One of South Africa’s most charismatic and versatile entertainers, a singer song-writer in a class of his own!
Born and raised in the northern Cape Kimberley, now residing in Johannesburg for the past 15 years, Dantanio has been singing and making music since the age of 9. Coming from a musical family, where all types of music were played, encouraged the versatility and musical genius that is Dantanio!
His theatrical debut was in Janice Honeyman’s CARDBOARD DREAMS which played at the Mandela Civic Theatre in Johannesburg for one month in 2001. Dantanio’s versatility as a performer allows him to collaborate with any style of music.
Dantanio recently starred as Sammy Davis jr. in the Smash hit THE RAT PACK at Sandton theatre, which ran for 3 months between Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, ending with a Christmas edition of the Rat Pack live in Cape Town.
A world class performer with an immaculate vocal and genius stage persona. Internationally Dantanio has been starring in the Michael Jackson History Show touring to countries around the world including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Russia, Dubai and The UK.
London-born Koffi Missah has trodden the boards since he was seven years old. He has toured throughout the whole of Europe, sang on a number of commercials including one for Coca Cola, worked with Billy Ocean and finally landed the lead role of Rusty in Starlight Express (London). This is where he also met Michael Jackson in person who had gone to see the show.
Koffi later took on the role of Electra in the same show when it ran in Bochum. He then went on to star in roles such as Ritchie Valens in Buddy Holly, Victor in Smokey Joe’s Café (London) and Rum Tum Tugger in Cats (London/Hamburg). More recently, Koffi starred in YMA, the hit show that ran at the Friedrichstadt Palast in Berlin. He has also performed in Show Me and in the Tina Turner musical Simply the Best.
André Santisi was born in Germany in 1980. He enjoyed a loving childhood surrounded by his six siblings. At the age of 11, he was seized by Michael Jackson fever and began to study his idol’s dance moves.
After performing in a handful of small regional shows, André also took to the stage for charitable causes, the proceeds of which went to Children's Cancer Aid and the Ronald McDonald Foundation. From 1997 to 2000, Santisi completed an apprenticeship in the craft industry while continuing to work part-time as a Michael Jackson impersonator. Santisi began to develop bigger shows with his own dancers. He did not just want to copy Michael Jackson, but really to create the true MJ feeling.
In 2009/10 André starred as Michael Jackson in “WHO's BAD”. The concert show toured Germany and Europe. In this show, Santisi also sang live for the first time. Worldwide shows followed.
For André Santisi, Michael Jackson will always be a role model as an artist and human being. Much of his work will always be inspired by the King of Pop.
Born in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Kai began his training at the Harlem School of the Arts. He went on to have a career in theatre arts, performing in “The Lion King”, “The Wizard of Oz”, and “The Broadway Kids,” as well as training at Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Academy East, and the American Ballet Theatre Collegiate Program, all on full scholarship.
In May 2008, he graduated from SUNY Purchase College with a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts and began dancing with Stadttheater Bremerhaven Ballet the following year. His focus has now changed back to musical theatre with great success, performing in “Cats” with Kim Duddy as well as participating in both “La Cage Aux Folles” at Staattheater Mainz and “Hairspray”-Tour with Christopher Tolle.
Nyasssa Alberta is native-born in the Netherlands. Even when she was a young girl, she used to dance in front of the TV an tried to copy her idols such as Diana Ross and Whitney Houston.
After that, her mother decided to register her to ballet courses. After she had passed her education at a theatrical school in Amsterdam, Nyassa gained experiences during Disneys "The Lion King" in the Netherlands. "We Will Rock You" (Stuttgart), "Hairspray" (Cologne) and the central charakter in Elton John's AIDA at Nordhausen followed. In "Sister Act" (Hamburg, Stuttgart, Oberhausen), Nyassa assumed the central charakter Deloris van Cartier.
Recently, Nyassa Alberta embodied the main role of the musical Bodyguard, Rachel Maron at the Musical Dome in Cologne and as a guest in Stuttgart, plus Nicky Maron as understudy.
Nyassa has been playing the role as Maria Magdalena in Jesus Christ Superstar at the city theater of Wiesbaden since 2017. For the time, she had lived in Germany, she calls Hamburg her hometown.
