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Vicki has been involved with dance for nearly thirty years. South Coast Performing Arts has been in business for over thirteen years. With the move to our beautiful new 7000 sq. ft. location, Vicki is the sole Owner and Director of South Coast Performing Arts. Creating an environment where young people can practice positive values, develop community together AND in the process have the opportunity to become extraordinary dancers, singers and actors, is Vicki’s purpose for South Coast Performing Arts.
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!


 

Stacey Serra: Business Manager
Stacey started dancing at the age of 10; it has been a significant part of her life ever since. Her background in dance includes being captain of the UC Davis dance team as well as their Administrative Assistant. Through those roles, Stacey earned experience in Marketing & Promotions, Creating Databases, Development and Organization of events. Stacey has a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of California, Davis. Over the past several years, Stacey has continued to learn about business and life through one of her passions, travel. While volunteering for a program in New Zealand, she had the opportunity to help recruit new volunteers and began learning website design and internet marketing. Even though she is always looking for new challenges and adventures,Stacey finds comfort in knowing that her SCPA Family is always waiting for her return.
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.
Amber made her performance debut as the title role of "The Pancake Girl" in the 2nd Grade and hasn't looked back since! Besides doing musical theater, Amber danced competitively for 4 years and has trained in tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, modern, Irish and Polynesian and when she was 15, began assistant teaching at Bailey's Young World in Huntington Beach. She has choreographed many musicals including ANYTHING GOES and CRAZY FOR YOU at Marina High School, ANNIE and HONK! and FORUM at The Attic and BYE BYE BIRDIE at TheAtree Productions. Amber has been an intricate part of South Coast Performing Arts since 1999, specializing in both musical theater and dance. She has taught many competitive pieces since beginning her career at South Coast, teaching styles such as tap, musical theater and jazz. She also spent 5 years as Choreographer and Assistant Director of the South Coast Theater Company before becoming its Director in 2004, with productions such as "The Wizard of Oz", "Cinderella" and "Into the Woods". After an 8 year hiatus, Amber is proud to have been part of the team bringing theater back to South Coast, directing and choreographing this season's "Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr"in 2014.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Amber continues to perform herself. Recent credits include: "Rosie Alvarez" in BYE BYE BIRDIE (Candlelight), "Serena" in LEGALLY BLONDE (Per Riverside), "Cassie" in A CHORUS LINE (Center Stage), "Demeter" in CATS (The Norris), "Miss Hannigan" in ANNIE and "The Witch" in INTO THE WOODS at The Attic, and "Dancer/Ensemble" in many amazing productions including SOUTH PACIFIC (MTW), FUNNY GIRL (3DT), andMY FAIR LADY (Moonlight).  Amber holds a dual degree in Family Life Education and Child Development and a minor in Anthropology from California State University, Long Beach and works full time at Edward Jones Investments. Amber loves teaching and hopes to instill and nurture a love and appreciation for Performance Arts in all of her students, as her teachers did for her.
Ashley Parker’s training began with Irvine School of Dance at the age of 9. She then joined Ballet Pacifica where she furthered her technique in classical Ballet until the age 17. While studying with Ballet Pacifica, she attended several Summer Intensive programs, such as, School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Miami City Ballet. After graduating High School, Ashley moved to New York City to join Joffrey Ballet’s year-round trainee program for 2 years. She has performed in several ballets including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle and Mid Summer Night’s Dream.
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!
Chantal has been dancing ever since she learned to walk! In 2007 she earned her B.A in Dance and B.S. in Business Administration from Chapman University. At Chapman, Chantal studied, trained and performed with a diverse and accomplished faculty  In addition to training extensively with renown faculty at studios throughout Orange County, Chantal has studied at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Ballet Pacifica Conservatory and American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive program.

While growing up, Chantal was awarded many titles at various regional and national competitions. One of her most memorable early performances was dancing in the children’s cast of the Joffrey Ballet’s Nutcracker at the OCPAC. Chantal has also enjoyed dance roles in the Crystal Cathedral’s The Glory of Christmas and in Disneyland parades. For the past seven years she has been choreographing and teaching ballet, pointe, lyrical and jazz in local studios and for High School song teams. She is grateful for the privilege to share her knowledge and love of dance with her community through teaching.

Gina comes to us with over twenty five years of teaching experience. A graduate of University of California, Irvine with a degree in dance, Gina has taught ballet, jazz, tap, modern, creative movement, and cotillion in studios and schools throughout central and Southern California. When she isn't in the studio she can be found at elementary schools with The Wooden Floor, and in hospitals teaching dance for Parkinson's disease, and Discovery Arts, bringing the arts to hospitalized children. She also teaches at UCP in their recreation department, and spends her evenings performing at Disneyland. Gina is grateful for her many opportunities to share the joy of dance!
 
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.
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!

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.
Karly started dancing at the studio when she was two years old! She trained and competed with SCPA until she graduated high school. Karly went to the University of Arizona, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences with a minor in Biochemistry. Currently, she is pursuing a Master’s in Teaching and Teaching Credential at UCI, with plans of becoming a high school science teacher! In her free time Karly loves to go to concerts and travel! Karly still has a passion for dance, and a great love for rhinestones!
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We are a family run dance studio in Tustin, CA. Our studio offers classes in Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap & Ballet for dancers age 2-18. Our studio features 5 dance rooms, a lobby, children's play corner, kitchen, and a dancers' lounge. Our faculty are a wonderful group of professionals, who teach so that they can share their joy and love of dance with your children. Come in for a complimentary class and find your love for dance!

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