A successful businesswoman and entrepreneur, Edith Montoya has built Dance Precisions from a tiny drill team and baton twirling studio to one of the most elite dance competition studios in the world. Edith has been the Owner of Dance Precisions for the last 36 years. Her students have gone on to be finalists on hit television competition shows So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Got Talent, tour with Beyoncé, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift and choreograph and dance on Broadway. Under Edith’s leadership, Dance Precisions has netted an impressive number of competition wins, including: world champion in the teen division at the World Dance Championships and the Federation of Dance’s Top Studio Award, plus hundreds of choreography awards, best dancers and team honors. This past year the team took home several National titles and a Victory Cup for the highest scoring routine of the event. With her diplomatic approach to business, attention to detail, talent for hiring team-oriented teachers and dedication to her craft, Edith is a true inspiration to her students and staff.
Hayley Gallian is an alumni of Dance Precisions. She started dancing at the age of four and has found her passion in sharing her love of dance with others. Hayley is trained in jazz, contemporary, lyrical, ballet and hip-hop. While in high school, Hayley was a member of the international, award-winning Diamond Bar Song Team, being one of the only freshmen awarded Varsity Squad. Hayley attended California State University, Fullerton where she earned her B.A. in Communications. During her time at CSUF, Hayley was a member of the 15-time National Champion Dance Team. She was awarded Most Valuable Dancer and had two undefeated seasons in two years. Hayley Friend is presently a choreographer and instructor at Dance Precisions and loves that she can call DP her home.
Dance Precisions has been a second home to Ashlee since the age of 2. She trained at the studio with Edith being her first dance teacher, and was on The Company Team until she graduated at the age of 18. As she continued training at Dance Precisions, some of her accomplishments were being on America’s Got Talent with one of the competing groups, winning several National Titles, and she began choreographing for the Second Company team while in high school. After graduating from the studio, Ashlee attended Northern Arizona University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences - Public Health, as well as a minor in Business Administration. Alongside earning her degree, Ashlee continued training and competing as a member of NAU’s Dance Team. While on this team, she became a 4-time National Champion. Additionally, Ashlee was awarded Most Valuable Dancer each year on the team and her Senior year became the interim head coach. She currently has a full time job working for Beyond Fifteen Communications, Inc. where she has continued to learn, grow, and contribute her skills as Operations Administrator. Ashlee aspires to excel professionally to reach her dream job working in Hospital Administration. While doing so, Ashlee is continuing her forever love and passion for dance with Dance Precisions. After graduating and moving back home to Orange County, Ashlee has been back on staff teaching with us. She feels honored to have come full circle, now having the opportunity to help inspire these dancers as they grow in their passion.
Connie McMahon started dancing at the early age of three. She trained in jazz, ballet, Tap and Hip hop. As a competitive dancer she won numerous national titles. Her dancing career began at the young age of twelve and she began teaching at 15. She continued to work professionally for many years. Her jobs included several movies, magazine layouts and commercials. Most memorable dance work: 94 Billboard Music Awards, Red Hot Chili Peppers music video “Aeroplane”, Royal Caribbean cruise ships, toured the world with the original “Beach Boys”, “Jubilee” at Bally’s hotel in Las Vegas (Line Captain), and “Splash” at the Riviera in Las Vegas. Besides her professional career she has been teaching dance for over 30 years. She had dedicated the last 15 years to just tap. She loves teaching young children and choreographing competition teams. Her dances have earned her multiple choreography awards. Her goal is that every single student of hers develops a love for tap and hopes she inspires them in some way. She has 3 amazing children Joey 20, Kylie 17 and Miguel 7. Connie is very excited to be a part of Dance Precisions again!
Alexandra Bormeth is a contemporary ballet choreographer and educator based out of the Bay Area, California. Trained in Russian Vaganova method by Tamara Statkoun, her ballet foundation became her passion. As well as a figure skater, she achieved her Senior Gold in Moves in the Field. Bormeth danced principal roles from Copeilla, Paquita, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker and much more. Graduating with her Bachelors in Fine Arts in Dance Choreography from UCIrvine in 2019, she trained under Tong Wang, Lar Lubavitch (whom’s acclaimed repertoire, ‘Marimba’, she performed), as well as Loretta Livingston in choreography. Bormeth has had the opportunity to study under Vertigo Dance Company and Batsheva Dance Company in Israel; studying the ‘release’ & ‘Gaga’ techniques, she learned repertoire from Noa Wertheim, Gavriel Spitzeran, and Nitzan Lederman. As a choreographic artist, Bormeth pushes the boundaries of organic and visceral movement, such as her original production ‘Don’t Be Such a Flour.’ in October 2021. Today Bormeth works in dance education in the Orange County region, teaching ballet, repertoire, choreography and contemporary. Further she promotes students in competitions such as the Youth American Grande Prix with ballet variations and contemporary choreography.
