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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.

VEDA

BURTON

CEO & FOUNDER

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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 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 Kidsongs television show, and worked for Disney for 4 years filming their Sing-A-Long series. She began competing in dance competitions at the age of 3, and holds numerous National titles. She was signed by MCA Records at the age of 14 as a member of the group Girlz Society! Growing up with her family business being a performing arts complex, 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. Talented young artists seek out her special blend of choreography and performance coaching to help make their dreams come true..

TIFFANY

ROJAS

DANCE DIRECTOR

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.

Colton Burton

HIP HOP, 

BREAKDANCING

Dez Peen is a choreographer, dancer, and creative director who has toured with Childish Gambino on the This is America World Tour.

DEZ

PENN

HIP HOP

Taylor Hansen moved to Los Angeles from Rochester Hills, MI. She originally trained in a competitive venue where she danced with Radio Disney, Variety Charity, and other various Detroit venues. She then attended Western Michigan University to further her dance career, where she was a part of HipHop Connxion, Orchesis Dance Society, and Western Dance Project. While in Michigan, Taylor performed in two of Detroit’s MotorCity Movements and also appeared on FOX as a Vegas finalist for SYTYCD Season 7. 
​Taylor completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Arts at Loyola Marymount University, and is signed with Movement Talent (MTA) Agency. While she studied at LMU she was the Co-Director of Impulse Student Dance Concert, danced in IB Modern Hip Hop Company, and choreographed for Loyola Marymount Dance Theatre. She has danced her way through Hollywood as the Director of Operations for FLiRT Dancers, with whom she has performed in Carnival: Choreographer’s Ball, Dancescape, and Jete Cabaret. She has also performed with local artists, Leah McKendrick, Dario Bentiez, and NIMA. She most recently can be seen in Aquafina’s "Happy Bodies" national commercial that aired during the Golden Globes awards, and in youtube sensation, Todrick Hall’s "Straight Out of OZ" visual album. When Taylor is not performing she is teaching at multiple studios in the Los Angeles area. Her powerful choreography has won numerous awards in the competitive circuit. She is well known for constantly challenging her students to not only be strong technicians but also artists. Her quality of movement  is very daring with her innovative use of dynamics and attack within her choreography. When she is not dancing or teaching in Los Angeles, she is judging dance competitions across the country or traveling with Soul De Soul Dance Convention as their Production Manager.

TAYLOR
HANSEN

JAZZ

LYRICAL

Justin grew up in Northern California and has been immersed in the dance scene since he was 8 years old. While in the Bay Area he competed as a member of the famed Hip Hop Crews, Culture Shock and Funk Beyond Control. Since moving to Los Angeles, he has appeared regularly on Disney's "Shake It Up" and additionally on Glee, Dancing With the Stars and in the feature films Camp Rock 2, Honey 2 and Alvin and the Chipmunks. He has danced with artists such as Demi Lovato, Keke Palmer and the Jonas Brothers. He has toured all over the US, Japan, Europe & Mexico with Austin Mahone. He also has appeared on the Billboard Awards dancing with Nicki Minaj.

JUSTIN
DEANDA

TUMBLING

HIP HOP

Hillary comes to you with 25yrs experience teaching and coaching classical ballet. Certifications in Basi Pilates, Progressing Ballet Technique, and Zena Rommett Floor-barre. She prides herself on being at the forefront of new techniques while maintaining the utmost respect for the purity and history of classical ballet. For thirteen years Hillary dedicated her life to training with some of the best the dance world has to offer. Stanley Holden, Westside School of Ballet, Pasadena Dance Theatre, and Alice Ashford. At fourteen she was invited to perform, along side her partner, at the III International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MI. Immediately after Hillary auditioned for Mr. Robert Joffrey and was offered year round
scholarship in NYC. Throughout the years Hillary has cultivated a more holistic style of teaching. Treating the dancer as a whole and not just a body. Building a self confident, technically sound, and
adaptable dancer is her goal and passion.

HILLARY
BENTON

BALLET

PILATES

Krystal has been performing, choreographing, directing and teaching dance to children and adult professionals across Los Angeles for over 15 years. She is an NAACP Best Choreography Award Winner and was deemed Stage Scene LA’s “Quadruple Threat of the Year” (2012) among awards for her performance and choreographic work. Krystal has worked for MTV networks and at prestigious theaters and schools including the Santa Monica Theater Guild Mainstage, their acclaimed Y.E.S program for students, Crossroads School, and many others. Krystal is an accomplished musical theater actress and Krystal holds a Masters Degree in Education from Mt. St. Mary’s University. She is excited to bring out the best in you at The Rage

KRYSTAL

JASMIN

COMBS

MUSICAL

THEATRE

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.

