second episode of the season featured songs by Britney Spears, with Heather Morris stepping up to play the role of Britney.

Heather starred in many of the musical numbers in this episode and Britney Spears even sent Heather flowers and a note to thank her for her hard work. Since then, Heathers character has seen more airtime on the show a trend fans hope will continue.