CALLING ALL DANCERS!!! In celebration of her debut EP, The Ocean Way Sessions (out November 9th — pre-order NOW!), and in continued thanks to the dance community, Christina is hosting a dance contest! The grand prize winners will be flown (flight and hotel expenses paid, plus full scholarships for each up to five dancers and one choreographer!) to attend the Costal Dance Rage convention in Dallas, TX on January 15-16, 2011. The winners will also perform their dance live on stage with Christina at a benefit for Cure Search for Children's Cancer Foundation! This show is not to be missed, with many additional celebrity dancers performing at this benefit. For information on the convention and to purchase tickets to this MUST SEE event, go to www.costaldancerage.com for details!
Starting today, The Ocean Way Sessions EP can be heard right here at ChristinaPerri.com and we're asking YOU to choreograph a dance using one of the tracks. Submissions will be accepted on ChristinaPerri.com November 9th through the 30th and a winner will be announced on Monday, December 13th. Stay tuned to find out how to submit your dance video.
The contest's top ten will be generated by votes from YOU! Voting opens at ChristinaPerri.com on November 9th. The top ten vote getters will be announced with their videos at DiscountDance.com, and from these ten finalists, a winner will be selected by our all-star panel of judges including Christina, Stacey Tookey (choreographer, So You Think You Can Dance), Chelsie Hightower (dancer, Dancing With The Stars), Tabitha & Napoleon Dumo aka Nappy Tabs (choreographers, So You Think You Can Dance, America's Next Dance Crew), Shannon Mather (choreographer, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars; owner of CDR), and Keltie Colleen (dancer, choreographer). For more info on our judging panel, continue reading below!
Check out The Ocean Way Sessions EP in the ChristinaPerri.com player and start dancing!!!
ABOUT OUR JUDGES:
Keltie Colleen is a dancer who famously passed Christina’s demo off to Stacey Tookey, kicking off a miraculous chain of events. She is featured on the cover of the DANCE SPIRIT magazine. She is one of the world famous Radio City Rockettes in the the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She has created her dream career dancing alongside Patrick Dempsey and Amy Adams as a principle dancer in the Disney feature film Enchanted. Keltie has also graced the small screen with Ben Stiller on Comedy Central, with the band Cartel on their show Band in a Bubble on MTV, as a dancer on NBC’s 30 Rock, Who wants be a Millionaire? , and on Saturday Night Live with Jamie Presley, Amy Poehler, and Tina Fey. Keltie has danced in music videos for Christina Perri, Kayne West, Luis Miguel and Gym Class Heroes. Her choreography has been featured in videos for John Legend, Andre 3000, Miranda Cosgrove and The Editors.
Live events include the MTV Music Video Awards with both Taylor Swift and Panic at the Disco. Fashion Rocks with Fergie as well as performances with Kellie Pickler, Sean-Paul, LL Cool J, Jade Jagger, Collective Soul and Enrique Iglesias. She was also a featured dancer at the Box supperclub in New York City. Keltie created the role of “ Lil’ P” in Tony award winning director Jerry Mitchell’s (Broadway Bares, Legally Blonde, Hairspray) new Las Vegas production show “Peepshow” featuring Mel. B, Kelly Monaco + Holly Madison. Keltie has entertained audiences of 30,000 while dancing for the NBA on both the New Jersey Nets and New York Knicks danceteams. While overseas she performed with the NBA all-star dance team in France, Spain and China Commercial highlights include campaigns for NIKE, Reebok, Sunglass Hut, Nationwide Insurance, MGM Grand Casino, Foxwoods Casino, Bodyglow, DEX New York, Icehouse Beer and Capezio Dancewear. She has appeared in Giant Magazine, Southern Living Magazine, ESPN Magazine, Dance Magazine and Dance Spirit Magazine, Dance Retailers news and Dance Teacher Magazine.
As a host Keltie has showcased her magnetic personality and quick wit on ESPN: Cold Pizza, FOX news, Country Music Television (CMT), Maximonline.com, and in informericals for Vitabath. She was the In-Arena host at Madison Square Garden for the New York Knicks. Keltie is the host for livenation's music news at livedaily.com. Keltie also hosts her own webseries "Living the Dream" on teen.com.
Keltie is proud to have her own signature series of dancewear created by Sugar and Bruno. Closest to her heart is her popular blog www.highkicksandhighhopes.blogspot.com, where she aims to inspire the next generation of dancer to be fullout + fearless!
TABITHA & NAPOLEAN DUMO
The husband and wife team of Napoleon & Tabitha Dumo have contributed their choreography and dancing talents to every genre of entertainment. Most recently you can see them as Judges and Choreographers on FOX's hit TV show "So You Think You Can Dance." The dynamic duo are also the Supervising Choreographers for Randy Jackson's "Amercia's Best Dance Crew" on MTV and just concluded directing the "America's Best Dance Crew Live" US Tour. Their Assistant Director credits for music tours also include Ricky Martin's "Black and White Tour," Christina Aguilera's "Back to Basics Tour," and Celine Dion's "Taking Chances Tour." In addition, Napoleon and Tabitha get to show off their fun-loving personalities as on-camera hosts for TLC's "Rock The Reception," where they create wild and wacky first wedding dances to surprise their guests.
