OUR TEAM

Let us introduce you to our amazing, professional, and award winning dance instructors at

Brooklyn Dance Academy

Jessica Warwick - Owner & Artistic Director

Jessica grew up dancing the majority of her life; receiving ballet, jazz, and tap training at Kane Dance Academy from 8 -17 years old...and diving into years of Lyrical and Contemporary training from 18 years and on.  In highschool, she performed and competed with Centennial High School's Award winning Song (dance) Squad and trained under the amazing talent of some of the best choreographers, including many from the famous NCA DANCE.  Along with her team, Jessica placed in several competitions and won countless awards; including many for her individual work.  She travelled all over to compete with her squad, including NCA National Competitions spanning from Anaheim to Texas.  During high school, she was also very active with the Musical Theater program and played both lead and supporting roles on the stage in Musicals all four years of highschool, including playing the Tap-Dancin' Singing lead of "Bonnie" in their rendition of the Tony Award Winning Musical "Anything Goes".  She also travelled and sang competively with the highly revered Madrigal Choir, which allowed her to travel to our Nation's Capital of Washington D.C. to perform and compete.  On the stage is where Jessica has always felt she belongs.   

 

Immediately after highshool, Jessica went to The University of California, Riverside - where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science with a concentrated Minor in Law.  During these years, Jessica continued to dance with UCR's revered dance department with strong lyrical and modern dance training under the direction of renowned director Wendy Rogers.  After earning her Bachelor's Degree at 21, Jessica changed direction from Law School, and focused on becomming a teacher.  One year later she had her own classroom....and two years later, she earned herself her third degree - a Master's Degree in Education.  Today, Jessica has been teaching elementary school for 12 years.   During this time, Jessica has volunteered after school to teach dance and theater to the students of her school, so she could share her passion and bring dance to students who are not able to access the opportunity otherwise.  

 

Jessica grew up in a family with a long line of successful entrepeneurs.  Work ethic and running a business comes naturally.  Helping with her father's successful businesses with payroll and office managing, Jessica knows what it takes to run a business behind the scenes.  She always had the vision to one day open her own dance studio to provide children with an opportunity to explore the wonderful world of performing arts. When she saw the need of a quality dance studio to cater to the areas of Temescal Valley, she and her husband Joshua jumped at the opportunity to fulfill this dream.  With her experience with children and her passion for dance - coupled with her strong family business ethic, she created an atmosphere that resembles a motto she likes to live by: Live...Laugh...Love....DANCE!  "I feel beyond blessed and I'm incredibly thrilled to have this opportunity to combine my strengths, education, and passion for dance to help guide Brooklyn Dance Academy to the top!" Without further ado, let us introduce you to our amazing, professional, and award winning dance instructors:

Mrs. Joy

Miss Joy started dancing 30 years ago, and has been teaching dance for over 20 years.  She became a competitive dancer at the young age of 8 and received many first place awards and received many National Titles.          

After attending highschool in Corona, Joy went to University of California, Riverside.  During her time at UCR, she was selected and was able to travel with the UCR Gluck Touring Ensemble, a modern dance group.  After graduating in 2000, Joy started the dance program for Norco High School. Following, in 2006, she introduced the dance program to John F. Kennedy Middle College in Norco, and continues to be their Artistic Director.  While teaching for CNUSD since 2000 in the areas of both math and dance, Joy has directed over 50 shows for the our local school district, including several dance and talent competitions.  Joy is also the only teacher in Corona-Norco Unified School District to have a California Teaching Credential to teach dance.  Joy likes to join her Pedagogy, highly skilled dance technique, and her choreography mastery into the dance room when teaching her dance students, and it's results prove to be outstanding!  

 

As a community memeber of Temescal Valley, she looks forward with working with her friend Jessica, in taking Brooklyn Dance Academy to high levels of dance acheivement.  Joy brings her talent, skills, and years of teaching experience to our studio that will help build the strongest of dancers. 

Mrs. Victoria

Miss Victoria has been with BDA since we opened in September 2016.  With amazing experience and passion, Victoria loves being a part of the Brooklyn Dance Family.  She has been dancing since 1992, studying under many renown and notable choreographers & mentors including Wendy Rogers, Susan Rose, Neil Greenberg, and many more!  She earned a Bachelors of Arts in Dance, and graduated with summa cum laude from the University of California, Riverside. At UCR, she was a recipient of the Chancellor's Performance Award from the Marius de Brabant Scholarship Fund and was honored with the Academic Excellence Award in Dance. In addition to her awards, the Department of Dance selected her to become a member of the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts. 

