2016-2017 Guest Choreographers
Allison ClaireAllison Claire, raised in Buffalo New York, began dancing at the age of 2. By the age of 10, Allison was trained in various styles such as Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip Hop through her hometown studio The Future Dance Center. In 2011, after touring the country and assisting prestigious choreographers as a Pulse On Tour Elite Protege, Allison made her move to Los Angeles, CA. From there, Allison was taken under the wing of Tricia Miranda, to be mentored and serve as her assistant. While living in Los Angeles, Allison has had the opportunity to appear with Wiz Khalifa, and on the acting front Allison has been seen on networks such as Nickelodeon, Freeform and Showtime. Most recently, Allison has just gotten off her dream job touring the world with Janet Jackson on her “Unbreakable Tour.” While furthering her career as a dancer and teacher, Allison hopes to one day give back and be an inspiration to those who want to follow their dreams.
Darrion GallegosDarrion Gallegos was born and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona by his loving grandparents. After becoming involved in numerous sport activities and playing various instruments, he found his niche in dance at the age of 14. Following his move to Los Angeles in 2011, and winning the title of Elite Pulse Protégé, Darrion began his dance career as an assistant for the Pulse on Tour, featuring choreographers Brian Friedman, Tyce Diorio, Cris Judd, Dave Scott, and Brooke Lipton, to name a few. He continued to expand his repertoire by performing with recording artist Demi Lovato and appearing on the television productions of X-Factor USA and Mobbed. Darrion has also been featured on music videos with artists Kimberly Cole, Rye-Rye and Missy Elliott’s protégé Sharaya J. Catch him in her video “Smash Up The Place.” Recently Darrion has toured with Mandarin Superstar Jolin Tsai, where he is featured in her newest music videos “Play” and “Medusa.”
In addition to dance, Darrion has been involved with community service organizations, such as Empty Bowls, Invisible Children and As One, where he spends extra time volunteering. Currently signed with Clear Talent Group, Darrion continues to pursue his passion for dance as an assistant to choreographer Tricia Miranda, and delving into other aspects of the industry with designing, styling and acting. Though Darrion is still new to the industry, he is looking forward to continuing his training and expanding all aspects of his career.
Alicia "Sunshine" GbahoAlicia Sunshine Gbaho has been studying and performing dance since her young years at the Katherine Dunham Center in East St. Louis, IL. She later continued her professional study at Illinois State University while becoming a company member of Illinois State Dance Theater and Competitive Dance Troupe: NOIR. This allowed her to work with many notable choreographers in Dance Theater and Commercialism. It was there that the bulk of her technical dance training was grounded in an array of dance techniques. Sunshine recognized Gods’ purpose for her life when she was a little girl: touching lives through the arts. Performing all over at many local and national venues has allowed her to move forward with that purpose. Notable performances include but are not limited to: Lupe Fiasco (Grammy Nominated Hip Hop Artist), Jon B, Chamillionare, Afriky Lolo (Assistant Artistic Director 05-09), The Slaughter Project, Banyan Dance Theater, JPEK Creative Works, Nu-World Contemporary Danse Theater, The Legendary Showtime at the Apollo, R&B Sensation Jznalle and SOSy. Sunshine has also been seen in such productions as When Colored Girls Considered Suicide, The Mask, The Goddess Zaouli; Sundiata: The King of Mali by Afriky Lolo. She has also played in Real Life and A Deeper Shade of Blues by Joel P.E. King. This experience led to self productions: I am Beyond Your Measure Ability (2009), Beyond Borders A Voyage to Love (2014), Gravity (2015), Remedy (2016). She teaches at area studios and clubs, such as COCA & Springboard. Sunshine is also the founder of Beyond Measure Dance Theater, LLC. Beyond Measure educates, entertains and inspires audiences of all ages and backgrounds through the history, culture and music of the African/African American community through the use of popularized vernacular dances in America while emphasizing the importance of health (mind & body).
- Geoffrey Alexander (Contemporary) - Dancer, The Big Muddy Dance Company
- Amara Barner (Contemporary) - Dancer, RUBBERBANDance Group
- Jun Cai (Contemporary) - Freelance Dancer/Choreographer
- Matt Luck (Contemporary) - Freelance Dancer/Choreographer
- Jennifer Medina (Contemporary) - Artistic Director, Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company
- Lauren Ponder (Jazz) - Former Head Coach, Regis University Dance Team
- Kameron N. Saunders (Contemporary) - Freelance Dancer/Choreographer