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Ron Brown/Brockus Conservatory
Sean Greene/Brockus Conservatory
Lillian Barbito/Brockus Conservatory
Patrick Doran-Sheeran/Brockus Conservatory
Hiroshi Hamanishi/Brockus Conservatory
Leigh Ann Gillespie/Brockus Conservatory

Leigh Ann Gillespie

Musical Theater Repertoire, Dance Accompanist, Vocal Coach, Video Editing, Piano, Choir

Ms Gillespie holds a Masters of Fine arts in Electronic Music and Recording arts form Mills College, A Bachelor’s degree in Piano for George Mason University and has also studied piano at University of Illinois.  Her compositions and Multi media works have been presented at venues including Los Angeles Contemporary Arts, Dance Kaleidoscope and Cal Arts CEAIT Festival. She has also served as a composer and sound designer for Leap Frog Toys.  She has been active in the fields of Music, theater, dance and film as a music director, teacher and accompanist since 1980. She has worked with organizations and artists such as Idyllwild Arts Academy, Joffrey Ballet, Washington Ballet, National Academy of the Arts, Washington Chorus, Teri Ralston, Marni Nixon, University of Redlands, Santa Monica College and is currently an accompanist and vocal coach at Los Angeles City College.

Stephanie Gilliland

Contemporary/Modern Composition, Yoga

She is a choreographer and dance artist working outside of the mainstream for over 30 years.  She has co-founded two dance collectives and her own dance companies both in New York and California.  Including the acclaimed TONGUE/Contemporary Dance, Based in Los Angeles until 2005.  Gilliland is the recipient of three Lester Horton awards and her work has been supported by numerous funding agencies including the National Endowment for the ARts, Irvine Dance Foundation, Dance USA and the California Arts Council.  She has served on the dance faculties of the University of California, Irvine and Riverside, Loyola Marymount University and the Idyllwild Arts Academy.  In addition to her work in dance, she is a practitioner and teacher of Yoga.

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Andrew Cowan

Modern

Andrew is a native of Los Angeles.  He began his training at OCHSA as a musician and continued at Idyllwild Arts Academy as a dancer.  He then completed his studies at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.  He has worked for the world famous Shen Wei Dance Arts based out of New York for the past three years.  With this company he has toured the world.  His classes focus on qualitative and spatial concepts including energy, flow and continuous motion.  Improvisational exercises will aid the dancer’s investigation of qualitative choreography and expand the dancer’s spacial awareness.

Guest Faculty

Tadej Brdnik

Modern

Originally from Slovenia, Tadej is a principal with the Martha Graham Dance Company.  He has performed with Coyote Dancers, Battery Dance Company, Avila/Weeks Dance, White Oak Project, David Gordon’s Pick Up Performance Company and MoveOpolis.He has also danced in the works of Maurice Bejart, Lucinda Childs, Yvonne Rainer, Susan Stroman, Steve Paxton, Lerry Keigwin, Deborah Hay and others.  He has taught extensively in the US, UK, Germany and Scandinavia.

Chad Michael Hall

Modern/Contemporary

His career as a dance educator, choreographer and performer of both dance and music has spanned the globe.  He currently serves as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Dance Program at Loyola Marymount University and teaches regularly as guest faculty at other colleges and universities around the country.  His choreography has been presented at numerous universities and festivals including Loyola Marymount University, Slippery Rock University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Scottsdale Community College, Idyllwild Arts Academy, the Southwest Region ACDFA Gala Concert in 2008, the 2006 and 2008 SOLA Contemporary Dance Festivals, Emerging Above Ground 2007 and Diavolo Uplugged 2006.  Professional credits include company member with the internationally touring ensemble, Diavolo Dance Theatre, The Regina Klejoski Dance Company, The Custer/Hall Project and Halls own company, MoveDanceTheatre.  He has also performed as a guest artist with Palindrome Performance Group, Dance Alloy of Pittsburgh, Attack Theatre and the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Opera.  Hall has an MFA in Choreography from Ohio State University and a teaching certification in mat Pilates from the Physical Mind Institute.

