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Brian Friedman

Brian Friedman has worked on Dancing with The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Will & Grace, The Tonight Show, Late Night, Jimmy Kimmel, The Ellen Show, Oprah, MTV VMA’s, VH1 Divas Live, American Music Awards, and the Billboard Music Awards, to name a few. Brian's film credits include Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, You Got Served, She’s All That, Austin Powers Gold Member, and Uptown Girls. He has been associated with top music artists such as Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Ciara, Celine Dion, Janet Jackson, Prince, Mariah Carey, Usher, P!nK, Nicole Scherzinger, Christina Aguilera, One Direction, Cher, Normani, Sam Smith Melanie Martinez, and more. He was chosen to work with Simon Cowell on several of his highest ranking projects, including judging, choreographing, creative directing, and producing. These shows include The X Factor (US and UK), America's Got Talent, and Britain's Got Talent.

In addition to spending his time as a Producer, Director, Creative Director, and Choreographer, Brian enjoys giving back to the community. Everyone loves and knows a "Brian Friedman" piece! Brian is excited to be the first jazz funk Master Coach joining the ballroom this year!

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Krista Miller

Krista Miller is best known for her popular teaching channel on Youtube called KBMTalent with over 75,000,000 views. With over 200 dance instruction videos, Krista has become one of the most sought after technique Teachers in North America. On this platform, she began giving technical tips and online classes to dancers across the globe. She has since traveled around the world with her KBM TALENT “Day of Dance '' sharing her gifts. With her ballet background and focus on the core strength, she has worked with some of the most elite students around the world. She has recently opened the elite training facility in Orange County California called “THE BREA SPACE ''. Her passion for the basic principles of technique have made her unique to the teaching field. She has stayed true to helping students find a better technical balance within their own individual body. It is her wish for dancers to have a solid technical foundation that will help them in all styles of Dance. Krista is excited to be the first technique Master Coach joining the ballroom this year!

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Lacey Schwimmer

Lacey Schwimmer is perhaps best known for her success as a finalist on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (season 3) and as one of the most popular professional dancers on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars (six consecutive seasons). She has worked with Grammy award-winning artists such as Christina Aguilera, Nikki Minaj, LMFAO, One Republic, Reba McEntire, One Republic, Backstreet Boys, and New Kids On The Block. In addition to Lacey’s industry choreography she has created many award-winning contemporary, hip-hop, jazz, Latin, swing, and ballroom pieces for competition, and has won multiple U.S. and world titles for Swing dance and International Latin. Lacey created the first ever Ballroom only convention and continues to make an impact in the dance world. Lacey is excited to continue to make history and join our ballroom this year!

Master Class Faculty

Taught Style Intensives @ South Open Dancesport Championships December 2021

Ashley Franco

Coming Soon!

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Debra McWaters

Debra McWaters is a renown President, Co-Artistic Director, Co-Founder. Despite an enviable career directing and choreographing on stages around the world – and, most significantly, on Broadway – Debra McWaters’ life mission has always involved helping young people. Her passion is the artistic development of aspiring actors, singers, dancers, and performers of all types, but with a particular fondness for dance. Dance is the discipline from which Debra has drawn inspiration, from the likes of Bob Fosse, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and Mikhail Baryshnikov. In particular from Mr. Fosse, his work has been so inspiring to Deb that after being mentored for 15 years by Ann Reinking, then by Gwen Verdon as they worked (and traveled in the US and in London) on BTP and on a Fosse project, she was told by Gwen that she was ready to teach the style, and she became one of the foremost teachers of his unique choreography, and wrote one of the definitive books on the subject: The Fosse Style (2008, University Press of Florida, with a foreword by Ben Vereen). For more than 15 years, Debra was first the Assistant Choreographer and then Associate Choreographer for director, choreographer and legendary Fosse protégé, Ann Reinking.With Ann Reinking, she participated in what anyone would consider ‘dream projects’ that began with the mounting of both the New York City Center Encores! production and the (still-running) Broadway production of the Tony Award-winning, smash hit Chicago The Musical, which originally starred Ann Reinking and Bebe Neuwirth. Debra’s involvement in this now-iconic show continued on with the London, Australian and Viennese companies as well as the two simultaneous first U.S. National Tours, one of which became housed at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Resort for more than a year and originally co-starred Chita Rivera and Ben Vereen. She then careened into yet another Tony award winner, Fosse, assisting Ann Reinking on the Broadway, West End, and National and European tours. The show won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Musical. Later, Debra herself became the Director and Choreographer of the second National and Internationl tours of Fosse, in addition to a special post-touring engagement presented by The Gateway Playhouse in New York. Debra was Ann Reinking’s Associate Choreographer on Applause at Papermill Playhouse, No Strings! at New York City Center Encores!, The Look of Love at Roundabout Theatre Company, the original version of The Visit,at the Goodman Theatre with Chita Rivera, Legends at Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, Suite Kander at Missouri State Ballet, Tonight at 8:30 at Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Caution: Side Effects with Melissa Thodos Dancers. Debra also was Associate Director & Choreographer for Broadway Under The Stars at Bryant Park, choreographer for Ben Vereen’s one-man shows, and choreographer for the workshops of two of composer Frank Wildhorn’s musicals: Wonderland, which eventually ran on Broadway, and Havana. In addition Debra had the distinct pleasure of working with 2014 Olympic Gold Medalists. Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Earlier in her career, Debra served as Chair of the University of South Florida Dance Department in Tampa. She holds a Masters degree in Mathematics with a concentration in statistics and, in her earlier non-showbiz life, worked at NASA on the space program, where her father was a launch team member on the Apollo mission. It was with Ann Reinking and others in 1991 that Debra co-founded the Broadway Theatre Project, which has developed into a world-class training ground for young artists. The success of BTP inspired her to author Musical Theatre Training: The Broadway Theatre Project Handbook, published in 2009 by University Press of Florida. Debra has a passion for ballroom dancing, and has infused bits of the style into original choreography, including that for the apprentices of the Broadway Theatre Project. Debra thanks her dance partner of years ago, Rob Hertenstein, Director, Entertainment Production for Norwegian Cruise Line for hosting Broadway Theatre Project in 2015.  The final performance took place in the 800 seat theatre onboard Norwegian’s newest ship at that time, Getaway.   She also had the distinct pleasure of working with writer, director, songwriter, producer and BTP visiting artist, Gianna Palminteri, and is looking forward to working with her once again. Debra taught master classes at the National Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in 2016 and has taught classes at the regional level since 2012. Debra stays challenged by the everchanging landscape of the new space program, has begun experimenting with choreographing for video, and is eagerly looking forward to the continuation of new opportunities in her life.  She is a proud Associate member of the SDC.

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