FOCUS Instructors

Monie Adamson

Owner • Founder • Director B.F.A. in Dance Choreography and Performance Orange County Lifetime Teaching credential CTG Talent Agency & TRIO Talent Agency 3 time Emmy Nominee American Choreography Award Recipient Television Academy Member Monie Adamson’s diverse choreographic abilities have earned her three Emmy Nominations, five American Choreography Award Nominations, and winner of the American…

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Shannon Willard

Competing Director • Instructor • Rotating Faculty Member B.F.A. Dance Performance B.F.A. Dance Choreography B.S. Mathematics Certified Pilates Instructor Certified Barre Instructor Shannon Willard has been a member of the FOCUS fam since the day the studio opened in 2003. She trained as a competition dancer under Monie Adamson and others for eight years, as well as attended numerous summer intensives, such as ABT,…

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Robert Duran

Instructor • Rotating Faculty Member Member of the American Guild of Variety Artist For the past 30 years, Robert Duran has been shaping the lives of children and adults through dance. At the age of 5, Robert accompanied his twin sister to her dance class and stated “I can do that” and the rest is…

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Terre Marriott

Instructor Certified in Jazz and Ballet through Dance Masters of America Terre Marriott has been teaching dance for over 35 years. She started teaching dance at the young age of 17. She received her certification to teach dance from Dance Masters of America, Inc. in 1983. As a member of the Executive Board of Directors…

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Chris Zou

Instructor • Rotating Faculty Member B.S. in Biology at UC Riverside Raised in the Bay Area, Chris found his passion for dance at a young age while standing in front of the TV imitating the moves to “Eye to Eye” from “A Goofy Movie” before actually even knowing what dancing was. It was much later…

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Maria Paula Medellin

Instructor • Rotating Faculty Member B.A. in Child Development Candidate Maria started her training at the very late age of 11 years old. Training at different studios in Orange County she found her love through many different styles, modern being her first love. Though time was of essence, Maria was determined to train as much…

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Kameryn Denaro

Instructor • Rotating Faculty Member San Diego State University B.S. Statistics M.S. Statistics concentration in Biostatistics Claremont Graduate University Ph.D. Computational Science with an emphasis in Computational Statistics Kameryn Denaro, a native of San Diego, is now based in Orange County, where she is thrilled to be a faculty member of FOCUS Dance Center of…

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Olivia Katz

Instructor B.F.A in Dance and Choreography from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Olivia Katz grew up in Pasadena, California where she studied ballet at The Collenette School of Dancing and was a part of the Mayfield Senior School Dance Conservatory, where she studied under Denise Darnell and Frit and Frat Fuller. Her training background…

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Joanne Arakaki

Instructor • Rotating Faculty Member BS in Accountancy from the University of Illinois American Ballet Theatre (ABT) certified teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum) Progressive Ballet Technique Joanne’s love for dance started in Hong Kong at the age of 5. Joanne has always wanted to be a ballet teacher…

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Anessa Davies-Pier

Instructor BA Candidate in Dance, Cal State Long Beach Anessa, a native Californian, has been dancing for 14 years and has participated in competitive dance for eleven years. Anessa represented Team FOCUS competing from 2018-2021. Anessa has trained in many styles such as hip hop, jazz, ballet, musical theatre, tap, contemporary, and pointe. She was…

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Ryley Polak

Instructor • Rotating Faculty Member Hussian College In Studio, Los Angeles, CA – BFA Ryley Polak was born and raised in the state of Rhode Island where he began his acrobatic training at age 10 and dance training at age 11. Ryley’s passion for teaching and choreographing began quickly after starting dance which inspired him…

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Toni Austin

Instructor Toni Austin’s passion for dance and performing started at the young age of 5. The majority of her dance training was received at Underground Dance Company in Laguna Hills, California where she was taught ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, improv skills, and more. Here she was also given the opportunity to choreograph recital…

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Anne-Elise Garrison

Instructor • Rotating Faculty Member Anne Elise Garrison began her dance training at Augusta West Dance Studio in Augusta, GA at the age of 10, studying styles such as Jazz, Musical Theatre, Ballroom, Contemporary, Ballet, Tap, and Hip Hop. While in Georgia, Anne Elise worked with choreographers such as Kathryn McCormick, Kayla and Casey Frails,…

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Kimberly Nguyen

Instructor • Rotating Faculty Member B.A. Business Administration with an Emphasis in Marketing and Management Masters of Business Administration Born and raised in the Bay Area, Kimberly trained and competed at Yoko’s Dance and Performing Arts Academy in various styles such as ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, tap and has won many national champions and…

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Abby Hau

Instructor Abby grew up in Seattle where she trained with her competitive dance studio Northwest Dance and Acro. She began teaching and choreographing for her studio at the young age of fifteen and received multiple choreography awards for her competition routines. During this time she was also a traveling dance assistant at Joffrey Ballet School,…

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Sunday Baxter

Instructor Sunday began her dance training in 2013 at The Studio Performing Technique Dance School in Amador County. In 2022 she graduated with her B.A. in Dance from California State University Fullerton. Her favorite memory was choreographing for the college’s dance concert. She currently teaches dance for children at various community centers in Orange County.

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Noah Osborne

Instructor Coming from the Denver Metro area, Noah grew up on stage and in front of a mic. He began dancing in the Nutcracker when he was in middle school. Prior to that, he was a competitive gymnast. In high school, he joined the dance conservatory program at his school and began competing with his…

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Grace Osborne

Instructor Grace is an actress and singer who started performing at the age of 5.  After performing in countless musicals growing up, she went on to study Musical Theatre at the Institute for American Musical Theatre in New York City, where she worked with the best in the business. Since then, she has performed in…

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Kristen Gaines

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Emma Bogardus

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Sydney Caggegi

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Kaelyn Zhou

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Rotating Faculty

Faculty who train competition dancers and by exception non competing serious dancers in various genres and techniques on a weekly rotation so each dancer gets the benefits of working with each instructor.    

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