Tori Bartels is originally from Walnut Creek, California and began her dance training at the age of two. She received the majority of her training at pre-professional competitive dance studio, Dance Connection Performing Arts Centre in Concord, California. She also trained at the Alonzo King LINES Dance Center in San Francisco, California. During high school, she was a member of the Odyssey Dance Company under the direction of Paula Henson. After high school, her aspirations to pursue dance as a future career moved her to Orange, California, where she is currently obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and a minor in Integrated Educational Studies at Chapman University. Tori has extensively trained in jazz, contemporary, ballet, modern, hip hop, and ballroom. She has studied under elite, award winning instructors and choreographers, including, Alicia Guy, Will Johnston, Lawrence Rosenberg, Liz Maxwell, Jenny Backhaus, Liz Imperio, David King, and numerous others. In 2014, Tori spent the summer traveling throughout Europe and performed in Entertainment Tonight, at The Kolowrat Theatre in Prague, Czech Republic. In addition, she has performed in numerous dance concerts at Chapman University, such as Works in Progress, Concert Intime, Fall Faculty Dance Concert and Chapman Celebrates Annual Fundraising Gala. Tori is also an awards winning choreographer. She has choreographed multiple Chapman University dance concert pieces, dance studio competition dances, Alpha Phi’s skits and lip syncs, and student-organized musicals. Dance is major part of Tori’s life and she wishes to continue pursuing her dreams after graduation. Tori aspires to join a world touring dance company, which melds two of her passions in life: dance and travel.
Hannah Beddow started dancing at age 14 in Santa Cruz, California. She trained at both a classical ballet school as well as a competitive jazz studio. In 2013 she began studying at Chapman University pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. While at Chapman Hannah has trained in Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, Ballroom, Heels, Musical Theatre, Pilates, and Acting. Along with dance training Hannah studied choreography, kinesiology, anatomy, nutrition, sports medicine and a dance in film. She has created two of her own dance in film projects as well as performed in eight other film projects. Hannah danced in Chapman University’s Dance Touring Ensemble. She performed in five of the seven pieces that toured around Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada. Other performances include, Chapman Dance Alliance shows, Fall Dance Concert, American Celebration, Works in Progress, Concert Intime, Spring Dance Concert, and Chapman Celebration. Upon graduation Hannah plans to move to LA to pursue a career in the commercial dance industry. Hannah aspires to perform in a Cirque du Solei show, dance internationally, and dance in Films.
Spencer Biggs is a dancer, choreographer and acrobat originally from St. Louis, Missouri. He began his dance training in high school, after over ten years of gymnastics training. Upon seeing his friends perform he was inspired to expand his training into dance, falling in love with the the artistry and emotion that it would allow him to explore. A highlight of his training, he took advantage of multiple opportunities to train at the Bela Karolyi National Training Camp in Houston, Texas as a member of the USA Acrobatic Gymnastics Junior Olympic Team. He has also had the privilege of training all over the country with master teachers and choreographers. Having nearly equal training in acrobatics and dance, Spencer enjoys finding a fusion of the two in his movement to create an exhilarating yet emotional experience for his audiences. He hopes to continue to inspire people to fuse their talents to express their individuality like no-one else can. Now a Senior at Chapman University, Spencer is beyond excited to enter the professional dance industry in Los Angeles and eventually New York, Las Vegas, and internationally.
Parker Blakely is a native of Pendleton, Oregon and has been dancing since the age of 10. He has trained with a multitude of styles from jazz, ballet, modern, contemporary, ballroom, and hip-hop. He will be graduating from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and a minor in Integrated Educational Studies. He is currently employed by the Walt Disney Corporation as a parade performer in Disneyland. At the resort he has had the opportunity to learn many roles in a multitude of shows. Some of his favorites have been Fantasmic! as well Mickey’s Soundsational Parade. He is quite active on the Chapman University campus as a four-year member of the Chapman University Dance Team. He also has loved every opportunity to choreograph. He has choreographed pieces for Works In Progress, Concert Intime, Chapman Dance Alliance’s Fall Show, as well as he will be debuting a new piece in May for the Spring Dance Concert. He has had the privilege to perform in many shows at Chapman. He has been involved with 26 productions over the past 4 years. Some including Fall Dance Concert, American and Chapman Celebration, and a collaborative class called Technology for Live Performance. Parker had the privilege of performing for the Inauguration of the newest Chapman University president. He is currently represented by McDonald Selznick Associates, a Los Angeles-based agency, and is planning on pursuing a professional dance career following graduation.
