Elizabeth Mannen & Robert McKenney
Managing Director - Investments
Wells Fargo Advisors
Convergence Dance & Body Center
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Robert McKenney has been dancing and instructing for over a decade and was born into a dancing environment. The son of a dance teacher, he grew up watching dance competitions, classes, and events, and eventually decided that it looked like fun! He entered a competition when he was seven years old, started teaching when he was 18 and has since taught throughout the country. He was even a guest teacher at the National Academy of Tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina in the summer of 2015.
Robert has travelled extensively to Argentina and specializes in the Latin dances. Argentine Tango, Salsa, Cha Cha, and folk dancing are his favorites! Robert has studied with expert teachers in the U.S., as well as several master teachers in Argentina who have shaped and influenced Argentine tango and Latin dance. He has also shared his love of dance by teaching throughout the country from California to Massachusetts and several places in between.
In addition to teaching, Robert has danced and performed all over the United States and Argentina and regularly performs in the St. Louis area. He has danced everywhere from the popular, historic Muny Theater to Busch Stadium in front of thousands of people, as well as performing regularly in the St. Louis area.
Kristin Johnson & Antonio Douthit-Boyd
Principal - BOA Talent Acquisition & Performance
Co-Artistic Director of Dance
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In 2015, Antonio Douthit-Boyd was named Co-Artistic Director of Dance of COCA, where he began his dance training at age 16 under the direction of Lee Nolting. Douthit-Boyd returned to COCA after 11 years with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He also trained at the Alexandra School of Ballet the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Joffrey Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet, and the Dance Theatre of Harlem School. Douthit-Boyd became a member of Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1999 and appeared in featured roles in the ballets South African Suite, Douglas, Concerto in F, Return, and Dwight Rhoden’s Twist. He was promoted to soloist in 2003. He also performed with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. He is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 7 & Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. He is also on faculty at Washington University in St. Louis, teaching modern dance in the collaborative MFA program between the University and COCA. Antonio would like to thank Kirven Douthit-Boyd, his husband and choreographer for his continuous support.
Matt Bukhshtaber & Angie Brooks
Executive Vice President
St. Louis Dancing Classrooms
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- Top 5 Producer in the CBRE St. Louis Office, 2012-2017 (#1 2015-17)
- CBRE Colbert Coldwell Circle Award – CBRE top 100 producers, 2016-2017
- St. Louis Business Journal, 40 Under Forty 2016 Award Winner
- Two-time ‘Busiest Broker’ Award winner by St. Louis Area Realtors Commercial Division
- Licensed in Missouri and Illinois
- Big Brothers Program of St. Louis
- St. Louis Sports Commission Board Member
- Masters of Liberal Arts in Management, Harvard University, concentration in finance
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Carnegie Mellon University
Angie Brooks started dancing at the age of three and knew by the age of ten that she wanted to grow up to become a professional dancer. From jazz/modern company member, to theatrical stage performer, to professional ballroom dancer and instructor—she has spent her life studying, performing and teaching her craft. Today, Angie spends the bulk of her time teaching private and group lessons in ballroom, Latin, and social dance.
In addition, she is the Director for St. Louis Dancing Classrooms, a not-for-profit social development program that uses ballroom dance as a medium for teaching the importance of kindness, respect, elegance, and teamwork to elementary aged students.
Lisa/Ally Nichols & Mike McAllister
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Fred Kostecki, Anna Bahn & Hanna Pierce
St. Louis RubinBrown LLP
Pure Barre/Convergence Body and Dance Center
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Hanna Pierce started her dance training at Midland Festival Ballet in Midland, Texas at the age of three. She joined the civic company and performed in many ballets such as The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, Graduation Ball, and A Midsummer Nights Dream. She traveled to many well known summer intensives on scholarship such as Milwaukee Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Glenda Brown Choreography Project, and Oklahoma City Ballet. After high school she attended Alonzo King LINES training program in San Francisco. She then moved to St. Louis as a company member of CommonThread Contemporary Ballet in St. Louis under the director Jennifer Medina. Hanna now does project dance work and also competes in in the International Latin DIvision in ballroom with Convergence Body and Dance Center.
Hanna has worked with many well known choreographers such as Thom Clower, Maurya Kerr, LeeWei Chao, Vim Vigor, Sidra Bell, Kyle Abraham Company, Katia Garza, Valorie Robin, New Dialect and many others. As she continues to grow her social dance and ballroom career, she has been preparing to become Gyrotonic certified which is also offered at Convergence.
Lisa Rodgers & Michael Fitzgerald
Just Dancing West
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