Meimouna Coffi is a german-beninese singer and dancer. She absolved her education as a stage dancer at the Rotterdamse Dansacademie/ Codarts. After that, engagements including Rottedamse Dansgroep, the Compagnie Georges Momboye in Paris plus the Geraldine Armstrong Jazz Ballet and productions of the Opéra Bastille ensued.
She started her singing career with Jérôme Savary's "À la Recherche de Joséphine" at the Opéra Comique in Paris. Since then she has been active in both the dance and musical genres.
In German-speaking countries, she used to be guest dancer at the state theatre Kassel under the command of choreographer Johannes Wieland and as singer at the theatre Basel for musicals like "Hair". She occured in the role "Rosalia" in West Side Story at the opera of Leipzig, she went on tour through Germany and Switzerland with the musical "Motown- The Legend", she got a guest role at the regional theatre in Linz as "Dynamite" in the musical "Hairspray" and lately, she occured at the Mozarteum Salzburg for the Brernstein's Musical "Mass".
At a very young age, Djodjo Kassé discovered her great passion for dance (including jazz, hip-hop and street dance) and singing (rock, pop, R'n'B and soul), as well as musicals. Aged nine, she had her first starring role as "Lumina" in a Berlin-based musical production.
Despite her tender years (she is now just 18), she has five years of stage experience as a member of the Friedrichstadt-Palast youth ensemble in Berlin, where she has been cast in numerous leading roles. Djodjo has been composing and writing her own works since 2013. At the age of 12 she presented the first of her own songs with vocals and piano in the ZDF/Arte TV production "Djodjos Welten".
She has trained with various vocal professionals, and since then has thrilled a growing audience with her extraordinary voice in countless shows and performances. Recently, Djodjo Kassé started recording her songs with professional producers.
Chamelle Moser (Coetzee) was born in Keimoes, Northern Cape, raised in Witbank, South Africa and now lives is Tirol, Austria. Her passion for the arts started at the age of 9 at church choir practice. She went on joining school choirs, forming dance and drama groups and talent competitions.
She completed her degree in Musical Theatre at the Tshwane University of Technology in 2013. Between 2008 and 2013 Chamelle performed in several theatre productions, live shows and a TV soap. In 2014 she worked as a singer/dancer for TUI, Magic Life, where she also met her husband with whom she moved to Austria.
In 2017 she entered German Idol and was among the TOP 20.
Marjolein is a musical theatre performer from the Netherlands. In 2008 she graduated as a dancer and dance teacher from Lucia Martha's Institute for the Performing Arts Amsterdam.
She participated in the musical "Oebele" as part of her degree. The first professional dance performance was "Colors" at M-Lab Amsterdam. "High School Musical" followed. She then went to Belgium to perform in "Notre Dame de Paris". Her next engagement was in the Netherlands in the musical “We Will Rock You”, followed by the musical "Saturday Night Fever" and the arena spectacle "Peter Pan: The Never Ending Story" in which she played the role of the mermaid. "Jersey Boys" in Utrecht was her last show in the Netherlands before she came to Germany to perform in the musical "3 Musketeers".
Since 2015, Marjolein has been dancing and singing in shows of the Color Line cruise ships. In addition, Marjolein occured in various television productions, such as "The Voice of Holland", "X-Factor", "Idols" and "Pop Stars"
Ramona Helder has been a popular dancer for years in showbiz. In 2006, she started her career as a show dancer in France. There, she also took a few jobs in the following years by which she was seen at the Opera of Strasbourg, in the musicals "Christoph Kolumbus" and "Naturya" or the "Las Vegas Show".
In the last few years, she often appeared in the big cities of Germany. Ramona, for example, worked as choreoghrapher for the dancing school "Connecting You Dance" in Berlin and she also played a part in several TV-shows for the television channel RTL.
In 2018, Ramona went on a German-wide Tour with the local Hip-Hop Group "Culcha Candela" and worked for several TV-productions.
Since february 2019, Ramona Helden is part of the Ensemble of the successful production "BEAT IT! - The show about the king of pop!"
Momo Markert absloved her education as qualified stage dancer, dancing educator and choreographer at the Professional Dance Academy in Stuttgart. At the moment, she is leader for educational dancing of all terms of the vocational college Gluckerschule Kornwestheim, which graduations are officially recognized.
She coaches and examines prospective sport- and gymnastic teacher in fields like dancing, folklore and gymnastic basics.
She is performing in Willi Dorner's "bodies in urban spaces", she was musical actrice at the Württembergischen Landesbühne Esslingen and she achieved several education including Paris, Cologne, Berlin and at the Iwanson in Munich.