Cristina Escobar (Baltimore, MD) began training in ballet at a young age where she passed the Royal Academy of Ballet Graded Examinations in Dance for grades 5, 6, & 7 with Distinction. She then went on to train in the ABT ballet curriculum at Ballet Royale. She was accepted into Carver Center for the Arts & Technology’s dance program where she attended high school and received training in Horton, West African and Neoclassical ballet styles. She graduated high school with academic honors and was inducted into the National Dance Honor Society her junior year. Cristina has spent three summers training intensely at the Alvin Ailey Professional Division Summer intensive. In addition, she trained at the Broadway Dance Center Professional Summer Semester where she performed in pieces by Theresa Stone, Phil Orsano and Miles Keeney. She was ecstatic to be accepted to Chapman University's dance program where she has trained intensely in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Modern. Cristina will be graduating from Chapman University in May 2017 with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Dance Performance. Cristina has had numerous performance opportunities throughout her time at Chapman including Fall Faculty Performances, numerous student choreographed performances, Chapman Celebrates, and a collaborative course performance with Cirque du Soleil under the direction of Alicia and Don Guy. She has a love of all styles of dance and has trained in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, and Ballroom. Cristina has loved having the opportunity to train and network coast to coast throughout her life and hopes to continue fostering her passion for dance through training across the country and globe. Upon graduation she will be moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in commercial dance, with aspirations to travel the world and integrate dance with community outreach. Cristina is excited to be able to do what she loves and call it work!
Ellie is originally from Duluth, Georgia where she trained at a competitive studio under the direction of Jeff Boss and Jamie Wardrop. She studied various styles of dance, including jazz, lyrical, contemporary, ballet, musical theatre, and hip hop at Dance Arts Centre. Ellie furthered her training in many summer intensives and programs such as LA Contemporary Dance Company, The Dance Sessions, Joffrey Ballet West, and New York City Dance Alliance. From a young age, Ellie knew she wanted to pursue dance as a career so she moved to California after graduating high school to study dance at Chapman University. Ellie is currently in her final year at Chapman, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance with a minor in Leadership & Entrepreneurship. During her junior year she was given the opportunity to serve as Vice-Captain of the Chapman University Dance team, and as a senior served as Co-Captain of the nationally undefeated team with Matthew Kubitz. Ellie was also given the opportunity to perform in the Chapman University Dance Touring Ensemble, that performed various styles of dance to high schools and dance studios in the Southern California area in order to expose students to the dance program at Chapman University. Ellie has received many scholarships and awards, some of which include the Duluth Fine Arts League Scholarship, Georgia Governor's Honors Program, and in 2013 was awarded as a YoungArts Merit Scholar. Upon graduation in May of 2017, Ellie will be traveling to Prague, Czech Republic to perform in the Prague Dance Festival under the choreography of Alicia Guy. Ellie plans on moving to Los Angeles and having her passion and dedication lead her into a commercial career in the entertainment industry.
