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Faculty M - Z

Joseph Malone
Adult Program

Joseph Malone decided on a performing career while doing musicals in high school.  Finding that college would not offer the path to his dream, Joe, at the age of 20, started his formal dance training beginning at Eugene Loring's "The American School of Dance.”  In the past 40 years, Joe has sung and danced in over 250 television shows, specials, films and nightclub acts including on Broadway when Director/Choreographer Michael Peters (of Michael Jackson fame) hired him to sing and dance in, “Leader Of The Pack.”

In 1985, deciding to augment his dancing and singing career, Joe started acting. He landed roles in the feature films, “I’ll Do Anything”, “Universal Soldier”, and the ever popular Disney offering, “Hocus Pocus.” He has also had guest starring roles on many television shows including “ Seinfeld”, “Step by Step”, “Quantum Leap”, “Newhart” and “L.A. Law.”  Fortune smiled when a guest-starring role on the “The Tracey Ullman Show” lead to Joe’s being cast as a “series regular” on this Emmy Award winning show. His work, both as an actor and as a choreographer, on ” Tracey Ullman Show”, “Tracey Takes On...” and Tracey Ullman’s, “State of the Union” as well as his 25 year + relationship with the brilliant actress, Tracey Ullman, are among the work of which he is most proud.

Joe began concentrating more on directing and choreographing shortly thereafter. Some of the shows Joe has served as choreographer on are Tracey Ullman’s, “State of the Union”, “Tracey Takes On…, “Ugly Betty”, “Boston Legal”, “Boston Public”, “Two and a Half Men”, “Ally McBeal”, “Judging Amy“, “Joan of Arcadia”, ‘Beverly Hills -90210”, an animated sequence for the Disney feature, “Tinkerbell”…. to name only a few. He has also had the honour to serve Director/Choreographer for “Sunday in the Park with George” which he restaged for Reprise! at UCLA as well as opening sequence of Tracey Ullman's television series “Visible Panty Line. “ Additionally, Joe has directed and choreographed two National Tours for country music legend and pioneer, Barbara Mandrell. Additionally, Joe returned to Broadway in 2005, this time as a choreographer, contributing to “Lennon”; a musical based on the life of the prolific artist, John Lennon.

In 2000, Joe was honored with an Emmy nomination for Best Achievement in Choreography for his work on “Tracey Takes On...”, and again in 2003 with another Best Achievement in Choreography nomination for his work on “Boston Public.”  Joe was recognized for his choreographic efforts on “Ally McBeal” with an American Choreography Award, and received another American Choreography Award for his work on “Boston Public.”  Additionally, Joe has been honored with The Lehman Award, The National Academy of Dance Award-Best Choreography on a Television Series for his work on ”The Tracey Ullman Show.” However, of all his accolades, the most meaningful for him is receiving The Min-on Art Award, The SGI Culture Award, The Soka Art Award and The SGI Culture Pin from his mentor in life, Dr. Daisaku Ikeda for his contribution toward the realization of lasting world peace through culture and art.

In 1992, along with dancer (and wife of 31 years) Nanci Hammond, he established The Performing Arts Center, a school that focuses on the training of young artists who dream of a career in the performing arts.  In 1994 he, again with Ms. Hammond, established, Mandalone Project now re-named Artists in Concert; a company dedicated to developing music and dance related projects in a concert style setting.

Presently working with for the International Committee of Artists for Peace (ICAP), Joe has had the distinct privilege to help create, direct and choreograph an in-school anti-bullying program called “iChoose.” To date this program, designed to empower youth by helping them become more self-aware while showing them alternative choices to violence has been implemented in schools both nationally and internationally. This program’s philosophy, based on the humanistic principles of both respect for oneself as well as others, has been attended and lauded by thousands of students as well as teachers and community leaders. Notably, students from Middle and High Schools in Hawai’i, Los Angeles, New York, New Jersey, Oslo, Norway and most recently Auckland, New Zealand have all participated to date. Joe is currently in development creating an original show based on the Buddhist ideals for peace.

He credits the success he has enjoyed to his practice of Nichiren Daishonin Buddhism, the compassionate training of many, many dedicated teachers, and the unconditional support of wonderful friends.  His wife Nanci and sons Patrick and Michael are without a doubt his greatest treasures. 

