Mid Maryland Performing Arts Center



From time to time, MMPAC offers workshops and master classes taught by guest artists who introduce new styles and genres to students.  These are terrific opportunities for our dancers to expand their knowledge, experience new teachers, and and learn about kinds of dance with which they may be less familiar.  

March 3, 2018

Rolando Sanz Vocal Master Class

3:00pm - 5:00pm

Rolando is passionately involved with the musical landscape of the Mid-Atlantic region as an educactor and producer. He serves as Artistic Director of Young Artists of America, an organization he co-founded with his brother, conductor Kristofer Sanz. Rolando is a proud graduate of the Yale University School of Music

$25 per class ($5 discount for MMPAC students)

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February 10, 2018

William Waldinger Master Class

11:45-1:15 Intermed/Adv

1:30-3:00 Beginner/Intermed

In addition to the Jazz and Contemporary Program at The Joffrey Ballet School, Bill is currently on faculty at the musical theater conservatory CAP 21, The Manhattan Ballet School (Director of Jazz), the contemporary company Cora Dance (Director of Ballet), and Hamilton Dance (Director of Ballet). Certified by Luigi to teach the Luigi Jazz Technique, Bill has taught Luigi Jazz workshops for the New Rising Sun Dance Project at DANY Studios/Joyce SoHo. He has also served as a Master Teacher at Hunter College and Halestone Dance (Lexington, VA), again teaching the work of the jazz master Luigi. In addition, he has developed absolute beginner “Dance Classes For Singers” at The Singers’ Forum.
As a performer, Bill has appeared in musical theater, concert dance, commercials, music videos, television and industrials. Highlights include regional and Off-Broadway productions of A Chorus Line (Paul in the first regional production), Carousel (Carnival Boy),Kismet, Drood, Oklahoma! (Dream Curly), A Funny Thing…, Guys and Dolls and Godspell. He was a company member of The David Storey Dance Works.He has danced in commercials for Time-Life, music videos for the group Fela-Antoine, was a featured dancer on the television show Soul Alive and appeared in videos for the Theater Dance Workshop.
Bill began his dance training with the legendary jazz master Luigi. He also received a comprehensive jazz education through his studies with Frank Hatchet, Christopher Chadman, Bill Hastings, Richard Pierlon, David Storey and Natasha Barron. Equally comfortable in ballet, Bill was a student of Gabriella Darvash, David Howard, Lisa Lockwood, Dorothy Lister and Douglas Wassell.

Michael J. Bobbit Master Class

11:45-1:15 Beginner/Intermed

1:30-3:00 Intermed/ Adv

Michael is the Artistic Director of Adventure Theatre MTC has directed, choreographed and performed at many theatres in the DC region, including Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre Society, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, Metro Stage, Rorshach Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Center Stage, Roundhouse Theatre, The Music Center at Strathmore, The Kennedy Center, The Helen Hayes Awards and the Washington National Opera as well as the NY Musical Theatre Festival and the 1996 Olympics. He studied creative writing and music at Susquehanna University and theater and dance at The Washington Ballet, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and NY University’s Tisch School of the Arts (Cap 21). He is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. He has taught theater and dance at George Washington University, Catholic University, Montgomery College, Howard University, and the Washington Ballet.

$25 per class ($5 discount for MMPAC students)

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February 20, 2016

Shannon Giles Master Class

Shannon is a native of Falling Waters, West Virginia where he began studying dance at Extreme Dance, formally known as Academy of Dance. Shannon went on to attend the pre-professional dance program at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland. Shannon has trained at Broadway Dance Center’s Summer Professional Semester program in New York City, and as a scholarship student at the New York Joffrey Ballet School and Gus Giordano Dance School in Chicago. Shannon holds a BFA in dance performance and choreography from Shenandoah Conservatory. While at Shenandoah, he had the opportunity to perform many works of resident faculty as well as guest artists including Jon Lehrer, Mike Esperanza, Stephanie Martinez, and Eddy Ocampo. Shannon was assistant choreographer for the collegiate premiere of American Idiot and served as the choreographic mentor for the composition courses taught at Shenandoah. Shannon has been a guest teacher at PAM Danza Teatro in Guayaquil, Ecuador and other local dance studios in the DC region. Shannon was last seen at Cedar Point Amusement Park where he was dance captain for Cedar Fair’s largest dance production show, Luminosity. Most recently, Shannon will be joining Celebrity Cruise Productions dancing aboard the Celebrity Infinity in March of 2016.

