Savannah “Savvy” Enoch comes from a small town called Plano, Illinois. There, she started in dance at the young age of two and never looked back. From a very young age she knew dance and the performing arts were her passion. Savannah trained in a variety of styles at a preprofessional youth program outside of Chicago. After graduating high school, she continued her dance and performance training at the prestigious Theater Arts Preparatory School (TAPS) in Las Vegas, Nevada. There, she was taught by top industry professionals and choreographers from Los Angeles, New York City, and Las Vegas. Savannah has performed in multiple projects from theater to film. She has danced for Holland America Line Cruise ships, Hershey Park, RWS Entertainment Group, “Show Dogs” (film), 20th Century Fox, McDonalds Thanksgiving Day Parade, and many more. As an aspiring young performer, Savannah strives to leave a lasting impression on everyone she meets. She hopes to continue to spread positivity and light everywhere she goes!
Matt Wiercinski grew up in Totowa, NJ. Since a young age he always loved singing and dancing. He trained at For Dancers Only, in Little Falls, NJ. He has performed across the country in theater and TV/Film. Credits include, Broadway: Anastasia (Ensemble/Prince Siegfried) Tour: West Side Story (Snowboy) Regional: Newsies (The Muny), Anything Goes (Gateway Playhouse), Anything Goes (Ogunquit Playhouse), Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (Ogunquit playhouse), TV: Henry Danger/Game Shakers (Nickelodeon) Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon). Matt would like to thank his friends, teachers, family and especially his mother for supporting him along his journey.
Alli Gallant is an actor, dancer and choreographer. Originally from Ipswich, Massachusetts, Alli grew up dancing competitively throughout New England. Upon graduating high school, Alli moved to New York City to pursue dancing and acting professionally. She graduated from Broadway Dance Center’s Professional Semester in 2016 where she studied under the industry’s top teachers and choreographers. Since then, Alli has been performing and teaching in the tri-state area and is part of an improv acting group.
Kathryn Zimmer is extremely grateful to participate in Youthful Faces to help inspire today’s youth to have hope for the future and to courageously take action to drive positive change. Broadway: Matilda The Musical. Regional: Peter Pan, Annie. Featured Dancer in NY Fashion Week, Youth America Grand Prix, and White Wave DUMBO Dance Festival. Vocal Performance: Broadway Kids Against Bullying, Broadway Carols for a Cure. Many thanks to Lane Napper for his endless guidance and support. Much gratitude to Michael Perry for his inspiring message, and to Amalia Kaufman for her warmth and encouragement throughout this project.
Quincy Southerland is currently studying Dance and Digital Communication at Georgian Court University. He is very thankful for the opportunity to work with Micheal Perry, Lane Napper, and this amazing group of dancers. Quincy often does community theater in New Jersey and aspires to make it on Broadway. Past credits go to Alice in Wonderland and Joseph and the Amazing, with [Axelrod Performing Arts Center]
Emily is a graduate of The University of the Arts with a BFA in Ballet Performance. Her recent credits include: The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes, West Side Story, Nickelodeon's Game Shakers and the Robin Hood Foundation Gala Parade. She is also a certified barre instructor and personal trainer in NYC combining her passions for dance and fitness.
Chris Tsiantoulas is a force to be reckoned with. He is a Professional Dancer and aspiring Choreographer currently residing in Toronto, Canada. He recently finished touring across North America as the 1st place Elite Protégé with NEXUS Dance Experience (formerly known as the Pulse on Tour) assisting some of the most recognized choreographers in the industry such as Gil Duldulao, Katy Tate, Kevin Frey, and Lane Napper. Chris worked closely alongside Lane Napper as his assistant and Dance Captain for the production of ‘High School Musical’ at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center last summer. He is always looking forward to learning new avenues of the industry and reaching new levels of growth as a professional artist. Chris is extremely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this film and cannot wait to see the finished product!
Alexis Savage is a 16 year old dancer, actress and singer from Sykesville, MD. Alexis trains in all genres of dance 20 hours per week at her home studio, Savage Dance Company, and at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Alexis also takes acting and voice lessons in New York. Alexis currently works as a traveling assistant to world renown dancer/choreographer, JoJo Gomez, and as a professional assistant with The Titans of Dance Convention. She also is a member of the hip hop crew that won NBC’s World of Dance Championship in New Jersey and New York in 2017 and 2018 and has performed as the opening act for Kidz Bop on their national tour. Alexis has also been recognized as a Finalist for National Dancer of the Year at The Dance Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2019. On the acting side, Alexis worked with legendary director, Eduardo Sanchez, in the role of young Molly in the horror film, Lovely Molly. She was also featured on the cover of the DVD. She has also appeared on Netflix’s House of Cards. Alexis looks forward to working as a professional dancer/actress on Broadway and one day touring with a national musical artist.
Amarisa LeBar began dancing at the age of 2 in New Jersey. Growing up, she worked with and assisted many professional dancers and choreographers across the country. She was a part of the Tremaine Performance Company for 8 years, working and training from Joe Tremaine and his Faculty. She continues her adult dance training at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. Her Professional Dance credits include being a dancer in Nickelodeon’s “Henry Danger”, Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, and she is currently in her 3rd year as a Radio City Rockette.
Jose Rincón is a contemporary dancer and an aspiring choreographer. Born and raised in Cali, Colombia, Jose is a graduate of Universidad Autónoma de Occidente, with a B.A. in Social Communication and Journalism. He is also an amateur photographer. His dance training began at the age of 18 at Be Danza School where he attended classes of modern jazz, contemporary, ballet, hip-hop, and tap. A few years later, he became the director of the jazz company. Jose has danced in different music videos for Colombian artists like Ian Leòn and Jeloz and has participated in international competitions such as Interjazz, All Dance International, and Golden Dance Cup. He currently studies at Broadway Dance Center in New York where he received an Outstanding Student Award.
