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 Vice-President/Secretary of the Dance Theatre Collective of Southern California’s Board of Directors. Aaron re-joined the company for the 2015-16 season, after studying/working in New York City (2013-2015). 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!
Amber Geary-Welte (picture coming soon) started dancing at the age of two at her mother’s dance studio, …And All That Jazz!!!, in San Diego, California. She has trained as a competitive dancer, and has won numerous choreography awards. She graduated from Humboldt State University where she earned her Bachelor’s of Art’s degree in Psychology, and was involved with the modern dance company. While she attended HSU, she had the privilege to be the instructor and head coach for the college cheerleading and song team. In 2010, Amber graduated from Loma Linda University where she received her Master’s of Science degree in Child Life. In her Master’s program, Amber had the pleasure of offering dance lessons to children hospitalized at Loma Linda Children’s Hospital. She truly enjoys teaching dance and loves to share her knowledge of tap, jazz, and lyrical with the children at AATJ.
Ariel Green-Hill (picture coming soon) was first exposed to dancing when she joined color guard at Vista Verde Middle school at the age of 10. Throughout her years in middle school and high school from 2005-11, she continued training and competing as an active guard member for another 6 years. At the age of 16, she joined the dance team for her last two years at Rancho Verde high school to challenge and herself and try something different. Upon graduation, she took her first ballet, modern, and jazz technique classes and began formal training at Riverside City College. Ariel currently attends RCC and hopes to transfer to (California State University Long Beach (CSULB) or University of California Riverside (UCR) as a dance major next spring. Ariel continues to be an active participant and supporter of RCC’s dance program by choreographing and dancing in Celebrate Dance (student choreographed concert), Kinetic Conversations (faculty choreographed concert) from 2012- present, and other projects in conjunction with UCR and the city of Riverside. She is more than happy to be a new cast member and to be part of the Avocado Dance 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 Canales has been training, performing, and competing in all different styles of dance since the age of 4. When she was 12, she won the World Championship of Irish Dancing in Philadelphia, PA for the Claddagh School of Irish Dance. At 15, she fell in love with ballet of which she trained with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in New York City the summer of 2013, and the Joffrey Ballet School, on scholarship, the summer after that. Kylie was introduced to modern dance when she was 17 and attended the Limon Dance Company’s summer workshop (also on scholarship). At just 18, she is continuing to pursue her dance career, training all over Southern California, and working on receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics at Cal State University, Long Beach. Kylie is proud to be a new company member of the Avocado Dance Theatre! Her future plans include moving to New York and dancing and traveling with professional companies.
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.