Originally from Rancho Santa Margarita, California, Nicole Hagen began training at South County Dance under the direction of Clarisse Takemoto at the age of nine. Here, she fostered her undeniable passion, curiosity, and enthusiasm for dance, which led her to Chapman University where she will graduate with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Business Administration in May 2017. During her time at Chapman, she has had the opportunity to perform works by Ido Tadmor, Sean Greene, Nancy-Dickson Lewis, and Alicia Guy. At the end of her junior year, Nicole received the Fannie Kalis Award and Scholarship in recognition of her overall contribution and commitment to the Chapman Dance Department. In July of 2016, she was selected to present her research at the Performing Arts Medical Association Conference in New York City. Nicole has loved being highly involved at Chapman by choreographing for several department concerts, serving as the Co-President of Chapman Dance Alliance, being a member of Chapman University Dance Team and performing with Chapman’s Dance Touring Ensemble. Outside of school, Nicole has performed at Carnival Choreographer’s Ball, Mix Match Dance Festival, McCallum Choreography Festival and furthered her training by attending several intensives including LA Contemporary Dance, Gaga Los Angeles, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Entity Contemporary Dance, and Rockettes. Commercially, Nicole is represented by McDonald/Selznick Associates and has had the privilege to dance alongside Paramore at the Teen Choice Awards and be featured in Dance Spirit Magazine as a Future Star Award Recipient. As a long time resident of Southern California, she has been exposed to a wide variety of artists who have helped shape her own distinct and expansive artistic vocabulary. Nicole is intrigued by both the concert and commercial dance worlds and is looking forward to moving to Los Angeles following graduation to begin carving her own professional career path.
Gina Hesp was born and raised in Newport Beach, California. She began dancing at Irvine Dance Academy, and spent over ten years at Focus Dance Center as a competitive dancer. Throughout her early years she trained in various styles of dance including: jazz, lyrical, tap, ballet, and hip hop. During high school she danced with Orchesis Dance Company, where she was given the opportunity to perform and choreograph for their annual concert and in other venues. Gina has been recently studying at Chapman University as a Dance and Psychology major. During her experience,she has continued training in ballet, jazz, modern, tap, and ballroom. At Chapman she was been able to perform in the Fall Faculty Concert, American Celebration, and the Spring Dance Concert. She has also done other performances in a variety of settings, including the Mccalum Theater Choreography Festival. Gina has done choreography, specifically for the Works in Progress Concert in February of 2015. During the summer of 2016 Gina had the opportunity to attend the Performing Arts Medical Association (PAMA) Symposium in New York City. During this experience she was able to present personal research on dancer’s ability to tolerate pain and injuries. Gina has taught for various ages, and is guest teacher at Orchesis Dance Company. Gina has recently become certified in Sculpt teacher training at Corepower Yoga, in hopes of incorporating yoga into her dance teaching. Along with teaching, she is currently choreographing a piece for the Technology for Live Performance showcase this coming Spring.
Daniel Huynh was born in Portland, Oregon and began training intensively at the age of 15 under the direction of Michelle Holt at Dance Vision, where he studied jazz, ballet, hip hop, and contemporary movement. Upon moving to California, Daniel began pursuing a BFA in Dance Performance at Chapman University. Studying dance in higher education opened up countless new opportunities for him to explore. Daniel actually combined his interests in education and dance by presenting his studies at the Performing Arts Medicine Association Symposium in New York City. During his time at Chapman, Daniel also had the unique opportunity to work under Ido Tadmor (Bat-Dor Dance Company, Batsheva Dance Company) in his piece entitled “Z-Ra.” Chapman has also allowed Daniel to develop a strong interest in creating his own dance works. In May, he will be presenting his piece, “Seeking Refuge,” in the Spring Dance Concert which will be held at the Musco Center for the Arts alongside ten other senior choreographers. Recently, Daniel has had the privilege of sharing his passion for choreography through teaching at Millennium Dance Complex in Orange County, and presenting work at Loose Cannon Events in Westminster as well as MixMatch Dance Festival in Santa Monica. Post graduation, Daniel is looking forward to showcasing his piece, “Faded,” at Club Jeté alongside several other Los Angeles based choreographers. He is also preparing to present choreographic work with RAW: Natural Born Artists Orange County. Daniel is moving out to Los Angeles in order to pursue a career in both commercial and concert dance while making efforts to establish his name as a choreographer with hopes of opening his own company in the near future. Daniel believes in promoting dance in as many ways as possible and plans to feature his work through the use of photography and film alongside stage work.
