Jazz, Contemporary, Team CAPA Choreographer
Preschool, Ballet, Tap
Shane Bruce (SB)
Ben Carter (BC)
Preschool, Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, Jazz, Contemporary
Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Team CAPA Choreographer
Tap, Hip Hop
Ballet, Jazz, Acrobatics
Preschool, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Team CAPA Choreographer
Ballet, Preschool, Parent and Child, Jazz
Ashley Feinsinger (AF)
Courtney Gleaves Sessions
Lauren has been dancing as long as she can remember, and has been teaching and inspiring CAPA students for 18 years. She has performed with the St. Louis Municipal Opera, Gateway Ballet of St. Louis and American Dance Troupe, as well as competing regionally and nationally. Since graduating with honors from the University of California Santa Barbara, she has devoted her energy to teaching dance full-time. Lauren served as Children’s Ballet Mistress for the Moscow Ballet’s Santa Barbara production of The Nutcracker, and has been a member of Dance Masters of America for over 15 years. Her goal as a teacher is to help each student become a confident and joyful dancer. Lauren lives in Camarillo with her husband, Will, and their daughters, Charlotte and Emerson.
Stephanie is so proud of how the performing arts have shaped her life. In 1999, she founded Stephanie Elder School of Dance which later became Camarillo Academy of Performing Arts. As the Artistic Director of CAPA, her students have won numerous awards and scholarships and many have gone on to pursue a career in the performing arts. She is a certified member of Dance Masters of America (DMA) since 2000. Stephanie wishes to thank all of the wonderful families at CAPA who have helped her turn a simple dance studio in to a dance community where the love of the performing arts is nurtured. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and their four children, plus another little ballerina on the way!
LeConté is a Louisiana native who currently lives in California. Growing up, he attended many competitions including JUMP, LADM, West Coast Dance Explosion, Artist Simply Human, and more where he received countless awards. He worked for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line as a dancer/ aerialist. Currently, he works with AATMA and is a freelance dancer in Los Angeles. LeConté has trained at many places including Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, University of Arizona, and more. Throughout his dance career he has traveled to 15 countries and over 15 states in counting. He has been teaching for 6 years and truly believes that dancers teach him just as much as he does them. LeConté’s primary objective as a teacher is to help the dancer become the artist they wish to grow into.
Jo Bliss has been teaching dance to children since 1983. She owned and operated her own dance studio in Oklahoma City, Okla. from 1989 until 2005 when she moved to California to nanny for her daughter. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education from the University of Central Oklahoma, studied dance on a dance scholarship at Oklahoma City University from 1983 to 1987 and enjoyed taking class with Ballet Oklahoma for over 10 years. She danced in over 20 musicals including “Annie”, “My One and Only”, and “Crazy for You”. She was awarded the “Gypsy” award twice and served as dance captain in “Dames at Sea.” She is a member of Dance Masters of America.
Born and educated in Romania, Mrs. Boeriu received her BA in Dance from the National School of Art, Choreography Department and she earned her Masters Degree in Philosophy/Pedagogy from the Babes-Bolyai University, both in Cluj-Napoca Romania. Mrs. Boeriu went on to an impressive career first as a company member and then as Principal Dancer with the National Opera House of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She performed in all classical, neoclassical and modern ballet productions of the Theatre as well as in the Theatre’s numerous Opera productions.
After graduation Mrs. Boeriu was invited as faculty of the National School of Art in the Choreography Department and a member of the coaching team for the Romanian participants in the international ballet competitions held in Varna (Bulgaria) and Moscow (Russia). Several students from her classes received fellowships at the Bolshoi Choreographic School in Moscow (Russia). In 1983 after defecting from Romania she became a faculty member of the School of the Rome Opera House in Rome (Italy). At the same time she held the position of principal teacher and ballet mistress/choreographer with “Viva la Danza” School & Company. Mrs. Boeriu was also a lecturer of folk dance from Eastern Europe (theory & practical courses) at the Centro di Studi per l’Educazione Fisica (CONI) in Rome and at the European Center for Physical Training Studies in Bologna, Italy. Since 1989 Mrs. Boeriu was guest faculty of Cleveland and then Ballet San Jose (School & Company). She is the co-founder and former Artistic Director of Ballet Ventura School and Artistic Director/Choreographer for the Channel Islands Ballet Co. In 1999 she was co-founder of the Ventura County Ballet Co. and from 2002-2015 the founder and Artistic Director/Choreographer of All American Ballet (School & Company). Since her arrival in Ventura Mrs. Boeriu has created and choreographed more than twenty full-length ballet/dance productions and groomed scores of dancers that received employment opportunities, countless scholarships and acceptances from the world of dance in Europe and in the US.
