Held At: The Fox Theatre Riverside

Friday, June 24th, 2016 – 6:30pm

Saturday, June 25th, 2016 – 1:00pm & 6:30pm

Sunday, June 26th, 2016 – 1:00pm

*Please note, Rehearsals will take place in the studio-

Monday, June 20th-Thursday, June 23th

 

 

Elizabeth Huebner – Artistic Director

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dsc_0076Elizabeth began her dance training with her mother and step-father, Rosemary and Alan McCarter in Flagstaff, Arizona at the age of 11.  She furthered her dance education by attending summer intensives at San Francisco Ballet and The Joffrey Ballet School in New York City with Full Scholarships.  At the age of 15, she was offered a Full Year Round Scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet School in New York and moved to the Big Apple.  Elizabeth was then accepted into the Joffrey II Dancers Company, directed by Maria Grandy and Sally Bliss.  This small touring group traveled to all fifty states and then eventually overseas on a tour that took the dancers around the world.   Within 20 months she was promoted to the Joffrey Ballet Main Company under the Direction of Robert Joffrey.  Her favorite roles were ones created on her by Artistic Director, Gerald Arpino, including the ballets Italian Suite, Jamboree and the tribute to Mr. Balanchine at his death, QUARTERTONES FOR MR. B.  After her professional dance career she began to develop a passion for teaching dance.  Elizabeth joined Pacific Ballet Theatre in Portland, Oregon and began her teaching career at the Pacific Ballet Theatre School.  She then relocated to Southern California to teach for her parents at The Ballet Conservatory in Mission Viejo along with part time faculty member at University of California, Irvine from 1992-1998.  She founded the Classical Dance Center in Tustin, California and is enjoying the 20th anniversary of her studio.  Elizabeth has adjudicated for Dance Olympus and Dance America.  She has also received the Bravo Choreographers Award in 2012.  Her Trio and Ensemble Pieces both received TOP 12 at the Youth America Grand Prix in the Regionals in San Diego in 2013.  Both these dances qualified and will attend the New York City Finals as featured in the movie FIRST POSITION.  Elizabeth is also the founder of American Classic Costumes and is excited to have many of tonight’s dancers in her special creations!   Elizabeth is married to Tracy Huebner and they are proud parents of three budding ballerinas!

 

Rosemary McCarter – Artistic Director

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dsc_0026Rosemary McCarter is a classical ballerina who began her training as a child in Rhode Island. After 10 years of study she was selected to study abroad for two years at the International School of Ballet, Split Yugoslavia, and became a professional ballerina in the Yugoslavia State Ballet.

Ms. McCarter studied in New York at American Ballet Theater School and the Boston Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She was a staff teacher at the Phoenix School of Ballet in Phoenix Arizona under the direction of Mr. Kelly Brown. Ms. McCarter organized and directed the Interfaith Lithurgical Dance Group in Scottsdale Arizona and she was the guest speaker at the Rocky Mountain Sacred Dance Guild in Denver, Colorado.

Ms. McCarter has owned and operated ballet schools for the past 31 years and has held a position of Dance Lecturer at the University of California, Irvine. Ms. McCarter was affiliated with the Ice Chalet of Costa Mesa, as Ballet Teacher and Choreography Coach to the competitive skaters. She was the founder and Artistic Director of the Pacific School of Ballet in Laguna Hills, California. Ms. McCarter’s daughters, Elizabeth and Celeste are both past members of the Joffrey Ballet Company.

Nadia Miller – Instructor

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dsc_0193Nadia Miller has been dancing since she was 18 months old. She has studied choreography since she was 12 years old and choreographed for universities, studios, praise dance teams, cheer leaders and competition dances. Nadia has trained in ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, modern, African and line dancing. She graduated with a BA in Mass Communications from CSUSB. Nadia trains at Bre Dance Studio and is currently involved with MSA Agency in North Hollywood doing dance auditions for music videos, commercials, tours, movies and dance TV shows. Her recent project was the Choreographer for the Jr Pee Wee Corona Chargers Cheer for Jams Nationals Competition. She has recently auditioned with Eve, IPOD, NIKE, Paula Abdul, Miley Cyrus tour, Bring it on 5, Dance Movies (Choreographer Dave Scott), Dance 360, So You Think You Can Dance, Tokyo Disney Dancers and Will and Jada Smith fundraisers. She performed in the Riverside Ballet Nutcracker and in projects with Choreographers Madonna Grimes, Clifford Breland, Bennett Reid and Aisha Francis. She also has been Moreno Valley, Trinity Baptist Church, praise dance choreographer for both youth & young adults.

