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This class is taught by:

Jacquelyn Sutkowi

At the age of 10, Jacquelyn began her professional dance career at Disneyland and this opened the doors for years of performing for the Disney Company. She grew up singing and dancing with theater companies, training and performing at Jimmie Defore Dance Center and Orange County School of the Arts, as well as competing with her high school dance team.

Jacquelyn received her BFA from Chapman University in Dance Performance with a Minor in Communication Studies. Extensively trained as a contemporary jazz dancer and choreographer, she danced at the Jazz Dance World Congress, American College Dance Festival, Long Beach Grand Prix, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Sean Greene Dance Company and The Carnival. In addition to live stage, Jacquelyn worked on television shows and promos on MTV, SiTV and many music videos.

Jacquelyn then experienced the dance industry from a Dance Agent’s point of view. Beginning as an internship based purely on curiosity, she ended up discovering that being a Dance Agent at DDO Artists Agency was the next stop on the map of her career. With years of experience and education in dance, it was a perfect outlet to share her knowledge and to guide young talent to living out their dreams of dancing professionally. She helped launch the careers of countless dancers, choreographers, models, singers, actors and stunt performers from across the country. Her former talent can be seen on TV, Feature Films, Commercials Artist Tours and Music Videos including Music Videos including the High School Musical Films, GLEE, The Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, The Muppets Movie, Campaigns for GAP, Old Navy, Sears, SYTYCD, DWTS, Wicked on Broadway, Britney Spears, Spice Girls, just to name a few!

After years of working as a Talent Agent, Jacquelyn made the transition back to Orange County to further her career as a teacher in dance studios, high schools and universities, to train and inspire young dancers. She hopes to educate dancers about the realities of college or career and lead dancers in the right direction after high school. She teaches all ages, recreational to professional level, in the styles of jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, musical theater, creative movement/preschool dance and audition techniques.  Jacquelyn remains well connected in all aspects of dance internationally; as she can still be seen on tour with dance conventions, guest teaching, choreographing award winning competition numbers, judging and lecturing on the commercial dance industry. She is a Manager for Hollywood Connection Dance Convention and Competition, as well as a Representative for DIVINA Dancewear. If you haven't met Jacquelyn already, you are sure to cross paths with her soon!

Lacey Smith

Lacey started dancing at the age of three, and was a student at SCPA from 4-12 years old. She graduated high school from the Commercial Dance conservatory at Orange County School of the Arts. She now attends The Relativity School in Los Angeles to pursue a BFA in Commercial Dance. Lacey has trained and danced for some of the top industry professionals including Tessandra Chavez, Kyle Hanagami, Will Loftis, Marissa Osato, and more. Some of her credits include dancing for Hailee Steinfeld, the Industry Dance Awards, DancerPalooza’s BeatStreet, and the McCallum Choreography Festival. Lacey is a young, current choreographer trained in every style. Specializing in contemporary and musical theatre, she has choreographed for numerous pre-professional shows, concerts, and competitions.

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.

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!


 

Keri LaGrand

Keri LaGrand: SCPA Resident Choreographer
Keri began her professional performing career at the age of eighteen with a feature film choreographed by Twyla Tharp. Since then she has danced on The American Music Awards and The MTV Awards with artists such as Toni Braxton, Cher and Jennifer Lopez to name a few. Her performing credits also extend into commercials for Sony, 7-Up and the Las Vegas MGM Grand Hotel, Courtney Love’s “Celebrity Skin” video and J-Lo’s televised concert on NBC. Expanding into choreography, Keri has work with Gloria Estefan’s “Evolution” World Tour, Gloria’s Las Vegas Production, the Disney movie “Gotta Kick it Up”, J-Lo’s NBC Concert, several numbers in Madonna’s “Reinvention” world tour and Gloria Estefan’s “Rewrapped” world tour. A favorite for Keri was working with Adam Sandler on the feature film “Spanglish” and choreographing for the Laker Girls. Keri in on faculty with “Tremaine Conventions” and is Tremaine's National Performance Program Director. In addition to the Tremaine Convention, Keri travels both nationally and internationally as a Master Teacher and Choreographer. Having been to Guam, Mexico, Sweden, Japan, Italy, and our neighboring Canada, Keri celebrates how universal and influential the language of dance can be.

MJ Wolff

Growing up in the charming town of Charleston, South Carolina, MJ began dancing at the young age of three years old. She fell in love with the art form from the very beginning. She trained hard, competed intensely, and performed as if it was second nature. She has performed in Calvin Gilmore's Serenade, The Carolina Opry and at the world famous House of Blues, to name a few. While away at Coastal Carolina University, she had the opportunity to take her passion for dance and inspire beautiful young dancers in the Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach, SC. She believes strongly in being a positive role model for her students, teaching them values that range from life lessons to the proper way to grande jeté. While attending CCU, she was the dance captain for the Coastalettes collegiate dance team, performing with the Spirit of the Chanticleer marching band at football halftime shows and basketball games. After graduating in May, 2012, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and a minor in Spanish, she picked up her southern roots to chase her dreams in Los Angeles, California. There she studied dance at Debbie Reynolds dance studio, The EDGE Performing Arts Center, and Millennium. She can be seen in a Film One Production commercial for Jacuzzi, and then moved back to Myrtle Beach to perform as dance captain at The Palace Theatre in multiple different production shows for the past four years, shows such as Illusions of Magic, Cirque Extreme, and Hot Jersey Nights. She acquired her sea legs onboard Holland America cruise lines performing in shows for the five month Alaska season as well. She has also choreographed and directed Welcome to Myrtle Beach commercial for the Chamber of Commerce, co-choreographed Anything Goes for Carolina Forest High School, and was a choreographer for Socastee High School’s Amp Up Your Holidays Christmas show. Her competitive choreography has received many highest score awards, most entertaining, and first overalls. Most recently, she has stepped back onto the stage performing in Charleston’s Pecha Kucha Arts Festival and she is looking forward to many more to come.