Santa Fe Springs Dance Center
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Santa Fe Springs Dance Center 9730 Alburtis Ave. Santa Fe Springs, Ca 90670 562-948-5090 email@example.com
2019 SFSDC Faculty
Jason Weiss has been a performer, teacher and choreographer for over 37 Years. During his professional dance career Jason danced in Las Vegas with Bobby Gentry on the Jerry Lewis Telethon, for the Ford Industrial Corporation and on The Carol Lawrence Show. His TV credits include Hart To Hart, Oh Madeleine, The David Copperfield Special, Super Stars & Classic Cars, The NBC All Star Hour, Laverne & Shirley, The Nell Carter Special, Mr. Belvedere & The Playboy Video Rock and Roll With The Splitters. Film credits include, Cracking Up with Jerry Lewis, Pennies From Heaven with Steve Martin, SOB with Julie Andrews and Dr. Detroit with Dan Aykroyd. He also performed on 4 consecutive Academy Award shows. As an outstanding teacher, Jason’s choreography has won such distinguished awards as the Choreographers’ Mid West State Finals and overall high score championships from Showstoppers, Headliners and Starbound competitions. After teaching all levels of tap for over 6 years at Orange County High School of Arts, he now is a national judge for Talent On Parade, where he shares his knowledge of the professional dance world with students from all over the United States.
Lisa Weiss has been a performer, teacher and choreographer for the past 37 years. During her professional career, she has worked with such notable teachers and dancers as Diane East, Joella Lewis, Peggy Carr, Ken Berry, Gene Nelson and the Nicholas Brothers. In addition to dancing principal roles with the American Festival Ballet for over 7 years, she was the assistant director and choreographer for the Saidi Dance Company & Sunshine Productions. She has choreographed productions benefiting such charities as Kids Against Drugs, The Special Olympics, The American Cancer Society, The Parkinson Foundation and the USC Norris Cancer Center, among many others. With 10 years of pageant experience under her belt, she was the Director of America’s National Teenage Scholarship Program, the Miss Downey and Miss Bell Gardens pageants for over 8 years. Having been a state judge for Rainbow Competition for over 6 years, she is now a national judge for Talent On Parade where she adjudicates
dancers from all over the country.
Jenny Stevens graduated from Cal State Long Beach where she received her BFA in Dance with an emphasis in dance education. She has studied dance with such notable teachers as Jackie Sleight, Leann Alduenda, Michael VanPatten, Judy Allen and Andy Vaca. Her gymnastics training comes from both Ms. Kathy Pickle and Willie Avila. She is currently a full time faculty member at CSULB where she teaches all levels of Jazz in the Professional Dance Department. As a former member of the national-award-winning CSULB dance team and a fantastic Clipper girl for over 4 years, Jenny has a solid knowledge of performance skills and current trends in the dance world.
Ryannlee Weiss is an exciting dancer, teacher and choreographer. Having spent all of her life dancing, she continued her dance education after graduating from Huntington Beach High School with a full scholarship to Defore’s Foundation For The Arts. There she studied with such fantastic teachers as Christine Baltes, Leann Alduenda, Mike Esperanza, Michael VanPatten and Tim Stevenson. Having performed in the Pro-Bowl with the Back Street Boys, in Las Vegas and Hollywood with the Young Dubliners, Ryannlee was chosen to perform in Chicago for the Jazz Dance World Congress by Christine Baltes for over 4 years. Keeping true to the arts profession, Ryannlee has been on staff at the Orange County High School of the Arts for the past 8 years where she is the Assistant Creative Director and choreographer for the commercial dance department and Montage Performing Company.
Rachael Law is a graduate from Cal State Long Beach where she received both her BFA and teaching credential in art education. Now in her 18th year as an art and graphics teacher, Rachael has also achieved her Masters in Education and Administration from Cal State Dominguez Hills. She currently is the Dean Of Students at McBride High School in Long Beach. Having studied dance all of her life, she has taken from such fantastic teachers as Andy Vaca, Leaann Alduenda, Jose Salazar, Michael VanPatten, Tim Stevenson and of course her grandmother, Doris Weiss. Rachael continues to round out her teaching career with clinics, seminars and master classes throughout southern California. Her love of jazz, hip hop and tap are seen through her choreography and the talents of all her students.
