2023 FALL CONVENTIONS
Join us in the fall of 2023 for an amazing convention brought to you by the amazing staff and judges of FLY Dance Competition! With expert teachers from all over the dance industry, professional performance spaces, amazing routines taught, valuable technique classes, thousands of dollars in scholarships, a Q and A with the teachers and some hidden surprises, FLY has the convention for you! We promise to not overcrowd our rooms, promise to put in place what our studios have been brainstorming with us to make this an amazing experience for your dancers and promise to put your dancers needs first!
2023 FALL TOUR DATES
All conventions will have a competition on Saturday Evening.
2022 CONVENTION TEACHERS
MUSICAL THEATRE / BALLET
HIP HOP / JAZZ FUNK
CONTEMPORARY / IMPROV
LYRICAL / JAZZ
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Why FLY Conventions?
-We asked and listened to what you like and don't like about conventions to build the best program for your dancers
-Limited Convention Class sizes
-Optional Competition on Saturday Evening
-Q and A with all the instructors
-Teachers can always attend for free
-Discounted Parent Bands
-Instructors come around the room to give constructive feedback
-Fast and Easy Check in
-Fun Warm Up before each day
-Amazing Closing Showcase
The Houston, TX native has an extensive background in commercial dance, theater, drill team, studio management, adjudicating, film and commercial print. Jennifer developed her commercial dance training in LA’s notable commercial dance studios such as Edge Performing Arts Center and Millennium Dance Complex. In Houston, Jennifer trained in hip hop at Marvelous Motion under the direction of MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew former Artistic Director of “I Am Me.” She later joined So Real Performing Arts Center’s award-winning company and competed at World of Dance. She also trained at Planet Funk Academy (PFA) in hip hop, theater, film, costume production, jazz funk, contemporary, lyrical, and jazz. She later became a PFA company director and choreographed works performed at the Hobby Center, the International Film Festival and Great Day Houston, hosted by Deborah Duncan. She has been featured in Health and Fitness Magazine and ENVY Magazine as a featured dancer and choreographer. As seen on tv, Jennifer has been featured in over 15 music videos on networks such as BET, VH1 and MTV, which included some of the industry’s hottest recording artists such as UK artist Shelley Harland, Paul Wall, Slim Thug, Rick Ross and many more. The choreographer made a name for herself with her groundbreaking hip hop choreography. The driven educator has a passion for sharing her knowledge coast to coast teaching master classes, workshops, and intensives. Given Jennifer’s experience managing one of the world’s leading franchise studio’s, Millennium Dance Complex in SugarLand, TX, she later established an artist development company known as Innovation by Jennifer LLC which offers artist development services and consulting. Jennifer has been an adjudicator for over 6 years and she’s elated to join Fly Dance Convention this season.
Rebecca Frazier trained at the Albany Dance Institute under David Otto, a former soloist at New York City Ballet, and one of the last dancers to be selected for the company by Balanchine. Rebecca was selected by children’s ballet mistress Garielle Whittle to perform children’s roles for NYCB during their summer residence at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Rebecca received additional training at the Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive and at the Ballet Regent School in Saratoga Springs, from former NYCB Michael Steele. Rebecca performed junior corps de ballet roles in Albany Berkshire Ballet’s The Nutcracker. In New York Rebecca assisted Jeff Shade’s theater dance classes at Marymount Manhattan and Steps on Broadway. Rebecca is a member of Actor’s Equity Association and has performed in regional theaters around the country and in New York City. Rebecca is the choreographer for recording artist JR Price. She was the choreographer for the award-winning short film Dream No 37, 091, a New Filmmakers NY 2020 Official Selection. In New York City, Rebecca has presented work at Dixon Place, NYC Choreographers Forum, National Choreography Month (NACHMO), American Liberty Ballet, Fertile Ground, and NachmoX. Rebecca frequently creates choreography, musical staging and direction for musical theatre at regional theaters around the country, and was a featured choreographer at the New York Theater Barn’s Choreography Lab. Rebecca has created dance for camera and her work has been featured on several online dance film festivals, including Dixon Place’s Dance Quarantine IV and The Studio on Pope’s Island’s Fall-O-Ween Fest. Rebecca’s dance film installation “Selbstliebe” is part of Robot Love Art at the Foosaner Art Museum in Melborne, FL. Rebecca’s teaching is rooted in the Balanchine tradition of athleticism and musicality. She currently is on the faculty of The Classic Dance Experience and The Dance Expo conventions and she has guest taught all over the tri-state area, and for the Salt City Dance Festival. Rebecca also teaches private ballet lessons in New York City. Rebecca teaches ballet, pointe, jazz and musical theater, and her own class called Pop Ballet, in which students work on accessing musicality in a deeper way through ballet vocabulary to pop music. The class is formatted with a barre, across the floor, and combination to finish, all to pop music.
