Robin Antin’s new “Pussycat Dolls Grooves” master class starts Sept. 5, 6-7pm.
Originally from Los Angeles, Robin Antin has made a name for herself as a choreographer, producer, director, designer and entrepreneur. In 1995, Robin founded the modern burlesque dance troupe, “The Pussycat Dolls” at the infamous Viper Room in Hollywood. By 2003, she turned the stage show into one of the biggest pop-group sensations producing hit songs, and selling 10 million albums worldwide.
Robin found a second home for her PCD Brand, A Las Vegas “Pussycat Dolls Lounge Nightclub” and a “Pussycat Dolls Casino” inside Caesars Palace. Soon after she landed two seasons of her own reality show on CW, Search for the Next Doll. In 2007, during season two, Robin created a new girl group, “Girlicious” who made a Platinum self-titled album and went on to sell out arenas across the world.
Robin’s brand also included her first collection of lingerie, called “Shhhh, by Robin Antin,” as well as her own fitness DVD titled “Pussycat Dolls Workout, by Robin Antin.” She has worked with many artists along the way including Christina Applegate, Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, Fergie, Charlize Theron and Scarlett Johansson. Robin also worked with Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu when they played “Undercover Pussycat Dolls” in Charlie’s Angels Full Throttle.
Recently Robin choreographed for many hit TV shows including American Idol, the 2011 opening production with Jimmy Fallon at The Emmys®, the 2011 opening at The Billboard Awards with Ken Jeong and in 2011 The Academy Awards. She also released her second Pussycat Dolls fitness DVD, and is now getting ready to launch a dance “work out” class at the Millennium Dance Complex called “Pussycat Dolls Grooves.”
“I wanted to share my choreography, my original “Pussycat Doll Moves” to everyone. But not just dancers. In this class, you will learn the original Pussycat Dolls grooves, without having to learn choreography…. So anyone can do it! But trust me, it WILL be SEXY! So come dressed as sexy as you want, fishnets and heels if you want, or not… OR sweatpants and sneakers works too! Anything goes in this class!”
She also served as a recurring guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance and was a permanent judge on the Lifetime show Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition.
For the last four years, Robin has produced The Matt Goss Show in Las Vegas… “Live from Caesars Palace”. Currently, Robin is launching her new group GRL. She just opened her third home for the Pussycat Doll brand in San Diego, The Dollhouse bar and nightclub located in the Gas Lamp District.
Many more exciting things to come for Robin, stay tuned!
Charles “Chucky” Klapow is an Emmy award winning choreographer of Disney’s “High School Musical”. For over two decades, Chucky has performed and choreographed for many entertainers in television, film and stage productions all over the world. He just got back from London after spending the past few months as choreographer for The Rolling Stones 50 & Counting tour.
Born in 1980, Chucky began his dancing career age 12, dancing for Patti LaBelle, Celine Dion, Paula Abdul, Salt-N-Pepa, Melissa Etheridge, and others in an all-star concert. By the time he was 15, Charles was an assistant to choreographer and mentor Marguerite Derricks. He assisted Marguerite and danced in Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery (1997), 3rd Rock from the Sun, Fame L.A., among others. Charles created a dance company with choreography partner Wade Robson in the mid-1990s called L.A. Images.
Chucky was brought on board by Kenny Ortega (original “Dirty Dancing” choreographer) to help choreograph “High School Musical” in 2006. Klapow also worked with Ortega and Bonnie Story as a choreographer for the film’s sequels, “High School Musical 2″ (which earned Chucky his second Emmy award nomination) and “High School Musical 3: Senior Year.” He can be seen in all of the High School Musical movies as a dancer as well.
Klapow was one of eleven dancers selected by Michael Jackson for his “This Is It” concert tour which was planned to take place at The O2 Arena in London as a 50-show run. On July 7, 2009, after months of rehearsing with Jackson, Chucky took part in his memorial service held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Chucky spent the Summer of 2010 as a TV reality show judge on “Don’t Stop Believing”, the UK’s search for the next all-singing, all-dancing group which aired on Channel Five. He has also choreographed for ABC’s “Skating With The Stars” and FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance”.
In November of 2011, Chucky served as choreographer/movement coach for the incomparable Mick Jagger on the Will.I.Am music video “T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)” featuring Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger.
Chucky spent much of 2012 in Australia where he was a judge on “Young Talent Time”, a reality show featuring the best young talent of Australia. He has also judged for reality television in China.
Vanessa isn’t your average girl. Born in Happy Valley, Oregon, this beauty knew at a young age she wanted to be an entertainer. She spent most of her life at Dance Vision under the direction of Michelle Holt, Anita Mitchell and career direction from Wendy Efaw. She sang in her high school choir and in 2010, her mother hired a vocal coach. The following year, her supportive family drove Vanessa Rae to the first “X” Factor audition in Seattle, Washington. “I was one of 70 singers asked to come back out of 7,000 entries. Unfortunately, I didn’t make the cut. Simon told me I was a mouse and they were looking for a cat.”
