The only intensive of its kind! This five day dance training experience is designed to help students remove the self-made obstacles that prevent them from reaching their true potential.  This year’s theme, CONNECT! is focused on helping young dancers to set aside media and technology in order to connect with themselves and their immediate surroundings.  By bringing focus inward, we’ll teach them to develop the self- awareness that will help them to grow as dancers and people; and then use that self-awareness to make better choices, nurture healthy relationships and make new friends for a lifetime!
Pearl Studios NYC 500 8th Avenue 4th Floor New York City, NY  10018
Early Bird Rates Available!
Contact us at
or call
(267) 243-0442
2 Age Divisions:
Pre-Teen: 8 - 12 Teen and Sr: 13 and up
Original MPower Experience
Aspiring Choreographer’s Experience
Pre-Professional Experience
Located just 5 blocks south of Times Square, Pearl Studios NYC is a clean and modern facility that hosts auditions and rehearsals for professional theater companies, Broadway and touring productions. Your dancer may run into a current or future broadway star!
Faculty:  (Subject to change) 
(More coming soon!)
“Only through our connectedness to others can we really know and enhance the self; and only through working on the self can we begin to enhance our connectedness to others.”  - Harriet Goldhor Lerner
Jessica Rizzo-Stafford (Choreography Seminars)
Stephanie Potteiger (Showcase Choreographer)
Matt Lopez (Hip Hop)
Jason Marquette (Musical Theater and Tap)
Garrett “Spaghetti” Minniti (Hip Hop and Jazz/Contemporary)
Something for everyone! With 3 different experiences to choose from, we have something for every dancer! The MPower Experience is great for the recreational dancer, while the Pre- Professional Experience will help the dance career minded student learn more about the business.  The Aspiring Choreographer’s Experience is designed to help dancers learn the skills and techniques to bring their creative visions to life!  Click here to read more about your dancer’s options!
What’s Included? The graphic below lays out what is included in experience.  Rates listed do not include early bird pricing or scholarships.  Looking for price breaks? Group rates are available for studios bringing 5 or more dancers. Individual dancers can refer their friends and receive discounts when they register! Email us for additional info or click here to register!
Latoya Roberson (Ballet)
Not just for dancers! MPower is an event for the whole family! Each morning, parents can attend a free seminar designed to help parents understand the struggles and challenges their dancers are experiencing on their journey. Other topics include tips on helping to develop healthy, respectful and mutually beneficial relationships with teachers and studio directors.
Karl Maier (Ballet)
Robert Taylor Jr. (Hip Hop)
Sheila Barker (Jazz)
Our passionate and experienced faculty are focused on celebrating each student's unique talents and capabilities.  They'll be challenged in a safe and supportive environment to work at their personal best with other dancers from all across North America. The bonds they develop with their new friends will last a lifetime! 
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Owner/Director of MPower Dance Workshops BFA in Musical Theater from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia Former Faculty Member of Broadway Dance Center, New Dance Group and Peridance Capezio Center On Faculty at the New York Film Academy Recurring faculty at Dance Teacher Web Live’s annual dance teacher conference in Las Vegas On faculty with All American Talent Awards, Spotlight Dance Cup and Resonance Tap Experience and Convention Produces and stages full length musicals and professional live entertainment for corporate events in and around NYC Has travelled and taught internationally in Canada, Finland, Guatemala and Ecuador Performance Credits include: HersheyPark, Walt Disney World, 1st National Tour of the Revival of 42nd Street the Musical, Regional theaters across the U.S.A.
