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October 26, 2019, Raleigh
12:30-8:00pm, $85

Four awesome teachers for Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap:
Quisan Parker, Travis Gamble, Tara Burgess, Natalie Fritz.

Ten entries from a studio gets teacher in free. Space is limited!

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Quisan Parker, or Mama Q as she is affectionately called, is the Owner/Artistic Director of Quisan’s Dance Academy (QDA). Quisan has over 35 years of dance training and over 25 years of teaching experience in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop, and multiple years of voice, piano, and acting/theater training, as well. As a student, she earned many Overall High Score awards in numerous regional and national competitions in NC, SC, Ohio, and NY.

As a member of the very first Miss NC Dance Company, Quisan performed in the television production and trained under the direction of renowned and Emmy award-winning choreographers Mallory Graham, Nina Wheeler, and Joe Sam Ruth.

Quisan has had the privilege of studying across the country under numerous dance “greats”, performed at the world famous Apollo Theater in NY, and studied on dance/acting scholarships at Universal Studios.

As an instructor, Quisan has trained many students who have gone on to dance professionally on stage and screen or have graduated from, taught, trained, and choreographed professionally in many prestigious programs including the University of NC School of the Arts, the Joffrey Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

They’ve made top nationally ranked college dance teams/dance programs and companies at N.C. State University, East Carolina University, UNC-Greensboro, and Meredith College, just to name a few.

Some of her students have also received full scholarships through audition to train with top choreographers throughout the country. Competitively, Quisan has received multiple regional and national Best Choreography awards and her students have won Overall High Score awards and over 25 solo/group National and Grand National Championship Titles. As a studio owner and dance instructor, Quisan’s goal has always been to not only mold children into confident, hardworking and socially responsible adults who have a life-long love and appreciation of the arts, but to also train dancers who don’t feel intimidated just because they are from a small town. Quisan enjoys teaching her students the importance of giving back through participating in various community events, and raising awareness for Autism Spectrum Disorders in honor of her wonderful son Zion, who has Asperger’s. Quisan holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Fayetteville State University and is a member in good standing of the National Dance Educators Organization, a chapter chair of the National Honor Society of Dance Arts, and a member of More Than Just Great Dancing, Inc. that celebrates integrity and leadership of dance educators. She also has an extensive background in pageantry (See Pageant Coaching page) and enjoys judging and coaching girls for pageants to become their best selves. She enjoys spending time with her son Zion, a junior and honor student at Clinton High School, and her daughter Aliah, a QDA alum, and a Pre-med/Biology major at East Carolina University.

Travis Gamble was born in Easley South Carolina to Emma Gamble and Steve White. Before graduating high school, he excelled in Music being part of the band program for eight years playing the saxophone oh, and dancing for years in his local church. After graduating, he pursued dance full-time. Training at top dance studios such as Upstate Carolina Dance Center, Spotlight Dance Company, Greenville ballet, dancers Edge, dancers corner, and a variety of others. Training with top teachers in the genres of hip-hop, Jazz, lyrical, contemporary, ballet, and many others. He has trained with teachers such as Dena Rizzo, Kem Pope, Geo Hubela, Hayley Mac, Angel Roberts, Jessica Walker, Aaron Burr, Fik-Shun, Brandon Norris, Lacey Schwimmer, Twitch, Keltie Colleen, Bethany Lowery, Judime Somerville, Kimberly Courts, Mandy Moore, Alexie Agdeppa, Gev Manoukian, and many others.

Attending Regional and national competition /conventions, Travis has won several scholarships in jazz, ballet, Hip Hop, and countless trophies. Travis continues his experience with all genres of Dance, teaching through out the United States, working 3 jobs, and pursues his business degree online.


Tara R. Peyton-Burgess has been married to her soulmate, Reggie, for 23 years, and is the proud mom of two wonderful sons, Jared and Matthew. Tara’s love of dance began at the age of 2. During her childhood, she studied all forms of dance at local studios and in New York City and was a member of the Thelma Olaker and the Richmond Ballet. During high school, Tara helped teach and choreograph for several dance studios and made the decision to continue her dance career at Radford University where she majored in Dance and Recreation. While in college, Tara performed as a finalist in the Miss Virginia Pageant and was hired by Taft Productions as a dancer for the main stage shows “Celebration” and “Gotta Dance.” Following her career as a professional dancer, Tara went back to school and received her certification in Elementary Education and taught first and second grades for 13 years. During this time, Tara greatly missed performing and teaching dance, so she made the decision 16 years ago to open Gotta DANCE! School of Performing Arts which is located in Prince George, VA.

Tara is a member of the professional organization Dance Educators of America. She has been an Adjunct Faculty member for dance at Richard Bland College for several years. She serves as a Dance Adjudicator for the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School and for a Turn Around Arts School and is a judge for the Kings Dominion Dance Festival. Sharing her love of dance with her students and giving them as many performance opportunities, as possible, is most important to Tara. Over the past 16 years, she has taken over 100 students and many of the studio’s dance instructors to New York City to take classes at Broadway Dance Center. In recent years, tap dancing has become a favorite of Tara’s whether it’s taking class or choreographing! Tara makes several trips a year to NYC to train from top tap instructors including Germaine Salsburg, Shea Sullivan, Justin Bioccio, Crystal Chapman and Lainie Munro. Tara also takes weekly tap classes at Richmond Dance Center and attends tap workshops at Dogtown Dance Center. Tara’s tap choreography has received several overall high scores and judges’ awards at various regional dance competitions.

Tara loves the positive atmosphere Caroline Cook has created at Southeast Showdown is so excited to have been asked to teach tap at the Southeast Showdown Intensive. She cannot wait to share her love of tap with each dancer! If you happen to see the license plate TAPNYC in the parking lot, you’ll know who it belongs to!


Natalie has been dancing since the age of 8 and doing choreography for herself and others since the age of 14. She is trained in all genres of dance, including jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, musical theater, tap and hip hop. Natalie recently spent several months in LA training at Millennium Dance Complex, with artists such as Dana Alexa, Matt Steffanina, Mollee Gray and Brian and Scott Nicholson. She has also trained under some of the most well-known instructors and choreographers in the industry, including tWitch, Allison Holker (who named Natalie “Weekend Warrior” at 24 Seven), Blake McGrath and Francisco Gella.

Natalie feels passionately about telling a story through movement and artistry, and creating pieces that are meaningful, inspirational and entertaining for the audience, and she loves to share that passion with others. The pieces that she has created have won numerous 1st overall awards, judges awards and high score of the competition awards, as well as 6 choreography awards, the first being when Natalie was only 15. Natalie’s pieces have won the “Creative Artist” Award, presented to one routine deemed as being a stand out performance based on the choreography and creativity of the dance, the “Total Commitment” Award, awarded to one routine based on the creativity of the dance combined with an outstanding performance, and the “Capezio Award of Excellence” for her combination of performance and choreography. Judges have described her choreography as having “amazing depth” and “incredible originality and stylization” and, simply, “beautiful.” Natalie is also a 3-time Elite Grand Champion at Southeast Showdown Nationals!



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