Owner/Founder/Director, Tap Program Dept. Head
Monie Adamson’s diverse choreographic abilities have earned her three Emmy Nominations (2002, 2004, 2005) and five American Choreography Award Nominations, winning the Award in 2004 for “Outstanding Achievement in Television Variety Series” (MAD tv). She is also a recipient of a 2007 Choreography Media Honor for her choreographic work in the television industry.
During the decade of the 1990.s she was Resident-Choreographer for Warner Bros. Television on such shows as Family Matters and Step-By-Step. Since 2000 Monie has held title as Resident-Choreographer for FOX’s MAD tv. And most recently choreographed the music video “If I Didn’t Have You” starring Hannah Montana’s Mitchel Musso & Emily Osment.
She has performed in Music Videos, at Disneyland, and was a Principal Dancer with the highly acclaimed dance company, Rhapsody in Taps, for eight-years. Monie has studied with such Tap-Masters as Gregory Hines, Arthur Duncan, Pat Rico, Sandman Simms, and Eddie Brown. Other training includes such teachers as Joe Tremaine, Doug Cauldwell, El Gabriel, Jere Curry, and Linda Sohl-Donnell.
She holds a B. F. A. in Dance from the University of California, Irvine. She has been on the faculties of the University of California Irvine, United States International University, Cypress College, Chapman College and held a Professorship at California State University, Chico. She was an Adjunct Faculty Member at Orange Coast College for 20 years and, while Director of Orange Coast College’s Danc’N E.T.C. (Educational Touring Company), Monie was named “Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year” and received a “2000 Dance in Action Award” for her work with Danc’N E.T.C.
Monie is known for her vivacious teaching style and creative choreography. As a Choreographer as well as Director/Founder of FOCUS Dance Center for the Performing Arts (Irvine, CA), her contagious energy and fresh approach are well known. Monie has a great enthusiasm and immense passion for dance, and a huge desire to instill this in her students and dancers.View Classes
Co-Assistant Artistic Director, Lyrical Program Dept. Head
Gretchen Allred holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Brigham Young University, where she was a member of the seven-time National Championship dance team, The Cougarettes. She has been dancing since the age of four and began teaching at the age of fifteen. She has performed in halftimes for the NBA’s Utah Jazz and BYU’s football and basketball teams, danced on the television show, “Step By Step,” and danced in a special event for Disney and Otis College. She has also performed in the opening and closing productions of the Miss Utah pageant, as well as choreographed for one of the contestants.
Gretchen’s competition choreography and her dancers have earned national recognition for their performances, including multiple “Best in Choreography”, “Overall High Score” awards and other Entertainment, Technique and Performance awards at Hall of Fame, Bravo, Tremaine, Spotlight and Showstopper Competitions, to name a few.
Her students have also earned the honored opportunity to dance in the Opening Number for Showstopper National Finals and her pieces can be seen in the Showstopper National Finals Videos in 2004, 2006 and 2007. Gretchen is a Tremaine and Urban Jamm Scholarship-Winner and has choreographed for several high school dance teams and companies in Utah.
She is a mother to two beautiful sons, Hunter and Finn. She teaches jazz, lyrical, ballet, musical theater dance, and turns & technique, and is known for her energetic teaching style, her commitment to each individual student and their goals, and her passion for dance and thus desire to share it with all of her “children.”View Classes
Co-Assistant Artistic Director, Contemporary Program Dept. Head
Amanda Cathey has earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from California State University of Fullerton. Masters in Educational Studies from University of Phoenix and is currently finishing her teaching credential in Secondary Education.
Amanda has been an instructor since the age of 15 teaching Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theater and Ballet at various studios and high schools through out Orange County, California. Amanda has also guest choreographed in Texas, Arizona, New York and Ohio.
Some of her Commercial work includes being a dancer for Black Eyed Peas, Fergi, No Doubt and Snoop Dogg for the “Dance Party Productions” event, a dancer for opening acts for Steve Augeri (Journey) and a dancer with “Unity” Dance Company under the SYTYCD choreographer Tessandra Chavez. Amanda was a dancer in Disneyland’s “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, dancer in the Sacramento Ballet production of “The Nutcracker”. Amanda has also been an assistant on conventions such as Tremaine Dance Convention and LADM Convention. Amanda has had the honor to train and study with Wade Robson, Brian Friedman, Tessandra Chavez, Laurie Johnson, Marie De La Palme, Gillian Finley, Linda Sohl- Ellison and many more.
