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4S Dance Academy Faculty

Allyson BarkdullAllyson Barkdull
A California native, Allyson began her training in San Diego. She trained at San Elijo Dance Academy under the direction of Ben and Lauri-Michelle Houk. Through her teenage years she participated in numerous competitions and was awarded Los Angeles Music Center Award for Excellence, Starlight Top Score, Spotlight Outstanding Costume (of which she made) and High Score for Solo, and Spotlight Gold awards for solo and member. While with San Elijo Youth Ballet, Ms. Barkdull performed in Napoli, Symphony in C; leading roles include Medora in Le Corsaire; and Snow Queen, Dew Drop, Arabian, Chinese and Spanish solos in The Nutcracker. Other performances include Ben Houk’s Shout, Lincoln Park contemporary piece; and Cello, a pas de deux choreographed for her by Ben Houk… {READ MORE ABOUT MS. ALLYSON}

Darci MeyerhoferDarci Burke-Meyerhofer
Darci began dancing at the age of 8 at Morgan Street Dance Company in Lafayette, LA. Her passion and dedication for dance continued throughout high school and then earned her a scholarship in the prestigious dance program at the University of Arizona. After graduating with a BFA in Dance, Darci moved to Las Vegas where she began her professional dance career. She performed in such shows as Jubilee!, Les Folies Bergere’, American Superstars, and The Magic of Rick Thomas. Darci also had the opportunity to perform on ABC’s The View and The Ellen DeGeneres show. In her spare time, Darci worked as a model and dabbled in musical theater; she performed the role of the “Ponytail Girl” and was dance captain in a regional theatre’s production of… {READ MORE ABOUT MS. DARCI}

Corina MaggiCorina Fabbroni-Maggi
A native of San Diego, Corina began her training in jazz and tap with Helen Milhone and Bobbi Adams-Giltner. At the age of twelve she began her training in ballet at the Chula Vista School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and San Diego School of Ballet. While training under Robin Sheretz Morgan (San Diego Ballet), Jillana (NYCB), Steven Wistrich (City Ballet of San Diego), Javier Velasco (San Diego Ballet), and Jaquelyn Hepner (NYCB), she was accepted into the Boston Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet Summer Programs. She later was awarded a scholarship to Interlochen Arts Academy’s Dance Department for her senior year of high school, and a full scholarship to Dance Aspen Summer School the following summer. After accepting trainee positions with Milwaukee and… {READ MORE ABOUT MS. CORINA}

Mary Jane LanceMary Jane Lance
Mary Jane is a Shreveport, Louisiana native but began her dance training in Monroe, Louisiana at Linda Lavender School of Dance and Twin City Ballet under the direction of Linda Lavender Ford and Michelle Harvey.  In 2005, Mary Jane moved back to Shreveport and continued her dance training with the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet as a principal dancer a principal dancer. While dancing for SMB, Mary Jane danced many leading roles including Swanhilda in Coppelia, Snow Queen and Arabian Soloist in the Nutcracker, and Fairy god-mother in Cinderella.  Mary Jane passed with honors the Royal Academy of Dance Advanced II examination, making her an associate with the Royal Academy of Dance in London.  Mary Jane also received numerous scholarships at dance… {READ MORE ABOUT MS. MARY JANE}

Ms. BrittanyBrittany Michel
Born and raised in San Diego, Brittany grew up with a passion for the performing arts and began training in dance and musical theater at the age of 8. Her love for dancing continued to evolve as she began to perform in musicals throughout San Diego county! By the age of 18, Brittany had performed in over 30 musicals in San Diego and wanted to share her love for the arts with others, so she began to teach and choreograph. With a strong background in tap and jazz, and an extensive history performing in musicals, Brittany truly has a passion for teaching and loves to see her students excel and light up with joy when they dance and perform. Over the years, Brittany has choreographed musicals, instructed musical theater camps, performed professionally with… {READ MORE ABOUT MS. BRITTANY}

