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OWNER/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
ALLISON GLADNEY
LYRICAL/ JAZZ/ MUSICAL THEATRE

AllisonAllison Gladney began dancing at the age of three. Having grown up with parents in the music industry‚ she quickly found her passion for dance and the performing arts. This later led her to become a performer‚ teacher‚ and choreographer. Allison has performed in musical productions such as Cabaret‚ My Fair Lady‚ Guy’s N Dolls‚ Chicago‚ and Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Some of her television credits include commercials for SONY Mini Disk‚ Tupperware‚ Kentucky Fired Chicken and appearances on the award winning television show Star Search. Additionally‚ Allison has performed as a featured dancer in music videos for artists including Bjork‚ Red Hot Chili Peppers and more. She has traveled throughout the United States performing in industrial shows for Nike‚ Big Five‚ and Sketchers. Allison’s passion for dancing‚ teaching‚ and choreographing has led her to achieve her lifelong dream of owning her own studio – Adage Dance Center. Several of Allison’s former students have gone on to perform on Broadway in The Lion King‚ Guys N Dolls‚ and Chicago‚ as well as being featured in national commercials‚ music videos‚ live performances in Las Vegas‚ the hit reality show So You Think You Can Dance‚ and much more.

RICHARD ELSZY
BALLET/ TECHNIQUE/ LYRICAL/ JAZZ

RichardRichard Elszy is dedicated to training the next generation of dancers through his technical expertise and inspiring them with inventive and picturesque choreography. Elszy‚ a teaching protege of dance educator icon Paula Morgan fuses his wealth of knowledge and unique artistic vision to create a well rounded‚ technically innovative and game changing training experience.

Richard began his training at a small single room studio in Central California. Wanting to learn more about dance‚ he attended the University of California Irvine where he danced for legendary choreographer Donald McKayle as a member of his company “Donald McKayle’s Etude Ensemble” and trained with acclaimed ballet professor David Allen. Elszy has also trained with one of Americas 10 Ballet Masters Larry Long dancing with his “Civic Ballet Of Chicago” and in Philadelphia at “Philadanco”. Richard’s dedication to learning technique led him to train with Dance Icon Paula Morgan. He has trained with Paula Morgan for the last 11 years studying not only as a student in the “Paula Morgan Method” but also as a teacher. Elszy is one of few teachers certified to teach her Syllabus. He also has travelled extensively with Paula as her teaching assistance in the US‚ Europe‚ and Canada and is featured in all three of her technical DVDs.

Richard has worked as a choreographer and dance educator for several collegiate dance programs‚ companies and dance studios throughout the United States and Canada including UCLA‚ USA (United Spirit Assoc.)‚ and Silverlake Contemporary Ballet. Elszy is currently the director of technique at the National Award Winning Adage Dance Center where he has also won several FDC titles‚ choreographed numerous national title winning soloist’s and other accreditations; including the 2011 Rainbow Elite Video of the Year for “Step Sisters” and the Best Novelty/Character Musical Theater 2012 KARTV Dance Awards nomination for “500 Miles”. Recently‚ Richard won the 2014 Industry Dance Star Award In the Best Ballet/Open Category for his piece“Tornado”.

Former students of Richards have gone on to perform with professional modern/contemporary companies‚ collegiate dance programs and have danced and choreographed for artists including Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus.

Richard Combines his extensive understanding of technique with an innovative choreographic style to create a unique class and coaching experience that is one of a kind training for the next generation of dancers.

QUINTON PERON
HIP HOP/ JAZZ/ LYRICAL/ CONTEMPORARY

QuintonQuinton Peron credits much of his dance training to the faculty at Adage Dance Center‚ where he trained and was a member of the competitive company. Upon graduation‚ Quinton continued his training with the two–time National Champion Dance Team at Mount San Antonio College. Quinton has traveled across the country as an assistant with NRG Dance Project and choreographs for multiple dance studios locally and out of state. He has choreographed for multiple dance teams at schools such as Cal Poly Pomona‚ Bishop Amat High School‚ Los Osos High School‚ Brea Olinda High School‚ Claremont High School‚ and Bonita High School. As a competition choreographer and a former competition dancer‚ Quinton has received numerous top overall awards and recognitions. Some of Quinton’s commercial and stage credits include “Fresh and Easy”‚ Elev8 Hip Hop crew‚ World of Dance San Diego and Las Vegas‚ Three23 Dance Company‚ Points of View Dance Company directed by Terry Schulke‚ Vibe‚ and can be seen in Season 11 of “ So You Think You Can Dance.” Quinton is currently signed with The Movement Talent Agency(MTA)‚ and enjoys sharing his energy and creativity with his students at Adage Dance Center.