Amanda is Co-Founder/Artistic Director and Choreographer for Orange County based “Project Uncut” Dance Company with her sister Jessica Wolf. Amanda is the Assistant Director of Corona Del Mar’s prestigious dance team “Orchesis”. Amanda is also the Assistant Artistic Director of FOCUS Dance Center in Irvine Ca. She has choreographed musicals such as “Annie Get Your Gun”, “Urinetown” and “High School Musical”. She also choreographed a parade production with 50+ students for the Maccabi USA Jewish Olympic Games. Amanda has had the great opportunity to guest choreograph for Rancho Santa Margarita Catholic High School Dance Team, Sunny Hills High School Dance Team, Dana Hills High School Dance Team, Northwood High School Varsity Song Squad, The Dance Company in Riverside, Irvine High School Dance Team and many more.
Other than Choreography awards such as “Overall High Score”, “Best in Show”, “Most Breathtaking” from various competitions, Amanda’s prestigious awards include USA all star Song leader, Tremaine Dance Scholarship, LADM Dance Scholarship, David A. Grant leadership Scholarship, OCC Dance Award, Cal State Fullerton ASI Leadership Award, Showstopper National Video Finalists, Industry Dance Award Nomination just to name a few.
Amanda owes the world to her Husband for his unconditional love and support of her dream to Inspire Greatness. She just recently had twin baby boys and motherhood is the greatest gift God has given her.View Classes
Ballet Program Dept. Head
Noelle Snavely holds a Masters of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from University California, Irvine. Noelle also holds a Pilates Certification from Studio De Corps. Her formal training includes studying with dance masters David Allen, Donald McKayle, Loretta Livingston, Linda Sohl-Ellison, Tong Wang, Diane Diefenderfer, and Molly Lynch. Dancing since the age of three, Ms. Snavely has been teaching and choreographing for the past 13 years. Her teaching styles include ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, modern, swing and Latin dance. As a diverse dancer, she has performed with Ballet Pacifica, Dance N’ ETC, Fiesta Latina, Orange Coast College and UCI Jazz Ensemble.
Ms. Snavely began her teaching career at age 16 at Irvine Dance Academy, where she continued to teach for eight years until its closure. For five years, Noelle assisted the administration office and was a faculty member of the Ballet Pacifica Conservatory. She collaborated with the annual Ballet Pacifica production of The Nutcracker, the Ballet for Children Series and other company productions. While choreographing for Ballet Pacifica’s Summer Intensive program, Ms. Snavely facilitated summer enrollment and Nutcracker auditions. Before Ballet Pacifica’s retirement, Ms. Snavely performed in Robert Sund’s production of Alice in Wonderland.
Ms. Snavely has studied acting with South Coast Repertory and performed in SCR’s Much Ado About Nothing with Tony nominee, Douglass Sills. She has appeared on the television production The Great Pretenders and has been featured in Orange Coast Magazine as well as Dance Magazine. Ms. Snavely competed in the professional division of Palm Desert’s Dance Under the Stars festival dancing in Blue Java. Ms. Snavely was also honored as a top solo performer with the original choreography of The Awakening which continues to be requested by audiences. Ms. Snavely’s awards for teaching and choreography include the Karen Shanley Scholarship, Anita Mann Grossmann Memorial Scholarship, Tremaine Dance Scholarship and the OCC Dance Award.