Originally from Rochester Hills, Michigan, Heather Kelly began dancing at the age of three. By the age of six, she began training intensively with a competitive dance studio in multiple styles including, ballet, jazz, contemporary, acrobatics, and tap. At age 12, Heather furthered her training at Juliana’s Academy of Dance in Madison Heights, Michigan. Heather was awarded numerous national titles, top overall awards, and scholarships while competing. Along with training at her dance studio, Heather attended several ballet and jazz intensives across the United States every summer since she was 13 years old. Heather was also a model for Dancewear Solutions. While living in Michigan, Heather has danced with artists such as Kid Rock, FloRida, Goo Goo Dolls, Jesse McCartney, and Shontelle in NBA and NFL half-time performances. Once Heather graduated from high school, she moved to Orange, California to attend Chapman University. As a dance major, Heather has performed in several of Chapman’s dance concerts, such as the Fall Faculty Concert, American Celebration, Works in Progress, Concert Intime, and Spring Dance Concert. Heather is also a part of the Chapman Dance Alliance, which gave her more performing and choreographing opportunities. In 2014, Heather spent the summer traveling around Europe. While there, she performed at the Kolowrat Theater in Prague, Czech Republic. In the Fall of her senior year, Heather performed in Chapman’s 13th Presidential Inauguration. May 2017, she will be graduating Chapman University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and a minor in Public Relations. This summer, Heather is traveling around Europe and will be attending an International dance festival in Prague, where she will be performing as well as taking master classes. At the end of the summer, Heather plans to move to Los Angeles to purse a commercial dance career. Some of her dream jobs include, producing dance films, being on Broadway, performing with Cirque Du Soleil, and going on tour with a major musical artist.
Ashleigh Kluge, born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, started dancing at eight years old as a supplement to her figure skating training. She soon fell in love with performing onstage, and started training competitively in dance at age twelve. Throughout middle and high school she studied with a local dance company where she worked with guest artists such as Mandy Moore, Bobby Newberry, Sonya Tayeh, and Dee Caspary. Ashleigh also attended The Collective dance intensive, where she was chosen to be a part of a piece choreographed and set by Benoit-Swan Pouffer, the previous artistic director of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Currently, Ashleigh is about to receive her BFA in Dance Performance from Chapman University, as well as her BA in Public Relations and Advertising. In her four years there, Ashleigh trained under elite dance faculty including Alicia Guy, Larry Rosenberg, Jenny Backhaus, Holly Johnston, and Will Johnston. In addition to her required training, she was also chosen to perform in the annual faculty choreographed show where she worked with Will Johnston for three years. Ashleigh chose to expand on her artistic training by participating in a summer travel course throughout Europe, where she attended the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space where she got to experience a vibrant exhibition of performance design and theatre architecture. During her senior year at Chapman University she was chosen to be a part of the Chapman Dance Touring Ensemble, an exclusive group that traveled and promoted Chapman University’s College of Performing Arts throughout California and Nevada. In addition to her training at Chapman University, Ashleigh was selected to train in a weeklong intensive with Dana Foglia. After graduation, Ashleigh plans to move to Los Angeles and pursue a performance career in the commercial industry.
Matthew Kubitz is from Oceanside, California and spent his training under the direction of Jocelyn K. Wilson and Anjelica Wilson at Oceanside Dance Academy. He started training at the age of eleven in jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, and hip hop. Matthew will be graduating in May from Chapman University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and a Business Administration minor. Before coming to Chapman, Matthew had the opportunity to be a part of and train on Tessandra Chavez’s company, Unity Dance Ensemble, under the direction of Tarua Hall. While being on Unity Dance Ensemble, he had the opportunity to grow within the company and become a dance captain for over a year. He also was a soloist for the company during his last two years on the company. While being at Chapman, Matthew had the opportunity to perform “Relentless” by Alicia Guy, “A Documentary” by Will Johnston, “Buffering and the Red Dress” by Alicia Guy, and “YOU” by Will Johnston, just to name a few. In addition to performing in faculty concerts at Chapman, he has been teaching tap for the recreational program and competitive team at Oceanside Dance Academy, was Co-President of the Chapman University Dance Team, was Co-President of Chapman Dance Alliance, and has recently signed with the dance agency, McDonald/Selznick Associates. Matthew has plans to move to Los Angeles after graduation and pursue a professional, commercial dance career. He has dreams to be able to perform all around the world and in a variety of venues and productions.
