Liz has been dancing for 27 years, starting at the age of 3 at Belinda's Dance Studio. She has been trained in tap, jazz, ballet, and lyrical. She studied under Belinda Lands, Miss Kathleen Jenkins and Ernest Balderas, as well as many other professional dance teachers in southern California. She has taken many classes at the Edge Performing Arts Center, Broadway Dance Center, New York and several LA dance conventions to keep up with the latest styles. She had the opportunity to try out for Star Search in 1990 with a group called "Living Dangerously." She also was awarded many high point and overall winnings as a performing group dancer. Liz was trained for and competed in the Miss Downey Pageant where she was crowed Miss Downey Princess in 1996 and 1997. She has trained several pageant girls who entered beauty pageants. Liz is currently a National Dance Competition judge where she teaches master classes, workshops and choreography for dancers in the competition. In the last 4 years she has been offered jobs as a choreographer for dance studios in Michigan, Ohio, and Sacramento. Liz is going on her 15th year of teaching and is very proud of her dancers. During multiple competition years Liz choreographed top overall winning solos, large groups and small groups. Liz opened her second dance studio in Los Alamitos in 2008 feeling so blessed. She is thankful for and amazing staff and talented teachers. Miss Liz's joys in life are her two beautiful children, Bailey and Blake. Bailey is a 9 year old competitive dancer and was recently crowned Miss Dance America. She has the passion of dance just like her mother. Blake is a 7 year old football star and sports fan. Thank you to all the families for letting me share the love of dance with your children.
The Onstage Team
ODC Downey Artistic Director
Alicia began her dance journey at the age of 4 at Belinda's Dance Studio. She then continued her dance journey here at Onstage Dance Center! In her 20th year of dancing, Alicia has studied Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Acro, Cheer/Pom and Lyrical under Ms. Kathleen Jenkins and Ms. Liz Vega. She is currently the Artistic Director here at Onstage Dance Center and oversees all the wonderful Onstage Families! In her high school years, she was captain of the Varsity Cheerleading Team and was in charge of choreographing all the half-time routines (She still choreographs for Warren High School). Alicia won numerous award titles throughout her competition seasons as an Elite Dancer herself, such as Miss Teen Dance and Miss Dance at our regional competitions in her dancing days. Alicia was also crowned Onstage Dance Center's very own Miss Dance 2003-2004. As a young choreographer, Alicia had the opportunity to travel with Ms. Liz as a choreographer?s assistant to New York, Arkansas, Detroit, Columbus, Biloxi, and Fremont, California. Just to name a few! On her 10th year of teaching/choreographing, Miss Alicia has choreographed many award winning solos, small groups, and groups. Her competitive students have earned numerous high point awards, placing in the Top 5 at regional competitions, to earning many Special Judges Awards such as Cutie-Pa-Tootles! and Perfect extension and Ponche. Alicia is extending her dance career by taking classes from some of the hottest choreographers in LA and NYC while traveling throughout the United States as a National Dance Competition Judge for a number of highly ranked Talent Competitions.
ODC Los Alamitos Artistic Director
Kelly began training at the Studio "C" School of Performing Arts in Downey, studying under Dennis Caspary, Tina Caspary, and Dee Caspary. She studied Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, and Ballet competing in competitions all over Southern California winning overall and highpoint awards. Kelly auditioned for Orange County High School of The Arts her senior year and was accepted. After graduating high school she began taking classes at the Edge Performing Arts Center, the Jimmy DeFore Dance Center, and Millennium Dance Complex studying under LA's best teachers and choreographers. These teachers include, Wes Veldink, Terry Lindholm, Terry Beeman, and Jerry Evans just to name a few. Kelly has done many industrial shows and was a featured dancer in a Tomas Tran production. Kelly began teaching at Onstage Dance Center 15 years ago, teaching jazz, lyrical and tap classes. Through the years Kelly has choreographed many award winning numbers, and has received choreography awards for her work. Kelly has had the pleasure of being a part of Onstage Dance Center’s second location in Los Alamitos, becoming the Artistic Director for this location. Currently Kelly is working on building the Los Alamitos competition teams, and has become the head technique teacher for Millikan High School’s dance program. Although Kelly's passion is teaching, her most proud accomplishment is being a mom to her two sons Landon and Hudson.
