MICHAEL PETER DEEB is so happy to be part of the EPIC family! Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, Michael received a scholarship to SUNY Buffalo where he earned his BFA in Dance with honors. Favorite performance credits include National Tours of A Chorus Line (Mike, directed by Baayork Lee) and Young Frankenstein (Swing). He was the assistant director/choreographer and dance captain of the West Coast regional premiere of Young Frankenstein at Musical Theatre West. Regional favorites include Singin’ in the Rain and Saturday Night Fever at Maine State Music Theatre, Gypsy (Dance Captain/Yonkers), Mame (Dance Captain/Junior Babcock) and Hello, Dolly at Riverside Theatre, West Side Story (Snowboy) at Ogunquit Playhouse, Young Frankenstein at Ogunquit and Gateway Playhouses, A Chorus Line (Mike) at New Bedford Festival Theatre, The Wizard of Oz at Northern Stage, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Beauty and the Beast at Artpark. Other credits include the premiere of The Great Gatsby at the Plaza Hotel, the Writers' Guild Awards with Kristen Schaal in NYC, Celebrity Cruises, Six Flags, Buffalo's Theatre of Youth, and Buffalo Contemporary Dance Company. Michael has taught at Montclair State University, the University at Buffalo, and serves as an adjudicator and teacher for competitions, conventions, and studios nationwide. He currently lives in NYC, and is represented there by McDonald Selznick Associates.
Samantha Biggs started training and competing around the age of 7 in all styles of dance including: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, Modern, and Contemporary to name a few. Samantha is a graduate of the Somerset County Vocational High School Dance Program where she trained extensively in concert dance, choreographed for annual shows and took park in nationally based dance festivals. From there, she was accepted into Marymount Manhattan College, as a dance major where she was able to study the Horton and Graham techniques among many others. Samantha studied at MMC for two years before continuing her education at Rutgers University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies and a Minor in Dance.
Samantha's performance credits include a music video as part of the Hollywood Summer Tour, Kelly Clarkson’s “What Doesn’t Kill You” music video and was part of the New Jersey Devils Dancers for the 2011-2014 National Hockey League seasons where she performed in front of 17,000 fans at games. Most recently Samantha completed her certification as a Pilates instructor and has found her passion as teaching and choreographing for various studios around New Jersey.
Shana Bonetti, originally from Bridgewater, New Jersey, is a graduate of the University at Buffalo where she trained in ballet, modern, jazz and contemporary. She earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts and dance performance, graduating Cum Laude. After school, Shana decided to explore her options in the area of choreography. As a staff member for the New Jersey Governors School for the Arts, she was able to set work on young aspiring dancers and have it sent to the National High School Dance Festival. It was through this experience that Shana decided to start working at the competition level. She has taught all over the tri-state area winning numerous awards for both high score and choreography on both the regional and national level. Shana believes there is nothing better than seeing your story come to life on your hard working dancers. Recently, Shana was able to dance as a guest performer with “Moe-tion Dance Co.” a modern dance company out of New Jersey. She believes that staying current and educated is the key to success. It is from all of her experiences from studio life to Buffalo to company dancing that she has evolved a love for choreography and will continue to share her knowledge and art for many years to come.
Vincent Corbin began his training at the age of 15. Since then, he has trained with several hip hop company’s and has taken class with dancers such as, Ian Eastwood, Kenichi Kasamatsu, NappyTabs, Brian Friedman, Tone McGregor, etc. He also went on tour with singer, Zack Matari and performed at the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade dancing for, Al B. Shore. Recently, Vincent signed with Bloc Agency NYC.
Vincent is very passionate about showing his students the artistic value that dance brings, along with the freedom and ability to create movement with one another.
A native of New Jersey, Heather J. Wilson began her dance training at an early age. At age nine she began training at the American Ballet Center of the Joffrey Ballet, New York City. While studying in New York, she continued studying in New Jersey with the Monmouth Ballet on a full merit scholarship. She then performed for five years with the Princeton Ballet Company II, studying at the school on scholarship. Ms. Wilson received her modern dance training at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University and gained musical theatre experience performing in numerous musicals, among them, Oklahoma!, Pippin, Annie Get Your Gun, Sweet Charity, A Chorus Line, and Annie. In 1995, Heather founded the River Ballet Academy and Company, and in 2001 founded Bach Ballet. Heather’s inspiring and personal training methods have created vibrant dancers who have been accepted into prestigious dance schools and companies, including Boston Ballet, School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet School, Kirov Washington, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Nutmeg Conservatory. Ms Wilson is mother of four children, and the proprietor of Ballerina Biker Photography.