Chris Marks ’17 was born in Palo Alto, CA and grew up in Napa, California. Chris was always dancing around the house at a young age, and found their passion at age 8 training at a small studio in their hometown. At age 14, Chris began serious training under Lisa Clark-Schmeling at Dance Direction in Suisun, CA. At age 16, Chris made their TV debut on “America’s Got Talent” with the Lisa Clark Dancers, where their group made the Top 48 of season 7. Chris’ dream early on was to attend Chapman University and be trained by some of the best professors at their university program. Once admitted, they found their love for choreography as a sophomore with their first piece, Just Love Her, a piece dedicated to the passing of their grandmother, and was awarded Outstanding Choreographer in Chapman’s “Works in Progress” Concert. As a Junior Chris was honored with an Outstanding Performance Award for the “Fall Faculty Dance” Concert, and choreographed a piece about coming out as Genderqueer titled, Metamorphosis. Chris is a BFA Dance Performance Major and Women Studies Minor at Chapman University and is Graduating in the Spring of 2017. Chris plans on moving to New York City to pursue a career in choreography, dance, and film. Chris would like to thank their family and friends for their love and support on their journey.
Jason Martin is originally from Fairfield, CA and received his training at Dance Direction under Lisa Clark Schmeling. At the age of seven, he began training in jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop and later down the road, contemporary and modern. Jason is currently a Senior at Chapman University, studying to get his B.F.A. in Dance Performance and a Cluster in Theatre Arts and Technology. Since moving out to Southern California four years ago, a few of Jason’s credits include: ENTITY Contemporary Dance Company, Team Shaka Co-President with Josie Morgan at Chapman University, Capezio’s A.C.E. Awards choreographed by Tawnya Kuzia and most recently signing with Clear Talent Group, Los Angeles. One of Jason’s many passions in dance is sharing his knowledge by teaching. As a teacher, Jason currently works as a choreographer/teacher for Visions Dance Company, LLC., PAVE School of the Arts and has taught ENTITY Contemporary Dance’s Company class at Edge Performing Arts Center. In regards to his future, Jason plans to move to Los Angeles and pursue a professional dance career!
Amanda Masongsong was born in Toledo, Ohio and moved to Los Angeles, California at the age of five. She began gymnastics at the age of four and began training in competitive gymnastics at the age of six at Le Club Gymnastics in Chatsworth, California. At the age of ten, Amanda started training at All Olympia Gymnastics Center in Culver City, California with Galina Marinova and Artur Akopyan. Her coaches decided that they wanted their athletes to take ballet classes to improve their gracefulness and balance. After taking a few of these ballet classes to help with her gymnastics training, Amanda fell in love with the art of dance. At the age of thirteen Amanda decided that she wanted to switch from gymnastics to dance as her main focus. She began training in ballet at the age of thirteen at Rozann Zimmerman Ballet Center with Patrick Frantz and Patricia Davis. At the age of fifteen, Amanda began training in other styles of dance including jazz, modern, and contemporary. Dance is Amanda’s number one passion, but she has a very wide array of passions and skills. She currently works part-time as a gymnastics coach and also as a yoga instructor. Some of her other interests and training include pilates, tumbling, acrobatics, aerial work, parkour, running, swimming, and even scuba diving. Amanda believes that happiness comes from having multiple passions and pursuing each and every one of them. Amanda currently attends Chapman University in Orange, California and plans on graduating in May 2017 with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Kinesiology. After graduation, Amanda plans on moving back to her hometown of Los Angeles, California and pursuing a career in both concert and commercial dance.