COMPANY MANAGER
MONIQUE CROOKS
BALLET/ JAZZ/ LYRICAL

MoniqueMonique Crooks fell in love with performing the very first time she hit the stage. She has trained under the direction of Paula Morgan‚ Richard Elszy‚ Allison Gladney‚ and Eddie Garcia at Adage Dance Center in all dance styles including Jazz‚ Ballet‚ Pointe‚ Lyrical‚ Contemporary‚ and Hip–Hop. After graduating high school in 2012‚ Monique has since worked her way up from assisting Allison Gladney and Richard Elszy to becoming a teacher at Adage. Recently‚ Monique has also found her passion for acting. She can be seen on shows such as “Pretty Little Liars‚” “Bones‚” “Grey’s Anatomy‚” “Scandal‚” and many more. Monique loves her students and plans to continue teaching the Paula Morgan technique she learned as a student at Adage.

EDDIE GARCIA
JAZZ/ FUNK

EddieEddie Garcia’s groundbreaking music video‚ television‚ live appearances‚ and tour credits include Janet Jackson‚ principal performer for three world tours with Michael Jackson‚ as well as appearances with Jennifer Lopez‚ Sheryl Crow‚ and Paula Abdul along with many others. Eddie has done it all from stage to film and television such as RENT‚ “Eve“‚ and “The Today Show“‚ to commercials for Subaru‚ Miller Beer‚ and B.U.M Equipment. He has been a Creative Director and choreographer on multiple projects for Jennifer Lopez‚ as well as the choreographer for the feature film‚ “Bringin’ Down the Houze”. Eddie has also choreographed for bands such as Velvet Angels and Jane’s Addiction. You can see Eddie in numerous music videos along side of Michael Jackson‚ Janet Jackson‚ Paula Abdul‚ and many other well known musicians. Eddie is currently on staff at the Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles‚ CA and is still a working dancer/performer.

AUBRIENNE O’MEARA
BALLET/JAZZ/LYRICAL/TECHNIQUE/TINY – TOTS

AubrienneAubrienne O’Meara began dancing at the age of three and recognized dance as her passion not long after. She attended Orange County High School of the Arts grades 8–10‚ then completed her high school years at South Orange County School of the Arts where she was awarded Top Student Choreographer.

Aubrienne is proud to say that she has been working alongside renowned Choreographer‚ Professor‚ Producer‚ Director‚ and MFA‚ Tiffany Billings for the past four years. Aubrienne began dancing with Tiffany Billings’ Dance Ensemble in 2012‚ and in the summer of 2013‚ was appointed Assistant to Tiffany Billings. As Director’s Assistant‚ Aubrienne works with Billings on her monthly dance event‚ Club Jete‚ featuring some of LA’s top choreographers and performers as well as assisting Tiffany with a variety of master classes‚ workshops‚ shows‚ and administrative work.

Aubrienne is a graduate of the University of California Irvine where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance Performance‚ and a Minor in Education. During her freshman year of college‚ Aubrienne danced with Tessandra Chavez’s Contemporary dance company‚ Unity Dance Ensemble. In the summer of 2012 Aubrienne trained with The Joffrey Ballet School working with industry professionals such as Mia Michaels‚ Mandy Moore‚ Anna–Marie Holmes‚ Josie Walsh‚ Julie Bourne‚ Havic‚ and Dante 7. She has made appearances on FOX’s reality TV show‚ Mobbed‚ with choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo. Aubrienne was also a member of the Irvine Valley College (IVC) Performing Dance Ensemble formerly under the direction of the late Marie De La Palme. Through the IVC Performing Dance Ensemble she was given the opportunity to travel to Texas where she performed as a soloist in a piece for the American College Dance Festival.

Aubrienne has a genuine love for teaching and currently teaches dance for students from ages 2–adult at various dance studios across Orange County and Los Angeles. She is also a guest teacher and choreographer for high schools across Southern California. Aubrienne has taught at studios such as Focus Dance Center‚ Star Dance Center‚ The Abby Lee Dance Company‚ and Melody Makers to name a few. Aubrienne is very excited to begin her journey at Adage Dance Center.

ZACHARY BURKE
CONTEMPORARY/ TAP

ZacharyZach has been a competitive dancer since the young age of 8 years old. From Toronto‚ Ontario‚ Canada‚ Zach has competed throughout North America at prestigious dance competitions in all disciplines. Zach is a three–time Mr. Showbiz national competition winner and a consistent top ten national soloist. Zach has had the opportunity to work and learn from very accomplished choreographers such as; Marty Kudelka‚ Travis Wall ‚Teddy Forence‚ Mischa Gabriel and Dee Caspery.

