MDDT STAFF

A Few Words About​

Who We Are​

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ACTIVATE ARROYO

Executive Director/Producer

Activate Arroyo received his technical dance training at EDGE Performing Arts Center in Hollywood, California. He left his dance industry career in 2006 to become a performing arts educator. He received a BFA in Film & Television Production at UCLA, followed by an MFA in Arts Education. In 2009, he opened the dance department at Grand Arts High School for the Visual & Performing Arts in downtown Los Angeles (where he worked as a dance teacher and served as arts department chair). He eventually took over the dance program at Mark Keppel High School (Alhambra, CA) in 2011, where he teaches dance full-time to this day.

Among his many accolades and dance industry credits here are just a few worth mentioning: Worked as creative consultant for the opening/closing ceremonies of the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Executive produced a spectacular celebration for the MDDTUSA 50th golden anniversary national competition in 2017. Directed the dance program at Mark Keppel High School to achieve 22 national championship titles since 2016. Directed and co-choreographed his all male hip hop team while they competed on NBC’s “World of Dance” and “America’s Got Talent”. Most recently, he created and produced the world’s first live-streamed Virtual Dance Nationals during the COVID-19 lockdown in an effort to support the dance team community during these challenging times.

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JASMINE HOSSNER

Producer

Jasmine Pham is a former competitive dancer who trained and competed in Southern California under San Diego Dance Centre & Murrieta Dance Project. She attended the University of California, Irvine as an undergraduate studying Dance with a focus in Choreography. Jasmine has toured with various dance competition companies including Showbiz National Talent, The Countdown, and West Coast Elite. She was on FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 11, and played a role as a featured dancer in the documentary “Don’t Change the Subject” (directed by Mike Shultz). Jasmine was a finalist for The Music Center’s Spotlight Awards Scholarship as a non-classical dancer and has booked jobs for AMAX Entertainment working with companies like Nike and the Rock & Roll Marathon. Along with her dance experience, Jasmine is also recognized for her choreography in musical theater, contemporary/lyrical, and tap genres (some of which have received excellence in entertainment and overall choreography at competitions). Several of Jasmine’s students have gone on to perform with musical artists such as Justin Bieber, Zedd, Maren Morris, and Jojo Siwa.

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BRENDA CASPARY-CRAWFORD

President

Brenda Caspary-Crawford served as Executive Director of MDDTUSA from 2001-2021. She took over our non-profit organization at the request of her mother-in-law AND our founder... the late Dr. Kay Teer Crawford. Brenda's legacy began in the dance studio industry, where she owned and operated the legendary Studio C Dance Center in Downey, California for many years. Her expertise and contacts in the professional dance industry helped bring MDDT into a new era upon Dr. Crawford's initial passing in 2001. Brenda's focus has always been on the young dancers who participate in our annual events, especially those who use dance as a way to overcome personal challenges at home and in their daily lives. She is primary contest director for our Street Dance USA competition, and MDDT Six Flags Classic. A special academic scholarship has been created in her name, and is awarded each year by our organization. Please visit the "Scholarships" section for more information on this scholarship award opportunity

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Mission & Vision​

Miss Dance Drill Team USA is on a mission to make dance education more accessible for America's youth by continuing the legacy of our founder, the late Dr. Kay Teer Crawford... inventor of the worldwide dance competition industry!

Our vision is to produce a variety of dance industry events, dance competitions, master class dance workshops, and travel opportunities to help unite the dance programs across the United States toward a common cause: becoming one as a community that supports young dancers and teaching them about hard work, team collaboration, and perseverance against all odds. 

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