In 2006 Mrs. Boeriu was presented the Mayor’s Arts Award for Arts Educators by Mayor C. Morehouse in recognition of her rich history of artistic achievement and contribution to Ventura’s cultural community. She is also the recipient of the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition presented to her by the Ventura County Star “2014 Class of 25 over 50” for outstanding and invaluable service to the community.
Joey has been featured as a dancer on “Once Upon a Time,” feature film Frankie and Alice, and was a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance Canada. She has been teaching and adjudicating advanced jazz, lyrical and contemporary for many years both locally in the Los Angeles area, as well as nationally for Core Dance Competition, Talent Explosion and Stars of Tomorrow. She has also appeared on stage for Celebrity and Princess Cruiselines, Disneyland, and as a member of the dance troupe she owns and directs! Joey is an energetic, fun and inspiring instructor, and she is thrilled to join the staff of CAPA.
Shane Bruce started dancing in his hometown of Santa Cruz, CA at 8 years old and has been training ever since. Since high school, he has taught all ages and levels of hip hop at various studios around the Bay Area. With mentors such as Gary Kendall, David Bortnick, and Joy Smith, he has developed a well-rounded style that incorporates hip hop fundamentals, choreography, freestyles, tricks, and performance skills. Above all, Shane loves working with dancers of any age and believes that class should be fun and accessible to everyone.
Ben Carter began his formal dance training under with the mentorship of Gary Kendall throughout his childhood in Santa Cruz, California as member of high-energy, locally acclaimed dance troupes. In 2004 he began his college study where he began choreographing for the Georgia Southern University dance team, which successfully competed at the national level. While attending GSU, Ben also danced with a local troupe performing in Atlanta and opening for such high-profile concert artists as Ciara and Bobby Valentino, while also being featured as a dance instructor within the University. After Graduation, Ben moved back to the West Coast to continue his dancing career teaching classes and workshops at multiple studios. Ben now resides in Los Angeles and has had a successful career with Bloc Talent Agency. In a relatively short time, Ben has created a buzz by working with such high profile choreographers like Richy Jackson, Rosero McCoy, Fatima Robinson and Dana Wilson. Ben wrapped up his first tour in December of last year performing internationally with Cody Simpson on Justin Bieber’s Believe Tour. Some of Ben’s other credits include national commercials with Budweiser, Nike, Jordache, and Air Jordan, high profile campaigns with American Eagle and Adidas, and on Disney’s “Shake It Up”, AMA performances, Mattel, Sony, Heineken, and the list goes on…
Born and raised outside of Chicago, Jackie began dancing at the age of 3 under the artistic direction of Jan Powers and Vicky Alfirevic of the Schaumburg School of Dance. She began choreographing and teaching at the age of 16 for her High School dance team until she left to attend college at The University of Iowa. In 2013, Jackie graduated receiving dual degrees in both Dance and Entrepreneurial Management, along with a minor in Spanish. She also received her Yoga Teaching Certification from James Miller Yoga, studying from James Miller himself. While attending the University of Iowa, she had the privilege to work under many renowned choreographers such as The Joffrey Ballet School’s Artistic Director George de la Peña, Alan Sener, Deanna Carter, Eloy Barragan, Armando Duarte, Jennifer Kayle, Charlotte Adams, and professional ballet dancer and actress, Karen Burns. Her most prestigious performances include Deanna Carter’s “Bach Concerto Rework for Nine Women” and Alan Senar’s “Tongues in Trees”, where she danced alongside the JACK Quartet live. Jackie moved to the Los Angeles area in 2015 where she continues to dance in various contemporary companies, most recently with Emmy award winning choreographers Christopher “Pharside” Jennings and Krystal “Phoenix” Meraz. She is very excited to be living in LA and can’t wait to start off this season with the CAPA family!
