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Tyler Relph – Founder / President (Tyler@CityDancePeoria.org)
Introduced at age 15, Tyler immediately fell in love with dance. Tyler is trained in hip-hop, jazz, lyrical and ballet technique. He began performing at various local events including state fairs, dance competitions and company events. In 2001, Tyler moved to Los Angeles to further his training.
While in California, he trained at the Millennium Dance Complex and The Edge. He then signed to Bloc agency, performed at Lil’ Romeo’s album release party and was an extra in Pink’s “Don’t Let Me Get Me” video. In 2002, he toured with ZOEgirl for 52 shows in the US and an international show in Amsterdam. Tyler has taught in the industry for nearly 10 years and has worked with top choreographers including Wade Robson, Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo, Chantal Robson, Brain Friedman and Chris Jones.
Amanda Relph – Founder / CEO (Amanda@CityDancePeoria.org)
Dancing since the age of four, Amanda began teaching at the age of 16. She is proficient in lyrical, contemporary, and various styles of hip hop and jazz. Amanda has received top awards for performance and choreography at numerous venues on the competition circuit. She has served as lead instructor and coach for a number of dance and hip hop teams. Having performed for many years at competitions, conventions, and other venues – including several pre-season shows for the Chicago Bulls – she considers the stage a second home.
Amanda has had the privilege of working with numerous choreographers, including Chris Jones, Chantal Robson, Hillary Salvaggione, Nick Lanzisera, and others. She sees dance as more than a passion; she sees it as an avenue for healthy, creative expression and an invaluable tool for coping and motivation.
Amanda has taught in the industry for over 10 years and believes can be a light for kids in very dark situations. “For as long as I can remember, dance has been not only a passion, but an avenue of creative expression and positive force in my own life when there seemed to be nothing else. It remained as a creative outlet and source of strength as my family moved through poverty, job loss, numerous health problems and other issues.”
Amanda hopes to use personal experience to connect with and mentor students as she trains them to be top dancers.
Joshua Dick – Creative Director, Hip Hop faculty (Joshua@CityDancePeoria.org)
From the age of four, I knew that music and dancing were my passion. I started out as a self-taught street dancer for many years before joining a local studio to further my dance education. This led to many performance opportunities including local shows, multiple NBA half-time shows, competitions all over the Mid-West and many different public events. In 2005, I was signed by Encore Agency out of Chicago and I set out to audition for jobs.
I’ve been blessed to have had multiple appearances on MTV’s “The Wade Robson Project”, Good Morning America on ABC-TV (where I was named Freestyle Champion), Off-Broadway, and Television Commercials. I have also headlined performances as a Michael Jackson tribute artist at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut. I have taught in the industry for more than 10 years working and studying with top choreographers including Wade Robson, Darrin Henson, Marty Kudelka, Tabitha and Napoleon and Dan Karaty.
Dance to me is so much more than movement to music. It gave me a voice when I was too afraid to speak. It gave me confidence in myself when I felt I wasn’t good enough…and it gave me something to believe in when I felt there was no hope.
T.J. Syndram – Marketing/PR (TJ@CityDancePeoria.Org)
T.J. began working in entertainment marketing at the age of 16. He has since worked with clients in a variety of industries from across the country. Syndram first developed a passion for reaching the underprivileged community while living in Wooster, Ohio where he worked as an intern for a youth outreach program. His ingenuity and direct overseeing of the marketing campaign has gained City Dance national media coverage. Overall, he has been instrumental in the development of City Dance.
While not at City Dance, Syndram can be found working on a campaign for a client of Thomas Syndram PR, playing in his band, The Centralia Mine Fire, or serving cones at The Dugout, an ice cream and fast food joint he co-owns with his sister.
Sabriah Wiedeman – Jazz, Contemporary/Lyrical, Ballet faculty (Sabriah@CityDancePeoria.Org)
Sabriah started dancing when she was 8 years old and has had the privilege to train under the instruction of many professional dancers and choreographers. In Fall 2010-Spring 2011, she was a principal dancer in a professional Latin/Contemporary Company called Rodriguez Dance Theater. In Fall 2011-Spring 2012 Sabriah was a student at Illinois State University where she was trained by the incredible faculty as well as two guest artists, including Joanna Rosenthall (Artistic Director of Same Planet Different World – Chicago, IL) and Julie Tice (former Paul Taylor company member – New York, IL).
Also trained in classical piano, music theory, and many forms of vocal performance, Sabriah has a love for many different types of art and music.
Sabriah’s passion for working with children, learning, growing, and deepening her relationship with friends and her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, motivates her to live each day with a joyful and thankful heart.
Anna Yee – Lyrical Hip Hop faculty (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Anna began dancing in junior high. She learned different styles from various studios and eventually ended up focusing mainly on hip hop, as part of Dance 2XS, an international hip hop team based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She served as Executive Director her senior year.
Anna works currently works as 2XS Midwest Project Manager, which largely entails planning Urbanite, a bi-annual showcase featuring guest dancers from around the country like Jabbawokeez, 2XS Mexico, and most recently famed choreographer Marty Kudelka.
This will be her last year as 2XS project manager as she transitions into hip hop instructor/performer for City Dance Peoria. She’s really excited to be working with people who might not be able to afford competitive studios in the area. Anna also teaches at Water Street Dance Company in Washington, for summer intensives and competitions.
This June, Anna traveled to Los Angeles to take various dance classes at Millennium Dance Complex and Debbie Reynolds. Anna hopes to continue taking classes in all genres and teaching as much as she can.