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Meet The Staff

Alison Hooper OWNER/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

After traveling the world performing on some of the best stages for the better part of two decades, Alison established Centre Stage Dance Academy in March 2002.  As a well-rounded professional dancer, choreographer and talented instructor, her work can be found all over the globe.  She has worked and choreographed on stage, film, and onboard cruise ships. She recently choreographed and starred in the MTV pilot “Making of a Real High School Musical”, choreographed The Great American Patriot Award-A Tribute to Bob Hope onboard the USS Midway, had her innovative choreography help new recording artist, Berko, with his first music video, and co-directed/choreographed the Grand opening Gala Performance of the Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga.  A former production show coordinator with Princess Cruises, Alison now finds her home as the resident choreographer for Citrus College Women’s Ensemble and Centre Stage, Inc.  She was also the choreographer of the critically acclaimed “An Evening with the Egos” at the Victory Theatre (Burbank, CA) and Breadline Theatre (Chicago, Ill.) 

After years of extensive training and performing, Alison’s career took a dramatic change.  Rather than be in the spotlight alone, she wanted to share her training and help to create the next generation of stars.  Her goal was to open a dance studio where children could be taught in a positive manner and be encouraged to explore their creativity and enthusiasm for dance.  Alison’s love for children and her passion for dance has built the academy up to a staff of ten and enrollment continues to grow daily.  She lives by the motto “when in doubt…DANCE!”    Come and experience the excitement at Centre Stage Dance Academy for yourself!

Juliette Miller CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Juliette began her performing career more than 20 years ago on both the stage and screen. Singing, dancing, and acting, her talents as a ’triple threat’ have taken her all across the U.S. as well as Mexico, London, and other international locations.  In Las Vegas, Juliette has performed in Legends in Concert as well as several revue shows, most notably at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.  Her dancing has been appreciated by Power 106, as a member of their Hip-Hop Army, Nike’s Culture Shock, and the VSDA convention in Las Vegas.  She has done a number of commercials and is also the voice of several children’s songs for an educational language development program called Language Through Music.

 Juliette has trained with some of the best teachers in the business and has shared her talents as a teacher herself for the past 15 years. She is proud to have taught for Cal State University at Los Angeles., Cal State University at Northridge, Los Angeles Unified School District, Pasadena Unified School District, Monrovia Unified School District as well as several dance academies, most notably Centre Stage Dance Academy where she currently serves as co-artistic director.

Clinton Huff BALLET & DANCE FOR THE STAGE INSTRUCTOR

Centre Stage Academy is lucky to have this young dancer on staff!  Having been on the professional circuit since the early age of 14, Clinton has matured into a dynamic teacher.  He started his career by focusing entirely on ballet and technique.  His passion for dance took him to France where he studied with some of the world’s best ballet instructors.  Today Clinton uses that technique in all of his classes.  From hip hop to ballet, dancers of all ages are sure to enjoy his infectious energy and awesome talent.

Natalie French TOTS INSTRUCTOR

Natalie has been dancing, singing and acting for the past 17 years.  She has performed at Claremont’s Candlelight Pavilion in Cinderella as a dancer and in Anything Goes as Virtue and performed in the Spring and Fall Dance Concerts at Citrus College, where I was honored as the Dance Captain and Assistant to the Director.  At Citrus College she e appeared in Music Man, Christmas Is, Beauty and the Beast, and the Citrus Singers Pop Show.  She also played the part of Sandy in Dancemaker’s production of Grease, danced for the S.T.A.G.E. 2006 LA Against Aids Benefit in March 2006, and many benefit fundraisers for City of Hope and C.H.O.C. over the years.  Natalie enjoys being a dance instructor and cannot wait to teach other young dancers.  Her talent and energy is contagious and Centre Stage is lucky to have this up and coming teacher on staff.

Layne Baker TAP INSTRUCTOR

Layne Baker joined the Centre Stage team in July 2007 as an instructor for Tap and Dance for Stage.  She was raised in Temecula, California, where she began her dance training at the age of eight.  Tap was, and still remains, her favorite form of dance, although she also trained in ballet, jazz and musical theatre styles.  She discovered her passion for musical theatre at a very young age, and has been pursuing a triple-threat career ever since. 
She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Pepperdine University in 2004, where she was privileged to study under some of the most noted names of the stage and screen, including Kristen Chenoweth, Donna McKechnie, and Gary Sinise.  While in school, she began working in theater professionally, and has since appeared on multiple stages across Southern California.  One of her proudest achievements was singing alongside Grammy Award-winning Bonnie Raitt, in a tribute to Broadway legend John Raitt.  Additional credits include:  Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbit),Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel), 42nd Street(Phyllis Dale), The Diviners (Darlene), Jekyll and Hyde(Flossie), Man of La Mancha, Carousel, and Singin’ in the Rain.
Layne is thrilled to be bringing her love and excitement for music and dance to the phenomenal talent at Center Stage Academy, and is looking forward to nurturing the development of each student’s own passion for the theatre arts.

