Ingredients Faculty

Megan Waldron

Megan was a member of DR's Ingredients Dance Company from 2007-2011 and has been on staff for Ingredients Dance Company and Dance Revolution conventions ever since. She has appeared in music videos, national TV, multiple conferences including PINK Impact, TD Jakes, Paula White, Kari Jobe and Reinhard Bonke as well as stadium events. She has been training in dance for over 25 years as well as choreographing and teaching master classes for multiple studios and dance companies across the country. She loves to train students in pushing past their limits to be not only great people but phenomenal movers as well. She has a unique style of choreography and brings a fresh and raw way of seeing her students release in their movement and artistic expression.

Giovanni Allen

Giovanni Allen is originally from New York City where he received his early training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and American Ballet Theatre. He did his undergraduate work at California Institute for the Arts in LA. In 2008, He was invited to choreograph at the Barcelona International Course of Dance in Spain as well as the Greece Dance Festival. He has worked with artist such as: Rodolfo Castellanos, Jean Emile, Juan Borona and Roger Jeffery. After Spain, he was chosen to represent Cal Arts at the American College Dance Festival in 2009. The same year he was cast in the NYC Broadway Holiday Show "Radio City Christmas Spectacular". In the summer of 2010, he made Texas home where he has been teaching Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz and Ballet and choreographing for numerous studios in the metroplex. Giovanni has made a name for himself in the Dallas area. He brings that certain "spark" to every class and piece of work. He draws from a large range of influences, musical, literary, social and even nature. His goal is to simply spread his vision and teachings all over the world. Giovanni has also judged for numerous pro teams and dance competitions. He is currently in his second season of his competitive company Groundworks7 Dance co. Preparing young artist for the big stages and bridging the gap to their professional careers.

Ann Sterling Dale

Ann Sterling Dale is from Statesville, NC and graduated from Elon University with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography. She attended The Ailey School in 2010 and was part of the Jennifer Muller The Works Scholarship Program. Ann Sterling has performed professionally in North Carolina with the Winston-Salem Festival Ballet, and in New York City with The Next Stage Project and BalaSole Dance Company. She has also presented and performed her work A Battle Waged in the 2012 Young Choreographer's Festival. Ann Sterling has performed as a company member with Ad Deum Dance Company in Houston, Texas from 2012-2015. While in Houston, she taught for Houston Academy of Dance, West University Dance Center, METdance, and the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center. Ann Sterling has choreographed HFCC Performing Arts Company's summer productions of Annie, Fiddler on the Roof, and Beauty and the Beast in Oscoda, Michigan. Ann Sterling studied further at The Ailey School in the Professional Division Scholarship Program and performed in Matthew Rushing's work for The Ailey School's 2015 Winter Concert as well as his work for the Hudson Yards Alvin Ailey Project in September of 2016. Ann Sterling was also invited to be a member of the Tabernacle Dance Company and performed at the 2016 Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem last October. She has performed and taught for Project Dance in New York City, Costa Rica, Oklahoma City, Orlando, and Houston. She has taught as Faculty for the Ballet Hispánico Tap Program, The School at Steps, and City Moves Dance Studio in New York City. Ann Sterling also has her Pilates Mat 1 Certification. She is currently dancing with Zion Dance Project in Dallas and has been a guest artist with Bruce Wood Dance in June 2019. She is honored and thrilled to be on Faculty for the Epicenter for the Arts and Ingredients Dance Company!

Katherine Iheke

Katherine Iheke is a 28-year-old Dallas native who has been dancing for 10 years and teaching for 7. The growing desire to learn more about the dance culture led her to Plano, TX. She began training in her expertise style of hip hop with Fenton Fulgham and soon multiple teachers around the DFW area. Katherine was a part of Renegades Dance Company from 2013-2017 and was team director in 2016 & 2017. In 2017, Katherine was casted in the Monsters of Hip-Hop Show "Unleashed" in Los Angeles. Her attendance to many local workshops and Monsters of Hip-Hop dance conventions has given her and still gives her opportunities to learn from, train under, and work with top industry choreographers. Katherine is currently on staff touring with Dance Revolution dance convention for her second-year and is the creative director of their hip-hop sector dance team, Rev Crew. Whilst touring throughout the year and managing Rev Crew, Katherine teaches privates, hip hop classes, and intensives around the DFW area and other states. She loves to challenge and excite people with the diversity of her choreography and has a main focus of helping others discover how to live and dance with passion & purpose.

Sarah Black

Sarah grew up dancing in the Houston area where she trained at Profusion Performing Arts Center and was an Ingredients Trainee during their pioneer year in 2007. She has continued to train and gain certifications in Dance Pedagogy, Mobility Functionality and Yoga. She now lives in Denton, TX, where she has had the opportunity to work and perform with Artists such as Big Rig Dance Collective, Bruce Wood Dance Project, Zion Dance Project, Rennie Harris and is currently partnering with Das Blumelein Project, creating a work through the AT&T Performing Arts Center Elevator Project. Sarah believes in the power of movement to effect change in the atmosphere and display the deeper realities of the soul.

Ashley Rich

Ashley Rich fell in love with dance at a young age, and completely immersed herself in her dance education. Her professional training includes Ballet, Jazz, Horton, Hip Hop, and Contemporary.

She has accomplished many endeavors in her career thus far, spanning the commercial and concert dance worlds. Some noteworthy achievements were attending The Ailey School in New York City, and being a finalist on the 8th season of "So You Think You Can Dance". In addition, she has been featured in music videos, has performed and choreographed nationally, and is currently guest teaching at prominent dance schools, and programs nationally. Most recently Ashley relocated to Dallas, Texas from NYC. She was afforded the opportunity to teach for the Ingredients Dance Training Program and Company. This position has given her the opportunity to tour with the convention Dance Revolution as a convention teacher, and judge for Earth Shakers National Dance Competition. She's also currently a Judge/Master Teacher for "Turn it Up" Dance Challenge.

She was formerly the head of the Contemporary/Lyrical Program at Downtown Dance Factory, and Choreographer for their Junior/Senior Lyrical performing companies, for 5 years. She still serves as a guest teacher, and choreographer for this dance studio throughout their dance seasons.

For the past 7 years, she has served as the Director of the Dance Program at the School of Creative & Performing Arts(SOCAPA), a Contemporary/Jazz dance intensive for teens in Los Angeles, California. This program has afforded Ashley the opportunity to work with dancers from all over the world, allowing Ashley the chance to diversify her teaching pedagogy.

In 2014, Ashley was inspired to, and put her primary focus on choreography, and dance education. Not long after this decision, Her passion for teaching manifested in starting the "Rich Dance Project". Rich Dance Project started as a NYC based youth Dance Company, and has since grown into a 3-tier performing dance company, as well as an outreach organization. With the 3-tiers being Middle School, High School, and Professional level; all of RDP's dancers are ranging in socioeconomic/ethnic backgrounds from all over the New York Tri-State area.

"RDP" has performed throughout NYC in shows such as the New York Jazz Choreography Project, Brooklyn Dance Festival, Youth Ensemble Show, Brooklyn Summer Stage, and many other venues in NYC. One major accomplishment was being featured performers in Tracie Stanfield's Synthesis Too Apprentice Show, and Brooklyn Museum's Target 1st Saturdays event in 2018.

With community outreach being a significant part of the vision and purpose of RDP, they host free donation based workshops bi-annually to support and reach the community that are currently underserved by the Dance Community.

Ashley is passionate about teaching dancers how to cultivate, and realize the purpose for their talent. Lastly, she wants to facilitate events that create community amongst dancers from all backgrounds, and to inspire change in our communities through dance!

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