Rehearsal: Elite Team


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!


 


Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Dec 12 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Keri LaGrand
  • Wed Dec 19 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Julie Rhoton
  • Wed Jan 09 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Julie Rhoton
  • Thu Jan 10 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Julie Rhoton
  • Wed Jan 16 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Julie Rhoton
  • Wed Jan 23 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Julie Rhoton
  • Wed Jan 30 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Julie Rhoton
  • Wed Feb 06 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Julie Rhoton
  • Wed Feb 13 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Julie Rhoton
  • Wed Feb 20 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Julie Rhoton
  • Wed Feb 27 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Julie Rhoton
  • Thu Feb 28 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Julie Rhoton
  • Wed Mar 06 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Julie Rhoton
  • Wed Mar 13 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Julie Rhoton
  • Wed Mar 20 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Julie Rhoton
  • Wed Mar 27 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Julie Rhoton
  • Thu Mar 28 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Julie Rhoton
  • Wed Apr 03 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Julie Rhoton