Faculty

Merle Sepel

Director of Academy of Dance; President of American Pacific Ballet Company; Co-Creator of Enchanted Doorway Adventures in Dance; Co-Founder of International Dance Acclaim; Judge and Master Teacher; Adjunct Faculty of California State University (CSUF). Merle’s early...
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Robynne Edwards

Assistant Director of Academy of Dance; Resident Choreographer for American Pacific Ballet Company (APBC); Instructor of Ballet, Pointe, Character, and Repertoire Classes. Robynne received her primary dance training under Merle Sepel at Academy of Dance, where she was...
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Bridget Chavez

Tiny Tots, Combo, Enchanted Doorway, Jazz, Ballet,Tap; Head of the Junior Program at Academy of Dance. Bridget Chavez is a Southern California native with a love for the arts. Bridget is an honors graduate of California State University, Fullerton where she earned her...
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Jordana Kahn

Instructor of Tiny Tots, Combo, Enchanted Doorway, Ballet, Hip Hop in a Box, Beg Jazz, Beg Tap, & Turns & Leaps;  Head of the Junior Program at Academy of Dance. Jordana received her primary dance training under Merle Sepel at Academy of Dance (AOD), where she...
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Rebeca Ramos-O’Reilly

Ballet. Born in Mexico Ciy, Rebeca started her dance education, with her mother’s sister Martha O’Reilly certified ISTD and RAD teacher and owner of the dance school “Academia de Ballet del Valle” in the south of Mexcio City. At the age of 17 she joined the National...
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Cheri Spangler

Jazz, Modern, Tap. Cheri McConner came from a family with a strong background in dance and art.  She started dancing at the age of three in Northern California. She studied tap, jazz, and ballet.  During High School, she was very involved with theater and...
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Chris Liu

Contemporary Fusion. Chris has been fortunate enough to have had many profound influences shape him as an artist and performer.  While simultaneously studying dance at the Orange County High School of the Arts, Chris was also a member of Generation Next, the second...
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Andrew Tran

Hip Hop. Andrew Tran (Trandrew) became a bboy at age 12. This is when he began his journey learning the fundamental hip hop styles. His choreography showcases bits of breaking, poppin', lockin', house, and commercial. Always looking to evolve, Trandrew indulges in...
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Victor Sanchez

Afro & Hip Hop. Victor Sanchez has danced all his life at family gatherings and always wanted to dance professionally. Victor has studied different styles of dance including jazz, ballet, modern, musical theatre dance, contemporary, African, and Brazilian. Victor...
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Liane Walls

Musical Theater. Liane is a singer, dancer, actor, and musician based in Southern California. She is a graduate of the Department of Theatre and Dance at  California State University, Fullerton, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre in 2015. In addition to Academy...
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Charlotte Hansen

Hip Hop, Latin Fusion. Charlotte started dancing at the age of 14. Despite starting at a late age, her hard work has led to many teaching opportunities at countless studios in and around Orange County. She has performed many times in Orange Coast College, Irvine...
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Isobel Beaman

Stage Makeup. Isobel is currently attending Cal State Fullerton, on track to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting. She has studied makeup techniques, proper application, as well as varying styles under the instructor, Abel Zabellos. Isobel is passionately...
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Yadira Del Rincon

Stage Makeup. Yadira has been a part of the theatre community for over seven years now and have a done a variety of shows varying from Irving Berlin’sWhite Christmas to a recent production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I am also currently attending California State...
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