Eve Mason
Upper Division

Eve is originally from St. Louis, MO , where she graduated from Webster University with her BFA in Dance and Choreography as well as her MA in Business and Leadership. Her credits include: Disney’s Glowfest, Disney Jr.’s Choo- Choo Soul, America’s Got Talent (Season 5 and 6) , MLB’s All Star Game with Cee-Lo Green, Playboy Jazz Festival with Sheila E., Nike, Genetech, Amway Industrials, MTV MADE coach, Ringling Brothers and PDS’s Julie Andrew’s Tribute plus many more live shows. She is currently acting and dancing in Stacey Tookey’s new web series Chasing 8’s, Solevita Dance Company, Escape Artists Dance Company and assisting Liz Imperio on projects including Jennifer Lopez’s World Tour Dance Again, Princess Cruise Lines and various TV commercials such as Sheba Cat Food’s launch with Eva Longoria and L’oreal. Eve has now added a long held dream of becoming a Dance Convention Director to her resume with Velocity Dance Convention. She looks forward to enriching the education of students nationwide with Velocity.

Stephanie Morgan
Lower Division, Upper Division

Originally from Greenville, SC, Stephanie moved to Los Angeles in 2010 to be a part of the Professional Training Program at the Performing Arts Center under the directions of Nanci Hammond and Joe Malone. In this unique scholarship program Stephanie had the opportunity to mentor with many prestigious choreographers and teachers, such as Joe Malone, Michelle Elkin, Terrance Yates, Jerry Evans, Jillian Schmitz, Jackie Evans, and many others. Since living in Los Angeles Stephanie has had the pleasure of dancing in the Daniel Pearl World Music Days choreographed by Terrance Yates, on ABC Family’s “Bunheads” with Marguerite Derricks, as an assistant to Michelle Elkin in master classes at summer intensives and conventions, and in the Performing Arts Center show, Artists In Concert. 

Nancy Dobbs Owen
Upper Division

Nancy has danced both nationally and regionally with ballet and modern companies and as a ballerina and a Meg cover in the National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. Regional theater includes American Musical Theatre of San Jose, The Magic Theater, 42nd St. Moon, and Berkeley Opera. LA theatre includes appearances at Theatre of Note, The Alex Theater, The Hudson Theater, Santa Monica Playhouse and as Lucy in the Production Company’s critically acclaimed Sweeney Todd. She recently starred in the West Coast premiere of The Bridge Club at Deaf/West Theatre. Nancy has appeared in numerous independent films, several national commercials, as well as various web series and music videos.

LA choreography includes Skeleton Stories (Best Choreography Nomination, BroadwayWorld.com) and Have You Seen Alice at Theatre of NOTE, Assassins with Sight Unseen Theatre, M. Butterfly, Sweeney Todd and Working (Outstanding Choreography, Small Theater) at the Production Company, The Snow Queen at the Fremont Centre Theatre as well as additional choreography for both I’d Rather Be Right at the Hudson Theater and Dolls! at the Santa Monica Playhouse. She choreographed the music video for the Band Pie's gorgeous song Yo Se, a flash mob scene for the hot web series Squad 85 and has numerous other new media projects in the works.

She made her LA directorial debut in August 2012 directing and choreographing SkyPilot Theatre's smash hit War Bride, which received rave reviews, an extension and 7 StageScene LA awards, including Outstanding Direction of a Play.

Nancy is a founding member of Weyward Sisters Productions, a multi media production company focused on creating beautiful, thought provoking, emotionally bare work in film, theater, music and visual/fine art. Their first film, a dance piece which she both choreographed and performs, Surrender to the Mystery, is currently on the festival circuit.
She holds a BA from UC Irvine. She completed the Teacher Artist Training Program through the Music Center in 2010 and participated in the 2011 Directors Lab West at the Pasadena Playhouse.
In addition to her classes at the Performing Arts Center, Nancy teaches at Gabriella Charter School, and runs the ballet program at Center Stage Dance LA.

A proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA and an associate member of SDC.

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Adolfo “Shabba-Doo” Quiñones
Adult Program

Adolfo “Shabba-Doo” Quiñones is an award-winning Choreographer/Director who has amassed
an impressive 30 plus years of experience in the entertainment industry. Shabba-Doo has
worked extensively in creative and executive production capacities for highly successful feature
films, television shows, major concert tours, and Broadway musical theater productions.

In the early 1970’s, Shabba-Doo, danced his way into a lucrative professional career, making his
initial mark as a founding member of the legendary street-dance troupe, The Lockers, forefathers of contemporary urban dance (Hip-Hop). After several successful years with the fabled troupe, Shabba-Doo embarked on a stand-out solo career, starring in and choreographing a string of high-profile internationally televised specials and feature films, including: Breakin’ (Cannon/MGM); Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (Cannon/Tri-Star Pictures); Lambada…Set The Night On Fire (Warner Bros.); and The Big Show (NBC).

