Avocado Dancers 2016-17 Season

 

Meet The Company…

 


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Photo: Shawna Sarnowski

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!


 

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Photo: Linda Wolfe

Joseph Lister graduated from University of California Riverside with a BA in Dance in 2015. He began dancing in 2010 at California State University, Channel Islands where he trained in jazz, modern, and choreography under Heather Castillo. At CSUCI he had the opportunity to dance in their first musical Cabaret, was captain and co-founder of CSUCI’s first dance team (Breaking Pointe), and choreograph in the annual dance concerts. While attending CSUCI he was also under scholarship at the Inland Valley Classical Ballet Academy and was performing with Act One Community Theatre where he performed in various musicals and ballets including: A Chorus Line, Passion of The Christ, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Swan Lake. Joseph then moved his dance education to UCR where he studied ballet, modern, yoga, jazz, African dance, and choreography. While there he had the opportunity to perform and choreograph in UCR is Dancing and Spring Forward. In his last year at UCR he worked on an independent study “Cities in The Smog” under Taisha Paggett. Joseph was also honored to perform in three MFA concerts by Rosa Rodriguez-Frazier, Brianna Skellie, and Casey Avaunt. Joseph also received the GLUCK fellowship of the arts award, The Chancellor’s Performance award, and was invited to ACDFA. Aside from his academic dance training he received a scholarship from Joffery and Bolshoi ballet and was accepted into the Kirov Ballet school. During one of his summers at UCR Joseph was an apprentice at Lula Washington Dance Theatre, a contemporary African dance company. Joseph also helped assist in the choreography as well as performed in MSJC’s musical Pippin. Joseph is currently a three year member of Avocado Dance Theatre, a modern based dance company based in Temecula under the direction of Lori Torok and Aaron Shaw.

 


Kristin Brown

Photo: Chris Peddecord

Kristin Brown began her study of dance at the age of three. She had the opportunity to study at dance schools in California and Utah where she learned a variety of dance styles including; ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, and contemporary. She furthered her training in college and received her BA in Dance from Brigham Young University (BYU). While at BYU she was able to perform on the touring company, Contemporary Dance Theatre, and travel with them to India and Colorado. Kristin had the opportunity to work with renowned choreographers Donald McKayle, Diavolo dancers Jenn and Omar Olivas, Jennifer Backhaus, and others.  Kristin received further training at summer intensives including San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Paul Taylor, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. She most recently danced on the Utah-based company, SALT Contemporary Dance under the direction of Michelle Nielsen. It was there she was able to work with dancers from North West Dance Project and broaden her artistic abilities. Kristin also loves to teach and choreograph. She is excited to be back in California and to be a member of Avocado Dance Theatre.


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Photo: Talia Audenart Photography

Lana Rowe began training in Tap, Jazz and Ballet in Edmonton, AB Canada under the direction of Shelley Tookey, Sally Ogden of the National Ballet of Canada, and Debrah Morgan of the Royal Ballet. At the age of 13, Lana attended the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and completed the advanced level of the Royal Academy of Dance. Upon graduation Lana continued to train and perform with Banff Festival Ballet under the direction of Brian Macdonald Les Grands Ballets Canadien, Annette Av Paul Paris Opera and the National Ballet of Canada and Michael Byars and Victoria Simon of the NYC Ballet. Lana has been fortunate enough to have worked with choreographers such as Stacey Tookey, Azure Barton, Crystal Pite, Calen Kurka and many many more. Lana’s jazz career has taken her all over the world with Jean Ann Ryan Productions, Norwegian Cruise Line, Body Shock Hip Hop Team from Los Angeles to Singapore, and to South Africa with the Adidas Touring Team. While in Africa, she was both the assistant choreographer and performer in the Mr. South Africa Pageant. Lana both modeled and was the opening act in the Elle Magazine Fashion Awards. She has danced professionally for Swim Wear Etc., Calvin Klein, Reebok, Chanel, Nike, and many more. Lana has been teaching tap, ballet and jazz, for 17 years. Some of her students have gone on to dance with Tokyo Disney, Disneyland, Royal Caribbean Cruise, Princess Cruise Lines, Jean Anne Ryan Productions, Edge scholarship program, Bette Midler, the Donny and Marie Osmond show Las Vegas , Cirque du Soleil and many small ballet companies throughout Canada and Europe. Lana now resides in Southern California with her husband and 3 children. She is the owner/director of Rowe Dance Academy… a Dance Academy specializing in passing the love of dance to preschool aged children.


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Photo: Sue Brenner

Shauna Tyser graduated Magna Cum Laude, with her BFA in dance performance and choreography from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, and was the 2007 recipient of the Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities for excellence in dance. In the past she has performed with Philadanco II (Philadelphia), Contempra Dance Theater (Philadelphia), Opera Company of Philadelphia, Colette Harding Contemporary Dance Company (San Diego), Mojalet Dance Collective (San Diego), “Trolley Dances” with Jean Isaac’s San Diego Dance Theater and isadoraNOW (San Diego). She also holds a certificate from the Teaching Artist Institute of San Diego, and has taught dance programs on the East and West Coast, as well as, internationally in Mumbai, India.  Her choreography debuted at the 2016 San Diego International Fringe Festival, and she plans to produce more work in the future. She is currently involved with the PGK dance project as a development intern, while working towards her MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management at the University of San Diego. She is excited to be a part of the wonderful dance happening at Avocado Dance Theatre this season!


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William Feldon at danceXchange

William Feldon is a professional dancer from the Inland Empire. Training at the age of 6, William began dancing at Heart and Soul Dance Studio in Moreno Valley, CA as well as Bre Dance Studio in Riverside, CA as a recreational and competitive dancer. Experienced in Hip- Hop, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Tap, and Musical Theatre, William holds various Regional and National titles as an ensemblist and soloist. William Feldon has participated as one of the head dancers and assistant choreographers for Valley View High School’s performance ensemble. He has also competed and placed in the NAACP’s National Afro- Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics Competition- A year-long achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievements. In addition, William has participated as a resident choreographer and performer for Friday Night Live- An organization that builds partnerships for healthy and positive youth development. William has studied under the direction of Clifford Breland, Anthony Jackson, Quincy Jacinto, as well as Rachel Swinson- Jacinto and has danced for Bre Dance Theatre- A pre-professional dance company. Currently, William Feldon is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance with a focus on experimental and unconventional choreography from the University of California-Riverside.

 


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2 comments on “Avocado Dancers 2016-17 Season

  1. Beautiful! All of these fabulous dancers. I love Avocados even more now!

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