Offering Quality Dance Education in a Supportive Learning Environment
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance & have over 20 years experience in the field of performing arts. I have starred in productions of THE HEIDI CHRONICLES, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, MACK & MABEL, JULIUS CAESAR and STEEL MAGNOLIAS just to name a few. I have directed GUYS & DOLLS, ANNIE, THE MUSIC MAN & INTO THE WOODS. I teach jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical & tap dance as well as theatre, modeling and baton. I am an accredited EPIC judge and a certified Pageant Emporium judge as well as a pageant coach. I have held many local, state and national pageant titles.
I am married to Leland, a civil engineer, and we have one daughter, Shelby. We have two cats and two dogs (adopted from rescue groups). I was also the national director for Natural Beauty Pageant Systems from 2004-2011 and New Starz Talent Competition from 2005-2010.
APRIL MASON-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Premiere Dance 10853 Folsom Blvd. Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
MELISSA WHITE-ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
My dancing career started at the age of 7 where I attended Dance Factory in West Sacramento as part of their Dance Vision Performing Troupe, studying mainly jazz and tap. As a member of the dance company, we have had the privilege of performing multiple times at the California State Fair, as well as other local county fairs in the area, and also presented our own recital performances in the summer. In high school, I was a part of the Saint Francis Dance Company where we hosted the Winterfest Dance Concert every year in February. During my time in the company, we competed in the Spotlight Competition in Riverside where we won silver and gold awards for our group numbers. I have also been a part of many dance and theatre productions such as Best of Broadway and the Nutcracker presented by Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet Training where I studied ballet and pointe.
I am currently a student at the University of Phoenix working on my graduate degree in Accounting. I also work for the state of California. When I am not working, going to school, or dancing, I enjoy just relaxing and hanging out with my friends on my free time. I love dancing with Premiere Dance and am glad to be a part of the teaching team.
I started dance at the age of 7 training in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, modern, hip hop & pointe at Broadway Academy where I was in the Junior & Repertoire Dance Company. I was in many recitals & Broadway Productions-Best of Broadway, Hard Job Being God, performances at Atria Senior Living etc. At 9 I became a teachers assistant and have been ever since. At 12, I started teaching, having private lessons & choreographing routines for students' talent shows. My sophomore year in high school, I auditioned & joined the dance/drill team. I was on the dance/drill team for 3 years where I studied jazz, military, hip hop, character & prop routines. I received many awards at summer dance camp at Sac State, drill downs, performances at Sacramento Kings Basketball games, competitions & nationals in L.A. I would perform at basketball & football events, school rallies, elementary schools, fundraisers, competitions & nationals. My senior year, I was team officer & I would lead warm ups, review routines with the dancers, organize team bonding time, activities & fundraisers. I am currently a student at American River College where I am in the dance production group and the teachers assistant. I choreograph & teach routines & assist in any other help needed. I am currently majoring in dance. I am proud to be a teaching member at Premiere Dance. "It takes an athlete to dance but an artist to be a dancer."-Shanna La Fleur
(Miss Malene will be on leave of absence July 2013-December 2013.)
JENNIFER BARNARD-ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
I have been dancing since I was 7 with training in jazz, ballet, hip hop, tap and lyrical. I started dance with Linda Parker’s School of Dance in Fair Oaks then moved to Carrie’s Studio of Dance in Citrus Heights. I joined the “Carrie On” dance company being a member for 6 years. With “Carrie On”, performances included various competitions, Kings games, California State Fair, Great America showcases in Disneyland & California Adventure, Main St. Parade in Disneyland, local parades and a Royal Caribbean cruise. In 2004, I joined the Co. Dance All-stars at Cast & Company Dance Alliance in Roseville. I was a member of this company for 5 years as well as taught hip hop, jazz and tap for 4 years with the studio. I choreographed my own lyrical solo and received a Diamond and Gold award at local competitions. I’ve have had the opportunity of working with top choreographers through workshops and conventions that include the Sacramento Area Dance Alliance, Co. Dance and Pulse. I graduated from CSUS in 2008 with a Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies and a concentration in Human Development. I am currently in the process of getting a multiple subject teaching credential to teach Kindergarten or 1st grade in the future. I love sports and staying active. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends. “You are the only one that can be you, so be you to the fullest” (Mia Michaels)
My dancing career began at age three; I studied ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical and pointe from Fine Arts Academy of Dance in Orange County, CA. I traveled all over CA competing from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Our award winning competition group performed at Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, local fairs, Magic Mountain, and also auditioned for Star Search. I was humbled to study under the most prestigious instructors in North Hollywood such as LA Dance Force (The Edge), Dupree, and Tremaine's. Hollywood opened many doors for me and I was featured in commericals and movies. I broadened my education through workshops and conventions in Los Angeles and New York. I have been a choreographer since age 13 when I took my first self choreographed solo to Showstopper in Orange County; placing 1st Overall in the competition. I feel that I have been extremely fortunate for the experiences, education, people and dancers that I have encountered over the past 25 years. At age 20, I set my love of dance aside for marriage and my three wonderful children. Being with Premiere has allowed me to have it all. I love to teach, learn, perform and to dance.
*Miss Tiffany is CPR Certified through the health care provider AHA.
Premiere Dance Front Desk Staff: Mrs. Maria Salgado & Miss Rebekah Dixon.
Jurusha began dancing at 5 years old and shortly there after became a member of the Monterey Stars National Dance Competition team. She stayed with the team for 13 years, becoming an instructor/choreographer at 18. With the Monterey Stars she performed at college and pro-football games such as Oakland Raiders & San Francisco Forty-niners, while competing in National competition as a solo and team competitor. As a student at Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) she formed UDC, the Urban Dance Club, where she was president for 2 years, and choreographed and performed with the group in dance productions and community events. She moved to Sacramento for higher education, Jurusha started dancing with Without Boundaries/ Sacramento State Dance Alliance. In 2005 she was given the opportunity to study under Nicholas Leichter Dance Company and took class from Mia Michaels for summer arts at Fresno State University. She recently graduated with a B.S. from California State University of Sacramento and is currently pursuing a certification in Therapeutic Recreation. For the past six years Jurusha has been performing with the Sacramento Black Art of Dance (S/BAD) company and hopes to open her own studio in the future that is all inclusive and accommodates all individuals with disabilities that have an interest in the dance art form.