Stephani Kammer, founder and artistic director of NTG Dance Convention & Competition, teaches at several studios throughout the south and continues to be active in the professional entertainment industry as a dancer and choreographer. After earning her Bachelor of Performing Arts degree from Oklahoma City University Stephani’s journey in New York began in regional theatres, industrials, and primetime television. Upon relocating to Los Angeles Stephani performed alongside many famous recording artists, most notably Janet Jackson. She spent last summer serving as Assistant Creative Director to Gil Duldulao on Janet’s Rock Witch U world tour and just recently co-choreographed the 2009 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas. Stephani has recently been inducted into the 2008 Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executive & Professional Women for her many years of hard work and dedication to the arts. She has taught internationally in Tokyo, Japan at Broadway Dance Center as a guest instructor and believes that discipline, respect, and humility are key components in becoming a great artist.
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Lyn Cramer, a teacher and choreographer for more than 29 years, is an Associate Professor for the Weitzenhoffer Department of Musical Theatre at The University of Oklahoma. She teaches jazz, tap, and musical theatre styles and is their resident director and choreographer. Lyn has her masters degree in directing and is a member of Actors' Equity Association and The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Her professional credits include acting, directing and choreographing over 70 musicals in her career including Cabaret, Nine, 42nd St., Once On This Island, A Chorus Line, Showboat, and Smokey Joe's Cafe. Lyn will return in December for the second time as an external examiner and master teacher for The Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts in musical theatre. She has published a tap curriculum for readers of Dance Teacher magazine and has recently written the jazz pedagogy guide for Texas Association Teachers of Dancing. Her students are employed all over the world as entertainers from Broadway, Las Vegas and Disney to cruise ships, theme parks, rock tours, and Tap Dogs. For over fifteen years, Lyn has been a master teacher in jazz and tap and judged for organizations, schools and competitions nationwide.
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Rick Twombley, a graduate of Oklahoma City University's School of Dance and Arts Management, has already led a very active career at the ripe age of 27. Twombley has worked as a professional singer and dancer for numerous theme parks and organizations including Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, Walt Disney World Orlando
and Tokyo, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Rick has appeared in several musicals including Amelia Goes to the Ball, Hello Dolly, The Gondoliers, My One and Only, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Damn Yankees, and La Cage Aux Folles. In 2000, Rick was honored with the prestigious Silver Leo Award for Outstanding Jazz Choreography at the Jazz Dance World Congress competitive event. Twombley has been seen on stage with greats such as Carol Channing, Liza Minelli, Ben Vereen, and Jerry Herman. Twombley most recently trained as an aerialist with Cirque Du Soleil and created his own dance and aerial show. He is presently working in Tokyo, Japan where he performs his self choreographed and produced dance aerial act. The North Georgia Dance & Music Factory is always happy to have him as a master teacher or choreographer.
Oklahoma City University
Kathryne Van Assche Parker began her training with Beatrice Alzana at the Royal School of Ballet in Winter Park, Florida. She continued on to study at the professional school of Southern Ballet Theatre, currently known as the Orlando Ballet. While she was there, she studied with legendary artists of the ballet world, such as Mme. Nathalia Karisnka (Ballets Russe), Fernando Bujones, Gelsey Kirkland, Vasile Petruitu, Irina and Vadim Fedotov, and Marianna Tcherchassky. Upon graduating from high school, Kathryne attended the Florida State University, and was contracted as soloist and principal with the Tallahassee Ballet, where she performed lead roles in the Nutcracker, Coppelia, The Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. She also studied with great names like Suzanne Farrell, Richard Sias, Ric Rose, John Gardner, and Geri Hoolihan. After recieving degrees in writing and psychology, she moved to Atlanta to be a principal dancer with the Atlanta Festival Ballet, performing lead roles in the Nutcracker and the Little Mermaid, as well as having roles created on her by Jay Jernigan and his wife, Cristin. She teaches on a touring convention circuit, all over the united states, using elements of classical ballet and contemporary dance.
Peyton Royal made his Broadway debut in Susan Stroman's A Christmas Carol with Jim Dale at Madison Square Garden. Other credits include the Carpet in the first ever regional production of Beauty and the Beast (North Shore Music Theatre), tours of The Music Man and Crazy for You, as well as over 20 shows at Music Theatre of Wichita. Other regional credits include Sacramento Music Circus, American Musical Theatre of San Jose, Walnut Street Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, and Riverside Theatre.
In addition to performing, Peyton has choreographed and directed shows regionally. Most recently, Peyton directed/choreographed Music Theatre of Wichita's annual Festival of Broadway for the 3rd straight year. Other choreographic credits include Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Arts Productions - Tulsa, OK), The Sound of Music (Tulsa Opera - Tulsa, OK), and numbers for domestic and international tours (Oklahoma City University's American Spirit Dance Company).
As a teacher, Peyton has taught on the local, professional, and university level. He served on the faculty at Oklahoma City University teaching all levels of jazz, tap, and and theatre dance.
Peyton also designs websites. His cleints include well-known stars from television, movies, and Broadway -- Corbin Bleu (High School Musical), Kelli O'Hara (Broadway's South Pacific), Devon Werkheiser (Ned's Declassified...) to name a few.
Originally from Salisbury, MD, Peyton now calls New York City his home. He's a proud Summa Cum Laude graduate of Oklahoma City University's Ann Lacy School of American Dance & Arts Management and member of Actors' Equity Association.