Maggie has been awarded Top Choreographer, 2nd Overall Production and three Most Entertaining awards at Dance Master Of America. She is a DMA National Title Holder 2001. Maggie is also an LA Dance Invitational (1999 & 2003) & LA Dance Force Competition Gold Medal Winner (1994-2002). She danced professionally with Danny Daniels and The Dance America Company, toured with Columbia Artists as a lead dancer and has performed feature roles for HBO, John Denver television shows and Pennies from Heaven. She has choreographer of the Hallmark TV movie, “A Grandpa for Christmas” as well as Gilmore Girls Season Opener and “An Evening with Gaeda Mier”. Maggie was honored in 2008 in New York City’s Tap Week for her vast contribution to the tap community. Maggie is a member of Dance Masters of America, serving as Vice President and has taught for over 30 years.
Triple threat singer, dancer, and choreographer, Chasen has been featured in Dancer magazine as “one to watch.” completing a nationwide tour with State Street Ballet as a soloist, Chasen has choreographed for Eva Longoria, That Kid Conrad and Amber Blu music videos, “Breezy” web series, and personally coached kids now on Broadway and for YAGP. His choreography won as “Best Young Choreographer” and was performed at Regional America Southwest. Chasen began his career as a young actor and singer, performing in Chuck Norris films, with Leann Rimes, and in the musicals Casper (National tour), Oliver, The Music Man, and All My Sons. He left singing to pursue a career in dance, training of full scholarship with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Houston Ballet, Ballet Austin, and Texas Ballet Theatre. In 2010, Chasen moved to L.A. to further pursue his dance and music career. Chasen is now a company member with the Barak Ballet in Los Angeles.
Alanna has been dancing at CAPA for 14 years training in all styles of dance in the conservatory level. She has been dancing competitively at CAPA for nearly 12 years. Alanna currently attends La Reina High School where she is the captain of the dance team and choreographs often for the arts program. She is so excited to share her love for dance in a new way this year.
Natalie has been dancing since age three, and is currently a freelance dancer in Los Angeles. She teaches throughout Ventura County as well as being a freelance choreographer for soloists, Music Videos, productions, and events in the Los Angeles area. Natalie has danced Principal and Soloist roles with Pasadena Dance Theatre, Pacific Festival Ballet, Media City Ballet, Hollywood Ballet, La Danserie, Ballet Concerto, New World Ballet, and Collin County Ballet Theatre, and appeared as Featured Dancer for Disney’s Pixar Animation, Eva Longoria’s “Rally for Kids with Cancer,” FOX Searchlight’s “Black Swan DVD Release,” FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance” Promo, Carnival Choreographer’s Ball, VH1’s “Save the Music” Benefit, and “Legion of Hope” Fashion and Awards Show. She has also appeared in feature films, music videos, and TV series, and has modeled for LA Fashion Week and “Project Runway” competition. Natalie has enjoyed professional training and performance experience with Marguerite Derricks (FAME), Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, State Street Ballet, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Nathalie Krassovska (Ballet Russe), Soili Arvola (NYCB), Fernando Bujones (ABT), Bruce Marks (Boston Ballet), The Edge Performing Arts Center, and won awards at such dance conventions as Tremaine and LADF. She holds a B.A. in Arts & Performance from the University of Texas, Dallas, where she performed modern works with the UTD Dance Ensemble. Natalie has directed and choreographed for numerous dance companies and programs. Natalie’s vision is “to honor the heritage and history of classical ballet while utilizing modern stories, music, choreography, and theatrical elements to produce new, creative performances that will entertain, entice, and excite a new generation of audiences as never before seen.”
Thaïs is a native Californian who studied ballet with Don Hewitt, Joey Harris, Stanley Holden and at the Royal Ballet School in London, England. She was a principal dancer with the Düsseldorf Ballet in Germany and toured internationally. While abroad, Thaïs studied Cecchetti (Italian), Vaganova (Russian) and Bournonville (Danish) methods of training. Thaïs enjoys teaching all aspects of classical/contemporary ballet and the art of classical Spanish dance.