KARLY REGUEIFEROS

BALLROOM

BALLET

Melissa Navarro is a Salvadoran American woman who understands that performing should always be intentional, passionate, and honest. She has appeared in a Disney Infinity Challenge commercial challenge with Cameron Boyce. Melissa has performed at various venues such as The House of Blues, The Hard Rock, and The Hollywood Bowl. She appeared on Latin X Factor in Miami as well as La Banda. Melissa starred in a film for HBO Outfest “Whittier Boulevard” as Sheila. Performing has been a vital part of her life and she loves giving back to the community. Melissa was accepted into the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. While studying she was the artistic director as well as co-founder of the Color Box Production Company which had sold out shows. Melissa recently graduated from UCLA and is dedicated to pursing her passions. Wherever she performs is her playground. 

MELISSA

NAVARRO

HOLLYWOOD

LAUNCH

Hailey Paolillo has been a professional dancer since the age of 11, appearing in TV and film. She is a world-renowned, award winning dancer. She is a member of the UCSB dance program. As a former student of The Rage she assisted Zoi Taopoulos in choreography. We are thrilled to welcome Hailey back home! 

HAILEY
PAOLILLO

ACRO/TUMBLING

TRICKS & TURNS

HIP HOP

Justin Pham is a dancer, choreographer, and creative director originating from San Diego, California. He graduated from the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance with a BFA in Dance and Minor in Cinematic Arts, where he had the opportunity to study under renowned artists and directors such as William Forsythe, Jodie Gates, and Desmond Richardson. During his time in school, he signed with Go 2 Talent Agency, performed in iLuminate’s Las Vegas show, and was featured on “So You Think You Can Dance” where he advanced to the Top 20 and performed in the Emmy award-winning number “Brand New.” While his love for dance is strong, Justin has found a true passion for choreography. In addition to setting pieces across the country, he has directed and produced multiple independent dance films and was a finalist at the 2017 McCallum Choreography Festival. Most recently, Justin was awarded as a choreographic finalist at the prestigious 2020 Capezio A.C.E. Awards where he presented a new work at The Montalbán in Hollywood. Justin is the co-founder of Artists Collaborate Together (ACT), a production company with a focus on networking, building relationships, and celebrating art. He is also a guest instructor for studios across the nation, as well as virtually on the global dance network, CLI Studios. Justin hopes to create a more cognitive and educational perspective on dance and choreography, specifically through the mediums of film and television, and works to become a multifaceted and interdisciplinary artist to innovate the dance industry for generations to come

JUSTIN
PHAM

BALLET

CONTEMPORARY

Kiley Faulkner has been dancing for 14 years and started competing when she was 6 years old. She has been teaching for 3 years and has always had a passion for teaching kids.  She trained under Ryan Lohoff, Jensen Freedman, Angela Carter, and Greg Russell. She won many awards including SDC scholarship for the year, House summer intensive full scholarship, and Velocity regional scholarship.

KILEY

FAULKNER

TAP, HIP HOP, LYRICAL

Natalli started off as a Denver competitive dancer then graduated from AMDA with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Since graduating she has worked in shows around Southern California. From playing Maureen in Rent to playing Becky two shoes in Urinetown. She’s had the privilege to work with Broadway Director Leisel Tommy while Opening Frozen Live at Disneyland California Adventure. Being able to teach what she has already learned is a highlight and will enjoy every second.

