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.

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.

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!

Aaron Chen

Aaron "Shifu" Chen grew up playing sports and at the age of 18 began his professional dance training at Collenette School of Ballet in San Marino, CA. He continued his studies in classical ballet under the Fuller Brothers of Le Studio Dance as well as dance instruction and theatrical mentorship through the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, CA. In 1997, he was invited to join At Marah Dance Theatre (a modern dance company) and was tutored under the modern supervision of Stephen Wynne and the ballet instruction of Marion Tonner in Philadelphia, PA.

In 2001, he moved to Jackson, MS to continue his training at Belhaven University. Shifu Chen was a charter member of Polarity Dance Theatre led by Marc Arentsen. In October of 2007, Mr. Chen had the honor of performing with the Jose Limon Dance Company led by Clay Taliaferro and Carla Maxwell. He has been a guest artist under the mentorship of Sharon Perry and Still-Point Dance Theatre where he shared his choreographic explorations. He served as a guest modern instructor and has taught and set works for the Vanderbilt Dance Program and Belhaven University. He also taught classical modern classes for Dance Revolution Dance Conventions from 2007-2015.

Shifu Chen was on staff at Belhaven University in Jackson, Ms. where he met Shi-gong Crake at the Academy of Kung FU. When Shifu Chen reached Brown Sash, his teacher asked for him to begin teaching at the Academy of Kung Fu in Jackson, Ms. It was there that Shifu found his love for teaching martial arts and joys of giving the gift of encouragement to his students.

In April of 2012, Shifu Chen, his wife, Abigail, and their two children relocated to Champaign, Illinois, and opened up their school in a 12x18ft board room in September of 2012. Pre-COVID, Dragon Claw Academy served over 150 families in a 4800 sq ft facility. God is always faithful!

In January of 2020, his family relocated to Coppell, where he teaches kung fu from his garage and has been able to reconnect to the ING and DR family!

Shifu's classes will blend the grace and flow of dance with the power and attack of his martial arts.

After all that I have gone through, I know this truth. I was called to teach.

The floor of the dance studio is a battleground. The grace of God abounds there, and there mental fortitude, physical toughness, and the sharpening of your spirit are cultivated and move together to create a trio that prepares the student for the war outside of the studio doors.

My life and all of its blessings and trials are brought into clarity through the battle of the mind in the studio.
Shifu Aaron Chen

Jeanna Vance

Jeanna Vance is thrilled to be working with ING this year! When she isn't teaching ballet, Jeanna can be found dancing and sharing the Gospel in the streets, prisons, shelters, and orphanages with her tribe from Open Sky Arts Collective. She founded Open Sky Arts Collective in 2014 with a mission to use the arts to bring the Kingdom of God to the lost and hurting among us. She received her ballet training from The Grand Rapids Ballet, under the direction of Charthel Arthur, the Houston Ballet Academy with Clara Cravey and Steve Brule, and American Academy of Dance with Angela Jackson. She has been privileged to work with Ad Deum Dance Co., Sandra Organ's Dance Co., Suchu Dance, Hopestone Inc., and Psophonia Dance Co. Her acting work has included commercial television as well as 5 seasons with Interactive Children's Theatre in Houston, Tx. As part of the faculty for Dance Revolution dance convention, Jeanna served for 12 years traveling the United States teaching dance, performing, and sharing her journey of faith and art with thousands of students and teachers. She and her husband reside happily in Hurst, TX with their two daughters.

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