National and International touring companies of Caution: Men at Work TAP National Touring Productions of Broadway’s SWING! and 42nd Street The Great American Song Book featuring Carol Lawrence and Ed Ames in Branson, MO Performed in over 50 Mainstage musicals, industrials and dance productions including Grease (Danny), Singin in the Rain (Cosmo), Little Shop of Horrors  (Seymour) and Disneyland’s 45th Annual Parade of the Stars Founder/Director of The Breakthrough Outreach and Performance Company Creator/Choreographer of Universal Studios Hollywood’s Tap Worx Cotton: The Fabric of Our Lives Commercial with Camilla Belle Former faculty of The Edge Performing Arts Center in Hollywood, CA and Steps on Broadway in New York City
MA from NYU Steinhardt’s Dance Education Program BFA in Dance Performance from UMass Amherst National and European tours: Guys & Dolls, Grease Regional Theater: West Side Story, Cabaret, Sweet Charity, IMPULSE Modern Dance Company Creator/Director of Project “C” - choreography workshops designed for young, emerging choreographers Current Faculty: Dance Teacher Web, D’Valda & Sirico Dance & Music Previous faculty member: Rutgers University, Perichild program at Peridance Capezio Center, New Dance Group and 92nd Street Y Served as Company Director at the historic Steffi Nossen School of Dance/Dance in Education Fund Traveled to Uganda to teach creative movement to misplaced children Featured instructor at the Queen’s Kampala Ballet & Modern Dance School Master teacher and adjudicator for various dance competitions
BFA in Dance from The University at Buffalo Has performed on various cruise ships throughout Europe, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean Performed with Spirit Productions in Reno, Myrtle Beach and Beirut, Lebanon Assisted Ben Blaque of the Illusionists on America’s Got Talent Toured with the Illusionists 2.0 in the U.S., Melbourne, Australia and Osaka, Japan Member of ALMA NYC Dance Company Associate Choreographer at Marquette Productions Inc
On faculty at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, Dance New Amsterdam, New York Film Academy and Groove Dance Competition and Convention Selected as one of top 12 Dance Convention Teachers in the USA by Dance Informa Magazine Performance credits include: a feature on Live with Regis and Kelly; dancing for Sean Kingston, Wyclef Jean, Nicki Minaj and Hillary Duff Choreographer for R&B/Pop Aritsts Kyle James and Sid Haywoode Dances with the crew DEF-C raising awareness for non-profit organizations Has taught internationally in the Philippines and the UK
Trained at Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, Dance Theater of Harlem and The Ailey School Recipient of the Judith Jameson Fellowship while training at the Ailey School Performed with the Ailey Company in their production of Alvin Ailey’s Ballet “Memoria” Studied under and performed in pieces by such esteemed artists as Melissa Hayden, Gelsey Kirkland, Arthur Mitchell, Ronald K. Brown and Judith Jamison Television performances include being featured on Live! With Regis and Kelly and the MTV Music Video Awards Has performed with Contemporary Ballet Theater and Genesis Dance Company Holds certification in Ballet Teaching and Registered Teaching status with the Royal Academy of Dance in London, UK
Trained at University of New Hampshire, Boston Ballet and The American Academy of Ballet at Vassar 1st National Tour of Pippin (Aerial Captain) Performed for nine years with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Appears in PBS’ Great Performances at the Met dancing in flying in many operas including John Adams’ Grammy Award Winning Dr. Atomic Adjudicates for national dance competition All American Talent Awards Teaches ballet in the Musical Theater department at the New York Film Academy and movement for actors at the New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts
Top 20 Contestant on Season 8 of So You Think You Can Dance Danced for L.L. Cool J at Carnegie Hall Performed with The Mothmen on America’s Got Talent in 2015 National Tour of Hairspray B.A. in dance with a minor in Musical Theater from Marymount Manhattan College Currently on faculty at Broadway Dance Center Currently performing in the Broadway Production of Spongebob the Musical!
On faculty at Broadway Dance Center in New York City Has taught internationally in Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Canada and Europe Performance experience ranges from Industrials to music videos, soap operas to Broadway! Has choreographed for musical artists for both stage and video! Contemporary dance has its roots in Sheila’s technique.  Almost every famous contemporary choreographer today has trained with her or has trained under someone who has trained with her!
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Aspiri n g P ackage Detai l s
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MPower Tote Bag, journal and T-shirt 17  Classes Friday Showcase Closing Number Solo Performance -includes 1 ai 1 session with MPower Faculty Additional Seminars Guest Artist Choreography Mock Audition
Simone DePaolo (Afro-Jazz)
Performance Credits include touring as Brenda in “Smokey Joe’s Cafe”; Mary Magdalene in “Jesus Christ Superstar” and Leading Player in “Pippin.” International credits include choreographer, dancer, singer, actor and featured artist in a variety of productions throughout Europe Has coached vocals and choreographed for such companies as Bridgeport Downtown Cabaret Theater, Hamill Productions, Dance Teacher Web live, and Cynthia Gibbs Triple Threat Academy Has performed and headlined with Costa and MSC Cruise Lines Made her directorial debut this season directing “Working, the Musical” at Sacred Heart University Assistant Artistic Director at D’Valda and Sirico Dance and Music Centre
Pre-teen schedule
Teen & Sr. schedule
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