Ms. Snavely is also on faculty at Saddleback College, St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, and Maple Conservatory where she teaches a myriad of other forms of dance. Ms. Snavely is also a member of the Orange County-based ArchiTexture Dance Company which has performed in various sites such as The Pilgrim in Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano Mission and in San Francisco.View Classes
Tiny Dancer & Stargazer Program Dept. Head
Terre Marriott has been teaching dance for over 35 years. She started teaching dance at the young age of 17. She received her certification to teach dance from Dance Masters of America, Inc. in 1983. As a member of the Executive Board of Directors for Dance Masters of Southern California, Terre formerly served as the 1st Vice President. Terre directed the Miss and Mr. Dance of Southern California Competition for three years. Terre was one of FOCUS Dance Center’s competition choreographers from when the studio opened until 2011. Terre is now the director of FOCUS Dance Center’s Dance Stars Workshop and Summer Intensive programs, and she puts together the photo gallery on the FOCUS website each year. In addition to her status at FOCUS, Terre is currently the Student Activities Director, Dance Drill Team and Boys Crew Director, Head of the Jr. High Puppet Ministry and School Webmaster for Bethany Christian Academy. Terre received commendation from the City of Westminster Mayor and City Council for being one of Westminster’s finest and dedicated performing arts teachers. Terre danced with and was the assistant director, for Orange Coast College’s Educational Touring Company, under the direction of Monie Adamson. She also danced for choreographer Monie Adamson on the Warner Bros. Television pilot entitled “New York Daze”. She was the choreographer and teacher of the 1984 Jr. Star Search Dance Champions. Terre was the former owner of the Marriott Dance Center, which she directed for seven years. Many of Terre’s students have gone on to successful dance careers on Broadway, major Ballet companies, dance videos, film, television, and many have become successful dance teachers and choreographers. Her motto to all of her students is “The sky is the limit!”View Classes
Assistant Tiny Dancer & Stargazer Program Dept. Head
Born and raised in Augusta, Georgia, Heather began her dance training at Augusta West Dance Studio at the age of three. She began competing at local and national levels at the age of nine and began teaching at the age of fifteen. She has studied tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern and musical theater. Heather holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and a minor in Kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton. She has performed at Broadway Dance Center in New York City and assisted teachers on the Dance Makers, Inc. convention circuit. Heather moved to California after high school to perform with The Young Americans National Music Outreach Tour. She also assisted for the Radio City Rockettes Summer intensive held in Long Beach. She performed for The Disneyland Resort in numerous parades and shows including “Fantasmic” and “Electrical Parade”.
She has choreographed for the Woodbridge High School show choir and her work can currently be seen in musicals for the choir department at Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana.View Classes
Jazz Program Dept. Head
Hanne holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University, where she was also a member and choreographer of the NDA national champion dance team, the Cougarettes. She has performed in BYU football and basketball games, NBA Utah Jazz half times, and the many venues of the Salt Lake Winter 2002 Olympics. Upon returning to California, Hanne danced on the streets of Disneyland and California Adventure in “A Christmas Fantasy” and “Block Party Bash”. She has also worked professionally for the Crystal Cathedral’s “Creation,” Mattel’s Barbie Doll Collector’s Convention, and “The Rick Thomas Magic Show’. Hanne has worked with the dancers at many Orange County high schools and was the dance director at Tarbut V’ Torah for several years. She has been dedicated to developing talent within the dancers at FOCUS Dance Center in Irvine over the past 12 years and in doing so has received special recognition for her choreography at various competitions. Hanne has choreographed musicals for both University High School, Edison High School, Orange County Children’s Theater, and local churches. She is wife to Justin and mommy to Chase, Garrett, and Tanner.View Classes
HIP-Hop Dept. Head
David Slaney II is 25 years of age, he began dancing at the age of 13 but quickly fell in love with teaching and has been doing so since the age of 16. Along with traveling in & out of state, David currently teaches throughout the southern California area. He was a performer at Disneyland from 2010-2016 and has also had the opportunity to choreograph/dance for several up & coming young artists. Some of David’s Dance credits include: Mary j. Blige, Nyx Face Off Awards 2015, Disney Channel, Mischief Makers, & more. He is very passionate about sharing his gift for dance & bringing out that inner fire that is inside every dancer. David currently continues to pursue his passion while training up the next generation.
“Be inspired to inspire” is his motto for life. The message he shares with all of his students is this– “If you can dream it, live it! Anything is possible as long as you love what you do & support others along the way.”View Classes
Deana Occhipinti has been a dancer for over 25 years and her passion for dance has led her to both perform and teach for the last 20 years. Deana holds a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from California State University Fullerton (cum laude 2000), where she toured regionally with both The Kaleidoscope Players and The Preeminants’ One Hundred Years of Broadway tours. Deana has performed in many reviews, industrials, musicals, dinner theatres and theme parks throughout the Southland. Leading roles in Annie, West Side Story, The Pajama Game, Steppin Out and Cabaret, have earned her many rave reviews. “Her energy and charisma are a standout”-OC Register.
