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Owner/Artistic Director - Julianne Thompson

Miss Juli began dancing at the age of two, learning many different styles of dance including tap, jazz, acrobatics, ballet, and lyrical. Since becoming the owner, Julianne and The Dance Factory staff have earned six ‘Best of Rancho Palos Verdes Dance Studios’ awards, two ADCC Studio of Excellence Awards, and was rated in the top 50 of all dance studios in the US from BDanceWear.com!! 

Julianne continues to train students ages 2-18 in Tap, Ballet, Acro, Jazz, Contemporary and Lyrical. She has worked with students taking class for fun, as well as students training towards a professional career in dance. She has trained dancers that are now with touring dance companies/workshops as well as dancers booking TV commercials. Many of her students have earned top scores at competitions and her teams have placed in Overalls consistently throughout the years. Julianne has multiple ‘Teacher of the Year’ awards and choreography awards alike, and is currently a Judge for the national touring competition, Bravo!

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Teacher - Kylie Davis

Miss Kylie started her dance career as a Tiny Tots Dancer at The Dance Factory.  She trained in Jazz, Tap, Tumbling, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Hip Hop. At the age of 13, she joined an adult performance Hip Hop group called Soul Fresh. The group was under the direction of Ricky Cole, who was on America’s Best Dance Crew and was the host for the live World of Dance Competitions. World of Dance and City Walk were just a couple of performances Kylie did with Soul Fresh at the time.

For five years Kylie trained at Orange County School of the Arts in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Musical Theatre. She was chosen for student choreography in their student show and was a dancer in OCSA’s Annual Gala in 2020. Throughout her years there, she was exposed to some Bollywood and Ballroom dance in addition to all the other styles.

Kylie was scouted and signed with Clear Talent Group Agency at just nine years old! She performed in Microsoft and Ford commercials; Sketchers, Macy’s Otis Parson-Billabong, and Under Armor Fashion Shows; and Award Shows such as Kids Choice Awards with Toddrick Hall, WE Day with Alessia Cara, and STOMP, We Graduate Together with the Jonas Brothers. In addition, Kylie was a featured dancer on Virgin America’s Safety video directed by Jon Chu with Toddrick Hall. Kylie is excited to be back at home with The Dance Factory as a teacher and choreographer.


Teacher - Caley Carr

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Caley Carr is represented by "Go 2 Talent Agency" in Los Angeles. Has been dancing professionally as his life's dream and can't wish for anything more.  Most recently has been featured in “Dance Magazine.” He has contributed tap choreography for Derek Hough that has been featured on “Dancing with the Stars”, “Good Morning America”, The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration and the “Move Live Tour” with his sister Julianne.  Along with performing with Derek Hough in his “Kairos” music video and his “Singing in the Rain” recreation performed at the Hollywood Night Under the Stars” hosted by George Clooney.  

Caley has spent time as a company member in “Rhapsody in Taps”, under the direction of Linda Sohl-Ellison, and has also been a company member of “Taps Sounds Under Ground,” directed by Greg Russell.   You may have seen Caley on Season 9 of “So You Think You Can Dance” as a featured dancer; or possibly seen him in a credit card suit tap dancing for a creditcards.com commercial.  You may have caught him performing for the Pasadena POPS Orchestra, conducted by Michael Feinstein, or caught him tapping it away in Baku, for the 2015 European Olympic!  (Baku- under Russia, next door to Turkey).

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Teacher - Amie Kilgore

Amie Lee Kilgore, originally from Tucson, Arizona, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and was awarded “Outstanding Senior” for both the Dance and Fine Arts departments. During her time in college, Amie had the opportunity to perform works by famous choreographers including George Balanchine in works such as, Tarantella, Rubies from the ballet Jewels, and Allegro Brilliante. Throughout her education Amie spent her summers training with Alonzo King LINES Ballet, International New York Summer Intensive with Paris Opera Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Ballet Tucson, and ConDanza Contemporary Ballet.  

After graduating, Ms. Kilgore danced in the Nutcracker in lead roles for San Pedro City Ballet where she continues to instruct the contemporary program. Shortly thereafter, Amie began dancing with Backhausdance, a premier contemporary company located in Orange County. Over the past 6 seasons with Backhausdance, Amie has performed works by Jennifer Backhaus, Ido Tadmor of the Israeli National Ballet, Dwight Rhoden director of Complexions Ballet, Mauro Astolfi director of Spellbound Contemporary Ballet, and many other guest choreographers. One of Amie’s proudest moments on stage was having the opportunity to perform an original contemporary work by Jennifer Backhause at the Joyce Theater in New York City. Amie continues to teach contemporary, jazz, and ballet throughout Southern California, this is Amie’s first season with The Dance Factory.