Jamie Nichols

Jazz

Jamie is a passionate and technically articulate teacher.  She is the recipient of six Lester Horton Dance Awards in Teaching, Individual Performance Female, Restaging-Revival-Reconstruction, Producing a Festival or Series, and the 2006 DRC Award for Extensive Years of Service.  For twenty-three years she was teh artistic director of Fast Feet, a contemporary dance company.  Since 1978 she has been involved in the dance world.  She has taught, danced and choreographed for film and video.  She is the Executive Producer of the award-winning Celebrate Dance festival and currently teaches at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and California Dance Arts Academy.

Kitty McNamee

Contemporary/Theater

She is the artistic director of Hysterica Dance Co., a creative, consistently prolific and invigorating force in the LA dance community.  Recent highlights with Hysterica include, “The L-Word”, Margaret Cho @ El-Cid, Fashion Week in NYC, a commission to create two new works for Los Angeles County Museum of Art, a performance at Disney Hall with the LA Philharmonic and its first commission from Erato Philarmonia.  From opera to burlesque, Kitty embraces each new project with wit, grace and unique style.  Her ability to draw sophisticated, engaging performances from superbly trained dancers, as seen in her opera and concert work, is matched by her sensitive approach to “non” movers.  Kitty specializes in developing a creative exchange with performers, which encourages them to blossom and achieve their full movement potential.

Ruby Karen


Ruby has been a professional dancer for 30+ years.  She has studied ballet since she was 8 years old in Manila, Tokyo, New York, Zurich, Las Angels, Madrid and Tel Aviv.  She has also trained and performed in modern, jazz, circus, aerials and gymnastics.  She is a World Title Holder in ballet partnering, acro-gymnastic partnering and salsa.  Ms. Karen is an international artist having performed in more than 20 countries.  She is the founding director of the professional company, Orange County Aerial Arts and has created and introduced a program for the general public, Aerial Dance Fitness.

Andrew Cowan/Brockus Conservatory
Tadej Brdnik/Brockus Conservatory
Chad Michael Hall/Brockus Conservatory
Jamie Nichols/Brockus Conservatory
Kitty Namee/Brockus Conservatory
Brockus Conservatory

Ron Brown

Modern (Horton and Graham), African, Jazz

Studied ballet at the Ballet Russe of Cleveland, Akron Chamber Ballet, School of American Ballet and the modern disciplines of Limon, Graham and Horton.  Presently, he has found joy in West African Dance under Nzingha Camara. His performing credits include Alvin Ailey American Dance theater, Alvin Ailey II, Dianne McIntyre’s Sounds in Motion, UCLA Dance Company, JazzAntiqua and Malathi Iyenger & Rangoli Dance Company. His teaching credits include, CSULA, UCLA, Loyola Marymount, Chapman Univ, LACHSA, Crossroads Academy, and Lula Washington Dance Theater. He has taught in Japan, Italy, Taiwan, Canada, Brazil, Spain, and Mexico. Presently he is on faculty at Santa Monica College, Chaffey College, and Idyllwild Arts Academy.  He teaches an artist and technical class based in Horton and Graham.

Sean Greene

Modern (Classic)

He began dancing at 19 years old at Pierce Junior College. Three years later he joined the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company where as a principal dancer and master teacher he dance and taught all over the world for 19 years. In 1978 he was on the cover of Dance Magazine. For 5 years he was the director of Transitions Dance Company in London and the Advanced Performance Course at the Laban Centre. He was the rehearsal director for Phoenix Dance Company in Leeds England. He has been nominated for a Lester Horton Lifetime Teaching Award.  In 2004 he was nominated for a Horton Choreography Award. His company Gallimaufry and Greene just competed 30 performances at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh Scotland. He now teaches at Chapman University and Santa Monica College.  His class offers clarity in style and strong emotional context.

Lillian Barbito

Modern (European) and  Ballet

She is the co-director and resident choreographer of BODYTRAFFIC, a contemporary dance company based in Los Angeles.  She is a native of Santa Fe, New Mexico where she trained with the Aspen/Santa Fe Ballet and worked with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Southwest Ballet and the Santa Fe Opera.  She graduated for Juilliard School on a four year, full tuition scholarship. She has worked with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Zvi Gotheiner, and the Agnes DeMille Project and Terrain. In Los Angeles she has performed with American Repertory Dance Company, Collage Dance Theater, Helios Dance Theater, John Malashock, Oni Dance and String Theory Productions.  She has appeared at the 2006 and 2007 Grammy’s, in several music videos and feature films including projects with Angela Luna, Beruit and Spike Lee.  Lillian has taught for institutions such as Cal Arts, Chapman University, Lyon Opera Ballet, Halifax Dance Theater, Southland Ballet Academy, Westside Academy of Dance, and UCLA’s Department of World Arts And Cultures.  She is currently on the faculty at The Wooden Floor (St Joseph Ballet)  and recently completed a Counter technique teacher training with Anouk Van Dijk in Amsterdam.

