Our Dance Heritage Instructors
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Ashley Everett began dancing at the age of three years, originating in ballet, but also training in tap and jazz. At the age of sixteen, Everett moved to New York City to train at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. During a training session here, Everett met Beyoncé's choreographer at the time, Frank Gatson, Jr. Around two months later, Everett attended an open audition for Beyoncé. Gatson remembered Everett and ultimately ended up landing her a job with Beyonce.
At seventeen Everett started working with Beyoncé by dancing in music videos. Beyoncé was working on a video anthology album for B'Day (2006) and was filming multiple videos. Everett danced in "Green Light" and "Get Me Bodied". Following this, Everett began her first worldwide concert tour with The Beyoncé Experience (2007). Everett performed as a backup dancer for 96 shows. Prior to The Beyoncé Experience, Everett was accepted and enrolled into the Juilliard School, but ultimately decided against going, due to touring with Beyoncé and wanting to pursue her dance career this way.
Everett (second from left) performing "Crazy in Love" with Beyoncé during The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.
In 2008, Everett started by performing with one of her idols, Tina Turner, at the 2008 50th Annual Grammy Awards with Beyoncé. She featured in the video for "Love in This Club" by Usher and began a working relationship with him. In October of the same year, the video for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" was released, which featured a J-Setting choreography and contained only Beyoncé, Everett and dancer Ebony Williams. It has since gone viral, amassing over 580 million views and has been recreated thousands of times. It also won the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year. Everett featured in videos for both "Ego" and "Sweet Dreams" from I Am... Sasha Fierce (2018), and began her second worldwide tour with Beyoncé, on the I Am... World Tour (2009–10). Here, Everett performed as the female Dance Captain for the entire tour. In 2010, Everett began a working relationship with Ne-Yo and featured in three of his music videos from his album Libra Scale (2010); "One in a Million", "Champagne Life" and "Beautiful Monster". In 2011, Everett featured in three videos from Beyoncé's 4 (2011).
In 2012, Ashley was also one of the dancers on Glee in season 4, episode 16 during Naya Rivera's performance of Cold Hearted Snake.
On February 3, 2013, Everett served as a lead backup dancer to the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show with Beyoncé. The performance was watched by 110.8 million Americans. Following the performance, Beyoncé announced The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour (2013–14), in which Everett would act as head Dance Captain for 132 shows. In the buildup to the tour, Everett featured in Life Is But a Dream, and television commercials airing worldwide for H&M and in the United Kingdom for O2. Everett appeared in six videos from Beyoncé's self-titled visual album, including a lead acting role in "Heaven". Two months after The Mrs. Carter Show concluded, Everett was announced as the lead Dance Captain for Jay-Z and Beyoncé's all stadium On the Run Tour (2014). Everett performed as a backup dancer for the majority of Usher's The UR Experience Tour (2014–15), however, missed some shows due to filming Hit the Floor. In February 2016, Everett joined Beyoncé at the Super Bowl for a second time during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, with Beyoncé and Bruno Mars acting as special guests for Coldplay's headlining performance. The performance was watched by 115.5 million people in America. Following the performance, The Formation World Tour was announced, a 49 date all-stadium tour with Everett again serving as dance captain for Beyonce.
Everett has also danced and worked with Robin Thicke, Ciara, La Toya Jackson, and Jennifer Lopez.
Chonique began her entertainment career at the young age of 8. A Los Angeles native, born in the center of Hollywood, she started her performance journey as a child actress with a background in musical theater. She began working early, on commercials, kid variety specials, and TV shows, while having a natural ability and skill in dance.
Chonique went on to dance in movies, world tours, and music videos and has been a contributing choreographer for artists such as Missy Elliott, Christina Milian, Rickey Martin, Britney Spears, Pink, and J.Lo, to name a few. She also worked as a supervising choreographer and casting consultation for “America’s best dance crew” for season 5, 6, and 7. She has traveled around the world teaching master classes and workshops, including Tokyo, Sweden, Toronto, and London.
