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Orlando Tap Festival 2018

ME Dance, Inc.

Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

Orlando Tap Festival 2018

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
UNLIMITED Class Pass   more info Ended $275.00 $0.00
1 Class Pass Ended $45.00 $3.47
Performance Ticket Ended $25.00 $2.37
Student Showcase Ended $35.00 $2.92
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Orlando Tap Festival June 23-24, 2018 - DESTINATION TAP!

Taking place at Marshall Ellis Dance School and ME Theatre. 

The Official Sponsors for Orlando Tap Festival! So Danca USA is our Official Sponsor, DanceWear Corner is our Official Vendor and ME Dance Inc. a 501c3 Charity is the host for Orlando TAP Festival 2017!

Professional Tap Dancers and Teachers will be hosting workshop classes and performing in live jam performance with world class jazz band. Students will have an opportunity to perform in a student showcase, cutting contests, and Pro So Danca Shoe Givaways plus more!

Student Showcase is a performance opportunity for students to perform live on stage in front of a audience with live music and world class dancers. This experience is open to all levels. Additional tuition is $35. 

Tickets for Student Showcase /  Performance are $25 and are on sale! 


Sydney Burtis - Co Creator 

Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, Sydney began dancing at the age of three and has trained at various dance schools in genres such as ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and tap.  Her love for tap dance was nurtured at 8 years old by her mentor and teacher, Danny Wallace.  Sydney travels throughout the US training under artists such Michelle Dorrance, Sarah Reich, Derick Grant, Anthony Morigerato, Melinda Sullivan, Ted Louis Levy, Jason Janas, Jason Samuels Smith, Aaron Tolson, Nick Dinicolangelo, Chloe Arnold, and more.  

At age 12, Sydney landed the role of ballet girl Keeley Gibson in the National Broadway tour of Billy Elliot where she performed for audiences all over the United States and Canada.  In 2013, she was the first tap dancer to win an Adrenaline Dance Convention national title, which enabled her to travel with the convention assisting in all genres of dance.  In 2014, she appeared in Dance Spirit Magazine’s “You should know” as well as other publications such as Dance magazine, Dance teacher magazine, and the New York Times. She was a selected soloist in New York’s Tap city showcase “tap future” performing choreography by Michelle Dorrance. Sydney has also performed in pieces choreographed by Derick Grant in the American Tap Dance Foundation’s “Rhythm in Motion”.  She has been honored to share the stage in performances with Sarah Reich, Melinda Sullivan, and Ted Louis Levy. In 2017 at 16 years old performing her own choreography, Sydney was named a National YoungArts Finalist and silver award recipient.  Recently, she was one of 24 tap dancers selected out of hundreds to train in the tap program at the historical Jacob’s Pillow, under the direction of Michelle Dorrance and Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards.  

Sydney is a rising senior in high school and takes dance classes at Marshall Ellis Dance School. She mentors a handful of young tap dancers and teaches and choreographs for dance schools throughout Florida, including her own. For the last four years, she has been a member of Nick Dinicolangelo’s Hands Down Tap project tap company based out of NJ. Sydney dreams of attending college in NYC and having her own tap company one day.



Alexandra Schudde is a true Florida girl born in the panhandle but raised in Orlando, she started her dance training at the age of 3. Starting at a young age she was taking voice lessons as well as jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical, modern, hip hop, and musical theater. Most of her training came from her family owned studio growing up called “Starlight Dance Studio” which was located in Orlando at the Dr. Phillips Marketplace.  At the age of 12 her family moved back to the panhandle where she continued her studies at Northwest Florida Ballet.  Every summer for 5 years Alexandra would travel back down to Tampa to be involved with Broadway Theatre Project. As an apprentice and also an assistant to the Program Director.  It was here that she was able to study under the direction of some of Broadways greatest performers like Ann Reinking, Debra McWaters, Ben Vereen, Dave Clemmons, and so many more.  After Graduating from high school Alexandra began to dance as a company dancer for Northwest FL Ballet under the direction of Todd Eric Allen and Dorothy Daniels Lister. As well as being a company dancer she was a teachers assistant for there Academy School. After dancing two seasons with NWFB she moved back to Orlando. From there Alexandra joined the Actors Equity Association and began performing for Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. In 2010 Alexandra also performed at the Winter Park Playhouse in “Let’s Face the Music — A Tribute to Fred Astaire”. She played Fred’s 5 leading ladies (Ginger Rogers, Adele Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Eleanor Powell, and Marjorie Reynolds). Another thing that was going on at that time was being featured as a motion capture dancer for Hannah Montana: The Movie (video game). Alexandra has been performing at Disney since 2007. Currently she is performing in Finding Nemo the Musical, Beauty and the Beast, Mickey’s Royal Friendship Fair, and A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas. At Universal Studios during Halloween Horror Nights in 2008 and 2009, she performed in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure and Rocky Horror Picture Show: a Tribute. She has also spent time at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, performing in Grinchmas, and in the original cast at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter as a girl from the Beauxbatons Academy of Magic. Along with performing Alexandra serves on the board of directors for ME Dance, Inc. and Dance Theatre of Orlando.


