Grand Finals Northeast Judges

Announcing the 2019 GRAND FINALS Northeast Judges and Choreographers

Since graduating Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts, Dee Delgado has lit up stages across the nation. Dee began mastering dance forms like ballet, jazz, hip-hop, acrobatics, lyrical and tap as a child and today her career continues to flourish. Dee’s long history in dance has awarded her opportunities to perform live as a New York Knicks City Dancer for three consecutive seasons (2007-2010). Seen dancing in HBO's Vinyl show and on NBC's Maya & Marty show. Dee’s skills and experience have landed her roles in musical video productions for artists like Beyonce Knowles in her single “Countdown”, Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" music video, and Jennifer Lopez “I Got That Good Hit” video. Dee was interviewed on American Latino TV and appeared in 50 Cent’s live television musical performance on Good Morning America in 2014. In 2009 she appeared on MTV’s VMA's during Beyonce’s performance of “Single Ladies” and in 2014 Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" Performance. Dee has also performed with musical artists like Zion y Lennox, Chelsea Chris, Tina Novak, Kim Sozzy and Willa Ford. For over a decade, Dee’s dedication to the art of dance has been made evident by her countless performances and recordings.

Hiliarie Covington has been dancing and performing from the age of two and is the Assistant Director/Lead Choreographer at one of the south’s leading performing arts studio. She studied with Susan Anderson, Stacey Calvert and Miriam Barbosa at the University of South Carolina where she earned a Dance Performance and Choreography degree. Hiliarie has also studied under Naomi Calvert, Mike Minery, Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, Gregg Russell and Corey Burns. She was a member of her award-winning and nationally recognized collegiate  Dance Team for two years. She has been competing since age 10 winning many overall awards for her solos and group routines. Hiliarie was an L.A. Underground Scholarship recipient, Top DTI Soloist, and Top Starbound Soloist. She now works with contestants in the Little Miss State Pageant system, Miss America and Miss USA system for their talent competition. She performed  along the east coast with a grand finale show in Washington DC with the World War II tribute show “Road to Victory”. She has also danced with Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Presently, she is the choreographer for the nationals opening number and Dream Team promotional video as well as a sought out choreographer across the southeast.  Good luck to all the dancers today and remember “Great dancers aren’t great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion.”

Halle Mastroberardino is a New York based performer and teaching artist, who was lucky to grow up just a short train ride away from New York City.  She is jumping into the Musical Theatre scene after graduating from Point Park University, where she earned her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, with a Minor in Dance.  Halle has performed on Broadway in BCEFA’s Nothing Like a Dame and the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, also known as the Jimmy Awards. She has worked regionally at Music Theatre Wichita and The John W. Engeman Theatre.  Being back in New York, Halle has been able to pursue her passion for teaching, choreographing, and directing the next generation of artists at performing arts studios in Westchester County.  Halle's energy, passion, and creativity shine through in all of her artistic endeavors, and she is so excited to be a part of the Encore DCS team

Marlon Mayers discovered his passion for dance at the age of 14 where he began his dance training when accepted into Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. While attending Frank Sinatra, he also attended Ballet Hispanico, The Abrons Arts Center and The Martha Graham school of Contemporary Dance. Graduating from Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in 2009, Marlon attended Marymount Manhattan College as a B.F.A dance major.  Marlon has landed wonderful opportunities that allowed him to work with a wide range of choreographers from different styles of dance such as Jessica Lang, Laurie-Ann Gibson, Daniel Catanach, and Larry Keigwin, just to name a few. Since then he has been a Principal Dancer with the Abrons Arts Center Dance Ensemble, a Corp de Ballet dancer with Urban Ballet Theater and a freelancer with small modern dance companies based in New York City. Although Marlon loves performing he has a passion for teaching. He has had the opportunity to choreograph on the graduating class at Frank Sinatra school of the Arts as well as teach and be a mentor for the underclassmen. He has also presented his own choreography with the American Ballet Theater’s “Make a Ballet” and has submitted and showcased his works to numerous arts festivals. When not rehearsing and staging his own works, Marlon spends his time in a studio teaching and sharing great life lessons to students around the country.