Chonique is also no stranger to the music scene: releasing singles on all digital platforms around the world, with her first hit song “Pop, Drop& Roll” featured and named audience favorite on the hit show, “So You Think You Can Dance.” Her most popular single to date is “Let it Go.” Which became a dance smash hit licensed in over six television shows, films, a Spotify favorite and a choreography staple all around the world.
Chonique is also the co-founder of the artist/dance mentorship program, “Creating Opportunities,” known as “Creating Opps.” With her business partner Lisette Bustamante. Chonique’s is a creator and perform who leaves her audience and community with inspiration, confidence and new ways to develop themselves as artists, and empowered individuals.
Jonte' was born on October 9, 1982, in Portland, Oregon. He began his dance career at the age of 13, enrolling in the Oregon Ballet Theatre. After graduating from high school in 2001, Jonte' moved to New York City to train with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. In 2004, he performed as a backup dancer for Janet Jackson in the controversial Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show. He is perhaps best known for his work with Beyoncé Knowles as a choreographer on her 2007 world tour, The Beyoncé Experience. He also choreographed a number of Beyoncé music videos, most notably "Freakum Dress."
Jonte' is also active in the Japanese entertainment industry. He first visited Japan when he was invited to teach dance workshops in Hiroshima in 2004, and since then has worked as a choreographer for major Asian pop artists and groups including Namie Amuro, DOUBLE, Wonder Girls, 2pm, miss A, and T-
ara. In addition to choreography and modeling work,
Jonte' has also made frequent appearances in Japanese television programming and advertising campaigns, most notably for Lotte brand Ice Breakers and Tokyo Mode Gakuen, an academy of fashion and design. He was also featured in the promotional video for the J-Pop group GReeeeN's 2013 single "A-I-U-E- Ongaku," which was used as the opening theme for the anime Line Offline: Salaryman and Linetown, though he is perhaps most recognized for his appearance in the end credits to the long-running
NHK children's program Tensai Terebi-kun. Jonte' released his first solo single, "Bitch You Betta" in 2008. He has stated that he was inspired to become a solo artist while working with performing artists and feeling that he "could do it better."
As a performer, Jonte' is known for his androgynous look and trademark high heels. He is openly gay, and although sometimes referred to as a drag queen, does not identify as such. In an interview with Out magazine, he describes his own gender identity as follows: "I'm just an androgynous male. That's it. I look good in women's clothes so I might as well wear them, you know? That's what it is. I'm really not a drag queen. Although I love drag queens, that's really not me."
J.R. Taylor grew up knowing that the arts were his calling. While other kids played in the sandbox, J.R. watched classic movies ranging from "Stormy Weather," and "Daddy Long Legs," to his all-time favorite, “The Wiz."
The Los Angeles, CA native began appearing in countless videos during his college years and shared the stage with the hottest artists in the music industry: Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, Missy Elliot, Chris Brown, and others. J.R. also made appearances in popular movies such as “Dreamgirls,” “SoulMan,” and "Beauty Shop.” J.R. became a highly sought dancer and a socialite. He formed relationships with accomplished artists and became well-known on the scene.
J.R.’s transition into the world of choreography was seamless after his immense experience as a dancer. He began teaching at the world-famous Millennium Dance Complex and Debbie Reynolds Legacy Studios in 2006 where he still teaches regularly. Taylor’s classes were large and often sold out; not only did he naturally attract students, but his unique and fresh style gained him even broader recognition through multiple spaces of the industry. He earned the opportunity to start choreographing for some of the world’s biggest artists. From Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, and Queen Latifah, to Trey Songz, and Nelly, J.R. continued his influence in the entertainment world. In 2009, he added Artistic/Creative Director to his title by working with Jamie Foxx on his “Blame It Tour.”