Leslie began dancing at the age of three, training at Studio "C" School of Performing Arts in Downey, California. While at Studio "C", Leslie received numerous first place awards and high marks in solo, trio, and group categories. Studio "C" gave Leslie her first taste of teaching and assisting dance at the tender age of 10, and she has been teaching ever since. Growing up, Leslie had the incredible opportunity to train in the arts of ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, and modern from teachers and choreographers that are now known throughout the world for their talent. These choreographers include: Dennis Caspary, Dee Caspary, Tina Caspary-Cyphert, Ryan Cyphert, Mandy Moore, Corey Finn, Mia Michaels, Tim Hill, and Ray Leeper. As a young dancer, her training also extended to Lichine Ballet Academy in Beverly Hills, California where she attended classes taught by Tanya Lichine and Alexander Godunov. Leslie also attended, demonstrated, and assisted at various dance conventions throughout the US. As a student at Los Alamitos High School, Leslie became a four year Varsity Songleader, serving as Captain her senior year. While on Song, Leslie was awarded with mulitple first place wins including an undefeated freshman year. She was the first place national soloist at United Spirit Association competition in Jacksonville, Florida as well. For the past 10 years, Leslie has collaborated with renown dance/song team choreographer Karl Mundt to create innovative and inspiring routines for dance teams around the US. Their work has won numerous national titles and has inspired many dancers throughout the world. Her choreography credits include: University of Minnesota, Eden Prairie High School Pom Squad, University of Louisville Ladybirds, University of Cincinnati, Los Alamitos High School Song Team, San Diego State University, Hawaii Pacific University, The Clipper Girls, USC Trojan Dance Force, Mater Dei High School Dance Team, and Millard North High School.
Leslie began working at Onstage Dance Center in May of 2011 and has loved every minute of it. Working alongside other incredible teachers and choreographers has inspired her to become a better teacher herself. As a wife and mother, Leslie strives to project her love of dance not only to the dancers she teaches everyday, but to her daughter as well. Leslie would like to thank the parents and family members of ODC dancers for sharing their children with her and providing them with the support and dedication that all dancers need in order to continue to succeed. She would also like to thank Liz Vega-Gomez for giving her the wonderful chance to teach for Onstage and represent the studio she has come to love so much.
Miss Amber began dancing at the young age of 3 at ODC (formerly known as Belinda's Dance). She started with ballet, then ventured into jazz, tap, lyrical, and musical theater. After 2 years, she was asked to join a Performing Group called the Twinklelytes. She learned from many talented teachers, including Elizabeth Vega-Gomez, Kathleen Jenkins, Brittany Mireles, and Anthony Addotta. She competed in regional and national competitions, winning numerous titles and overall awards in groups, trios, and solos. She was Ms. Junior Dance at KAR, a KAR kid, and Miss Photogenic at KAR over 8 years consecutively. As a growing dancer/performer, she participated in outside opportunities as well such as taking master classes at EDGE in L.A. and going on numerous auditions for dance related jobs. At age 13 DDO asked Amber to join their dance agency to be represented by their company when going out on auditions. Throughout high school she continued t achieve in academics and extracurricular activities. Amber was a part of the Millikan Varsity Cheer Team all 4 years, and Captain in her Senior year. Amber competed and won multiple titles at COA, King of the Bleachers, JAMZ, and USA Cheer & Song. Amber now attends CSULB where she will be a Sophomore this year, studying Journalism and Communications. She continues to enjoy her love of dance at her home away from home, ODC. Thank you Miss Liz for this wonderful opportunity you have given me! To all my wonderful, talented, and hardworking students: you are awesome and make me so proud each and every day! We all share our love and passion for dance... now let's get on with our show and show them what you've got!