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Teacher  - Kelsey Morgaine

Miss Kelsey is from the San Francisco Bay Area. Training at Dance Attack! Studios Los Gatos, she competed in the Performing Company under the direction of Mariana Sobral, Dasha Maximovich, and Catherine Pinto. Later, she attended prestigious ballet schools such as State Street Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet.

Kelsey Morgaine joined the Santa Clara Ballet in 2012 as a student apprentice and joined the corps de ballet shortly after. In 2016 Kelsey became the youngest founding company member of PERSpectives Dance Co., directed by Lindsey Mclevis. 

Since moving to Los Angeles in late 2017, Kelsey has choreographed and danced with the Band of Merrymakers in the Hollywood Christmas Parade. 

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Teacher - Maia-Marie Hammond

Maia-Marie started dancing and the age of three and has had experience in studio competitions, college dance teams, hip hop crews, and professional dancing. After high school and studio competitions she shortly joined the Mt. SAC dance team where they cheered, performed, and competed at NDA nationals. She has also trained in hip hop crews such as Gravy Babies and Snowtorious. Maia-Marie has also danced for multiple artists in music videos and tours such as Lexy Panterra on the DaniLeigh “Be Yourself Tour,” and Kevin Rudolph’s “Do You Feel Me” music video. She now continues to teach throughout SoCal and shares her passion of dance to people of all ages and levels.


Teacher - Caitee Ferenci

Caitee Ferenci began her dance career in the Central Valley, at Dance Arts in Visalia, CA. She was a competitive dancer there from age 5-18, training in multiple styles including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and musical theatre. She took many classes from renowned choreographers including Benji Schwimmer, Laurie Johnson, Doug Caldwell and more. She began teaching classes at the age of 14, and since has worked with students of all ages between 18 months and adults. In 2011 Caitee moved to Long Beach, CA, where she received her Bachelors in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Adapted Physical Education in 2016. During that time she continued to teach at local studios, teaching jazz, tap and ballet for all ages. She continued her personal dance education by taking classes around Southern California under teachers and choreographers such as Desiree Robbins, Nannette Brodie, Jenny Stevens, and Christina Grady. In 2018, Caitee received her Single Subject Teaching Credential in Physical Education/Adapted Physical Education, and has since been working for Torrance Unified as an APE Specialist, teaching PE to students with disabilities. She is currently working on her Masters in Applied Exercise Science, and hopes to apply the knowledge to both her school and dance teaching careers. Caitee is grateful and excited to continue to follow her love for dance and teaching at TDF!


Teacher - Alexis Fox

Alexis Fox began her dance career at the age of 2 and joined the Elite Competition Team at The Dance Factory when she was 6. Alexis has trained and competed in many styles of dance including: tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, acro, musical theater, jazz, hip hop and pointe. A two-time convention scholarship winner, Alexis has attended many dance conventions and studied under professional dancers such as Travis Wall, Tyce Diorio, and Chebar Williams. Additionally, Alexis had the opportunity to work directly with industry choreographers Vickie Roan and Caley Carr for many years. This training lead Alexis to many first overalls, industry invitationals and several stand out judges awards.

In high school Alexis added a new style by dancing with her high school Varsity Song Team under the direction of Bria Biggs, a former Laker Girl. In her first year, she was awarded Rookie of the Year. Besides dancing, Alexis enjoys modeling for dance catalogues and can be found acting in small film projects with fellow dancers like Kent Boyd.

Alexis started as a teacher assistant at 12 years old and is really excited to start her second year as a teacher at The Dance Factory. Alexis is very grateful to work for and continue training with The Dance Factory.


Teacher - Savanna Ureta

Miss Savanna started dancing at the age of two years old. She started her dance journey off with hip hop and then escalated to tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary and lyrical. Shortly after, Savanna became apart of a competitive group called the Shining Stars which began her drive to compete. Savanna would spend everyday of week at her studio which lead her to also becoming a student teacher at the age of 10. After studio competitions, she joined the Downey High School Dance Team and experienced the industry world of dance. Throughout her season, they became 2019’s 7x USA National Champions. After high school, she began training at studios such as Snowglobe Perspective and Offstage GRV and The Lab Studios where she began to learn more about the dance industry and had also got mentored by elite dancers. She is currently on a team called Hyphen Dance who recently won World Of Dance 2021’s City Walk Homecoming Event. Till this day she continues to train, compete and teach throughout SoCal and share the passion she has for dance to others.