Marshall Ellis began dancing at age six in Killen, Alabama. His early years he trained in jazz, hip-hop, tap, and lyrical. Until the age of thirteen he competed in many national dance competitions. While competing he was awarded many regional and national titles. Marshall began his ballet training at the age of fifteen under the direction of Therese Laeger at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. Upon graduation, he was awarded the The Prix dʼ Excellence de Dance, the highest award given from ASFA. He then joined Ballet Austin II. After one season, he was asked to dance under full scholarship with “Images of Dance Company” with London Studio Centre in London, England. During his time in London he was awarded the David Rymer Trust Prize. Marshall then joined Orlando Ballet, under the direction of Fernando Bujones, performing everything from corp de ballet to principle roles. He also served as Orlando Ballet company representative for several seasons. Marshall has traveled around the world performing soloist and principle roles in England, Japan, USVI, and the United States. After six years with Orlando Ballet he moved on to perform as a principle equity performer with Walt Disney World. Marshall was the principle ballet dancer in Cirque du Soleil – La Nouba which was the company’s premier ballet role. While performing Marshall Ellis has choreographed and taught for many years. He has been a teacher/ choreographer for Alabama School of Fine Arts, Orlando Ballet School, STEPS Program (Scholarship Training for the Enrichment of Primary Students is targeted to reach at-risk children), Dance Masters of America, and guest teacher for several other national institutions. Choreographic works were created for students and companies. Such works have been performed and awarded in Youth American Grand Prix. Other professional work has been performed for Alabama School of Fine Arts, Cirque du Soleil, Orlando Ballet and ME Dance. In 2011 he founded ME Dance, Inc. (Marshall Ellis Dance Company a 501c3 organization) a professional dance company located in Orlando Florida. The growth of ME Dance extended in 2014 when he opened two other businesses to help stimulate the arts in Orlando. ME Theatre(2014) a performing arts venue and ME Dance School which has a mission to provide students with an environment in which to cultivate their talent and artistry to its fullest potential. Along with performing Marshall has a passion for media design. He founded a media production company called WME Design(2008). He has been lead designer for several large organizations. Services offered range from design, video, photography, and music editing. His love for the arts is apparent and he hopes that his dream will continue to come true.


Darlene Chudzinski began dancing at a very young age in Walled Lake, Michigan at her hometown studio, Dance Dynamics. While at this studio, she received advanced training in various dance related skills including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Pointe, Partnering and Lyrical. As her training progressed, Darlene would eventually join Dance Dynamics pre-professional program, Dynamic Dancers Performing Company. This specific program accelerated her dancing development and equipped her with the necessary skills to become a professional dancer. As a member of this company, Darlene was given the opportunity to train with an amazing staff at Dance Dynamics and furthermore, the privilege of being able to travel across the nation and partake in classes at prominent studios including The Performing Arts Center, EDGE and ABT Summer Ballet Intensive. In addition, Darlene has attended numerous competitions both regionally and nationally where she competed in group, as well as, solo numbers. Her professional dancing career before before graduating high school through opportunities with Ballet Internationale and Moscow Ballet. Upon her graduation from high school, Darlene began teaching at Dance Dynamics then later took a dancer contract with Celebrity Cruise Lines. After completing her responsibilities with Celebrity Cruise Lines, Darlene relocated to Orlando, Florida to chase her dreams. Once she was in Orlando, Darlene became a Principle Equity performer at Walt Disney World performing roles in the Festival of the Lion King, Dream Along with Mickey, Celebrate the Seasons, and Mickey’s Royal Friendship Fair. While working for Disney, Darlene was presented with various additional unique performing opportunities such as appearing in the ABC Christmas Parade as a back up dancer for Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers. Along with performing with the Walt Disney Company Darlene has with Sea World, Universal Studios Orlando and Capones Dinner and Show. Darlene is currently a company member with Dance Theatre of Orlando. Darlene continues to strive for excellence in her field and that is one of the prime factors she is so excited to become apart of the staff for Marshall Ellis Dance School. She has been incredibly fortunate to achieve her ultimate dreams as a professional dancer and while she is in constant pursuit of even bigger dreams of her own, one of those dreams is to share in the pursuit of someone else’s hopes and dreams too.  Darlene aspires to share her incredibly unique and successful years of experience and passion for dance to inspire others to succeed in a career she has loved and held so dear.

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ME Theatre (Marshall Ellis Theatre)
1300 La Quinta Drive
Orlando, FL 32809

Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

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