NATALLI

DORN

ACTING, VOCALS,

MUSICAL THEATRE

Originally from San Jose, CA, Chris Babcock has trained to elite levels in many styles of dance, including: Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Modern, Tap and Classical Ballet. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.F.A in Dance Performance from Chapman University. Chris performed across Europe, most notably working at the Historic National Theatre in Prague, Czech Republic. He is represented by the prestigious talent agency- McDonald-Selznick and Associates (MSA). Chris was a featured performer for the opening number for Intel's Keynote Speaker at the 2015 & 2016 International CES Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, and has performed in the opening number at the 2016 CISCO LIVE EVENT at the Mandalay Bay Arena! He made his television debut on SEASON 6 of  GLEE, as a member of Vocal Adrenaline. He recently filmed episodes for THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL and the remake of SAVED BY THE BELL. Chris created his version of a Dancing Avatar in the video game: JUST DANCE DISNEY PARTY 2 and was a featured soloist in Cirque du Soleil's production of THE BEATLE’S LOVE. Chris has appeared in STEVE WYNN'S SHOWSTOPPERS and has even been booked to perform in Mumbai, India for a high-profile private dance event. He danced in a SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE opening number, with Jimmy Fallon. He has danced alongside the infamous Rockettes in the RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Chris has completed a contract at sea as an inaugural cast member with STEP ONE DANCE COMPANY, which is a state-of-the-art guest entertainer dance company aboard Holland America Line. Chris is an award-winning and current choreographer, master class teacher and experienced adjudicator, who works passionately and consistently to educate dancers in an impressive number of elite competitive studios and high school dance teams across the United States, Canada, Greece and beyond.

CHRIS

BABCOCK

LYRICAL

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Ava J Bernstine, affectionately called Flava, native to Los Angeles, is one of the Industry’s sought after dancers. She is a well-versed dancer whose dance style is influenced by, but not limited to her hip-hop, jazz, ballet and contemporary training. Ava has toured the world with artists such as Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears. Some of her other credits include Usher, Chris Brown and Nikki Minaj and the feature film “ LaLa Land.”  Around 2010, Ava took her passion for dance and became an activist for dancers joining like minded individuals of the Dancers’ Alliance committee.  In 2012, she sat on the panel representing DA when they won the decades-long campaign for an industry-changing union music video contract through SAG-AFTRA.  She is committed to the continual growth and change of the dance industry and the education of dancers. Ava has also worked alongside Debbie Allen since 2001, assisting her in multiple projects and teaching at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy.  She is a young, energetic, and passionate dancer who, although teaches, is humbled and considers herself to still be a student of the art. She enjoys teaching and believes that it is important as a dancer to know your history, and because dance is ever evolving, know where it’s going. Her style is fun, hard-hitting and funky and often has influences from her modern and jazz training. Although feminine, she can get down just as hard as the guys. Ava's favorite quote: "Why Walk, When You Can Dance?"

AVA BERNSTINE-MITCHELL

HIP HOP

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Alexia Meyer grew up in Utah where she trained intensely in many different styles of dance. At a young age, Alexia performed in the 2002 Olympics, was Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and won the National Sr. title for New York City Dance Alliance. After attending Pace University as a Commercial Dance Major in NYC, Alexia was a contestant on Season 12 of So You Think You Can Dance and performed in the national top 10 tour. She has been featured in commercials for Samsung, Uno, SoFi, and Vlado Footwear and has performed for companies such as Nissan, DoTERRA and Nu Skin. Alexia has performed with Phoenix and Pharside’s, Academy of Villains and is currently in her 4th season as a company member with Jaci Royal’s, Royal Flux. Alexia loves to share her passion with aspiring dancers across the country by teaching, judging, and assisting for the traveling convention, New York City Dance Alliance. Alexia has found a love for sports psychology and is happy incorporating that as she continues to teach, choreograph, and pursue her professional dance career in Los Angeles.

ALEXIA

MEYER

JAZZ, CONTEMPORARY,

HIP HOP

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Bailey Holt has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She is trained in all styles including contemporary, hip hop, ballet, jazz, and even tap! She also did gymnastics throughout those years and brought those skills into her dance. She has competed since she was 5 years old, and received many award winning titles throughout the years, including 1st Place National Title at Kar Nationals her senior year here at the Rage! She also has trained with many choreographers including Tricia Miranda and Brian Friedman! She is now assisting Zoi Tatopoulos here and around the world! Bailey really enjoys teaching and seeing kids progress through her classes and private lessons. She loves sharing her huge love for dance.

BAILEY

HOLT

ACRO, HIP HOP, JAZZ

​Zoi Tatopoulos started dancing at the age of 3 in LA. She was part of a competitive dance team, and competed for many years. She left LA as a teenager and moved to Athens, Greece. She placed 3rd in "So You Think You Can Dance, " following which opened for opportunities working as a dancer/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.

ZOI

TAOPOULOS

GUEST TEACHER: CONTEMPORARY