Faculty

 

Marcea Lane is a wonderful example to all young dancers inspiring them to follow their dreams. Dance does not stop once you walk off the stage; it crosses over into many aspects. She is an inspiration to young and old, enterprising and progressive! She is now a Master Dance Instructor on Adrenaline Dance Convention and new this year starting the Verve Dance Intensive.

Marcea’s dance career started at a very young age of four years old. Starting off in the small Iowa dance school, she received basic training enough to know that she wanted to be a professional dancer. With a stroke of good luck, her family moved to California. There she was crowned 1976 Miss Hemet (California), a role that forced her to acclimate quickly to a very public life. Marcea took dance classes at her local junior college, but her heart was also set on doing jazz dance. She planned a two-hour drive to Los Angeles to take classes at Joe Tremaine’s studio in Hollywood. Classes there were packed with over 75 people in each class. For over five years Marcea took class with Tremaine whenever possible; “I set out to be in his face”, says Marcea. Whatever she learned at Tremaine’s she passed on to her students at her own studio. Finally her break came, at a convention in Las Vegas Marcea was called on stage to assist Joe Tremaine. She then became his teaching assistant, which was a position she held for 17 years. In addition to working side by side with one of the jazz greats, Marcea took the dance industry by storm with working with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars: Barbra Streisand, Sting, Janet Jackson, Natalie Cole, Prince and the king of pop himself, Michael Jackson. To date, working on Michael Jackson’s music video “Thriller” stands out as her most memorable projects. While living near Palm Springs, Marcea would drive two hours to rehearsal, after receiving a position in his music video, she was specifically asked by the choreographer Micheal Peters to be in the video.
Barbra Streisand personally picked her for a position in her “Left In the Dark” video. On the choreography side of the dance floor, Marcea worked on projects for both Sting and Prince. Prince was her greatest challenge on “Bat Dance”. You had to be very professional with him and he was quite demanding. Marcea has worked on numbers for the Academy Awards and on the Emmys. These performances were very rewarding and exciting.

Her third career started somewhat unexpectedly. The beginning of Marcea Activewear began in 1988 and stood strong for 27 years. At one convention with dancewear exhibits a woman held up a leotard and asked Marcea if she liked it. Her reply was to make a few alterations here and there. The woman presented the leotard to her the next day, flattered by the gift, Marcea wore it and the dancers flocked to admire it. From that, the Marcea Active Wear line was born.

“I always knew I would be a businesswoman of some sort,” she declared. “ I had started in business quite young, teaching dance classes in my parents garage. I owned my own dance school right out of high school. When I started the business, I was still on the convention circuit, working as a professional dancer and teaching master classes. Once production was booming, Marcea was forced to learn the manufacturing business. She started from the beginning and learned about fabrics and patterns and managing a large business.

Marcea has become a role model to tens of thousands throughout the nation. “I love working with the kids…teaching them Jazz dance and inspiring them to follow their dreams!!” Yes, I’ve achieved success but money comes and money goes. Watching children grow and prosper is the true success in this field. I want to instill in them a sense of confidence and achievement and to inspire them.” Marcea is a true idol. She has done such an amazing job dancing and has gone on to do other things. It’s good to let kids know that there is life after dance, it will always stay with you, but you can achieve amazing things when it’s in your heart.

 

Chryssie Whitehead

Chryssie comes straight from New York in the Broadway production of Chicago as Kity and US Velma Kelly where she performed the role.  Other New York theatre includes the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line & Lincoln Center’s ~Company, co-starring with Neal Patrick Harris.  She can also be seen in the hit musical theatre documentary, Every Little Step.

Television:

  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Castle
  • The Mentalist
  • Private Practice
  • Warehouse 13
  • Grimm
  • ABC Family’s TV Movie: Revenge of the Bridesmaids with Raven Simone

Regional Theatre:

  • Z’s Favorite in Will Rogers Follies
  • Cassie in A Chorus Line
  • Lola in Damn Yankees
  • Bombalurina in CATS

Tours:

  • Fosse
  • The Producers
  • Paul McCartney’s Driving Rain tour and numerous commercials.

Chryssie is a passionate master class teacher with www.DASIntensive.com

More at www.chryssiewhitehead.com

 

Susan Dabney Hancock

Ms. Hancock became a member of The Los Angeles Classical Ballet in 1994. Susan performed demi-soloist and soloist roles during her time with the company. In 1998, Ms. Hancock joined Francisco Martinez Dance Theater while continuing to dance with Los Angeles Classical Ballet. During her time in L.A. Susan was a featured dancer on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno as well as the VH1 comedy hour featuring Wendy the Snapple Lady.
After her time in L.A. Susan moved back home to study at the University of South Carolina under the direction of Dr. Susan Anderson and Professor Stacey Calvert. While dancing with the USC ballet company she has danced numerous featured roles in several Balanchine ballets. She was invited to perform with the New York City Ballet performing demi soloist roles for three semesters as a part of the Ballet Stars of New York gala performances. She was also a principal dancer in Alan Hineline’s production of Glennies as well as Martha Graham’s Sketches from Chronicles. Ms. Hancock was featured in SCETV’s documentary following the re-staging of Martha Graham’s Sketches from Chronicles. She now focuses on her own contemporary jazz company that she co-founded, Unbound in Columbia.

 

Caroline Lewis-Jones, has been dancing for over 27 years. Her credits include the VMA’s with NSYNC, the Latin Grammy Awards, WNBA National Commercial, a French Energy Commercial, Disney Industrials, Britany Spears “Me Against the Music” video, MTV’s Body Rock Fitness Video, and more. She has had the opportunity to work for Mia Michaels Company R.A.W, Dee Caspary’s IV Dance Company, Notario Dance Company, Rhapsody and Company, A.S.H Contemporary, and Justin Giles’ Soul Escape. She has performed with Jason Parson’s and POZ Dance Theatre, as well as Sonya Tayeh’s company in Chicago. Caroline choreographs for studios around the country, and teaches for The Dance Sessions, as well as Adrenaline Dance Convention.  In December 2007, Caroline choreographed and performed a one-woman show, called “Finding My Way” about the loss of her mother and her life currently without her—it is her greatest accomplishment yet. Caroline founded Unbound Dance Company in Columbia, South Carolina, giving dancers over 18 a new outlet to perform.  Caroline also has a deep passion for inspiring kids around the country to eat healthier and fuel their bodies correctly for optimum performance.  She is a Certified Nutrition Coach and her mission in life is to encourage those around her to eat more whole foods to prevent disease and in turn, they will dance stronger.