Cristina McKeever is a passionate and multi-cultured “old soul” from Palm Springs, CA. She will graduate in May from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and a minor in Italian Studies. Her mum enrolled her in dance at the young age of 3 when she realized that Cristina had an innate affinity for rhythm and movement. She has trained in Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Ballroom, Ballet, Modern, Voice, and Irish Dance with numerous professionals and companies: Will Johnston, Entity Contemporary Dance, Jennifer Backhaus, Backhausdance, Brandee Lara, Chloe and Maud Arnold, Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, Melinda Sullivan, and Alicia Guy. Cristina has been an active member of the Chapman community, serving as a three-year board member for the Chapman Dance Alliance, an Orientation Leader, a member of Chapman’s elite hip hop organization, “Team Shaka”, a dancer for Chapman’s Dance Touring Ensemble, and the founder of the Chapman University Tap Ensemble. She has performed as a soloist and an ensemble dancer in Chapman’s “Fall Dance Concert”, “Chapman Celebrates”, “American Celebration”, and recently became a member of Chloe and Maud Arnold’s Los Angeles-based youth company, “#NoFilter: Sole Talk”. Cristina also has a passion for choreography; recently, she has been asked by Dr. Marilyn Harran to present one of her most meaningful works entitled, “Innumerable”, at Chapman’s “Evening of Holocaust Remembrance”. This piece was recognized her junior year with the “Outstanding Choreography” award, presented by the Chapman University Dance Department. Upon graduation, Cristina plans to pursue a professional dance career in performance, choreography, and teaching in both Los Angeles and New York, as well as internationally in Europe and Australia. Some of her goals include dancing commercially in films and movie musicals, performing on Broadway, and becoming a member of Chloe Arnold’s renowned company, “Syncopated Ladies”.
Cassi Mihalovich is from Scottsdale, Arizona and trained at Plumb Performing Arts Center and Tempe Dance Academy. She began her training at seven years old when she joined the competition team at Plumb Performing Arts Center. She trained in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, acrobatics, partnering, ballroom, tap and hip hop. Cassi has worked with professional choreographers like Dana Wilson, Denise Wall, Travis Wall, Joe Lanteri, Andy Pellick, Joey Dowling, Suzi Taylor, Jason Parsons and many more. Along with competing in these various styles, from the ages of seven to twelve, Cassi was in the Furious Styles hip hop crew. This training led her to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance at Chapman University. Cassi is currently in her junior year at Chapman and has been on the executive board for the Chapman Dance Alliance, Vice-president of the undefeated Chapman University Dance Team, received the “Freshman of the year” award and a performance award for her BFA solo. After graduating, Cassi is planning to move to Los Angeles to pursue her professional dance career.
Josie Morgan was born and raised in the small town of Troy, IL where she started her heightened dance training at age 9 under the direction of Jane Mannion. After graduation, her dance training took her to Chapman University where she is currently working towards a BFA in Dance Performance. Josie has trained in a variety of styles such as hip-hop, contemporary, jazz, tap, modern, ballroom, ballet and trained under prestigious choreographers such as Jenn Freeman, Tessandra Chavez, Hamilton Evans, Erica Sobol, Billy Larson, Destini Rodgers, and many more. During her Chapman years, Josie has performed in a variety of different shows including the Fall Faculty Concert performing in Will Johnston’s “You”, Chapman Dance Alliance, and the Spring Dance Concert. Josie is the current co-president with Jason Martin for Chapman’s hip-hop crew Team Shaka. Josie recently performed at the Pasadena’s Art Festival and was a dance instructor and choreographer for Kohl’s Gotta Dance Program. Josie has choreographed and taught for many studios and dance teams including McKendree University’s dance team, PAVE School of then Arts, Jane Mannion’s School of Dance, The Music Room, Triad Dance Team, and Belleville East Dance Team. After graduation, Josie plans to move to Los Angeles to pursue a professional dance career.
Kelly Nimens is from Toronto, Canada and received her dance training from AB Dance, Elite Danceworx, and Performing Dance Arts. At the age of 5, Kelly embraced her passion for dance and became a competitive dancer training in ballet, acro, tap and hip hop. Later on, she added lyrical, contemporary and modern. While dancing competitively, Kelly also simultaneously trained in artistic gymnastics at both a provincial and national level and competed for many years in both disciplines. This training eventually led her to Chapman University as a Junior International Student. Kelly is currently studying to get her B.F.A. in Dance Performance with a cluster in Theatre Arts and Technology. A few notable accomplishments along the way have included Kelly winning the very first Footloose Nationals she attended in 2003, thus allowing her to be featured as a "Rising Star Award" recipient in Dance Spirit Magazine. She also appeared in the "Next Step", a Canadian Dance based television series and attended both Alvin Ailey & Rockettes summer intensives to expand her training. While dancing, Kelly has been fortunate enough to study under the following prominent choreographers; Hani Abaza, Joey Arrigo, Amanda Cleghorn, Tyce Diorio, Nick Lazzarini, Shannon Mather, Blake McGrath, Mia Michaels, Stacey Tookey, Denise Wall, and Travis Wall. More recently at Chapman, she has studied under Sean Greene, Alicia Guy, Nancy Dickson-Lewis and Will Johnston. She has also benefited greatly from performing in many Chapman department concerts, being on the executive on the Chapman Dance Alliance and current Vice-President/member of the Chapman University 9th Consecutive National Dance Team winners. Kelly also recently auditioned successfully for the Pre-Professional Rockettes Intensive in June 2017. After her senior year, Kelly hopes to secure an agent, move to Los Angeles and pursue a professional dance career!
