Warm Welcome to 3 Industry Professionals!
At MAD Dance and Musical Theater, we offer a warm, friendly, nurturing environment for all our dancers and their families. Many of our students intend to pursue a professional career, but just as many simply wish to gain grace, poise, and coordination. In either case, we teach our students to "love dance and music" while encouraging them to reach the highest standards in style and technique. With a world-class faculty and unrivalled connections to the professional dance world, MAD Dance is proud to offer students a vibrant and stimulating learning experience.
New on board to our MAD family we introduce Maria Torres O'Connor, acclaimed performer, Associate Broadway Choreographer of On Your Feet and Director with extensive experience in the theater, film, and television. As a performer, Maria has graced both the Broadway stage, starring in Swing!, and the big screen in "Dance with Me," starring Cheyenne and Vanessa Williams. Maria has worked on projects in the music industry ranging from choreographing the video for Enrique Iglesias hit single Bailamos to hailed Reggaeton artist Don Omar's most recent tour King of Kings, and The International Dance TV show "Quiero Bailar". Maria was the on-camera guest choreographer on the hit show "So You Think You Can Dance and has worked with scores of producers and directors at studios including MTV, NBC, HBO, BBC and Walt Disney. Maria is also the Founder of the Maria Torres Emerging Artists Foundation. Maria will be hosting a series of Master classes to our Students and mentoring them along their journey through the Arts.
Janet Dacal, a Los Angeles native, has a successful and extensive career in music and theater. Her musical influences range in genres, finding inspiration from the likes of Sarah Vaughn to Celia Cruz. Her music career began under the wing of Grammy winning artist Gloria Estefan, recording background vocals on a number of her albums. Other artists she’s worked with include, Ricky Martin, Sharkira, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. Following her time with the Estefan’s, Janet toured the world with Grammy Winning, Latin Recording Artist, Luis Enrique. Life’s journey took her to New York City, where she realized the childhood dream of performing on Broadway. Janet has starred in several Broadway productions, including the Tony and Grammy Award Winning Mega-Hit “In The Heights.” After having originated the role of Carla in the original Off-Broadway and Broadway productions, for which she received a Drama Desk Award, she took over the title role of Nina Rosario. She then starred as Alice, in Frank Wildhorn’s musical “Wonderland.” She appears on the original cast recordings of both “In The Heights” and “Wonderland.” Janet teaches and coaches MAD voice students privately.
Ellen Michaels, one of Miami's premier vocal talents, has performed award-winning voice-over and jingle work for over 20 years. She's known for her friendly, conversational, upbeat sound, contagious energy, and tireless work ethic, priding herself on delivering quality work on a deadline and committing herself to working with clients until they're happy. Some of her past clients include Boston Market, Jaguar, Cosi, Honda, Taco John's, Air Force, Standard Brands, Big Lots, K-59 Hawaii, Miami Beach, and Channel 10. In addition to voice-over and jingle work, Ellen is a recording artist formerly signed with Epic Records. Her song with Will To Power, I'm Not In Love, was a smash hit earning its way to the No. 2 Billboard slot. Ellen is our in-house MAD Vocal Instructor.
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