The success of his trend-setting, box-office smashes impelled the authoritative Dance Magazine to dub Shabba-Doo “Hip Hop’s first matinee idol.” This distinguished recognition of his visionary dance talents, led to collaborative working relationships with a wide-range of superstars such as Madonna, Bette Midler, Michael Jackson, Lionel Ritchie, Bill Cosby and even ole blue eyes himself, Frank Sinatra!

Shabba-Doo’s collaboration with award winning stage director Ron Link on Stand Up Tragedy, the celebrated musical presented by the Mark Taper Forum, led the Los Angeles Theater Critics Association to bestow on him the prestigious Drama Critics Circle Award. To broaden his artistic scope, he attended the world-renowned American Film Institute as a Directing Fellow. Upon his subsequent graduation, he secured the financing, co-wrote, choreographed, and made his directorial debut with the independent feature film Rave Dancing to a Different Beat, distributed by New Line Cinema.

Shabba-Doo formed and heads Cognitive Media LLC, a California based corporation that integrates new media technologies and practices with traditional filmmaking methods to efficiently produce visually stimulating entertainment and marketing packages that will enlighten a global audience. In addition to inter-media production activities, Cognitive Media offers specialized theater art workshops, and related seminars. Shabba-Doo has recently conducted master classes and performed in Poland, in Russia for HHI-Russia, in Rome, London and Wales and will be conducting master classes in Sweden, Rome and the UK again this fall. Additionally, a Street Dance Instructor Certification Program is offered to qualified dancers. This 12 week master program certifies teachers in Lockin’ 5.0 and Waackin’.

The ever-evolving Shabba-Doo has set his sights on new horizons. He has several projects currently in development including a reality-dance competition television series and “Planet Dance,” a reality series focused on global dance. Shabba-Doo’s recent choreography projects include the Yari Film Group production "Kickin' It Old Skool," starring Jamie Kennedy, now on DVD, and a music video for rising star J McCoy. Shabba-Doo is currently writing his memoirs, Soul Dancer, which will look at the history of Hip Hop through the lens of his career.

Shabba-Doo accepts the tough challenge of multiple production roles to ensure the flow, vision, and quality his fans the world over has come to expect.

Alyssa Renard
Lower Division

Alyssa Renard started at the Performing Arts Center as a bunny, when she was 2 1/2 years old.  She then went through the Upper Division program and continued after that into the Professional Training Program.  She has danced on television shows, music videos and has danced in many venues around Los Angeles, and hopes to travel with her dancing.  She is also the assistant director of Picadilly at Wilbur Elementary.  She loves working with children and teaching with the lessons she has learned from all of her teachers at the Performing Arts Center. 

Jillian Schmitz
Upper Division, Adult Program

Jillian Schmitz has had the opportunity to work as an actress, dancer and assistant choreographer. Some of her dance credits include; Tropic Thunder, Meet Dave, Behind the Chandelier, Dancing with the Stars, Boston Legal, Ugly Betty, The Emmy's, True Blood, Bunheads, and the Mtv Movie Awards. As an assistant choreographer she has worked with One Republic, Oscar winning 'West Bank Story' and Scrubs. Other credits include: Ricky Martin, Usher, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, AT&T, ASICS, Toyota, Petco, Sony Playstation, Adidas, Nike, Dominos, Wendy's and Apple. Jillian continues to work professionally in numerous TV, film and stage projects and enjoys teaching and mentoring greatly at The Performing Arts Center, where she trained upon moving to Los Angeles in the year 2000.

Candy Sherwin
Upper Division

Candy Sherwin has been on The Performing Arts Center faculty since 2001. She brings with her a wide range of experience as an actress, dancer, teacher and choreographer. She began studying ballet at the age of nine and never stopped adding jazz and tap to the mix along the way. She performed with Ballet Des Arts as a teenager, and in various local theatrical productions. She continued to perform and teach while she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts at California State University Northridge. Candy trained with Paul Maure, Sallie Whalen, Joe Tremaine, Joe Bennett and Doug Caldwell to name just a few.

She has appeared on over 100 industrials, videos and musical theatre productions. Her choreography credits include, but are not limited to, Bye, Bye Birdie, The Music Man, Sessical the Musical, Once Upon a Mattress, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz and Fiddler on The Roof. Candy has taught ballet, jazz and Musical Theatre at California State University Northridge’s Teenage Drama Workshop every summer for over 25 years. She continues to head up it’s dance division. Candy’s desire to share her passion for dance and theatre infuses her classes with positive energy as she addresses proper technique and styling.

