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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.
Katie Rose Cunin received her ballet training from Nicole Harlan, Gelsey
Kirkland, David Howard, Wilhelm Burmann, Deirdre Hawkins, Alaine Haubert,
Reid Olson, Carinne Binda, and The Sacramento Ballet.
Since 2013, she has coached students annually for the Youth America Grand
Prix regional competitions in San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles,
coaching students to finishes in the Top 24 Junior Classical, Top 12
Pre-Competitive Contemporary, and Top 12 Ensembles. She received an Elly
Award nomination for her choreography of a production of *Thoroughly Modern
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 Kickette. 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!”
Christine Dent (Director of the Pre-Professional Commercial Program) is new to the Los Angeles area, having recently moved from New York City, where she was pursuing her professional dance and musical theatre career. Christine holds a BFA in dance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. There, she studied ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, tap, hip-hop, and musical theatre. Christine has performed as a guest artist with the Martha Graham Dance Company, danced off-Broadway in a production of Petrouchka, appeared in countless musicals across the country, and danced at sea with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Christine has been a teacher all the while, and loves to share her love of dance with all of her students!
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.
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.
Faye Bosco has been dancing for 16 years. She has also been on the John Burroughs High School Dance Team and is currently their Head Captain. She is trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Rockette-style and Hip-Hop. This training has helped her be able to participate in multiple summer intensives including: The Rockette Summer Intensive in New York City, ABT Young Dancers Program in Orange County, ABT Summer Intensive in Alabama, and the Maple Conservatory Summer Intensive in Orange County.
Jerry Kokich was born in New York into a theatre family. His father, Kazimir Kokich, danced with the Ballets Russe de Monte Carlo, and was on Broadway in “Oklahoma!”, ‘Bells Are Ringing”, “Bye, Bye, Birdie” and many others. Jerry’s mother, Iva Withers, was in the original cast of “Carousel”, as well as the original productions of “Oklahoma!”, “Guys and Dolls”, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”, “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”; 24 Broadway productions in all. Around the corner from his home in NY (really!) Jerry started his ballet training with Tina Youskevitch. He also trained with Gabriella Darvash, then went to SAB (Balanchine’s New York City Ballet school), studying with Richard Rapp, Stanley Williams, and Andrei Kramerevsky, before joining The Joffrey II Dancers, and then The Joffrey Ballet, where he danced for 8 years in such ballets as “Rodeo”, “The Green Table”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Suite St. Saens” and numerous others. Jerry has taught at the Joffrey School in NY, the Santa Clarita Ballet Academy, South Bay Ballet, Extensions Performing Arts Academy, Los Angeles Ballet Academy, and the Vonder Haar Center for The Performing Arts. Former students have danced with The Joffrey, the Los Angeles Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Washington Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, Dresden Ballet, Lines and in the finals of the YAGP competition in New York.
Ami Mattison is a teacher and choreographer. Originally from Michigan, Ami spent several years training and teaching in New York City before relocating to Los Angeles. She is on faculty at the Edge Performing Arts Center and has traveled nationally teaching master classes at studios and universities like Loyola Marymount University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Joffrey Academy of Dance. Ami teaches and sets choreography on many top competitive studios. She has won several Choreography Awards and trained top national soloists. Ami was an original member of collidE dance (Erica Michelle Sobol, artistic director) and was featured in several of collidE’s evening length company shows. Her focus has turned to her own choreography and her passion of training dancers as artists. She has showcased pieces for Medium.Live.Art, Talent Lab, Mashed Up Contemporary Dance, and Choreographer’s Carnival. Ami’s company, Mattidance performed two sold out shows in May 2014.
Laurence Blake is a native of Virginia and attended the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC. During his senior year, he toured nationally with the Agnes DeMille Heritage Dance Theater and upon graduation was asked to join the North Carolina Dance Theater. After two seasons with NCDT, Laurence joined The Joffrey II Dancers under the direction of Sally Bliss and Maria Grandy. He was asked to join the Joffrey Ballet in the fall of 1977 and danced with the company for 5 years. He danced ballets by such notable choreographers as Glen Tetley, John Cranko, Twyla Tharp, Sir Fredrick Ashton, Agnes DeMille, Gerald Arpino and Robert Joffrey. Upon moving to Los Angeles, he performed in several television shows including: Cheers, Hotel, Baryshnikov in Hollywood and Moonlighting (starring Bruce Willis and Cybil Shepard). He was also Assistant Choreographer on the film To Live and Die in LA and choreographed the “Gershwin’s Trunk” episode for Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories. Laurence has been a member of the faculty of The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts since 1980, where he has taught ballet and contemporary dance technique, as well as dance composition. He has taught both nationally and internationally, most notably at the BalletKadiem in Stockholm, Sweden; Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA; Governors Magnet School of the Arts, Norfolk, VA; Orange County High School of the Arts, Los Alamitos, CA; Academy of the Inland Pacific Ballet, Montclair, CA; Westside Ballet School, Santa Monica, CA; Regional Danced America/ Pacific Festival, Bremerton, WA and the Conservatory of Performing Arts, Pasadena, CA. Laurence works in both classical and contemporary styles and he has choreographed work for Inland Pacific Ballet, California State University, Long Beach, Loyola Marymount University, Orange County High School of the Arts, Governors Magnet School of the Arts, Long Beach Ballet Theater and the CalArts Dance Ensemble. Laurence became a founding member of the Los Angeles Chamber Ballet and later served as Resident Choreographer. He received nominations for the Lester Horton Award for Outstanding Choreography for his ballets Tunnel, Black Angels and The Nutcracker. Laurence has also served as Resident Choreographer for the Hawaii Ballet Theater in Honolulu, HI. He choreographed Alice in Wonderland, A Midsummer Nights Dream and The Nutcracker during his residency. Laurence has served as Associate Director of the Pasadena Dance Theater. He choreographed several ballets for the company, of which many have been selected to participate in the Regional Dance America/Pacific Festivals. His ballet Holberg Suite was awarded the National Choreography Plan Award. Most recently, the Regional Dance America/Pacific region presented his ballet Origins at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS.