Deana (aka “Mama D”) currently is a Senior Choreographer and the Competition Coordinator for FOCUS Dance Center. Other teaching credits include California Association of Dance/Drill Team (Master Teacher/Competition Judge), Cal State Fullerton, Costa Mesa High School, Los Alamitos High School, Golden State Ballet, and DNA The Dance Lab (Owner/Director). She is also the resident Director/Choreographer for both Trinity United Presbyterian Church and St. Hyacinth Academy. She is PROUD to have BOTH her daughters dancing on and off the stage with her. Where there is no heart, there is no art—A. PavlovaView Classes
Courtney began dancing at the age of 5 and has never stopped since. She competed at a regional and national level at a young age through high school winning multiple awards in performance and choreography. Courtney graduated with Bachelors of Arts Degree in Dance from Loyola Marymount University in 2008. Courtney’s love for performing brought her to work for the Walt Disney Company. She is currently performing for the Walt Disney Company in theme parks and special events. Courtney has been a dance instructor for over 10 years, she believes that dance can bring joy, build self-confidence and inspire creativity. She is passionate about the conservation of the art form of dance by creating a wholesome, encouraging environment for the next generation of children to experience it. In addition to dance Courtney has a passion for yoga and living well. She encourages all her students to be a healthy dancer with a healthy mind, body, and spirit. Courtney resides in Ladera Ranch, California with her husband Derick and her two children Luke and Liam. She is also expected her third child in February 2017.View Classes
Kameryn Denaro, a native of San Diego, is now based in Orange County, where she is thrilled to be a faculty member of FOCUS Dance Center of the Performing Arts. Kameryn’s extensive dance training covers many areas of the art including tap, jazz, contemporary, and west coast swing. Kameryn was a company member of the Rocket Swing Dancers for six years where she appeared in many live performances and music videos for the band, “Speak Easy Spies”. In addition to studying dance at San Diego State University, she received her M.S. degree in Statistics. She has been working in the business since the age of 18 and continues to perfect her art attending regular classes at the Edge Performing Arts Center. Kameryn’s classes have a deep focus on stretch, strength and placement. Her combinations are creative, athletic, and unique. Kameryn believes that dance brings balance and a creative outlet to a dancer’s life.View Classes
I have been dancing for 17 years and have been trained in many styles including tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, african, dunham, modern, and flamenco. I have also choreographed for various studio performances, musical theater plays, music concerts and I was gratefully given the opportunity to be the 2nd freshman ever to choreograph in UC Irvine’s undergraduate show; as well be the only undergraduate to have choreography in a show for 3 years in a row. I also have appeared on America’s Got Talent Season 7 and Paula Abduls Live to Dance Top 28.
I have taught dance to children as young as 2 years old for more than 6 years at dance studios and elementary schools in the North Bay and Orange County area. This summer I have expanded my teaching experience by starting UCI’s first youth outreach dance program entitled “Shining Stars Summer Dance Program”. This program was created to support and promote college attendance by giving children the chance to explore future careers in dance and also to create opportunities for UCI undergraduates to develop their teaching practice.