Kelly has been a part of Dance Precisions for 10+ years. She has helped grow this studio in more ways than can ever be expressed. She has been a rock in our studio for many years and continues to work remotely from her new home in Arizona.
Conrad Montoya has been an active part of Dance Precisions since 2001. He was an IT specialist prior to joining Dance Precisions. Since becoming a part of Dance Precisions, Conrad and his wife Edith take pride in keeping Dance Precisions a family-owned and operated business for the past 36 years. Conrad is now known as Chef Conrad as he now operates the DP Cafe, keeping the kids fed and hydrated during breaks in classes. He is also involved in organizing our famous prop dads and has been active in assisting the various parent committees that help the studio function like a well oiled machine. Conrad’s role around the studio is key to the safe and friendly environment our families have come to know and greatly appreciate. Conrad is the guy who does it all – security, plant management, props, and making a mean grilled cheese sandwich. He is loved by all. He is pictured here, lifting his first prop.
Jesse Trinidad is the director of our Hip Hop program. He started dancing in 2007 with GRV dance crew, signed with MSA talent Agency in 2010, and has worked with many high school teams in Southern California, as well as Northern Arizona University, where he’s won 3 national titles. His credits include GRV, Nike, SONY PlayStation, Karmin, and Choreographers Carnival LA. Jesse is also the Founder of Global Mayhem a competitive youth hip hop team. Jesse is the ultimate girl dad to 3 daughters, and he can braid hair like no one else.
Glen E. Meynardie originally from Bayou la Batre, AL has a diverse background in the field of dance. After training with Kelly’s Dance Academy and Mobile Ballet in Alabama, Glen was a part of the opening day cast at Animal Kingdom in the Jungle Book, performed in Disney MGM’s Indiana Jones Stunt Show and on USA’s series “Mortal Kombat” as a stuntman. He has danced on Celebrity Cruises for Opryland Productions, and was a principal dancer for dance companies in N.Y.C and Washington D.C. As a dancer he had the honor to perform the works of Donald McKayle, Shen Wei, Mark Haim, Toru Shimazaki, Mikey Thomas, Helanius Wilkins, Maida Withers and Ray Schwartz. Glen holds a B.F.A in Dance Performance and Choreography from The University of Southern Mississippi and trained at the American Dance Festival at Duke University and at the Bates Dance Festival at Bates College in Maine. Glen is a member of National Dance Education Organization, California Dance Education Association, was inducted into The USM Dance “Alumni Hall Of Fame” and is YPAD Certified. After stepping away from the stage as a performer Glen became one of the most sought after teachers and choreographers in the Gulf Coast region. He is the former Artistic Director/ Choreographer of Moving Images Dance Company and was the Director of Dance at John L. Leflore Magnet High School in Mobile, AL. He has also served as a judge and teacher on the convention/competition circuit for over 15 years. Glen has been a Guest Artist at George Washington University, The University of Southern Mississippi, has taught for American College Dance Association and was on faculty for the Mississippi Dance Festival. Over the past 15+ years he has created nearly 1000 pieces for studios, companies and teams across the country. Glen continues to travel and educate the next generation of dancers as a freelance educator-choreographer and is on faculty at Millennium Dance Complex Orange County. His love for dance is the driving force in his life, his passion for educating young dancers is what keeps him happy, humble and hopeful for the future of every dancer he encounters. He believes that dance can change your life, if you let it.
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Allison Camacho has been a part of Dance Precisions since 2013, and recently joined the Administrative/Front desk staff after graduating from Dance Precision in 2019. Proudly a Dance Precisions Alumni. Allison started her dance journey at the age of 4 and continued to dance for 15 years training in a variety of styles such as Jazz, Tap, Ballet, and Hip Hop. In her time as a dancer at Dance Precisions on The Company team she had the amazing opportunity to travel the world competing at national competitions, learn from the very instructors your dancers have today, and find a level of Independence and fondness for the dance studio atmosphere. The opportunity to join Dance Precisions as a member of staff was a great way to continue my love for dance and help those just beginning their dance journey. Residing in Long Beach, CA, Allison is currently attending Long Beach Community College.
