Meet the Staff
Jennifer Thompson-Bosco (Artistic Director & Teacher and co-owner) has been dancing since she was three-years old. A native Southern Californian, Jennifer studied ballet, tap, jazz, pas de duex, adagio, and gymnastics in San Bernardino, CA at Vera Lynn School of the Dance. There she trained under Laura Maruna-Roach and Vera Lynn. Later she danced in Montclair, CA at the California Dance Center where she trained with Lawrence Blake and Victoria Koenig. She has many accolades for her dance performances including winning many southern California dance competitions. In 1988, Jennifer was selected to train at Ballet West in Aspen, Colorado. She also studied voice and piano and has performed with Junior University in San Bernardino, CA. Jennifer started teaching dance through the Burbank Parks and Recreation in 2002 prior to opening The Red Chair School of Performing Arts in 2004. She was also a Gymboree teacher for six years. She is currently an Affiliate Teacher with the American Ballet Theatre. Jennifer is also founder, Director and a Choreographer of The Red Chair Children’s Production Company, which has produced shows such as: The Nutcracker Ballet, Aladdin, Cinderella, High School Musical, and Annie. She received a BA in Political Science from the University of Southern California.
In addition to being the Artistic Director at The RC Dance Center, Miss Jen teaches Preschool Ballet, Tap, Tumble, Kinderdance, Ballet Primary A, B & C, Pee-Wee Hip Hop, Beginning Tap, and Ballet Level 1-7 with Pointe.
Jennifer was recently named “Best Dance Instructor” in Burbank for 2013 by the LA Times Burbank Leader.
Sylvia Kelman (Director of Business Affairs/Co-owner) has had a passion for dance and theatre since she was a little girl. She is native Southern California girl and is a graduate of Cal State University at Northridge with a B.A. in Humanities with a concentration in Film Arts. She also studied abroad, studying Shakespearean plays at the Royal Shakespeare Theater and the Royal National Theater in England. Sylvia has worked in accounting for the film industry, bookkeeping for small businesses and as a Gymboree teacher. Along with her fellow founders, Sylvia opened The Red Chair School of Performing Arts in 2005. Sylvia is also a founder, a producer for The Red Chair Children’s Production Company, a non-profit theatre company that which has produced shows such as: The Nutcracker Ballet , Aladdin, Cinderella, High School Musical, Annie and numerous dance showcases for children.
Gabrielle Edinburgh-Wald (Founder, Acting/Theatre Teacher) is a graduate of Cal State University, Northridge with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. She has been teaching Acting Scene Study at The Red Chair School of Performing Arts for the past five years. Gabrielle is a founder of The Red Chair Children’s Production Company where she has co-produced and directed Cinderella and Aladdin. She has also directed High School Musical and Annie. This is Gabrielle’s fifth year performing as Clara’s Mother and Mother Ginger in The Nutcracker, which she also co-produces. She studied acting under Robert F. Lyons and Ann Eldridge, voice under Victoria Cutler and tap and jazz under the direction of Marge Patka. She was accepted into the Mark Taper Forum Musical Workshop in Los Angeles and has acted in lead roles including Bonjour La Bonjour, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Gypsy, David and Lisa, and Women Behind Bars. Gabrielle has performed in children’s touring theatre productions including Cinderella and Stone Soup and taught preschool for ten years and worked as a Gymboree music teacher for six years. She recently got married and would like to dedicate this performance to her new husband, son and stepdaughter.
Miss Gabi teaches Acting-Scene Study and Stage Play.
Alina Navar has been dancing for 18 years. She was a member of Burbank High’s Varsity Cheer Team. She was also a student at RC Dance Center for five years, where she has participated in our Nutcracker Production in lead roles such as Dew Drop Fairy, Chinese, and Spanish. She has also choreographed hip hop pieces in our spring productions. She currently works for the City of Burbank in the Parks and Recreation department, she works with children ages 3 1/2—10 years old teaching classes including afterschool care, basic ballet classes, arts & crafts, pre-school classes etc.
Miss Alina currently teaches classes from our preschool and our commercial department such as Nursery Rhyme Dance, a beginning and intermediate Hip-Hop, Jazz Combination Class.
Joanne Parada started her dance training at six and by age 18 owned her own dance studio. She studied at the San Francisco Ballet Company, the American School of Dance, and studied stage dance in London. She has a degree in Theatrical Arts from Fresno State University. During a three-year international and nationwide tour, Joanne was the lead dancer, starring as “Cinderella” and “Snow White” in “Disney on Parade”. She has appeared in numerous television shows for NBC and Walt Disney Productions. She is a member of the National Association of Dance and Affiliated Artists and AGVA. “Miss Joanne” has taught at Bailey’s Dance Studio, Huntington Beach (25yrs); Garri Dance Studio, Burbank (25yrs); was the Dance Director for children at the Los Angeles Athletic Club (22yrs) and has taught dance at Sonshine Preschool, Glendale for the past 10 years.
Miss Joanne teaches Miss Joanne’s Ballet, Tap and Tumble, Kinderdance and Preschool Dance.
Monica Sorce was born and raised in New Jersey. She started her dance training at the age of six. Later she studied with such notables as Phil Black, Lulgi, Donald Wessler, Peter Genaro and Ballet Arts in Carnegie Hall in New York City. She was the Founder of the Master Art Dance Co. in New York before moving to Los Angeles in 1993.