Currently I am working towards receiving my BFA in Dance Choreography at UCI, as well as my BA in Educational Sciences. My educational background has given me a solid understanding of proper dance technique and dance instruction.View Classes
Will Tran has been dancing since he was 15. He started on his high school dance team at Fountain Valley High School where he won numerous awards and titles with both his team and solos. He trained at Saddleback Dance Center under Kelly Reed-Devine and won Mr. Starpower in 2006. Before he danced, he trained in gymnastics at Newhope Gymnastics and continued it at Saddleback Dance Center under Theresa Turner. After high school, Will carried on his education at Chapman University as a Dance major and Advertising minor. While at Chapman, Will started and lead the nationally ranked dance team to 2 national wins. His legacy lives on and has won 7 consecutive years in a row. He was also on an all-star dance team called Pace Empire in 2012 under Dan Saap. Pace competed at Dance Worlds and won 2nd in jazz and 1st in pom. They were also chosen to represent USA at International Cheer Union that year and won 1st place for pom and jazz. Right now he dances for Disney and coaches at FOCUS Dance Center and University High School. He has won many 1st place and choreography awards with his acrobatic, jazz, lyrical, musical theatre, and pom routines. He loves what he does and continues to be inspired by everyone he teaches.View Classes
Shannon Willard is a Southern California native, born and raised in Irvine, California, where she discovered her love and passion for dance at a young age. She primarily trained at FOCUS Dance Center in Irvine under Monie Adamson. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine in the spring of 2015. Shannon earned, with honors, a B.F.A. in Dance Choreography, a B.F.A. in Dance Performance, and a B.S. in Mathematics, Cum Laude. During her four years at UC Irvine, she performed as a member of Modern Dance legend Donald McKayle’s Etude Repertory Ensemble, danced in various BFA and MFA thesis projects, and choreographed for many shows, including presenting her forty minute long BFA Honors Thesis concert at the end of her senior year. During Shannon’s last two years on campus, she was the club accountant for Bare Bones Dance Theater, a student-run nonprofit organization that encourages and supports all art, but especially dance, on campus. After graduation from UCI, Shannon trained and received her certification as a Pilates instructor under Diane Diefenderfer at Studio Du Corps in Costa Mesa. In addition to her choreographic work at UCI, Shannon is currently on Faculty at FOCUS Dance Center where she teaches all levels, gives Pilates privates, and choreographs for the competitive competing program. She also teaches both Pilates private lessons and Pilates group classes at Studio Du Corps. Shannon loves inspiring today’s youth through creativity and movement, and enjoys incorporating elements of both the concert dance world and the commercial dance world in her classes and choreography.View Classes
Amy Bui has been dancing since the age of three and entered the field of competitive dance at the age of nine. As a FOCUS Alumni, she has had the honor of being trained by the FOCUS faculty at the competitive level of dance. She has been teaching and has had the privilege of assisting Monie Adamson since the age of fifteen.
Her passion and enthusiasm for dance can not only be seen while performing on stage, but also in the classroom. As an aspiring artist, she hopes to inspire and teach her students the joys dance can bring to one’s life.
She hopes to continue to work with the current talent within the dance industry and in doing so, develop her own artistic talent. In addition to her for passion dance, she is currently studying Journalism and hopes to pursue a future in that field.View Classes
Rachelle Denaro, was born and raised in San Diego, and now resides in Orange County after being an international professional athlete for several years. She is so excited to be a faculty member of FOCUS Dance Center of the Performing Arts. Rachelle comes from a unique background, including both dance and athletic training. Her experience gives her a distinctive training style, striving to give dancers a solid foundation in both strength and flexibility. She is well versed in a variety of styles including jazz, tap, contemporary, hip hop and west coast swing. Her classes encompass a strong component of stretch, athletic training, and of course a little bit of fun. Rachelle continues her training by taking a variety of classes and styles in LA at the Edge Performing Arts Center. Rachelle received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from California State University Long Beach in 2008. She finished her Real Estate Licensing in 2014 and now enjoys selling homes along the beautiful coast of Southern California.View Classes
Ms. Finley has over 25 years of teaching experience. She began her dance training in La Canada with Joyce Johnson and went on to train in Orange County with Judith Aaen, Richard Adama and Kristen Potts. Ms. Finley danced professionally with Ballet Pacifica, Nevada Dance Theatre and Eugene Ballet. She holds a B.A. in Dance from UCI and an M.A. in Arts Management from American University and, for ten years, she served as the director of Ballet Pacifica’s elite Conservatory program under company director, Molly Lynch. Ms. Finley is a certified Stott Pilates instructor and has been teaching pilates for over six years. She is currently on the faculties of Focus Dance Center and Long Beach Ballet and teaches ballet and pilates for UCI’s Summer Academy in the Arts.View Classes
Kaitlan Fisher holds a Master’s in Education, as well as a multiple subject teaching credential from Vanguard University of Southern California. She also focused an emphasis minoring in Dance in addition to completing her Bachelor’s in Education from Chapman University.
Kaitlan began dance training at a very early age where she studied multiple forms of dance from ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop at Classical Dance Center and HPB Dance Extreme. She has performed in many dance competitions including L.A. Dance Magic, Showbiz National Dance Competition taking home first place, and placing second in the Rainbow Connection just to name a few. Kaitlan also received the honor of performing during a Los Angeles Clippers halftime show.
