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KJ Humphrey

Staff

Rosie began her dance training at the age of 7 in Orange County. She trained extensively in jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, and tap. She competed with her studio and winning numerous awards, including multiple special recognitions and titles for her solo performances. While in high school, Rosie performed with a selective company in LA that allowed her to train under choreographers such as Sonya Tayeh, Melody Lacayanga, Nick Wilson, and many others. Rosie accepted an academic scholarship to Arizona State University, where she joined the Spirit Squad and dance team. As a member of ASU’s dance team, Rosie competed at UDA nationals with her team where they earned 2nd in the nation for Division IA Jazz in 2013. This same year the team was selected as Team USA for the ICU World Championship, where they won the gold medal. Rosie graduated from Arizona State with a BS in psychology and a minor in global health.

 

Rosie found her love for teaching and choreographing in high school, and has been sharing it with students across the country ever since. She has taught hundreds of students in all styles. Rosie strives to create a positive environment that allows each student to share her passion for dance.

Rosie Nestor

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Our staff is comprised of seasoned professionals with years of experience as professional dancers and instructors.

Lynne Ingstad - Director

Lynne started her training at the age of three and always dreamed of having her own dance studio. She recieved her BA from San Diego State University and is a graduate from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. Lynne has trained in tap, jazz, ballet, lyical, contemporary, hip hop and modern with San Diego Ballet, City Ballet, San Diego Dance Centre, Academy of Performing Arts, San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts and two years at the Boston Ballet SummerDance Program She also trained and competited in International Latin Ballroom with Champion Ballroom for two years. Lynne was a member of the Corp de Ballet for City Ballet of San Diego and The Westwood Dance Center in Los Angeles.  

 

Lynne started her teaching career at the age of fifteen. She has won numerous awards for her choreography and dancing at regional and national competitions. Lynne had the honor of holding the title of Miss San Diego 2004 in the Miss America Program and competed at the Miss California Pageant.  

 

Lynne loves to share her knowledge and passion of dance with all her students.

Marianne Andersen (Thompson)

Marianne began dancing when she was three years old. Her dance background includes extensive training and performance in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern and creative movement with Black Mountain Dance Centre, San Diego Dance Centre, Rhythm Dance (Santa Barbara) and Academy of Performing Arts. Marianne passed the Elementary Major Cecchetti Exam, and was a company member of Southern California Youth Ballet. She has competed and placed in numerous regional and national dance competitions. Marianne earned a dance scholarship to Westmont College where she trained under Merce Cunningham’s muse, Victoria Finlayson.

 

Marianne graduated from San Diego State University with a BS in Kinesiology and an emphasis in Athletic Training / Sports Medicine. She is a Board Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). She currently works for San Diego Christian College Athletics evaluating injuries, rehabilitating athletes (from minor injuries- to post operative treatment), concussion management and emergency medical game coverage.

 

Marianne has integrated her knowledge of the human body into her teaching approach and has created a strength and injury prevention program for her students. Marianne strives to push her students to improve after each and every class through a positive and encouraging environment.

 

Marianne Andersen Lynne Ingstad So Cal staff

Rosie Nestor

Jennifer Molina

Jennifer Molina

Kelly Conaway

Kelly Conaway

Lynnrae Hiers, has trained with various dancers and choreographers, including Terry Schulke (Just Plain Dancing & Co.), Wade Robson (‘N Sync), Liz Ferri (Dance Rave), Rosario and Jamal (Usher), and many others. Lynnrae received her AA degree from Riverside Community College where she was selected as a student choregrapher for the college and their “Touring Ensemble”. She danced the competition circuit for many years where she earned the titles of Miss Kids Artistic Review, Miss Showbiz, a one year scholarship winner from L.A. Underground, and many other dance awards. Lynnrae’s dance and film credits include “So You Think You Can Dance”, Super Bowl XXXI, “Summer in LA” movie premiere, Vikki Lizzi Music Video, Tito Puente Jr. West Coast Tour Dancer, among 10 other top billed performances. Lynnrae was a member of the Unity Dance Ensemble under the direction of Tessandra Chavez. Lynnrae’s classes are challenging, motivating, disciplined, and strenuous.

