Kristina Boroja (Director)
Kristina has been dancing since the age of 2 at a local dance studio in Michigan. She started her competitive training by the age of 6, where she developed her love for dance. While dancing competitively, Kristina was honored with summer dance program scholarships to travel across the country and train with renowned known dance companies such as; Tremaine, Dupree, 3rd street dance academy, and much more. She later began teaching at an award-winning dance studio in Michigan, where her competitive companies received many high score honors. Kristina has received numerous choreography awards for her dance routines from various competition organizations.
After graduation, she was accepted to perform on Holland American Cruise lines for the Western European tour. Having such a passion for dance and learning, Kristina proceeded to dance at the Gus Giordano School of Dance in Chicago., Illinois on scholarship. She later choreographed for local dance teams such as Eisenhower HS, Stoney Creek HS, Dakota HS, and Michigan State University dance team. All teams placed in the top 10 throughout their season. Kristina has been teaching for over 15 years, her love and dedication for the art will eventually transpire into what would make her truly happy… teaching and training students to become the best they can be in dance and life. She decided to open her own dance studio in Rochester Hills Mi in 2008, to inspire, educate, and instill the extraordinary possibilities of dance.
As the director of Adagio Dance Company, her team was recognized as the highest scoring advanced level dance studio in 2011 from “Hall of Fame Dance Challenge” at Walled Lake regional competition has accumulated the highest amount of “FDC” points during a regional competition and has trained title-winning soloists that have received numerous “Judges Choice” & “Choreography” awards. Our competition team has been undefeated NATIONAL CHAMPIONS for the last 4 years. Kristina is extremely passionate as a teacher, mother, role-model, & business owner. She will continue to dedicate her time, share her love, & educate dancers.
Christian is a man of many talents that is a success in many areas of the entertainment industry. He holds a B.F.A from Butler University where he graduated with highest honors, cum laude, an MFA in dance from the University of California, Irvine, and is currently on faculty at The Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at USC.
Christian has worked with such artists as Shakira, Ricky Martin, Chayanne, Mandy Moore, Geri Halliwell, Macy Gray, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Ashanti, Prince, Gloria Estefan, Britney Spears, Stevie Wonder and Madonna (where he was dance captain for her Drowned World Tour).
Christian has also danced in various films including She’s All That, Starsky and Hutch, Rent, The Wedding Planner, Walk Hard “The Dewey Cox Story,” Flintstones “Viva Rock Vegas,” Ms. Congeniality 2 and GI Joe 2 Retaliation. Even more extensive are his television appearances on Buffy, Disney’s Annie, Arrested Development, Baywatch, Mad TV, The George Lopez show, Cold Case, and Dancing with The Stars. Additionally, he has appeared in multiple commercials and print ads for Chevrolet, Muscle and Fitness “Hers” and Verizon.
Christian’s talents as a choreographer, dance coach, and artistic director have been utilized in various projects. He has worked with directors David Fincher and Marc Webb and coached actors like Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 Days of Summer). Christian recently finished coaching Golden Globe-winning actress Sally Hawkins for Guillermo del Torro’s new film The Shape of Water.
Christian’s commercial credits include Target, AT&T, Nationwide Insurance, Walmart, Nestle Skinny Cow, CoverGirl with Queen Latifah, Adidas and Subway. His television and film work can be seen in Noah’s Arc “Jumping The Broom”, and the Global television series Canada Sings.
Christian is also an actor and has appeared off-Broadway in Radiant Baby, directed by George C. Wolf. He has made appearances in Smallville, Noah’s Arc, Center Stage 2, Fringe, Fallen, Sins of the Mother, Continuum, and most recently Hidden America with Jonah Ray.
Will Thomas ~ Adagio Alumni/Guest Teacher
Will is the youngest of three kids raised in Troy, Michigan. At 12 years old, Will started dancing and instantly knew he wanted to be a professional dancer. During his first 6 years of dancing, Will was cast in “The Nutcracker” ballet where he was given lead roles for two years and performed with a live orchestra. He also enjoyed dancing on stage with Disney’s Raven, The Jonas Brothers, and The Cheetah Girls. He had the opportunity to dance as a featured performer with Shontelle Layne and Kid Rock in the Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day NFL half time show.
After graduating high school, Will moved to Los Angeles, California to bring his dreams to life. As soon as he arrived in LA he enrolled in 3 acting classes a week and got right into dance class… he didn’t even stop to buy a bed for the first three weeks. Will’s acting/dancing can be seen on the television shows “Nashville” on ABC, “Hit The Floor” on VH1, and in Subway’s “Frat House Musical” web series. Ellen Degeneres had Will be a body double for Bill Clinton on her show, which he thinks is pretty funny. You can also see Will in “Real Life: The Musical” on the Oxygen Network, “Parenthood” on NBC, and as a contestant on “So You Think You Can Dance” on FOX where he was one of the top 4 guys of season 9. Soon after that, he toured North America with the SYTYCD season 9 cast.
