ARTISTIC DIRECTOR | FOUNDER | CO-OWNER Jennifer Thompson-Bosco 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 Laurence 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. Jennifer was named "Best Dance Instructor" in Burbank for 2013 by the LA Times Burbank Leader.
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS AFFAIRS | CO-OWNER
Sylvia Kelman has had a passion for dance and theatre since she was a little girl. She is a 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. 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 and 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.
Faye Bosco has been dancing for 16 years. She was on the John Burroughs High School Dance Team for 2 years, was their Head Captain, and now is a coach to them along with Emily Pierce. 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. Faye 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.
DIRECTOR - PRE-PROFESSIONAL BALLET TRAINING PROGRAM
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 an ABT® Certified Teacher, and has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
DIRECTOR - PRE-PROFESSIONAL COMMERCIAL DANCE PROGRAM
Christine Dent began dancing at the age of three and is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. 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 relocated to the Los Angeles area after having lived in New York City, where she was pursuing her professional dance and musical theatre career.
Christine has performed as a guest artist with the Martha Graham Dance Company, danced off-Broadway, performed at Carnegie Hall, appeared in countless musicals across the country, and danced at sea with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. A teacher all through her performance career, Christine has set award-winning choreography on competitive dance students all across the country. Christine also serves as a competitive dance judge and adjudicates for StarQuest Talent Competition. Christine is grateful to educate young dancers and feels privileged to share her passion with others!
Gabrielle Edinburgh-Wald 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.
INSTRUCTOR Brendali Espiritu trained on scholarship at the School of American Ballet prior to joining American Ballet Theatre. At ABT, she danced in all the classical repertory and worked with or performed works by renowned choreographers and masters, including George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Gelsey Kirkland, Lar Lubovitch, Natalia Makarova, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Rudolph Nureyev, Glen Tetley, Anthony Tudor, and many others. Espiritu performed as guest artist in galas around the world and after ABT, moved to Los Angeles where she danced and acted in commercials, television, shows, and films. For over 18 years, Espiritu has taught classical Pilates and received her certification through Joseph Pilates’ protégé, Romana Kryzanowaska. She can be seen performing in dozens of Mari Winsor Pilates videos and has been featured in Shape, Glamour, and Fit Magazine as the Pilates fitness model. She integrates the Pilates method of Contrology to teach dance students and private clients to move efficiently, prevent injury, and recondition after injury. Espiritu is certified in the ABT National Training Curriculum and serves on faculty for ABT’s Summer Intensive and the ABT Gillespie School at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
Rose has been dancing since she was two years old. She started formal ballet training at RC Dance Center (formerly Red Chair) at the age of 7. She has attended summer intensives at ABT New York, ABT Irvine, and Maple Conservatory. This summer she attended the BYU advanced summer intensive. In addition Rose has participated at YAGP in both 2015 and 2016. Starting at the age of 9, she began as a teaching assistant and has also consistently helped with Nutcracker rehearsals and choreography particularly for the fight scene. She recently began teaching at RC, and she has plans to become an ABT certified teacher.
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.
Dominique Napolitano has been dancing for over 23 years. She studied at The Art Of The Dance Academy, Media City Ballet, Millennium Dance Complex, and continues to study at The RC Dance Center. Dominique is currently building her resume through the professional world of dance and fitness. She has experience teaching toddlers all the way up to teens. She is trained and instructs Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip Hop classes. She is grateful to her mother, Miss Monica, for introducing her to the world of dance at such a young age.
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 traveled 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 (25 yrs); Garri Dance Studio, Burbank (25 yrs); was the Dance Director for children at the Los Angeles Athletic Club (22 yrs) and has taught dance at Sonshine Preschool in Glendale for the past 10 years.
Melanie Salisbury began dancing at age of 5 in England and attended The Arts Educational Schools in Tring and London where she completed a comprehensive training in RAD and Cecchetti ballet methods, ISTD modern dance, Tap, Character, Drama, Singing and Music. She made her professional debut at the age of 11 dancing in the London/UK tour production of The Nutcracker with The English National Ballet. At age of 16, Melanie began a career in musical theatre starring in the shows, Aladdin, West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Half of a Sixpence, Company, Chicago, and On the Town. Melanie is delighted to be teaching Thursday night's adult ballet/stretch class at RC Dance Center.
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, Luigi, Donald Wessler, Peter Genaro and Ballet Arts in Carnegie Hall in New York City. She was the co-owner of the Dancer's Workshop Studio in West New York. She was also the Founder of the Master Art Dance Company, who danced at Studio 54 and opened for LaToya Jackson. After she worked and danced in New York City, she moved to Los Angeles in 1993 and continued to educate dancers here in the Los Angeles area. She has been teaching at RC Dance Center for as long as its doors have been open, and is the founder of the RC Kickettes.
Sarah is from Missoula, Montana. She became a certified vocal, dance, and acting instructor through a program at On Center Performing Arts. After four years of training, she started instructing her first classes while attending high school.
After teaching in Missoula, Sarah moved to Bellingham, WA to expand her teaching opportunities and to further her education. Sarah's professional teaching experience is spread throughout the Pacific Northwest. Before moving to California, she instructed at Moksha Aerial Studio, Downtown Dance Collective, and On Center Performing Arts in Missoula, Montana.
Along with teaching, Sarah is a professional performer with the Montana Actor's Theater and the Masc Artisans. Sarah is trained in ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, lyrical, musical theatre, contemporary, fire flow and break dancing.