Pacific Dance is proud to have the finest professional teachers in the Orange County and Los Angeles areas.
Lori Murphy - Owner/Director has been a teacher at The Irvine School of Dance since 1985. She has had the pleasure of owning Pacific Dance since 1994.
As a professional dancer her credits include: dancing aboard the Azure Seas Cruise Ship, Disneyland, The Elvira Show at Knott's Halloween Haunt, and various industrials at the LA Mart, for Pacific Bell, Nordstrom, May Co. and Saks Fifth Avenue. She also performed for the Orange County Performing Arts Center's Community Education Program.
Lori earned her MFA in Dance at UC Irvine. During her time at UCI, Lori was chosen to choreograph for the Chancellor's Inauguration Ball. She has taught at various community colleges and studios in LA and Orange County and enjoys teaching dancers from age 3 to 93.
Her emphasis is on building strong technical dancers who are prepared to meet the challenges in the ever changing dance world and on helping kids to enjoy dance and have a great time in class.
Bobby Amamizu is a graduate from Orange County High School of the Arts and holds a BFA in Dance Performance from UC Irvine, where he performed classical rep, Balanchine, and Forsythe. Currently he is represented by Movement Talent Agency in Los Angeles as a professional dancer. He has been an assistant to many choreographers including: Monie Adamson, Laurie Johnson, Cory Finn, Tina D'Amato, Joe Loera, Jodie Gates, Tokyo Inouye, and Bonnie Story. Stage credits: Cirque du Soleil's Viva Elvis (original cast), Industry Dance Awards, Tokyo the Company, Unity LA, Loving The Silent Tears (original musical), International Ballet Festival of Miami, Laguna Dance Festival, National Choreographers Initiative. Film: Fame, A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas, Dear Dumb Diary. Television: Dancing with the Stars, Miss Universe, Strictly Come Dancing, Fiona Apple music video "Paper Bag," Jerry Lewis Telethon. Industrials: L'Oreal, Mattel, and Morinda. Competitions and awards: William Gillespie Ballet Scholarship, winner of Tomorrow's Stars at OCPAC, YAGP (2007 gold medal contemporary category, 2008 silver medal contemporary category, 2008 bronze medal classical category.) He has judged and taught at conventions/companies/Studios including: Cirque du Soleil, Edge Performing Art Center, The Houston Met (company guest ballet teacher), OCSA, Bay Area Houston Ballet and Theatre (Company Class), Tremaine Dance Conventions (guest faculty), LA Elite/Elite Dance Conventions (faculty), and West Coast dance Explosions (nationals). He served as a rehearsal assistant to Jodie Gates to set an original ballet for Kansas City Ballet. He has worked with Vincent Paterson, Bonnie Story, Marguerite Derricks, Michael Rooney, Courtney Miller Jr., Donald McKayle, David Allan, Diane Diefenderfer, El Gabriel, Molly Lynch, Jodie Gates, Jim Kolb, Cindy Peca, Monie Adamson, Quincy Jacinto, Kelley Devine, Joe Tremaine, and Napoleon & Tabitha Dumo.
Rochone Anderson started out singing in Choir and Musical Theater. At the age of 15 he took his first dance class and quickly fell in love. This spiraled into a wide interest in the performing arts. Mr. Anderson attended the Orange County High School of the Performing Arts, West Coast School of the Arts and Dance precisions. Mr. Anderson is currently a part of recording "Radio For The People" which is currently working on their debut album out Paramount Recordings. His professional credits include Stiletto Entertainment (Holland America Cruise Line), Fame, Aida, Dreamgirls (the movie), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat (Judah), and his most inspiring role as Mr. Misstoffelees in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Cats." Mr. Anderson's teaching credits include Maple Conservatory of Dance, Pacific Coast Academy of Dance, V&T Dance, Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy and American Ballet Theatre (Summer Intensive program). Mr. Anderson is passionate about the arts and enjoys sharing his love of dance with his students. He feels that being a part of the arts has truly shaped his life as well as his dancing.
