FACULTY BIOS

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Danielle Sten and Lance Guillermo co-founded On the DL in 2008. Together they travel across the country and overseas to teach workshops and master classes, and choreograph unique compositions. With Danielle’s boundary-pushing contemporary work, and Lance’s preservation of the original street styles of hip-hop, On the DL creates movement and beauty collaborative of two different dance techniques. They also performed with Gloria Estefan on “The View”, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “The Rosie Show”, and Univision’s Christmas show, “Nuestra Navidad”. Other artists, they have worked with include, Lady Gaga, Chris Brown, Ciara and Paula Abdul.

Leslie Scott
Leslie Scott

Leslie Scott is well known not only for her talents but her unwavering work ethic, inspiring public speaking, contagious positive energy and bold use of movement to spread a positive message! She is on Faculty at the Edge Performing Arts and Millennium Dance Complex, guest faculty on several conventions and is represented by the agency McDonald Selznick Association (MSA) in Hollywood, California. Leslie is the Founder of the non-profit “Youth Protection Advocates in Dance” (YPAD) whose Mission is to build empowered dance communities through education and activism and stop all exploitation of children in performing arts and keep youth happy, healthy and safe in dance.

Misty Lown
Misty Lown

Misty Lown founded her first business, Misty’s Dance Unlimited, at age 21. Since that time she has founded several more companies including More Than Just Great Dancing®, Everything Dance, Midwest Dance Connection, and A Chance To Dance Foundation. Misty has encouraged and inspired hundreds of entrepreneurs and young women in the past twenty years and continues to share her positive and humorous perspective on business and life through her writing, speaking, and mentoring.

Richard Smith

Richard Smith is the Artistic Director of Inaside Chicago Dance. Smith was on the faculty at The Giordano Dance Center for six years and the Joel Hall Dancers and Center for three years. He has been affiliated with internationally touring Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, River North Chicago Dance Company, and Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre. He attended East Carolina University, in North Carolina, where he worked on a BFA in Dance Performance. The university allowed him to work with Mia Michaels, Mark Dendy, Katiti King, Frank Chaves, Alan Arnett and Tomi Overcash-Galaska.

Emily Bufferd
Emily Bufferd

A producer, choreographer, teacher, and performer, Emily Bufferd is the Producer of The Young Choreographer’s Festival, an annual event in NYC presenting the most up-and-coming 18-25yr old choreographers, described by Dance Spirit Magazine as, ”The perfect way to get inspired.”.  She is Faculty at Joffrey Ballet School for both the Ballet and Contemporary&Jazz Trainee Programs, and NYC’s Broadway Dance Center and Peridance Capezio Center.  She has taught at The Ailey Extension, World Dance Movement – The International Workshop in Switzerland, The University of Alabama, Jazz on Tap – Atlanta, The Eglevsky Ballet, First-Act in Paris, Google Headquarters, and The Annual Teacher Workshop presented by The Pulse On Tour, among others.

Emily has been featured by Dance Spirit, Dance Informa, Dance Mogul Magazine, The Dance Podcast, as well as on the television show Inside NYC Dance for her work in dance.

Emily’s concert choreography (BEings dance) has been presented at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Joyce SoHo, Symphony Space, the 92nd St. Y, New York Moves, The Giving Tree Benefit Shows, The Showcase Series, The Choreographer’s Canvas, The Elan Summer Dance Festival, and Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, among others.  Described as, “technically superb and amazingly emotive.” -Examiner.com, and “a display of versatility…” -The DancEnthusiast. Her award-winning work continues to be commissioned by dance companies and private studios around the country and abroad.

Emily has served on the selection panel for Dumbo Dance Festival/Wave Rising Series (2010-2017), as a guest host for the Hatch Presenting Series at The Works Studio, and is the former Co-Producer of APAP at Peridance.  She was the Production Coordinator for Director Wes Veldink for Aimee G.’s 2017 Spring Line, and Assistant Choreographer to Pascal Rekoert for Berenik’s Fall 2017 Fashion Week presentation.

As a performer, she’s performed at venues such as Teatro Galileo in Madrid, Spain, Carnegie Hall, The Kravis Center, and Lincoln Center, among others, and has appeared in print and online media for World Dance Movement, The Ailey Extension and Broadway Dance Center, been on The View with recording artist Outkast, The 2013 Beanstalk Foundation Event, Carnival/Choreographer’s Ball, and the International Dance Festival/Tracie Stanfield, among others.

Emily has had the pleasure of working with choreographers Michèle Assaf, Sheila Barker, Bruno Collinet, Eva Lopez Crevillen (assistant to Nacho Duato), Ginger Cox, and Shelly Hutchinson, among others, and can currently be found working on upcoming projects and teaching in NYC. Visit Emily online at www.EmilyBufferd.com.

 

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Sarah Ford is originally from Louisville, Kentucky and is a graduate of the Youth Performing Arts School. While attending YPAS, she received her training in ballet, modern and jazz, as well as lyrical, tap and hip-hop at other local studios. Sarah has also trained at the Joel Hall Dance Center and Columbia College in Chicago IL, the Edge Performing Arts Center in Hollywood, CA and Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles.

She has performed with numerous dance companies such as Inaside Chicago Dance, Midwest Dance Collective, DanceWerks Dance Productions, The Joel Hall Dancers and The JADD Co. Sarah has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with artists such as Wierd Al Yankovic, Soulja Boy, Hannah Ford Welton and Joshua Welton of Counter Culture, 3rd Eye Girl and Prince. Sarah was a member of the Joseph Allen Decker Dance Company where she assisted Mr. Decker for two seasons. She was a Co-Director of Xtreme Dance Force for 3 years and is the artistic director of Cohesion Dance Company in MI. She is the choreographer and a dancer for The Prince Experience out of Milwaukee, WI and is currently residing in Illinois where she is training, teaching and choreographing all over the Chicagoland area. This is Sarah’s seventh season with Inaside Chicago Dance and her fourth year as a Company Member and the Youth Training Program Director.