Patrick Doran-Sheeran

Accompanist (Modern and Ballet), Music for Dance/Musical Theater

He has spent the last 15 years as a composer, arranger and musician for dance and theater throughout the Southern California area.  During this time Patrick has played for an incredible group of teachers and master clinicians from some of the world’s finest companies and schools for dance.  His dance scores have been premiered at venues as superb as the Getty Center and performed to by acrobats for Cirque du Soleil.  Over the years he has also music-directed many unusual- but -excellent theatrical productions, co-created multimedia performance art shows and taught courses in Rhythm and the Nature of Art.  He has performed on stages throughout the US and around the world including the Sydney Opera House and in Vienna, Austria.

Hiroshi Hamanishi

Tap

He is a Los Angeles based tap dancer, choreographer and educator. Hiroshi has toured nationally and internationally with the production of Caution: Men at Work, TAP. He has had the pleasure of dancing with Alsred Desio, Rahapsody in Taps, Jazz Tap Ensemble, the James Brown Band, Dianne Walker, Arthur Duncan and Gregory Hines.  Hiroshi’s choreographic interest lies in creating innovative work as well as teaching and recreating many traditional tap dance choreography.  He has won the North American Tap Dance Festival Choreography Award, also has recreated works by the Nicholas Brothers for their granddaughters. Hiroshi is a director of Honoring the Tap Masters Concert Series and Hiroshi and Friends.  He has been invited to the St. Louis Tap FEstival, NY Fringe Festival and Idyllwild Arts Summer program. He is on the faculty at the Colburn School, El Camino College, and Loyola Marymount University.

Brockus
            Conservatory

Stephanie Gilliland

Contemporary/Modern Composition, Yoga

Ron Brown

Modern (Horton and Graham), African, Jazz

Sean Greene

Modern (Classic)

Lillian Barbito

Modern (European) and  Ballet

Bill Bartlett

Tap (Broadway)

Deborah Brockus

Jazz, Musical Theater Dance, Dance and Musical Theater History, Injury Prevention, Social Dance, Contemporary

Hiroshi Hamanishi

Tap

Leigh Ann Gillespie

Musical Theater Repertoire, Dance Accompanist, Vocal Coach, Video Editing, Piano, Choir

Robyn Gardenhire

Ballet, Pointe, Variations

Plus various guest faculty listed below...

Bill Bartlett

Tap (Broadway)

Bill Bartlett started dancing at Paul Armstrong studios in Salem, Or at age 12. He studied tap with Carole Long, Gene GeBauer, Paul Armstrong; and  Emery Clay at Clay Brother's Studio in Portland, Or. Ballet with Robert Erwin, ballroom dancing from Don Allen Studios and Dale Rittermeyer at Arthur Murray Studios. After completing his training at Arthur Murray Studios he began teaching and received high school credits in his senior year for his work teaching.  Winning first place with his tap dancing in Carl Hawley's Mr Talent statewide competion awarded him a one week expense paid trip to Hollywood.Within one year moved to Southern California, studying tap with Eddie Gay ( noted teacher of film star Vera Ellen ) and jazz with Bill Roberts. Some of the highlights of Bill's career as a dancer include:  Appearing  as solo tap dancer in Amato's Supper Club show starring  Sophie Tucker.  Gene Kelly Special for NBC with Gene Kelly, Donald O'connor and Carol Lawrence.  Don Knott's Special.  Disney On Parade   touring US, Canada and Mexico.  Chandler Conspiracy Night Club Act  touring Us and Canada.  Madeline Kahn's, Find Me A Primitive Man number in Peter Boganovitch's film At Long Last Love. No! No! Nanette with Martha Raye.  Orange Shasta commercial choreographed by Peter Gennaro.  Gene Nelson's  video  Come Tap With Me.  The 8th season of The Palm Springs Follies working with Donald O'connor, The Mills Brothers, The Mercer Brothers and Kay Starr. Ghost dancer with my wife Deborah in the Disney film Haunted Mansion. Tap dancing with my wife Deborah in  Live at the Victory The Variety Special  starring Jay Johnson and Linda Purl at the Victory Theatre.  Technical advisor dance- The O.C.  t.v. series episodes The Debut and The Best Christmukkah Ever.  Dance coach for Felicity Hufman and Michael Gambon on John Frankenheimer's film Path To War.  Co-choreographer and performer in Ray Of Sunshine, film starring Nancy Kwan and Seymour Cassel.  Choreographer- AFI film Floor 29 directed by Korinna Sehringer. You Wish t.v. series pilot ABC Disney. Co-Choreographer- Ginseng Power film Cine Kingdom Film Co. Co-choreographer- Tender Is The Night, Dottie!, The Last Tycoon and Ancient History at The Fountain Theatre  receiving LA Weekly 1998 Production Design Of The Year Award For Choreography  for The Last Tycoon.

