JOSHUA PELATZKY – JudgeJoshua Pelatzky, originally from California, received most of his training in Dallas, Texas, beginning with Irish Step dancing then moving into other forms. At 15, he was asked to join the Bruce Wood Modern Dance Company as an apprentice before becoming a company member the following season. He continued his training at the Alvin Ailey School, Broadway Theatre Project and Ballet Magnificat.
He has performed in musicals such as The Music Man, Bye Bye Birdie and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and was offered a swing role in the first National Tour of ‘CATS’ at 16. Joshua has also been seen in industrials for Bob Mackie, J.C. Penney, L’Oreal and the Designers Institute Foundation Fighting AIDS. He staged an industrial for Diesel in the south of Italy, for which he also performed in. He made an appearance in Opera Pacific’s ‘Aida’ in Orange County, simultaneously serving as assistant choreographer. Joshua was featured on Style.com/Vogue in their ‘Model Challenge’ series. He has assisted Michèle Assaf in many endeavors, one of the latest being the Learning Channel’s Medical Miracles featuring Phineas Newborn and the Tezero Live @ DVD series, where he was a featured dancer as well. Joshua has performed pieces of many choreographers, some of the more popular at the moment being Mandy Moore, Desmond Richardson, Wes Veldink, Margie Gilis and Bruno Collinet. Recently he was seen in the MTV VMA’s performing choreography by Travis Wall. And was a featured performer in Terry Beeman’s ‘Mental Head Circus.’ Joshua just got back from Australia where he was a cast member of Debbie Allen’s ‘Freeze Frame.’
Joshua has received many awards for choreography including Choreographer of the Year and Young Choreographer of the Year. He has been featured in several showcases internationally including Carnival, Broadway Underground, Sirens After Dark, Botega, World Dance Movement and Broadway a Tropea. Joshua choreographed and danced in the Darwin Deez’ music video ‘DNA’ which landed him a nomination for a UK Music Video Award. He has also been commissioned to set site specific work for art gallery openings. He has taught contemporary and street jazz throughout Japan, Canada, France, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Holland, Spain and Isreal. Joshua is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center in New York City and at The EDGE in Los Angeles. Also follow him around the world at World Dance Movement.
JAMES WASHINGTON – JudgeJames Washington, a native of Rochester, NY, began his dance training at Dance 22. He graduated cum laude from the Conservatory at Point Park University, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in dance. James has worked with and performed pieces by Robert Battle, David Parsons, Christopher Huggins, Kyle Abraham, Camille A. Brown, Sidra Bell, Peter Chu, and many others. James was ranked Top Five at the 2012 International Choreography Competition at Giordano Jazz Dance World Congress. His choreography credits also include: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, The Grier School, Slippery Rock University, Cleveland School of the Arts, Houston Met Too Youth Company, and Abby Lee Dance Company (Dance Moms, Lifetime). James was the 2013 male recipient of the “Brazzy Award,” given for outstanding achievement in the field of dance. James was a founding member of the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble (“Top 25 to Watch” in 2012, Dance Magazine) under the direction of Greer Reed in Pittsburgh, PA. He has also performed as a guest artist with The Houston Metropolitan Dance Company in Houston, TX and is currently performing with Michael Susten and Co in New York City. Finally, James joined the creative team of “The Bench: Journey into Love” as the rehearsal and staging director alongside creator Keisha Lalama. The show is in the stages of pre-production for national commercial audiences.