Jennifer Beith is from right here in Irvine. Jennifer began dancing at 5 years old at The Irvine School of Dance which later became Pacific Dance. She started with Jazz and quickly expanded her training to include Tap, Pointe, Lyrical and Hip Hop. As part of the studio's competition group she competed and performed all over Southern California. Jennifer had the privilege of performing with Ballet Pacifica in their production of "The Nutcracker" for 4 years. She continued to dance throughout high school and went on to attend Loyola Marymount University from which she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance, graduating in 2003. While there, she studied modern and musical theater, and also trained at Edge PAC with many notable teachers and choreographers in all genres of dance.
Since 2006, Jennifer has been working in the Entertainment Department at the Disneyland Resort performing in numerous parades, shows, and special events including the 2007 Rose Parade, and dancing back-up for such Disney stars as Demi Lovato and the cast of High School Musical. During that time she also had the privilege of doing a contract at the Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan dancing in their highly acclaimed show, "One Man's Dream II." She has also performed in summer shows at Knott's Berry Farm as well as during Halloween Haunt, danced and sang in musicals such as "Anything Goes" and "Guys and Dolls" with local theater companies, been a featured performer on the comedy sketch television show "Whose Line is it Anyway," and danced in music videos for artists Leki and DreadStarr. For the last 4 years she has been traveling the world as a dancer onboard the Holland America Cruise Line, where she met her British husband. Now that she is back home, Jennifer is excited to get back into teaching and hopes to instill in her students great technique and her passion for the art of dance
Michaela Bell began her pre-professional career in Phoenix, Arizona where she received most of her training in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, and hip hop. She danced competitively starting from age five and continued throughout high school . Once she graduated, she moved to California where she began her professional career as a dancer. She has worked with several dance companies, is a performer at Disney, and is signed with Bloc Talent Agency where she has taken part in film work such as episodes and commercials. Not only does she enjoy dancing herself, she has a true passion for teaching and educating young dancers. She looks forward to sharing her love for dance at Pacific Dance!!
Laura Berbaum, a seasoned teacher, has been teaching for over 20 years and brings a wealth of experience to Pacific Dance. She began her pre-professional ballet training and performing at Dieman and Bennett, the school for Dance Theatre of the Hemispheres in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This is where Laura became acquainted with "real" ballet, performed her first "Nutcracker", and fell in love with the classical music, high standards, and the beauty and timelessness of ballet. Laura continued her training in California, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance at the University of California, Irvine. After graduation, Laura taught, choreographed, and performed professionally with the Lake Arrowhead Classical Ballet Company. There, she performed as a company corps de ballet dancer as well as a soloist, a 6 year tenure that left her with a valuable and pleasant memory and learning experience.
Most recently Laura is pleased to associate with Stela Viorica of the Stella Dance Company and with Lois Ellyn of the Nouveau Chamber Ballet. Laura continues to choreograph, perform and take class, and she teaches in the classical tradition so the art of ballet remains pure.
Holly Bradley is a native of Irvine, CA. She has been dancing since she was in 5th grade. She's trained in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theater Dance, Tap, and Gymnastics. She has studied in the dance departments of Chapman University, Chico State University, and Orange Coast College and has danced professionally at Disneyland for the past 10 years, performing in parades and shows such as Disney's Electrical Parade, Parade of Dreams, A Christmas Fantasy Parade, and currently Mickey's Soundsational Parade. She has teaching experience spanning all ages and skill levels, from tiny tots to Master Classes for adults. Her credits include community theater, professional vocal experience, commercial/TV specials, and Broadway audition invite experience! She has also recently become a new mommy to a dancing, wiggly, 9 month old baby girl Elaina! Holly loves teaching and performing, and is very excited to share her love of dance with her students!
Danielle Daguman is originally from Palm Springs, California. She attended University California, Irvine where she majored in dance and minored in education. Upon graduation in 2003, Danielle moved to New York City where she continued to pursue her passion for dance and dance education. She taught throughout NYC and became faculty for Broadway Dance Center's Children & Teen Program. Danielle believes teaching is a special gift and loves to share her knowledge and passion with each student she has the opportunity to work with. Her vigor for dance led her to also co-direct BDC's CTP and the Summer/Winter Workshop Series. Danielle is grateful for the opportunities she has been given and proud to be associated with former students who are currently in the Broadway musicals "The Lion King, Matilda, and Kinky Boots." Danielle is thankful to be a member of the dance community and looks forward to this year with Pacific Dance.