Dancing has always been her passion. She has additional years of training and performance experience ranging from Ballet, Jazz, Hip-hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Pilates, and East Coast Swing. She has experience choreographing many dances, which have received notable awards during her college years. Kaitlan has been a part of the FOCUS Dance Center faculty since 2013 and continues teaching dance enthusiasts to date!View Classes
A native Southern Californian, Sam has been teaching tap for over 30 years in Orange & L.A Counties. She also trained over many years in ballet, jazz & modern dance. Specializing in rhythm tap, over the last 20 years, Sam studied intensively with Linda Sohl-Ellison of Rhapsody in Taps. She studied locally with Sam Weber, Monie Adamson, Cathy Lozano, Liz Hess, Joan Golden & the late Eddie Brown, Leonard Reed & Henry LeTang. She has also studied as a scholarship student at tap festivals in Boston, Colorado & Portland & later at the So-Cal, Vancouver & LA Tap Festivals with such Tap Masters as: Honi Coles, Steve Condos, Cookie Cook, Chuck Green, Buster Brown, The Nicholas Brothers, Willie Covan, LaVaughn Robinson, Dianne Walker, Heather Cornel, Sarah Petronio, Brenda Bufalino, Anita Feldman, Lynn Daly, Sam Weber & assisted in a class at the Portland Tap Festival. Sam was the assistant choreographer/rehearsal director for the Orange Coast College Performing Dance Ensemble for 2 years in the early 90’s & has choreographed concert pieces in both tap & modern dance. She can be seen in Gene Nelson’s video “Come Tap With Me” and the “Leonard Reed’s Shim Sham Shimmy”. Sam has performed with two So. Cal. tap companies, including working for over 3 years as the artistic director of “The Next Step”, choreographing & performing with special electronic tap equipment & has performed in several states across the U.S. She has been commissioned several times to choreograph pieces for selected dancers at Laguna Beach High School and has worked as a choreography coach for students in the LA Unified School District. In August, 2010 Sam was on faculty at “Tap into a Cure” In Edmonton, Alberta Canada as well as performing in “Magical Rhythms.” at Festival Place, Sherwood Park, Alberta.View Classes
Tien Pham teaches a specialized style known as breaking or B-Boying. Tien started breaking in 2009 with a couple friends in high school. Later on, he joined a free style dance club at UCI called BBoys Anonymous. At BBoys Anonymous also referred to as BBA, He pursued deeper into breaking as well as learning the history of Hip Hop. He is also part of several dance crews such as Miles of Styles and Urban Motus. He’s done various competitions and performances within in the breaking community and the UCI dance community.
He wishes to further improve his teaching ability and educate the youth on real hip hop culture as well as the foundation of breaking. He wants the students to respect the culture as well as enjoying his particular form of art. He’s goal is to develop and train his students to bring a different type of style to FOCUSView Classes
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Jazley Faith Sendjaja
Jazley Faith Sendjaja, born and raised in Southern California, has been dancing since the age of 5. She is currently attending University of California, Irvine where she is pursuing two degrees in English and Literary Journalism, and is also leader of a salsa club. Jazley has over 12 years of training in various styles, but is currently investing her time in the Latin social dance styles of salsa, mambo and cha cha cha. Jazley also participated in the rigorous dance program at Cal State Sumer School of the Arts in 2012, and taught at her local studio, Gotta Dance, back home in the San Fernando Valley. Most recently in 2014, Jazley traveled to Panama with the non-profit organization, Movement Exchange, where she taught at-risk kids at youth homes and orphanages how to dance. With photography as a second passion, Jazley is excited and proud to teach at FOCUS Dance Center.View Classes
Michael Yomikgo Yimsuan has been competing throughout California ever since he was 10 years old. Under great supervision at his home studio in Moreno Valley, he trained and studied profoundly in all styles of Hip-Hop. By the age of 17, he had won numerous championships, awards, battles, and had begun teaching all over Southern California and Arizona. Michael would later on be signed under Movement Talent Agency constantly auditioning in Los Angeles. He took a 4 year hiatus in order pursue other artistic ventures such as music, branding, fashion, and an all-around re-direction for his career. Since having returned to dance in 2013, his credits now include Dr.Pepper, Nickelodeon, Elvira Mistress of The Dark, placing 2nd at World of Dance Los Angeles 2013, and now Co-Director of Elev8. His choreography has been showcased in competitions such as WODLA Finals 2016, Urban Street Jam, Maxt Out, Collaboration, and The Battle LA. Aside from dance, he has launched an entertainment company known as All The Above ∞, recorded and produced for local Inland Empire artists, and is currently designing clothes. He strives to develop his students not only into dancers, but into artists that are willing to take risks to fully express themselves through all mediums.View Classes
