JDI WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS
Since we started in 2015, Just Dance Invitational has provided FREE workshops to registered dancers at our competitions. Rather than trophies, Just Dance Invitational finds more value in providing complimentary workshop classes taught by leading professionals and awarding dancers with cash scholarships to be used towards college tuition or intensive programs. Our ultimate vision is to create a positive space to inspire, motivate and invest in the future of our dancers. Each city will host two workshops- one for beginning/mini level dancers and another for intermediate and advanced level dancers. Registered dancers are welcome and encouraged to take both workshops. Exact workshop times will be released within two weeks of event date.
For non-competiting dancers interested in participating in our workshops, please complete the form below to begin your registration. Once received, we will confirm your spot and send you a payment link. The cost is $35 per dancer.
Guest Instructor for: Santa Clarita, CA & San Diego, CA
Patrick Pulkrabek grew up in Hutchinson Minnesota were he studied Ballet and Jazz. He graduated in 2003 from Perpich Center for Arts Education, the Arts High School. He received his BFA in dance from Cornish College of the Arts in 2007. Patrick joined Spectrum Dance Theater with artistic director Donald Byrd as a company member in early 2008 to 2012. He has performed many lead roles by world famous choreographers including Martha Graham, Mercce Cunningham, Gus Solomon Jr. and Donald Byrd, and has performed many full length ballets including the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Coppelia, and many more. Patrick has worked with the 5th Avenue theater in Seattle and was featured as “Dream Curly” in California Musical Theatre’s revival of Oklahoma! Patrick has taught at Allegro Performing Arts Academy in Kent WA for the past 11 years; his choreography has won many awards regionally and nationally, and he has students working all over the world, including a main character in ABC family’s “Bunheads” and a top 3 contestant on “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition” Season 2. Patrickhas students attending prestigious Universities including University of Southern California Kaufman, NYU Tisch, University of Arizona, University of Idaho, and Chapman University to name a few. Patrick’s love and passion for dance is infectious and he loves sharing his passion and knowledge with everyone he meets.
Guest Instructor for: Phoenix, AZ & Dallas, TX
Moises Parra, born and raised in Orange County CA, began dancing at age four training in jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop. He has gotten much recognition for his dancing as well as numerous awards growing up. He has been working professionally since the age of fifteen. Training at Elevation Studios, Moises starred in Awesomeness TV’s hit dance show “Dancers Off The Floor”. He competed on FOX's television dance show "So You Think You Can Dance" for their 12th season being apart of their top 10 stage dancers under the mentorship of Emmy Award winner Travis Wall. He was also apart of the "So You Think You Can Dance “ Season 12 tour where he performed in 70 cities all across the U.S and Canada. Some of his other credits include ABC Family "Bunheads", Just Dance, Crazy Ex Girlfriend, Sabrina Carpenter, Mariah Carey, to name a few. Residing in Los Angeles, Moises continues to dance and choreograph all over the country as well as tour with dance convention Art Of Movement being a part of their faculty.
Guest Instructor for: San Mateo, CA & Seattle, WA
Justin Pham is a dancer, choreographer, and creative director originating from San Diego, California. While in high school, Justin became a finalist 3 times at The Music Center’s Spotlight Dance Awards where he was eventually given the title of Honorable Mention. After receiving much of his primary training at Murrieta Dance Project, Justin was admitted into one of the most prestigious and reputable BFA dance programs in the nation, the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. It is here that Justin is able to study and train under brilliant artists such as William Forsythe, Desmond Richardson, Jodie Gates, and Saleemah E. Knight. While working toward his BFA in Dance and Minor in Cinematic Arts, Justin was featured on Fox’s hit television program “So You Think You Can Dance” where he worked with choreographers such as Mandy Moore, Travis Wall, Luther Brown, NappyTabs, and Dmitry Chaplin. In addition to being a part of the Season 15 Top 20, he was also able to be a dancer in Mandy Moore’s Emmy award winning number, “Brand New.” Justin has proven himself as a strong emerging choreographer through the creation and production of his numerous independent dance films, as well as his acknowledgements at the McCallum Choreography Festival in 2017, where he was one of the youngest finalists recognized. Justin hopes to create a more cognitive and educational perspective on dance and choreography, specifically through the mediums of film and television, and works to become a multifaceted and interdisciplinary artist to innovate the dance industry for generations to come.
Guest Instructor for: San Mateo, CA & Phoenix, AZ
Margaux Leffas-Lopes from San Diego, California, received her early dance training at San Diego Dance Centre starting at the age of 4, where she studied tap, jazz, ballet, and lyrical under the direction of Sharon Keller, Michelle Minor, Kristen Hibbs, and Lynn-Rae Hiers. Margaux competed with San Diego Dance Centre from ages 6 to 17 and assisted under the direction of Sharon Keller since age 11. Margaux spent countless hours in technique classes along with practicing routines in preparation for competitions. In order to defray the cost of many lessons Margaux assisted with mentoring younger classes and therein discovered her passion for teaching dance. Margaux danced on the varsity team under the direction of Tiffani Francy at Rancho Bernardo High School from freshman through senior years and competed as well. Margaux choreographed many tap and jazz routines for her high school dance team and received awards for her strong technique four years in a row. Margaux earned an Associates Degree in Dance from Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California where she studied under the direction of Linda Sohl-Ellison (who worked with many professionals including Eddie Brown and Gregory Hines) and Jose Costas (Hispanico Ballet). Margaux graduated in
May 2015 from the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program in Dance at University of Nevada at Las Vegas under the direction of Louis Kavouras, member of the Hawkins original Modern dance company, Victoria Dale, a main dancer in the film,“The Oz”, and lastly Dolly Kelepecz previous member of both Los Angeles Ballet and Houston Ballet. Since returning to California, she has earned many choreography awards in tap and contemporary, judges’ awards, and top overalls. Several tap routines of hers, were chosen to be a nominee for the Industry Dance Awards.