Staff

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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, 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 at CHS and was also featured in Temecula Valley High School’s Dance Productions.  At the age of 16, she was cast in Die Fledermaus 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), Cinderalla (Cinderella) to name a few. While in high school, she studied in New York during summers and was accepted to both the Joffrey Ballet 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 Charron, and Jill Hillier 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 lifelong dream to dance forever and own a studio in which she could teach others what she lives and breathes.  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 the best of the best!  In 2011 Nicole attended the PULSE on Tour summer intensive in New York. She was awarded the Teacher/Dancer Scholarship. She still continues to take class and train to keep up on her craft. Also keeping up with the over evolving dance world, Nicole is certified with the well renowned company, Acrobatic Arts.  Many of her ADA students have gone on to be signed by agents, making college dance teams, and booking jobs. Weather Nicole is dancing, teaching or managing; her greatest accomplishment has been her wonderful marriage of to David and raising her two crazy boys, Hudson and Karson. Nicole continues to strive to challenge herself as well as her students to be the best they can be on and off of the stage.

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.

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.

Brittany Campbell

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Brittany Campbell is a director, choreographer, actor, and dancer. She has a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Drama from the University of California, Irvine with emphasis in Acting and Directing. Among other productions, Brittany has directed; Curtains (Fine Arts Network), Into the Woods (FAN), The Lion in Winter (Shakespeare in the Vines), Green Day’s American Idiot (FAN), Seussical (FAN), The Odd Couple (FAN), Moon Over Buffalo (SITV), The Liar (SITV 2014, FAN 2012), and The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon (Black Swan Theatre). Along with directing, she has assistant directed productions such as; Shakespeare in Love (South Coast Repertory), A Doll’s House Part 2 (SCR), Pride and Prejudice (SCR), How the World Began [World Premiere] (SCR), Playhouse Creatures (University of California, Irvine), and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Stages).

Brittany has 20 years of dance training from various studios in the United States including; Broadway Dance Center, The Edge, Steps on Broadway, Millennium Dance Center, and Artistic Dance Academy. She also curently teaches at Artistic Dance Academy in Murrieta, Ca. As a choreographer, Brittany is currently choreographing The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Matilda. Her past choreography includes; Tarzan (Summer Camp FAN), Curtains (FAN), Beauty and the Beast (FAN), Green Day’s American Idiot (FAN), a modernized A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Stages), Alice in Wonderland Jr. & Peter Pan Jr. (Harbor Coast), and Honk Jr. (Newport Theatre Arts Center). Some of Brittany’s recent acting credits are; performing in Rabbit Hole (Becca),  A Chorus Line (Kristine), Stupid Hope at the International San Diego Fringe Festival 2014 (Whitney), Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Susan), and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Tintinabula). Along with all she accomplishes in the theatre, she also has 3 children and a husband whom she adores. They have reminded her of her overall goal to help the community come together and enjoy each other.

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” -Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Kailani Rivas

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Kailani Rivas began her dancing career at the age of 3 years old and went on to become a competitive dancer at just 7 years-old. This early start to her dancing career helped lead Kailani to accomplish many things and dance in some very amazing places. She began her training at Artistic Dance Academy at 13 years-old and this advanced her dancing career even further. Dancing has brought her to many stages. Some of those being Disneyland, World of Dance, Las Vegas and many more!

When Kailani began high school, she made Varsity Dance and President of the Hip-Hop Crew at Vista Murrieta High School. Junior year, Kailani became team captain of the VMHS Dance Team and began choreography for the dance team and Hip-Hop crew. Her competition and convention-based dancing also led her to earn her spot to train with “The Pulse” in Manhattan, New York where she was offered a scholarship.

After graduation, Kailani went on to continue her training and began her teaching at ADA. In 2016, Kailani tried out with the Hip-Hop dance team, “The Pack’t”, (Directed by Kevin and Dea Nguyen) and became a member. After her time with “The Pack’t”, she continues with her teaching and loves to use her 20 years of experience to help build the foundations of tomorrow’s bright dancers at Artistic Dance Academy.