Sam Nelson is a versatile dancer and choreographer originally from Austin, Texas who is trained in all styles of dance with a strong focus on Contemporary and Lyrical. He was a featured contestant on So You Think You Can Dance Season 16 and finished in the Top 15 Guys on the hit TV show. Sam has worked for artists Tame Impala, JP Saxe, Leroy Sanchez, Clinton Kane, Blake McGrath, and Nia Sioux. As a Company Member with Embodiment the Collective, Sam has performed at NBC’s World of Dance Championships, the Primetime Emmys, and Creative Arts Emmys. His choreography can be seen on America’s Got Talent, SYTYCD, and in numerous music videos. Some of Sam’s additional credits include Adidas, Ivy Park, Vidcon, Six Flags, and Amazon Prime TV. Sam lives in the LA area and is represented by Movement Talent Agency. He is on faculty teaching weekly classes at Millennium Dance Complex LA, Reflection Studios, and Millennium Dance Complex OC. He is a guest instructor for Mather Dance Company, the Dance program at Cal State Fullerton University, and is a featured choreographer for Redwall Tutorials, MDC’s online dance platform. Sam is on faculty teaching Contemporary with Nexus Dance Convention and is a guest Contemporary and Lyrical instructor for Transcend Dance Convention. Sam enjoys working with dancers and studios across the country teaching master classes, intensives, and setting choreography. His intricate choreography, unique style, and award-winning pieces have won many National and Regional titles, choreography awards, and scholarships, and have earned dancers’ admittance into college dance programs including Juilliard, Marymount Manhattan, the University of Arizona, and more.
Chris Wendorff began his dance training at the age of 9. Throughout his younger years, he was a competitive dancer and attended many competitions and conventions throughout the United States. While competing, he was awarded many awards and scholarships. Chris continued his dance training while attending the prestigious Point Park University and received a BFA in Dance. While at Point Park, he continued learning and training in styles such as Bob Fosse, commercial jazz, ballet, modern and contemporary techniques. Chris has worked for Walt Disney World as a parade and stage performer. He has also been seen working as a professional dancer on cruise ships, most notably, would be Regent Seven Seas and Carnival Cruise Line. Chris has taught many master classes and conventions throughout the United States and in the United Kingdom. He is currently a sought after dancer, guest teacher, choreographer, and adjudicator. He currently works for numerous dance competitions/ conventions most notably would Groove and Beyond The Stars. He has recently choreographed a contemporary jazz piece for Zenon Dance Company’s pre-professional program. Chris plans on continuing to expand his knowledge and experiences of the dance world by pursing a MFA in Dance in the year 2022. He is very excited to continue to be a part of the dance universe and cannot wait to see where this journey will take him next.
Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Rebecca McCormac completed her Masters's in Dance at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. A registered teacher of The Royal Academy of Dance, McCormac holds her Jazz Award and Teaching Diploma in Tap for the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dance (COMDANCE) and is a past recipient of the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dances’ Blue Sash Award. Performance credits include a European Tour with Australian-based “Link” Dance Company and New York seasons with Barry Blumenfeld’s “Tap Fusion” and Ellen Stokes-Shadle’s “Dance Works”. She has been commissioned to teach and choreograph contemporary, modern, and tap work on both a national and international scale. Recent guest positions include Sacred Heart University Connecticut, NYU Steinhardt School New York, and the Peridance Capezio Center. Judging credits include Evolution Dance Competition, Quota International of Beenleigh Dance Eisteddfod, Ipswich Junior Eisteddfod Society, Southern Tasmanian Dancing Eisteddfod, C.S.T.D Festival, and Gold Coast Eisteddfod, and more. McCormac is presently the Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer of CoreDance Contemporary, which she founded in 2011. Her work has been shown at APAP New York City Center, The ODC Theatre San Francisco, The Dairy Arts Center Boulder, The ArtsHub Colorado, Wake Forest Dance Festival North Carolina, The Dance Complex Boston, CHI Movement Arts Center Philadelphia, Alvin Ailey, Steps on Broadway, Dixon Place, White Wave, Triskelion Arts, and The Actors Fund Arts Center to name a few. Rebecca is excited to start her journey with FLY Dance National Competition as a judge and convention teacher.