Anthony Jackson – Instructor

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dsc_0171Anthony Jackson (AJ) has danced in EQUITY, AGMA, AFTRA and SAG productions. He has danced principle roles in ballets and contemporary works set for him and toured the country extensively. Anthony has danced as a soloist with Los Angeles Opera, Opera Pacific and Houston Grande Opera. He has danced with many repertory companies here in Southern California and taught through out the US at University and Conservatories. AJ is pleased to join the staff at Corona Dance Academy and is delighted in being a part of the students development as dancers and young adults here at CDA.

Karissa Torchia – Instructor

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Karissa began her training at JPD dancing jazz, lyrical and ballet.  At age 10, when she decided to pursue ballet seriously, she moved to Riverside Ballet Arts.  She continued her dance education by going to summer intensives at the School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and also Ballet Arizona.  She stayed year round at San Francisco Ballet and danced with them in their Nutcracker.  She has also performed lead roles dancing as the Dew Drop Fairy and Arabian in David Allen’s, The Nutcracker, Gamzatti from La Bayadere, Big Swans from Swan Lake and more.  At the age of 17, she received her BASI Pilates certification with dance specialization from Karen Clippinger.  Karissa then was accepted into Ballet Arizona as a trainee, and danced in their company in productions such as Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Balanchine’s Walpurgisnacht and Symphony in Three Movements.

Nancie Johnson – Instructor

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dsc_0041Nancie Johnson began dancing at the age of seven under the direction of Cynthia Young and Charles and Phillip at Le Studio, the home of the Pasadena Dance Theatre. She was accepted to several summer intensive programs including Pacific Northwest Ballet. She was asked to stay year round as an apprentice to the Hartford Ballet Company in Connecticut. While at California State University, Long Beach on a dance scholarship, she continued training under Rebecca Wright, a former dancer with American Ballet Theatre. Other teaching influences include David Wilcox, Truman Finney, Cecilia Hering, and Charles Maples. Nancie performed with Los Angeles Classical Ballet, Golden State Ballet, and Redlands Festival Ballet, performing in productions such as the Nutcracker, La Fille Mal Gardee, Cinderella, Copellia, Faust, Pas De Quatre, and Don Quixote. She also performed in the Glory of Easter at the Crystal Cathedral. She has choreographed for Long Beach Ballet Theatre, Long Beach Ballet Arts Center’s pre-professional performing company. Two of her pieces were chosen and performed at Regional Dance America. Nancie is excited to be teaching again after taking time off to raise her twins, who are the joy of her life.

Traci-Marie Bunn Instructor

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Traci- Marie Bunn had her first taste of the spotlight at the young age of three and since then she had never turned away the opportunity to perform.  Growing up in her neighborhood dance studio she began participating in dance competitions at the age of five and quickly found a love of Tap and Jazz, her talented blossomed.  Traci began adding other dance styles to her repertoire in High School.  Hip Hop and Contemporary began to make their appearance and continued through out college.  She attended Fullerton college where her love of dance turned into a passion for teaching and it wasn’t long before she realized this is what she was meant to do.  During the past 9 years, Traci has taught at several dance studios and even coached a high school dance team where she taught various styles including Tap, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Technique as well as African.

Sumner Merrill – Instructor

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dsc_0109Sumner started dancing at the age of 3 years old. She spent her early childhood training at Corona Dance Academy.  At the age of 8, Sumner began dancing and competing at Just Plain Dancin’ & Co. From 8th-10th grade she attended Orange County School of the Arts in the Commercial Dance.  Sumner danced competitively until the age of 18.  From the age of 14 Sumner has assisted previous dance teachers at different studios throughout the country and has always had a love fore sharing her passion for dance.  For 2 years Sumner competed at the collegiate level for Riverside City College dance team.  She loves to teach and choreograph, and she is grateful to be a part of the CDA family.