Miss Jessica: Owner
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 high school, she performed and competed with Centennial High School's dance team and trained several hours a week under the amazing talent of some of the best choreographers, including many from the famous NCA DANCE. Attending dance camps and hours worth of classes, Jessica placed in several competitions and won countless awards both with her team and including many for her individual work. She traveled all over to compete with her dance squad, including National Competitions spanning from Anaheim to Texas for NCA. Jessica was also very active with Musical Theater and was selected to play leading roles on stage in Musicals, including playing the Tap-Dancing & Singing lead actress of "Bonnie" in their rendition of the Tony Award Winning Musical "Anything Goes". She traveled and sang competitively with the Madrigal Choir, which allowed her to go across the country to our Nation's Capital of Washington D.C. to perform. Whether dancing at Disneyland, competing with her dance team, acting on stage, or singing at the White House....performing is where Jessica has always felt her heart belonged.
Immediately after high school, 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 her four 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. and was invited to be a part of their performance team. After getting her Bachelor's Degree, she moved on to get her teaching credential followed by a Master's Degree in Elementary Education. Teaching elementary school since she was 23 years old, for years she volunteered after school to teach students at her school how to dance, who may not otherwise have the opportunity to learn the art.
Growing up in a family of successful business owners, Jessica 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 and her husband Josh saw the need of a quality dance studio to cater to the areas of Temescal Valley, they jumped at the opportunity to fulfill this dream. With her highly qualified education and experience with children, mixed with her training and passion for dance & blended 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:
Competition Team Assistant Director and Coach
Specializing in Advanced Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theater and Tap Instruction
Felicity has always had a strong background with the performing arts since the age of 4; growing up with professional training in not only dancing, but singing and acting as well! As a dedicated dancer, she began her intense training at De-An's Jump Dance & Performing Arts Center. She trained and competed here in the styles of ballet, pointe, lyrical/contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, tumbling, tap, and musical theater for 10 years. This studio was well known for their big theatrical productions performed at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium and Felicity was gratefully chosen to play various leading roles; such as Gerta from "Snow Queen", the White Rabbit from "Alice in Wonderland" and Little Red Riding Hood from "Into the Woods". She was also a part of the studio's competition team known as the "Jump Dance Talent Troupe", competing as a singing soloist and teammate of several 1st place winning group routines.
At the age of 8, she began her journey as a triple threat performer traveling out to LA for multitudes of auditions in commercials, television series, and Disney animations. She signed with Abrams and DDO Artists Agencies and continues to dedicate her time and efforts outside of school towards building her own brand and name. Felicity was also lucky to be a part of the 'Just Dance 2: Kids' video game, featured in a Disney Parks Family commercial, and the 2009 winner of the OC Idol Singing competition.
During her time at Santiago High School, she joined the competitive Varsity Dance Team for four years and became the Co-Captain of the team her Junior and Senior years. The SHS Dance Team participated in USA dance camps, performed during half-time football and basketball shows, and entertained at themed School Pep Rallies. They've also competed at several prestigious competitions: such as WCE, CADTD State, and USA Nationals. During her time on team, Felicity became a 5x CADTD State Champion in various group numbers and a USA National Champion in the Extra-Small Elite dance category. Her senior year, she received special recognition by one of the USA Dance Instructors and was offered the opportunity to tour London and become a part of the USA Instructional Dance Staff.
Currently, Felicity is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Dance at the University of California, Riverside. When she's not studying, she happily spends many, many hours at Brooklyn Dance Academy in her 2nd year of coaching several teams and solo dancers on the Double Platinum Competition Team. She continues to lead our team to Double Platinum and Top Ten awards at every event! In her little down time she has, she finds time to continue her dance training on her own or at dance studios, such as the renowned Millennium Dance Complex in LA and OC. Also during her free time, she likes to run her YouTube Channel where she publishes her own singing covers, dance choreography or performances, and lifestyle vlogs. Felicity is constantly thankful for the opportunities that she's been blessed with; being able to share her dance passion with the kids and teach at the wonderful Brooklyn Dance Academy. Leading our Musical Theater program really shows our dancers that she can als SING and is a true triple threat! Her focus is on building the dancers' individual style, strength, and technique. She hopes to inspire young eager minds, cultivates their passions as a performer, and remind them to just "Live, Laugh, and Love Dance"!
Mr. Johnny Dunn 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 passion. In 2001, he moved to Los Angeles to make his dream come true. He worked hard and made his vision a reality. With a skilled background in tumbling and Hip Hop, Mr. Johnny continues to bring energy and support to all of his dancers here at B.D.A.
Johnny's latest work, includes choreographing for Bruno Mars for his series of concerts in Las Vegas in 2018. You can also soon catch him on a new upcoming show on the BET Network that follows choreographers and dancers all over the United States. Not to stop there, Johnny has also 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 continues to be a leading B.D.A. Hip Hop and Tumbling Instructors - with classes offered for just teens, just boys. break dancing, pop-n-locking, and tumbling. Mr. Johnny 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.
Specializing in Tumbling, Tricks, Advanced Hip Hop and Break dance techniques
Specializing in Star Babies
& Star Combo Program
Lyrical and Jazz
A 2019 Competition Coach
Miss Ashley grew up her whole life dancing. By age 10, she was competing in competitions and went on to collect countless awards. Through high school, Ashley performed and competed with Temescal Valley High School varsity dance team all four years and collect several more first place wins.