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March 19, 2016

Bob Boross Master Class


Bob is a master teacher in many forms of theatrical dance. A selected list of his teaching invitations include the Boris Eifman Dance Academy and Kannon Dance House in St. Petersburg, Russia; Studio Harmonic and the 3rd International Jazz Dance Forum in Paris, France; Millennium Dance 2000 in London, England; the University of Tampere, Finland; the University of Dance and Circus in Stockholm Sweden; La Bella Vita Arts and Pro Danza Italia in Italy; and the First Congress on Dance in Monterrey, Mexico. In NYC Bob has given classes at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, DanceSpace, Dance New Amsterdam, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, and STEPS. Universities inviting Bob for residences include Carnegie-Mellon, Northwestern, and Hunter College, and he's been a faculty member at Illinois State University, Western Kentucky University, the University of California Irvine (head of jazz dance), Stephens College (department chair), Radford University, and Shenandoah Conservatory. Bob has taught for Dance Educators of America, Dance Masters of America, the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, and the Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey. In addition, Bob has served on the Advisory Board to Dance Teacher magazine since 2003.


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Summer 2016

Erin Puskar


Erin Puskar, originally from Allentown, PA, earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Education from Shenandoah University Conservatory in Winchester, VA in May 2015. Erin began dancing at age four at Steps In Time Academy for Dance Studies, where she danced and competed with Inner Rhythms Dance Company. She graduated from the Lehigh Charter High School for the Arts in Bethlehem, PA with a concentration in dance. Throughout high school, she also studied with the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, with whom she performed numerous roles in The Nutcracker and other classical productions.

During her college career, Erin has had the opportunity to perform in both faculty and guest artist pieces in various dance genres for 16 main stage dance productions. Faculty ensembles include Tiffanie Carson, Linda Miller, Maurice Fraga (Ekilbre Dance Company), Alan Arnett, Erica Helm, Bob Boross, and Ting-Yu Chen (Flying Lions Dance Company); guest artist ensembles include Jon Lehrer (LehrerDance) and Mike Esperanza (BARE Dance Company) and Katie Vickers/Albert Quesada. In addition, Erin worked under the direction of Jonathan Flom as an ensemble member in two main stage musicals at Shenandoah—All Shook Up (also served as associate choreographer) and the collegiate premiere of American Idiot, which she had a blast performing in Fall 2014.

Erin has participated in numerous dance workshops and intensives, recently studying with Alejandro Cerrudo, Christopher K. Morgan & Artists in the Washington D.C. area and Amalgamate Dance Company in New York City, NY. In March 2015, Erin was selected to present her group choreograph, Homines in Machina, at the American College Dance Association Festival at Towson University. She also performed as a featured dancer in Maurice Fraga’s Quartetto at the festival.

During her time at Shenandoah University, Erin has served the community through dance education in multiple ways. In Spring 2015, she served as a 7-week student teacher in both a primary and a secondary school, earning her K-12 dance teaching certification. She choreographed two high school productions—Hairspray and Godspell—in Inwood, WV; teaches jazz and tap dance at the Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy; and choreographed for Handley High School’s show choir in Winchester, VA. In Summer 2015, Erin served as a teaching assistant and administrative intern in the Youth Program at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Erin will graduate with a master’s degree in Performing Arts Leadership and Management from Shenandoah University in May 2016.

Erin’s experiences abroad have helped to shape her as a person and artist. In 2013, Erin traveled to Nepal with Shenandoah’s Global Citizenship Project. In 2014, she participated in La Bella Vita, a three-week dance intensive in Livorno, Italy, where she was able to teach dance, take various classes, and perform. This spring, she will study dance and musical theatre in Sweden. Her goal is to continue with international arts experiences throughout her career.


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