Meet the Team 2017-08-02T14:47:54+00:00

YOUR MENTOR

What do you want from a mentor…  An industry icon whose dance career has spanned decades?

Someone who has worked with the biggest names in the business including Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Justin Beiber, Prince, Beyonce, Rihanna, Usher and Britney Spears to name but a few.

An industry leader who has worked on TV shows such as the X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent, Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, the MTV VMA’s and Billboard Music Awards.

Someone who has taught worldwide with The Pulse, DanceOn Network, Urdang Academy and Radix Dance Convention.

An industry pioneer who will train and develop your dance and choreography skills so you too can become one of the greats?

He is the best of the best, your program mentor, Brian Friedman.

OUR TEAM

LARSEN THOMPSON
LARSEN THOMPSONTEAM BRIAN
Larsen has worked professionally on The Voice, X Factor and Kids Teen Choice Awards. She has featured in music video’s for Borns “American Money”and Sia’s “The Greatest”. She has been a part of several viral dance concept videos with Taylor Hatala; Spice Girls “Wannabe”, Big Sean “IDFWU” and Beyonce “Run the World”.

On this mentor program Larsen assists Brian Friedman in the specifically designed training workouts and choreography. Larsen also shares her secrets to creating viral video content.

ZACK VENEGAS
ZACK VENEGASTEAM BRIAN
Zachary Venegas is an innovative dancer and choreographer who has assisted renowned choreographers Brian Friedman, Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Cris Judd, Dave Scott, and Laurie Ann Gibson. He has danced for artists Justin Bieber and Rihanna, and on hit TV shows such as Nickelodeon’s “Victorious” and Fox’s “The X-Factor”.

On this mentor program Zachary assists Brian Friedman in the specifically designed training workouts and choreography. Zachary also shares his tips for dancing on a budget and getting cast at auditions.

AMCK
AMCKEUROPE’S LEADING DANCE AGENCY
AMCK Dance is a premium dance agency for elite dancers, choreographers, and creative directors. Talent from AMCK have worked with artists such as, Madonna, Beyoncé, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Ariana Grande and Rita Ora. National shows from the Brit Awards to Victoria’s Secret and the Olympic Games to the MTV EMAs for 10 years running.

On Brian Friedman’s mentor program, AMCK share what they look for in video submissions, headshots and how to get cast for the best jobs. They are also TTC agency partners offering feedback for students and scouting for representation.

BLOC
BLOCUSA’S ELITE DANCE AGENCY
Bloc is a leading talent agency representing choreographers and dancers for feature film, television, live performances and music videos. They have worked with Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, P!Nk, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, will.i.am and Sia. Bloc dancers tour around with world with artists and appear in TV shows such as Dancing With The Stars, The Voice, America’s Got Talent and The MTV Video Music Awards.

On Brian Friedman’s mentor program, Bloc share advice for dancer image, submitting videos to casting agents and how to get noticed. They are also TTC agency partners offering feedback for students and scouting for representation.

FEATURING.

DEAN LEE
DEAN LEEDEAN LEE HEAD CHOREOGRAPHER OF THE X FACTOR UK
Dean is a graduate of Urdang Academy in London. He is Head Choreographer for the X Factor UK live shows and Pulse on Tour faculty member. Choreography credits include Kylie Minogue, Cheryl Cole, Janet Jackson, JLS and Beth Ditto. Dean has also performed as a dancer for the Pussycat Dolls, Take That and in London’s West End.

On Brain Friedman’s mentor program go behind the scenes with Dean to learn what it takes to create choreography for the X Factor. Plus find out what he looks for when casting dancers and how you can follow in his footsteps.

TRICIA MIRANDA
TRICIA MIRANDAGUEST JUDGE ON EVERY SINGLE STEP
Tricia Miranda has worked with some of the biggest names in the business from will.i.am, Demi Lovato, Beyonce and Jay Z. She has choreographed for countless award and TV shows including the Grammys, MTV VMAs, X Factor USA, SYTYCD and The Ellen Degeneres Show.

On the program Tricia joins Brian as guest judge as we go behind the scenes on Nigel Lythgoe’s show Every Single Step and shares the lessons she’s learnt in creating choreography.

ALLISON BUSACCA
ALLISON BUSACCAINSTAGRAM GLOBAL ENGLISH COMMUNITY EDITOR
Allison Busacca is the Global English Community Editor at Instagram. She is an expert in digital trends and media speaking at WTM, MediaNext, ITB Asia, SXSW, Social Media Week and TBC Asia.

Instagram has a community of more than 500 million who capture and share the world’s moments on the service.

On Brian Friedman’s mentor program Allison shares Instagram’s top 5 tips for getting your talent noticed on the platform and how you can become the next social media star.

JASON MAEK AND ZAENA
JASON MAEK AND ZAENAMUSIC ARTISTS
Combining their skills in music production, DJ’ing, singing, and rapping, Jason Maek and Zaena set aside their solo careers to form one of the most uniquely talented duos in electronic music. Their recently released sophomore album, ‘Fashion Week:The Visual Album’ was called, “The first great music project of the year” by Rolling Stone. It has been featured in countless publications such as DJ Mag and Rolling Out, and MTV.

On Brian Friedman’s mentor program they search for the next dance star for their music video Freshman.

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