Vanessa has been teaching dance and movement for the past twelve years. She has danced with the CHS Lancer Dancers, Culture Shock, The Pulse, Unity Dance Ensemble, PAC Modern and Malashock Dance. Brooks danced in “Dance Ten” by Johnny Smith, Maya’s music video “Like Whoa”, and performed in Super Bowl XXXVVII. Vanessa has had the privilege of taking class at the Edge, Millennium Dance and Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio in L.A. and training under multiple professionals such as: Paula Morgan, Mark Meismer, Brian Friedman, Tessandra Chavez, Mandy Moore, Tabitha and Napoleon from So You Think You can Dance, Susan McClain, a former Martha Graham Dancer, and Lorin Johnson from American Ballet Theatre. In 2008 Brooks, received her Bachelor's of the Arts degree in Dance from California State University Long Beach. Vanessa has the passion for choreographing and teaching dance and Pilates to people of all ages and hopes to spread creativity and inspiration through movement.Beverly Johnson
Beverly is a dancer and choreographer who began her own
exploration of dance at the age of 7. She studied classical ballet in Japan for
5 years before coming back to the U.S. and branching out to styles of Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, and Modern. She danced at a number of different
studios in California and competed in dance competitions with Kings Dance
Center in Hanford, CA. She has won awards for group pieces, as well as “Judge’s
Pick” and “Top 10” awards for a Pointe solo in 2006. Her love of dance continued
to grow through her adult years. She danced at Mira Costa College while
attending her prerequisite studies in Psychology, and has been part of musical
performances and showcases at University of California, Irvine. She continues
to dance in independent shows and at Mira Costa because she believes a dancer
never stops growing and learning. She loves engaging her creativity through
choreography as well as creating a positive environment for dancers to thrive
Valerie Hobbs is a dance and theater major from East Carolina University with a concentration in modern and jazz dance. She has had the privilege of studying jazz under Jay Norman, who was in the movie cast of West Side Story and studied under Jerome Robbins. She has spent the last 20 years teaching dance and master classes at numerous studios and she was the assistant artistic director for Premier Dance in Raleigh, NC and owned her own dance studio after college and in Raleigh, NC. She also spent six years working for Eastern Cheerleading and Dance Association where she was a main instructor and on the choreography staff. Valerie also has been the choreographer for several gymnastic teams and has been trained in spotting tumbling. When she is not sharing her passion for dance and theater, Valerie enjoys playing softball and spending time with her family. Her husband, Mike, is a SSGT in the Marine Corps and she has three children; twins Kaitlyn and Alison who are 16 and Zachary who is 12.
Born and raised in Carlsbad, California, Darnay is a dancer and choreographer and has traveled the world dancing with artists like Beyonce, Rihanna, Miguel and Chaka Kahn. He considers himself very fortunate to have had all these life changing experiences and incorporates them into his classes. He is currently teaching hip hop and break dancing at local studios which are primarily populated with our youth. He also is the choreographer for multiple dance teams each competition season. As a choreographer, Darnay has maintained his individuality throughout his career and is not considered a conformist by any means. Darnay can always be counted on to create something with artistic value and a deeper meaning. He is constantly researching new and upcoming styles in the Hip Hop dance world and effortlessly finds ways to incorporate these elements while adding his personal flare to his pieces. He encourages his students to strive for nothing less than their personal best and views himself as a guide on their personal dance journey.
(Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Ballet/Jazz Combo, Competition Team)
Shannon Mueller graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance as well as a Minor in Integrated Educational Studies. She is formally trained in ballet, jazz, modern, and tap. Some of Shannon’s performance credits include original works of Merce Cunningham (excerpts from Canfield, Scramble, Roaratorio, Changing Step, Signals, Un jour ou deux) in a MinEvent, the LA Tap Festival, and a variety of performances at Chapman University including “American Celebration” (excerpts of Memphis and That’s Entertainment!). Shannon has also received numerous awards for her choreography including “Up and Coming Choreographer” and “Outstanding Choreographer” from Chapman Univeristy, Choreography Awards from Nexstar and Bravo National Dance Competitions as well as “Best Lyrical/Modern/Contemporary” at Spotlight Dance Cup . She was selected as one of Regional Dance America's Emerging Choreographers to attend their annual RDA Craft of Choreography Conference directed by Janis Brenner. She has also set an original piece at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland for the annual showcase, “The Exhibition”, under the direction of Sophia Preston. Shannon has presented choreography at the MixMatch Dance Festival in Santa Monica, CA and recently at the Young Choreographer’s Festival at Symphony Space in New York City.
(Hip-Hop and Competition Hip-Hop)
Jojo started dancing at the young age of 5 years old. When he was 9, he started dancing with a dance studio. Within his first
year, he was on a hip hop competing team and continued to do
numerous competitions. The past 7 years he has trained specifically in street
dance styles abroad. As the co-creator of San Diego's Wild7s Freestyle Krew,
he has dedicated his dance to battling and hip hop culture .
(Clogging, Beginner Hip-Hop Ages 4-6)
Kristin has been dancing ever since she could walk but it wasn’t until age eight when she found her passion in clogging. Ever since then clogging has been her main dance focus. She danced with the Star Steppin’ Cloggers dance studio under DaNae Elton for ten years where she competed in several National clogging competitions, and Halftime shows for the Holiday Bowl and insettia Bowl games at Qualcomm Studium. Kristin is currently teaching clogging, working in after school dance programs, teaching dance at preschools, and working on her Associates of Arts degree in dance and child development.