Owner - 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!
Teacher - Madaline Riley
Madaline 'Mad Linez' Riley is a dancer, choreographer, and visual artist from Boston, MA who currently lives and works in Los Angeles as a professional dancer and teacher. She has performed for artists and brands such as Dua Lipa, Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, Puma x Balmain, and appeared in ads for Apple, Oakley, Buzzfeed, AGOLDE and more. She has received a B.A. in Studio Arts from Loyola Marymount University, where she created her own major combining dance with other visual art forms. She has trained extensively in various street dance styles as well as forms of contemporary dance, having attended intensives with Sidra Bell, Batsheva Dance Company, and RubberbandDANCE. She is also a member and creative director of the street dance collective, The Lot Original. She uses her diverse training in the arts to inspire individuality, self-exploration, and create dance and visual artworks that speak about the intersection of art forms and hardships of the modern world.
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 - 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.
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.