 

Victoria also studied choreography and musical theatre at Riverside and Norco Community Colleges and was a principal dancer and dance captain in many notable shows as Cabaret, Little Shop of Horrors, Grease, My Fair Lady, and Once Upon a Mattress in which she received a Student of Distinction award for her dancing. She joined Born Dance Company in 2009, under the artistic direction of Dr. Won-sun Choi, and was trained in Traditional Korean Mask Dance. In 2010, she performed three unique and vigorous dance pieces with the company at the Ford Amphitheater in Hollywood.

 

Victoria started swing dancing in 2001, studying under James Bennett. After years of training and teaching, she and her husband Chris had an opportunity to dance for Galaxy Press in the 2009 Hollywood Christmas Parade with "Santa's Jumpin' Jive Swingers" and L. Ron Hubbard Stories from the Golden Age float. In 2011 she founded the Savvy Swing Dancers, a performance-based Lindy Hop and East Coast Swing dance group, that has since performed routines for the Lake Norconian Club Foundation, the Women's Improvement Club,  the Sozo Jazz Band's American Cancer Society Relay For Life benefit concerts, and other private parties. Her group most recently appeared in the Rockabilly music video: "Aim'n High" by The Altar Billies. She looks forward to bringing her variety of talents and experience in teaching to Brooklyn Dance Academy.

Miss Kristen

Kristen "Miss Kriss" specializes in Hip hop. She’s danced with some of So-Cal's best dance crews, including Natural St8, Show Off Dance Company and Team 3K. She leads an empire of “G's” crews in different areas codes. They were founded as the “520 G's” in Tucson Arizona and are currently known as the “909 G's” in Chino and Yucaipa California.

 

Miss Kriss is also well versed experienced in Jazz and Contemporary. Her style has evolved from Street to Classic Theatre Jazz, Russian Ballet, Modern and various other styles including West African and Breakdance. Her passion is raw and her talent, original.

 

After receiving her Bachelor's in Humanities at Northern Arizona University, she moved to California to pursue her dreams of dancing for major companies. Her degree and dance experience have prevailed her destiny of teaching dance full-time. She couldn’t feel more at home to have realized it. She is thrilled to come on board with Brooklyn Dance Academy and looks forward to what we can create together.  

Mr. Johnny

Mr. Johnny grew up in the bay area and always loved to dance. Inspired by Michael Jackson. Johnny taught himself to dance while dancing in front of his mirror for hours on end.  After graduating college, studying Computer Graphics and Web design, Johnny knew he needed to pursue his passon.  In 2001, he moved to Los Angeles to make his dream come true.  He worked hard and made his vision a reality.  With a background in tumbling and Hip Hop, Mr. Johnny will bring energy and support to our dancers here at B.D.A. 

 

Johnny has taught for the renowned Miss. Debbie Allen and taught dance workshops along side tap dance and choreographer Jason Samuels Smith.  In 2005, Johnny toured with M.C. Hammer as a lead backup dancer and performed on the MTV Music awards.  He has also choreographed a music video for Universal Records recording artist "Cash" as well as working with the legendary disco artist Cheryl Lynn.  

 

Today Mr. Johnny is excited to come on board as one of Brooklyn Dance Academy's Hip Hop Instructors, bringing exciting classes such as tumbling, breakdance, pop n lock, and continuing our popular All Boys Hip Hop Crew.  He  is accompanied by his wofe Laura, and their two children, Tyeson and Trenton.  He is very blessed to have accomplished what he has in his life, and can never forget that the gifts and talents that come from his Lord Jesus Christ.  He will inspire our dancers to never give up on their dreams and to follow their hearts and passion for dance.  

Mrs. Lindsay

Lindsay Wood is so honored to be a part of the Brooklyn Dance Academy Faculty! She brings with her over 25 years of experience in dance. Her passion for sharing the art of dance with the next generation of dancers is seen in her energetic and encouraging teaching style. She began her dance career at Irvine Dance Academy and studied the genres of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and Lyrical. Lindsay's favorite style of dance is tap. She was trained in tap by the Emmy Nominated and American Choreography Award winning Monie Adamson. She continued her dance education at California State University Fullerton while also studying Early Childhood Education. Lindsay has brought the joy of dance to students that are 6 months old through 60 years old children-at-heart.

