2021 Faculty

Wendi Isaacson

Wendi Isaacson holds her degree from Brigham Young University, where she graduated with University Honors in English and Dance Education.  While at BYU she was an original member of the tap company “Foot Poetry” under the direction of Colleen West. She was a performer in World of Dance and Homecoming Spectacular each year, as well as Christmas Around the World as a member of the BYU Folk Dance Team.  As a senior at BYU, she was one of 3 dance students selected to represent BYU at the National Dance Festival in Tuscon, Arizona.

While Wendi lived in Louisville, KY, she was asked to take over the school's struggling dance team.  That year, they took 1st place at the Regional competition for the first time in 30 years.  Wendi also placed in the top three in the teacher’s freestyle division every year.

Wendi is the Founding Artistic Director of Rhythm Nation Tap Company, and dances with Foot Poetry Tap Ensemble.

She has trained under tap greats including Savion Glover, Diane Walker, Chloe Arnold, Jason Samuels Smith, Bril Barrett, Rusty Frank, Ayodele Casel, Mike Minery, Anthony Morigerato, Ivery Wheeler, Jared Grimes, Melinda Sullivan.

 

Wendi was the Founder and Director of the Dance Makers Studio for 10 years. Her team and solo choreography has won many awards at the state as well as national level. Wendi is a highly sought-after teacher and is on tap faculty at Brigham Young University, The Dance Club, Center Stage, and Millennium Dance Complex SLC. She is faculty and director for the Utah Tap Fest, and guest faculty at LV Tap Fest and Nashville Tap Experiment. Wendi is committed to teaching the highest level of technique, and inspiring her students to achieve personal bests every day.

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Megan Nelson

Megan Nelson specializes in tap and clogging. Performance credits include: Disney Magic Music Days: Disney World’s 25th anniversary celebration; the Asparagus Festival in Nienburg Germany; and Ixcarat in Cancun. She studied ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and musical theatre at Diamond Talent Studios in St. George, Utah for more than ten years where she now teaches advanced tap classes. She is the director of the performing clog team, the All American Cloggers, established by Cindy Metcalf in 1983. Megan graduated in April 2015 with a BS degree in Human Development from Brigham Young University. Megan was the winner of the New Jersey Tap Festival Scholarship Contest and studied under the Tony-Award winning tap choreographer Henry LeTang. She has been a guest performer with the Dixie State University Dance Company and a three time finalist in Dixie’s Got Talent. She hopes to promote rhythm dance in southern Utah and share the joy of tap and clogging with any student who’s idea of fun is putting on a pair of tap shoes.

Dante Lara

Dante Lara is a California based tap dancer, teacher, and choreographer who continues to explode onto the new tap dancing scene.  A graduate of Chapman University with a BA in Theater Arts, Dante earned his SAG card at age 7, and has been performing professionally ever since.  His passion for tap dancing has kept him on the wood his whole life. He has been a member of professional companies LA Ironwooks, under direction of Steve Zee, Chloe Arnold's Apartment 33, the Here's 2 Lyfe company, and The Nitty Grittyz with Christopher Anthony Scott.

As a tap soloist, Dante has been seen at The Big Apple Tap Festive, The Inspire Campaign, Orange County's Shark Club, and Boulevard 3 in Hollywood.

His television appearances include The Nikki Show (WB), Dance Revolution (CBS), The Talk (CBS), World of Dance (NBC), and many commercials.

Dante's goal as a performer and teacher is to spread the love and joy of this musical art form to everyone, and to give students technique and tap vocabulary that they can take and share in their own improvisations and choreography.

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Rusty Frank

Rusty began her dancing career at the tender age of six, when she saw her first Shirley Temple movie ("I wanna do that!"). She started with tap dancing, studying with many of the great tap masters, including her mentor, Louis DaPron, as well as Fayard Nicholas, Brenda Bufalino, Steve Condos, Gene Nelson, Miriam Nelson, LaVaughn Robinson, Bob Scheerer, Lou Wills, Jr., Leonard Reed, Dorothy Toy, Glenn Turnbull, Katherine Hopkins Nicholas, and Jon Zerby. 

She has tap danced professionally over the years with The San Francisco Tap Troupe, Six Feet (Wayne Doba, Rodney Price), Pedal Extremities (Walter Freeman, Mark Mendonca, Michael Rainey), Tapology (Patti Meagher), The Rhythm Rascals (Walter Freeman), Mulligan and Whitmore "Tops in Taps" (Chester Whitmore), The Rhythm Pals (Alfred Desio), Greg Gast, Mark Marchillo, and Betty de la Torre.

Rusty Frank is a Tap Dancer and Lindy Hopper, producer, choreographer, writer, and dance preservationist. She is the author of the critically acclaimed book TAP! The Greatest Tap Dance Stars and Their Stories 1900-1955, the producer and choreographer of the stage revues "Swingin' The Century - The Big Band Show" and "Jazz Tap." Rusty is the producer of the in-production documentary, "TAP! Tempo of America" (recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant).

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Ryan Maw

Ryan Maw is the creator of Vitality Dance Tour- Your Industry Connection. At age 11, Ryan was scouted by movie producers for a role in the film “Dance Off” and his commercial dance career began.  Soon after, he was fortunate to perform on The Ellen Show, So You Think You Can Dance, NBC’s World of Dance, andHigh School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Ryan has choreographed for The Next Generation Choreographers Showcase at 25 Live and has performed with many professional companies. Ryan is honored to be a three-time international titleholder of "Best Dancer" and is proud to be the first to win this honorable title with tap dance.  Ryan's versatility comes from training in all genres of dance, which led to sponsorships and many industry dance jobs, such as performing live at The Emmy Awards. Although success has come his way, Ryan continues to train across the country and looks forward to sharing his passion for tap dance with the world.

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Becky Fullington

Becky Fullington is an accomplished performer and teacher from Las Vegas, Nevada. She's been involved in the Las Vegas Tap Fest and Showcase since 2016.  

 

Becky is well known as Lead Dancer/Assistant Choreographer/Singer with Pin Ups On Tour. Other professional credits include Stockholm Tap Festival 2017, Henderson Silver Knights – “Jester” (Hype Team/Dancer) – Inaugural Season 2020-2021, Assistant Choreographer/Dancer in Golden Rainbow: Ribbon of Life Reimagined, Tropicana Las Vegas 2017, Dancer with Missy Cochran Entertainment, House of Blue Las Vegas, MGM Resort, Mandalay Bay 2017, 2018, 2019

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Chante Stutznegger

Chante Stutznetter bio coming soon.