"You define yourself. You are your own definition of beautiful, powerful, and intelligent, feminine; your own definition of a woman."
Emma Rosa, originally from New Jersey, is a dancer, choreographer, and educator in various styles ranging from commercial heels and hip hop to contemporary and tap. Currently, she's a member of Shirlene Quigley's Queendom Crew, Theresa Stone's AbstraKT BEINGS, Chloe Arnold's Apartment 33, and Maurice Chestnut's Dance Therapy. Emma has worked on music videos for artists including Roc Nation's Neisha Neshae as well as Latin artists Lisenny and Tony Cabrera and is a movement coach for vocalist Remi Lewis. She has performed live for sold-out shows at Harlem's Apollo Theater, the NJPAC, Jacob's Pillow, and the Highline Ballroom while working with artists such as Savion Glover, Ayodele Casel, and Michelle Dorrance.
"I believe in nurturing a safe space for sensual expression and celebrating all aspects of ourselves in a healthy and festive manner. In my classes, you are not only allowed to wave your freak flag high- you are encouraged and rewarded!"
Tony blends the sexy, exciting styles of today’s commercial and nightlife world with the sense of purpose, setting, and motivation of theatre. Tony has co-choreographed for Taylor Swift, the NY Knicks City Dancers, Brooklynettes, and Team USA in Shanghai, China.
Tony toured nationally as the Latin feature in the Broadway production of Saturday Night Fever and completed three world tours of West Side Story. Recording artist performances include Pitbull, Lonely Island & Lenny Kravitz. Tony has worked under such theatre staples as Arlene Phillips, Rob Ashford and Joey McKneely, and has been directed by Baz Luhrmann, Ryan Murphy, Jodi Foster and Martin Scorcese.
"I believe every woman, regardless of ability and level, deserved to express themselves through dance and to feel beautiful, powerful, and valuable. It is every women's right to discover her inner feminine beauty and the goddess that is already within her."
Candice graduated from Manhattanville College with a B.A. in Dance and Theatre. She has danced on tour with Marta Renzi & Co. at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and has performed at and for RAW Artists, Peridance APEX Showcases, Abrons Arts Center, Disney World, New York City Center, Atlantic Records, Good Morning America with Flo Rida, TRL and more. Candice has also trained and performed in Italy and freelance performs with various entertainment companies, choreographers and recording artists. Candice is experienced with teaching a variety of dance styles to all ages spanning 2 years old through adult.
Shirlene Quigley's dance career began at 18 years old, when she danced as one of the original "uhh ohh girls" in Beyonce's Crazy In Love music video. The next day she found herself traveling the world with Beyonce promoting her first album! Shirlene has starred in music videos with Beyonce, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Destiny's Child, Missy Elliot and more, and she has performed at The Grammy's, The VMA's, The BET Awards, America's Got Talent, Saturday Night Live, and more. Shirlene is currently on tour with Lizzo and teaches at SassClass whenever she is in town!
Julia, aka our SassMama, curates and maintains the overall vision of SassClass, collaborating across all of our teams to ensure the happiness and satisfaction of everyone who joins us at SassClass!
She is Executive Producer of our video shoots, and you can also catch her occasionally teaching / subbing in all dance styles.
Julia created SassClass in 2016 as an oasis for the modern woman, a distinctly Feminine experience, using dance and performance to foster self-love, connection, confidence, and self-expression.
Julia graduated cum laude from Brandeis University with a degree in economics and business. Prior to creating SassClass, Julia had a career in Marketing and Data Analytics, most recently as an Associate Director at a top ad agency in NYC.
Julia's hobby and passion throughout her life is dance. She was the main hip hop choreographer for Adagio Dance Company and OnStage Dance Company and for performing artist Pastele. She has danced with Reaction Dance Company, RiSE, and Mint Dance Company.
Through SassClass, she gets to blend her passions for business, dance, and women's empowerment.