Patrick Doran-Sheeran

Accompanist (Modern and Ballet), Music for Dance/Musical Theater

Deborah Brockus

Jazz, Musical Theater Dance, Dance and Musical Theater History, Injury Prevention, Social Dance, Contemporary

Ms Brockus’ teaching career has covered professional Los Angeles studios such as Debbie Reynolds, Tremaine’s Dance Center, Morolandis, Third Street, and Katnap. She has taught at Los Angles Unified Conservatory, St Joseph Ballet, Ballet Pacifica, Orange County High School for the Arts, California Conservatory of the Arts, and Idyllwild Arts Academy. Additionally, she has taught in France, Italy and the Prague Ballet Summer Intensive.  Her students have gone on to work in Hollywood, on Broadway in musicals and plays, as Rockett Dancers, National tours, Major companies such as Alvin Ailey, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Line Contemporary Ballet, Giordino Jazz, Hubbard Street, Dayton Contemporary, Mark Morris, Miami City Ballet, Company C Ballet, Lula Washington Dance Theater, Trish Brown and many others.  Her students have won the Princess Grace Award, 1st and 2nd place at the Spotlight Awards and the placed in National Arts Recognition Awards. She is an award winning choreographer and producer of dance shows.

Brian Fretté

Ballet, Pointe, Pas de Deux, Men’s Class, Variations, Musical Theater Jazz

Brian Fretté began his ballet training at Contra Costa Ballet in Walnut Creek on full scholarship with Jocelyn Vollmar and Donald Eryck. 

He then studied at the Manhattan School of Dance (Cecchetti) with Margaret Craske, Sallie Wilson and Tex Hightower, again on full scholarship. He studied modern dance at Paul Taylor's school on full scholarship with Linda Kent, Chris Gillis, Susan McGuire, and Cathy McCann as well as at the Martha Graham School with Marianne Bachman and Carol Freid where he performed with the Graham Ensemble under Philip Salvatore.  


While in New York he performed and toured with many different companies and began teaching. After performing in Summer Stock and a short tour of Germany, he landed in Chicago where he worked with X-Sight! Performance Group and also danced in many industrials. He got a call from ISO Dance and was off on tour for the next five years.  After that he was assistant to Daniel Ezralow, working on operas, musicals, full length ballets, and solo shows. He is now directing and choreographing in L.A. Theater as well as his own work in Los Angeles and occasionally teaching dance throughout the U.S. and Europe. 

Brian Fretté

Ballet, Pointe, Pas de Deux, Men’s Class, Variations, Musical Theater Jazz

Jacob “Kujo” Lyons

Hip Hop, Break Dance, Street Dance


Of Jacob “Kujo” Lyons, former L.A. Times critic Lewis Segal says, “there is no more-brilliant choreographer in Los Angeles at the moment.”  Named by the Beverly Hills Outlook as Choreographer of the Year 2008, Kujo directs and choreographs an award-winning dance company called Lux Aeterna, which has been making major waves in the L.A.-area dance scene. Kujo’s eclectic, hybrid choreography has been called “drop-dead awesome” by the L.A. Times, and draws from his vast experience in breaking/break-dancing, as well as his more recent training in ballet, modern dance, and Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatic partnering, or “body-to-body.”


