Teachers

ALIDA CARMONA
Alida began her serious ballet training at the "Phyllis Cyr Academy" under the direction of Anthony Sellers, in the late 1970s. She continued her training with the renowned Ballet master, Stephan Wenta, around the same time. All the while performing with the "San Gabriel Valley Ballet", under the direction of Virginia Paulo Lovejoy. Alida began teaching dance in the early 1980s, at various studios in Southern California. Alida is currently completing her ninth year at Imperial Dance Studio.

AMANDA CARMONA
Amanda Carmona began her formal dance training at the age of 5 years old at Imperial Dance Studio, and knew after one class that she was born to dance. Along with her formal training she has been on numerous dance teams all through her academic career, such as Pom/Songleading all through junior high and high school, and recently on Mt. San Antonio College's Dance team. As a result of her competitive dance history, Amanda was offered a position with U.S. Spiritleaders; a well known cheer and dance organization, teaching at high school dance camps. During Amanda's time at Imperial Dance Studio as a student, she has won many titles, such as "Miss That's Dancin" four consecutive years, along with "Junior Miss Sophisticated" in 2008 and 2009. Amanda began her teaching career at 15 years old teaching lyrical and jazz for the dance team at a local junior high, winning them many 1st place trophies, and will be starting her 6th year this coming October. This is her first year teaching at Imperial Dance Studio, and she can't wait to bring her knowledge and love of dance to everyone of her classes.

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ANDREA EVANS 
Andrea Evans has been teaching Ballet in the Southern California area for over 20 years. Her students have been accepted into summer Ballet intensives such as School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet, Boston Ballet and Alonzo King’s Lines. Andrea trained with Cecile Hering and Axel Hering and danced many soloist roles with Redlands Festival Ballet where she had the opportunity to work with the late Eric Hyrst on his ballet “Labyrinth,” Andrea went on to study at Pacific Northwest Ballet’s summer intensive on scholarship. She then earned a B.A. in English Literature from CSULB as well as a certificate in Paralegal Studies. Andrea is a nurturing instructor who prides herself on using the art of Ballet as a tool to build confidence in young girls in order to help them achieve their potential.

SARAH GABB
Sarah Tipton has been dancing her whole life, and most of it at Imperial Dance Studio. She danced at the studio from ages 5 through 11, then took a break to get used to her new schedule as a dance major at the Orange County High School of the Arts. But she missed the studio and returned at age 15. Now graduated she will be going to Orange Coast College to further her education. She is thankful for the solid foundation she received at Imperial Dance Studio for it is the main reason she was able to make it into such a wonderful school. Sarah is also involved with a professional tap group that will be traveling and performing in places like Canada, New York, Spain, and Brazil. She is new to teaching, but absolutely loves the opportunity to expand her dance knowledge with choreography. She hopes to stay with the studio for many years to come.

JENN GARCIA
From the tender age of 4, Jenn began dancing at Imperial Dance Studio. Training in all genres for many years, she competed in various regional competitions, also taking on various officer roles as a part of the Dance Production team at Sunny Hills HS. As a part of this team, she choreographed for the Junior Varsity level team as well as the Varsity, performing at showcases, assemblies, fundraisers and competitions. Acting as a choreographer on the dance team, Jenn sharpened her skills in student-coaching, soon moving on to assisting and finally teaching. This year she has nothing but excitement for her classes, and the love of dance which she is lucky enough to share with her students.