He started his professional dance career at an early age being a member of the Toronto Jr. Jays(MLB) and Raptors Dance Pack(NBA). His dedication and hard work has earned him recognition and numerous awards. Having over 10 years practice in all styles of dance‚ making him strongly versatile and flexible for each role he has challenged. Zach has been privileged to perform on stage‚ film‚ television and commercials. Some of Zach’s performance credits include working with superstars such as Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers in the film “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam”(2009). He has graced the stage as a back up dancer in “The Next Star” dancing behind Mark Suknanan‚ taking a role as a bellboy in the dancing ”Mystic Lake Casino” commercial (2014)‚ “Checkmate” & “Alice” both Bridge to Artists productions choreographed by Vlad and Linda Garneau‚ “Rave On” a production which ran at the Niagara Fallsview Casino‚ by RGA productions. “Shaw Media Launch” featuring Alan Thicke choreographed by Amy Wright. Zach has also had the opportunity to work with some of the industries top producers and directors. He worked with the famous Nigel Dick (who has worked with Brittney Spears) on a music video for Monster High “Fright Song”. Other credits include; feature film “Pompeii”‚ Canadian Auto Show Gala‚ Capezio Ace Awards 2012‚ TIFF Cineplex Commercial‚ The TD Gala and Calvin Klein’s “Reveal” Campaign.

Most Recently Zach performed in the upcoming TV film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (2016) Working with two of the best in the industry ; Director Kenny Ortega and Choreographer Tony Testa.

Zach’s vision‚ passion and hard work continue to help him grow as a dancer‚ performer and choreographer.

MARY THOMPSON
SECRETARY
Coming Soon
ALYSSA DEBOO
JAZZ/ TAP/ BALLET
AlyssaAlyssa DeBoo is thrilled to be joining the Adage family! Alyssa started training at the age of two. Originally from San Diego, she immediately fell in love with dance, while studying under Bobbi Adams at “In Motion Dance Center.” She began teaching at the age of 13, and specializes in Tap, Jazz, and Ballet; in addition to Contemporary, Lyrical, and Musical Theater.Dance has taken DeBoo across the country from LA, to Chicago, and New York City. She continued her passion for sharp, precise, and technically advanced choreography while studying at the Rockette Summer Intensive for two consecutive years.In 2014, Alyssa began a career with the Disneyland Resort as a Parade Performer. She’s been in such shows as Mickey’s Soundsational Parade, Paint the Night Parade, Frightfully Fun Parade, A Christmas Fantasy Parade, and the nighttime spectacular Fantasmic!. She has also appeared on ABC Family for the Christmas Day Filming of A Christmas Fantasy Parade, as well as the Disneyland’s 60th anniversary special featuring Pentatonix and the cast of Dancing with the Stars under the choreography of Mandy Moore.While always looking for an outlet to teach, inspire, and grow, DeBoo became the choreographer/show designer for Diamond Bar High School show choir.DeBoo looks forward to growing at Adage, while sharing her love and passion for dance.
JACQUELINE MOLDOVAN
JAZZ/ HIP-HOP/ LYRICAL
JacquelineJacqueline received her dance training at Dance Precisions in Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, and Hip-Hop. She started her dance education as a recreational dancer at the age of three, and by the age of ten she began dancing competitively. While in high school, Jacqueline was a member of the international, award-winning Valencia High School Dance Team, and was given a solo as a freshman. She went on to receive her A.A. in Communications from Orange Coast College. During her time at OCC Jacqueline was a part of the 20-time national championship dance team. While attending Orange Coast College she was a brand ambassador for the South Bay Lakers. She continued her dance education at PACE Elite, winning a bronze medal at the Dance Worlds in Orlando, Florida. Jacqueline’s credits include “Mobbed,” “The Block,” “The Minista,” and “The Voice of Warriors.” She is currently attending Cal State Fullerton studying broadcast journalism. Jacqueline is very excited to share her love for dance with the students and begin her journey at Adage.
KIRSTEN STONE
KirstenKirsten Stone received her early training from the Draper Center for Dance Education in upstate New York. While training she had the opportunity to take part in a variety of performances with the Rochester City Ballet under the direction of Artistic Director Jamey Leverett. She went on to earn a B.F.A. in Dance at the University of Arizona on scholarship, where she had the opportunity to work with many renowned teachers and choreographers. While attending the University of Arizona, Kirsten had the opportunity to choreograph various works, which were featured in shows at the University. During college Kirsten attended the Hubbard Street summer program and River North’s summer program as well. After college Kirsten moved to New York City where she danced and assisted at the renowned Steps on Broadway. Kirsten went on to choreograph works for New York City Jazz Choreography Enterprise and Inaside Dance Works in Chicago. For the past three years she has also choreographed award-winning dances for dance studios in the Rochester area. Kirsten aspires to become an international freelance choreographer, but for now she is a new resident of Los Angles and hopes to share her passion with new students in the area.
ADAM ACKERMAN
AdamBio coming soon…