The United States Tournament of Dance, along with celebrity choreographers Willdabeast and Janelle Ginestra,

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2017

Present…

34th & PHUNK

The ULTIMATE convention, audition, and performance opportunity!

Event Details

USTD is offering dancers of all ages a unique opportunity to take class with two of the industry’s most sought after Hip Hop choreographers, “Willdabeast” and Janelle Ginestra! The duo will be making a rare east coast appearance on Sunday, September 10th and this is your chance to learn from some of the best in the business!

While at the convention, Will & Janelle will be scouting and selecting the most talented dancers for their chance to be part of a performance crew (“34th & PHUNK”) that will perform during this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® in the heart of Herald Square and in front of the NBC cameras! Willdabeast and Janelle will select approximately 60 dancers for the opportunity.

*PARTICIPATION IN THE CONVENTION IN NO WAY GUARANTEES SELECTION FOR CREW PERFORMANCE IN THE MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE ®

Don’t miss your chance to be part of this incredible convention experience! Registration for the convention will be limited and we do expect to sell out quickly.

*Please note: NBC cameras as well as other media may film at the convention and as such, all participants will be required to sign a media release which will be included in with the standard injury waiver.

Date

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Location

Long Island Marriott Uniondale
101 James Doolittle Blvd
Uniondale, NY 11553
(516) 794-3800

Group Rate: $168++
Cut Off Date: August 12, 2017
Call: (800) 228-9290
Group Code: US Tournament of Dance

 

$150 per participant

Session to include:

• 2.5 hours of class with WilldaBeast & Janelle
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® Hip Hop Performance Audition
• Meet & Greet
• Complimentary Autographed Poster

REGISTER NOW! DOWNLOAD WAIVER

Please note: A signed Release Form is required for each participant. Save time during event check-in by downloading and filling out this form ahead of time. Please bring the Release Form with you and present it to Event Check-In personnel upon arrival. Release Forms will be available on site and may also be filled out and signed at that point.

General Convention / Audition Schedule

Junior Division

7:15am – 8:00am Check-In
8:00am – 8:20am Warm-Up
8:20am – 8:30am Introductions
8:30am – 11:00am Classes/Audition Willdabeast & Janelle
11:00am Crew Selection Announcements
11:00am – 11:30am Meet & Greet

Senior Division

11:15am – 12:30pm Check-In
12:30pm – 12:50pm Warm-Up
12:50pm – 1:00pm Introductions
1:00pm – 3:30pm Classes/Audition Willdabeast & Janelle
3:30pm Crew Selection Announcements
3:30pm – 4:00pm Meet & Greet

“34th & Phunk” Crew Rehearsal / Meeting

All selected dancers (both Junior & Senior Divisions)
4:00pm – 6:00pm Rehearsal/Set
6:00pm – 6:30pm Meeting (parents/guardians of minors must attend)

Win a FREE Registration to The Convention!

Win a free registration to “34th & PHUNK”! One lucky winner will be announced on the USTD Facebook page prior to the event! If you already registered you will be refunded. All you have to do is enter your Name, Email, Dance Studio (optional), and City, State and you’ll be entered to win!

General Convention Information

Age Divisions

Junior Division (Ages 12 & Under)
Senior Division (Ages 13 & Over)

Dance Style / Facet

Hip Hop

Participant Experience / Eligibility

“34th & PHUNK” The Convention is open to all levels of dance experience; including beginners and prior dance education and/or Hip Hop experience is not required. There is no age limit and dancers should be in good health prior to registering.

Registration

All registrations will be processed on a “first come first serve basis” and be subject to availability. Class sizes WILL be limited; therefore, it is strongly recommended that interested participants register early. Once class sizes have reached their capacity the online system will automatically close out the event and a “Sold Out” message will appear in the registration area prohibiting any additional registrations.

Refunds

All registrations are NON-REFUNDABLE unless the event is otherwise cancelled by the producers at which time a full refund will be issued as a credit back to the credit card from which it was charged.

Sold Out Policy

All registrations will be processed on a “first come first serve basis” and be subject to availability. Class sizes WILL be limited; therefore, it is strongly recommended that interested participants register early. Once class sizes have reached their capacity the online system will automatically close out the event and a “Sold Out” message will appear in the registration area prohibiting any additional registrations.

Walk-In / Late Rate Registration

“Walk-In” and Late Rate Registration will be accepted on a given convention date providing the event has not been “Sold Out,” and will still be subject to availability on the convention date. Additionally, Walk-In registrants will be charged the late rate of $200.00

Checking In

Participants should arrive at check-in time as posted on their respective schedule to allow ample time for “Warm Up.” The Check-In table will be divided evenly into two lines based on the first letter of the participant’s last name (A-M and N-Z). Upon Check-In, participants will receive a packet containing a color-coded wristband and complimentary autograph card. Once checked in, participants will proceed directly to the event room for “Warm Up.” All participants and/or Parent or Guardian (for those participants under the age of a 18) will be required to sign a participation waiver at check-in.