Tera LoDico has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She spent 15 years at one studio in Seattle. She began teaching when she was 13 and danced with all productions and took part in many regional and national dance competitions. She began dancing with the Ballet Bellevue Dance Company under direction of Ronn Tice from the Royal Ballet London, while still in High School. After High School she continued her dance studies at California Institute of The Arts in Valencia, California. Studying under Christine Lawson she received a BFA in dance.
Mary may look familiar to you, she joined CAPA alongside her twin sister Maggie Danielsen in March 2006. Mary danced professionally with Danny Daniels and Dance America Company. She toured with Columbia Artists as a lead dancer. She was a featured dancer in the John Denver Special, on several HBO specials, and appeared in the movie Pennies from Heaven. Mary works with many entertainers in television, film and theatrical projects.
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Marielle is an experienced passionate dance-artist. She started training at the young age of 3 under Liza O. Mata of St. Anne’s Ballet in the Philippines, who is now the dance director of Coastal Dance Centre in South Carolina. Marielle took lessons in Jazz, Hawaiian Hula, Classical Ballet and Modern, where she received remarks of Highly Commended and Distinction from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD London). She entered the University of the Philippines in 2000 as a Dance major under the supervision of Basilio Esteban ViIlaruz for further hone her skills and became a more graceful dancer formidable not only in Classical Ballet but in Modern, Lyrical/ Contemporary, and styles such as Pangalay, Classical Indian Bharatanatyan, Flamenco and some Folk and Ethnic Dance during her study. She has performed and taught all over the Philippines and Asia. Upon graduating from UP, Marielle became a company member of the Philippine Ballet Theatre trained by Anatoly Panasyukov (Ballet Master) where she had the opportunity to dance lead roles in Classical and Modern Ballet. She also was a dancer with Royal Caribbean International Productions in 2009 and had the opportunity to travel and perform around the world. She has been teaching for more than 15 years
Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Christina studied in the professional division of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. She later went on to attend the Juilliard School in New York City, graduating in 2005 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Upon graduation, Christina kicked off her professional career with a residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Foundation, and soon after joined the Koresh Dance Company in Philadelphia. After two seasons with Koresh, Christina returned to Canada in 2007 to join Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal (BJM Danse), where she danced for eight seasons, touring the world. In June 2015, Christina relocated to Los Angeles to join BODYTRAFFIC. Christina has performed in television productions and special events for companies such as Cirque du Soleil, L’Oreal, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Black Fawn Films and Radio Canada. Throughout her career she has danced the works of renowned choreographers such as Crystal Pite, Robert Battle, Hofesh Shechter, Aszure Barton, Barak Marshall, Ohad Naharin, Cayetano Soto, Mauro Bigonzetti and Andonis Foniadakis. In addition to performing, Christina is also passionate about teaching. She teaches master classes globally and has been on guest faculty for organizations such as Regional Dance America, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Long Beach Ballet, Windward School, Greater Washington Dance Center, Montreal Dance Network and Le Domaine Forget Academy of Music and Dance. Christina’s love for teaching also extends into yoga. Certified through YogaWorks, she currently teaches yoga at AMDA College for the Performing Arts, BODYTRAFFIC, and to a large private clientele in the Los Angeles area.