Lynnrae Hiers

Sharon Keller Brittany Markle Michelle Miner

Brittany began her dance training at the age of 3 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania learning a variety of styles including jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, and acrobatics. At 12 years old, she began her professional career performing in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular as “Clara” in the little girl lead. She continued to travel with this company and explored other opportunites modeling for costume catalogs and fashion expos, singing in regional theaters, and attending acting lessons. After graduating highschool, Brittany attended college in New York City on scholarship as a biology and forensic major. While at Pace University, she furthered her dance education touring the country as the demonstrator for JUMP and NUVO dance conventions with the privilege of assisting world renowned choreographers such as Dee Caspary, Mandy Moore, and Andy Blankenbuehler. Eventually, she signed with MSA talent agency and decided to relocate to Los Angeles. Since the move, Brittany has appeared in Network Cable commercials, danced in the Gene Kelly Awards, worked various theater and film roles for Disney Productions, performed in the National Women’s Cancer benefit, and was invited to participate in the Hollywood Choreographers’ Ball. She has chosen to continue her studies in San Diego as a biology/genetics major and has been choreographing/teaching all over Southern California for the passed few years.

Brittany Markle

Catherine began her ballet training at the age of 3 in Fort Worth, Texas. At age 13 she left home to attend San Francisco Ballet School where she was awarded a full scholarship to study with Harold Christensen. She was one of two students selected to remain in San Francisco on a full Fall scholarship and attend Professional Children’s School for academics. At age 14 attended Harkness House in New York City on full scholarship under the direction of David Howard. Cathy continued her training at age 15 on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet in New York City.  At age 16 she moved to France where she lived and trained with Rosella Hightower at the Centre de Danse International. While there, had the honor to tour in the production of Giselle with Adam Luders of the Royal Danish Ballet and Mania Gielgud of the London Festival Ballet. Returned to the U.S. at age 18 and was a member of the San Diego Ballet.  Cathy was a contract dancer with the San Diego Opera under the direction of Tito Capabianco. Also had the privilege to perform with Beverly Sills in the Merry Widow and Placido Domingo in Il Trovatore. In 1979, Catherine was the Ballet Mistress for San Diego Opera’s touring production of Rigaletto. Catherine is currently an Instructor teaching all levels and ages at So Cal Dance and San Diego Ballet.

Catherine Kiefer

Sharon began her dance career at the age of 3. Through the years she has trained with some of the top dancers, choreographers and instructors in the business. She has a bachelor degree in Speech Arts from the San Diego State University where she also studied dance and theater arts. Since childhood, Sharon has had a passion for dance and her love for children and teaching made a perfect combination. On June 15, 1974, she opened San Diego Dance Centre in El Cajon. Starting with just 35 students, Sharon’s dream of a top quality dance studio where every student was a star grew to over 800 students with a branch in the north county. Sharon’s education in dance and theater arts has provided her the capability of combining proper technical dance training with performing skills. Students, who have trained at the centre, have won many awards and have gone on to have successful professional careers in the business, becoming performers, choreographers and instructors.

Sharon Keller

Originally from San Diego, Ca., Michelle grew up training extensively in ballet, tap and jazz.  As an adult, Michelle was drawn into the tap world and has been an accomplished tap choreographer for over 18 years.  Michelle has trained with such tap masters as Brenda Buffalino, Mike Minery, Sam Weber and the late Gregory Hines.  Well known as the tap trainer and choreographer for  Sophia Lucia.  She was also the mentor for the 2012 Guinness world record for consecutive pirouettes broken by Sophia.   Her choreography is sought after all over the country and her students can be seen dancing for Fox, Disney, ESPN and in “Dance Teacher” and “Dance Spirit” magazine.  She has also trained the 2006 World Dance Champion, who became the youngest ever intern for the NYC Rockettes and her students have danced for such artists as Rhianna and Britney Spears.   You can see her choreography on Fox and numerous music videos.  Michelle is proud to have won the Industry Dance Award for “Best Tap Dance” two years in a row!

Michelle Miner

Lynnrae Hiers copy Cathy Kiefer KJ