Master Class Instructor
Previous Master Class Instructors
SUMMYR WHALEY - Founder and director of 8&a1 Dance Workshop, a one-day dance event for dancers and their teachers with faculty from L.A., Las Vegas, and New York City! She is a New York Radio City Rockette and was most recently seen on NBC for The 75th Celebration of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular with Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer. She can also be seen as a lead dancer and as Miss Utah in the major motion picture Miss Congeniality, starring Sandra Bullock and Michael Cain. Summyr was Iris Kelly on the European tour of Fame the Musical, and was also a back-up dancer for the Greek pop-star Nikos Vertis in Athens, Greece. Other regional credits include Annie Get Your Gun, Chicago, and The Music Man. Summyr has appeared in numerous television specials, commercials, and industrials in both her native Texas and in New York City. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Dance. Summyr is also a proud alumni member of the jazz program at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival under the direction of Chet Walker. She is also a contributing writer for Stage Door Access (stagedooraccess.com) a website designed for performers. Summyr is in her 5th season with Starpower Dance Competition as a regional and national judge. She has been a teacher/choreographer for the past eleven years. Teaching opportunities have allowed her to travel around the country giving dancers master classes, choreography, and pre-professional dance seminars with her company 8&a1 Dance Works. Summyr is regularly brought in to choreograph for dance teams, studios, and conventions in Texas, where she currently resides with her husband and new born son, after living and performing in NYC for six years.
TASHA EVANS FRANKLIN– Tasha Franklin- Tasha is a graduate from Texas Woman’s University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance where she was a part of the dance company Danceworks. Before attending TWU she attended Trinity Valley CC and was a member of the Cardettes Drill Team as a Lieutenant. She is the former assistant director for the Duncanville High Hats and Co-Director and Dance Teacher at San Marcos HS in California. Tasha is a free-lance choreographer for schools/universities who have won numerous awards for Choreography and Division. She has choreographed for the D-League Texas Legends Dancers and had the pleasure to be an American judge for Miss Dance/Drill Team of Japan 2014 in Osaka, Japan, as well as teaching hip-hop and contemporary workshops in Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo. Tasha is also going into her 12 year with American Dance/Drill Team as a Staff Captain and Hip-Hop Captain. Tasha is the hip-hop coach at United Performing Arts and now the new Director of Irving HS Toy Tigers.