Jazz Class PG (Ages 9-12)

This class is taught by:

Sierra Tanji

Sierra is one of our own and began dancing at South Coast Performing Arts at the sweet age of 6! Sierra was a stand out student who is, even now, devoted to her craft. If you had the pleasure of watching Sierra perform, then you know how excited we are to have her join our SCPA family. Sierra was accepted to AMDA (The American Musical and Dramatic Academy) and after graduating high school, Sierra began her first year at AMDA, which is a college conservatory for the performing arts in Los Angeles. While at AMDA, Sierra soon discovered that she was not a complete fit with this College and her passionate, spirited heart pulled her toward being a dance educator.
Sierra discovered she loves being with kids and especially teaching dance to kids and young adults. Rather than waste time, Sierra shifted gears immediately and jumped into the world of Dance Education. Being that Sierra is an inspiring and motivated person, we are thrilled that she has also accepted the position of Co-Director of our Performing Group Program here at SCPA. In addition to joining SCPA's faculty, Sierra will be pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology, so that she can expand her range of expertise in physiological, mechanical and psychological mechanisms as related to movement. Helping others is what she loves to do and helping dancers with injuries and technique is a big part of that. Sierra is passionate, loving, fun, patient, and super excited for her future with SCPA!

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!

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Nov 14 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Sierra Tanji
  • Wed Nov 28 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Jacquelyn Sutkowi
  • Wed Dec 05 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Sierra Tanji
  • Wed Dec 12 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Sierra Tanji
  • Wed Dec 19 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Sierra Tanji
  • Wed Jan 09 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Sierra Tanji
  • Wed Jan 16 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Sierra Tanji
  • Wed Jan 23 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Sierra Tanji
  • Wed Jan 30 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Sierra Tanji
  • Wed Feb 06 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Sierra Tanji
  • Wed Feb 13 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Sierra Tanji
  • Wed Feb 20 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Sierra Tanji
  • Wed Feb 27 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Sierra Tanji
  • Wed Mar 06 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Sierra Tanji