Chantall started dancing at the age of 9 at Belinda’s Dance Studio. She has studied tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet, and pointe. Chantall danced competitively for seven years throughout Southern California and Nevada with Onstage Dance Center and loved every minute of it. Throughout high school, she was a member of the Oxford Academy choir ensemble in Cypress, California. She was in competitive show choir her junior and senior year of high school, which gave her the opportunity to perform at Disneyland and travel to New York City. Chantall was awarded the “Choreographer’s Award” by Heather Hoppus in 2005 for her outstanding work in teaching choreography. Chantall has been a teacher at ODC since 2006. She has choreographed several award winning dance routines that have earned high point scores as well as special judges awards. Chantall is extremely proud of all of her dancers; she loves teaching and has a true passion for dance.
Krystal has been dancing since she was 3. She started her training at The Dance Factory, where she competed for 7 years. In 2002, she performed in the dance show "Mood Swings" in Hollywood, which was produced and choreographed by Cruz. At 15 she became a teacher and hasn't stopped since. She has choreographed for competition teams as well. Krystal was in the dance program at Los Alamitos High for 4 years and was co-captain of the dance team. Currently she is co-teaching for the Los Alamitos High School dance program, going to CSULB, and teaching her 4th year at Onstage Dance Center. She is so excited about the upcoming year at Los Alamitos High and Onstage Dance Center!
Casey's love for dance began at a very young age. Her parents enrolled her in her first dance class at a local dance studio, and the older she got the greater her passion for dance grew. In 2005 Casey made the Millikan High School Advanced Dance Team. Casey was team captain at Millikan both her junior and senior year, and began teaching at a local studio her senior year as well. She continued to dance and compete both at Millikan and at various studios throughout her high school career. Teaching became more of a passion for Casey after high school. Realizing this, she decided to focus her energy on teaching full time. She is currently the Assistant Dance Director, and Cheer Advisor at Millikan High School, and teaches at Onstage Dance Center.
At the age of 5, Brianne began her training at Belinda’s Dance Studio. She has been trained in tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, lyrical, Pointe and gymnastics. She has had the privilege of studying under Denise Danner, Kathleen Jenkins, Liz Vega, Kelly Molnar, Belinda Lands, Ernest Balderas and Art Sirisujarittham. During her 10 years at Belinda’s, she competed as a member of large/small groups and as a solo dancer. Within the studio, she auditioned and was chosen by Patrice Barakat for her Small Lyrical and Jazz Award Winning Performing Groups. While dancing, Brianne was trained for 8 years by Shari Beauchamp at the Santa Fe Springs Gymnastics Center. At the age of 14, she auditioned for the Whittier Union Performing Arts Academy. She was chosen by the Director Alia Fazio and was trained in different variations of Dance and Musical Theatre by Disney and LA Film Industry Choreographers. Brianne went on to dance at The Dance Place where she danced with the Senior Dance Company for 3 years. She is most proud of her group winning 1st Place Overall at Showstoppers Finals featuring her Acrobatic abilities, under Robert Duran-Master Teacher. She continued her dance studies at Rio Hondo and Cerritos College taking Rhythm tap, contemporary and Bollywood, just to name a few. She would like to thank her mother and father for supporting her through this dance experience that has become a huge part of her life. Also, a big Thank you to Miss Liz for giving her the opportunity to be a part of the ODC family! She cannot wait to share the love she has for the Arts with her students!
Kathleen began her dance training at the age of five. She studied not only ballet, but jazz and tap as well. Before graduating from high school, she was performing with the Ballet Theater of North Hollywood. Spent a summer studying with the San Francisco Ballet, and was crowed Miss Dance of Southern California. She went on to be crowned 1st runner up in the national Miss Dance America pageant. At this time she had received scholarships to the Joffrey Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, American Ballet Theater and the Harkeness Ballet. Kathleen spent a year in New York City studying with the Joffrey Ballet and then went on to dance professionally with the Pacific Nutcracker, Coppelia, Cinderella, The Four Temperaments, Serenade, Hansel and Gretel and other original pieces. Kathleen has toured Canada and Japan with various dance groups appearing in television specials and commercials. She has also appeared in local civic light opera production of "Annie Get Your Gun", "Can Can", and as the female lead in "Hans Christian Anderson". For the past 27 years she has been teaching and choreographing in the Los Angeles area, with the past 16 of those years right here at Onstage Dance Center. Many of her students have gone on to dance professionally with ballet companies and major theme parks. Her students have also won numerous overall awards at the dance competition and many have gone on to become dance teachers and studio owners themselves. She has recently enjoyed judging Regional and National dance competitions for Kids Artistic Review. Kathleen is currently performing character rolls with the Anaheim Ballet. She would like to thank her husband and children for all their support and all of her students who have worked so hard- "Remember girls dance outside the box".
