Elite Team: Training


This class is taught by:

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.

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!


 

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.

Lindsey Lee

Lindsey first began dancing when she was six years old and hasn't stopped since.  She trained at Irvine Dance Academy in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, and Lyrical.  She devoted her life to dance and competed with both her studio as well as with her high school dance team when she was younger.  In high school, she was awarded several solo titles including Miss USA National, Miss Dance Drill Team California and 4th Runner up to Miss Dance Drill Team United States.
 
After high school, Lindsey attended UCLA where she earned her BFA in Art History and her Masters in Education.  While in college, Lindsey danced professionally in Los Angeles as a member of the UCLA Dance Team. While on the UCLA Dance Team, Lindsey had many opportunities, including choreographing competition routines.  She appeared on Fox Sports Television shows, and was a featured dancer in the Choreographers' Ball in Los Angeles.  While living in LA, Lindsey continued to train at both the Edge PAC and was also on scholarship at the Dance Center, formerly known as Tremaines Studio of Dance.
 
After college Lindsey worked for the United Spirit Association teaching summer dance camps all over California, Utah, Texas and Washington.  Lindsey has choreographed for a variety of schools in the Southern CA area and continues to do so.  Lindsey began coaching within the High School Dance Team arena and her team was awarded 1st place for their "Small Lyrical" dance in the USA Nationals Championship Division.  In addition to teaching dance, Lindsey also judges for CADTD dance competitions.
 
Lindsey is a dance teacher at Dana Hills High School in Dana Point and is working to develop the dance program within the school.  During her first year of teaching she was awarded the "Rookie Dance Team Director of the Year" by the CADTD organization.  Teaching dance is a dream come true for Lindsey and she hopes to instill within her students the same love and passion that she has for the art form of dance.
 
Lindsey is married to her wonderful husband, Aaron and has two beautiful little girls, Camryn and Dani, who I am sure you will see dancing at the studio.

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Dec 12 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Keri LaGrand
  • Wed Dec 19 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Julie Rhoton
  • Wed Jan 09 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jessica Parr
  • Wed Jan 16 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Staff/ Guest Teacher
  • Wed Jan 23 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Lindsey Lee
  • Wed Jan 30 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Julie Rhoton
  • Wed Feb 06 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jessica Parr
  • Wed Feb 13 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with MJ Wolff
  • Wed Feb 20 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Staff/ Guest Teacher
  • Wed Feb 27 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Tasha Skipps
  • Wed Mar 06 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jessica Parr
  • Wed Mar 13 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with MJ Wolff
  • Wed Mar 20 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Staff/ Guest Teacher
  • Wed Mar 27 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Glenda Morales
  • Wed Apr 03 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jessica Parr
  • Wed Apr 10 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with MJ Wolff