In 2011, J.R. was responsible for all things Jennifer Lopez. As JLo’s head choreographer, J.R. created the vision for her stage shows, commercials, music videos, and choreographed Lopez’s first record-breaking world tour, “Dance Again.” Taylor has been nominated for two MTV Video Music Award for Best Choreography; once in 2012 for Jennifer’s “Dance Again” and again in 2013 for “Live It Up.” Working with JLo afforded Taylor the opportunity to produce and write a song for her most recent “AKA” album.
J.R. has gone on to Creative Direct & Choreograph more tours for artist such as Monica, Nelly, Natalie Larose, Tamar Braxton and most recently, the legendary girl group XSCAPE.
Kara Jenelle Wade "KJ" is a professional dancer and teaching artist based in Los Angeles, CA. Born in North Carolina and bred by Washington DC, she has worked from coast to coast and internationally as an instructor, choreographer, and performer. KJ received her BA in Dance and Minor in African American Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (which included a study abroad term at The University of Cape Town, South Africa).
Since 2010 KJ has worked with a variety of artists and companies such as Janet Jackson, Daddy Yankee, Lauryn Hill, Will Smith, Wiz Kid, Jidenna, Pharrell Williams, Step Afrika! Off-Broadway and more! She is currently a faculty member of Ladies of Hip Hop Festival NYC & LA, Afreeka Best Dance Camp (international), as well as The Movement Lifestyle and Danceline LA Studios.
Off the stage, you can catch her in the classroom as a resident teaching artist for PS Arts and now a Graduate & Fellowship Student at UCLA! KJ has a passion for collegiate students of dance which also led her to create her non-profit, Delta Chi Xi Honorary Dance Fraternity, Inc. for Dance Majors & Minors with academic achievements. www.KaraJenelle.com & www.DeltaChiXi.org
Tasha has traveled all over the world dancing on many stages with major artists, and training whenever she could from numerous well-respected instructors and choreographers. With recently touring with Ciara on the Bruno Mars 24k Magic tour, making history with Beyonce for 2018 Coachella's mind-blowing performance, dancing on the Formation World Tour with Beyonce, and dancing on the hottest new show "STAR", Tasha is ready to keep the fire burning.
Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, Tasha B was always inspired by Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Beyonce, JLo, Britney Spears, Usher and many more. She was always ready to entertain her family at every family function as a little kid. In college, Tasha danced and eventually become the coordinator/choreographer of a major talent organization on campus, Couture Productions, where she led her team through numerous performances, created choreography, and structured ideas into a beautiful work of art. Tasha also took up multiple classes that taught the history of modern, ballet, hip hop, African, as well as other cultural traditions of dance.
After making it to the Top 20 finalists of reality tv show, "Born To Dance", Tasha knew what she wanted to do and moved to Atlanta in 2011 where the opportunity to train was greater. She has now been teaching her very own heels classes in Atlanta, GA to encourage women to embrace their femininity and be fierce and confident in who they are. Tasha is booked on private sessions with artists and people of all ages and teaches masterclasses for everyone.
With signing with the biggest agency in the south, X-cel Talent Agency, Tasha has been able to book major jobs and projects. From this she has been more than grateful to have worked with choreographers such as Chris Grant, JaQuel Knight, Dana Foglia, Anthony Burrell, Rich & Tone, Jamaica Craft, Rio Henderson, HiHat, Kiki Ely, Bubba Carr, Sakinah Lestage, Kennis Marquis, Cici Kelley, Galen Hooks, Marc Marvelous, Victor Jackson, Sean Bankhead, Joshua Smith and many others. Jobs such as Empire Season 2, The Originals, Alvin & the Chipmunks: Roadtrip, Soul Train Awards all have given Tasha B. the opportunity to use her talent in many different styles and ways.
