6th grade Bret Shuford, December 10, 11, 13, 17, 18
Bret Shuford has dedicated his life to creating theatre and helping others do the same. He made his Broadway debut in the ensemble of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, followed by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Amazing Grace. Most recently, he was seen on Broadway in Cirque du Soleil Paramour, and in the Martin Scorsese feature film The Wolf Of Wall Street.
He has continued to work regionally, and globally, self-producing his solo shows, and YouTube channel. As the Broadway Life Coach, Bret helps actors get more auditions, book more work, and find their self-confidence. For more on his acting, visit bretshuford.com.
7th grade Jessica Lighthart, Feb. 4-8
Jessica Lighthart is from Boca Raton, FL, where she trained with Boca Ballet Theatre under the direction of Dan Guin and Jane Tyree. While at Boca Ballet Theatre, Jessica danced in Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Les Sylphides, Coppelia, La Bayadere, and much more. She has also danced at North Carolina School of the Arts, University of Alabama, and with Ballet Memphis. Jessica, a graduate from the College of Charleston, has been teaching ballet for over twenty years. This is her eleventh year teaching at the Ballet Academy of Charleston! Over the course of three summers, she has completed the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy Teacher Certification Program in New York City, and is certified to teach levels A, B, and C. Jessica lives in James Island with her husband and three children.
8th grade Marlayna Locklear, Jan. 7-11
After school rehearsal Jan 8 & 9th, 3:45-5:45pm
Marlayna Locklear hails from Milwaukee,WI. She began her training at the age of 12 at city ballet theatre and went on to graduate from Milwaukee High School of the Arts and University of the Arts In Philadelphia, PA with a BFA in Ballet and Jazz. Marlayna was one of the founding members of The Milwaukee Dance Connection and has gone on to dance with Eleone Dance Theatre, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dallas Black Dance Theatre II , Deeply Rooted Dance theatre and Dayton Contemporary Dance company where she served as the company jazz and contemporary instructor as well as resident choreographer for DCDC II.
She has performed works by Christopher Huggins, Dwight Rhoden, Ron Brown, Donald Byrd, Ronen Koresh, Diane McIntyre and Ray Mercer to name a few.
Marlayna is a freelance artist and teaches and choreographs at Universities around the nation. She is also the founder and director of Indurance Dance Intensive. She most recently finished filming the James Franco Film “Blood Heist”,studying abroad in Italy with VIVO Ballet,working with South African choreographer Fana Tshabalala on the INDUMBA project In Bulgaria and dancing with Owen Cox Dance Group.
Male Choreography for Departmental, Dennis Breedlove Dec. 19
“I have known for a long time that dance and theater performance was my gift of service to humanity for those in need of an outlet and to those who are unable to find peace within themselves as well as in society. Reflecting on the importance of “DANCE” is relatively my life. From birth until now, my purpose and gift in life is to dance. It is my service and my calling.”
Note: All MS dancers take class from each MS guest artist