Shauna has spent more than half of her life in the world of dance including modern, ballet, lyrical, jazz and tap. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Shauna’s training began with the Cincinnati Ballet Company. She is a graduate of the Orange County High School of the Arts. Throughout her formative years Shauna was a Spotlight Music Center Award recipient and multiple national competitive titles. Her professional career spanned the wide gamut of film, television, music videos, commercials and theatre. She’s worked some of today’s most coveted jobs with the hottest choreographers; Paula Abdul (Disney Channel), Debbie Allen (Academy Awards), Kenny Ortega (NBC-Hull High & High School Musical), Tina Landon (MTV Music Awards), Fatima Robinson (Michael Jackson).
She’s also had the honor of being a part of the creative team for Elvira Mistress of the Dark stage show and Disney’s Tokyo Seas “Mystic Rhythms”. Shauna honed her teaching skills as an assistant teacher for Cindy Peca, Eddie Garcia, Alex Magno and Jackie Sleight. As a teacher and choreographer, she’s had the honor of teaching, coaching and choreographing all over the U.S. and Japan.
Currently, she is head of choreography for One More Productions at the Gem Theater in Garden Grove. During the day she is a Senior Vice President in Global Treasury for Bank of America. She lives locally in Irvine with her beautiful daughter Khloe.View Classes
David McMahan is a graduate of the dance program at Orange Coast College and the highly competitive University of Arizona School of Dance, where he studied under Linda Sohl-Ellison, Jose Costas, Amy Ernst and Douglas Nielsen. During his time dancing in New York, David furthered his studies at the Martha Graham School and the Merce Cunningham Studio. Currently working with modern dance company, Habitat Dance, David has performed with Copious Dance Theater, RAW Dance Project, Marie de la Palme’s motion/TRIBE, Opera Pacific and UA Dance Ensemble, as well as in the masterworks of Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Bella Lewitzky, George Balanchine and Sir Frederick Ashton. David has taught throughout Arizona and California, including California State University Long Beach and the University of Arizona, and been an international guest teacher in Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Philippines and South Korea.
Through the influence of first-generation Pilates visionary, Ron Fletcher and the mentorship of master teacher Kyria Sabin, David discovered his passion for empowering people toward their movement potential. David serves as Faculty and Director of Marketing for Fletcher Pilates® and has taught educational programs in Europe and Asia. He has been featured in Pilates Style Magazine and Pilates Anytime, and has presented at industry conferences for Fletcher Pilates and the Pilates Method Alliance. David is certified through the Pilates Method Alliance and has his personal training certification through National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Through his multifaceted background incorporating dance, Pilates, kinesiology and neuromuscular conditioning, David’s classes emphasize the importance of correct body alignment and clean dance technique to support dancers toward achieving their full potential.View Classes
Laura-Ashley Whittaker started training at the age of two at Pacific Dance Center. She later continued her training at FOCUS Dance Center of the Performing Arts, where she spent the remainder of her competition years until her senior graduation. Laura-Ashley will be graduating from the California Institute of the Arts in spring of 2017 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography, as well as a minor in Creative Writing. She has trained around the world in France, Japan, and South Korea. With 5 years of teaching experience and counting, she has taught dancers as young as age 3 to adults. Laura-Ashley has worked with choreographers such as Andre Tyson, Sarah Swenson, Marie de la Palme, Laurence Blake, Cynthia Young, and Colin Conner. Miss Whittaker has advanced diverse performing experience in many dance styles, and training, in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary, Musical Theater, and Hip Hop, which she delights in sharing with her students at FOCUS Dance Center.View Classes
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