Staff Bios

&nbspStudio Owner/Artistic Director — Julianne Thompson comes from a family of dancers and dance teachers. Julianne began dancing at the age of two, learning many different styles of dance including tap, jazz, acrobatics, ballet, and lyrical. The dance studio where she trained as a child was performance based with competition level classes. At the age of sixteen, Julianne began teaching ages two through adults and by seventeen was running Mary Ann’s Dance Center for one year. She continued her training at Orange Coast Community College, where she perfected her skills in tap, jazz, ballet, and modern dance. 
 

Before becoming the studio owner in 2010, Julianne was a part of The Dance Factory staff since 2005 and her jobs have included managing front desk, Program Coordinator, Artistic Director, and Teacher for both recreational and competitive level students. Since becoming owner, Julianne and The Dance Factory staff have earned three ‘Best of Rancho Palos Verdes Dance Studios’ awards!!

Julianne continues to train students from ages 2-18 in tap, ballet, acro, jazz, and lyrical. As each class at The Dance Factory is structured by levels with rigorous content focused on each individual dancer’s ability, Julianne has been trained and prepared to meet the needs of all her students within the specific genres of dance. She has worked with students taking class for fun, as well as students training towards a professional career in dance. At the competitive level, Julianne teaches various styles of dance to soloists, duets, trios, and teams. Many of her students have earned top scores at competitions and her teams have placed in Overalls consistently throughout the years. Julianne has two ‘Teacher of the Year’ awards from Kids Artistic Revue and is currently a Judge for the national touring competition, Bravo!

&nbspStudio Director — Michelle Monreal has over 20 years dance experience. She has trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Cheerleading, and Gymnastics. Michelle has performed in many competitions, parades, and halftime shows. She has been a part of The Dance Factory Staff as instructor and Artistic Director since 1997. Michelle has been teaching and choreographing for over a decade recreational and competition dancers. Her pieces went on to earn top scores at National Competitions and her students have received numerous competition awards and scholarships for their talents. Michelle has also choreographed for the Disneyland Summer Dance Classic Parade and many other independent shows and camps. She has received her Associate in Arts degree in Childhood Education at El Camino Community College along with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies at California State University of Long Beach. In addition, Michelle currently holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. She has been an integral part of the success of The Dance Factory and we are thrilled to have her apart of our family as Studio Director.

&nbspStudio Receptionist — Ashley Cummins started dancing at Los Altos Dance Center at the age of four where she later went on to teach Ballet and Jazz classes. She continued her dance training through high school and danced on her high school’s dance team for four years. She then moved on to dance at Long Beach City College and performed in several of the college’s dance productions. In college Ashley studied many styles of dance including Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, and African which has given her much knowledge about the different styles and a great appreciation and passion for dance. Ashley continued her education at Cal State Dominguez Hills where she later received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 2008. Ashley began working for The Dance Factory in 2011 and is happy to be working in a field where she is surrounded by dance. Ashley is excited to begin another season at TDF.

&nbspTeacher — Annalee Traylor from Huntsville, AL began her formal training at the Alabama School of Fine Arts and later graduated high school from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a concentration in contemporary dance. After receiving her BFA from Point Park University, Annalee became a founding member of the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble, who were named the top 25 to watch in the nation by Dance Magazine in 2012. She has had the honor to work with artists such as but not limited to Robert Battle, Christopher Huggins, Kyle Abraham, Camille A. Brown, Sidra Bell, KT Nelson, Earl Mosley, Kevin Wynn, and Darrell Grand Moultrie and to perform at venues such as Summer Stages in NYC, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Jacob’s Pillow. Her work has been presented at The Young Choreographer’s Festival in NYC, new Moves in Pittsburgh, YAGP finals in NYC, and Dance Canvas in Atlanta, where she premiered an excerpt of her full length work, “Smorgasbord”, commissioned by REEDDANCE in 2014. Annalee is extremely excited and grateful to be able to share her passion of dance with the students at The Dance Factory!

