Lauren Gaul performed as a Radio City Rockette for 10 years appearing in the Christmas Spectacular, NBC Behind The Scenes Special, Monday Night Football, Columbus Day Parade, and numerous other shows and events. She performed in shows such as Nothing Like a Dame, Dance Break, The Astaire Awards, The Élan Awards and numerous industrials. She performed in industrials for Audi, Astra Zeneca, Warburg Pinkus and with companies such as Tap Team II & Co, Journey Dance Co., and as a guest artist with Riedel Dance Theater. Lauren choreographed industrials for Lady Footlocker, IZOD, Capezio, Sesame Street, and Sesame Workshop featuring recording artist Brandy. Most recently she choreographed Tennesse William’s The Mutilated starring Mink Stole and Penny Arcade (Off Broadway). Her work has been presented at Jacobs Pillow, Jazz Dance World Congress, Broadway Dance Center, the Bridge for Dance and numerous other venues. She was assistant choreographer for Broadway Bares, the Élan Awards, Chicago (Regional), Torched (Off Broadway), and for cruise lines such as Princess and Celebrity. She received her MFA from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance and is an ABT® Certified Teacher. Lauren is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Pace University in the Commercial Dance Program.
WHITNEY CRITES BROWN, Progressions & Musical Theater
Whitney's contagious spirit, enthusiastic attitude and exceptional choreography have put her in high demand as a master class teacher and choreographer around the nation. Most recently she traveled the nation with Nickelodeon’s wildly popular Yo Gabba Gabba! Live as the Assistant Choreographer and Dance Captain. She has also been the choreographer for the Reckson Center Christmas Tree Lighting, starring and Johnny Weir from the Olympic Men's Figure Skating Team and Shiera and Loli's Ditty Doodle Works on the CW Television Network.
While choreography and teaching are Whitney’s passion, she also loves to perform and entertain. She has been fortunate enough to work with artists such as NeYo, Snoop Dogg, Kerry Russell, Cold War Kids, The Roots, Bootsy Collins, Biz Markie, Sarah Silverman, Erika Badu, Solange Knowles and Freddie Prince Jr.Her theater/live credits include: All Shook Up, Kidz Bop Live, Xbox Kinect Times Square Launch, Elan Awards honoring Anne Reinking, Jerry Mitchell and Rob Marshall, The Best of... Broadway, Dance Break, Pajama Party Live, and NYC Promos for Looney Tunes the Movie as Daffy Duck. Television: Lucille Roberts Fitness, Sheira & Loli’s Ditty Doddle Works and One Life to Live, but Whitney is most excited about being a part of the 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll!
We are excited to have Whitney back as part of our faculty for the fourth year in a row!
Jeff Amsden began his training in Spokane, Washington with the Spokane Ballet and later joined the company. He also studied on scholarship with the Pacific NorthWest Ballet and then the Joffrey Ballet in New York. Jeff toured the US for three years as a soloist with the Joffrey Ballet concert group. He also danced with the Chamber Ballet USA in New York. In Rome, Italy. Jeff was featured on the variety show "Fantastico Five" and in the feature film "Joan Lui."
Upon returning to New York, Jeff was featured on "Guiding Light" and partnered Shirley MacLaine on the television special "100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty." He danced with Debbie Allen and The Pointer Sisters on the Martin Luther King, Jr. TV special. After auditioning with hundreds of dancers, Jeff was hired as a lead dancer on the groundbreaking TV show "Dancin' to the Hits" and relocated to LA.
While in LA, Jeff danced on the "American Music Awards" with Gloria Estefan and was featured on the "Academy Awards." Jeff appeared in six national commercials and the feature films; "I'll Do Anything," choreographed by Twyla Tharp, "And the Band Played On" with Richard Gere, "Leonard Part Six" with Bill Cosby and "Cinderella" choreographed by Academy Award winning director Rob Marshall starring Brandi and Whitney Houston.
Jeff had a featured role in the original LA production of The Phantom of the Opera and worked with Jerome Robbins of the workshop for the Tony Award winning show Jerome Robbins Broadway. Jeff also has been featured in roles on "The Tracy Ullman Show," "Coach," and partnered Paula Abdul in her video "Blowing Kisses in the Wind."
As a choreographer, Jeff has worked with many singers including the legendary Bette Midler. Jeff was the assistant choreographer for Saturday Night Fever in London and was assistant choreographer on Pagliacci for the Houston Grand Opera. In Japan, Jeff has choreographed the musicals The Rink and Golden Boy as well as six TV specials. He also directed and choreographed the cruise ship show Time Warp. In addition to choreography, Jeff co-founded The Professional Dance Center of Tokyo.
in New York, Jeff just finished choreographing Grease for the prestigious Paper Mill Playhouse, which received rave reviews from The New York Times and Variety. Jeff also choreographs regularly for the television show "All My Children."
Jeff is the creator, director, and choreographer of A Few Good Men Dancin'. A Few Good Men Dancin'has enjoyed sold out performances at New York's New Victory Theater.