Kayley Estrada has been dancing since the age of six. Dance has become her true passion and she wants to make dance and teaching her lifelong career. Kayley has danced competitively for over nine years with Pacific Dance and won various overall awards for both solo and group competition dances. Kayley also competes in the Pacific Dance advanced hip hop group. She studies many styles of dance and has performed at Disneyland as well as various roles in the Nutcracker with Montage dance.
Kayley loves teaching hip hop classes to kids in Fountain Valley at Artegy Dance and has been a popular substitute at Pacific Dance. She looks forwards to inspiring her dancers in the same way her teachers have inspired her.
Brandi Freas, born and raised in Southern California, started dancing at the age of seven. In her younger years she trained at Clifton Dance Project, ABDA, Dance Precisions and Edge PAC. She started working professionally at the age of 16, and has been fortunate enough to travel the world dancing professionally. Her works include five contracts at Tokyo Disney for "One Man's Dream 2", Knotts Scary Farm, Glory of Christmas, and Holland America cruise line. She has also performed for artists such as Heather Smalls, Zoey Badwi, and Ellenie Galestian. Film includes High School Musical 2 dancer, dancer for Panic at the Disco music video and various commercials for Tokyo Disney Resort. She has also performed for magicians such as Ed Alonzo, Chris Mitchell and Leo Ward, and has performed in multiple shows around Japan and here in Southern California. Her passion for dance is why she continues to expand her knowledge and expertise in the field, and is eager to share and teach others.
Sophia Gallardo began dancing at a young age and fell in love with hip hop. She has trained with various hip hop masters in the LA and OC area. Sophia attended Mater Dei High School and was a member of the cheerleading team freshman year and a member of the Mater Dei Songleading team her last three years. After high school, Sophia was on the US Spiritleaders dance staff and instructed the summer camps and worked the competitions throughout the year. Sophia currently goes to Long Beach State and is a dance major. Sophia is a member of the Long Beach State Dance team. Sophia assisted and danced with Erika Waters.
Keila Halili is an Orange County native who grew up training here at Pacific Dance at the age of ten. Her competition experience from her involvement with Pacific Dance's Performing Groups helped her recognize her true love for dancing. As a result, she pursued this passion with her educational choices. She is an honor roll graduate of The Orange County High School of the Arts Commercial Dance Department and she also earned a Cum Laude Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Dance and Integrated Educational Studies from Chapman University in 2013.
Keila has worked for The Walt Disney Company for three years and continues to perform in parades and shows at the Disneyland Resort and Disneyland California Adventure as well as overseas entertainment with Disney Cruise Line.
She recently directed Artegy Dance Academy's 2016 Production of the Nutcracker Ballet and is so excited to promote strong, honest technique. Keila has been teaching for seven years, and her contagious, positive energy is a hit amongst both students and parents!
Stacey Hamada was born and raised in Mountain View, CA, and began her life as a dancer at the age of four. Throughout her teen years, she was a core dancer in The Dance Company of San Francisco under the direction of Chris Jacobsen. In 2003, Stacey moved the Los Angeles to attend her dream school, UCLA, where she received Bachelors Degrees in both Psychology and World Arts and Cultures with a concentration in Dance. During her years at UCLA, she was a Director for NSU Modern as well as a dancer on the award winning hip-hop group, Team Millennia. After college, Stacey traveled the world as a principal dancer and company manager on the beautiful Holland America Line cruise ship, the ms Amsterdam. Some of Stacey's other credits include Viennie V, Quadron, and Unity Dance Company (under the direction of Tessandra Chavez), to name a few. Stacey is currently represented for dance and on-camera by MSA. In 2013, Stacey founded In Studio Dance and she currently travels around the country sharing her passion for teaching with dancers of all ages.