In addition, she worked for a number of concerns like Mercedes-Benz and H&M and gained a lot of stage experience all over Germany.
Julia Karnysh was born in Kiew, Ukraine, where she received her dance education at the Todes Dance Academy. She became one of founders of the Foresight Dance Company (Ukraine) and got her first engagement in Germany with the Roncalli Circus (Roncalli Bajazzo Show, Köln, "Winter Traum", Bremen).
She was a dance captain of "Hollywood in Concert", "Michael Jackson Tribute show" and various other touring show productions. Her Blackwine Dance Project won in the semi-final of the TV show "Got To Dance". Since 2010, Julia has been an active freelance dancer and choreographer.
She performed in the musical "Paradise Of Pain" (Stadttheater Saarbrücken) and the jazz opera "Jonny spielt auf" (Theater Hagen).
The multitalented recording artist, songwriter, producer, and performer with Filipino roots, was born in Copenhagen, graduated in NYC, and now lives in Berlin where he runs his label ALIGN Records and “Berlin’s Most Finest” shows.
Andy made his debut with the album “Dish” (Virgin), spawning three hit singles, a “Best New Artist” nomination and the opening act for the Backstreet Boys. In New York, his most defining moments were his weekly performances at “The Sugarbar”, owned by mentors Ashford & Simpson, and appearances on the American TV talent show “Next Big Star”. He has since toured as lead vocalist for Safri Duo, competed in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 and 2015, and co-starred in the theatre version of “Efter Brylluppet” in 2017.
His songs have been rewarded with a Gold record and 24K Dance Award in the Philippines, and his soulful house music, which is rooted in gospel and r’n’b, continues to chart internationally.
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Dennis “Dnice” Somuah is a professional dancer and choreographer who works globally. He collaborated with stars like Beyoncé, Kylie Minogue, Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake, Sarah Connor, and French Montana.
He went on tour with Sarah Connor, 50 Cent, and Fergie. As a choreographer, he worked for the TV seasons of X-Factor and boy bands like US5. He also collaborated with Justin Timberlake's choreographer, who was one of the last original dancers of the actual Michael Jackson tour (Nick Bass & Micha Gabriel).
Deniz started his classical Ballett education at the Benedict-Mannigel Ballett academy in Munich at the age of 19. Additionally, he still continues his training at many different schools in Europe to become an ever more versatile dancer in, for example, Jazz, Afro, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Modern, Acrobatics and Ballet.
As a dancer and choreographer, Deniz was part of many shows and tv performances, like Mario Barth Show, BMW, Audi, SAMSUNG, Helden von Morgen, Starnacht am Wörthersee, Coca Cola, Ispo, Justin Timberlake fashion show for Just In Fashion, U-Style Fashion Show, Musical Rocks Europe Tour, Falco meets Mercury Europe Tour, Schwarzkopf, Joop, Bavarian State Opera and many more.
Furthermore, he worked with artists like Victoria Swarovski, Loona, Prince Damien, Linda Angeline, Andreas Gabalier, Florian Fesl, Jonny Logan, Nadine Beiler and Paul Potts. Deniz has worked with national and international Choreographers and he still does so today.
David Charles Heaberli is a break-dancer, Hip-Hop dancer, rapper, was Swiss champion twice and ranked 3rd place at the world championship in 2002.
As a singer, comedian and pantomime he began his career in the French musical “Les 10 commandements” and Peter Maffay’s “Tabaluga”. After he won a TV music contest, he signed a contract with Universal Music Swiss with his group D-verse city and released four singles and one album. He also released two solo albums. As an artist, he devised many original creations for the theatre by mixing dance, live music performance, and acting. He has worked across Europe, but especially in Germany.
In “Monster High” musical arena tour, he performed in the role of Clawd Wolf and was one of the soloists in «Christmas Moments”. He currently tours his one-man show as MC Roger in Switzerland and France. His YouTube videos count more than 30m views.
Born in Mobile Alabama, Samuel Franklin’s exceptional talent with his unmistakeable soul and gospel voice was gifted and cultivated in the African American church.
Samuel shines, moves, and delights with his enormous stage presence and his uniquely powerful voice. He is currently displaying these talents in the European touring show, “The Best of Black Gospel,” where he serves as an actor, singer, writer, moderator, and director.