Ashley loves children and loves dance. She has enjoyed merging her two loves with the students of Brooklyn Dance Academy for the last three years. Ashley is excited to be a part of the team of instructors who specialize in working with toddlers and Pre-School aged dancers. Teaching our Brooklyn Star Classes on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, you can also take classes from her during her Leaps and Turns, Jazz, or Lyrical classes throughout the week in the afternoon and evenings. Ashley is the full package of talent and patience for all ages of Brooklyn dance Academy's dancers!
Ashley is in her third year of college working towards one day becoming an elementary school teacher. "I love bringing my skills, technique, and love of children into my classes at Brooklyn Dance Academy. I am grateful to be a part of such a caring dance family. This is the place I would want to bring my own children one day".
Specializing in our
Star Dancer Program
Lyrical and Jazz
Miss Kari started dancing at the age of 3 and her passion for the performing arts has only grown stronger over the years. She has a technical background in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and hip hop—with tap being her favorite and most specialized style!
At the age of 13, Kari pursued dancing competitively, earning multiple high scoring awards. During her high school years, she branched out and became heavily involved in the hip hop community, competing and excelling with Nu Era Dance Team. She also danced on the Kennedy Dance Team and continued her training at reputable dance studios such as BoogieZone Utopia and IDA Hollywood.
Kari discovered her love for teaching at the age of 18 and has been teaching ever since! Parents and students adore her and her way to connect with her students on a great level. Miss Kari specializes in teaching all age groups and loves creating a warm and welcoming environment for all of her students. She focuses on providing a structured learning environment as well as inspiring her students to achieve their goals!
Miss Kari is currently continuing her dance education at Millennium Dance Complex every week and looks forward to sharing her dance knowledge, education and talents to the dancers of Brooklyn Dance Academy.
Specializing in Hip Hop Instruction
Richard Clark has danced for as long as he can remember. Growing up in a musically inclined family and being surrounded by Hip Hop 24/7, Richard developed a strong passion for dance early on. At the age of 12, Richard began training at local dance studios and workshops in Southern California. Around this time he was also able to have a few TV appearances in Dreamwork's DreamGirls and CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; but it was dance that continued to call his name.
Richard found much happiness in all styles associated with hip hop which led him to join the Varsity Hip Hop Team at Santiago high School. The team was always a hit at half-time shows, rallies, and competitions. Today, Richard is currently the alumnus Head Coach for that same hip hop team and his love for the organization has grown tremendously.
Richard is a graduate from the University of California, Riverside (2018) and holds a BA in Dance Studies and Choreography with his concentration in the style of Hip Hop and West African Dance. Richard had some of his best times during his undergrad at UCR and will hold the knowledge that he learned in a special place. He continues to train his High School Hip Hop Team and likes to hone his skills at the well-known dance venues Playground LA and Millenium Dance Complex OC and in A when he gets the chance.
Richard is incredibly talented and very passionate about the art of hip hop. He is so excited to be a part of the BDA family and can't wait to bust a move with whoever comes his way. Trust me - if you try his class, you will LOVE the experience and danc education you will receive.
Specializing in ballet, jazz, tap and lyrical
Miss Dominique has been dancing for 14 years, highly training in the styles of Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Pointe. She began her training at Kane Dance Academy and most recently trained at JPD and competed on their competition team, where she won several top awards.
In high school, Dominique was a part of the Varsity Dance Team at Norco High, beginning her sophomore year, and became the Captain of the team during her junior and senior years. Choreographing for her team, they performed at many community events, Football games, and Basketball games; and placed high in many high school dance competitions.
Miss Dom began teaching with BDA in 2016 and in 2018 we had the privilege of having her coach our Competitive Tap Team, where she led us to Platinum Wins with the judges loving our very entertaining routine! After comp season, Dom took a six-month break from BDA to focus on her studies at college, but she happily returned in January 2019 to continue doing what she loves: teaching dance! She looks forward to continuing to provide our dancers with her talent.
Ballet, Lyrical, Contemproary and Jazz
Miss Hailey began working for Brooklyn Dance Academy when she was a senior in high school. Her talent and dance knowledge surpassed her age. Starting dance at the early age of 3, Hailey's training focused on ballet, pointe, jazz and musical theater. She trained at Dancing Images Dance Center in Moreno Valley for 10 years, 5 of them were spent on the competition team. On the team and won several awards for her performances in jazz, lyrical and musical theater styles.
During Highschool, Hailey attended Encore High School for the Arts, where she took classes in ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, lyrical and choreography. At that time, she switched her dance academy to Murrieta Dance Project, to further her training in higher-level ballet and contemporary classes. During the summers of her high school, Hailey also attended ballet intensives. The first being Texas Ballet Theater and then Anaheim Ballet School, taking classes in character and modern, as well as focusing on ballet and pointe technique.
"My biggest passion has always been ballet and the foundation of dance. With two seasons as a dance coach with Brooklyn Dance Academy, I’m very excited to bring my experience of ballet and all other types of dance to the students.
Want to join our team of Instructors?
Email us at Jessica@dancebda.com.
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Live... Laugh... Love... DANCE!!