Mackenzie Martin began her ballet training at the age of two in Minnesota. She later supplemented her training by attending numerous summer intensives with top ballet companies, including American Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Ballet Austin, Houston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Ballet Adriatico (Italy). After graduating as a scholarship student from the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts, she received a full scholarship to continue her training at the Miami City Ballet School. There she performed principle roles in Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15 and Who Cares, as well as the Panther in Yanis Pikieris and David Palmer’s Carnival of the Animals.
Ms. Martin danced professionally with Oregon Ballet Theatre, where she performed in numerous works by Artistic Director Christopher Stowell, including Balanchine’s Nutcracker, Valse Fantasy, Serenade, Allegro Brillante, and others. After suffering an injury, she moved back home to Minnesota to recover, and eventually began freelance dancing with the local companies of Minnesota Dance Theatre, Continental Ballet, Ballet Minnesota, and appeared in the Fringe Festival.
Ms. Martin’s teaching background began at Oregon Ballet Theatre when she was asked by the School Director, Damara Bennett, to teach all of the open classes for students and company members while she was away in Japan. After her injury recovery in Minnesota, Mackenzie was one of the main ballet instructors at Larkin Dance Studio and at Spotlight Productions Dance Studio, where her students consistently won top competitions regionally and nationally. She was a highly sought after ballet instructor and choreographer, and served as a guest instructor at numerous studios and summer programs before moving to California to study in the Journalism and Dance departments at California State University Long Beach.
Belinda began her formal dance training with Ballet Pacifica (Laguna Beach Civic Ballet) under the direction of Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo soloist, Miss Lila Zali. At the age of 15, she received scholarships to the New York City Ballet and Ballet West. Because of her extraordinary height, she was off to Las Vegas, where within a year she became a principle understudy in legendary producer Donn Arden's "Hallelujah Hollywood." This led to four years as a principle soloist at the world famous LIDO in Paris, France, "Jubilee" in Las Vegas, and numerous professional productions in Japan, Korea, Germany, and Hong Kong. A 4-year contract as an international high fashion runway model followed, as did dancing in many television variety shows as a featured dancer. Upon returning to the States, she began working on the other side of the camera as a production assistant on commercial and fashion shoots, as well as going back to school. In addition to her dancing and performing achievements, she went on to receive her Associate's Degree, her Bachelor's degree, her California Teaching Credential, and Master's in Education degree, all with the highest honors. As well as teaching ballet around the world, she is very proud to be the Assistant Choreographer for the Palm Springs Follies for the past 17 years. Belinda wants to thank everyone for being so warmly welcomed, and she is thrilled to be a part of the ODC team!
Megan started dancing at the age of 4 and studied dance at Center Stage Dance Academy for 11 years. She trained and performed in: tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, pointe and vocal classes. Megan studied under Leslie Clifford and many other amazing CSDA teachers for numerous years. She was honored to be a part of CSDA’S Performing Company. She also competed in numerous Regional and National dance competitions where she performed in group, duets and solo routines. Megan was on Millikan High School’s Advanced Dance Team and was Senior Dance Captain. She was voted “Most Versatile Dancer” of Advanced Dance her senior year and currently choreographs routines for Millikan’s Dance teams today. In college she continued her training with well-known dance professors and professionals such as: Steve Zee, Andy Vaca, Lisa Johnson and Stephanie Powell. Megan is beyond excited to be a part of the Onstage Family and can’t thank Ms. Liz enough for this amazing opportunity!