Lux Aeterna regularly performs to sold-out crowds at major hip hop and contemporary dance festivals, such as the San Francisco Hip Hop Dance Fest and Celebrate Dance, and two evening-length hip hop dance/theater shows at the huge Ford Amphitheatre – Breaking the Cypher and the Juice Hip Hop Dance Festival, both of which Kujo also co-directed. Kujo and Lux Aeterna were presented with the 2007 Lester Horton Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance – Company, for their work in breaking choreographic boundaries. Kujo has also received 2008 Lester Horton Dance Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography – Short Form and Outstanding Achievement in Performance – Male.


In preparing for this revolutionary choreographic work, Kujo took a tangent from his remarkable b-boy career, beginning to study dance formally, earning a BS in Dance Kinesiology from CSU Northridge.. He’s studied modern dance and ballet with Dr. Paula Thomson from Toronto, postmodern dance with Rudy Perez from New York, acrobatic partnering with Stephan Choiniere of Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity, and Diavolo technique with Jacques Heim.


One of the most respected names in the b-boy world for 18 years, Kujo is internationally recognized for his explosive, unorthodox, and pioneering style. After bursting on to the international scene in the world-famous music video It’s Like That by Run DMC, Kujo (along with his legendary b-boy crew, Soul Control) helped to blaze trails in power moves, creative freeze transitions, and the unorthodox side of breaking, inspiring countless numbers of b-boys and b-girls worldwide. He’s competed in major international competitions in Germany, England, Korea, and Japan, and now judges some of the world’s biggest b-boy battles, such as Battle of the Year, Eurobattle, and Red Bull’s BC One.


A creative daredevil as well as a b-boy, Kujo can be seen back-flipping into a pair of jeans in a national commercial for Levi’s. He was featured in the film Step Up 2: The Streets, and recently choreographed an underwater dance commercial in India for the detergent company Nirma, featuring the dancers of Lux Aeterna. He also works as a circus acrobat, performing a solo on aerial straps in the show, Cirque Montage.


Kujo teaches world-wide as well, spreading awareness of the dynamic art of breaking through master classes and workshops in dance conventions and colleges throughout North America, Europe, Japan, South Africa, and Colombia. He’s also taught at the elite level, with special workshops for the Red Bull Beat Riders and Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam. Kujo has been teaching weekly breaking classes at the world-renowned Edge Performing Arts Center for 8 years, and gives master classes at Idyllwild Arts Academy.

Yehuda Maor

Ballet


Yehuda's first professional dance experience was in Jerome Robbin's musical "Fiddler on the Roof." In 1966, Mr. Maor studied in London on scholarship with Eileen Ward of the Royal Ballet, and he soon found himself dancing at the Covent Garden Opera House with the Royal Ballet Opera Company. Two years later, Maor joined the Bat-Dor Dance Company of Israel as a principal dancer, He perform more then 50 ballets from 1967-1980 Maor also dance in Rotterdam dance center receiving rave reviews for his performances in the New York Times, London Times, Dance Magazine and other dance publications. New ballets were choreographed for Mr. Maor by such well-known choreographers as Lars Lubovitch, Alvin Ailey, Benjamin Harkarvy, Anthony Tudor, John Butler, Gene Rudy, Van Danzig and Lucas Hoving.


While working in New York, Mr. Maor developed a new supplementary ballet training system. This revolutionary technique "breaks from tradition to save tradition" and is called MPT - Maor Placement Technique. Designed to maximize training time for ballet dancers, it has proven to be an extremely effective program designed to ensure proper placement and to enhance flexibility.


Over the years, Mr. Maor has been invited as a guest teacher for many international ballet companies and schools, including the Zohar School of Dance in California, Artmes Studio, Scapino Ballet in Amsterdam, Menagerie D'ver Studio in Paris, Cullberg Ballet in Sweden, National Ballet of Norway in Oslo, the State Opera Ballet in Karlsruhe and the Minnesota Dance Theater in Minneapolis. He has also traveled several times to Israel to work with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company and Bat-sheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv. Maor also taught master classes at San Francisco University and the Johannesburg Dance Company in South Africa, and he has participated as a ballet teacher in workshops all over the world.

Gail Adkinson-DeZon

Ballet

Gail was fortunate  to study Ballet under the direct tutelage of Vitale Fokine (Michaels’ only son) as well as Graziella Danielli, Muriel Stuart, Finis Jung and others. As a Jazz dancer, Matt Mattox, Charles Kelly, Lynn Simonsen and Luigi were her mentors.  As a music minor at the Boston Conservatory of Music, Gail continues  singing in choirs while living in Philadelphia,  Ohio,  southern California and China.

