Maria is an award-winning director/producer who has been creating ad campaigns, documentaries and episodic television for over 13 years. Maria is a co-founder and the president of Auroris Media, an award winning East Coast production company. Her passion for telling inspirational stories expands far beyond the boundaries of the United States. She is equally comfortable working with celebrities in LA as well as homeless and refugees in Africa and Europe.
Stephen is an award-winning producer and cinematographer with 15 years of experience creating stunning visuals.
Last year he produced Unacknowledged (2017), which went on to become the
#1 documentary worldwide for 8 weeks and is currently on Netflix.
His passion for filmmaking is seen from the variety of projects he’s worked on, from filming AIDs orphans in Africa to documenting the Pope’s historic visit to the White House.
Two-time Emmy-award winning choreographer Travis Wall is a creative force. Travis has been dancing since he was 3 years old, at his mother’s studio (Denise Wall’s Dance Energy )In 2006, he became the runner-up in the search for America’s Favorite dancer on So You Think You Can Dance.
Travis has been asked back as a resident choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance. He was then also asked to choreograph for the TV show Dancing with the Stars. He was the assistant choreographer on the 82nd Academy Awards, and set a ballet on the Los Angeles City Ballet Company. Travis also choreographed the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.
He is a resident choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance. He has choreographed several of the numbers that Denise’s dancers will perform at The National Dance Awards, and will be working with the kids to teach them the choreography during the company’s Spring Intensive.
Denise Wall, known affectionately as “Mama D”, is revered as one of the top dance teachers in the country. A respected teacher and an award winning choreographer for more than 30 years, Denise has personality that is larger than life. More than anything, Denise is devoted to her “company kids” – teens that dance and train no matter what obstacles lay before them.
A mother of 5 boys, 4 are dancers, with Travis Wall recently winning an Emmy for best choreography, Denise is their biggest inspiration and role model.
Her studio consistently produces dance stars year after year- but more than that, Denise- a cancer survivor- inspires and teaches with a personal story of her own.
Stephen “tWitch” Boss is an actor, producer and dancer, who has taught dance classes and workshops all over the world. In 2010, he was chosen as one of the 10 All-Star dancers for SYTYCD’s season 7, 8 and 9. Since April 1, 2014 Boss has been featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show as a guest DJ. Boss is married to Allison Holker, together they have a son Maddox.
Allison Holker is an Emmy-nominated American choreographer and dancer with a wide variety of work in film, including High School Musical and High School Musical 2. On television, she has been featured on numerous seasons of Dancing with the Stars as well as So You Think You Can Dance. Allison is married to Stephen “tWitch” Boss.
Ray Leeper is an executive director of NUVO Dance Convention and co-director of The Dance Awards. Leeper is a sought-after choreographer and master teacher.
Beyond the comp world, Leeper has worked with Elton John, Cher and Queen Latifah, and choreographed commercials for Pepsi, Hyundai, Saks Fifth Avenue and Levi’s. Most recently, he’s created pieces for “Dancing with the Stars,” “The X Factor UK,” “America’s Got Talent” and “So You Think You Can Dance”