FACULTY & GUEST TEACHERS

The Rage Complex is committed to providing the best training in an empowering environment. The Faculty is at The Rage Complex is diverse, distinguished, and experienced to ensure that the students are getting the very best across the board.

Veda Burton | Founder & CEO

 

Veda Burton, CEO of The Rage Performing Arts Complex; Director of the World-Renowned Rage Crew and Company and Hollywood Launch Academy, has been in the dance industry for over 45 years.  Her talented dancers have been seen many times on So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Got Talent, The Tonight Show, The View, The Ellen Show, The Today Show, Maury Povich and Mad TV.  Her crews have taken the title of "Junior World Campions" at Hip Hop International, competing against 52 Countries and won the Industry Dance Awards "National Top Hip Hop Crew" for two consecutive years.  She is consistently sought out as one of THE Foremost Industry Experts in the Country.

Tiffany Rojas | Dance Director

Tiffany Rojas has been at The Rage Complex for 20 years. It’s not surprising that she is one of the top choreographers and performance coaches for today’s young talent.  She herself was SAG and AFTRA by the age of 8, performing and competing on such shows as Star Search, The Academy Awards, numerous national commercials, television shows and feature films.  She was the host of the Kids Songs television show, and worked for Disney for 4 years filming their Sing-A-Long series.  She also began competing in dance competitions at the age of 3, and holds numerous National titles.  Then at the ripe old age of 14, she was signed by MCA Records as a member of the group Girlz Society!  

 

Growing up with her family business being a performing arts complex, it isn’t much of a stretch to learn that she began choreographing at the early age of 12.  She has trained with the top triple threat coaches and instructors in ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, lyrical, vocals and acting.  Incorporating all of this elite training with an innate quality that is all her own, she has a unique and nationally recognized ability to choreograph and coach today’s young stars, including well known superstars Ross Lynch from Austin & Ally and R5, Mitchell Musso from Hannah Montana and Corbin Bleu from High School Musical; Nick Cannon’s Nickelodeon Project School Girlz, Sony/Nickelodeon Artist Cymphonique (Master P.’s daughter), Universal recording artists The Stunners from the Justin Bieber tour, and choreographed the video and performance of Colton B who was recently awarded BET’s MVP All Star Artist of the Year.

 

Her choreography has won National choreography awards at dance competitions, and her clients have won titles such as Jr. World Hip Hop Champions and NBC America’s Most Talented Kid, and been seen on shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, America Got Talent, Star Search, The View, The Maury Povich Show, and The Ellen Show.

 

Tiffany brings out the best in each artist she choreographs for, with over 10 years of success in choreography, and almost 20 in the entertainment industry, talented young artists seek out her special blend of choreography and performance coaching to help make their dreams come true.

Brittany Burton | Vocal Mentor

Brittany is one of our most requested and loved vocal and songwriting master class coaches for the last 10 years. She has recently worked with Laura Marano from Austin and Ally, Kevin McHale from Glee, Benny Cassette signed to Warner Brothers and Good Music, Simon Cowells label Syco, The Stereotypes who produced 24k Magic and many other artists and producers. She signed her publishing deal this year and is negotiating multiple major label offers for her solo artist project!

Colton B | Hip Hop & Breakdancing

Colton B is an accomplished dancer and  R & B solo artist. Winner of BET 106 ‘N Park’s Wild Out Wednesday All Star Artist of the Year, Colton has toured with Bow Wow, Mindless Behavior, The Rangers, The Rejects, Cali Swag, and many, many more!  Colton B also performed with Mary J. Blige on the Halo Awards, with Kevin Hart on the BET Awards, with Cee Lo Green, Bruno Mars and Far East Movement for Macys Passport. A veteran entertainer, Colton started his career at the young age of four!  He performed with Jennifer Lopez in AMA’s, Outkast on the Grammys; Missy Elliot on the AMA’s, in her Work It Music Video and with her at MTV Spring Break. He appeared with Missy Elliot on Mad TV and the Tonight Show, and with Lil Romeo and Master P at the Teen Nick Concert!  He went on to film numerous videos with artists such as Jay Z, Kanye West, Jennifer Lopez, and more, including an appearance with Will Smith at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards! One of his big dreams came true when he was chosen by Prince to play him at a young age in his Musicology video, an unforgettable experience.  

