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Dale Lam

Dale Lam is one of the most respected names in the dance industry.

“There’s so much more to being a great dancer than just learning the steps,” she says.

“There’s also an emotional element that must be taken into consideration if you wish to give an outstanding performance.”

Dale’s extensive training includes greats like Frank Hatchett, Mia Michaels, Desiree
Robbins, Robin Dunn, Ed Kresley and Joe Tremaine – just to name a few. She has
performed for the King of Norway, was a principal in “Hooray for Hollywood,” and has performed with Southeastern Theatre’s Summer Repertory and more than 30 other live theatre productions and shows. Dale’s exciting and upbeat teaching style combining traditional jazz, ballet, ethnic, street, modern and natural movement  are a favorite everywhere she goes. Dale is a key part of the Columbia City Jazz Company in South Carolina, and is a member of the dance faculty at the University of South Carolina. She has set choreography to and taught master classes for studios across the country. Her expertise is not limited to the US; Dale has also taught in other countries, including Bulgaria and Singapore.

Raquelle Chavis

Raquelle Chavis is from Queens Village, New York. Her studies began at The Long Island School of Music, The Eglevsky Ballet School, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center’s Children’s Program, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center’s Merit Scholarship Program, and The School of American Ballet. Chavis is a Graduate of New York’s Prestigious High School of The Performing Arts (La Guardia High School of music and performing Arts), where she received The B’nai Brith Award for Excellence in Dance, and the “Arts Award” from The National Foundation for the Advancement of The Arts; for distinction of Presidential Scholar. Raquelle has performed throughout The U.S and the Caribbean with The Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble / Ailey II, under the direction of Sylvia Waters, and she has performed throughout the United States, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, the Soviet Union, and Asia as an 7 year soloist / Principle Dancer with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater under the direction of Alvin Ailey until his death in 1989, and Judith Jamison until 1994.


She has worked very closely with; Alvin Ailey, Homer Bryant, Mary Barnett, Talley Beatty, Fred Benjamin, John Butler, Donald Byrd, Vanette Carroll, Hope Clarke, Robert Christopher, Ze’eva Cohen, Blondell Cummings, Katherine Dunham, Ulysses Dove, Carmen De Lavallade, George Faison, Louis Falco, Penny Frank, Elisa Monte, Sylvia Waters, Warren Spears, Mari Kajiwara, Jerome Robbins, Mary Hinkson, William Hammerstein, Dudley Williams, Lavinia Williams, Pearl Primus, Joan Peters, Jennifer Muller, Keith Lee, Lar Lubovich, Josephine Premice, Walter Raines, Kelvin Rotardier, Anna Sokolow, Dwight Rhoden, Joyce Tristler, Jimmy Truitte, Igor Youskevitch, Micheal Vernon, Martha Graham, Elliot Feld, Garth Fagan, Ralph Farrington, Miguel Godreau, Linda Haberman, Judith Jamison, Louis Johnson, Jowole Willa Zollar, Frank Manning & Donald McKayle, just to name a few…


Chavis was a featured Soloist in the “Emmy Award” winning documentary film “Two by Dove” for PBS and Great Performances and the series “Free to Dance”. She has appeared as a featured singer in four Radio City Music Hall productions, Bob Fosses “PIPPIN”, the Broadway Concert with B.D Wong, Lucie Arnez, Audra McDonald, Pia Zadora, Gregory Harrison, Boyd Gaines, and Dr.Ruth Westheimer. For many years, she assisted the late; legendary choreographer Talley Beatty on productions of “Carmen Jones” (Assistant Choreographer/Lead Dancer/Dance Captain) and the restaging of “Congo Tango Palace”.

In 2002 she directed and choreographed the musical/play Marion Anderson The lady from Philadelphia for the National Black Theatre NYC, and Town Hall NYC, produced by Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, and Woody King Jr. She was Dance captain and Assistant Director to the late Tony Award winning Director / Play-write Vanette Carroll and received outstanding reviews for her starring Dance role as “Mary” in Carroll’s “Your Arms Too Short To Box With God” with Teddy Pendergrass, Stephanie Mills, BeBe Winans, and Jennifer Holiday.

Sam Shapiro

Sam Shapiro hails from Winston-Salem, NC. He began his ballet training at Wake Forest University under the direction of his mother, Brantly Shapiro. 

At age 11, he entered the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied with the entire faculty including Duncan Noble, Nina Danilova and Gyula Pandi. At age 17 he joined The Royal Ballet’s Upper School where he danced for three years, graduating with commendation.

Sam danced in the Royal Ballet’s productions of Cinderella, La Fille Mal Gardee, Firebird, La Valse and Manon. He spent two years in Boston Ballet II and performed with Boston Ballet in many ballets such as Giselle and Romeo and Juliet. After Boston he spent two years with The North Carolina Dance Theater performing classical and contemporary repertoire. 

Favorite roles included Dwight Rhoden’s Broken Fantasies and Mark Godden’s Dracula. The next year was spent touring, performing freelance with Tulsa Ballet, Fort Wayne Ballet and Ballet National de Panamá. He joined The Royal New Zealand Ballet for the 2011-2012 season, and is currently performing as a freelance artist.