Some of Will’s favorite achievements are working with Rihanna on FOX’s “X-Factor,” Taylor Swift for the 2014 MTV/VH1 “Video Music Awards” and Ariana Grande for a flash mob at Universal City Walk.
Currently, Will is assisting and teaching for L.A. Dance Magic and has been invited to teach in studios all over North America. Will continues to train in all styles of dance and acting because there is simply no other way of life for him but what he does. He lives by the motto Dance, Laugh, Love, and Repeat.
Chad McCall~ Choreographer
Chad began dancing at the age of 15 in the upstate of South Carolina. After graduating high school he moved to Los Angeles to further his dance training. While living, working, and training in LA he started to find his voice. Chad was a class junkie, but felt most at home in movement-based contemporary classes. He trained heavily with Erica Sobol (Lobos Art Collective, ACE Awards winner) for many years, assisting her and being apart of her company. He also danced in the film The Marc Pease Experienceâ€ starring Ben Stiller and Anna Kendrick, who was a featured dancer in a Bob Sinclair music video and performed in several live shows for some of the top choreographers. After several years he moved back to South Carolina where he fell head over heels in love with teaching and choreographing. There is no greater feeling, to him, in this world than the feeling you get from inspiring and shaping young artists. Chad’s class is mainly based on contemporary movement and focuses on creating your own voice and finding yourself while applying the details and intricacy of the choreography. Currently, Chad is based out of Orlando, Florida and he travels the majority of the year teaching and choreographing for studios all over the US, Canada, and Mexico. He is also very excited to be apart of Intrigue Dance Conventions as a guest instructor in 2018!
When Chad is not working you can find him at his favorite place. Disney World.
Ricky Lam~ Choreographer
Aloha!!! My name is Ricky Lam. I am a professional choreographer and dancer originally from Honolulu, Hawaii. There I trained under the amazing Marco Pacleb, Mark Kanemura (24-7 Danceforce Studios) and Jason Ulep (Hypersquad Dance Co.) Both studios that I have trained with you might know them Abdc… 8Flavahz (24-7 Danceforce Studios) Hype 5-0 (Hypersquad dance Co.). Just over a year ago, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my passion for dance. Since then I have attained my own class at the Edge PAC, I also regularly sub at Debbie Reynolds Dance Studios. I have traveled and taught for conventions such as NUVO, Hall Of fame, and Muse. I have worked with Charice Pempengco, Che’nelle, Ellenie Galestian, Ryan Adames, Brooklyn Jai, Gil Duldulao, Matt Cady, Mark Kanemura, and Beau Fournier Just to name a few… Now living in L.A. I train and perform with Mischief Makers under the direction of Beau Fournier (fannypak). I would like to send my Aloha to Muchos friends, family, and everyone that has been there and supported me throughout my life because I could not have do e it without you all. LIVE, LAHV, and LIGHT!!!
Shauna Zambelli~ Choreographer
Shauna was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan where she trained at Suzette’s Masters of Dance. Shauna continued her training at the Performing Arts Center in Van Nuys California. Some of Shauna’s professional dance credits include Fox network’s Ally McBeal and The Tracey Ullman Show, Microsoft Industrial for Xbox, Casino Windsor Show Time Lounge, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and the one and only Odyssey Dance Theatre, where she spent the last 5 years performing and touring. Shauna also found her love for musical theatre by joining the casts of “Chicago” where she played Liz at the Baldwin Theatre, “Cabaret” at Avon Players where she played Rosie and “Cats” at Tuacahn where she played Etcetera. As much as she loves performing, her heart is also stolen by the students she teaches. Shauna founded an in-studio dance intensive called Rapture Dance Intensive in 2006 that she travels with. She also just recently started to teach on the convention circuit with the Fall of Fame. Shauna loves to teach and choreograph for kids of all levels and ages and enjoys giving back for all that she has been blessed with. This Summer Shauna is proud to announce the creation of the Rapture Dance Project. A project-based company she will be performing with and heading out. Shauna created Rapture Dance Project’s first show, called City Lights, which debuted July 27th, 2012.
Cooper Zamorano~ Choreographer
Cooper Zamorano grew up training in Orange County, Ca where he graduated from OCSA Orange County School of the Arts. He has assisted some of the top professional choreographers in the industry. As well as taught for several dance conventions and competitions including Nuvo, 24/7, Fall of Fame, Showbiz, and current Hall of Fame Dance Challenge. Cooper has traveled around the country to top studios setting award-winning choreography. His extreme passion and positive energy is obvious while watching him teach. He has been a faculty member of West Coast School of the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA for the last 11 years where he is dedicated to sharing his love of dance while helping develop his students into artists. This past season he had the privilege to teach the talented students of Oceanside Dance Academy. He has high expectations for his students and continues to push them to their fullest potential.
