Teacher (Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz)
Rachel received BFA in Dance from Wichita State University, and MFA in Choreography/Dance from the California Institute of the Arts. She is also an alumni of the USC School of Cinematic Arts MFA program in Film Production.
Her work has been most notably presented at the National Taiwan University for Arts, at PACT Zollverien in Germany, and other places such as in Italy, Mexico as well as in the United States.
Her choreography has won numerous awards at talent competitions including multiple acknowledgements for Best Choreography and best in the show.
She has taught dance at California Institute of Arts, the Los Angeles Ballet School, California State University of Los Angeles, AMDA Los Angeles, Wichita State University, Encore Dance Studios, Poetry in Motion, etc.
Rachel is excited to learn RAD method to deepen her knowledge as well as be delighted to share her knowledge with all the students at Ballet Kukan Academy.
Teacher (Classical Ballet)
Melanie began dancing at age of 5 in England and attended The Arts Educational Schools in Tring and London where she completed a comprehensive training in RAD and Cecchetti, ISTD modern dance, Tap, Character, Drama, Singing and Music. She made her professional debut at the age of 11 dancing in the London/UK tour production of The Nutcracker with The English National Ballet.
At age of 16, Melanie began a career in musical theater starring in the shows, Aladdin, West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Half of a Sixpence, Company, Chicago, On the Town.
Melanie is delighted to be teaching at Ballet Kukan Academy, and is looking forward to seeing the pupils grow and advance.
Teacher (Classical Ballet, Pre Ballet)
Jill began her training in Germany at the age of 4. After moving to the U.S., she was trained in Boston and New York City. Jill was a performer with Boston Ballet and several other dance companies before retiring from the stage to pursue a teaching career.
She has been a dance educator for over 30 years and is the proud mother of two professional dancers.
Jill's passion to dance explores at Ballet Kukan Academy with her wonderful professional experiences.
Teacher (Classical Ballet)
Edward Nazarro was trained as a classical pianist before turning to dance in his teens. He has performed with Riverside Ballet Theater, Ballet Pacifica (Irvine, CA), Los Angeles Classical Ballet, and Pasadena Dance Theatre, dancing ensembles and soloist roles in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Graduation Ball, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Mr. Nazarro started his teaching career at Academy of Dance Santa Ana with RAD Method. He pursued his teaching certificate in 2001, and graduated with his BA in dance Education from Royal Academy of Dance, University of Surrey in 2009.
Mr. Nazarro taught in the various RAD schools in CA, and is happy to share his knowledge and passion to dance at Ballet Kukan Academy.
RAD RTS T-Dip, TTP-Dip(NBS), AISTD
Noriko started her dancing career in Tokyo, Japan in 1972. She studied modern dance as well as classical ballet at The Ballet Academy in Tokyo, and participated in performances from 1981.
In 1984, she joined the Yagishita Modern Ballet Group and danced with them for over 10 years. Noriko started her own studio in Tokyo Japan in 1991. There she taught a broad range of ages and levels.
From 1996 to 1999, she studied in the National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada. At the National Ballet School, she learned all 3 different syllubi; Cecchetti, Vaganova, and Royal Academy of Dance. She also learned European National Dance (Folk Dance) under Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and became a teaching member.
Noriko is a certified teacher from Royal Academy of Dance, The National Ballet School of Canada, and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. She has more than 20 years of experience of teaching and offers training to all age and levels from 2 years old to senior adults. She always update her knowledge by attending Royal Academy of Dance teacher's workshop, and other workshops to pass on the current information and technique to all the students.
Noriko is very excited to found a studio here in the San Gabriel Valley to develop a culture in art, and welcomes new students who would like to share in the benefits of Ballet training as she has. She keeps the class size small for all the students to receive the benefit of studying dance in the class. She hopes her belief towards education in dance will help all children grow physically and emotionally.