Lily Ontiveros was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico where she started taking ballet classes at the age of three. Her training took her to Monique Dance Studio, under the direction of Monique Letayf, where she was able to explore many different genres and train with teachers like Memo Martinez and Lorena Valenzuela. During this time she had the opportunity to perform both locally and in the United States. This is where she developed a passion for dance and decided to pursue it as a career at Chapman University, where she is graduating with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and a Graphic Design Minor. While at Chapman, Lily has been able to learn from Jenny Backhaus, Alicia Guy, Holly Johnston, Will Johnston, Larry Rosenberg, and Amanda K. White. She has performed in student-choreographed shows, the Fall Faculty Dance Concert, and the Chapman Celebrates gala. She has also had the opportunity to showcase her own work in several concerts and attend several dance intensives in the summer. Lily has also performed at Fuse Dance Company’s Synthesis III show and in Amanda K. White’s MFA Choreography showcase, Spatially Embodied. She has loved being involved with several student organizations and serving as the Vice-President for the Chapman Dance Alliance. As graduation approaches, she is preparing to pursue a performance career in Los Angeles, where she plans to use her diverse training in both the commercial and concert worlds.
Cassidy Paskett is a senior at Chapman University pursuing both a BA in Dance and BS in Kinesiology. Starting dance at the young age of three, Cassidy soon discovered her passion for dance performance and choreography. She began her dance career competing in the California Bay Area, and continued to teach and choreograph for competition studios in the area. Cassidy trained in the styles of Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Ballet, and Hip Hop at Coastal Vibe Dance Company of Santa Cruz, CA and Spector Dance Company of Marina, CA. She has been recognized at both regional and national competitions with choreography awards, performance awards, and was also presented as Dance Spirit Magazines “Future Star”. Cassidy has trained vocally in the styles of jazz, classical, and musical theater under the instruction of David Hook. She was a member of the acapella group, Izzes, and competed regionally throughout her high school years. Cassidy went on to obtain her collegiate education from Chapman University in Orange County. During her time at Chapman, Cassidy trained with professional dancers and choreographers such as Will Johnston, Alicia Guy, Jennifer Backhaus, Nancy Dickson-Lewis and many others. In tandem with her training, Cassidy has pursued her passion for choreography in the collegiate setting. During her time at Chapman, she has choreographed “Papaoutai”, a piece premiered in Works in Progress, “Heroes”, a piece shown in Concert InTime, and “Hurt”, a piece presented in Chapman Dance Alliance’s Annual Showcase. Cassidy has also attended the Performing Arts Medicine Association Conference in New York City and presented Pilates research to her peers and fellow professionals in the arts medicine industry. She is currently obtaining her certification in the Pilates practice in hopes of teaching dancers the importance of injury prevention and dance health. Cassidy has taught dance at numerous studios, such as Studio 3 Dance, Studio 10 Dance, and Spector Dance Company. After graduating in May of 2017, Cassidy hopes to perform with traveling musical theatre companies and continue with numerous choreographic projects. She also plans to obtain her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in hopes of rehabilitating both dancers and veterans.