Cotlon won NBC’s Most Talented Kid In America in his age division which prompted guest appearances on shows such as The Maury Show, the Today Show and The Ellen Show.   After winning the title of Jr. World Hip Hop Champion he went on to appear on The Maury Show again and also The View. He then went on to the finals in Las Vegas at America’s Got Talent!

This busy entertainer was also busy building his impressive resume working in television, film and commercials.  To his credit he has worked on numerous Disney and Nicklodeon shows, BET Awards and three times on So You Think You Can Dance! and several national commercials.  He was also featured twice on BET’s 106 N Park Wild Out Wednesday and voted winner of the Coca Cola sponsorship with BET for best Indie Artist and went on to win the BET Wild Out Wednesday MVP All Star Artist of the Year!   

The world knew Colton as Lil’ C for most of his life, but as he grew older, from being interviewed by the likes of Barbara Walters, performing with the top industry icons, and for literally millions of people, nothing about his career has been little.   

He has his own album What you Got. Colton now divides up his time between writing and recording, getting ready to tour, teaching dance at The Rage Entertainment Complex, and lending his talents to many worthwhile causes in support of issues close to his heart including raising money to help underprivileged kids.  As a former foster child himself, he performs and speaks regularly at various charity events having to do with the causes of foster kids and adoption.

Dallin McKinney I Piano

Dallin McKinney began playing the piano when he was 12 years old, and since then has taught others how to improvise, compose, songwrite, and make covers of their favorite songs. He then began teaching voice lessons as well after being trained by Debra Bonner for American Idol and later by Seth Riggs, the vocal coach of Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, and most of the greatest singers of all time. Dallin also teaches his students how to learn by ear, and be self-sufficient so that they can teach others.

Eshe Gibbs | Lyrical, Jazz, Stretch, & Turns

Eshe Gibbs is a professional dancer and has performed live on So You Think You Can Dance, Cymphonique Miller, Bow Wow, World of Dance LA, City Walk and can be seen in the movie Santa Claus 3. She is currently signed with top dance agencies and is recently known throughout the Los Angeles County for choreographing 1st place National Title winning routines.

 

Eshe has been technically trained in Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Lyrical and keep busy by taking class, teaching, auditioning, & sharing their love for dance with others.

Jamie Donovan I Ballet & Lyrical

Jamie Donovan is an L.A. based dance teacher and choreographer. A native of Southern California, Jamie found a home as a young dancer between the nationally acclaimed competition studios of Orange County and the world famous training ground of Los Angeles. After years of success in both the competitive world and commercial industry, she set out to broaden her dance education at Chapman University on full scholarship. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degrees Dance and PR, Jamie chose to further her professional dance career under representation at Bloc Talent Agency. Since her time at Bloc, Jamie has been given the opportunity to use her talent on a wide range of projects. Her collection of professional credits includes dance work for: Selena Gomez (SNL),  the GRAMMY's with James Corden (Mandy Moore), Robin Thicke (Rich + Tone), Years and Years (Ryan Heffington), Massive Attack (Hiro Murai), BANKS (Nina McNeely), Rhye (Lisa Eaton), Major Lazer (Eric Wareheim), Toyota (Vincent Paterson), and Nike (Bryan Anthony). Jamie has also spent time in L.A.'s underground sector of dance as a member of Denna Thomsen and Zak Ryan Schlegel's contemporary dance company, AXIOM Dance Theatre, as well as Tracy Phillips and Dominic Carbone's burlesque shows, Harlow and Blind Tiger. As of late, Jamie has embraced work as an assistant choreographer to Bloc's own Denna Thomsen (Lululemon Athletica) and Nina McNeely (PVRIS). 