 

Lindsay combined her dance experience and love for children while appointed as the Director of the Preschool for the Arts Dance Program in North Carolina. She has been teaching recreational and competitive dance classes for over 10 years. Most recently, Lindsay coached Palm Desert High School Dance Team to 2 State Championship titles in 2014 and 5 National Championship titles, including a top overall "Best in Lyrical" award in 2015. Her expertise in a variety of dance styles has earned her awards in both choreography and teaching. 

 

When Lindsay is not at the dance studio you can find her at home spending time with her husband and  three children, sewing and crafting, or reading a book. She is a new local to the Temescal Valley, and enjoys visiting the beach and Disneyland! 

Miss Kelly

Miss Kelly has had a strong passion for dance ever since her formal training began at Deann’s Jump Dance and Performing Arts Studio in Corona at the age of 5. She trained and competed here vigorously in the styles of ballet, tumbling, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop and pointe for seven years. The dance studio performed huge productions every summer and Kelly was chosen for many leading roles, such as Cinderella en pointe. They also took a trip to New York City where the team participated in classes and workshops at the NYC Broadway Dance Center and saw the original Wicked Broadway musical. 

 

While attending Santiago High School, Kelly started training at Nuevo School of Contemporary Dance in Chino Hills, founded by Mr. Francisco Gella. For two years, she also participated on the Santiago Dance Team and was the Co-Captain as a sophomore. The dance team participated in half-time football shows, dance camps and also competed in major competitions, such as UDA National Dance competitions in Orlando, Florida where they placed in the top 10 every year. During her 4 years at Nuevo, Kelly was further trained in the styles of ballet, modern, contemporary and hip-hop. They had monthly master classes and learned from artists including Benji Schwimmer and Sonya Tayeh. In addition, the studio performed in many benefit shows and competitions, where Kelly received individual awards such as “Best Technique.” The team even won 1st place at the regionals for the Youth American Grand Prix, in which they flew to New York City to compete in the finals. 

 

Kelly is currently a senior at UCR and intends to graduate this summer with her Bachelor of Science in Biology. When she is not busy with college work she volunteers at Loma Linda University Hospital and still dances for fun when she can. In winter 2014 and 2015 she performed in Riverside Dance Academy’s “Nutcracker” as the Snow Queen and Dew Drop Fairy on pointe. Next on her agenda is to attain her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and hopes to work with athletes, such as dancers. Kelly is excited to be a part of the Brooklyn Dance Academy family and can't wait to share her talent and skills with our students.  

Miss Michelle

Mr. Jadell (On Temporary Leave from Studio)

Mr. Jadell began performing at the age of 15. Highly trained in Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Modern, Jadell has choreographed opening productions for The Miss Black Sacramento Scholarship Pageant, The Miss Black California Pageant, The Miss Greater Inland Empire Pageant and The Little Miss Capital City Pageant. In 2009, Jadell placed in the top 17 as he competed in New York City’s National ACT-SO Competition. He performed in the televised opening and closing numbers for the competitions award ceremony. Through this, he shared the stage with Alvin Ailey Company 2 and Julliard professionals. In addition,  Jadell became the assistant choreographer for Amped Entertainment, a professional entertainment company in Sacramento California. Jadell Lee has also choreographed opening numbers for The University of California Riverside's "Midnight Madness" Athletic Event. Teaching for the Moreno Valley Unified School District, Jadell Lee also has taught at Vista Heights Middle School as the head Competition Team Coach and Sunnymead Valley Elementary School as well as LJR Intellect Academy of the Arts and Riverside Dance Academy as a Hip Hop Director and Dance Coordinator. He has guest taught at Kristi’s Forever Dancing Dance Studio and Bowen Hayes School of the Arts. He has studied under the direction of Sheila Coleman and Chanthou Lam, instructors of Alvin Ailey School in San Francisco as well as company members of Ronald K. Brown. Jadell was also featured in the Inland Dance Theatres "The Nutcracker" and has performed various soloist roles for the Inland Empire Contemporary Ballet. 

 

In addition, Jadell has trained professionals that have gone on to television, film, as well as UFL and NFL teams such as "Looking For A Dream", "My Main" by Mila J, "Champion" Featuring B.o.B. by Mila J, "FWU" by Kehlani, NBC's "America's Got Talent," FOX's "X Factor," FOX's "Blackish", The San Francisco "49er's", Stockton "Shockwave", and more!  Jadell Lee acquired his Bachelor’s Degree in Dance from the University of California Riverside and is represented by Go 2 Talent Agency. Jadell is also a member of CODA-Company of Dance Artists. He can't wait to help bring B.D.A. dancers to the TOP! 

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