Shelby Bonetti is a recent graduate of the University at Buffalo, where she graduated in just 3 years with her Bachelor of Arts degree. Shelby was featured in the University's ensemble company, Zodiaque Dance Ensemble. She has also performed in Digital Poetry, Emerging Choreographers Showcase, and Dancers Workshop while attending UB. Prior to obtaining her degree, Shelby was a competitive dancer training in all styles for 15 years. She also attended the dance program at Somerset County Vocational Technical High School for 2 years. This past summer, Shelby was on the staff of the Star Dance Alliance's summer intensive, Power Pak. She served as a team leader, assisting choreographer Marinda Davis. She continues her training by taking class in New York City and the New Jersey School of Ballet. Shelby is extremely excited to kick-start her choreographic career with EPIC as she believes wholeheartedly not only in this school, but her in older sister, Shana.
Laura Haver is a NJ native! Growing up at her parents studio, Broadway Dance Theatre, she grew to love all aspects of dance, performing and teaching. Her passion to perform has led her to train at the Hollywood Summer Tour, The Rockette Summer Intensive, Broadway Dance Center in NYC, Peridance and Starpower's Power Pak. Laura has also been cast in several musicals, which have added to her versatility as a dancer. Laura also received the Dance Spirit Magazines 2014 Future Star Award. Laura is continuing her dance education at PACE University as a Commercial Dance Major. Her choreography was chosen to be one of the 16 pieces showcased in the Young Choreographers Showcase held in NYC. Laura is excited to take the next step in her dance career and work with the EPIC Dancers.
Gina has been teaching dance for 13 years throughout New Jersey and Florida. She received her dance training at The Joffrey Ballet School, NYC, Princeton Ballet School (professional training program under Elisabeth Carroll), New Jersey School of Ballet and Somerset county Vo-tech. Gina additionally spent time training at Broadway Dance Center, Steps and Central Florida Ballet. She was also accepted into The Governor's School of the Arts. She continues studying in NYC and New Jersey Ballet. Her performance credits include Sea World, Pleasure Island, Disney World, The Pepsi 400 and Wide World of Sports and the Italian Opera Showcase where she performed internationally as a soloist. Gina has also performed with such ballet companies as New Jersey Ballet and Ballet L’Opera de Bordeaux.
Jordan DuMars started her dance career at Dee Buchanan Studio of Dance in Middletown, Maryland. She is a graduate from the University at Buffalo, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in dance and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY where she continues to train and develop her dance career. She has back-up danced for singer JLine, who travels the country performing his hip-hop/street jazz show for students of all ages as well as share his anti-bully platform and promote tolerance and acceptance of others. She was featured in JLine’s music video “Too Much” and will also be in his upcoming video “Sunrise.” Jordan will also appear in a Pants Velour music video which it set to be released later this year. She was also a member of Jazz Roots Dance Company for one season, under the direction of Sue Samuels. On top of her performance career, Jordan is a certified Dance Masters of America teacher in ballet, tap, jazz and modern.
Barbara is a graduate of Rutgers University where she holds a BFA in Dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts. She was a member of the MGSA Modern Dance Company and the L.T. (Hip Hop) Dance Company , where she performed in such places as the State Theatre and Legendary Apollo Theatre. Barbara has been an instructor since 1990, currently teaching classes in Jazz, Hip Hop, Acrobatics, Musical Theatre , Contemporary, and Production. She is Acrobatic Arts Certified and follows the Professional Curriculum for Acrobatic Dance. She has choreographed many routines for regional and national level competitions. Her routines have won multiple Overall and High Score awards, Special Awards, Diamond Awards, as well as Technique, Entertainment and Outstanding Choreography Awards. Barbara choreographed the Spring Musicals at Matawan Regional High School for 11 years. Her choreography has been seen in productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Peter Pan, Applause, Cinderella, Fame, Hello Dolly, Annie Get Your Gun, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Curtains, Back to the 80’s and The Wedding Singer. She is a two-time recipient and three-time nominee of the Basie Award for “Best Choreography in a High School Musical” from Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ. Barbara has choreographed for various festivals, church choirs, cheerleading, pom teams, body builders and fitness competitors. She currently choreographs audition solos for NFL dance teams, as well as competition routines at studios throughout New Jersey.