Michelle Elkin most recently choreographed a promo for the TV Land show “Younger” as well as a piece for the NSO Pops Opening at Kennedy Center. Michelle also choreographed a new production of the musical “Children Of Eden”. She also created musical numbers featuring Tony Award winner Sutton Foster and special guest Joshua Henry for the National Symphony Orchestra at Kennedy Center, the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and the Houston Symphony at Jones Hall. She has also lent her choreographic talents to the hit ABC Family show, Baby Daddy, a TNT pilot titled “Dawn” directed by Sam Raimi as well as a production of Little Shop Of Horrors in Tampa, FL! Michelle’s choreography has also be seen in such projects as the feature films Wild Hogs and What Just Happened, as well as Emmy award winning television shows, Boston Legal, Weeds, Lifetime’s reality show “Your Mama Don’t Dance”, Warren The Ape on MTV, Marvin, Marvin on Nickelodeon, as well as the tap sequences in ABC Family’s Bunheads. She was the Associate Choreographer for the films, Semi-Pro, Tropic Thunder, 10 Things I Hate About You, Cinderelmo, Looney Tunes: Back In Action, 13 Going on 30, Starsky and Hutch, tv series Viva Laughlin, Dancing With The Stars, the musical, Sister Act at Pasadena Playhouse, as well as the 58th Emmy Awards with Conan O’ Brien, the 63rd Emmy Awards with Jane Lynch and 81st Academy Awards with Hugh Jackman. Michelle was also the Associate Choreographer of the Broadway show, Wonderland at the Marriott Marquis Theater.
Ashley grew up dancing in Southern California. She traveled to Austria and Paris to perform at the Tanzsommer Invitational Dance Festival and competed nationally for over ten years. Ashley has danced for Disney, Warner Brothers, performed at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Greek Theater. She has had the privilege of working with greats such as Danny Daniels, Sam Webber and Gregory Hines. She received the NYC Dance Alliance Critics Choice Awards, was Dance Masters of America’s “Miss Teen Dance of Southern California 2000″ and Spotlight semi-finalist in 2001 and 2002. Ashley was featured in Dance Spirit Magazine, and has won numerous awards for her beautiful and thought-provoking choreography. She recently completed her Ph.D in Philosophy, and is now a professor at University of San Diego.
A New England native Scott has performed on BROADWAY in six shows as well as two national tours……his most memorable being JEROME ROBBINS BROADWAY, SWING, 42ND STREET, The TAP DANCE KID and Twyla Tharp’s MOVIN OUT.
Feature films include ROCK OF AGES, GANGSTER SQUAD, BOOGIE NIGHTS, GNOMEO & JULIET, BEDTIME STORIES, THE PRODUCERS, GUESS WHO, GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE, INSPECTOR GADGET, MIGHTY APHRODITE, ANASTASIA , FROZEN (bonus musical theater number on DVD) and his personal favorite, the BEST PICTURE OSCAR winner, CHICAGO!
Television appearances include BUNHEADS, THE NEIGHBORS, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, STAR SEARCH (1992 grand dance champions “Boys Back East”), DANCING WITH THE STARS, GLEE, WILL & GRACE, SWINGTOWN, ELLEN, SUDDENLY SUSAN, CINDERELLA, ANNIE, CAROLINE IN THE CITY, ELI STONE, TRACY ULLMAN-live and exposed, and the TONY BENNETT TV Special – AN AMERICAN CLASSIC.
Scott, who also danced early in his career with the NEW YORK CITY BALLET and the BOSTON BALLET, has been in over 30 national commercials from NISSAN to OLD NAVY,GAP, DIET COKE, ORAL B and DR. PEPPER to name a few. He has performed in live shows from the Oscars to the Emmys, Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular to the Grammys and Tony’s as well as teaches, choreograph and spread the love of DANCE in and around this country.
After a three year run dancing with CHER from Las Vegas to Moscow Russia Scott is happy to be back home in Los Angeles. He is very proud of the longevity and variety of his dance career and honored to have worked with so many legendary, iconic choreographers of the this century.
Scott is GRATEFUL and gives THANKS to his mentor, dance teacher and Uncle…. Bill Fowler for this life and love of DANCE!!!! Look for Scott in the feature film TED 2 and also LUCKY STIFF where he not only dances in the film but also serves as it associate choreographer.
Courtney received her BFA in Modern Dance from University of Utah. Professionally she has danced with AXIS Dance Company, Next Reflex Collective Dance Company, Carla & Company, InFlux Dance Company, Helanius Wilkins, and Airealistic. Courtney has also spent time in Berlin, Germany, dancing with Staatliche Ballettschule und Schule fÃ¼r Artistik. In addition to performing personally, she has also choreographed for various studios and schools across the U.S. She moved to Los Angeles in mid 2012 with her husband, Matthew. Courtney hopes to continue her career in dance by teaching, choreographing, and performing.