Matteo Marretta is honored to have been asked to participate in the film “Youthful Faces”. He is Senior Dance Major at
The Performing Arts Academy of Ocean County, in New Jersey. Some of the past roles he has appeared in are, Romeo in Disney’s Newsies, Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Jason in High School Musical and King Louis "The Monkey King" in A Jungle Book, to name a few. When not in school, Matteo trains at Broadway Dance Center in NYC, and works with various coaches on his singing and acting. Matteo would like to thank everyone involved in this very special production especially Michael Perry, Amalia Kaufman and Lane Napper.
From a very young age, Maya was always surrounded by various forms of artistic expression. With her father as a Professional DJ and mother as a Professional dancer & educator, naturally she was drawn to music, dance and martial arts. By the age of 14 she received her black belt in Okinawan Goju-Ryu, a traditional Japanese style. Maya has continued her dance training with The New York Academy of Ballet, Kozmic Edge and NEXUS Dance Convention assisting top industry choreographers as an Elite Protege. Currently signed to Clear Talent Group, Maya has been blessed with several opportunities & performances which have included: SMILF on SHOWTIME, Madonna, NIKE commercial with Kyrie Irving, GEICO commercial, Jimmy Fallon, MAC Cosmetics, Desigual New York Fashion Week, Youthful Faces directed by Michael Perry and more. Grateful for all the blessings that have come her way, the most rewarding gift for her is to continue growing as an artist & inspiring others to achieve anything they set their mind to.
James grew up dancing in Detroit, Michigan. After high school, he moved to Los Angeles joining Entity Contemporary Dance Company. After a year and a half, James set sail around the world as a performer with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Bringing his feet back to land James then toured with Todrick Hall, followed by shows such as NEWSIES! and High School Musical. He is thrilled to be joining the cast of Youthful Faces!
Director of Photography
Rose (Mu-Nan) Lu
Rose Lu was part of the student advertisement team in high school back in her home-town: Taichung, Taiwan, in which she was responsible for all the promotional videos of the school events. After graduating from “The American School in Taichung” , she decided to pursue her passion and move to New York City where she enrolled in a film certificate program in New York Film Academy and later on, transferred into School of Visual Arts where she graduated with a BFA in Film and Video. This allowed her to gain more tools and experience to later on be more comfortable in this creative field. So far, she has worked with many well known choreographers based in New York and helped them make their vision come true, as well as promote their class and choreography work. Also, she has produced numerous dance videos with independent dancers on her own. Even though she mainly works in the dance field, she also has experience shooting fashion, and product promotional videos.
Amy Kaufman is an innovator and activator in education and the workforce. Her primary area of research and consulting is around education systems alignment through the design and delivery of regional programs and partnerships that support student success from secondary to post-secondary and the workforce while addressing the labor market needs of a region. Amy leads statewide initiatives of K-12 school districts, community colleges, and universities to expand STEM-related career pathway programs. Amy is the Orange County President and Global Co-Chair for the Virtual and Augmented Reality Association (VRARA) and a subject matter expert for the Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN). She speaks across the nation and internationally on the future work and the future of learning. Amy has been an instructor at the high school, adult school, and community college level and is currently a faculty member at UC San Diego's Department of Education and Community Outreach. You can find her on LinkedIn , Twitter, Instagram , and amaliakaufman.com
Director / Choreographer
Some of you may recognize television actor Lane Napper from the hit TV show, "Victorious" where he played “Lane Alexander” the schools hip and zen Guidance Counselor. Well, Lane is also an award winning choreographer. Lane has also DIRECTED and CHOREOGRAPHED numerous television shows (Henry Danger, Game Shakers, Victorious, Drake and Josh) and music videos including "EXP" the Korean Kpop Boyband. Lane also choreographed and staged the tour of “Freckleface Strawberry The Musical”, based on the beloved New York TimesBest Selling book by celebrated actress Julianne Moore. Some of Lane’s clientele include ABC, CBS, NBC, Warner Bros., Touchstone, Disney, Discovery Channel, Nickelodeon and Broadway, to name but a few. Lane's energy and flare have made him one of the most sought after and coveted choreographers on the scene today. His style is fun, invigorating, and extremely moving. With his love for music and his ability to move through each beat, Lane has established himself in many facets, as a Director, an actor, a dancer, and a choreographer.
Director / Producer
Michael C. Perry
Los Angles based Michael C. Perry is a combination of filmmaker, music producer and artist. After graduating from USC School of Cinema, he began directing television commercials and music videos then migrated to sound engineering and record producing. Recently, Perry has become known for his Short Musical Films. In 2016, he was nominated for multiple awards for the animated musical, “Empty Box of Wine”. The film won BEST SHORT at the London International Short Film Festival, BEST ANIMATION at the Action on Film International Film Festival and SPIRIT OF THE FESTIVAL award at the Twin Falls Sandwiches Film Festival. In 2017, his comedy musical, “The Extravaganza” won at the Northern Virginia International Film & Music Festival. Along with directing his current film “The Carnival Kid”, Michael wrote, performed and produced the music. The film has won multiple awards including the WINNER (GRAND JURY AWARD) at THE NORTHERN VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL AND CAPITAL FILM MARKET and Best Director of a Musical at the Venus Italian International film Festival.