Sarah_MorganSarah Morgan
A Michigan native, Sarah Morgan started her ballet training at Randazzo Dance under the direction of Heidi Vitso. From there she went on to train at the Miami City Ballet School under the Artistic Direction of Edward Villella, Carter Alexander and Geta Constantinescu. After graduating high school she went on to be a Trainee with Ballet Austin under the Artistic Direction of Stephen Mills. Sarah then moved to Los Angeles to become a Trainee with Los Angeles Ballet under the Artistic Direction of Colleen Neary and Thordal Christensen. Sarah is currently dancing with California Ballet in San Diego. Along with her year round training, Sarah also attended summer programs at American Ballet Theatre NY, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Chicago and Los Angeles Ballet. Sarah has… {READ MORE ABOUT MS. SARAH}

Noreen Ostrea-NepomucenoNoreen Ostrea-Nepomuceno
“Dancing has always been my love. And, to have enjoyed a career with it, a blessing.”
Noreen has been trained in the Royal Academy of Dance classical ballet (she earned Honors for her Intermediate Examination), Vaganova, Contemporary ballet from her home country, Philippines. She has performed soloist and principal roles in companies like City Ballet of San Diego, Ballet New York, Ballet Memphis, Connecticut Ballet, Philippine Ballet Theatre and Ballet Philippines (the 2 leading national ballet companies). With Daniel Mejia (Boston Ballet) as her Romeo, critics noted her Juliet: “(as) supple, fully expressive, her dancing characterized by fluidity.” Notable ballet teachers like Christine Walsh, Paul Masson, Laura Alonso, Luminita Dumitrescu…{READ MORE ABOUT MS. NOREEN}

Justin QuandtJustin Quandt
Justin is a graduate from one of the top dance school in the United States  “The University of Arizona”, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance, and was recognized as the most outstanding student of the Universities dance department.  A multi-talented dancer and teacher, Justin specializes in jazz, ballet, modern, hip hop and tap.  His training has taken him from the USA to Europe to Australia, where he has performed in works by Mia Michaels, George Balanchine, Sherry Zunker, and many other renowned choreographers. Justin has also spent his summers intensely studying in Chicago with the Gus Giordano and River North Jazz Dance Companies. He performed with Tyra Banks on America’s Next Top Model, was featured in Dance Spirit Magazine, was a company… {READ MORE ABOUT MR. JUSTIN}

ShockaShocka
Shocka began performing professionally at the age of 15 in her home state of Oklahoma. While performing in musicals and plays she studied at the Tulsa School of Ballet, home of Tulsa Ballet Theatre and June Runyon School of Ballet, home of Tulsa Dance Theatre. She became a performing member of Tulsa Dance Theatre and Myers Company Dancers, as well as working both with and in three local theatre companies ranging from children’s theatre to 18th century drawing room comedies.
Wanting to be a strong triple threat, she moved to Los Angeles in 1994 where she was awarded a professional scholarship at the prestigious Retter’s Academy of Dance and became an original member of the R&B Dance Company. During her 12 years in LA…. {READ MORE ABOUT MS. SHOCKA}

Abigail TiltonAbigail Tilton
Abigail Tilton began her dance training in San Marcos under Ben and Laurie Michelle Houk, Shawn Black and Nancy Robinson. As a student she was accepted and attended summer programs such as Ballet West, Pacific Northwest Ballet, School of American Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet. Miss Tilton trained at San Francisco Ballet pre-professionally under Lola De Avila, Patrick Armande, and Tina LeBlanc for 4 years. She performed multiple works with San Francisco Ballet School and San Francisco Ballet. Such works included “Paquita”, “Western Symphony”, Helgi Tommason’s “The Nutcracker”, Helgi Tommason’s Ballet “d’Isoline”, “Napoli”, “La Sylphide”, and many more. After being accepted as a Trainee with Ballet West, she performed with the Company in “Swan Lake”…. {READ MORE ABOUT MS. TILTON}