Gracie Whyte originally from Boise, Idaho and now residing in Los Angeles, received her formal training from London Contemporary Dance School, where she was awarded a Master’s degree with merit in Contemporary Dance. While in London, Gracie performed with the postgraduate company EDge, toured internationally, and danced in numerous events throughout the UK and Europe, performing choreography by Hofesh Shechter, James Wilton, Sasha Waltz, Tony Adigun, among many others. Gracie has also choreographed for companies, festivals, collectives, and site-specific events in the US and UK. Gracie has extensive teaching experience in contemporary, improvisation, ballet, tap, and jazz. She has taught workshops in the United States, England, Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, Austria, and a weeklong summer residency at Casa Des Artes in Portugal.
Alexi Bailey has been dancing since she was four years old and she’s truly passionate about it. A local girl and JBHS dance team member, Alexi is bringing her hip hop expertise to our studio as of Fall 2014.
Mariana Oliveira is originally from Brazil and has been teaching and choreographing in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Brazil. She has also been coaching young students to the Youth American Grand Prix.
Her career started as a ballet dancer. At the age of 17 she travelled to London to study at the Royal Academy of Dance where she graduated. She also did a traineeship with the National Dance Company of Wales where she had her first contact with contemporary dance. As a young dancer in Brazil she participated in many dance festivals, including the Rio de Janeiro Festival, Joinville Festival and Brasilia International Festival. At the age of 19 she was invited to perform the ballet Giselle with the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami.
In 2007 she moved to New York and started to study contemporary dance at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway and DNA. She studied with teachers and directors, such as Azsure Barton, Stephen Petronio, Brice Mousset and Philip Gardner. The New York life style inspired her to start a small group with the idea of integrating artists from different backgrounds. In 2009, she founded The Union Project Dance Company. The company performed at the Tribeca Performing Arts and Lincoln Center.
Now residing in Los Angeles, Mariana has recently been the winner of the Breaking Glass Project 2014, affording her the opportunity of being produced in a evening length show in 2015. She won People’s Choice at the World Dance Awards, and was invited as a panellist to speak at Dance Career Day.
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.
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.
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).
Jose Carayol (Pre-Professional Training Program Director) Born and raised in Ibiza, Spain, Jose Carayol gained the “Solo Seal Award” of the Royal Academy of Dancing under the direction of Sandy Watson. Mr. Carayol relocated to Madrid at the young age of fifteen years old after receiving a National Scholarship to study at the world renowned “Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza de Carmen Roche”. There he studied with Ballet Teachers such as Carmen Roche, Victor Ullate, Emmanuelle Broncin, Maru Segarra and Juan Carlos Ajenjo to name a few. He later graduated with Distinction. While studying, he was an apprentice artist at the “BCR – Ballet Carmen Roche” on their national and international tours. Such extensive training led him to many highly acclaimed soloist roles with “Ballet Concierto Iñaki Urlezaga” or “SemperOper Ballet” and under the direction of Fernando Coelho and Sarah Balzat, who created an original piece for him. His career then took him all over the world, performing the Ballet Repertoire: Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Carmen, Paquita, Coppelia, Cinderella amongst many others. Mr. Jose then decided to be a freelance artist and was part of the “Elemental South American Tour” as a soloist, where he was highlighted on many national newspapers for his role. Upon his return to Europe, he relocated to the UK and performed over the course of two years at the highly acclaimed Royal Opera House in London.
After a very successful career in dance and being inspired by many Ballet Masters such as Marina Antonova (Bolshoi), Guy Albouy (Opera de Paris), Franco de Vita (ABT), Jason Beechey (Palucca Hoschule für Tanz), Maria Torija (School of American Ballet), Raymond Lukens (ABT), Angel Corella (ABT) and Christopher Wheeldon (Royal Ballet), he decided to transfer all his knowledge to young aspiring dancers. He then went to NYC to study with the “National Training Curriculum” for teachers at the American Ballet Theater. Mr. Carayol has studied and deeply analyzed the theory of dancing and teaching, as well as Anatomy, Psychology for Dancers and Nutrition. Mr Carayol is now an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
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