faculty

VEDA

BURTON

CEO & FOUNDER

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 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..

DUSTY

BUTTON

BALLET DIRECTOR

 Dusty Button was born in South Carolina and began her dance training at the age of 7. At age 16, she moved to New York City to train at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre. In 2007, Button joined American Ballet Theatre's second company, ABT II, where she performed the lead role in Adam Hougland's Vanished. She completed her training with London's Royal Ballet School on scholarship, graduating with honors and was presented with the Dame Ninette de Valois bursary. While at The Royal Ballet School she performed lead roles in David Bintley's Gallantries and Natalie Weir's Unwritten at the Royal Opera House. She also performed with The Royal Ballet in Sylvia and The Sleeping Beauty. Button was awarded the bronze medal at the Youth American Grand Prix in 2006. In 2008, Button was invited to join Birmingham Royal Ballet where she performed principal roles in many ballets.She has choreographed works for Birmingham Royal Ballet and Boston Ballet's BB@home series, as well as for various companies and organizations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, New York, and London.As Button has only begun to make her mark be sure to keep your eyes open while following along with this star in her inspiring journey of success

AVA BERNSTINE-MITCHELL

HIP HOP

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?"

ALEXIA

MEYER

JAZZ, CONTEMPORARY,

HIP HOP

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.

BAILEY

HOLT

ACRO, HIP HOP, JAZZ

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.

CHRIS

BABCOCK

LYRICAL

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.

DEZ

PENN

HIP HOP

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

KARLY REGUEIFEROS

BALLET/TAP, HIP HOP,  & JAZZ

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.

KILEY

FAULKNER

TAP, HIP HOP, LYRICAL

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.

SARINA

LOWE

BALLET, JAZZ, FUNK

Sarina Lowe began her dance training at the age of three. She has been professionally trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical, and contemporary. Her primary focus is on ballet and pointe. Sarina has been trained by distinguished ballet schools including Long Beach Ballet, Ballet Austin, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Texas Ballet Theater. She was accepted to multiple preprofessional programs and also studied dance at Marymount Manhattan College. Sarina has taught multiple ballet classes and choreographed competition dances. Her experience includes ten years of competition team, ballet company member, which includes corps de ballet, soloist, and a principal. She has been a featured guest dancer for Dance Dimensions at Antelope Valley College and also appeared on Dance Moms.

ZOI

TAOPOULOS

GUEST TEACHER: 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. 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.

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