Mr. Alfred Gallman
Ballet & Contemporary Instructor
"As I look back over my life I can't forget how blessed I am. I've worked with the giant's in dance like Pepsi Bethel, Fred Benjamin, Talley Beatty, George Faison, Keith Lee, Kelvin Rotardia, Otis Sallid, Geoffrey Holder, Louis Johnson, Eleo Pomare and Alvin Ailey. I was a featured performer of the national touring company of the Tony award winning musical THE WIZ. I performed as a soloist in Japan with the Munakata Jazz Dance Theater. I was privilege to choreograph the debut video of Sounds of Blackness's CHAINS/OPTIMISTIC produced my Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis at Prince"s Paisley Park. Founder and Director of Gallman's Newark Dance Theatre and School. My works have been performed in Jamaica, London, France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Canada, Italy, USA and South Africa. My solo work MOTHER'S PRAY was performed by Lisa Attles at the White House during the Reagan administration. I'm currently Youth Commissioner at my home church Kelly Temple COGIC under the leadership of my pastor Bishop James H. Gaylord Director of the Praise Dance Ministries of Kelly Temple and Co Op City Baptist Church. I'm living this life to live again!"
Tap Master Instructor
Newark, New Jersey native Maurice Chestnut began dancing at the age of five, under the direction of Mr. Alfred Gallman. He became a professional dancer at the age of nine as an original member of the New Jersey Tap Ensemble under the direction of Ms. Deborah Mitchell. As one of taps’ brightest young stars, he was featured on The Sally Jesse Raphael Show in the “My Kid’s A Star” segment, where he proudly proclaimed that he loved to dance and would keep doing it “until I die”. He was a gold medalist in the NAACP Act-So competition and was crowned “Top Dog Performer” at The Apollo Theater. At the age of fourteen, the Newark Star-Ledger’s arts reviewers named Maurice, “one of the twenty New Jersey faces to watch for in the new millennium.”
In 2003, Maurice was recruited by tap master Savion Glover, to join the national touring company of the Tony Award winning Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk. Maurice received critical favor in that role. He has continued to work with Savion as a member of his Improvography and Bare Soundz tours, as well as performing in productions such as Classical Savion, Tappin’ Into Monk, Invitation To The Dancer and on ABC-TV’s Dancing With The Stars. Off-Broadway credits include Shades of Harlem, The Wiz, Bubbling Brown Sugar directed by George Faison at Atlanta’s Fox Theater and Can I Hit That and in 2011, He was one of the performers in the movie"Happy Feet 2".
Maurice has developed an impressive list of credits. In addition to performing with his own band, he is often invited to perform or tour as a special guest with such prominent jazz musicians as Christian McBride, Cyrus Chestnut and Thelonius Monk III. His high profile engagements have included the JVC Jazz Festival, the Playboy Jazz Festival, The Apollo Theater and Birdland, as well as appearances at Carnegie Hall and throughout Europe with the Geri Allen Trio. As a featured soloist and choreographer, Maurice skillfully uses these venues to further develop his signature style of “playing tap” as a “live instrument.” He seamlessly weaves complex dance steps to interplay with musical notes, creating a powerful and distinctive energy that resonates with his audiences.
Inspired by such hoofing greats as the Nicholas Brothers and Jimmy Slyde, yet equally influenced by and connected to urban culture, Maurice Chestnut dances with truth, soul and power. As his appearance on BET’s 106th and Park demonstrated, watching him dance is like walking through Harlem in the 1940’s…while bumping a hip-hop
Ms. Denise R. Brown
Denise Brown, is a Newark Native who spent most of her childhood training at various Dance Schools throughout the Newark area. Denise started her serious pursuit of her dancing career in the 4th grade at the Garden State Ballet. From there Denise trained under Crystal Newby-Reynolds at the Whitney E. Houston Academy and Arts Conservatory INC., went on to study at Gallman’s Newark Dance Theatre and finally Arts High School where she trained under Ronnie D. Carney and Kim Richardson. Following High school Denise attended the illustrious Howard University in Washington DC, where she trained briefly as a Dance major and went on to graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a concentration in Musical Theatre in 2015. Thus far Denise resume includes performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, training under Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company’s Artistic Directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson and training at the William Esper Acting Studio, in Manhattan NY.
Piano Teacher & Dance Instructor
You name it, he can do it! Orlando has been dancing since he was able to walk. He started playing the piano at the age of 3 at Lola Luis Creative and Performing Arts Center. He also went on to learn how to play the Djembe under the direction of Jerome Hunter at the LaRocque Bey School of Dance Theatre. He dance classes beganat the Dance Theater of Harlemand later continued to dance in every class his mother would teach and never missed a cue on stage.
Hip Hop Instructor
Born in Montclair, NJ grew up in Bloomfield, NJ and Manhattan, NY by Filipino/Asian parents migrating both from the Philippines. He is the first generation in his family amongst his siblings. Romeo and his older sister both began dancing at the age of 10 by taking ballet, jazz, modern, tap, contemporary, Latin/ballroom and hip-hop which was mostly studio styled dancing. His older sister had a liking for the ballet and classical styled dances while Romeo, on the other hand, preferred the street-styles such as hip-hop, his specialty! He studied dance at Miss Roseanne's dance studio near his house in Bloomfield, NJ along with his sister. Later, he began studying with privately owned dance crews that was scattered all over New Jersey. As he meeted and greeted all types of people, he was able to get the help he needed to develop his dance training these present years. Romeo has trained and danced with so many dancers over the years and learned different styles and choreography. He ended up taking many classes and training for years in hip-hop and gave himself his own hip-hop dance style. While discovering the infamous dance school, Broadway Dance Center, he has been given opportunities to do things that he never did before such as performing on stage, competing, training, teaching and meeting musicians and artist of all types of who share the same passion and love for dance.
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