Riley Roberts is from Murrieta California, she grew up dancing from age seven to seventeen with Murrieta Dance Company and Mather Dance Company. Riley was accepted into Chapman University as a Dance Major and will graduate with her BFA in Dance Performance and minor in Integrated Educational Studies. She has worked for Disneyland as a Parade Performer in the Disneyland parades. Riley Roberts has worked with Erin Babbs, Shannon Mather, Blake Mcgrath, Todd Flanagan, Orialis Serrano, and Professional Open American Smooth Competitor, Briana Haft. She has trained in various styles such as contemporary, tap, hip hop, jazz funk, and ballroom. She has had the opportunity to work with Ido Tadmor who recently worked with the Complexions dance company and Batsheva. In her years at Chapman University, she has trained with Will Johnston, from Entity dance company, performing in “A Documentary” in the Fall Faculty Concert. Riley had also been accepted into the Mather Bridge Company where she has trained with the Mather Professional company. Riley has also accepted various scholarships from Build a Beast intensives, including a full ride scholarship to the intensive and has been awarded a Millennium dance Scholarship. While attending Chapman University she is currently collaborating with local artist Lora Laura from Santa Barbara, CA.She will have also completed her senior thesis dance and film project by May, filming and choreographing a production on the Queen Mary in Long beach California, with director Kyle Castellanet. Riley hopes to go on tour with artists such as Justin Bieber and Katy Perry, and then pursue a career as an artistic director and choreographer for music videos and film.
Originally from Dallas, Texas, Lauren has been dancing since she was three years old, training at pre-professional competitive dance studios across the DFW area. She earned various performance awards and scholarships, including the opportunity to travel across the USA as a teacher's assistant with Wild Dance Convention. In 2009, Lauren was expected to attend Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts. During these four years she trained in various styles and was chosen to be on the Repertory Dance Company. While on the company, Lauren worked with many choreographers learning and performing their choreography. This included learning Complexions Contemporary Ballet works “Pretty Gritty” by Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden, learning “Rush Hour” by Robert Battle with assistant Jennifer Mabus, and “Caffeinated” by Larry Keigwin and Company. In 2013, she began her collegiate studies at Chapman University to earn a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance and a Cluster in Leadership and Communication. During her four years at Chapman, Lauren has had exceptional training from faculty including Alicia Guy, Will Johnston, Jenny Backhaus, Larry Rosenberg, and Liz Maxwell. Lauren has also performed in many Chapman dance shows including American Celebration, Fall Faculty, Chapman Dance Alliance, Concert Intime, and Spring Dance Concert. As a senior, Lauren was a selected member of the Chapman Dance Touring Ensemble, and she represented the university to numerous high schools. Dance tour allowed her to train with many choreographers and have multiple performance opportunities in various performance spaces. After graduation in May 2017, Lauren will be traveling to Prague, Czech Republic with her mentor Alicia Guy to perform at the Prague Dance Festival. After her travels, she will be moving to Los Angeles to pursue her professional dance career.
Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Courtney Zelter started dancing at the age of eleven. She trained intensively at various pre-professional competitive studios in ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, modern, jazz, jazz funk, and musical theatre. In 2013, Courtney began her collegiate studies at Chapman University, where she will graduate with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance as well as a minor in Sociology. In her four years at Chapman University, Courtney trained under elite dance faculty such as, Alicia Guy, Will Johnston, Leann Alduenda, Larry Rosenberg, Charles Maple, Holly Johnston, Liz Maxwell, Jenny Backhaus, and Liz Curtis. During the spring semester of her sophomore year at Chapman, Courtney spent a semester abroad training in ballet, modern, and jazz at the University of Reohampton in London, England. Her semester abroad tremendously inspired her passion for choreography, and upon her return, had the opportunity to choreography a piece entitled, “My Name Is” in Chapman University’s annual concert “Works in Progress”. Additionally, she had the opportunity to choreograph the Chapman Students Organization Production of “Hair: The Musical”. Courtney has also performed in numerous Chapman University dance concerts, including, but not limited to, “Chapman Celebrates”, “American Celebration”, and most recently in 2016 as a soloist in the “Fall Dance Concert”, with choreography by Sean Greene. She is currently represented by The Movement Talent Agency, and plans to continue working with them following graduation in the spring of 2017. Courtney will be moving to Los Angeles where she will continue to work towards her goals of working as a professional dancer.