Many know him from his time as one half of the band DRYCE with actress/singer Fiona Erdmann. He also does Voice-overs for TV clips and commercials.
Dancing is one of Dennis’s biggest passions, which he tries to embody in every way. His career in front of the camera began after he graduated from High School.
His first big hit was the lead role in the Nickelodeon series “Spotlight”. He has already choreographed for Detlef D Soost, ZDF Fernsehgarten, Matteo Markus Bock, Die Lochis, Markus Schöffl, Kontor Records GmbH and many more.
In 2017, he and his team were world champions in Blackpool's "International Dance of the Year".
The musician, born in Mannheim, Germany, started making music as a guitarist at the age of 15 together with the his friend Alex Auer (Xavier Naidoo) with writing his own songs. Over the years he played several tours at home and abroad.
Andy recorded several studio albums released worldwide. Good placements in various magazines e.g. in Japan, England, Greece and of course in Germany could be achieved with their own recordings. With his own band and shows he is on the road worldwide. With self-produced shows he plays on cruise ships and clubs or festivals in front of up to 30,000 visitors. As a live and studio musician in the genre of pop, rock, soul he has worked on several projects.
In his career so far, he has had the opportunity to work with colleagues from well-known bands such as SEAL, Kool and the Gang, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Eagles, Tom Gaebel, Udo Jürgens, Xavier Naidoo, Söhne Mannheims or Kenny Loggins.
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Guitarist Anja Arnold was born on October 25th 1988 in Cologne, Germany’s music capital on the river Rhine. There she sat behind her father’s mixing console – a little girl, equipped with oversized headphones, dreaming of making it onto the big stage herself. Her path led her from various instruments, youth rock bands, and gala bands to the ArtEZ Conservatorium in Enschede, NL, where she studied e-guitar.
Today, Anja successfully runs her own music school “Klangbüdchen” in Cologne and played on stages throughout Germany with the Genesis prog-band “The Path” for almost five years. In addition to playing, writing music has always been a passion of hers; for the past three years she has written the music to enrich the podcasts “Was denkst du denn?” and “Die Anachronistin”, both Grimme Online Award nominees (2018).
Endorsed by: Cort Guitars
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French guitarist Jan David studied jazz and popular music at the „Staatliche Musikhochschule“ in Mannheim from 2007 - 2011.
In the course of his studies until today he had the opportunity to work with well-known musicians from bands of Max Herre, Udo Lindenberg, Chaka Khan, No Angels. In addition to his own jazz / fusion project, he has many live and studio engagements in various pop / rock productions.
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The drummer Christoph Schnell has been successfully active in the international music business for several years. Already in his youth he toured with a jazz orchestra through South Korea and continued to play at some high-ranking jazz festivals. He completed his studies in Saarbrücken, Germany at the Academy of Music in the area of „jazz and popular music“. His musical education was rounded off with a master’s degree at the Pop Academy in Mannheim, Germany.
The highlights of his previous career include tours with Laura Carbone in Austin, Texas and New York, European tour with the artist Paul Overstreet (hit-song-writer „Nothing At All“), German tour with the Musical production „Musical Rocks“ and support from Eric Clapton, Incognito, Söhne Mannheims, Gregor Meyle, and many more.
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Born in Stuttgart, he had his first classical piano lessons at the age of five. From the age of 10 he completed a second instrument in alto saxophone and in 2008 he continued his education at the church organ.
In 2009 he studied Hammond Organ at the University of Music Nuremberg. Lukas played several tours through Germany, Austria, Switzerland and India and in the musical "Fack ju Göthe" in Munich.
Andreas Stommel has been dealing with all topics about health, medicine, prevention, physio- and sportrehabilitation for 25 years.
He opened the center for ambulant rehabilitation in Bonn with a team composed of six people, which has envolved into a clinic for rehabilitation with 60 employees.
Years ago, he concentrated on the physiotherapeutic care of international dancers out of several areas of dancing. (e.g. ballett, hip-hop, breakdance).
His fields of action embrace physiotherapeutic care of tours and artists (such as Udo Jürgens, Howard Carpendale, David Garrett) physiothearpy for ballett and dancing, backstage-physio during tv productions, lectures about health, operational delivery for health and the sportphysiothearpeutic care of athletes and sports teams.
He has accompanied the production "BEAT IT - The Show about the King of Pop!" since day one.