Amy Stone BALLET INSTRUCTOR

Amy Stone’s artistic passion is classical ballet. She has been dancing  for twenty-eight years. She trained at the Collenette School of Dancing in San Marino from the age of six until she was sixteen. At the age of thirteen, Amy traveled to Chicago to take part in the Chicago City Ballet’s summer intensive program, where she trained under Balanchine prodigies Maria Tallchief and Allegra Kent among others. At the age of sixteen, Amy moved to Texas for a year to attend the Professional Youth Conservatory (a performing arts high school) and study ballet under the direction of world-renowned dancer William Martin-Viscount. There she also learned from American Ballet Theatre soloists John Wey Ling and Carla Stallings. She traveled throughout Texas that year performing solo roles in the ballets Pas de Quatre and the Nutcracker. Amy was then accepted on full scholarship to the summer intensive program for the Cleveland San Jose Ballet Company. Though offered a position dancing with their company, Amy chose to return to California, where she attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and then Occidental College where she earned a degree in Kinesiology. Amy continued to dance with the Collenette School of Dancing, and performed professionally as the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty for the Pacific Dance Theatre in 1992.  Amy married in 1993 and now has two daughters, both of whom also began their ballet training at Collenette School of Dancing, and are now taking ballet here at Centre Stage.

Noel DeHerrera GYMNASTICS INSTRUCTOR

Noel DeHerrera has been with Center Stage for a year now and continues to injoy teaching the kids to tumble. At the age of three, Noel’s over hyperactiveness led her parents to enroll her in a gymnastics class. From there, she progressed in the sport competing and winning level eight state and regional championships. Noel’s favorite event was floor where she got to tumble doing double twisting fulls and double back flips. She later joined Citrus Singers where her tumbling skills were often used in the christmas and spring pop shows. Noel hopes to continue teaching at Centre Stage and watching her students improve.

Melissa Rossiter DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Melissa has performed since the time her mother made her sing on top of the piano for a guest in the home. She took part in several performing groups including, Sunshine Generation, Showbiz Kids and Showbiz Cousins. She studied ballet, tapp, jazz, folk, modern and her main focus Ballet @ Arcadia Dance Arts for 2 years, with Rikki Lugo at the San Gabriel Civic Light Opera for 4 years, Utah Valley State College, Mt San Antionio College with Lee Martino and Amy Bates, and took private lessons @ the Opera House of Bucuresti, Romania with the 
prima ballerina Florica Stanescu. She studied Italian Opera for 2 years with Ardelle Fisher and 2 years with Polly Baxter. She has been blessed to sing for several audiences; church affiliated, funerals, government rallies, and has taught voice lessons to all ages. She has performed professionally in several musicals @ Griswalds Dinner Theater, 
San Gabriel Civic Light Opera, The Hale Theater, Pasadena Little Theater, and Sierra Madre Little Theater. Her passion for performing and travelling took her all over the world on four Holland America ships as a singer/dancer while working for Stilletto Productions, and Anita Mann Productions. She has taught Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop and ballet/pointe technique for different studios in Los Angeles. She has also choreographed for her church musicals including “Fiddler on the Roof” and “A Christmas Medley.”She is a proud mom of two girls ages 4 and 1 and loves to share her talent with all ready to learn.

Keely Milliken VOCAL INSTRUCTOR

Keely’s passion for entertaining spans two decades and her work has been internationally recognized. She has performed in many main-stage musical here in Southern California and has toured extensively throughout the United States. She is a former Citrus Singer and a graduate of Azusa Pacific University with a degree in Music Education. Keely is the founder of Centre Stage, Inc. and is currently on staff at Citrus College as director of the Women’s Ensemble vocal group. Keely is a dynamic teacher that strives to challenge her students to reach for musical excellence, which develops their talents, broadens their knowledge and strengthens their commitment.

Daniel Smith GUEST INSTRUCTOR

Daniel’s credits as an instructor and choreographer include teaching positions and production staff positions with Inland Pacific Ballet, Claremont High School, Bishop Amat High School, Centre Stage Academy, The Music Room of Orange County, The Musical Theatre Ensemble, and the California State Thespians. As a musical theatre performer credits include productions with Musical Theatre West (All Shook Up, Anything Goes, and the West Coast premiere of Never Gonna Dance), Performance Riverside (A Little Night Music, Phantom, Evita [Tango Dancer]), Candlelight Pavilion (Crazy For You, 42nd Street, A Chorus Line [Greg], Oklahoma [Will Parker]) and the S.T.A.G.E. Aids Benefit for AIDS Project Los Angeles, Two On the Aisle: A Tribute to Harry Warren and Marvin Hamlisch.

Carla Fiore OFFICE MANAGER

Carla has successfully toured and performed to sell out crowds internationally for over two decades. She has performed as a celebrity impersonator with Legends In Concert, portraying the following characters: Celine Dion, Karen Carpenter, Shania Twain, Linda Ronstadt, Gloria Estefan, and Maxine of “The Andrews Sisters.” Producers and audiences alike are consistently amazed and highly impressed with her amazing vocal ability. Carla is currently running workshops on “How To Have A Successful Audition” through her company, “The Audition Academy.” She feels it is extremely important that students learn “how to express themselves positively and passionately.” Centre Stage Academy is blessed to have this talented and passionate individual on staff.

Chelsea Witt STUDENT TEACHER

Chelsea was first introduced to Centre Stage at the age of 9 years old and has gone on to enjoy 14 of their wonderful productions. She is currently teaching as well as taking classes, and knew from the moment she stepped foot on the dance floor that this is where she wanted to stay. As only a freshman at Monrovia high school, Chelsea wishes to continue to dance and perform in hopes that her talent and high spirits will take her to the top. Her passion for Centre Stage has made her grateful for each and every day that she gets to dance.



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