Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Blake Angier went on to train extensively on scholarship with the Edge Performing Arts Center in Hollywood, California. He has worked with artists such as Beyonce, Rhianna, Ricky Martin, Miley Cyrus as “Hanna Montana” and Latin superstar, Chayanne. You may have seen Blake as a dancer for the Apple Ipod campaign, Old Navy, Cingular Wireless and as a feature on “Bring It On – All or Nothing”. Blake has been a guest choreographer and Master Class teacher for conventions across the USA, Canada, New Zealand and the Congreso Internacional de Danza in Mexico. You may have also seen Blake in the “So You Think You Can Dance” ad campaign. Blake currently owns “Dance Barre”, the largest dance studio in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.Blake has had the privilege to return to Des Moines on many occasions to work with both dance students and educators. He is thrilled to watch as the dance community continues to thrive.
Kersten grew up dancing in Thousand Oaks, CA, where she trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and contemporary styles. She then went on to graduate from the Edge Scholarship Program in Los Angeles. Soon after, she became a member of Myo Dance Company under the direction of Josie Walsh. Kersten has assisted and danced for some of the most well renowned choreographers in the business, including Michael Rooney, Mandy Moore, Dan Karaty, and more. Recently, Kersten was one of the featured dancers on Disney’s “The Muppets, and has appeared three times on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”. Other credits include Microsoft Surface National Commercial, Nickelodeon “Halo Awards” and “The Voice” for Florence and The Machine, “Glee”, “America’s Got Talent”, a music video for The All American Rejects, the national American Idol Promo Ad, Nickelodeon show “The Fresh Beat Band”, assistant on “So You Think You Can Dance”, and more. Kersten is also a master teacher and choreographer in the LA area and around the country. She is now a third time finalist for the Ace Award in New York City for her choreography. In 2010 she was awarded the “Emerging Choreographer Award” at Regional Dance America/Southwest for her work set on Louisiana Delta Ballet. Kersten is incredibly grateful to live out her passion every day as a dancer and choreographer. “Passion is the genesis of genius.” –Tony Robbins
Sawyer Coulter began dancing at the age of 6, and by the time she was 18 moved to Los Angeles to train on EDGE Performing Arts Center’s Scholarship program. She is well versed in tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, lyrical, theatre, and contemporary. Sawyer has travelled across North America performing and modelling for such companies as Nike, Wella, and Redken, and has worked for a variety of choreographers in various music videos during her time in Los Angeles. She has also been seen on stage in Nick Jr’s “Yo Gabba Gabba Live”, and has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Sawyer’s passion for choreography and teaching has led her to become a member of the Dance Barre’s faculty, alongside Blake Angier. She is thrilled to be joining the DSM team this year!
Malaya’s classic lyrical movement is often described as timeless. She has been an LADF and EDGE faculty member for many years and travels both nationally and internationally to teach master classes and set choreography on companies in Switzerland, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Korea and Japan. Among Malaya’s video, television and feature film appearances are Batman & Robin with George Clooney, a music video for Betcha with Prince, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and an appearance with Celine Dion. Malaya’s choreography credits include many Los Angeles concerts as well as the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, University of Oklahoma, Commonality Dance Company, Naway Dance Company, and the Instincts Dance Company.