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This class is taught by:

Jessica Parr

Jessica Parr: Company Co-Director
With over 12 years experience as an independent dance instructor and choreographer, Jessica's choreography in jazz, lyrical, ballet, pointe and tap have won numerous local, regional and national awards. Dancers, who were trained by Jessica, have worked in music videos, theatre, television, motion pictures, have been accepted into impressive dance companies and have become dance instructors and choreographers themselves. Her experience includes teaching at studios throughout Orange and Los Angeles counties in California from 2000-2006 then in Gaston and Mecklenburg counties in North and South Carolina from January 2008-April 2012. After which, she returned to California and started working with South Coast in Spring of 2012. Additional experience includes High School dance choreographer in Pacifica Dance Program from 1997-2000. Jessica is a well-rounded and gifted dance instructor who desires to share her talents by influencing others thru teaching. Jessica believes in motivating and educating students of all levels and from all walks of life. She helps them to feel confident about their bodies, skills and talent, while building self-esteem, confidence, and discipline to reach dreams.

Talia Serra

Talia Serra: Company Director
Dancing since the age of three, Talia has trained throughout the Southland with such notable instructors as Monie Andomson, Desiree Robbins and our very own Julie Rhoton. Having a wide experience in various dance styles as a performer and instructor has benefited Talia in being an important part of the University of Fullerton’s dance team, being a National Championship team while she was in attendance. Talia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the California State University, Fullerton and was inspired to have worked with Mike Esperanza, a notable choreographer. As Company Director of SCPA there is much excitement for developing a venue for dancers to be extraordinary. Talia’s enthusiasm for dance is fueled by both her student’s endless energy and willingness to step out of their comfort zone and by her sister, Stacey, with whom much gratitude is bestow upon for being a light to be guided by.

Kelsey M. McCowan

Kelsey has over twenty years dedicated to the art of tap dance and because of this, has become one of Hollywood’s leading celebrity trainers, privately coaching stars such as Bette Midler, Derek Hough, Jeremy Piven, Azealia Banks, and more. She also has worked on many films, most recently doing all of the tap foley/ADR work for Kermit the Frog and Ricky Gervais in the “Muppets Movie”, and Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in their upcoming movie musical, “La La Land”. She has worked with Seth Macfarlane and the John Wilson Orchestra on numerous occasions, most recently performing at Seth’s Oscar’s party. She and her dance partner, Caley Carr, were hand picked to perform with Michael Feinstein and the Pasadena Pops as a tribute to Broadway. Other credits include working with Fergie, the Disney Channel, Universal Studios Hollywood, industrials for Mac Cosmetics, and more. Her choreography and assistant choreography credits include Derek Hough, The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Access Hollywood, the 2015 Fashion and Film Awards, Ellen Degeneres and Steve Harvey's hit show "Little Big Shots", and Universal Studios. She also teaches weekly at one of the top leading studios for professional dancers, the Edge Performing Arts Center.

Julie Rhoton

Julie Rhoton: Artistic Director
Julie has been a dance educator for over thirty-five years. Before Julie joined us here at SCPA, she owned her own successful dance studio: Inspirations Performing Arts Center, located in Moreno Valley, well known for its quality of dance instruction. After thirteen years in business, Julie closed Inspirations PAC and took time off to travel, teaching and judging dance competitions. Soon, Julie began to miss studio life and found her way to us and accepted the position of SCPA's Artistic Director. Fifteen years have past since Julie started here at South Coast Performing Arts and we wouldn't change a thing. Julie is family to us and we share the same philosophies about dance, the development of dancers and studio life in general. Though we have created numerous Programs together, Julie is especially excited about our SCPA Fundraising Program where we highlight a non-profit charity with an annual fundraising campaign, partnering with our studio families and dancers to do good in the world together! #taliastrong #SCPAstrong #dancersmakingadifference

In addition to studio life, Julie partnered with Keri LaGrand to author a 'Stretch and Strength' syllabus for dance educators. With the success of their first syllabus, two more syllabi's were created: "Advanced Stretch and Strength' and "Crazy Hard Exercises". As a prominent dance educator, Julie still travels teaching Master Classes emphasizing fundamentals of technique and using technique as an access for expression. Dancers that Julie has trained have worked in videos, commercials, theatre, film, television, have become professional choreographers and more than a few have opened their own dance studios. Though Julie has won numerous honors and accolades over the course of her career, what is closest to her heart is inclusion. Creating a space where children and young adults can feel a sense of belonging, to be themselves, in a nurturing, challenging and supportive environment through dance. Dance studio life is pretty wonderful, and so is our Julie!


 

Glenda Morales

Glenda Morales is best known from Fanny Pak of America's Best Dance Crew. She has also been a dancer on shows such as Glee, The Office, and Mobbed. On Mobbed she worked as an assistant choreographer to NappyTabs in addition to many other jobs over the past few years. Artists she's danced for include Ashley Tisdale and Raven Simone. The opportunity to travel and teach, spreading her joy and love for dance is one of her favorite parts of this career.