Who We Are
SKIP COSTA is the National Director & Owner of NEW YORK LOS ANGELES DANCE CONVENTIONS & COMPETITIONS (NYLA DANCE) as well as the Founder and Artistic Director of SKIP COSTA.COREmovementPROJECT.NYC, NYLA DANCE National Youth Performance Project, the Southeast Dance Festival, and the off-Broadway theater experience ROCK STARS NYC combining live rock music and dance. He has been a featured dancer with Mark Dendy Dance (Choreographer of Broadway’s TABOO), David Rousseve/REALITY, The Kennedy Center’s Washington Opera, The New Orleans Ballet Association, Maida Withers DCC and Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. He has choreographed Off & Off-Off Broadway dance projects at Times Square Theater, The Tribeca Playhouse, The Richard Ellner Theater, and the American Theater of Actors as well as for the American Dance Guild, The Elan Awards(honoring Jerry Mitchell and Anne Reinking), DRA, Urban Artworks 7, DancenowNYC, Jennifer Muller/The Works HATCH Series, DUMBO Arts Festival, RedEye Theater(MN), New Dance Group, Coming Together, University Settlement, 92nd Street Y, The Best of BDC, and various NYC studio showcases.
He has taught & lectured for numerous high schools, colleges, & universities within the US and has taught/performed with his dance company within the US, Eastern Europe, and Western Europe. In Manhattan, he was on permanent faculty at Broadway Dance Center, Steps, Peridance Center, Ballet Arts, NDG, and Dance Space(now Gina Gibney Dance). He has also served as Acting Director of the Uptown Performance Series at The Bridge For Dance, which was highlighted by The New York Times.
During the summer, he teaches in NYC as well as directs the Southeast InterARTS(tm) Festival in Louisiana for young professionals. He has also directed/choreographed/produced an independent dance video “Dancing Alone”.
Currently is on the dance faculty at Southeastern Louisiana University and serves on the National Board of Directors for ACDA. He has an MFA in Dance & Choreography from The George Washington University.
CRYSTAL SCHAYOT is a multi-talented artist, originally from New Orleans, whose first and foremost passion is dance, but is also an avid visual artist and certified instructor, photographer, dance costume designer, model, film and stage actress, and pageant coach! She has been dancing for over 20 years, 10 of which competitively and as a dance educator/choreographer. She has earned numerous high scoring and overall awards for performance and choreography and was crowned Pro Miss NYLA Dance 2014 and Miss New Orleans National Model USA 2010-12. As a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, she has continued to support and work with the Dance Performance Project and the theatre honor’s society, Alpha Psi Omega. As a versatile performer and educator, she specializes in musical theatre/jazz, hip hop, and contemporary, but also has extended training in tap, ballet/pointe, lyrical, modern, and even some ballroom.
Aside from Southeast Louisiana, she has trained, taught, and performed in major cities such as Mobile, Little Rock, Panama City Beach, Orlando, Myrtle Beach, Houston, New York City, and even internationally in London, Madrid, Dublin, and Cozumel. She is a core member of the international non-profit organization, The Breakthrough Outreach & Performance Company and the artistic director for The Wicked Little Voodoo Dolls performance group and the PRISM Dance Productions YouTube Channel. In order to continue inspiring, motivating and creating, she will be opening her own inter-arts studio in Southeast Louisiana.