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Bailee teaches preschool dance
Briana East has 14 years of comprehensive dance training and on-stage experience. Working under numerous valley and world renowned teachers, she has studied ballet, pointe, contemporary/lyrical, hip hop and jazz. She was a member of KDC’s Ballet Ensemble and Show Team at which time she received the “Most Graceful” ballet award. She has performed as a soloist at several KDC year-end productions, community events and national dance competitions. In addition to recently receiving several Hollywood connection scholarships, Briana is a 2008 High Point Soloist, winning 1st place gold awards for a contemporary performance from Hollywood Connection and Starbound National Talent Competition. She participates in continued education several times a year by traveling to dance conventions and teacher intensives. She also maintains her dance technique and performance skills by mentoring under several valley master teachers on a weekly basis and is a member of “Altered Modalities” contemporary dance company. Briana has been teaching at KDC since 2004 and is currently choreographer/coach for several KDC competition teams. Briana is committed to excellence and teaches the importance of stage presence, body awareness, and self-confidence to her students.
Briana teaches Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet and is a Dancers Unlimited team coach.
Brittnee Bettencourt began dancing at the age of 3. She has trained in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, gymnastics, lyrical, pointe, and modern. Brittnee has been a member of the KDC senior competition team and is currently a member of the Hanford High Competitive Varsity Cheer Squad. She is also a part of the Chamber Singers Choir Program and enjoys traveling to various festivals to compete. Brittnee’s goal is to help children grow into strong, confident dancers through quality training. She is looking forward to a wonderful year of sharing her love of dance with the children of KDC.
Brittnee teaches Hip Hop, Tap, Flex & Tumble and combo classes.
Carly Wells has been dancing with Kings Dance Center for 15 years. She will be attending College of the Sequoias in the Fall. She was a member of the KDC competition team for nine years. She has previously served as a demonstrator and has been a teacher’s assistant for the last four years. Throughout her years of dancing, Carly has studied many different disciplines of dance, including ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, lyrical, hip hop and tap. She has also assisted with the READY program and the Cultural Center hip hop classes.
Carly teaches Hip Hop, Jazz and Hanford Mall Kids Club
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Cassandra Teaches Hip Hop, Cheer, Jazz and preschool classes.
Christine Dilsaver solely trained in classical ballet at Civic Dance Center in Bakersfield, California since the age of four. While at the studio, Christine participated in many classical productions, including The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra’s annual production of The Nutcracker for eleven years. Christine also contributed to the Bakersfield Regional Ballet Company as an apprentice and was privileged to be invited to various master classes. Christine graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California with a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture and a Dance Minor. As a student at Cal Poly, Christine trained extensively in classical ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, lyrical, tap, and ballroom with a strong focus on dance composition and choreography. She has studied cultural influences on dance in America as well as dance in American Musical Theater. Christine spent a full year researching the relationship between movement and the landscape and was motivated by the work of Lawrence and Anna Halprin. In the midst of her studies, Christine attended The Academy of Dance in San Luis Obispo and was blessed with the opportunity to teach Active Start dance classes to children ages three to five. For three years she was a part of the faculty at The City Performing Arts Academy in Visalia, CA where she was able to teach pre-dance, ballet, and lyrical/contemporary. She was pleased to be part of The City Company for two of those years producing choreography that achieved many various recognitions. Christine enjoys working with children and shows great dedication to helping them learn and develop. She has a passion and a deep appreciation for dance as an art and desires to create a sense of movement, creativity, and individuality.
Christine teaches Ballet, Lyrical and Preschool classes.
Dolly Costello is from a performance family and has been dancing and performing from the age of six. She was born in Santiago, Chile, and came to the United States in 2003 to work in Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus as a dancer and performer. After three years she moved to Los Angeles, CA, to further her dance studies with a focus on Latin styles. She also danced professionally in television shows, festivals, and TV awards shows while in L.A. Dolly is a certified ZUMBA instructor.
Dolly teaches Creative Dance, Intro to Ballet, Latin Jazz, and Zumba Aerobics.
JJ Cunha began dancing at the age of ten, studying ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop. She attended KDC and later went on to take dance classes at COS and Fresno State. She performed in the Nutcracker for the Fresno Ballet Repertoire in 1994. J.J. earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Fresno State. She is currently a substitute teacher for Hanford and Lemoore Elementary. Her husband is a teacher and football coach at Hanford High School. Together they are proud parents of a little girl named Darian who attends KDC and has a little boy named Bryson. J.J. is excited to be part of the KDC family and hopes to share her love for dance with the children of KDC.
