Creating Opportunities has been developed to inspire young dancers with knowledge, tips, information and feedback so they can expand their opportunities as a dancer in the industry. This workshop is given to dancers by dancers and choreographers who have experienced the world of dance firsthand and are aware of the pitfalls, the do’s and don’ts, and how to make this industry work for them…. powerfully! Our goal is to help dancers and choreographers find out what it is that sets them apart and how to make it work for them…it’s about growth, expansion and success!
Chonique began her entertainment career at the young age of 8. A Los Angeles native, born in the center of Hollywood, she started her performance journey as a child actress with a background in musical theater. She began working early, on commercials, kid variety specials, and TV shows, while having a natural ability and skill in dance.
Chonique went on to dance in movies, world tours, and music videos, and has been a contributing choreographer for artists such as Missy Elliott, Christina Milian, Ricky Martin, Britney Spears, Pink, and J.Lo, to name a few. She also worked as a Supervising Choreographer and casting consultant for “America’s Best Dance Crew” for season 5, 6, and 7. She has traveled around the world teaching master classes and workshops including Tokyo, Sweden, Toronto, and London.
Chonique is also no stranger to the music scene: releasing singles on all digital platforms around the world, with her first hit song “Pop Drop & Roll” featured and named Audience Favorite on the hit show, “So You Think You Can Dance”. Her most popular single to date is “Let It Go.” Which became a dancer Smash hit licensed in over 6 television shows, films, a Spotify Favorite and a Choreography Staple around the World.
Chonique is the co-founder of Creating Opportunities with her business partner Lisette Bustamante. Chonique is a creator and performer who leaves her audience and community with inspiration, confidence, and new ways to develop themselves as artists, and empowered individuals.
From Justin to Janet, Usher to Madonna…she’s worked side by side with them all. At 17, fresh out of high school, Lisette Bustamante began her career touring as a dancer with the hottest names in the business.
Working with the likes of Missy Elliot, Gwen Stefani, and Justin Timberlake she became one of the most recognizable dancers on the scene. Lisette has appeared in countless music videos and films and has been featured in commercials for GAP, PEPSI, PRINGLES, SPRITE AND APPLE just to name a few.
Gaining so much experience at a very young age, Lisette naturally transitioned into the world of choreography and artistic direction and began lending her creative talents to artists Pink, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin and Britney Spears along side her longtime friend and choreography partner Chonique Sneed. Together they launched Creating Opps to create a space where dancers could gain real-life knowledge outside of the dance studio.
Lisette has worn many professional hats including dancer, choreographer, tour director, music video director and was recently a TV co-host for AMC’s “Showville”. Currently, you can catch Lisette touring as one of the most sought after dance educators and mentors and is a faculty member of Artists Simply Human and Monsters of Hip Hop dance conventions.
Her philosophy is, “There is no dream too big for you not to follow. Reach for the stars!”
Maria Cherniske was born and raised in Connecticut where she took her first class at the age of three. Since then, her passion for the arts has continued to flourish. In addition to being a performer, Maria has taught dance to students of all ages for the past fifteen years and is a coach for competitive level gymnastics.
Maria was a competitive gymnast trained by 2004 Olympic coach Alan Hatch and 2004 two-time Olympic silver medalist Annia Hatch. Following college, Maria continued her dance education at the Broadway Dance Center in New York.
Maria has worked with choreographers such as Lisette Bustamante, James Jackson Jr, Dana Foglia, Rhapsody James, Luam Keflezgy, Kelly Peters, Derek Mitchell and Tanisha Scott. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall in an ad for Rocawear clothing, with super model Coco Rocha at NYC’s Fashion’s Night Out, on national television with Icona Pop and in a national commercial for the Wendy Williams show.
Maria travels internationally to teach acro/tumbling and dance and is dedicated to perfecting her art and the love of performance. She believes that dance is the universal language and enjoys getting to know others and helping people get to know her through dance.
Neil “Dradle” Schwartz has been dancing since the age of seven. After graduating from the University of Maryland and moving to NYC, he has had the privilege to work with Rhapsody James, Luam, Lisette, Chonique, and many more. He has choreographed for artists such as ASTR, Bosco, Wynter Gordon, Rome Fortune, Mateo, PUSH PLAY, TT the Artist, Oyinda, RIVRS, and more. Neil was hand selected to work with actor Channing Tatum as a contributing choreographer for the flash mob seen on The Today Show in promotion for Warner Brothers Magic Mike.
He has traveled to Hawaii, Peru, Mexico, Brazil, Croatia, Sweden, Switzerland, Vienna, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Israel, and Italy teaching workshops and was a recipient at the Young Choreographers festival in 2010 and as a returning guest artist in 2011.
He now teaches at Broadway Dance Center in NY as well as guest teaches at Millennium Dance Complex and Movement Lifestyle in LA. His choreography can be seen on The Today Show, Good morning America, NBC Live, PBS, World of Dance, The Brooklynettes, Carnival Choreographers ball (NY/LA), Rhapsody James presents Sirens After Dark and more.