&nbspTeacher—Briana Monreal has been dancing from the time she could walk – as her mom has been her dance teacher at The Dance Factory since she was two years old in 1997. Briana became a part of the TDF competition team when she was five winning top awards with her solos and teams throughout the years. She has competed in numerous competitions, performed in parades and halftime shows. Briana has trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop. Since 2010, she joined The Dance Factory staff as Teacher working with Performing and Competition Teams as well as recreational students. Briana’s passion is to share her knowledge and creativity in dance with children of all ages.

&nbspTeacher — Caley-Ryan Carr has been a tap and hip hop instructor and has taught as a guest at Jimmy DeFore and The Edge Performing Arts Center. He studied with Linda Sohl-Ellison at Orange Coast College and was an active member of international touring company “Rhapsody in Taps.” He performs frequently as a hip hop dancer and has competed with Pace All Stars dance team in international competitions; the team placed 5th in the world in 2009. You may have seen him on Season 9 as a featured dancer or even season 10 of “So You Think You Can Dance”. Caley has been a member or “Gregg Russell’s Taps Sounds Under Ground,” directed of course by the amazing Greg Russell. He has also most recently formed a dynamic duo with his amazing dance partner Kelsey McCowan and they have been training together underneath the amazing Dominque Kelley. Last October he released his very first tap production video with his partner. “A Ghost of a Dance” is on Youtube. Caley has brought so much life and fun to The Dance Factory, we are lucky to have him as a teacher and competition team choreographer.

&nbspTeacher — Jazmin Davis was a student at The Dance Factory for 15 years and has studied many styles of dance including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Pointe. Jazmin started out as a teacher’s assistant and a substitute, which has given her much knowledge on how to run and teach a class. All throughout high school, Jazmin was on the Peninsula High Choreo Team and as a senior she competed with the Varsity Girls Dance Team. She is now a Freshman at California State University Long Beach, where she is majoring in Dance. Jazmin is going on her second year as a teacher with The Dance Factory and is excited to be one of our Elite Competition Team Choreographers. We are lucky to have such a well-rounded dancer and teacher at The Dance Factory.

&nbspTeacher — Vickie Roan began dancing at The Dance Factory School of the Performing Arts training under the direction of Michelle Monreal, Julianne Thompson, and Ami Mattison. She has since expanded her training of all styles, with an emphasis on modern and contemporary, to all over Southern California. Vickie graduated from OSCHA where she also trained and is now a Freshman in College at Chapman University, where she is planning to obtain her Bachelor of Arts in Dance. Vickie’s professional work includes dancing for Marrow Dance Company, directed by Nicole Hogg and Jason Gorman, where she performed as an original member in the company’s debut full-length show in 2013, “Ghosts.” She is also very excited and grateful to be traveling with and assisting Emily Shock with choreography across the United States. Vickie has been a teacher/choreographer at The Dance Factory for 3 years and is thrilled to continue teaching where she first learned to love dance.

&nbspTeacher — Lindsey Franklin Miss Lindsey started dancing at The Dance Factory at the age of three years old. She was trained by TDF’s very own Miss Michelle and Miss Juli. Lindsey’s trained at TDF and other studios in ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, hip hop, and contemporary. She has competed in numerous competitions and done many performances including performing with hip hop team Future Shock LA at events such as World of Dance and gotten to dance on stages such as the Gibson Amphitheatre. Lindsey was also a Varsity cheerleader at Mary Star High School and cheered during her freshman year of college at Concordia University in Irvine where her team won 3rd place at NCA Nationals. She has taught dance, cheer, and gymnastics throughout the South Bay and Orange County and is happy to be back home at The Dance Factory. Miss Lindsey loves sharing her love and enthusiasm for dance with her students. Here at TDF she has fallen in love with working with the Cotton Candy Kids and recreational dancers. Lindsey loves encouraging her students to always work hard and enjoys being a source of positivity for your children.