Jon Silva | Acro & Tumbling

Jonathan Silva is a professional dancer from Los Angeles, California! Jon has an extensive background in cheerleading and Acro and has a particular talent for teaching kids by encouraging them to push themselves while teaching them correct posture and body placement.  Jon is also an amazing performer and has worked with such artists as Beyoncé, the Jonas Brothers, Avril Lavigne, Macy Grey, Kylie Minogue, and RuPaul.

 

He one day hopes to branch into choreography, music, and creative directing.

Jonathan George I Guest Vocal Perfomance Mentor

Jonathan George, C.E.O. of JG Entertainment, has been creating rock stars in the entertainment world for over 20 years. His success comes from his unmatched ability to identify the talents, gifts, and abilities in people and his ability to cultivate those into greatness. Jonathan is a regular master class teacher in our Hollywood Launch program.

Karly Regueiferos | Ballet & Contemporary

Karly started dancing at the age of 5 at Dancetown, in Miami and at the age of 13, Karly quickly became familiar with success when her dance team “The Untouchables” made 6th overall in America’s Got Talent, season 7.   A few months later she was flown to Beijing, China to represent the USA on CCTV.   Karly’s dedication to her craft was evident as she studied Ballet at the New World School of the Arts (High School), where she danced for 6 hours per day studying Modern and Ballet, and ended her day at Dancetown where she rehearsed until 10PM.  During her last year competing for Dancetown, her studio received the Studio of the Year at the Dance Awards which was an amazing way to end her competition years.   Upon graduation from High School, Karly relocated to Los Angeles where she has found her love of teaching and inspiring children, as she pursues her dreams of becoming an actress.

Keonna Evans | Vocal and Acting Coach

“Acting and singing are powerful. You can inspire people and make them feel something new. I like to push boundaries and push my students to reach their full potential. It’s all about the journey!” Keonna Evans says.

 

Keonna’s artistry has caught the attention of many people including sponsors, labels, even American Idol Judge Steven Tyler– “This girl is destined to make people remember her name”– where she auditioned and landed in the Top 80 on Season 10 of American Idol. Her vocal ability is undeniable, especially when she commands ballads, and showcases her vulnerability and range. She sang backup for many artists including Wayne Brady and Broadway superstar, Tracie Thoms. Keonna's debut single, "Love Somebody” is a thrashing pop anthem ripe with sweeping hooks, blistering vocal runs and the type of pulsating baseline that DJs, and listeners in their car, will dial up to the max. This Sony Music collaboration is the perfect introduction and incredible tease to what’s in-store for Keonna’s debut.

 

She has toured all throughout California, Arizona, Texas, Washington and even as far as Central America on International Schools Tours.

 

Keonna has also appeared and worked on various different commercials and shows ranging from Nike and Gatorade all the way to working on set with Ariana Grande and Victoria Justice on Nickelodeon! She is no stranger to this acting game! This SAG/AFTRA member obtained a collegiate level of acting training, improv and scene study being her specialty and has trained with various acting coaches around Los Angeles including Graham Shiels.

Lindsey Fletcher | Ballet & Pointe

California native, Lindsey Fletcher began her dance education at a young age. With a primary focus on classical ballet, she trained under scholarship at several of the nations most renowned schools including Ballet/Met Columbus, Texas Ballet Theater, and American Ballet Theater. Upon graduating high school, Lindsey transitioned into several new areas of dance while being represented by Bloc Talent Agency in Los Angeles. Since then she's continued to gain experience across the board in the dance industry from working with Disney to dancing with LA Contemporary based company "Solevita" and even performed with the band Paramore. Most recently she has been in New York performing at Radio City Music Hall in their famous "Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes" and their newest show the "New York Spectacular', directed and choreographed by Mia Michaels. 