Steven Inskeep has an extensive background in dance, including performing, choreography and teaching. He has trained and been accepted to prestigious companies such as Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, San Francisco School of Ballet, Ballet West School in Aspen, Washington Ballet School, Ballet Pacifica, Ballet Austin, and Indianapolis Ballet Theatre.
Mr. Inskeep was a founding faculty member of the former Ballet Pacifica Conservatory. He has choreographed many ballets, including Jack and the Beanstalk, In the Garden, and Ferdinand the Bull, all showcased in the former Ballet For Children series at Ballet Pacifica.
Mr. Inskeep has performed leading roles such as Valse Fantasy, Allegro Brilliante, and Concierto Baroquo by Balanchine, Snow King and Cavalier in The Nutcracker, Bluebird in Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet Pas de Deux and Copellia, Don Quixote by Petipa, and the Prince in Firebird.
Erin Jefferson-Foley has been dancing since the age of three. She has taught dance for twelve years at various studios throughout Southern California. She is trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Modern dance. Her professional career has included performances with American Ballet Theater and Metropolitan Ballet. Erin was an original cast member for Disneyland's "Hunchback of Notre Dame" show. She is a former company member of Mandala Danceworks, a modern dance company in Orange County.
In late 2004, she took a break from teaching and performing to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine. That "break" didn't last long though, as she soon discovered how much she missed teaching dance. She is back with a deeper understanding and enthusiasm for the art of dance; as well as passing that appreciation on to her students. Erin is very excited to be teaching at Pacific Dance while still finishing her prerequisites for Vet. school at Mt. San Antonio College She is a nurturing, dedicated, warm teacher who encourages her students to do their best.
Lissa Johnson is a high energy teacher who strives to instill her creative style and passion for dance in her students.
As a dancer her credits include: dancing along side Gene Kelly, Shirley Maclaine and Liza Minelli at the Liberty Celebration in New York. Her television credits include an episode of Family Matters and as a principal dancer on the Disney Channel. She has performed in various conventions and fashion shows for Kawasaki and Benetton clothing.
Lissa has been teaching at various studios in LA and Orange Counties for over 10 years. She is a technically challenging teacher that demands correct technique in her classes. Her students enjoy Lissa's creative choreography and current style.
Vanessa Johnson was born and raised in Southern California where she took her first jazz class at the age of eight. Since then, she has gone on to study ballet, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, musical theater, and modern dance. In high school she was on the Dance Team and was Choreography Director for the school's Choir Department. Outside of school, Vanessa was also a company dancer with Clifton Dance Project from 2000 to 2004.
Vanessa's teaching experience extends through LA and Orange County. In 2005, she was hired as a personal choreographer for a contestant in the Miss Teen California Pageant. She has also been an assistant dance instructor alongside Victor Robles at Glendale Community College, where she got the opportunity to choreograph for their annual Faculty Concert.
Vanessa graduated Cum Laude with her B.A. in Dance Science from California State University, Long Beach in Fall 2010. She is interested not only in dance itself, but how proper dance techniques and the mechanics of movement can greatly reduce a dancer's risk of injury.
Vanessa has been working in the Entertainment Department at Disneyland since 2006 where she has had opportunities to perform in numerous parades, shows, and special events. She has also choreographed for Flashback, an annual charity event at Disneyland since 2011. Vanessa is currently dancing and choreographing for the Dance Ministry at Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa, is a company member in Jazzworks-Long Beach under the direction of Andy Vaca, and is coaching cheer and dance at Whittier Christian High School in La Habra. Vanessa is very grateful for the opportunities that God has presented for her, and is excited to be on staff at Pacific Dance!!
Roberta Kay has been directing and/or choreographing musicals for summer stock, civic light opera, grand opera, night clubs, community theater, private schools and educational programs for over 29 years. Some of her credits include, LITTLE WOMEN, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, NUNSENSE, GUYS AND DOLLS, CINDERELLA, ANYTHING GOES, MY FAIR LADY, PAJAMA GAME, WONDERFUL TOWN, BELLS ARE RINGING, SWEET CHARITY, OLIVER, WOMAN OF THE YEAR, OKLAHOMA, THE WIZ, BRUNDIBAR, and DIE FLEIDERMAUS.
