“To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking”- Agnes De Mille
AARON CHAVARRIA is currently a member and soloist with the touring tap company, Rhapsody in Taps; He has been performing with the company for five seasons. Mr. Chavarria has also been on faculty at the Orange County School of the Arts - Commercial Dance Department for the past eight years.
Aaron's film credits include: Sony Pictures “Hail, Caesar!” and “America’s Kids”. Stage credits include: “Oliver”, “Grease”, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat”, “Annie”, “Peter Pan”, “The Sound of Music”, “The Wizard of Oz”, “Cinderella”, “Cabaret” and “Beauty and the Beast”. Aaron has also danced professionally in “The Music Man”, and “Oklahoma”, with the West Coast Opera Theatre at the McCallum Performing Arts Center.
Aaron was a co-choreographer and performer in the U.C. Irvine Medical Center’s “Baby I’m a Star” breast cancer awareness video. His choreography has been featured in the Spotlight Awards, by YoungArts scholarship winners and several national competitons.
Additionally Aaron was guest performer in Final Cut Dance Concert with L.A. Dance Magic in 2007 and 2009 and has judged and taught for several competitions and conventions throughout the United States.
Aaron is excited to share his love and knowledge for the arts with all of his students at Murrieta Dance Project.
DAVID BLOCK received his ballet training at The School of American Ballet in New York City. He also attended summer intensives on scholarship at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Manhattan Youth Ballet. Mr. Block joined Los Angeles Ballet as an Apprentice in 2012 and was promoted to the Corps de Ballet in 2013. While at LAB, he performed repertoire by the famous George Balanchine as well as numerous other notable choreographers. He joined State Street Ballet in 2017. Currently, David performs with various theaters throughout Southern California with recent tours to China with the Long Beach Ballet.
EMILY SULLIVAN has trained in all styles of dance since the age of four and was a competitive dancer at Murrieta Dance Project since its opening in 2006. She concurrently participated in the studio’s assistant teacher program and has since used that training to teach not only at Murrieta Dance Project, but also at various studios in Southern California. She has choreographed national routines for award-winning high school dance teams in the San Diego area. She currently attends California State University San Marcos, where she is a member of the nationally-competitive dance team and will act as captain for a second year. Emily is excited to be employed by Universal Dance Association and travel throughout California this to teach routines to high school dance teams. Emily is proud to teach at her home studio and looks forward to sharing her love of dance with her own personal style of instructing while maintaining the high-caliber technique and teaching methods that makes MDP a successful and one-of-a-kind studio.
EVAN SWENSON began dancing and performing at the age of seven, after watching his little sister in a ballet class. As a native of California Evan trained near Fresno where he grew up. At the age of twelve he started to attend different summer programs around the country, and at 17 was accepted to the Houston Ballet Academy on full scholarship. While completing his professional training with Houston Ballet he was fortunate to work with the company and many world renowned choreographers. In 2004, Evan joined Atlanta Ballet where he performed many Soloist and Principle roles until moving to New York City in 2007. While in New York, Evan began free lancing with different companies while guesting up and down the east coast. In 2008, Evan moved back to California where he has been free lancing and doing other commercial work as often as possible. He currently works with several different companies such as Helios Dance Theater, Luminario Ballet, Clairobscur and many of the ballet schools throughout southern California. Evan has also been a model on the SyFy show Face-Off for three seasons and was featured as ‘Dillion’ in Barbie in the Pink Shoes. In 2011 and 2013 Evan instructed and toured along with Long Beach Ballet, assisting with their Ambassadors to China summer program. Evan has had the privilege to of worked with choreographers such as Ben Stevenson, Stanton Welch, John McFall, Michael Pink, Trey McIntyre, Christopher Hampson, Philip Neal, Norbert de la Cruz, Nicholas Blanc and many more.
GRAYSON MCGUIRE, originally from Kansas City, moved to Los Angeles in 2012 to pursue a career in the commercial dance industry. Represented by Clear Talent Group, Grayson is currently a member of Dana Foglia Dance and Entity Contemporary Dance Company, under the direction of Marissa Osato and Will Johnston. Grayson has danced for Lady Gaga, Twenty One Pilots, Helene Fischer, Asia Monet, Trevor Moran, Shane Dawson, and more. Grayson’s style infuses classical contemporary movement with a strong Hip Hop and Jazz Funk foundation for an intricate and athletic experience.
HEATHER CHAVARRIA has been dancing since the age of 6 and teaching/choreographing for competitive studios since the young age of 15. Her choreography has won many overall awards and choreography awards throughout the years at some of the biggest competitions on the circuit. Hall of fame dance challenge, LA dance magic and Countdown to name a few. Her mini teams have won 1st at nationals (in the battle) for four years in a row.
Heather enjoys working with all ages but has a real knack for breaking moves down and helping younger dancers to understand technique and tricks.
She is currently the set choreographer for Discount Dance Supply’s photoshoots.