Booking the hit show "STAR" and the Teen Choice Awards, Tasha B. was able to perform an outstanding rendition of "Sweet Charity" by legendary Bob Fosse. The highlight of Tasha B's dance career had to be when she reached her ultimate dream job of working with Beyonce Knowles. From the Formation music video to the Lemonade movie, to Super Bowl 50, the Formation World Tour, BET Awards, 2017 Grammy's, and 2018 Coachella. The experience, the knowledge shared, the growth accomplished is exactly what Tasha B wants to share with the world through instructing and teaching. Presently she is building her brand to uplift, empower, inspire, motivate, and connect women in all communities through women empowerment events, dance classes, and a night out of fun while also working on other things to take her vision to the next level.www.officialtashab.com
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dancing since I was 4 years old. Have dance background in Hip Hop, African, Afrobeat, Dancehall, Contemporary, Modern, Jazz, and Praise/Mime. Have credits such as BET’s 106 & Park, BET’s LA Experience, BET Awards, Jordan Fisher, B2K, Tink, NIKE, Immabeast, Indiana Fever Inferno, Indiana Pacers, Asante Children’s Theatre.
Tamara Ammons-Jones is a retired professional dancer for the Indiana Pacemates, the official NBA dance team of the Indiana Pacers. She danced for the Indiana Pacers for 7 seasons, 2008-2015. She began her dancing career at the age of five. Being part of a military family, she has had the opportunity to travel the world and explore the different dance styles in different states and countries. At the age of 12, Tamara moved to Indianapolis where she began training with Dance Magic. She attended Broad Ripple High School, a performing arts school, where she began her extensive study of ballet, jazz, and modern. During the summers of her college years, Tamara was a member of the WNBA Fever Inferno Hip Hop Squad, the official dance team of the Indiana Fever. She graduated from Purdue University in 2008 with a degree in Communications and a minor in Dance. While at Purdue she was part of many dance organizations on campus such as Jahari Dance Troupe, Purdue Repertory Dance Company, and the nationally ranked Purdue Dance Team where she was captain her senior year. After graduating from Purdue, she attended a summer intensive in Chicago with Deeply Rooted Dance Production on a full scholarship. Shortly after, she began dancing with Kenyetta Dance Company, a local modern dance company in Indianapolis, IN.
Tamara currently assists for the Fever Inferno Hip Hop squad and assist when needed for the Indiana Pacemates. She is in her 10th year as head coach for Marian University Dance Team, located on the west side of Indianapolis. She also choreographs competition and game day routines in hip hop, jazz, and pom for teams and studios around Indiana. Some have included: The Indiana Pacemates, Indiana Fever Inferno Hip HopSquad, Butler University, Trine University, Noblesville High School, Pike High School, Westfield High School and more.
Outside of choreographing, Tamara also teaches workshops in hip hop, heels, and jazz. In conjunctions with her friend Kayla Vickers, captain of the Indiana Pacemates, they founded IndyThrive which is a monthly workshop that caters to adults in all styles and levels of dance.
Born and raised in Indianapolis, TAWJ has choreographed and performed with Krash Krew Dance Ministry, Iibada Dance Company, Kenyetté Dance Company, choreographed for Charles A. Tindley's,"The Collective" who where featured at the 2017 Circle of Lights Tree Lighting celebration, and Epiphany Dance Collective.
TAWJ currently serves as the Dance teacher at Ignite Achievement Academy in Indianapolis and he is a featured XtremeBoy with Xtreme Hip Hop founded by Phil Weeden. Drawing from his background in performance paired with his desire to create an immersive cardio class, TAWJ founded Hit Your Peak Fitness, a.k.a. H.Y.P. Fitness.
TAWJ received his Group Fitness certification from the American Sport & Fitness Association and his Personal Training certification from FiTour. H.Y.P. Fitness was branded and launched in March of 2017; has been a premier class at Brickhouse Fitness, Studio G, and the Strength Factory. H.Y.P. Fitness has hosted programming for events such as Indianapolis Women's Expo, Indianapolis Black Expo, Circle City Classic, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., and many more. H.Y.P. Fitness is for all ages, sizes, genders, and backgrounds. It is the bridge between fun and fitness; together lives are changed for the better.