Miss Monica teaches Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Primary B/C Ballet and Irish Dance.
Elizabeth Clark was active since a very young age. She started
gymnastics at age 3 and found her calling with dance at the age of
13. She studied with North Harris Performing arts and at the age of
15 simultaneously studied at The High School for the Performing and
Visual Arts. After she graduated with honors and an Arts Award she
ventured to London Studio Center in London, England. After a brief study
session over seas she returned to America to study at American Musical
and Dramatic Academy. Through out all this she has appeared as a
soloist, choreographed, taught and even created her own company “Out
Of Habit.” She has dedicated her time to teaching and exploring the
limitations and boundaries of current dance styles while implementing her
own style. She aspires to take her own company and tour internationally.
A quote to live by “Be a hazard to glass ceilings. You can see right
through them. Relics of narrow thinking. So in the case you bump into
one, apply this simple principle: If it’s not broken, BREAK IT!”
Katie Rose Cunin has trained and performed with The Sacramento Ballet, Regional Dance America/Pacific, The Folsom Lake Civic Ballet, The Crockett-Deane Ballet, The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Steps on Broadway, and Sacramento Music Circus. Some of her finest and most influential teachers have been ballet luminaries Gelsey Kirkland, the late David Howard, ABT’s Alaine Haubert, Reid Olson, Nicole Harlan, and Carinne Binda. She has been awarded for performance and choreography by the National Parent Teacher Association, The Miss America Scholarship Organization, and the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance, including an Elly Nomination for her choreography of a full-length production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. In 2013, Katie Rose began coaching students for the Youth America Grand Prix. Katie Rose is a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Ice Skating Institute.
Dominique Napolitano has been dancing for 18 years. She trained at Art of the Dance Academy, Media City Ballet, and continues to study at The Red Chair School. She has been a student with RC Dance Center for the last 6 years. In the summer of 2009 she participated in the New York City summer dance program at The Broadway Dance Center. She was President on the John Burroughs High School Junior/Varsity Dance Team. She has engaged in various Showcases and stage plays receiving a principal part as Lily in Annie Jr, including The Nutcracker at The Alex Theater performing the lead role of The Sugar Plum Fairy, Arabian, and Snow Queen. She has has had the honor of being a part of The Mayor’s Burbank Tree Lighting Ceremony for 2 years in a row as a Red Chair Rockette. Dominique started off as a student and and progressed to becoming an instructor, you may also see her on office duty. Dominique has experience teaching toddlers all the way up to teens. Her style comprises ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop.On top of
performing and teaching she aspires to work with dance injuries and one day have her own dance facility. She is grateful to her loving Mother Miss Monica for introducing her to the world of dance at a young age and encourages everyone to “Dance like no one is watching!”
Faye Viviana was originally raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and her first passion was dance. At age 15, she moved to New York City to study at the Jacqueline Ken-nedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre as a full scholar-ship student. While she was 16, she was invited to join the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company (now ABT II).
April Ayers started dancing in Northern California at the age of 5. By 13 she was being awarded a full scholarship to train at the San Francisco Ballet and at 16 she attended a summer intensive at the School of American Ballet in New York City. April continued her education and ballet training and became a proud graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts. She also studied with David Howard in New York and Alonzo King in San Francisco. April danced professionally with Ballet Metropolitan in Columbus, Ohio and performed Balanchine’s ballet Serenade, staged by Vicky Simon. Unfortunately her career was cut short by a injury and April went on to have a career on stage and in film and television as an actress. She is a Member of The Actor’s Studio and a Mom of three beautiful children. April Ayers is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.
Samantha Caudle Samantha Caudle has been dancing for 14 years, beginning when she was 7 at a small studio in her hometown. Wanting more dance experience, she expanded to Chicago to Joel Hall and Lou Conte dance studios. She then began studying with the Indiana Ballet Theater and Indiana Youth Ballet, getting a strong sense of technique and performance with many classical shows such as: The Nutcracker,Swan Lake, Cinderella, and many more. She then opened her range of dance styles and began dancing as a company member with a modern based company. Samantha has studied Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Horton, Graham, Contemporary, Improvisation, West African, Lyrical, Musical Theater, Hip Hop, Jazz Funk, Flamenco, Salsa, Breaking and Dunham. Samantha then moved to Los Angeles at 16 where she began dancing with Debbie Allen and her company. At 17 traveled to New York City where she continued dancing and studying with the Alvin Aliey American Dance Theater. Samantha has been teaching various styles for 6 years. Now Samantha is back in Los Angeles continuing her training while teaching and working professionally as a dancer, model, and actor.
Lizzy Briggs Lizzy is well known to RC Dance Center as she has studied ballet, pointe, jazz, and contemporary with us here for seven years. She has trained with several professional companies around the world including American Ballet Theater in Detroit and Alabama, Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, Joffrey Ballet in New York City and Joffrey West in Los Angeles. She has performed choreography by So You Think You Can Dance stars Mia Michaels, Alex Wong, Allison Holker, Brandon Bryant, Ade Obayomi, and Mark Kanemura as well as hip hop stars Misha Gabriel, Dante Sevin, and Leslie Scott. Lizzy has danced as an apprentice of Pacific Ballet Dance Theater and recently received Brigham Young University’s Dance Talent Award. She will be attending BYU Provo in the Fall.
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