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Nicole Gradischek Seeger

Nicole began dancing at the age of 5 and studied at Artistic Dance Academy under the direction of Brenda Mertz and Denise Renee. She studied all genres of dance including: Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Pointe, Tap, Character/Musical Theatre, Contemporary Modern, and Hip Hop. At the age of 14, Nicole was hand-picked to join a traveling group called Temecula Tumblers. They performed in numerous events around the U.S. and were chosen to represent the USA in the 11th annual World Gymstrada in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Nicole attended Chaparral High School in Temecula. While there, she performed on the Advanced Dance Team all four years and served as Captain. She choreographed many numbers and was featured in Temecula Valley High School’s Dance Productions. At the age of 16, she was cast in Die Fletermose at the L.A. Opera house as a dancer. During her intense dance training, Nicole was very disciplined and was selected to be in many ballets from ensemble to principle roles including: Stars and Stripes, Doctor Zhivago, Swanlake (baby swan), Firebird, Sleeping Beauty ( Fairy Violente), Coppelia, (Swanhilda’s friend), Nutcracker (Clara), Cinderella (Cinderella) to name a few. While in high school, she studied in New York during summers and was accepted to both the Joffrey Ballet’s and ABT’s Summer Intensive Programs. She also ventured to Broadway Dance Center, Luigi’s, Steps, and took classes at Millennium, and The Edge.

Upon graduating from CHS, Nicole auditioned for Stiletto Entertainment with Holland America Cruise Lines and was cast as a dancer. She had the pleasure of rehearsing with Tony Award winning choreographers John Sharron and Patti Colomba and was part of the inaugural cast leading her into the world-renowned costume designer, Bob Mackie’s Studios. While aboard the cruise ship, Nicole was selected to be a magician’s assistant for both Greg Frewein (Gold Medalist) and James Celin (People’s Choice Las Vegas). After a memorable four years of dancing all over the world, Nicole decided to try something new and was hired by both Bush Gardens Theme Parks and FACE Entertainment for independent work.

In the summer of 2007, she was asked to take over ADA and was delighted and thrilled beyond belief. It has been her life long dream to dance forever and own a studio in which she could teach others what she lives and breaths. During this time, she was also asked to choreograph and perform in the TVIFF in honor of Smokey Robinson. Nicole continues to study many different styles of dance and take classes from such well known choreographers as Mia Michaels, Wade Robson, Doug Caldwell, Mandy Moore, and many others.

Whether Nicole is teaching during the day at Day Middle School in the Special Needs Program, at the ADA studio at night, assisting CHS with their dance team, or choreographing for the TVHS Dance Team, she is always excited to see the growth her students continue to make, and she hopes to help each student achieve his or her full potential. I am married to a wonderful man, David Seeger, and have two little boys, Hudson and Karson.

Dre Taylor

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Nicknamed “Super Dre” for his unique style and ability to pick up any genre of dancing, Keondre “Dre” Taylor begins his fifth year as an instructor for ADA. Dre started his dance training at age 11 taking tap and later showed interest in the genre of hip- hop.

In the summer of 2006 he received a partial scholarship for the Debbie Allen Summer Hip Hop Intensive. It was also during this summer that Dre competed in the World Hip Hop Championships, taking 10th in the U.S. While you can find Dre dancing on stage, you can also look for him on the big screen. Dre has been seen on commercials and T.V shows, including Criminal Minds & CBS’ Dance Revolution. Dre has Choreographed for Chaparral High School for their annual winter, and Spring Dance Productions and has assisted in directing the productions, along with directing and coordinating their annual Hip Hop competition “RIVAL SCHOOLS”. Dre is the founder & director of District 951, an all-female hip-hop team located in Temecula/Murrieta, CA.

Dre enjoys sharing his creative ideas with others and guiding dancers in the development of their own dance styles. Dre has trained under numerous Hip hop instructors from Southern California including Wade Robson, Dave Scott, David Moore, Shane Sparks, and krump dancing phenomenon Lil’ C. He decided to further expand his range of dancing by training under highly respected jazz and contemporary choreographer, Tessandra Chavez, on her Company, Unity Dance Ensemble, a professional dance team out of San Diego that specializes in mastering and fusing the styles of jazz, ballet, modern, and hip-hop all in one. Dre is also a former member of FORMALITY, one of the few professional teams that have held the prestigious title of World Hip Hop Champions. Dre is excited to be starting his 5th season at Artistic Dance Academy and looks forward to seeing growth and development in all of his students, and the Hip Hop Program.

