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Lansing Dance Group Performs at Latin Billboard Awards

Posted at 9:02 PM, Apr 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-25 21:02:06-04

LANSING, Mich. — Six dancers from the INstitute of Dancers, under the direction of the Emmy award nominated choreographer Glenn Douglas Packard, will perform in the opening number of the 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards in Las Vegas on Thursday, April 25th. The show will be broadcasted live on Telemundo.

“We are so excited and honored to perform at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in Las Vegas!” said Glenn Douglas Packard, Founder and CEO of the Institute of Dancers. “This is an incredible opportunity for our company members and we can’t wait to show the world what Michigan dancers can do on the international stage! From starring in the Jonas Brother music video to performing on stage with the biggest names in the music industry, our dancers can do it all!”

The INstitute of Dancers will be performing with various Latin Music artists and their dance routines will be choreographed by Danny Lugo and Glenn Douglas Packard. Over the years, Glenn has choreographed for a very prestigious list of iconic music artists such as MICHAEL JACKSON, PINK, RICKY MARTIN, NICKI MINAJ, TIMBALAND, MISSY ELLIOT, BLACK EYED PEAS, WHITNEY HOUSTON, USHER, PRINCE ROYCE to name a few. The dancers performing in Las Vegas are: Mariya Calhoun of Detroit, sophomore at Western Michigan University, Emma Asaf of East Lansing, senior at J.W. Sexton High School, Madison Fox of Grand Rapids, sophomore at Michigan State University, Amaya Fuller of Lansing, junior at Waverly High School, Imani Roberts of Saginaw, senior at Central Michigan University, and Caroline Tilley of East Lansing, senior at East Lansing High School.

Just recently, Mariya Calhoun, a senior company dancer and choreographer, was also featured in the Jonas Brother newest music video Cool. She was chosen from hundreds of dancers who auditioned for the part.

Glenn Douglas Packard is an Emmy award nominated choreographer, dubbed a "Dancing entrepreneur" by The New York Times, he is one of the most sought after artistic directors and choreographers in the dance industry for the past 25 years. A Michigan native, Packard returned to the Lansing area after a successful career in New York, California, Florida and Las Vegas, where he worked with celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Usher, Pink, and many more, to form the INstitute of Dancers. The INstitute is a professional company focusing on commercial dance, hip hop and street dance, giving dancers a wide range of movement to prepare for a professional career. Dancers are admitted on audition basis only and go through strict training. The INstitute has two different divisions – junior and senior – and accepts dancers ages 8 years old to 22.

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