Residencies-Middle School

Note: All MS dancers take class from each MS guest artist

1/6-10 Ryan Tuerk

unnamedRyan Michael Tuerk holds a Master of Fine Arts from Temple University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts. Ryan has been granted certification in the Vaganova methodology in classical ballet. Born just outside of Philadelphia Pa, Ryan began his early dance training at the age of 17 at a small local studio in Quakertown Pa.  First as a martial artist and later as an acrobat Ryan discovered his true passion for dance and movement and committed himself to pursuing a career in the field of dance as a performer, a teacher, and choreographer.  After realizing his calling as a dance artist, Ryan went on to pursue a degree in dance at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia Pa.  Upon graduation Ryan was hired by several cruise lines including Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and Princess Cruise Lines.  While living in Fort Lauderdale Fl, Ryan performed the role of Doody in the musical “GREASE.”  Ryan’s classical performance repertoire includes “The Flower Festival of Genzzano,”” Grand Pas Classique,” and the “Blue Bird” variation from “The Sleeping Beauty.”  He has performed works by choreographers such as Brian Sanders, Roni Koresh, Roberta Mathes and Dr. Laura Katz-Rizzo.  Ryan is on faculty at The Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet where he instructs adults and pre-professional students.  In addition to technique classes Ryan has choreographed contemporary work for students at the academy who have entered the Youth American Grand Prix competition.  At Montgomery County Community College Ryan instructs various movement based and academic courses in the college’s dance department.  He has helped the department to develop and include new course work and curriculum in Jazz Dance Studies.  Ryan continues to make appearances at several local Universities and teaches at privately-owned studios in the Philadelphia area.  Since 2011 Ryan has been a visiting guest artist for Dissonance Dance Theatre in Washington D.C., creating three original choreographic works for the company “RAPTURE,”” SCARS ON MY MEMORY,” and “THE 13TH HOUR.” Ryan also instructs students for NGOMA Center for Dance’s summer DANCELAB at the University of Maryland.  In 2013 Ryan was accepted into Temple University’s Boyer School of Music and Dance’s graduate program.  While pursuing his MFA Ryan focused his research on understanding heteronormativity in dance performance, gender norms and embodied expression, body politics, and challenging hegemonic cultural assumptions of male bodies.  The result of Ryan’s research was his master’s thesis “Deciphering: He, Choreographing Contemporary Masculinities.”  In the fall of 2017 Ryan joined forces with the Philadelphia Circus School and CIRCADIUM School of Contemporary Circus to develop the first ever fully accredited circus program in America. Ryan has produced over 20 original choreographic works that have been performed across Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Washington D.C. Currently, Ryan has been working on developing PURSUE THE CRAFT INTENSIVES, a training program that visits schools to bring in some of the industry’s top working professionals to assist schools in offering the highest caliber of dance education for students and teachers alike.  As a choreographer Ryan has been recognized for his unique choreographic style.  His choreography manifests as a sinewy combination of classical line blended with soft and fluid movement trajectories with a jazz influence.  His movement becomes an emotionally palpable dialogue between classical technique and contemporary dance that is rooted in the human condition. Ryan believes the position of a teacher is awarded through an unyielding commitment to excellence; he notes that success achieved by students in any field of study requires a high level of capacity and dedication from their teachers. 

1/27-31 Georgia Schrubbe


Georgia Grace Schrubbe is the owner of Holy City Salsa Dance Studio in West Ashley. Her first love is ballet and she grew up training and performing with Mobile Ballet and Bayshore Ballet Dance Theatre in lower Alabama. She’s also studied ballet at the Ballet Nacional de Cuba’s Catedra de Danza, San Francisco Ballet School, Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet, Alabama Ballet and LaBelle Performing Arts Center.

She fell in love with Latin music and dance in 2009 when she moved to Charleston to pursue a Communication degree at the College of Charleston. While in school, she trained and performed with Charleston Ballet Theatre, Charleston Dance Project, the College of Charleston Dance Department, Estilo Seis Dance Company and Elite Ballroom International.

 After a brief stint as a tour leader in Havana for Insight Cuba, she began teaching as an apprentice instructor with Charleston Latin Dance from 2013-2014. In 2014 she launched her own company, Baila ConmiG.A. and performed in and choreographed for the Strings and Salsa shows at the Charleston Music Hall and Harbison Performing Arts Center in Columbia, S.C. She produced local events and classes and her company performed locally and regionally at events including the Columbia Salsa Summit, Charlotte Salsa and Bachata Festival, Jailbreak Festival (now Charleston Arts Festival) and the Charleston Cinco de Mayo Festival.

In summer 2016, she opened Holy City Salsa Dance Studio in West Ashley and with her team has shared the love of Latin dance and music with hundreds of people in the Lowcountry. With Holy City Salsa, she’s choreographed and performed in numerous showcases, local Latin dance events and festivals. She’s guest taught at dance studios and schools across Charleston and as a Charleston County School of the Arts artist-in-residence in 2018.

She also performs with Charleston-based modern dance company Dance Matters in “Coming to Monuments,” a piece that combines dance, storytelling and poetry to explore South Carolina history.

2/18-21, 24- Julie DeLizza Clark

JulieDeLizzaClarkJulie DeLizza Clark is a dance instructor, choreographer, and performer based in Charleston, South Carolina. She currently serves as the Director of Dance Moves of Charleston and the Artistic Director of the Dance Moves Youth Company. As member of Annex Dance Company for eight seasons, Julie performs regularly throughout Charleston and its surrounding areas. In 2014 Julie presented and performed at TEDx Charleston with Annex Dance Company and students from Memminger Elementary School. Julie has taught at Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School and Wando High School, where she was the co-director of the Wando Dance Company. She also served as a guest artist for Charleston County’s School of the Arts middle school dancers in 2015, 2017, and again this coming Spring 2019. Julie’s piece A Part Smaller won the 2017 Choreography Award at the Charlotte Emerging Dance Artists concert, a part of the Charlotte Dance Festival. As a choreographer, Julie strives to create works that show genuine connections infused with nuanced movements.