Lauryn Tillery
Upper Division, Adult Program

Lauryn Brittane Tillery found performing at a very young age. After receiving her theatrical degree from Ithaca College, Lauryn immediately moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams of dancing and acting. Her performance credits include "Dancing with the Stars", "1000 Ways to Die", LA Fashion Week, an AIDS Benefit with Jamie Lee Curtis, "Hairspray" at Musical Theatre West, the world premiere of "Hello! My Baby" at the Rubicon Theatre, and numerous music videos, commercials, and web series. She has also been a part of Gregg Russell's tap company, "Tap Sounds Underground," The Melinda Sullivan Dance Project, Joelle Martinec's "SoleVita Dance Company," and Sarah Reich's "Tap con Sabor." In addition to her career as a performer, she has been blessed to assist for choreographers Leslie Scott, Joelle Martinec, Ryan Lohoff, and Mark Goodman, among others. As a teacher and choreographer, Lauryn has worked and travelled throughout the states as well as the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica sharing her love of dance with kids and adults.

Gustavo Vargas
Upper Division, Adult Program

Gustavo Vargas is originally from Mexico City, Mexico. He was raised in Houston, TX. He's been dancing and Choreographing professionally for 14yrs.  He has Danced, Choreographed, and Toured for artist such as Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, MADONNA, Will Smith, Usher, Pink, Mya, Alicia Keys, Paulina Rubio, Roselyn Sanchez, Britney Spears, Enrique Iglesias, N'Sync, Jessica Simpson, and Eva Longoria to name a few.  He has also choreographed and danced on Television shows such as American Idol-Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony Finale Show, Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance-Canada, So You Think You Can Dance-USA, Bruno and Carrie Ann’s Dance Wars, Intro for America’s Best Dance Crew, True Blood, Eve, 7th Heaven, Drew Carey, Boston Public, Nikki Cox, American Music Awards, The Grammys, The Latin Grammy’s, Guys Choice Awards, American Idol, and Janet Jackson MTV-Icon.  He has worked on movies such as The Bachelor, Be Cool, Dirty Dancing II-Havana Nights, Spanglish, Master of Disguise, Along Came Polly, Jackass II, Rent, and Indiana Jones. He has also made his acting debut on the TV show "Strong Medicine".  Gustavo teaches all styles of dance. He is technically trained and is also known for his partnering skills. He travels the world giving Master classes of all styles.

Roman Vasquez
Upper Division, Adult Program

Coming from Phoenix, Arizona, Roman began his career as a hip-hop dancer. As his desire for dance grew, he received his technical training in his hometown and progressed while attending dance conventions and performing locally. Moving to Las Vegas he performed in “EFX starring David Cassidy” at the MGM Grand Hotel and became a member of the Culture Shock Hip-hop Dance Troupe along with Sky Hoffman, Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo. Now residing in Los Angeles, Roman has had the opportunity to work with artists such as Eva Longoria, Roselyn Sanchez, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Celine Dion, Anastasia, just to name a few. Other television/film and video credits include Dance with Jerry Springer, Pepsi, Sprite, EL Pollo Loco, Days of Our Lives, Rock the Reception, Bring it On 5, Indiana Jones 4, Mobbed and Alvin and the Chipmunks 3d. He has also choreographed and performed with companies such as Nike, FUBU, Adidas and Paul Mitchell.

Terri Yates – Jazz Department Co-Director
Upper Division, Adult Program

Terrance Yates training started in high school at a Performing Arts School in Louisville Kentucky. She was then awarded numerous scholarships including training with The Louisville Ballet, and a full scholarship to The University of Illinois. Opting for a career in ballet, she went on to train with the famed Dance Theater of Harlem in New York City.

Wanting to experience the world of television and the movies, she moved to Los Angeles where she was fortunate enough to work nonstop.  She danced and sang with many artists such as Janet Jackson, Prince and Debbie Gibson just to name a few. She’s written and starred in her own one-woman show!

Having been fortunate enough to be on many television shows, in the movies and even touring places such as the U.S., Japan, Brazil and such, Terrance feels the most important aspect of her career has been in her ability to give back. As a teacher for over twenty years and working as one of the Directors of the Jazz Program, she feels there’s always more to learn and will forever be a student of this wonderful art form called dance!