Painting pictures with purpose while using a dancer’s body to tell a story, Karame Adesko has been choreographing since she was 15 years old. In her early years, Karame Adesko trained at Dance Precisions in lyrical, jazz, tap, and more. She then went on to receive her BFA in Dance from Point Park University, where her work was first presented on a more prestigious platform. Karame’s career truly began at 13, when she participated in Debbie Allen’s “Pepito’s Story,” and continued as she danced for Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and A.S.H. Contemporary Dance Company. Now living in Orange County, Karame is the Artistic Director and resident choreographer at Dance Precisions. Her choreography there has received over 30 choreography awards, including 1st Runner-Up at the World Dance Champions, and most recently, the Diamond Icon Award at Showbiz for her piece “Journey.” Other accolades include seven nominations and two wins with the Industry Dance Awards for “Hanging On” and “Beyonce.” She also received 2nd Runner-Up in 2014 and 4th Runner-Up in 2015 at UDA National Jazz Championships with the Northern Arizona University Dance Team. She is also a certified member of Dance Masters of America. Beyond being a successful dancer, Karame has also trained extremely successful dancers. Her students have gone on to dance for Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and Carly Rae Jepsen. They have performed on Glee, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, Bad Boys of Dance, and Dana Foglia Dance. Her students have also continued to pursue higher education in college Dance programs at University of California, Irvine, Loyola Marymount, University of California, Los Angeles, California State University, Fullerton, Chapman University, Northern Arizona University, University of Oregon, Arizona State University, Orange Coast College and Mt. San Antonio College. Karame continues to challenge her dancers to find their inner strength and freedom to push their dancing to a place they have never gone before. She motivates them to unlock their true selves while dancing to speak a truly amazing story of life’s greatest pleasure, ART!!
Serina Ortiz began her first season with the Varsity Pomline Program this year at South Hills High School. Serina has been dancing for over 20 years and is still in the industry as a professional dancer. On top of her dance career, Ms Serina is the director of the recreational program here at Dance Precisions. As a Dance Precisions alumni, Serina went on to be a member of Mount San Antonio College's dance team, where she won three jazz national titles and two hip hop national titles. While at Mt. SAC, Serina was also part of the Repertory Dance Company where she had the opportunity to perform at ACDFA. After graduating from Mt. SAC with an AA in Kinesiology and Wellness Serina moved on to continue her education at California State University of Dominguez Hills. There she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Pre-Physical Therapy. Serina has also traveled the country with The National Dance Alliance teaching junior high, high school, and college students different styles featuring pom, jazz, hip hop, and even kick line. Lastly, Serina is the assistant director and technique trainer to the well-renowned heels company, the Vixens.
Stephanie Beavor is a graduate from California State University, Fullerton with a B.A. in Health Science, as well as an Associate of Science degree in ultrasound from Orange Coast College. She currently works at Long Beach Memorial Hospital pursuing a career in ultrasound, while simultaneously fulfilling her passion for teaching dance at Dance Precisions. Stephanie’s love for dance has brought her many years of competition since she was five years old. She was on Canyon High School’s Dance Choreography team for all four years. She also was a member of the CSUF’s national championship dance team from 2006-2009. In addition, she was a member of the 1st Company Competition team at Dance Precisions for 10 years. This past year was a big year for the Beavor family. November 2021 Stephanie became a mom to James, formally know as “baby James” to all the kids at the studio. Stephanie has been teaching at Dance Precisions for 19 years now.
Lauren Johnston was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan but raised in SoCal. She became inspired by her younger sister to begin dancing at age 13. After high school Lauren was accepted into Chapman University where she would grow her passion for dance. She graduated in 2020 with a BFA in Dance Performance (NDEO Honors) and Entrepreneurship. During her time in college, she was recognized as an 'Outstanding Choreographer' for her piece showcasing adjustment disorder in Concert Intime (2019). Lauren has worked and performed with choreographers such as Jackie Sleight, Ido Tadmor, Karen Chuang, Will Johnston, Alicia Guy, and had the ability to travel to Israel to study the origin of contemporary dance with the Batsheva Dance Company. Focused on the career longevity of the dancers she works with; Lauren brings her Lagree certification into the classroom to provide knowledge about the importance of rest and recovery. She is also mat pilates and VersaClimber certified. She has loved every moment here in her second year with this DP Family. She cannot wait for what the future holds!
Katie Paulus is a recent graduate from Dance Precisions. She began dancing at the age of 5 on the competition stage. She started with Dance Precisions when she was 12. She participated in conventions and competitions, and saw success in her solos and group dances. Most notably, she was a Radix protege winner at several different Radix events. She has worked closely and assisted choreographers including Lonni Olson, Ashley Gonzalez, and Karame Adesko. Last year, she was apart of winning routines choreographed by Kirstin Russel and Easton Payne. Currently, Katie is pursuing a career in professional dance through the Launch Brea Space program. Here, she works with choreographers in the industry and dances beside working professionals. She has a strong passion for choreographing and teaching. She looks forward to her future teaching at Dance Precisions.