Melinda Markulis | Ballet, Jazz, & Hip Hop

Melinda Markulis was born in Honolulu Hawaii, raised in Buffalo New York where she began her dance training in a multi style competition company and simultaneously began training in Toronto CANADA with Geoffrey Chapman Modeling & Talent Agency doing Bridal Print and Runway and continued her career in New York.  Melinda was 1 of 2 females picked from over 2000 candidates who won an acting scholarship that brought her to the West Coast.  In Los Angeles, Melinda has danced for Tiffany and Co, Eva Universe, American Crime Story: The Murder of Gianni Versace, Rolling Stones, Mila Jam, and MTV. Melinda has also hosted on NBC’s Whacked Out Sports and a variety of acting roles including New York Film Academy short films, Physic Court, Vanity Fair and Baywatch the movie.   

 

Melinda’s has a passion for the performing arts and enjoys inspiring young students to pursue their passion for dance and acting.  Melinda currently teaches dance in Hollywood Launch’s Triple Threat program, as well as tumbling, Hip Hop, Ballet and Tap with young students at the Rage Entertainment Complex.

Rhyan SchwartzI Acting Coach

Hollywood Launch welcomes Rhyan Schwartz! Rhyan is an LA-native actor, writer, director, producer, and stand up comedian. His acting credits include co-star and guest star roles on ABC, FOX, TNT, IFC, and MTV, as well as national commercials for McDonald's, Geico, Lay's, Arby's, Kia, and AT&T. He just completed a TV pilot he wrote & directed called Artista Obscura -- starring name actors, children, and trained animals (including Bill Purray the cat!) Rhyan's experience teaching kids extends through theatre, piano lessons, K-12 science, and private coaching. He's thrilled to join the Hollywood Launch community, and we're certainly happy to have him!

Guest Teacher: Carly Blaney | Ballet, Jazz, & Tap

As a professional dancer with Bloc Talent Agency in Los Angeles, Carly was a finalist on the hit FOX television show "So You Think You Can Dance." After finishing in the top 12, she then continued on to tour 77 cities across the United States and Canada. Since moving to Los Angeles, Carly has been able to pursue her dream as a professional dancer. Recently she performed at the Grammy Awards with James Corden. She also has appeared in various music videos and just completed a dance role in a 2018 feature film.  Recently she choreographed and danced in a video for SunPop Record Company, promoting one of their artists. 

 

Carly has worked with some of the top choreographers in Hollywood and has also been a master teacher and choreographer at various studios in the US.  She has also been the director of the “Sidekick” program at Break The Floor's 24/7 Dance Convention for the past 2 years teaching the little dancers who ranged from ages 5-7! Carly has a huge passion for teaching the younger generation, especially when they are just starting out.

Guest Teacher: Zoi Taopoulos | Contemporary

Zoi Tatopoulos started dancing at the age of 3 in LA. She was part of a competitive dance team, and competed for many years. As soon as she reached her teen years, she left LA and moved to Athens, Greece. She took part in the competitive dance series "So You Think You Can Dance, " placing 3rd. As soon as the show had ended, many doors had opened for opportunities working as a dancer/choreographer. Ultimately she then her passion as a full-time choreographer. At the age of 23 she started her very own dance company "Knockturnallheads "featuring 11 professional dancers of Greece. The dance company was given the opportunity to perform the show at the well-respected theater of Kakogiannis, in Athens, Greece. Since then, she has worked as a choreographer for music celebrities in Greece, including Anna Vissi, choreographing music videos, and theatrical performances.  In 2013, Zoi was hired as the main choreographer of the well-known musical "Daimones." She has traveled around Greece, teaching seminars and workshops, introducing the foreign  "american jazz technique." Zoi previously taught and choreographed at Adage Dance Center and Studio 13. She adores working with young talents, and will continue doing so for a while. In the meantime, Zoi plans to put together dance video projects and special performances. 

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