DMI Convention Faculty 

IMG_8404.jpeg

CHRISTINE NEWNHAM

Christine is a dancer and educator with over twenty five years of dance training and professional experience.  She received her BFA in Dance Education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.  Christine is an award winning choreographer and member of the Dance Masters of America organization.  Throughout her college years, Christine was awarded scholarships to train with Giordano Dance Chicago & Steps on Broadway and furthered her training with Broadway Dance Center and Joffrey Ballet School.

Some of Christine's notable performance credits include Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, park swing at Busch Gardens in Virginia and the Xhale Dance Company.  Christine also had the opportunity to dance around the world for 5+ years with Royal Caribbean Productions as a Dance Captain and Aerial Captain.  Whilst with Royal Caribbean, Christine performed in the hit Broadway show "Saturday Night Fever" the musical where she understudied the roles of Annette, Maria, Doreen and Linda.  She also performed in aerial shows on various apparatus under the direction of C5.  

Currently, Christine owns and operates her own dance studio, Aspire Dance Arts, in Canton, GA. She is also an adjudicator for various competitions including the Georgia Has Talent competition.

Judge Megan Carver.jpg

MEGAN CARVER

Megan is an artist, choreographer, and educator from Victoria, MN. She graduated from UW Stevens Point with degrees in Dance and Business Administration.  

 

Some of Megan's credits  Dance Theatrical's Frankenstein, Valleyfair's Grand Carnival, Artistry Theater, Spamalot at UW Stevens Point, and the Curtain Call Ball at Children's Theatre Company.  

 

Megan is currently assisting choreography at Stages Theatre Company, and teaching at DanceXcel and River Valley Dance Academy in the Twin Cities.

Cathy Headshot real small.jpg

CATHY WIND

Cathy is the artistic director of Keane Sense of  Rhythm Dance Company.  She had the privilege of studying with Savion Glover, Sarah Reich,Gus Giardano, Bill Irwin, Franky Manning and was fortunate to appear on stage with Gregory Hines.

Cathy has choreographed over 40 musicals and loves to incorporate storytelling in her dancing.  Some of her favorite performances have been for the International Dance Festival of Poland, Carlson Companies 70th Anniversary Show in Las Vegas with Regis Philbin, Queen of Sweden, TonyBennett, Maya Angelou, flash mob for America's Got Talent, and the Mayo Clinic's 150th Anniversary Show with Tom Brokaw,

Michael York, and Cirque de Soleil.

Students of hers can be seen on Broadway, Netflix, in theme parks, and in professional dance companies.

Judge Kristina Bryan.jpg

KRISTINA BRYAN

Kristina is a performer, choreographer, and composer/lyricist from Madison, WI.  She earned a BFA in Musical Theatre with a Dance Minor from Ball State University.  

 

With over ten years professional experience as a theatre artist, Kristina loves to share her passion for live performance with the next generation of creators.  She recently choreographed the Grand Carnivale festival at Valleyfair and the facilitated a group of students devising The Odyssey as their physical acting and movement coach through the Children's Theatre of Madison.

Favorite performance credits include You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Lucy); Godspell (Morgan); Beauty and the Beast (Babette); Footloose (Wendy Jo); and a singer/dancer in Cool Yule at Carowinds.  

 

Currently, she is playing a leading role in an indie horror film, set to release in early 2022.

Judge Danielle Fattore.jpg

DANIELLE FATTORE

Danielle ,"Dee Dee", is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher based in the Chicagoland area.  

She is a graduate of the University of Michigan

with a BFA in Dance and minors in both Social Work and Performing Arts Management.  

 

Following school, Danielle performed for regional theatre in the Midwest that includes Circa '21 Dinner Theatre and the Encore Musical Theatre Company.  She performed as a Magician's Assistant for the Krendi Magic Show and has worked as a dance ensemble member for Mandell Entertainment.  Danielle also performed as a dancer/singer for Carnival Cruise Line's Playlist Production 2.0 Shows and is managed by G.L. Berg Entertainment Agency.  Danielle also was the choreographer for Neon Nights and an assistant choreographer for

Grand Carnival at Valleyfair Amusement Park.  

She will be performing as a dancer/singer for Six Flags St. Louis this holiday season.  

 

As an educator, she has taught and choreographed dance in the Midwest an in NYC and was an instructor for the Universal Dance Association.  Danielle also is a judge for dance competitions all over the country, and loves to share her passion of dance with young artists throughout the nation.

Judge Lacy Smith.jpg

LACY SMITH

Lacy is an established professional dancer from Fort Wayne, IN, with a BFA in Dance Performance

from Ball State University.  

 

Her credits are comprised of several contracts with the NYC based company, RWS Entertainment Group, including production show dancer/dance captain onboard Azamara Cruise line, show captain for Kings Dominion Winterfest, and Kings Island Winterfest,

as well as numerous contracts at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Valleyfair.