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Derek Nemechek
Master Teacher

Derek is a Los Angeles native and no stranger to the performing arts. After attaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from Chapman University in sunny Orange, CA where he also minored in Music with an emphasis in vocal performance, Derek went on to sign with BLOC Talent Agency and has had the privilege of working with such artists as Hugh Jackman, Rachel York, "Earth, Wind & Fire", The Fitz and the Tantrums, Kitty McNamee, Natalita, Mitzi Gaynor, Richard Dreyfuss, Big Black Delta, Bonnie McKee, The Acid, Pentatonix, Myke Terry, Haroula Rose, Kristen Toedtman, Skylar Spence, Ishivu, Hips, B00ty, The LA Philharmonic Orchestra, Moods of Norway, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Donald McKayle, Phil McKinley, Denise Faye, Erica Sobol, and the Los Angeles based project AXIOM founded and directed by Denna Thomsen and Zak Schlegel. Under the heavy influence of many great mentors such as Lawrence Rosenberg (Director of Anaheim Ballet), Sean Greene (Former Member of Lewitzky Dance Company), and Nina McNeely (Choreographer, Member of Hysterica Dance and WIFE), to name a few, Derek has honed skills in a plethora of dance vocabularies including Ballet, Technique/Progressions, Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz/Funk, Hip Hop, African, Modern, Ballroom, Heels, Partnering, Performance Art, Musical Theatre, and is an experienced Acrobat, Singer, Pianist, and Actor. Derek's multi-faceted talents definitely influence his mentality in the classroom as he stresses the value of performance quality, technical execution of movement, discipline, respect, and above all, style. Derek plans to continue the pursuit of his MFA in Choreography and offers dance instruction/choreography to artists, studios, companies, and for special events/productions.