J.J. teaches Creative Dance, Combo Classes, Intro to Hip Hop, Dancin’ Tots, and is a Dancers Unlimited team coach.
Layne Rodrigues has been dancing with Kings Dance Center for the past 14 years. She has performed in every KDC recital since 1993 and appeared as Clara and Dew Drop Fairy in the Nutcracker. Layne loves all forms of dance and has received numerous accolades for her abilities, including Miss Senior Spotlight, Miss Teen Spotlight, Miss Teen Photogenic, High Point Soloist, National Teen Dance Down Winner, a LADF scholarship for a 4 week summer session, and Encore’s Elite Dance Team. She was a High Point Soloist and won the Senior Photogenic Award for Starbound. Her Hollywood Connection awards include the Photogenic Award, the National FAME Award, onstage assistant for the regional convention and she is a two-time regional ICON winner. Layne has also earned an LA Dance Magic National Finals Scholarship. She is currently a freshman at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She represented by DDO Artists Agency, and most recently performed at the Mtv Video Music Awards on stage with singing star Rihanna.
Layne is a Guest Teacher/Choreographer.
Lyndsi Litten started dancing at the age of two. She studied ballet, jazz, lyrical/modern, hip hop and tap at Kings Dance Center from 1985-1995 and was the Dancer’s Unlimited competition team. Lyndsi obtained a BA in Psychology from the California State University, Long Beach and a Mater’s degree in Counseling with emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Fullerton. In 2000, she began training as a ballroom and social dance instructor, including East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Salsa, Cha-Cha, Rumba, Fox Trot, Waltz, American Tango, and Samba. Her experience ranges from teaching groups, individuals, and couples of all ages, and teaching at social contexts such as private parties throughout Southern California and at Lemoore High Sober Grad 2004. Lyndsi recently moved back to the Central Valley with her husband and they have twin boys, Ashton and Preston. She has also taught ballroom/social dance classes for Lemoore Parks & Recreation Department, and will begin leading Salsarcise (cardio Salsa) at KDC in fall 2008. Lyndsi specializes in wedding dances (“The First Dance”) for the bride and groom, and hopes that everybody will incorporate some type of partner dancing in their everyday lives.
Lyndsi teaches Ballroom.
Martha Kelly-Fierro has training in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, modern, and hip-hop. She has studied with Jeff Amsden, Keith Clifton, Winifred Harris, Mia Michaels, Jenn Ballard, Stephan Wenta, and Sue Sampson-Dalena. Some of her career highlights include: Director and choreographer of MKF Altered Modalities, a modern/contemporary dance company (1999 to present), Master Teacher and Choreographer for West Coast Dance Explosion National Tour (2002 to Present), Featured Choreographer for the Arizona Jazz Dance showcase 2000, LA Dance Invitational (2001), Dance in Action tribute to Grover Dale at Fullerton College (2000), and Choreographer for The Houston Metropolitan Dance Company (2001). She was also a company member for Between Lines, Angel City Dance Company, and the Jazz World Congress (1998). Martha was awarded the Gold Leo Award for Choreography at the Jazz World Congress (2000).
Martha teaches Modern/Contemporary, Jazz Progressions, Tap and is a Dancers Unlimited team coach.
Meagan Corbridge has been dancing with Kings Dance Center for 15 years, and was a Teacher’s Assistant for the past 5 years. She has studied ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, tap, and modern dancing. Meagan was a member of the KDC competition team for ten years where her groups traveled California winning numerous awards. She also was a soloist in the Nutcracker. In the fall, Meagan will be a freshman at Fresno State. While attending Kings Christian High School she choreographed their Junior High plays for three years, and also their high school’s lip sync, all while maintaining a 4.3 GPA. Meagan is very excited to share her love for dance with all her students, and is looking forward to giving them the skills they need to succeed in the realm of dance.
Meagan teaches Jazz, Lyrical, and Ballet and is a Dancer Unlimited team coach.
Stacie Souza has been teaching dance lessons since she was sixteen. She got her start at Kings Dance Center when she was eight years old. She has been involved with performances at Nickelodeon Studios in Hollywood, CA as well as Pepperdine University. She has been the recipient of numerous dance scholarships and choreography awards as well. She received her Bachelors in Interior Design in 2007 and moved with her husband to Champaign, IL. There she worked as an Interior Designer and dance teacher for Art In Motion Dance Studio. One of her latest accomplishments was the opportunity to choreograph a few principal dancers from the Joffrey Ballet company. Stacie was Miss Kings County 2006 and is currently the contestant coordinator for the scholarship program. She currently resides in Hanford, CA and works as a dance teacher and independent Interior Designer.
Stacie teaches Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical and is a Dancers Unlimited team coach.