Gail began teaching at the age of 16, throughout the NJ, Boston and NY areas. The  she co-founded studio in Brooklyn,NY of which she was a partner- though no longer retaining ownership  celebrated its 35th  year in 2010!  At this time Gail was involved as choreographer for both the nationally televised Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and the Tap Event for the Guinness Book of World Records that set the record for the most Tap Dancers ever assembled.

Gail has taught Ballet extensively throughout the East coast and continued teaching while living in Ohio, southern California and most recently as a guest teacher in Tainjin, China.  Having called Redlands home for many years, she has been very involved in the community with the Redlands Bowl, the University of Redlands, Bonnes Meres, the ‘Y’ Alliance, and founding member of WAVES and the Hospitality Ensemble for the Redlands Bowl, and is happy to be part of the inaugural season of the Brockus Conservatory.

Listed below you will find a list of our faculty members followed by full bios and photos for each.  Brockus Conservatory is proud and excited to be working with Musical Theatre University for our Musical Theater programPlease click here to see our shared faculty with Musical Theatre University!

Reggie Brown

Contemporary Jazz

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Reggie is one of L.A.’s most respected dance teachers and has worked with a wide variety of talent including NBA cheerleaders, models, fitness competitors and singers/musicians.  He is known for his ability to nurture a dancer to a higher technical and performance level.  As an actor who had the gift to move, he began his formal training at various dance studios in L.A. including a work-study position at Steven Peck Dance Studio.  He performed with The Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Theater under Lula Washington and has been a featured dancer in various television commercials including Cherry Coke and L.A. Gear.  He has taught and facilitated master classes at many popular dance studios in southern California including being on staff at Layola Marymount University, Santa Monica College, Tremaine Dance Center and Moro-Landis Dance Center.  He is a faculty member at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Pasadena Dance Theater and Katnap Dance Center.  Notable programs include teaching and choreographing for CSSA/Inner Spark (California INstitute for the Arts) and is currently a contributing choreographer for the Yuri Grigoriev School of Ballet.

Reggie Brown

Contemporary Jazz

Robyn Gardenhire

Ballet, Pointe, Variations

A native Angelino, Robyn began dancing at a small school in Compton, California.  By chance, she was able to audition for the then Los Angeles Ballet's Jr. company and received a scholarship to study at the school.  It was there that the doors to a professional career opened.

Receiving scholarships and studying at American Ballet Theater School, San Francisco Ballet and New York Ballet, she gained her first contract with Joffrey II and danced at City Center and Jacobs Pillow. Robyn joined Cleveland Ballet soon after, under the direction of Dennis Nahat and had original works developed on her.  She performed such principal roles as Choleric from Balanchine's Four Temperaments, Arabian Princes from Nutcracker, and Russian Girl in Serenade. Joining avant-garde choreographer Karlo Armitag, she toured all of Europe. At the request of Mikhail Baryshnikov, Robyn joined American Ballet Theater and later his White Oak Project working with choreographers Lar Lubivitch and Mark Morris. Ms. Gardenhire was the catalyst in establishing American Ballet Theaters’ Diversity Committee that introduces minority children to classical dance through their "Build a Ballet" program.  She was instrumental in providing many scholarships that where given to minority students to study in the school.


After teaching and choreographing throughout the United States and abroad, Ms. Gardenhire returned to Los Angeles and opened the doors to City Ballet of Los Angeles in 2000. Her mission is to create a professional training school that provides full scholarships to students that are economically and socially disadvantaged and to create a company whose repertoire is a mixture of classical and contemporary dance. The company can bring the music of J. S. Bach and John Coltrane together in one program and present new stories to this classical art form that nurture and evoke a sense of community to its audience.  The Company debut was in 2003 at the Bing Theater.

Abbie Bosworth

Acting

Abbie Bosworth is a writer, performer, director, and teacher.

She teaches contemporary acting techniques, inspired by Stanislavski, Boal and Meisner, which inform both comedic and dramatic styles. She also teaches Shakespeare in performance


She is involved in a new play development program at Beverly Hills Play House, in Los Angeles. Abbie has taught theatre for many years, both in the UK, and in California. She has taught at UC Riverside, for the Riverside Arts Council, for Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance in San Bernardino, and Idyllwild Arts Academy teaching Playwriting.  Abbie recently directed a touring Shakespeare double bill of Romeo and Juliet, adapted for younger audiences.


