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denise caston-clark

Denise Caston-Clark was a Radio City Rockette for 10 years and toured nationally with the Tony Award winning musical, Crazy For You. Denise has also had the honor of performing the choreography of Savion Glover at a showcase in New York City. She performed on tour in Australia, dancing all over the continent in Elvis to the Max. Her choreography has been seen in many productions in which she performed, including shows at Caesars Windsor in Ontario, Canada. Credits also include film, television, commercials, and industrials.

She was on the faculty at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in NYC, and is thrilled to be launching Tap Dance Detroit. Other teaching credits include Debbie Allen Dance Academy Summer Intensive, Gregg Russell’s Tap Into the Network, Big Apple Tap Festival, and The Rockette Experience© at Radio City Music Hall.

In 2011, Denise was invited to speak at the TEDx Detroit Conference about her contributions to the cultural landscape in Detroit, including founding and producing Motor City Tap Fest and founding the Detroit Tap Repertory.

In 2014, she was awarded a prestigious MaTilDa Award from her alma mater, Oakland University, for Alumni Achievement in Dance.

jer vernier

Jer Vernier spent much of his early years training at Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, where I was a member of the Tap Repertory Ensemble. After graduating high school he majored in Dance at Marygrove College and also studied at Edge Performing Arts Center in Hollywood, CA.

He has performed with Dance Detroit, Detroit Tap Repertory, Detroit Symphony Orchestra and in multiple venues across the United States and Canada.

Jer knew from his first dance class that teaching others was going to be his calling in life, and at age 14 began conducting dance classes on his own. He has taught countless students throughout Metro Detroit and have won numerous awards for his choreography.

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