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 Time Bomb Tap Company, both based out of Utah.

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.

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Lynette Mcintire

Lynnette Mcintire was born and raised in Boston, MA, and now lives in Oxford, MA, with her son and husband. Lynnette's dance journey started when she was 5, watching Arthur Duncan on The Lawrence Welk show. However, her dance education had to wait until she could pay for it herself starting in 1980.

 

Lynnette studied with Dianne Walker and Leon Collins. She also studied with Savion Glover, Brenda Buffalino, and the late Gregory Hines, Jimmy Slyde, Lavaughn Robinson and  Pam Raff (all now deceased). Lynnette also studied with Boston greats Julia Boynton, Josh Hilberman, Brian Jones, and many other Beantown tap dancers. She performed in students/faculty performances at Jeannette Williams Dance Studios as a member of Julia Boynton's reportoire class and around Boston at City Hall, and The Emerson Majestic Theater among other venues. Lynnette also worked as a choreographer for many years for The Women's Service Club's 464 Community Workshop. This organization put on shows to raise money for scholarships and to send inner city children to summer camp. This was a very fulfilling experience. Lynnette was also a member of the late Carlton Jones' Street Funk dance company called The Rainbow Tribe.

 

Starting in 1985, Lynnette taught tap, jazz and ballet at The Academy of Musical Arts in Boston's historic South End. She moved away from Boston to central Massachusetts in 1995 with her husband to start their family.

 

In 1995 the jazz tap style was new to Central Massachusetts, so she taught at many local studios there including Denise Day Dance Center for 5 years, Boucher School of Dance for 13 years, Sally MacDermott Dance Center off and on for 10 years, Canty Dance Center for 5 years and Aspire Dance Center for 5 years. Lynnette teaches all levels and ages from toddlers to seniors. Her oldest student was 92! She teaches choreography for dance competitons, competition level production numbers, groups, and solos, duets and trios. Lynnette continued as a guest teacher at many studios in Massachusetts and Connecticut right up to the COVID pandemic.

 

Lynnette has attended tap festivals since 1995.  

 

In July 2016, Lynnette lost her right leg below the knees due to diabetes. However, Aspire Dance Center asked her to remain on their staff. She started with an assistant from her wheelchair for her beginner level classes. For all the higher level competition classes she was on her own. These students were very familiar with her style and demonstrated for her as needed. When she began rehab she taught with a walker, then a cane. When she was fitted for her prosthetic Lynnette had custom made taps and continued as before. In 2017 at a competition, Lynnette won an award for her choreography for her dance PA-65000. I hope that the dancers on stage who saw a one legged tap dancers win an award for choreography taught them not to give up on their passions, no matter what. In 2019, at age 59, Lynnette participated in the Spartan Race at Fenway Park where she received a medal. This was on her bucket list.

 

Lynnette has been a dance educator for 41 years and plans to teach for at least 41 more, because DANCE = LIFE!!

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Tony Coppola

With long-standing national recognition as a tap dance virtuoso, All-American gymnast, master dance teacher, and professional percussionist, Tony Coppola is in high demand as a performer, choreographer and master instructor.His television choreographic credits include commercials for McDonalds, Aramis cologne, and Autolite autoparts, as well as the Superstars of Gymnastics for USA TV network, and John Tesh Live at Redrocks for PBS. He choreographed the World Gold Gymnastics tour starring Nadia Comaneci and a cast of Olympic medalists and Hollywood dancers. *Tony was honored to have a Capezio tap dance shoe named after him. He has taught outreach classes for the Kennedy Center’s Imagination Celebration. Tony’s music theatre credits include the lead role in GEORGE M and choreographer role in productions of WEST SIDE STORY, CHICAGO, TOMMY, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, KISS ME KATE and many others. While on faculty at UNLV for five years, he became the published author of INVITATION TO THE DANCE, found on amazon.

Tony began his performing career as a dancer for Donny and Marie, and toured the world with the Osmonds for several years. He continued his performing career as a tap soloist for many stage shows, TV shows, and film. He was the master tap teacher for Tremaine conventions for twelve years.

Tony has written for many dance publications and is presently a contributing writer for Dance Informa magazine. He is on faculty of the Dance Teacher Web National Conference, and judges throughout the United States.

Presently Tony directs and choreographs the Las Vegas based Coppola Rhythm Ensemble and their show “Kickin’ It!” He is the tap instructor for Don Mirault’s Theater Arts Preparatory School at The Rock Center for Dance in Las Vegas, where he is on faculty. Tony is proud to be a mentor for “Get Launched” sponsored by Positively Arts Program.

*Tony’s endeavors in the outreach arena have led him to a project for children, which combine fitness, dance, and music called “The Rhythkiddz”.

 

Tony espouses a philosophy of versatility and relevance for himself and his dancers.

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Victoria Jones

Victoria Jones is the motivated driving force behind tap dance in the Las Vegas Community. She founded Sound Steps Dance Company, a local dance organization offering training classes, performances, and educational/outreach programs spotlighting percussion dance disciplines. Sound Steps also produces two major dance festivals a year: Las Vegas Tap Fest in May and Rhythm X Project in September.

Victoria’s dance career began in grade-school at the Emerson School VPA in Gary, Indiana. She trained and studied all forms of dance, specializing in tap with M.A.D.D. Rhythms in Chicago. In 2007, she relocated to Las Vegas where she began her professional career in dance. In 2008, Victoria served five years in the United States Army National Guard for Nevada. When she returned to Las Vegas, she re-energized her dance career.

In 2013 she was featured in “MeatLoaf’s Rocktellz and Coctailz” at Planet Hollywood on the Las Vegas Strip. A skilled promotional model, showgirl, production assistant and hair designer, in addition to being an accomplished dancer and teacher, Victoria is signed by several dance and modeling agencies that employ her at conventions, special events and performance productions. Among various agencies representing Victoria is BEST Agency Las Vegas. Since her teaching career began in 2003 at Beachfront Dance School, Victoria has expanded to more than 20 dance studio and schools, where she teaches tap, hip hop, and other contemporary forms of percussion dance. She is especially adept at “hoofing” – a street style form of tap dance in the tradition of Sammy Davis Jr., Gregory Hines, and today’s Savion Glover. Another of her dance specialties is hip-hop, in which she trained with leading edge dancers in Hollywood and Las Vegas. Several of her trainers work as choreographers for mega-star performers like Beyoncé, Usher and Chris Brown.

Victoria has also taught as several Tap Festivals around the World to include, Belo Horizonte in Brazil, Chicago, Phoenix, Utah, and of course at her own festival in Las Vegas.

Victoria’s primary interest is teaching and inspiring kids of all ages. Among the special youth programs, she has worked for in the past include “After School All-Stars” and “Excite Dance.” Her company’s programs like Sound Off! After school program, Up With Tap community performances, and Tap Matters Academy engage youth from ages 5 to 18 in dance instruction and performance skills, Her Community Tap-In program offers “informances” (inform+perform) at senior centers, retirement homes, shelters, hospitals, churches and other local facilities.

Today Victoria continues to teach in the Clark County School District, as well as in dance studios and in partnership with other organizations. She currently teaches and trains at Prodigy Dance Training Center in Las Vegas and can be located at Millennium Dance Complex, a viral dance studio brand on social media. Her professional goal is to make her very own dance organization a vibrant cultural force in Las Vegas.