She has been a Program Director for The Performance Loft Theatre Company in Redlands, where she managed the development of new works, in addition to a youth Shakespeare, and a youth acting program. She recently had one of her own plays, So Many Good Ways To Be Bad, performed by Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance in San Bernardino and, in collaboration with Cal State San Bernardino, at The Performance Loft in Redlands.. This year Abbie received an Inland Theatre Award for her role as Matilde in Isis Theatre Company’s production of Sarah Ruhl’s Clean House.


Abbie’s short story, Glass Eye, was published in the 2006 Monsters and Villains edition of CRATE, and her play Left Luggage was performed at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in February 2007.


Abbie obtained her B.A. in Theatre from The University of Birmingham in the U.K. and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from U.C. Riverside.

Abbie Bosworth

Acting

Arvin Arjona

Summer - Hip Hop, MT

Arvin Arjona has taught in various dance studios in New Jersey and is currently a full-time dance educator at Milburn High School in New Jersey. He is responsible for development of the curriculum and the dance program for Millburn High School. Before being a full-time Dance Educator at Millburn High School, he was a Special Education Teacher for ten years in different schools in New Jersey.  Arvin has performed with Funk That Hip Hop Dance Company, Triple Threat Dance, and AP Motion Dance Company between 1995-2003. He has choreographed various musicals for Bloomfield High School and Millburn High School in New Jersey.  In 1996, he received the Dancer of the Year Award from County College of Morris.  Arvin received a Teacher Fellowship to Bates Dance Festival in 2007 and was included in the 2007-2008 Who’s Who Among American Teachers, which honors the nations most respected teachers at all levels and disciplines of education. Mr. Arjona has a Masters in Dance Education at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. He received an AA in Dance from County College of Morris and a BA in Special Education, with a minor in English, History, and Psychology from Jersey City State College.

Ronaldo Bowins

Modern (Horton), Jazz (Musical Theater Styles)

Ronaldo Bowins career covers both the concert dance world and musical theater. Mr Bowins received his early formal training in New York City and studied at such schools as Broadway Dancer Center, Steps 74, Alvin Ailey American Dance Academy, and City Center Ballet.  While in New York he performed with Michoyo Dance Company and Musia Dance Theatre.  He also traveled with several musical road companies like “Hello Dolly”, “A Chorus Line”, “Oklahoma”, “Best Little Whore House”, “My Fair Lady”, and “Seven Brides…”.


Ronaldo spent several years in Germany work on such productions as “Starlight Express” and Kaum Zu Glauben (TV Variety show), and Fantasialand.  When Ronaldo relocated to Los Angeles he performed with Lula Washington Dance Theatre, KIN Dance Company, Dance Theatre of East L.A., Donlavy Dance Company, Silyan Dance Company, and Brockus Project Dance Company.  Ronaldo has also taken on the role of producer with his production of “MEN: Dancing, a collection of male dancer performing works created by male choreographers.  Ronaldo is has been on faculty at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in the musical theater and dance departments.

Ronaldo Bowins

Modern (Horton), Jazz (Musical Theater Styles)

Jonelle Allen

Summer - Musical Theater

Jonelle Allen made her Broadway debut when she was four years old in the revival Wisteria Trees starring Helen Hayes, Ossie Davis, Cliff Robertson and others at the New York City Center Theatre. Ms. Allen received a Tony nomination as Best Actress in a Musical and won the Drama Critics, Drama Desk, Theater World, and Outer Circle Awards for her performance as Silvia in the New York Shakespeare Festival production. Other Broadway credits include the original casts of Hair and George M, starring Joel Grey and Bernadette Peters. Ms. Allen has appeared in numerous feature films and television productions including Hotel New Hampshire, Cagney and Lacey, Hill Street Blues, Generations, Twice In A Lifetime for PAX-TV and Strong Medicine for Lifetime Network and she co-starred for six seasons on CBS-TV's Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.Ms. Allen also wrote and starred in Harlem Renaissance: The Life of Florence Mills which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland last year.

David Anthony

Summer - Musical Theater

Photo and Bio to come!