Alida Carmona has worked in the performing arts for over 23 years. As one of the first hispanic ballerinas to achieve national notoriety her career has been nothing but fabulous. She began her ballet training in East Los Angeles and then went on to study at ShowCase Studio, under the direction of Doris Weiss, when she was just 12 years old. Her serious ballet training came at the age of 16 under the direction of Anthony Sellers at the Phyllis Cyr Academy of Dance. From there she continued her training with the renowned Ballet Master Stephan Wenta and soon after joined the San Gabriel Valley Ballet as a principal ballerina. Since finishing her professional ballet career, she has taught ballet, tap and jazz throughout Orange and Riverside counties for the past 12 years. This will be Ms. Alida’s 7th year teaching ballet at
Santa Fe Springs Dance Center.
Nicole Ray grew up dancing at Imperial Dance Studio training in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical and Hip Hop. Inspired by her first teacher, Nicole decided at a young age that she wanted to become a dance teacher. At age 16 she was offered a teaching position at Imperial Dance Studio and soon began teaching on a full time basis. Now with 12 years of teaching experience, Nicole teaches classes throughout the Orange County and the Riverside area, as well as Santa Fe Springs Dance Center. According to Nicole, “dance has made me who I am today and I love sharing my passion for dance with all of my students”. This will be Ms. Nicoles 6th year at SFSDC and we are so proud to have her on our staff.
Allie Aguilar is graduated from Cal State Long Beach with her degree in Dance and Recreation Studies. Having danced all her life at SFSDC, she calls the studio her “home away from home”. As our Junior and Senior acro teacher she shares her 15 years of dance knowledge with her young students who age in range from 4-18. We are thrilled to have Alex on our teaching staff for the 7th season.
Caitlin Roberto Caitlin brings her students the best of the best in technique and performance. She brings with her 14 years of dance experience. While graduating in 2017 with her major in Kinesology she has gone on to become the Dance Director at Lakewood High School where she teaches all the dance and dance team classes. We are super excited to still have Miss Caitlin
part of our family and faculty!
Rebecca Ramirez began her training at The Dance Place directed by Robert Duran and Cindy Pop. She attended Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) and trained in jazz, tap,ballet, modern, and hip hop as a commercial dancer. During her six years at OCSA she was also a part of the classical dance conservatory as well as the Elite representatives of the Montage Performance group where she raised millions of dollars for the schools multiple conservatories. She is a graduate of the CSU Long Beach Department of Dance Degree, and has appeared in works done by renowned choreographers such as Liz Imperio, John Peters, Cindy Peca-Dolan and Andrew Vaca.
Chadd Moreau entered the dance community in 2005 becoming a member of Cal State Fullerton’s Team Millenia. Chadd has had the honor of working with such choreographers as Courtney Miller, Super Dave, Fatima and Debbie Allen. He has danced for both Raven Symone and Jessica Simpson. In 2007, he left the audition scene to focus on his love for playing music as a guitar player and DJ, while perfecting his choreography style and honing his skills as a dance instructor. Since then, Chadd has created a name for himself as a professional DJ, and producer and is now the Hip Hop dance instructor at the Orange County High School of the Arts as well as many other studios around southern California. Along with forming the group “Nobility Mob” in 2012, he is also now artistic director & member of the professional dance company Breed and a teacher at Boogie Zone Utopia.
Sarah Delgado is a very ambitious and genuine Tapper! She has an awesome background in all forms and styles of Tap education as well as proficiency as a great tap teacher. She has studied dance with such wonderful teachers are Catherine Gray, Jason Samuels, Nancy Kindorff and so many more. She has a great inventive approach to teaching and is loved by all of her students. We welcome Sarah to our team and studio family.
Brittany Washington says that Santa Fe Springs Dance Center is definitely where it all started! Brittany began dancing at the studio when she was three years old and continued dancing for fifteen years. She participated in many recitals, competitions and events. She took a wide variety of classes which included: tap, ballet, jazz, Irish, lyrical, acro, showgroup and pointe. Once she graduated from high school and had her very last dance recital at SFS, she went on to audition for the Los Angeles Clippers Spirit Dance Team; she made it. Having been a Clippers Spirit Girl for 8 years she is now in her second season of beging the Head Cheerleader for the Rams. Along with school and dancing on the dance team, she is also a performer at Disneyland. She has danced in many parades at Disneyland such as Soundsational, Celebrate A Street Party, A Christmas Fantasy and also Mickey's Halloween Party. She is currently the Dance Team/Teacher/Director at Lynwood High School.