Meet The Company…
Aaron Shaw is a native of Temecula. He began his dance training locally at Mt. San Jacinto Community College. After completing his associate’s degree there at MSJC he attended Brigham Young University where he received his B.A. in Dance. While attending BYU Aaron had the opportunity to perform and tour with several different companies. Aaron had the opportunity to travel around the world including much of the US, Mexico, China, Jamaica and Europe. Since returning to California Aaron has had the opportunity to work, study and perform with Jean Isaac’s San Diego Dance Theater. He is excited to also be working with Avocado Dance Theater and California Ballet. Aaron has branched out from performance and has begun choreographing. One of his pieces was performed at ACDFA where it was placed in the gala performance. This piece has been performed by multiple companies since then. Aaron has also had the opportunity to choreograph for Snow College, Utah Regional Ballet and recently San Diego Dance Theater’s Young Choreographers Project.
Aaron was a founding member of Avocado Dance Theatre in 2012, is a member of the Dance Theatre Collective board of trustees, and still occasionally dances with the company, when his schedule permits. He presently makes his home in New York City, where he is a freelance dancer and choreographer.
Aaron has choreographed four works for Avocado Dance Theatre: “All in a Day” (2012), “The Game” (2013), “The Game, part IV” (2014), and “On Your Sleeve” (2015)
Amanda Rose Shind began studying dance in Massachusetts at the age of three and has never stopped! Growing up, she took classes from many fabulous teachers all over the northeast in the styles of ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, and modern and continued her dance education at Emerson College in Boston. While at Emerson, Amanda developed a love for modern dance and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Theatre. She also completed the dance education training course with the Dance Teachers Club of Boston receiving the overall excellence award in Tap. After teaching and choreographing at numerous dance studios and public schools in the Greater Boston area, Amanda made the move out west where she began working with mobile dance studio Petite Feet dance and fitness. She continues to share her love of dance with preschool and elementary aged children all over the Inland Empire. Amanda is beyond excited to be a part of the Avocado family!
David Chavez began dancing Mexican folklore (Ballet Folklorico) at age 15 and continued throughout high school. Once in college at California State University, San Marcos, he was introduced to both modern and contemporary forms of dance. He took classes ranging from Global Modern to Choreography. David has had the privilege to work under Karen Schaffman, Jess Humphrey, and Anya Cloud. He participated in the CSUSM dance concert, OFF CENTRE, for 3 years and also played the principal dancer in a theater performance. David graduated from CSUSM with a BA in Visual & Performing Arts with an emphasis in Visual Art and a minor in Dance. Currently, he is taking classes at a local studio.
Jeremy Sewell insists that his dancing career serendipitously started when he was injured while wrestling in high school. He was forced off of the team and into a dance class. He has never looked back! He has trained in ballet, modern, jazz, and folk styles of dance. He has taken courses from the University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, University of Nevada Las Vegas, and most recently from the College of Southern Nevada where he danced with the Kelly Roth and Dancers Company. Jeremy took time off from dance to finish a Doctorate in Dental Medicine at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He now practices dentistry in Murrieta California and is re-embracing his passion of the performing arts. While not dancing or fixing peoples’ teeth, Jeremy enjoys exercising and loves spending time with his son Nathan and daughter Noelle.
Joseph Lister began dancing in 2010 at the age of 19. He started with his home church’s dance ministry where he was a part of the hip-hop and praise hula dance team. Soon after he found himself at Murrieta Dance Studio where he continued training in hip hop and was introduced to the contemporary style of dance. In the Fall of 2010 he attended California State University, Channel Islands and enrolled in a jazz technique course. He then fully realized his love and passion for dance and became a candidate for a B.A. in Performing Arts with an emphasis in dance. He began training in jazz, choreography, and modern under the instruction of Heather Castillo. During his time at CSUCI (2010-2012) he has had the opportunity to choreograph for the University’s first Spring Dance Concert (2012) and was cast in the University’s first musical, Cabaret (2012), as a cabaret dancer. In the Spring of 2011 he was introduced to ballet when he was approached to be a part of Inland Valley Classical Ballet Theatre’s first contemporary ballet, Passion of the Christ, where he danced the part of Pontius Pilate as well as other roles. He decided to continue dancing with the company and was in many other performances including Cinderella , The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Once Upon a Tutu. In the Summer of 2011 Joseph performed in his first musical at Act One Community Theater in Temecula as a chorus dancer in A Chorus Line. He is a Dance major at the University of California, Riverside and can’t wait to start his next chapter as a dancer with Avocado Dance Theatre.
Kylie Kruger has been dancing for 24 years, She is a Choreographer and Teacher of Lyrical, Contemporary, and Hip Hop, at Svetlanas Dance Academy, under the direction of Svetlana Waissman. She moved to Los Angeles in 2003, where she continued her training at several dance schools including, The Edge, Millennium, and Debbie Allen. She has since performed with, Unity LA, Formality, Hi-Fi, and Mass Appeal. She has also been featured in several music videos with Missy Elliott. Since her return to Temecula, She has performed in several shows and musicals including, Passion Of The Christ Ballet, Cinderella, Once Upon a Tutu, Nutcracker, A Chorus Line, All Shook Up, Wedding Singer, and Evita. In addition to her dancing she has also earned her BA in Fashion Merchandise from FIDM. This is her first year performing and dancing with the Avocado Dance Theater, She is very honored and excited to share the stage with her fellow Avocados.