Kevin Nguyen

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Kevin Nguyen was born in Iowa and raised in Chicago, where his interest in dance and entertainment started. He started his dance career when he moved to California in 2005 and joined Chaparral High School’s all male dance team, Agi-lity, where he served as captain. Kevin trained heavily with Formality under the direction of Erik Saradpon. He furthered his training with Urban FX, and Super Galactic Beat Manipulators. Kevin is happy to call Cookies (formerly known as Choreo Cookies) home. Cookies is considered one of Southern California’s best hip hop dance teams, having placed at many competitions such as World of Dance and Body Rock dance competitions.
Most recently, Kevin was featured in an Android Watch commercial and as a principal dancer for Fox’s hit TV show, “X Factor.” Kevin has worked with JIVE Records artist Jawan Harris, Pharrell Williams, Kwanza Jones, Korean Pop Artists B1A4, 2PM, JYP, and Trouble Maker. In addition to his industry work, Kevin travels around the world teaching master classes. He continues to teach at Artistic Dance Academy and Studio FX as well. In 2014 Kevin became the co-founder of “The Come Up Workshop”. It is a series of hip-hop master classes held once a month. It features well known and sought out choreographers. Kevin believes that there is always something new to discover in the world of dance and that one must never stop growing. Kevin hopes to continue working in the industry, while also traveling the world to teach and inspire dancers everywhere.

Lauren Jackson

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Lauren Jackson is an accomplished dancer, choreographer and energetic teacher who has been training since the age of two. She received the majority of her training at various competitive and ballet-focused studios throughout Riverside County. Her love for dance has led her to perform at many venues including World of Dance, The Rose Parade, Disneyland, Carnival Cruise Lines, The Claire Trevor Theater, San Diego White Box Dance Theatre, and numerous other campuses. In addition to her 21 years of dancing, she has 9 years of teaching experience. Lauren’s distinctive choreography has received numerous high point and top choreography awards at regional and national competitions. Her students have been recipients of many scholarship awards, cash prizes and have gone on to be represented by top agencies. Lauren recently graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and is proud and extremely excited to share her knowledge and love for dance, the arts, and live with her students.

Nicole Lee

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Nicole has been dancing for 18 years. She is trained in ballet, jazz, hip-hop tap, and modern dance. She was fortunate enough to study under some of the best names in the dance industry including Mandy Moore, Nick Lazzarini and Scotty Nguyen, competing under their direction for many years. She received her B.F.A  in dance from San Diego State University. While living in San Diego she performed and trained with many artists in the area. She danced with the PGK Project under the direction of Peter Kalivas performed throughout the San Diego area. She also trained with Jean Isaacs, attending her San Diego Dance Theater summer intensive. Recently, she has been training in Los Angeles at Edge Performing Arts Center, Millennium Dance Complex, Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio, and Movement Lifestyle taking classes from some of the most well-known and sought-after dancers in the industry. Dance has been one of the most important aspects of Nicole’s life for many years and she loves sharing that joy with her students. She hopes to continue to grow and learn and teach alongside a wonderful community of teachers and dancers at Artistic Dance Academy.

Sheryl Ingardia

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Sheryl began dancing at the age of 25 at Artistic Dance Academy. After one year of training, the owner convinced her to become a teacher and the studio manager. She taught Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Pre-School classes all while continuing her dance training.

During her time at Artistic Dance Academy, Sheryl was cast in many Ballets as the Villain. Most memorable roles include: Step Mother (Cinderella), Mouse King (The Nutcracker) and Kostchei (Firebird) to name a few. She was hand-picked to join a traveling group called Temecula Tumblers. They performed in numerous events around the U.S. and were chosen to represent the USA in the 11th Annual World Gymnaestrada in Gothenburg, Sweden. She have choreographed for CYT, Fine Arts Network and Temescal Canyon H.S. Song leaders.

After 15 years at Artistic Dance Academy, Sheryl decided it was time to take a break from teaching. She left ADA and went to work at Disneyland for 6 years. She worked in the Parade Dept. as a Float Driver and Parade Performer for: Parade of Dreams, A Christmas Fantasy, Disney’s Electrical Parade, Soundsational, Mickey’s Costume Party, and Fantastic!, as well as many special events. In 2009 she was cast as a Stiltwalker and Bike Rider in Celebrate! A Street Party, where she preformed 2 shows a day for 2 years.

Sheryl has been married to her husband, Eugene, for 27 years. They have a 25-year-old son, Austin, and a 5-year-old granddaughter, Lilly. After 8 years away from the dance world, Sheryl realized where her true passion lies. She is excited to be back, and can’t wait to share her passion and knowledge to all her students.

Janell Loyd

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Janell grew up in Orange County, California and from the start had a love and passion for everything art. Having hypermobility, she learned quickly that she could get into unique physical positions with minimal effort. In her youth, she started to perfect these positions, self-training, and became a self-taught novice contortionist. She joined the Victory Vaulters, an equestrian vaulting team where she was able to learn cleaner technique. Vaulting is a fusion of dance and gymnastics. Solo or group routines are performed while balancing on a moving horse. She progressed fast, initially competing at walk, then skipped trot, and began competing at canter as both a flyer and a base. She continued to train in conditioning and stretch while taking jazz, yoga, Polynesian, and other cultural dance to help keep active. She chose a path of family and motherhood and began teaching her own kids through play. Instructing in position correction, and then adding in more conditioning as they got older in hopes to share in their hobbies while improving her own physical health and well-being. She has taught in Orange County, helping students develop a deeper range of motion and strength through stretch in group settings and private sessions.