RDC  FACULTY 2019-2020

Owner, Studio Director, JKDC Director. and RDC Kids Department Director 


Julie Kay is a nationally recognized leader in dance education. Her seminars and engaging keynote addresses are sold out at dance teacher conferences and conventions across the country. Her success is a result of integrating high quality, rigorous dance training, and a commitment to mentor each and every dancer with integrity and compassion. In 2006 Julie and her husband Darrell opened their own studio,   

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Jazz Director


Originally from Quebec, Canada, Annie was raised in Phoenix, AZ and grew up training competitively in all styles of dance. She is trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, and some styles of Ballroom. Annie spent a year on the Arizona State University Dance Team performing at sporting events and competing at the National level.  Read More

Jazz Director & JKDC Assistant Director


Fred Diaz began his career as a dancer in Michigan. He moved to Los Angeles upon acceptance to the EDGE Scholarship Program. His performance in the annual EDGE showcase allowed Fred to be scouted and signed by the very respected and established MSA Talent Agency. He has had the opportunity to work with many choreographers such as Mandy Moore, Miguel Zarate, Scott Hislop,  Read More



Following the beat of his own heart, Jason found himself in Los Angeles, CA soon after being introduced to the world of dance while growing up in Hawaii.  Video and tour credits include Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, N’Sync, Janet Jackson, Paulina Rubio, Carmen Electra, Grammy Awards, American Latin Music Awards, Dancing With The Stars and...   Read More

ABT Certified Ballet Director


Kelly Alvarez is a native of Los Angeles and has performed with companies such as PTERO Dance Theatre, Winifred Harris' Between Lines Dance Co., Brockus Project Dance Company, and MULTIPLEX Dance, and for notable choreographers such as Christopher Huggins, Curt Haworth, Kim Bears-Bailey, Brian Sanders, Rei Aoo, and Manfred Fischbeck, among others. She has also appeared in commercials such 

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Assistant Ballet Director


Zareh Markarian, one of the Ballet Directors at RDC, was born and raised in Glendale, CA. He began dancing at the age of 15 with his national award winning dance team at Glendale High School. Upon graduation, he was awarded an opportunity to continue his training with the EDGE Performing Arts Center Scholarship Program. While on   Read More


Chelsea Vick took her first dance class at the age of three and has been dancing ever since. She has been a dedicated student and performer for twenty years studying virtually every type of dance, participating in competitive dance and performing in professional productions. Chelsea consistently demonstrates her   Read More


As a young girl growing up in the small town of La Crescenta Carly Clove had energy to spare. Carly first fell in love with dance after watching her big sister dance in a holiday recital. Like most little sisters she wanted to follow

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RDC Kids Department Director

& RDC Event Coordinator

Amanda was born and raised in La Crescenta. She has been dancing since the age of 8 when she met Julie Kay Stallcup. Amanda was one of Julie’s first dancers in Montrose and she became an original member of JKDC. She has had the privilege of performing, ...

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Terrah Aldi has been teaching with RDC since it began in 2006. She hails From Pittsburgh, PA where she started dancing at age 3 under Janet Naughton. She continued her dance training in NYC at broadway dance center and under Jackie Patterson and Sheila Barker. She is trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical and Broadway/Musical Theatre. She has      Read More

Tap Director

Zach Saunders Is a dancer originally from Columbus, OH and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Since moving to LA, he has been in numerous films, television shows, and commercials. Some of the featured work includes Warner Bros. feature film Project X, Ray Romano’s television series Men of a Certain Age, Always Sunny In Philadelphia, and "Hit Record" working   Read More


Joanna Burke (Jojo), originally from Phoenix, Arizona, began dance class at age 3.  When she grew to understand that ballet is the basis of all dance, she studied at Arizona’s professional ballet company.  Jojo has trained in tap, hip hop, and has a great passion for jazz and lyrical, including contemporary.  She is fortunate to have trained and worked with some of the top choreographers

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Keith Junior “Brim” is an award winning choreographer and winner in a film the Boston Sci-fi Film festival. A seasoned veteran in the entertainment industry Brim has developed into a multi-faceted individual.  As a choreographer he has worked with several multi-platinum recording artists. After touring to over 80 countries with many of   Read More



Bondy Juarez is from Vista, California and received her first training with New West Ballet School and then went on to study with San Elijo Dance and Music Academy. She attended Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s Summer Intensive Programs in 2004, 2005, and 2006. In the Fall of 2006, she began her undergraduate studies at the University Read More


RDC Traveling Preschool Director 

Elizabeth began to dance at the age of 3, in Miami, FL. At the age of 9, Elizabeth moved to California with her mother where she continued her training in dance at Hama’s Dance Center in Studio City on a scholarship training in jazz, jazz/lyrical and ballet. Her main training there was with Hama himself who taught the Luigi technique. Her ballet and technique teachers were Read More


RDC Development Track Director 

Liz Porter is a recently married Los Angeles transplant from St.Louis MO. Liz attended college at Oklahoma City University where she received a BFA in Dance Performance then went on to cheer with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders before moving to LA 10 years ago. Since then Liz has been  

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Brittany has subbed at RDC for the last 3 years and is thrilled to be a full faculty member this year! After graduating from the esteemed Oklahoma City University, she moved to NYC. Some favorite credits include, June in Chicago, the 25th anniversary show of Broadway Bares, workshopping Gotta Dance! with Jerry Mitchell, assisting Rachelle Rak, and... Read More


Originally from Minnesota, Julie Schmid found her passion for dance at a young age. She continued dancing through college at the University of Wisconsin - Madison where she ultimately received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts. Upon graduation, Julie moved to Los Angeles where she was one of twenty dancers selected for a scholarship program at the prestigious Read More



Sarah Jayne Crookston-Henriod was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She began her dance training at the age of seven, studying intensively in ballet and jazz at Salt Lake Dance Center in Salt Lake City, which she continued to do until her graduation from high school. While in middle school Sarah danced with Ballet West, Utah’s Premier Dance Company, performing in The      Read More


RDC Dance Ambassadors Director 


Malia Baker has always known her life would be full of dance. At age four she started taking classes and her dream to be a professional dancer began from there. Well versed in all styles including Ballet, Tap, Jazz Funk, Hip Hop, Modern, Musical Theater, and Jazz, Malia feels most at home in the studio. After graduating high school, Malia moved from Colorado to Los Angeles, and

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