Ms. Ashley has taught ballet and physical education to urban youth for the last six years. She has a BA in dance from California State University Los Angeles and a MA in Education from California State University Long Beach. She is in constant search of new techniques that improve students vitality and strength; focusing on building holistic dancers.
Ms. Ashley has been dancing for almost 20 years and teaching for 12. She was awarded an athletic scholarship to California State University, Los Angeles, where she received her BFA. Ashley has choreographed 25 hip hop music videos and 16 live shows. Most recently, she choreographed and was a dancer on the 90s tour featuring: Rob Base, Vanilla Ice, Salt & Pepa, Bel Biv Devoe, and many more!
Ms. Camilla is a graduate of the Kirkwood Academy of Performing Arts in Vancouver, Canada, where she received her Advanced R.A.D. (Royal Academy of Dance, London, England) diploma as well as her R.A.D. Teacher’s diploma. During her many years of teaching at Kirkwood, her students won numerous awards in festivals and competitions. She also trained at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, England, with Reid Anderson from the Stuttgart Ballet, and with the Eglevsky Ballet on Long Island, New York.
Camilla has danced professionally with the Goh Ballet Company, Connecticut Ballet Theatre, Albany Berkshire Ballet, and the Vancouver Opera. She performed lead dancing roles in many Royal City Youth Ballet and Royal City Musical Theatre productions such as: The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Cinderella, Wizard of Oz, Brigadoon, Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls, and The King and I. In addition to dancing lead roles for Royal City Youth Ballet, she was the ballet mistress and later, Assistant Artistic Director, for the company. Upon getting married and moving to California, Camilla has been a featured dancer in The Glory of Christmas and The Glory of Easter at the Crystal Cathedral, and at Disneyland. In 2014, Camilla became the Artistic Director for the Royal City Youth Ballet. She has been enjoying teaching at Classical Dance Center since 2011 and is excited to continue teaching for Rhythmic Arts Academy of Dance. Camilla loves sharing her passion for dance with her students and also with her daughter, Aurora.
Miss Emily began her training at the age of three in Fresno, CA and later moved to the San Francisco area where she received her BFA in Dance from the Alonzo King LINES Ballet program at Dominican University of California. While in school, she was an active member of JUNTOS Dance Collective, a non-profit organization committed to offering dance classes and performances to underserved communities nationally and internationally which is where her love for teaching began. Soon after graduation, Emily moved to Southern California to perform in various shows at the Disneyland Resort. Since then she has appeared in multiple Disney park specials on ABC and a Heineken global commercial. She is currently in the database for Cirque du Soleil potential artists and is represented by Go 2 Talent Agency in LA.
Ms. Kimber has been dancing since she was a young child. She studied at the Colony for Fine Arts with Steven Peck. In college, Kimber danced in upper levels at Orange Coast College and Long Beach City College – where she fell in love with Musical Theater. A scholarship with Disneyland started her professional career. With Disney, she danced and sang in stage productions – “Show Biz Is”, “Fantasy Follies” and “Come to Our World” for the opening of Tokyo Disneyland. Teaching became her passion when she choreographed, staged and taught Musical Theater at College of the Desert. In 1999 she found a home for teaching at Classical Dance Center and now Rhythmic Arts Academy of Dance.
Miss Sumner started dancing at the age of three years old, spending her early childhood training at Corona Dance Academy. At the age of eight, Sumner began dancing and competing at Just Plain Dancin’ & Co. From 8th - 10th grade she attended Orange County School of the Arts in the Commercial Dance Conservatory. She continued to dance competitively throughout high school and then at the collegiate level as part of the Riverside City College Dance Team for two years. Beginning at the age of fourteen, Sumner assisted previous dance teachers at different studios throughout the country and honed her love of sharing her passion for dance with students. She loves to teach and choreograph, and is grateful to be a part of the RAAD family.
Ms. Traci had her first taste of the spotlight at the young age of three, and since then has never turned down the opportunity to perform. Growing up in her neighborhood dance studio she began participating in dance competitions at the age of five and quickly found a love for tap and jazz. From there, her talent blossomed and she began adding other dance styles to her repertoire. In high school, hip hop and contemporary began to make their appearance and, while at Fullerton College, her love of dance turned into a passion for teaching; it wasn't long before she realized that teaching was what she was meant to do. During the past nine years, Traci has taught at several dance studios in the styles of tap, jazz, hip hop, technique and African, as well as coached a high school dance team for several seasons. Traci believes that if you love what you do you won't let anything discourage you.