Tabitha and Napoleon's most recent choreography credits include: Cirque Du Soleil: Viva Elvis for Vegas show and special performance on SYTYCD and DWTS; Beatles Love for America's Got Talent; Mystre; 2009 Emmy Awards; Enrique Inglesias & Natasha Bedingfield for SYTYCD; Jennfier Lopez on American Music Awards; Sean Kingston on the Teen Choice Awards. They also directed Jabbawockeez Vegas Show at Monte Carlo and MGM.
The couple's career began in Las Vegas, directing and choreographing numerous shows and industrials for companies such as Macy's, NIKE, Redkin and Matrix. Moving to Los Angeles opened many doors for them in film, television, music videos and commercials. Some of those credits include Nickelodeon's "Zoey 101," "UPN's One On One," "Master Card" & "Chevy" commercials, Disney Feature, "Pixel Perfect" along with performances on the "Billboard Music Awards," "Soul Train" and "Kids Choice Awards." Each year Napoleon and Tabitha also find time to travel the globe on tour with Monsters of Hip Hop, Shock and Coastal Dance Rage Dance Conventions helping to inspire the next generation of dancers.
Tabitha is from New Jersey, and Napoleon is from California. They both currently live in Sherman Oaks, CA.
Chelsie Hightower is partnered with world famous singer-songwriter Michael Bolton for season 11 of ABC'S "Dancing With the Stars." She was partnered with Jake Pavelka for season 10 (finished in 7th place) and with Olympic snowboarder Louie Vito for Season 9 (finished in 8th place), and 7 time All Around World Rodeo Champion Ty Murray for season 8 (finished in 4th place). Chelsie was a fan favorite on FOX TV's "So You Think You Can Dance" prior to joining the cast of "Dancing with the Stars." Dancing is a major part of Chelsie's life and she continues to study all styles of dance, with her specialty being Ballroom. She has trained with current and former world champions including Corky Ballas, Katrina Sminoff and Louis VanAmstel.
Born in Las Vegas and raised in Orem, Utah, Chelsie has five older brothers and started dancing when she was 9 years old in an after school program. She won her first national title when she was just 11 years old. In 2005, she was asked to be in one of the four couples on Team USA, in the most prestigious dance competition in the world, held in Blackpool, England. She represented the USA in Latin Style, where Team USA took 3rd place behind Ukraine and Russia. That same year she had the opportunity to be one of the two couples to represent the United States at the Worlds for the Standard style of ballroom held in Lavita. For more information, visit www.chelsiehightowerdance.com.
Described as one of the most sought after choreographers in the United States and Canada, Shannon has taken dance and choreography to incomparable heights. Her creative vision and excellence to the dance arts have been described as moving, emotional, and inspiring. Shannon's prestige has been recognized with numerous choreography awards and critical acclaim, including two national titles for Cal State Fullerton University Dance Team. Her strive for excellence and ability to bring out the passion of young dancers nationwide has created high demand for her gift of teaching. Most recently she has choreographed for the FOX hit show, "So You Think You Can Dance" in the U.S. and Canada as well as choreographed for audition contestant solos as ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." Her choreography has also been featured on CBS "Star Search" and her students have danced with stars such as Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce.
Shannon is the co-owner of Coastal Dance Rage and began her professional and pre-professional dance company called Mather Dance Company located in Yorba Linda, CA in August 2010. Her goal for her students and company members is to receive the highest level of training and technique and to be consistently requested and dancing in all avenues on a professional level.
Originally from Canada, Stacey represented her country at the Adeline Genee awards in London, England. She has danced with Ballet British Columbia, Fusion Dance Company, and as a member of the N.B.A. Grizzlies Extreme Dance Team. She has had the honor of working on projects with Bette Midler & Michael Buble. She has performed in concerts as a member of Mia Michaels Company R.A.W. including Jacobs Pillow and with Parsons Dance Project in Seoul, Korea. Other performances included "Carmen" with the Houston Grand Opera and assistant choreographer of "A few Good Men Dancin" on Broadway. In 2002, Stacey relocated to Las Vegas, NV where she was an original cast member for the entire 5 year run of Celine Dion's show "A New Day" at Caesars Palace. Other performances with Celine include the "Oprah Winfrey Show," the 2004 World Music Awards, "Larry King Live," CNN's New Years Eve Countdown Live in Times Square, and A&E's biography of Celine Dion.
In addition to performing Stacey has taught master classes in Mexico, Italy, Argentina and throughout North America and has been the recipient of many choreography awards. She currently resides in L.A. and has been a recurring choreographer on "So You Think You Can Dance" and "So You Think You Can Dance Canada" and most recently directed the SYTYCD Canada season 2 national tour. She has been nominated for a 2010 Primetime Emmy award for "Outstanding Choreography" for the piece entitled "Fear" on season 6 of So You Think You Can Dance.