Observer Wristbands

A limited number of Observer Wristbands will be made available for a purchase price of $15.00 and may only be purchased at the event.  The number of Observer Wristbands sold will be determined by event personnel to ensure the safety of participants and the quality of the classes.  Observer Wristbands will be sold at the Concession Booth on a “first come first serve basis.”  Observer Wristbands will not be available at the Check-In table.  Observer Wristbands are Non-Refundable and may not be transferred from one person to another.  USTD will not be held responsible for lost or stolen wristbands.  Excessive talking, cell phone use, videotaping, and or otherwise disruptive behavior will result in the observer being escorted out by event personnel as to maintain a proper atmosphere for participants to learn and artist to conduct class.

What to Wear

Participants should wear apparel that is comfortable and loose fitting such as sweatpants and t-shirt with sneakers.  There is no requirement on what to wear, however, as the event is a “family friendly” atmosphere, participants are expected to dress appropriately.

Participant Wristband Policy

Participants will be required to wear event wristbands for the duration of the convention and respective age division. If a participant should lose or remove their wristband USTD will require full repayment to re-enter convention room, no refunds, no exceptions.

Food and Beverage Policy

Participants are encouraged to bring water and light snacks. There will also be water stations provided in the convention room.

Cancellation Policy

Event producers reserve the right to cancel the event for any reason. Should event producers cancel the event a full refund shall be issued in the form of a credit to the credit card used for registration.

Change of Venue

Event Producers reserve the right to change venue locations due to any potential unseen circumstances.

34th & PHUNK Crew Requirements

A minimum of 60 dancers will be selected to perform at the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®. Dancers selected at the convention will be required to adhere to the following in order to be eligible to participate:

  • Attend rehearsal/set 4:00pm – 6:00pm Sunday, September 10, 2017
  • Attend meeting 6:00pm – 6:30pm Sunday, September 10, 2017
  • USTD will require that each dancer be fitted for and purchase performance costume during the meeting. Additionally, USTD will require dancers to attend mandatory rehearsals at an additional expense made payable to USTD. Total for “34th & PHUNK” costume and rehearsals will be $250.00 (payable to USTD) and must be paid on location by the conclusion of the 9/10/17 meeting. (Cash, Master, Visa, or Discover cards will be accepted for payment – personal checks will not be accepted). There will be no other fees due pertaining to the actual performance in the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®.
  • Attend a minimum of 3 rehearsals (Date/Times/Location TBD – will be held in NY metro area and schedule will be announced prior to September 10th convention) rehearsals are 100% mandatory – NO EXCEPTIONS
  • Attend a mandatory NBC set/staging week of parade (TBD)
  • Sign performance agreement to be provided at meeting Sunday, September 10, 2017

Macy’s Performance

USTD is proud to be producing the first hip hop performance to ever be featured in the historic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®! Each year the infamous parade draws MILLIONS of viewers from across the country and around the world. USTD is offering sixty of the most talented amateur hip hop dancers an incredible opportunity to be part of this historic event. Join us live from Herald Square on Thanksgiving morning and in front of the NBC cameras as 34th & PHUNK take the stage for this most epic performance!

Choreographers

Will Adams Will Adams “Willdabeast”

Lead Choreographer

Originally from Indiana, Will “WilldaBeast” Adams moved to LA to pursue his dance career. Dancing for artists such as Usher, T-Pain, The Black Eyed Peas, Jason Derulo, Zendaya, 5th Harmony, Demi Lavato, GLEE, X-Factor, Nissan, MTV, Butterfinger, and Madonna he found a love for choreography. This allowed him to choreograph for artists including T-Pain, DJ Tiesto, GRL, Erika Jayne, ABDC, So You Think You Can Dance, and Nike.

In 2013, Willdabeast created the dance company immaBEAST and dropped the first official video Dope. Since then, immaBEAST has become one of the leading brands, companies, and influences in the hip hop dance world.

Janelle GinestraJanelle Ginestra

Lead Choreographer

Janelle Ginestra began dancing in Santa Clara, CA at age 2. As a young child, she enjoyed dancing for local shows and competing in dance competitions, where she received highest honors and praise for her spunk, sassiness, personality, and of course being a powerhouse for her age.

At age 7, Janelle and her family moved to Los Angeles where she pursued acting. Upon arrival in Los Angeles, some of Janelle’s early jobs were related to dance. As an actress, Janelle was a guest-star and co-star on many TV shows and also was a lead actor on two TV pilots.

At age 12, Janelle moved to Modesto, CA where she began to choreograph and dance for a local rap artist named Jiggy. They would rehearse and practice in Janelle’s garage for hours on end. This is where Janelle primarily trained from the ages of 12-18, training herself, and her friends.

In addition to local shows and concerts with Jiggy, who opened for performers like Paul Wall and E-40, she also took up competitive cheerleading. She not only competed in cheer and won several national championships, she was also on a competitive pom team, where she learned clean lines and sharp technique skills. Janelle joined a company called JAMZ Cheer and Dance and quickly became a head instructor. She taught kids and teenagers all over the United States dance and cheer routines in a positive, happy environment.