ADAGIO DANCE COMPANY 2020/2021 INSTRUCTORS
*FEATURED* NEW STAFF MEMBER ~ Samantha Shelton
SAMANTHA, received her professional training from the Joffrey Ballet in New York and in Michigan with Rose Marie Floyd. She also studied in London with Anita Young (Royal Ballet) and at the Cecchetti International program in England. Most recently, she was invited to guest teach at both Houston Ballet and Duke University, as part of the partnership between the ABT Studio Company and Duke University. For the past twenty years, she has been on the ballet faculty for American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive, formerly directed by Melissa Allen Bowman and currently directed by Kate Lydon, setting ABT repertoire and choreographing new ballets for the final performances. Currently, she is on faculty for the ABT Summer Intensives at the University of Texas, Austin, under the direction of Wes Chapman, former ABT principal and also travels the country as an adjudicator for the ABT National Audition Tour, selecting dancers for training programs in New York, Texas, California, Florida and Alabama. Samantha has also taught at the ABT program at the University of Alabama, directed by Carla Stallings and the Detroit Opera House/Wayne State University, directed by Alaine Haubert. She has choreographed and taught her for the professional ballet programs at Houston Ballet, Walnut Hill School in Boston, Ballet Tennessee, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Duke University, and Interlochen Arts Academy and taught company class for Complexions, Ballet Hispanico, and Grand Rapids Ballet. Samantha received her first professional offer at 17, and has performed extensively in both classical and contemporary ballets. Classical roles include the Grand Pas from Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Giselle and Raymonda. In her guest artist performances, she has partnered with Craig Salstein (of ABT), Arch Higgins (New York City Ballet), and Christopher Stowell (San Francisco Ballet) among many others. Samantha holds an M.F.A in Dance from the University of Michigan, where she was awarded a Rackham Thesis grant, and a B.A. in Political Science also from the University of Michigan. She has also done graduate work at New York University in Performing Arts Administration with internships in development, PR, and marketing at Carnegie Hall and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. For six years, she served on the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance Alumni Society Board of Governors and in May 2012 spent three weeks in Taiwan, teaching and presenting a piece of choreography for Tainan University. She has also held professorships at several colleges and universities including; Alma College, Grand Valley State University, and Wayne State University. She is certified through the American Ballet Theatre National Curriculum Training Program and has co-taught the ABT NTC with Harriet Clark, at the Detroit Opera House. Samantha is the Artistic Director of Samantha Shelton Ballet Training Programs.
Brandon began his dance training at The Turning Pointe in St. Clair Shores at the age of 7 under the direction and guidance of Kelly Powers. From 2003-2005 he attended the Walnut Hill School, a fine arts conservatory located outside of Boston, MA, which was under the direction of Michael Owens and Sam Kurkjin. There he was extensively trained in ballet, modern, pas de deux, men’s classes, pedagogy, and choreography. Brandon had also spent many summers training at the Edge in Los Angeles and has participated in many summer programs including The Royal Winnipeg Ballet and American Ballet Theater in New York City. His classical training has lead him to perform in such venues as; Lincoln Center in New York, Symphony Hall in Boston, and several historic theaters in the south of France. In 2005, Brandon performed several pieces with “Compagnie Coline”, a modern company located in Istre, France. Local guest artist credits include performances in ballets such as Coppelia, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Cinderella, Paquita, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and The Nutcracker. Brandon has also been invited to perform principal roles with the Eastern Michigan University and Alma College’s dance programs. Between 2007 and 2009 Brandon danced with “Motor City Vibe and Taboo”, a promotional dance crew that performed weekly shows at Motor City Casino and at various events in metro-Detroit. Brandon also worked with choreographer, Courtney Miller Jr., on “A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas”, which will be in theaters November of 2011.
Brandon is currently working as the assistant choreographer and movement coach on the set of “Oz, The Great and Powerful”. He’s been working with stars such as James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz on several scenes in the major motion picture which is being filmed in Pontiac, Mi. In 2008, Brandon also had the opportunity to work with actress Kate Hudson in preparation for her role in the movie “Nine”.
A recipient of “ Young Choreographer of the Year” for the city of Boston in 2005, Brandon has been teaching students of all ages in the areas of ballet, lyrical, jazz, and partnering for the past 7 years.
Amy has been dancing since the age of 2 1/2 and has been teaching for over 17 years. Growing up in a competition studio Amy, competed all throughout elementary, middle, and high school. After graduating she moved on to train at Oakland University. Amy now teaches both at the recreational and competitive level. Her competitive students have earned many top-scoring awards. Amy also coaches the dance team when not teaching at the dance studio. This is Amy’s 11th year at Adagio and is very excited to continue teaching our dancers.
