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

Allison 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
Richard

Richard 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
Quinton

Quinton 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
Monique

Monique 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
Eddie

Eddie 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/LRYICAL/TECHNIQUE/TINY – TOTS
Aubrienne

Aubrienne 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
Zachary

Zach 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.

KENJI INGUS
TAP
Kenji

Kenji Ingus has been tap dancing since the age of six and has been teaching since the age of fifteen. He has trained and shared the stage with such tap notables as: Gregory Hines‚ Steve Zee‚ and Jimmy Slyde. As an LA based tap dancer‚ Kenji is one regarded as one of the only tap dancers pioneering the craft into Dub-Step and Electronic music into his art of tapping. He has been featured on practically every major venue in the city of Los Angeles including the Key Club‚ The Troubador‚ Dorothy Chandler Pavilion‚ and The Kirk Douglas Theatre. Alternatively‚ Kenji has performed and taught at numerous Jazz and Tap festivals on an international scale and is a current member of the legendary tap dance group‚ The Jazz Tap Ensemble. He is also a regular special guest in the jazz group‚ Evan’s Mixed Bag. On his days off Kenji attends UCLA as a dance major studying tap dance history and culture. Kenji can also also be found teaching at Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles‚ Angeles‚ CA.

SHEILA HERN RUFF
Sheila
Sheila has been a singer‚ dancer‚ and entertainer most of her life. She was a recording artist for Chart Records in Nashville and has sung with artists including Elvis Presley‚ Roy Orbison‚ Jerry Lee Lewis‚ and the Monte Bleu Orchestra. She has traveled all over the United States entertaining our troops and performing at the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas‚ Ponchartrain Hotel in Detroit‚ Waldorf Astoria in New York‚ and Boca Raton Hotel in Florida. Originally from Memphis‚ Sheila is a former Miss Memphis‚ Miss Shelby County‚ Miss National Fire Prevention‚ and a finalist for Miss Tennessee. She played the lead in Funny Girl and Cole Porter at Theater Memphis. Additionally‚ Sheila owned her own dance studio and taught all styles of dance including Tap‚ Jazz‚ and Ballet‚ and is now enjoys teaching the ‘Creative Movement’ dancers at Adage Dance Center.

Sean Zhao
Lyrical/Jazz/Technique
Sean
Yang (Sean) Zhao is a professional Contemporary/Modern dancer based in Los Angeles‚ CA. Sean has performed with professional Modern dance company‚ JinXing Modern Dance Theater in Shanghai‚ China. Sean started dancing after being granted a full scholarship at China’s top dance academy‚ the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Arts College in Beijing. There‚ he trained in multiple styles including Ballet‚ Contemporary‚ Jazz‚ Modern‚ Hip Hop‚ and Chinese Traditional and Folk styles of dance. Sean has won several national prizes including Gold and Silver awards in renowned Chinese National Dance Competitions. Sean had the honor of touring the United States in 2012 with the JinLing Art Performance Troupe of China‚ performing “Peony Pavilion‚” as well as other works in the renowned Lincoln Center. Sean has had the joy of sharing his passion while touring numerous nations including Canada‚ New Zealand‚ Australia‚ the Netherlands‚ Belgium‚ the United Kingdom‚ Switzerland‚ and France. Although most of Sean’s work has been in the concert dance realm‚ Sean was a top finalist for the national television show‚ “So You Think You Can Dance – China‚” Season 2 in 2014.

MARY THOMPSON
SECRETARY
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