ALEXIS GILBERT
Alexis Gilbert has been dancing since she was 3 years old, performing and training with the best choreographers/teachers in the industry, including the prestigious Mather Dance Company. Represented by Go2 Talent Agency, she has modeled for KTRNA Wear and worked on professional projects with Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Flash Mob America, MAC Cosmetics, All Wheel Sports, YouTube, the WNBA Sparks, the movie Ted 2 and more! She was part of the 2014 and 2015 "LA KISS Girls," the dance squad for the Arena Football League team, LA KISS, owned by Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley, and was captain her second year. Not only did she perform at the games, but she also appeared on Good Day LA, commercials for ESPN, photo shoots, radio interviews, and was the only dancer on the team chosen to represent LA Kiss in Cleveland, Ohio at the 2014 Arena Bowl with a spot on the "Net10Wireless Dream Team." As alumni, Alexis had the opportunity to run the 2016 LA Kiss Girls auditions and choreograph routines for their games. Besides professional dancing, she has travelled to studios and schools who bring her in as a "guest choreographer" and "master class teacher.” She also is a professional assistant for KBM Talent, a dance workshop owned by the famous Krista Miller. With that workshop she has been fortunate enough to travel and dance around the world, including Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Australia, New Zealand, and all over the US. Now, Alexis is so honored to be a team member of the nonprofit organization SHE IS, where she and fellow team members teach dance classes to survivors of sex-trafficking as a form of therapy. She has had the incredible opportunity to represent the organization as a solo performer at events like Carnival Choreographers Ball, Club Jete, Dream Builder’s “A Brighter Future for Children,” plus many more benefits and fundraisers! In November 2016, the team travelled to Cambodia to work with another non-profit, Daughters of Cambodia, where they taught dance and bonded with the girls and boys rescued from sex-trafficking.

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ALYSSA MACOMBER
Alyssa is a graduate of Central Academy of Technology and Arts who has been dancing for 17 years. She is based in Charlotte, NC where she grew up and received dance training from some of the best in the area. She is well versed in Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Modern and Ballet. Her time spent being a member of competitive dance teams has helped her to discover her love of dance and desire to be a choreographer. To continue her dance career, Alyssa has been an assistant at SHOCK the Intensive, Encore Extreme and Dance Productions. E'Clatez and the Discovering are professional dance companies that she is an active member of, under the guidance of Christopher Robbins and Andrea Jasper. She has recently traveled to Brea, California to further her training with Krista Miller so that she can share this new knowledge of technique and dance with the students she meets as she travels teaching master classes and choreographing.

NICOLE RAY
Nicole is a resident of Brea, California and grew up dancing at Imperial Dance Studio training in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical and Hip Hop. Inspired by studio owner and instructor Todd Van Dorn and many other teachers, Nicole decided at a young age that she wanted to become a dance teacher. At age 16, Todd offered her a teaching position at Imperial Dance Studio, and began teaching a beginning tap class, and eventually began working on a full time basis. Now with 8 years of teaching experience, Nicole now teaches classes of all kinds and for all ages. According to Nicole, "dance has made me who I am today, and I love sharing my passion for dance with all of my students.

CORINNE RENTERIA
Corinne Renteria first began her training at the age of 3 in her hometown of Corona, CA. She started competing on a competition team when she was 6 years old. At the age of 10, Corinne began training and competing at a dance studio in Anaheim. During her years of training, Corinne had the privilege of attending master classes with several Hollywood dance figures such as Twitch, Travis Wall, and Kherington Payne. She had a lot of opportunities come her way such as performing on the show Mobbed, taking master classes from former So You Think You Can Dance dancers, and performing on a cruise ship. While Corinne was training, she had the opportunity to dance in other performances outside of the studio such as “The Nutcracker”. Recently, she auditioned for McDonald Selznick Associates (MSA) which is a well-known talent agency and was signed two weeks later. Corinne now auditions for many Hollywood projects and hopes to become a great choreographer who will inspire her students because Corinne believes that the impossible is possible.

TAMMY VAN DORN
When you are lucky enough to have a talented uncle who owns a dance studio, it's only a matter of time before you start taking lessons. Tammy Van Dorn started dancing at Imperial Dance Studio at the age of 3 and fell in love instantly. A passion for dance was in her blood and although she was trained in all dance styles, tap was her favorite. She loved growing up and dancing in eleven Imperial Dance Studio recitals before she had to move away. Tammy has taken classes at other studios and has always kept dance close to her heart but she is happy to be back at Imperial Dance Studio! She is excited to continue learning from her uncle – teaching and sharing her love of tap with others.

CHRISTIAN WU
As a high school and college student, Christian studied hip hop and soon began teaching, choreographing and competing. While at CSUF where he earned a Bachelors degree in biology, Christian joined a dance team called Prime D, of which he eventually became the teams Artistic Director. His duties on the team included teaching, choreographing and even set design. Christian recently became head coach of the award winning Troy HS all male dance crew. Christian strives to bring artistic self discovery through the art of dance in a positive atmosphere with his students at Imperial Dance Studio!