Michelle began dancing at age 6 and competing at age 7. She is trained in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, and hip hop. The competition company she was a member of as well as the small group tap group she was a part of repeatedly took top honors at both regional and state competitions. Michelle began teaching recreational and competitive classes 5 years ago. Her students received many high awards with her mini hip hop group placing first overall at the Applause dance competition. Michelle is currently attending Oakland University pursuing a degree in communications with a minor in advertising. Michelle is excited to be a part of the Adagio family!
Isaac Morgan has been an integral part of the Metro Detroit dance community for now over 25 years. After many years of training in Michigan, he went on to further his dance training at Oklahoma City University as a Dance Major. He studied under the direction of Jo Rowan, Susan Hebauch, and the late Robert L Reed to name a few.
Isaac continues to be recognized for his choreography and artistic visions in dance. He has been awarded choreograph awards from Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Tapology Tap Dance Festival of Flint Michigan, under the direction of Alfred Bruce Bradley, and Diane “Lady Di” Walker, as well as numerous dance competitions over the past 15 years. Isaac has toured with Holland America Cruise lines, Dance Olympus/Dance America dance competition, production of Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Ladies, and many more.
Brought up as a performer, he is never one to shy away from performance opportunities as well. He performed in One Harlem Night at Detroit’s Fisher Theater with Brian J. White, Darrien Henson, and Carl Payne. He has performed with the International Auto Show, the Super Bowl with Audi cars in San Francisco, Angela Burrow-Dunlaps “My Sweet Potato Pie with Sherman Hemsley, John Henton, and recording artist Ginuwine. He has performed with The James Tatum Foundation, many of T.J. Hemphill plays as the lead dancer, as well choreographing a piece for the father of Funk George Clinton with the Secret Society of Twisted Story Tellers under the directorship of Satoi Shakoor. He can be seen on your television with performances for Fox 2 News, as well as WDIV Channel 4 with their “Go 4 It” Campaign.
Currently, he runs his own dance studio, Inspire 2 Move, where he spreads his love of Dance through all his students. He Inspires the young minds to challenge themselves and helps them build confidence through Dance
Shauna graduated from Wayne State University Summa Cum Laude, receiving a BFA in Dance. In her last two years of college, Shauna was a member of WSU’s Dance Workshop. Before her studies at WSU, she trained at the Ballet Theatre of Toledo and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Shauna has been a company member for Lexington Ballet, ArtLabJ, and MoveWorks. She has been blessed to work with many world-renowned artists such as Dwight Rhoden, Nicholas Leichter, Meg Paul, Jeffrey Rebudal, Duncan Cooper, Ron De Jesus, Alan Obuzor, Keith Lee, Terrence Orr, Gregory Hancock, Nycole Ray, Kate Hutter, Samantha Shelton, Brian McSween, Nathan Trice, Joori Jung and Eddie Taketa in a Guest Artist Residency by Doug Varone and Company. Shauna is currently a company member with Ballet Edge Detroit, enjoys sharing her love for ballet to her students, and has fun showing her creative side by creating works of her own.
Sloan is 22 years old, she is currently a dancer, instructor, and choreographer. She grew up in Commerce Township, MI. Sloan started dancing recreationally at the age of three and then began dancing competitively by the age of six. Her competitive dance career was at Dance House in West Bloomfield, MI, under the direction of Kim and Shayna Fink. From a very young age, Sloan was trained in multiple styles of dance including jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, lyrical, and contemporary. Through her years at Dance House, she had the privilege of training with many well-known choreographers. Some of these choreographers include Sonya Tayeh, Brooke Pierotti, Anthony Morigerato, Mark Meismer, Will Loftis, and others. Along with competitive dance, she was also on the Varsity Pom team at Walled Lake Northern High School. Sloan started choreographing and teaching in high school at both the dance studio and for the pom team. After graduating from high school, she chose to continue her dance career on a collegiate level at Western Michigan University. At Western Michigan Sloan pursued a BA in dance and a Minor in holistic health. During her undergraduate years at WMU, she was trained by teachers and choreographers such as Monique Haley, Carolyn Pavlik, David Curwen, Sharon Garber, Jeremy Blair, and Whitney Moncrief. Through all four years of college, Sloan was a teacher and choreographer at West Michigan Dance Center located in Kalamazoo, MI. Also, she had the privilege of becoming the artistic director of a student-run organization called Hip Hop Connxion. After graduating from college, I moved back to Commerce and began working for Adagio Dance Company as a teacher and choreographer as well as traveling with Hall of Fame Dance Challenge, a competitive dance competition.