Starting out as a singer/dancer/actress at age four, Roberta's stage career took her to the Sahara in Las Vegas, Mexico City, New York, Boston and Los Angeles. Some of her favorite roles are: Molly (UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN), Charity, (SWEET CHARITY), Adelaide, (GUYS AND DOLLS) and April (COMPANY.) She also appeared on national television for: The Tonight Show, The Andy Williams Show, and various NBC specials.
After raising a family, she switched gears and had an outstanding 22 year career at KOCE-TV, PBS, as the Director of Programming. She also produced and field-directed various local PBS programs, was KOCE'S on air-Pledge drive host/writer for over 15 years and appeared in national PBS television series and specials: A NIGHT TO REMEMBER, MATHWISE, THINKABOUT, PROJECT UNIVERSE and DOLLARS AND SENSE, for which she garnered a Los Angeles area Emmy award.
Roberta has been practicing Hatha yoga for over 18 years -- longer if you take into account that she's been a dancer all her life and dance warm-ups include yoga.
She has been certified twice as a Hatha yoga teacher and has been teaching for over 12 years. In 2007, she also became certified in Laughter Yoga (a great way to relieve stress.)
Yoga will help you to increase your flexibility and strength, relieve stress, and improve an aching back. Roberta's level 1-2 classes touch on the many styles of yoga including: Viniyoga (adapting to each students needs), Vinyasa (flowing through poses), Iyengar (using props), Partner yoga, Laughing yoga, acupressure with tennis balls, a variety of pranayama (breathing techniques), many kinds of sitting and walking meditations, affirmations and even some dance!
She continues to study and expand her knowledge going to yoga retreats and conferences whenever time allows.
Linda-Joy “LJ” Tashiro Nafarrete, a founding member of the OC renowned Backhausdance Company, established in 2003, received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Theatre and Dance while on scholarship at Chapman University. During her tenure at Chapman, she specialized in Dance performance and received several awards, including Freshmen of the Year, Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Performance. Prior to Chapman University, Ms. Tashiro Nafarrete, attended the Orange County High School of Arts and graduated from their Commercial Dance Department. Additionally, she studied at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York City on scholarship. She has extensive training in Contemporary, Modern, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop and Dunham (Afro-Caribbean) dance techniques and holds a certiﬁcation in Pilates from Body Arts and Science International.
In addition to concert performances, she has danced in a variety of modern media, including music and ﬁtness videos and live television. Ms. LJ has taught in various seminars and master classes and continues to teach and Choreograph through out Southern California. As an award winning choreographer, she has the ability to create moving pieces that are authentically molded for each dancer and group.
Ms. LJ ﬁnds great fulﬁllment in sharing her passion of dance with her students. Her classes focus on experimenting with center of gravity, individual expression and creativity, use of space and proper technique. Her goal is to uniquely challenge each student so they can achieve far beyond their personal expectations.
Ashley Lauren Paul (affectingly called "AP") is a high energy hip hop teacher with a contagious spirit. A Los Angeles native, Ashley was introduced to the world of dance, acting and entertainment where she found her home. As a professional dancer, Ashley has worked with numerous directors, producers, and photographers. Some of her most credited work has been featured in commercials for Sony, Toyota, Forever 21 and she has danced for Disney, BET, Missy Elliot and many more! She is also passionate about acting and Journalism. With a strong background in religion and family ethics, her goals are simple; to live a life of faith, success, humility, progression, prosperity, wealth, and integrity.
Ashley's classes are loved all over the LA area. It's where you want to be to improve your style, get an edge at auditions and have a great time!
Kimberly Plum was born and raised in Orange County. She has been training as a dancer since a young age. She finished her yoga certification through Core Power Yoga in early 2015, and is set to finish her Pilates certification in 2016 which adds to her expertise in training young dancer's bodies. Growing up, she danced competitively for 13 years with Pacific Dance, under many well known teachers and choreographers. She also competed on Cal State Fullerton's dance team from 2012 to 2013 where she is currently an American Studies major. Kimberly keeps up her own dance technique regularly taking classes, and has performed with Pulse (Jimmie Defore) in 2014 and 2015. She has been a substitute teacher at Pacific Dance for over 5 years and our students love her energetic, fun classes! We are excited to have Kimberly on our staff as a regular teacher.