She has been in music videos for "Dead Off Center" and "Circuit Assassins". Her theatrical credits include Final Cut, "Grease", "Annie" - Molly. She was in the LA Dance Magic Company as an Apprentice from 2010-2012 and has been an assistant to many professional choreographers including Michael Rooney and Jackie Sleight.
She has modeled for Discount Dance Supply and Marcea dancewear.
KERRY FLORES started singing and dancing at 5 years old. After years of training, she began directing, choreographing, and starring in various musicals throughout high school and college. Through the course of 10 years, Kerry won numerous dance titles as a competitive dancer, as well as performing in over 20 ballet productions.
She won the "Dance Star" title when she was a senior in high school and flown to London to dance and represent the dancers of California. She attended UCI where she majored in dance. While in college, she worked as a professional dance instructor for the Universal Cheerleading Association for four years. She taught dance camps to high school and college dance teams all throughout California.
Kerry is also an accomplished singer. She released her first CD with the Tyler Street Praise Band in 1997. She was the dance director at SCEGA gymnastics, where she trained the competitive gymnasts in the areas of jazz and ballet. Kerry's energy is contagious and she always gets 100% effort from all of her students. Of her many accomplishments, the ones she takes the most pride in, are her four beautiful and amazing children. Kylee is 24, Allie is 22, Ian is 20, and Titus is 18.
Kerry is the Director of Murrieta Dance Project's Father/ Daughter Revue routines and is the Co-Director of MDP's The Nutcracker "All Tapped Out."
Kerry has been with Murrieta Dance Project going on 12 years and excited to continue to train and love her students here at MDP!
MONICA RUMPF has been dancing sense the age of six. Training in all styles with a variety of professionals and competing with an award winning team as well as holding a few dance titles. Monica started dancing professionally at the age of 17, touring with a dance competition. She went on to appear in many theater pieces with Kennedy productions, mission theater and Wilmington Ballet as a Featured dancer in the Nutcracker, sleepy Hollow, Fusion 58, Scrooge, and Dancing Fools. Monica also has appeared in TV shows such as Surface, One Tree Hill, and Dawson’s Creek. She was a featured dancer in the movies: Jacob’s Sound and Black Night working with Paula Abdul.
Monica has performed and worked with many charities such as Domestic Violence, feed the homeless, Make a Wish, Boys and Girls, and Save the Animals dancing alongside RuPaul.
She has been teaching for almost 19 years. Teaching Jazz, Lyrical, Acrobatics, preschool Tap and Ballet and creative Movement. Monica has taught in NC, upstate NY and CA. As well as working with a Children’s theater for many years in CA. Monica has choreography for Dance Machine Production, Scrooge the musical, a variety of children theater productions, 911 memorial performances, Drag Queen shows, weddings, and many festivals.
Monica has a passion for working with children of all ages, but truly enjoys the young dancers. Monica enjoys a fun creative and structured class room. She is excited to be joining Murrieta Dance Project and working with all the amazing kids.
RYANN ALVARES started dancing at the 7 years old and has trained in all forms of dance. She trained and at Murrieta Dance Project under the ownership of Erin Babbs as well as Academy of Ballet Arts. Ryann is represented by one of the most exclusive agencies in Los Angeles, MSA where she has danced along side some of the industry’s best. During her extensive training, Ryann was awarded many scholarships along with bringing home regional and national titles throughout her elite competitive years. During her dancing career, she found a passion for teaching and choreography and started teaching at the age of 15. Since then, Ryann has used her knowledge and education to push future generations in their dance training. From coast to coast, her students and choreography have won countless Regional / National/ International awards making her one of Southern California’s most sought after Instructors. In 2018, Ryann had the opportunity to travel to Australia as a judge and teach, where she was able to share her love of technique and choreography with hundreds of dancers from across the country. Ryann is currently living in San Diego, and is very excited to be coming home to her studio as part of the Murrieta Dance Project faculty.
Coming from the San Francisco Bay Area, WILL JOHNSTON received the majority of his training at A.K.A Dance Company under the direction of Kelly and Alex Velasquez. Will holds an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of California: Irvine as well as a B.F.A in Dance Performance, a B.F.A in Dance Choreography, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Credits include Clear Talent, Sonya Tayeh, Stacey Tookey, Justin Giles, Erica Sobol, Donald McKayle, Loretta Livingston, Jodie Gates, Wade Robson, Tyce Diorio, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, Glee, Son Lux, Sigur Ros, FARR, X Ambassadors, and Katy Perry. In addition, Will is the co-director of Entity Contemporary Dance and a faculty member at West Coast Dance Explosion, Murrieta Dance Project, and Chapman University. He has taught and choreographed across the United States, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Australia.
Recently Will won the ACE awards for his choreography will his Company Entity. Will's innovated style is loved by all and he is excited to continue sharing knowledge with the students at Murrieta Dance Project!