MISHAY PETRONELL- JudgeMishay Petronelli is an accomplished dancer, teacher and choreographer based in New York City. Mishay is a principal dancer with Dana Foglia Dance, the cutting-edge contemporary/hip hop company. She was a long-time performer and featured soloist in Jared Grimes’ Broadway Underground, NYC and was also a featured performer in Rhapsody James’s show, Siren Assassins. A “compellingly dramatic and athletic”, diverse, multiform dancer, (BOSTON GLOBE) Mishay has danced for a wide variety of artists including Jonte’, Janes Addiction, Kanye West (on SNL), Olivia and Arie, Icona Pop and in videos for Whitney Houston, Darwin Deez, Nikki Williams, and Madonna. Other credits include performing at Jacob’s Pillow with Dorrance Dance, performing for the Uganda Arts Outreach Dance Benefit, being a featured choreographer and performer for Creations by Nuri Productions, dancing on MTV’s Run’s House, performing for the Nike Blast event in Stockholm, Sweden, dancing in a Verizon Promo Commercial, dancing on America’s Got Talent Season 8 and assisted Wes Veldink on the spring 2013 Joe Fresh Commericial to name a few. Mishay also works in and around the fashion world and has performed for Sephora’s Fashion’s Night Out, assisted Jermaine Browne on the premiere of his dance clothing line with designer Dominic Louis, has appeared in a Converse Print campaign with Luam and was featured in articles of Dance Spirit Magazine. A passionate teacher, Mishay is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center, has been on faculty at World Dance Movement/Italy, has taught at numerous National Conventions and choreographs for award winning studios and arts organizations throughout the country. Mishay was selected to be the first featured choreographer for the Pulse on Tour, choreographing the opening number for their 2012 NYC summer Gala. Most recently, Mishay assisted Dana Foglia on Beyonce’s “Mrs. Carter” World Tour and performed a parody music video with Miley Cyrus on SNL.
CRYSTAL FRAZIER- JudgeCrystal Frazier is from New Jersey where she began her dance and gymnastics training at the age of 6. She received her Degree in Dance and taught several years as an Adjunct Professor at The University of the Arts. Currently she performs with “Rennie Harris Puremovement” and has made appearances in “Heaven”, “Rome and Jules”, Illadelph Legends, Middle East Tour and Dance Magazine to name a few. Performance credits include the VH-1 Fashion Awards, BET’s Comicview, the BET Awards, MTV’s Lip Service, and MTV’s Global Groove. She was the featured dancer and choreographer for Grammy Award winning artist, Jill Scott’s “Big Beautiful Tour”. She has had the opportunity to be in the swing cast for the Groovalos Show in LA, the Italy Tour with Kathy Sledge, make an appearance in the movie “Beloved” as well as the show “Monk”, and many more. Crystal’s choreography has been featured nationally and internationally for shows such as The Fringe Festival, The Garden State Dance Festival, 76ers Dance Team, The Rock School, Earl Mosley Institute of the Arts, Hip Hop Extravaganza in Bermuda, Taipei University of the Arts in Taiwan, Cruzan Dance in St. Croix, Encore Danses En Tourneau and Dance Ability in Canada, August Wilson Dance Centre Ensemble and many more. She is also an adjudicator for the Miss America Organization, DanceQuest in Canada and Director for Dancers Inc. Competition and Convention. She is the former Co-Founder of Montazh Performing Arts Company where in 2006 she received an “Art and Change” grant fromthe Leeway Foundation for “Ladies of Hip Hop”. Currently, Crystal is the Assistant Artistic Director for Rennie Harris R.H.A.W., Director of Puremovement Kidz, Assistant Artistic Director for Hope College’s Reportory Company and teaching Tap, Afro-fusion and Hip Hop at Hope College in Michigan.
JOCELYN HRZIC – DirectorCreator/Artistic Director of the Grier Gala Performance/Workshop. She danced professionally with Maxine Sherman’s Company in NYC. She also danced with Theatre West Virginia where they were asked to perform at The White House. She was Dance Captain/Line Captain for
Norwegian Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean. She is Head of Dance for The Grier Summer Dance Intensive, as well as teaching for Point Park University International Summer Program, and Allegheny Ballet Company Summer Program. She taught a master class for ACDFA held at Penn State University’s campus. She graduated from Point Park with a BA in Dance and also studied on full scholarship at the renowned Steps on Broadway in NYC. Joci teaches master classes and choreographs for Penn State University, Muhlenberg University, La Roche College and Allegheny Ballet Company. Joci was selected as a finalist for the Dancing Under the Stars Festival in Palm Desert, CA and also as a finalist for Jazz Dance World Congress Choreography Festival in Chicago. Recently Joci was selected again as a finalist for Jazz Dance World Congress Choreography Festival. Joci has been the Director of Dance for the Grier School for twelve years.