Meet your 2023 Precision Dance Experience Judges
Miss Essence Wilmington
Essence Wilmington is fresh off the latest season (season 17) of the hit television show So You Think You Can Dance, placing 3rd. Essence, dancer and choreographer, started her training at the age of 9 taking mostly hip-hop courses. Growing up in a small town did not present many dance opportunities so Essence continued her dance journey being self taught online and by attending large hip-hop dance conventions in bigger cities around the country. The passion Essence had for hip-hop dance gave her the burning desire to start her own classes at the age of 12. She taught and choreographed for local dance students around her community and branded her dance team “Essence W. Dance”, that is still ran by Essence today. Essence helps introduce her dance students to the hip-hop dance world by taking them to national hip-hop conventions to take class from industry teachers and compete againt other great dancers around the country. She has and continues to work with many choreographers in the industry that have worked with huge music artist such as Chris Brown, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, and many more. Essence continues to make her mark on the dance world one step at a time.
Miss Carolyn Wells
Carolyn grew up as a competitive dancer and then Graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy NYC as a dance theatre major. From there, she have worked for National Tours including, Super Why Live (alpha pig), Sid the Science Kid Live (Sid/May/Puppet Captain), Fisher Price Live (Koby), and Sesame Street Live (Chamki, Zoe, Small & Medium Understudy ((imagine Grover and shorter )). Other credits include RWS, Stage Stars Productions, Dragonfly Productions, Glen Burtnik’s concerts, product modeling for Amazon, commercials, off off Broadway and more. Currently, she teaches competitive dancers in the Tri state area, judges dance competitions, and an F45 fitness coach.
Miss Adriana Binaco
Adriana Binaco is a dancer and choreographer who grew up dancing in the Charlotte, NC area. Her years of training and teaching have been through Dance Commotion Company in multiple genres. These genres include Pom, Acro, Modern technique, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Jazz and Contemporary. Throughout her time dancing, she’s received titles such as Star Talent Miss Senior Extreme and scholarships through companies such as Force Dance Tour. She has trained and worked side by side with choreographers such as Chase Hudson, Aaron Atkins, Joe Nickel, and many more. She has choreographed and performed in numbers for many public performances, such as the 2022 Disney Showcase. She has lead her competition team through many victories and overall placements with her unique choreography. She continues to teach master classes across the area and pursue her passion in creating and inspiring. Her goal is to help dancers explore their movement quality and find their expressionism and passion through dance.
Kait Culler, Kait began her love for dance at two years old at the Southern Strutt in Irmo, SC. She competed and performed with them for 15 years and trained in Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballet, and Lyrical. Kait danced with the Dutch Fork Dance Company for all four years of high school, studying Modern, Contemporary, and Safety-Release. Kait graduated from Dutch Fork High School in 2014 with NHSDA. At Columbia College (SC), Kait focused on Dance and History where she studied Somatic and Modern technique with the CC Dance Company and served as the Historian of the dance company in 2019. REFERENCES Terrance Henderson (Director at Southeastern School of Ballet)
Amanda Salvo began her dance training at the age of six where she trained at numerous studios throughout the Pocono Mountains, PA and eventually graduated from the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts as a Dance Major. She then went on to receive her Bachelor’s in Dance with a Minor in Sport and Exercise Physiology at DeSales University, PA. During her time here she had numerous performance opportunities including featured roles in reconstructions of Paul Taylor’s Cloven Kingdom, Donald McKayle’s Rainbow Round my Shoulder, as well as performing in several university showcases, national showcases, national film festivals, and alongside multiple dance companies and events. Upon graduating she began performance contracts with Cedar Fair at their world-renowned amusement parks performing a variety of dance roles in their Grand Carnivale event for the past two years, and most recently was a part of the inaugural cast of Illuminightmares at Dorney Park, PA. Amanda also has a passion for choreography with some of her works being commissioned, nationally recognized, and awarded numerous choreographic awards. When she is not performing you can catch her teaching and privately coaching students across Pennsylvania.
Hello! My name is Emily Jordan, I am currently a freelance choreographer and dance teacher living in South Carolina. I grew up at a prestigious pre-professional dance studio and have worked with some of Today’s Most Renowned Choreographers (Jason Parsons, Sonya Tayeh, Travis Wall, Kirsten Russell, & Andrew Winghart to name a few)!
I then received my Associates Degree in Dance in New York City at the American Musical & Dramatic Academy, where I not only studied dance but acting and singing as well. I have experience in various styles of dance and am extremely passionate about the art and creation of movement!
Darin Barron Jr is a dancer, model, filmmaker, and actor who originally was born and raised in Newark, NJ. Darin moved to Lehigh Valley, PA in 2006 which is where his new chapter began in the arts. The passion for dance came from watching artists such as Michael Jackson, Usher, and many more. Darin's main style of dance is the art of krump but also includes robotics, and animation. Darin also loves to bring dance and communities together. By doing this each dancer, and artist can be the best that they can be.