Andrea began training with the Royal Academy of Dance at age seven. She received her B.A. in Dance from Mercyhurst University and M.F.A. at the University of Arizona in Choreography. She has trained at the American Ballet Theater, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and Royal Academy of Dance Summer Schools. Andrea has performed professionally with the Lake Erie Ballet, Ballet Concerto, and Scorpius Dance Theater. For over a decade, Andrea has taught dance in higher education and continues to choreograph for California State University, Bakersfield. She currently serves on the Fox Theater Foundation Board of Directors, Kern Dance Alliance Board of Directors, and is a California Dance Education Association Member. She teaches regularly at Poise Pilates + Barre and is a proud wife and mother.
Marcie is a classical ballet dancer with 19 years of ballet training. An active volunteer and coach with the Miss America Organization (MAO), she has been the Executive Director of the Kern County Scholarship Association, interview specialist and image consultant for 5 years. Marcie has enjoyed her corporate careers as Senior Commercial Designer for Klassen Corporation CA, published author of Strength Training Made Simple by Marcie, Public Relations Coordinator for Walla Walla University WA, live television host for Blue Mountain Television WA, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Business Development at Hanford Community Medical Center CA, Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Medial Staff at San Joaquin Community Hospital. Recently Marcie became the Owner of ValMar Health LLC.
Valerie was born in Santa Ana and raised in Bakersfield, California where she graduated from Bakersfield High School. She graduated from Bakersfield College with a degree in Business Administration. For ten years she was a seamstress for a local ballet company. During that time she made costumes for a wide range of shows including Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. She was also the Vice President of Kern Classical Ballet Company. She is currently semi-retired and is the Secretary for KDA. She enjoys her work as a fabric artist and sells her crafts at local vendor fairs.
Originally from Tulare, Diana has lived in Bakersfield for over 10 years and holds a deep love for the city. Although she recently joined a ladies and couples dance team, her passion for dancing began as a little girl. Diana is currently a Provider Relations Representative at Kern Health Systems. As a Board Member for Kern Dance Alliance, she looks forward to representing the Hispanic dance community with much enthusiasm.
Amy Adams, performer, country artist and youth mentor is most commonly known as a top ten finalist on the third season of the hit television show American Idol. She has toured the country multiple times with arena and stage shows, including her favorite starring role as the Narrator, in the North American tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Amy shares residence between Las Vegas, where she has been with the number one show Le Reve-The Dream at Wynn for the past four years; and Bakersfield where she resides with her family. She is a jury member for the Bakersfield Film Festival. She has started a successful voice studio and partnered with numerous organizations and schools to mentor children through the arts. In 2015, Amy was named the first Director of Arts Mentoring with Garden Pathways.
Anne grew up in New Cuyama and began dancing when she moved to Bakersfield for college. Anne is a graduate of California State University, Bakersfield with a Master’s of Science in Geology and holds a permanent love of dance. She danced with the Bahiyya Almas Bellydance Company for several years before moving to the Bay area and falling in love with ballroom dancing. She has worked for Chevron as a geologist and petrophysicist for the last 13 years, and dances West Coast Swing, Salsa, Bachata, and Cumbia at local venues every chance she gets.
Nicole began her dance training at the age of four. She received her B.F.A. in Dance from the University of California Santa Barbara. While in Santa Barbara Nicole thrived as an artist in dance performance, choreography, and dance instruction. She also served as a volunteer and Administrative Director of Santa Barbara Dance Alliance. Nicole is currently the Studio Manager, and a Pilates, TRX and Barre Instructor at Poise Pilates+Barre. She looks forward to joining the Kern dance community and bringing her knowledge, experience, and love of dance to Bakersfield.
Whitney grew up dancing in Bakersfield under the instruction of Georgia Peck and Brandy Stiles. She competed in dance across California, and was selected for Team Rave LA in 2003 where she performed for many charity organizations and fundraisers. While attending CSU Chico for her Bachelors in Psychology, Whitney was a member of the Chico State Dance Team and was a dancer, choreographer and director of Chico Dance Theater. In addition to performing in musical theater, she has taught dance and choreographed for many groups both locally and in Northern California. She is currently a high school counselor and health education teacher, and hopes to share her love for performing arts with her students and the Kern County community.
Bill grew up in Bakersfield. He earned his B.A. is Business Management from Hawaii Pacific University and his Law Degree from Trinity Law School. He is a partner in the Wright Law Office and serves on the Alzheimer’s Disease Association of Kern County, Inc.’s, Steward’s Inc. and, the Route 91 Kern County Victims Memorial Board of Directors. While Bill does not have a background in dance, he has been inspired to bring awareness of the KDA programs to people outside the local dance community after assisting in launching MemoryMOVES: DANCE + THERAPY for memory-impaired clients. He has discovered that dance can positively make an impact and is driven to bring programs, like MemoryMOVES, to more diverse groups in Kern County.
Erica was born and raised in Bakersfield. At the age of 3 she discovered her love for dance when she started taking ballet and tap lessons. With 17 years of dance training, she loves it even more than when she began. When not performing with Bakersfield Dance Company or acting onscreen, she’s thrilled to be a part of the Bakersfield theatre community. Erica, a graduate from Centennial High School, will be attending Western Governors University in the fall for her Bachelors in Business Marketing, as well as Bakersfield College for her certification in American Sign Language translation.