At age 18, Janelle moved to North Hollywood, CA. She has worked as a successful dancer and has been in multiple dance shows from being a contestant on the BRAVO reality TV show Step It Up and Dance, to being a reoccurring dancer on FOX’s hit show Glee. She is very involved in the dance community – working on different jobs for dance shows, music videos, and award shows, including dancing for Beyonce at the Billboard Awards. Janelle has been in several movies, the most recent being Honey 2 where she plays the role of Juvey Dancer. Her biggest role was as the lead chipmunk AKA chipette “Britney” in Alvin and the Chipmunks 2.

Janelle has worked with many well-known and respected choreographers including, Adam Shankman, Brian Friedman, and Zachary Woodlee of Glee. She assists Nappytabs on So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Best Dance Crew. Janelle’s most recent television appearances include Glee, Community, America’s Got Talent, Bunheads, and X Factor – not only where she danced for multiple contestants, but also choreographed. Her first world tour was with P!NK and lasted over a year. She not only danced, but was P!NK’s body double and flew her aerial tracks everyday. She just finished a Promo Tour with Jennifer Lopez, and was in the #1 record breaking video Anaconda with Nicki Minaj. She is living her ultimate dream.

Janelle continues to teach master dance classes world-wide. Sometimes alongside the creator and mastermind of Immabeast, William Adams, where they are referred to as “BEAUTYndaBEAST”. They have a huge following and are continuing to grow and expand. The duo just finished choreographing their first episode of a new Disney Show called Gamers Guide.

Janelle is trying to touch and inspire anyone and everyone with her passion and love of this art.

Geo Hubela“GEO” Hubela

Assistant Lead Choreographer

With over 20 years experience in the Entertainment Industry, GEO Hubela is a Choreographer, Artistic Director, Dancer & Teacher. He also is Co-owner and Director of one of New Jerseys leading Dance Education facilities, ICON DANCE COMPLEX, home of the ICONic Dance Company.

GEO has choreographed internationally for stage and screen in France, Germany, the UK and Taiwan. His most recent work is Choreographing the first ever Live Stage Show for Lionsgate Films “STEP UP” franchise at Motiongate Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. His other recent work includes multiple campaigns for Old Navy, including a holiday campaign starring Stranger Things co-star Gaten Matarazzo.

GEO was seen on Season 1 of MTV’s Randy Jackson presents “America’s Best Dance Crew” and “America’s Got Talent” as Director, Choreographer and dancer for the ICONic Dance Crew. Other choreography credits include Aaron Carter, Kelly Rowland, Lil’ Mama, Brian McKnight on Celebrity Apprentice 2, and industrial shows for companies such as Prudential, Macy’s, Murphy USA, Food & Wine Magazine, the Big Apple Awards and more. He has also choreographed national commercials for Jet Blue, Best Buy, Slim Fast, and was Asst. Choreographer on the Campbell’s Soup campaign starring John Lithgow.

As a performer, GEO has danced with some of the biggest stars in the music industry such as Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith, P!NK, Britney Spears, ‘NSYNC, Jessica Simpson, Macy Gray, Selena, Smashmouth, Lindsey Lohan, Deborah Cox and the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. GEO’s other Film and TV credits include; GLEE, Standing Ovation Movie, The Wedding Singer, Boys & Girls, Step Up, That 70’s Show, Chicago Hope, The Young and the Restless, Fame LA, The Nikki Cox Show, The Miss America Pageant, The Goodwill Games, The NAACP Image Awards and the 69th Annual Academy Awards.

With 23 years experience teaching Hip Hop and Street Jazz, GEO has been on faculty and guest faculty for such Dance Conventions as Tremaine, Co. Dance, Monsters of Hip Hop, The Pulse, Starpower, Headliners and more. Today, GEO is currently on faculty and tours the country with Showstopper, Dance Educators of America, Danza and Encore Performing Arts Dance Conventions.

GEO’s ICONic Dancers are performing professionally, appearing at Live events such as Beatstock, the Apollo Theater, Madison Square Garden and on TV specials on Nickelodeon and MTV. GEO’s students also dance for the Brooklyn Nets Kids and NY KNICKS City Kidz dance teams. They have also performed at special events for such brands as Clearasil, Dance You’re A** Off, ESPN and more. One of GEO’s biggest accomplishments is Creator, Choreographer and Manager of the internationally known ICONic Boyz Dance Crew. The Boyz were Runner-Up on Season 6 of Randy Jackson presents America’s Best Dance Crew on MTV and had become teen pop culture dance sensations.

GEO’s biggest reward is passing on his passion for dance to the next generation of dancers and teachers.

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Joseph & Katrina AnchetaJoseph & Katrina Ancheta

Assistant Choreographers

 • Joseph Ancheta is the founder and Artistic Director of the Wannabees Dance Company

• Choreographers for the HARDWOOD HITTAZ

• Joseph is asst to GEO

• Teach across NJ and around the country

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