After high school, Vanessa Rae moved to California to pursue her music and dance career through the direction of Robert Baker, owner of the Millennium Dance complex. She was discovered by Baker through an audition for “The Next Pop Star.” Don’t let this young blonde fool you, she can sing R&B with the best of them. Her soulful voice is reminiscent of many pop icons.“I’m really inspired by artists like Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson and Adele. “They are very strong women who have something substantial to say. I want to be able to address real life situations in my songs, but still keep it lots of fun. Music should have a lasting impression, says Vanessa Rae. It should take you back in time…to a special day, place or person. I would be disappointed if my music was forgotten. I hope to be a household name for many years.” Get ready to be dancing and singing along to this blonde bombshell’s latest hits…starting with “Leave it On the Dance Floor.”
tWitch first appeared on television when he placed second on Star Search behind America’s Best Dance Crew group Super Crew’s “Do Knock”. He was a contestant on The Wade Robson Project, where he came in third place. He also choreographed dances for Korean artists, such as Se7en. While his breakout performances occurred on So You Think You Can Dance, he previously appeared as a dancer in Hairspray. He can be seen in the dance number at the platter party and in “You Can’t Stop the Beat”.
tWitch auditioned for the third season and made it through “Vegas Week”, but was beaten out by Hokuto “Hok” Konishi for a place in the Top 20. He returned in Season 4 and made it all the way to the finale, placing second overall. After the show, tWitch went on to teach at South County Classical Ballet with fellow finalist Katee Shean.
tWitch’s most well-known partnership during the show was with Kherington Payne. The duo, also known as “Twitchington”, performed many memorable routines and were extremely popular with audiences.
In season 5, tWitch returned to So You Think You Can Dance with fellow season 4 contestant Katee Shean to perform their Emmy-nominated piece “Mercy”, choreographed by Mia Michaels. He was one of the 11 “All Stars” for season 7.
He landed the role of Jason in Step Up 3D (August 6, 2010 release date). He reprised his role as Jason in the sequal and 4th installment Step Up Revolution in 2012. He also starred as Taz, in Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming (Fall 2010). He’s also been cast as Marcel X in the upcoming superhero movie Perfectus, and will later star in the movie Ushers. He is managed by Nelson Diaz of Diaz Management Group (dance representation is MSA).
tWitch served as a frequent All Star on Seasons 7, 8 and 9 of So You Think You Can Dance performing many memorable routines, including the now-famous hip hop number “Outta Your Mind” with ballet dancer Alex Wong, which was then reprised by comedian Ellen DeGeneres on Season 7′s finale.
Tina Landon is an award-winning Mexican-American choreographer based in Los Angeles who has worked with Prince, Anastacia, Mýa, Pink, Jay-Z, Marc Anthony, Kristi Yamaguchi, Aerosmith, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Shakira, Pussycat Dolls, Tina Turner, Britney Spears, Rihanna, and Ciara.
Landon began her dance career as a Laker Girl in the 1980s when Paula Abdul was the choreographer. In 1990, she toured as a dancer on Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour. She went on to choreograph the janet. World Tour in 1993 and The Velvet Rope World Tour in 1998 for which she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Achievement In Choreography. At the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards upon winning the Best Dance Video award for Livin’ la Vida Loca, Ricky Martin called Landon onstage and passed the award to her (she choreographed the video). At the 2000 ALMA Awards, one of her former dancers, Jennifer Lopez presented Landon with an Achievement in Choreography award. Before accepting the award, Landon and a troupe of her dancers performed a medley of some of her best known work. In 2008 she appeared on the reality dance competition Step It Up and Dance during which she taught the contestants the routine she choreographed for Rihanna’s music video “Umbrella“. In September 2009 Landon and several other choreographers danced with Janet at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards to the song “Scream”, which Landon originally choreographed, as a tribute to Michael Jackson. Other choreographers who participated in the performance included Dave Scott, Jeri Slaughter, Tyce Diorio, Laurie Ann Gibson, Cris Judd, Travis Payne, Brian Friedman, Wade Robson and Gil Duldulao.
Landon teaches master classes at the Millennium Dance Complex in North Hollywood and at Triple Threat Dance convention in Canada. She appeared as an instructor in two fitness DVDs hosted by Eric Nies: The Grind Workout: Fitness With Flava (1995) and The Grind Workout: Strength and Fitness (1996). She has also released one instructional dance DVD based on her music video choreography called Behind the Moves: Session 1 (2003).
- 2001 – American Choreography Award for Best Music Video Choreography: Mýa‘s “Case of the Ex“
- 2000 – Music Video Producers Association Award for Best Choreography: Ricky Martin – Livin’ La Vida Loca
- 2000 – ALMA Award Honoree for Achievement in Choreography
- 1999 – Dance Master’s of America 115th Choreographer of the Year Award
- 1999 – American Choreography Award for Best Music Video Choreography: Ricky Martin – Livin’ La Vida Loca
- 1999 – MTV Video Music Award for Best Dance Video: Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ la Vida Loca“
- 1995 – MTV Video Music Award for Best Choreography: Michael and Janet Jackson’s “Scream“
Robin Antin American dancer, choreographer, music video director, actress, showgirl, clothing designer,and entrepreneur. In 1995 in Los Angeles Antin, Christina Applegate and Carla Kama founded the modern burlesque troupe The Pussycat Dolls. By 2005, she had been diversified into various media including: a pop recording group with international hits; a Las Vegas nightclub venue and floorshow; various merchandise; and a reality television series. In 2007, she created Girlicious.
As a choreographer, Antin worked with entertainers such as Paris Hilton, and artists such as Anastacia, Pink, The Offspring and No Doubt. Additionally, she was responsible for the dance ensembles in various films.
On January 2, 2010, Antin, Tony Selznick, and Paula Abdul presented choreography agent Julie McDonald with an award for being a pioneer of dance representation and a friend, helper, and agent to many choreographers for over 25 years. The award was presented at the The Carnival: Choreographer’s Ball 11th Anniversary Show.
She is currently a judge on the Lifetime reality television show Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition.