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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.

Tasha Skipps

Tasha has been dancing since the age of 5, and spent 12 years training at South Coast in styles such as contemporary, jazz, hip hop, ballet, tap and musical theater. She has won numerous awards and titles dancing with South Coast's Company, which she was a part of for 10 years, including being named Miss Headliner 2 years in a row and receiving top honors for her solo pieces. Tasha was invited to participate in the Rockette Summer Intensive and trained with the Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive in New York City in 2010, as well as being accepted into The Joffrey Ballet School program for Jazz and Contemporary Dance. In addition to dance, Tasha has performed in numerous plays at South Coast, with her first starring role at the age of 11 as "Dorothy" in THE WIZARD OF OZ. Other roles have included "Annie" in ANNIE, Little Red in INTO THE WOODS and "Diana Morales" in a children's version of A CHORUS LINE.  Most recently Tasha Performed the role of "Rita" in WHITE CHRISTMAS at Goldenwest College and a Mermaid/Indian Dancer in PETER PAN with Tustin's Broadway in the Park 3D Theatricals.

Rachel Scott

Rachel Scott: Ballet Program Director
Rachel Scott received her initial dance training at Southland Ballet Company where she studied the Vagonova method under the artistic direction of Salwa Rizkalla. During her adolescent years, she performed in full length ballets and later became a soloist with Festival Ballet Theater where she danced alongside renowned professionals such as ABT's Julie Kent. Rachel continued her dance training on a full scholarship at DeFore Dance Center, and shortly after completing her scholarship, was asked to join their Faculty as a ballet instructor. Rachel accepted, and since then, has been teaching ballet, pointe, and jazz alike for over ten years. Rachel was also one of the original members of Mike Esperanza's BARE Dance Company, and she has performed professionally in musical theatre for several years. She now teaches dance full time, and considers herself beyond blessed to share her passions with the students of South Coast Performing Arts.

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 closes 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!


 

Brittany Hammond

Brittany "Bitty" Hammond has been teaching dance, voice, and theatre since 2005. She has taught all over Southern California and New York City and has been a part of the South Coast Family since 2008. Aside from the competition stage, her choreography can be seen at high school and college campuses as well as fundraising galas, community theaters, and church events. When she's not in the studio, Bitty's other job is a professional actress/dancer and she's performed in Japan, Canada, St. Louis, Florida, New York, Sacramento, San Diego, and right here in Orange County. She has also been spotted in a few commercials, movies, and music videos. More information can be found at www.BrittanyRoseHammond.com. Bitty hopes to one day open an acting studio for children and teens and start a regionally touring dance company....FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS!...FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS!

Sophia Dawidoff

Sophia Dawidoff has been dancing since the age of four. She received her training at the Jimmie DeFore Dance Center. Sophia earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts cum laude, in Dance Performance from Chapman University where she was President of the Chapman Dance Alliance. Sophia has extensive experience in performance and choreography in all dance styles. She was selected to be one of a trio to be the first performers on the grand stage of the new Musco Center for the Arts. Sophia has a particular love of tap dance and has trained with tap legends Chloe Arnold, Maud Arnold, Jason Samuels Smith, Sarah Reich, and Dianne Walker.  This is Sophia's first season with South Coast Performing Arts and we look forward to many seasons beyond 2018!

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.