Nazgul Ryskulova Shinn has been teaching ballet for the past ten years. Having experience teaching all age levels from toddlers to advanced, her students have gained great growth and success, as shown by them placing in various ballet competitions such as the YAGP.
Nazgul received her training from the Almaty Ballet Academy in Kazakhstan. Upon graduation, she was invited to work at the Kyrgyz National Ballet Theater as a coryphée. She was then awarded a scholarship to study at the Kirov Ballet Academy in Washington D.C.; whereupon she was recruited to work at the Universal Ballet Company, under the artistic direction of Oleg Vinogradov in Seoul, Korea.
As a dancer she has toured throughout Asia, Europe, and North America, including performances in Japan, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, France, England, Austria, Canada, and the US. Her professional repertoire includes classical ballets such as La Sylphide, Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, La Bayadere, The Nutcracker, Chopiniana and Sleeping Beauty, as well as contemporary.
Maili Schlosser has trained in multiple dance forms since the age of 3 including modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, and salsa. Growing up in Murrieta, CA she had the opportunity to train with choreographers like Renee Baldwin, Erin Babbs, Danielle Peig, Nick Lazzarini, George Ortiz Jr., and Terry Shulke to name a few. She is currently continuing her dance and choreography education as a BFA candidate at California State University - Long Beach. At CSULB she has had the opportunity to perform pieces choreographed by Rebecca Bryant and Rebecca Lemme, and has recently been awarded the Celeste Kennedy Endowed dance scholarship for the 2016-2017 school year. As a choreographer Maili has created works for Murrieta Dance Project, Svetlana’s Dance Academy, Palomar College, California State University - Long Beach, and Mt. San Jacinto College. She will be premiering her second work at CSULB in March for Contemporary Concert - Program B.
Brittni Sinift is originally from up north in Vacaville. She has been dancing since she could basically walk! Growing up she studies ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, tap and musical theater. Brittni grew up and became a Principal Dancer with the Vacaville Ballet Company and performed in many leading roles. She also was a Company member for Dance Direction that won many National Competition titles. While dedicating most of her time studying dance, Brittni also was working as a model in San Francisco. She was discovered at the age of five by top talent/model agencies doing what she loves; dancing.
As a child Brittni, did print work for national and international magazines as well as runway for Gap and Esprit. With these opportunities, Brittni became a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and remains a member today. Brittni went on many auditions through high school. She was awarded a Scholarship to study at the Joffery Ballet in NYC.
Brittni then went on to get her B.A. in Dance at UC Irvine along with a certification in Pilates. While in college, Brittni joined the Walt Disney Company and has been dancing and performing with the company for 10 years. Within these years, she traveled the world! She has been on a US tour and a seven month contract in Hong Kong with the Disney Company. Brittni continues to dance in many shows today at the Disney Annual charity production, Flashback for the past several years. Since High School Brittni has shared her passion and technique of dance with children. She hopes not to just instill good direction and discipline to technique but also passion and love for the art of dance. She is honored to join the Pacific Dance Staff!
Sophia Sosa began dancing at the age of six. She started with ballet and later moved onto jazz, tap, lyrical, hip-hop, and modern. At the age of 14 she was accepted into Alvin Ailey's Summer Dance Intensive. She competed in regional and national competitions for eight years.
In 2003 she graduated from the Orange County High School of the Arts where she studied with top dance industry professionals such as: Liz Imperio, Dee Caspery, Cory Finn, Ron Brown, and more. She was also involved in OCHSA's Community Dance Company that performed for charity and educational events. In 2003, she received the Best Student Choreography Award for the Spring Student Dance Concert.
She is currently enrolled in Orange Coast College and is highly involved in the dance department. She participates in the annual Student Dance Concert and was thrilled to receive the prestigious Karen Shanley Scholarship for her solo performance in 2005.
