Studio Owner/Artistic Director – Julianne Thompson was born and raised in Northern California and comes from a family of dancers and dance teachers. She began dancing at the age of two, learning many different styles of dance including tap, jazz, acrobatics, ballet, and lyrical. At the age of sixteen, Julianne began teaching, and by seventeen was managing the studio where she trained as a young dancer. When she moved to Southern California, she continued her training at Orange Coast Community College where she perfected her skills in tap, jazz, ballet, and modern dance. She briefly enhanced her tap education under the direction of Linda Sohl-Ellison.
Before becoming the studio owner in 2010, Julianne started working at TDF in 2005 managing front desk. Soon after was promoted to Program Coordinator, and then Artistic Director. Since becoming owner, Julianne and The Dance Factory staff has earned five ‘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!
Studio 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.
Team Director and Teacher—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.
Teacher—Caley-Ryan 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.” As one of the Top 25 Breakout Stars of 2018 and also just recently had a Q&A article for the “Tap Issue” for “Dance Spirit Magazine,” all of this of course with his beautiful fiancée, Kelsey McCowan. 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) But hopefully you have seen him as part of a dynamic duo with his amazing dance partner Kelsey McCowan. Together they have done countless performances and are constantly working together to make new exciting pieces. Check out more of their work and adventures on Instagram @caleyandkelsey
Teacher—Bradford Chin was born and raised in San Francisco, California, is now a Los Angeles-based choreographer, educator, and performer. The Founder and Artistic Director of Bradford Chin & Dancers, he has been a guest choreographer at Keshet Dance & Center for the Arts (Albuquerque, NM) and Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts, and he has presented work at CSU Long Beach, the American Dance Festival, Highways Performance Space, the Torrance Art Museum, the Southern California Dance & Choreography Festival, danceXchange, ArtX Long Beach, and George Washington High School. Chin is also the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of stART, an annual Downtown Long Beach showcase of works by emerging artists in dance and music. He is a founding member of The Band and a member of Contempo Ballet and Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre, and he has danced with Laurel Jenkins, C. Eule Dance, Coast City Ballet, and DAGDAG Dance in addition to works by choreographers such as Sidra Bell, Beth Gill, William Forsythe, Rebecca Bryant, Andrew Vaca, Kim T. Davis, and John Beasant III. Chin currently teaches ballet, conditioning, jazz, and contemporary techniques at Pacific Dance (Irvine, CA), The Dance Company (Long Beach, CA), and The Dance Factory (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA). He has also taught at the intensives of Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts, Cohesion Dance Project & Creative Arts Center’s “Dance the Divide” (Montana), and Dance West as well as masterclasses for Modesto Junior College, Temescal Canyon High School, Keshet Dance, Marina High School, El Camino College, and George Washington High School. Training under teachers including Sophie Monat, Gracie Whyte, Lorin Johnson, Keith Johnson, Rebecca Lemme, and John Pennington, Chin received his BFA in Dance (May 2017) from California State University, Long Beach, and he has studied on scholarship at the American Dance Festival, with Backhausdance, and with AXIS Dance Company for their physically integrated dance teacher training.
Teacher—Kathryn Giometti is a performer and instructor based in the Los Angeles area. Originally from Fresno, California, Giometti spent most of her time studying classical ballet under the direction of Carla Stallings-Lippert. While training, she competed in the Youth America Grand Prix. Realizing her passion for dance, she moved to Long Beach to pursue a BFA in Dance at Cal State Long Beach. At Cal State Long Beach, Giometti studies modern, ballet, jazz, and choreography. Giometti’s ballet piece From Dawn to Dusk was produced in the CSULB Contemporary Dance Concert. Giometti danced in works by many of the faculty members including Andrew Vaca, Nate Hodges, Colleen Dunagan, Rebecca Bryant, Sophiet Monat, and Lorin Johnson. Giometti has received scholarships and recognition including the Fred Bologna Dance Scholarship, the Department of Dance Scholarship, the Fine Arts Affiliates Scholarship,and the Carolyn Cunningham Scholarship.
Teacher—Natalie Fadel was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and received majority of her training at Jacksonville Centre of the Arts (JCA). Natalie graduated high school from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts as a dance major. In addition to her local training, she has worked with many great dance masters and choreographers across the country, including Troy Powell, Jennifer Archibald, and Levi Marsman. She has also had the honor to perform in works choreographed by Ronan Koresh, Gregory Dolbashian, and Anthony Morigerato. Beyond just her performing credits, Natalie has begun branching out as a choreographer. She was named Meritorious Student Choreographer in the nation by National High School Dance Festival in 2016. Natalie is currently a student at Chapman University where she is studying to receive a B.F.A. in dance with a minor in entrepreneurship. This is Natalie’s first year teaching at The Dance Factory, and she is excited to be a part of the TDF family!
Teacher—Jennifer Capozza has been with The Dance Factory School of Performing Arts since 2011. She has trained in styles such as jazz, ballet, contemporary, and lyrical. Jennifer has trained under Julianne Thompson, Michelle Monreal and Briana Monreal, and has continued her dance training into college. Starting as a recreational student, then went on to join the TDF competition team where she won numerous awards for her teams and solos. Soon after graduating out of TDF competition team in 2016 she became a teacher’s assistant and substitute instructor. Miss Jennifer loves being a part of our student’s growth in their love of dance, and encourages them to work hard and have fun.