ALIDA CARMONA – Ballet
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 "Mandie" LOWENSTEIN – Jazz
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.
ANDREA EVANS – Ballet
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.
JENN GARCIA – Ballet/Tap Combo
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.
NICOLE LEEMAN – Tiny tots, children's Tap/Ballet/Jazz/Hip Hop
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 – Technique/Lyrical/Hip Hop
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.
THERESA SCHICKLING – Lyrical/Contemporary/Technique/Turns and Jumps
Theresa is a talented and award-winning choreographer trained in all styles of dance. She especially enjoys seeing her students improve in both technique and performance quality. Theresa is excited to share her passion for Lyrical and Contemporary dance at Imperial Dance Studio.
SAMMI WAUGH – Tap
Sammi was born and raised in Austin, Texas and traveled to California to study at Chapman University in Orange, where she earned a BFA in Dance in 2018. While there, she studied Dance and choreography, and became President of the schools Tap Company. Sammi is also certified in Pilates, and CPR. We are thrilled to have her on our staff!
KATIE WINANS – Ballet/Technique
Katie is a native of Whittier, CA and began studying various styles of dance at the age of 5. After graduating with honors from Whittier High School, Katie was accepted at the University of California at Santa Barbara where she received her BFA in Dance. Katie has also received her diploma in all levels from the National Cecchetti Ballet Society of America.
CHRISTIAN WU – Hip Hop
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!