Sophia was a company member of a Latin dance company called "I am Cuba." She performed in the historical Ford Amphitheater and charity events around the Los Angeles area.
Nicky Wagg began dancing at the age of four. She received her ballet training under the direction of Glenda Carhart and Mary Lynn at the prestigious Riverside Ballet Arts School. There she performed in various roles with the company including Swan Lake and Nutcracker as well as performing as a company soloist.
Nicky is a graduate of University of California Riverside where she played on the tennis team and started teaching lessons to children and teens. She received the MVP award and was nominated for the U.C. Riverside Academic Athletic Award for her accomplishments as a college player.
She taught tennis for many years, but was drawn back to dance, especially after both of her daughters began to dance.
Both parents and students enjoy Nicky's patient and fun style of teaching.
Alexis Waggoner was born and raised in San Diego. Alexis spent her childhood dancing and competing with a local studio and with her high school's Varsity dance team. She moved to Orange County in 2007, where she attended UC Irvine as an Economics and Education major. She danced for UCI's Dance and Spirit Squad, was a member of her university's Delta Delta Delta chapter, and studied abroad in Spain. She then spent a year on scholarship at Defore Foundation for the Arts and has performed multiple times in PULSE, their annual faculty concert. This past summer she was accepted to and attended the Rockette Summer Intensive in New York. She danced in a production of Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Curtis Theater and White Christmas in Huntington Beach. She teaches ballet, tap, jazz, tumbling, musical theater and assists with competition rehearsals.
Kyle Elizabeth Walker began her dance training at the age of three at the Orange County Ballet Company under the direction of Tamara Elganova. Her mother a dance teacher and her grandmother a ballet pianist; Kyle spent her entire childhood at the dance studio. Kyle's dance background includes ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical and Hawaiian. Kyle is especially skilled in the area of acrobatics where she competed as a team member on SCATS (Southern California Acro Team) under the direction of Bud Marquette, Scott Crouse, and Mitch Rigby. Kyle was also coached by Cathy Rigby and later taught for Cathy Rigby's Gymnastic gyms. At the age of 14, Kyle studied under Joan Golden and by the age of 16 was dancing andcompeting in the Joan Golden Jazz Dance Company.
As a professional dancer Kyle danced for Disneyland for 8 years and also danced for Disneyland cable television.
As a choreographer, Kyle's acrobatic dances have won many top and overall awards. She has also won many awards for her Jazz, Tap and Lyrical choreographies including many top and overall awards.
Kyle has studied dance at Orange Coast College and later earned her BS in Clothing and Textiles/Marketing at the University of Arizona in 1990.
After college Kyle enjoyed managing Dance Rags, a dancewear company and teaching dance part time for 10 years.
Most recently Kyle has decided to dedicate her entire career to teaching dance and acrobatics. Kyle plans on furthering her education in dance and is planning on joining DMA's chapter (1) after completing her testing.
Kyle's emphasis is on building strong acrobatic technique and enforcing safety in a dance studio setting by proper progressions and completion of beginning principles before execution of advanced skills, encouraging ballet technique and other forms of dance for the prevention of injuries, accidents and treating acrobatics as an enhancement to all dancers to make them stronger and more versatile in a more demanding dance world. Kyle's motto, "Every dancer should be able to do a cartwheel".
Erika Waters began teaching and choreographing in the summer of 1994. She has traveled throughout the United States sharing her talents with students of all ages. She landed her very first audition becoming a member of the LA Clippers Dance Team. In 1997, Erika received a scholarship from Jimmie DeFore Dance Center in Costa Mesa. Soon after her training, she was offered a position on staff. In 2000, she accepted a contract to work for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line allowing her to travel to New York, Bermuda and all over the Caribbean Islands. Since her return, Erika has choreographed videos for new and upcoming artists. Currently, Erika teaches at Kyne Dance Academy in Laguna Beach, Santa Fe Springs Performing Arts Center and Capistrano Academy of Dance. Erika is also very busy choreographing for several shows and schools.