HANNAH CURRY • Hannah has been training all styles of dance with a focus on ballet, tap and hip hop since the age of three. Hannah grew up dancing at Dance Creations in Simi Valley and competed with their award winning teams for 8 years! Her love for teaching developed from her time spent assisting many dance classes. She absolutely loves teaching tap & hip-hop! During high school, Hannah spent four years on the Simi High School Dance Team and now works as a choreographer for their team. Currently, Hannah attends California State University Northridge and is studying Speech Pathology. She is so excited to be a part of the faculty this year and cannot wait to share her passion and love for dance with the students here at Protégé!
JUSTIN DEANDA • 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. This is Justin's 1st season with Protégé and we are happy to have him join our team!
MCKENZI FAURIA • McKenzi has been dancing since she was three years old and has trained in the genres of Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, and Contemporary. She began training with Ms. Kelly at the age of seven at Gotta Dance Studio. She then continued her training with an intense focus on Ballet, Pointe, and Variations. She spent a summer at Ballet Arizona summer intensive where she was able to further her training and experience what studying with a professional ballet company. McKenzi performed a variety of roles in the Nutcracker including Dewdrop Fairy, Snow Fairy, Mechanical Doll, Russian lead, Spanish lead, Mirliton, and Arabian lead. She also performed the role of the Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, as well as Pas de Quatre and Shade variation in La Bayadere. Alongside classical dance, she was the captain of a national award winning dance team at Bishop Alemany High School, competing in the genres of Pom, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Jazz. She recently graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Kinesiology and Dance at California State University, Northridge. McKenzi is so excited to bring her creativity and passion for dance to her students at Protégé! This is McKenzi's 7th season with Protégé!
WHITNEY GRUBB • Whitney has been dancing since she was three years old, training in ballet, tap, hip-hop, jazz, musical theatre, lyrical, and modern at Camarillo Academy of Performing Arts. An alumni of California All Stars and Buena High School in Ventura, Whitney is no stranger to the spotlight. Her love of performing has led her to be a part of countless productions at Conejo Players, High Street Arts Center, and Camarillo Skyway Playhouse. At a young age, she found a passion for working with children in performing arts settings. She has choreographed for various youth programs, award winning show choirs, and community theatre productions in Ventura County. She is currently the choreographer for Chaparral Middle School and Moorpark High School’s theatre programs. This is her 2nd season with Protégé and she could not be more thrilled to pass on her love of dance with her students!!
KACEY JACOBS • Kacey is so excited to be joining the Protégé family in Season 8! Kacey was trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, heels, jazz funk, hip-hop and musical theatre by world renowned teachers Marguerite Derricks, Type Diorio, Lisa Eaton, Amy Morgan, Patrick Franz and many more. She has performed all over the world including at Tokyo Disneyland in shows like "Mickey's Magical Music World" and "One Man's Dream II." Kacey has performed in parades at Disneyland, Club Jete, Choreographer's Carnival and for Norwegian Cruise Line. Her TV & film credits include ABC TV's Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration Special, BIRDS and The Spirit Squad. Kacey has attended summer intensives at Joffrey Ballet and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Kacey is looking forward to a wonderful season with her students at Protégé Performing Arts!
JESSICA JAUCH • Jessica is thrilled to be starting her eighth year on faculty with Protégé and is excited to bring her love of dance to young hearts. Jessica started dancing at the age of 3. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Dance from California State University Long Beach in 2011. She was on Long Beach States dance team where her team placed 2nd in the Nation at the UDA National College Competition in Florida in 2010. After college she was a Dance Instructor with Webby Dance Company till 2013 where she shared her passion of dance in preschools and elementary schools. She has performed with Pacific Festival Ballet in their annual Nutcracker, Noah's Ark, Sea Princess, Heaven and Hell...the Journey, Bambi, Mary Poppins, The Secret Garden, and Peter Pan. Jessica spent her summer of 2005 at ABT Texas and 2004 at State Street Ballet. Jessica is a founding teacher here at Protégé in her 9th season teaching at the studio!
ELIZABETH HIGHWAY • Bio coming soon!
CHRYS RYAN JOHNSON • Chrys has been working in the music business for over a decade! As a singer, his voice has been featured in two of the “High School Musical” films, the 2007 “Hairspray” soundtrack, and various episodes of the television show “Glee.” He has performed background vocals for artists such as Carole King, Pink, Alicia Keys, Childish Gambino, Sam Smith and many others. Playing piano for over 10 years as well, he has the ability to play most songs by ear and has tons of experience in playing keyboards with different artists and bands. Chrys also has a strong background in musical theater! Performing as both an actor as well as a member of the orchestra for many shows. Some of his favorite productions include Rent and Spring Awakening! Chrys enjoys studying music theory, and is so excited to be sharing his knowledge with the students and families here at Protege Performing Arts. This is Chrys's 3rd season at Protégé and we are so happy to have him in our studio family!
RAYNA REBROVIC • Rayna is so excited to join the Protégé family! Rayna was trained in modern, ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and ballroom at Palm Beach Atlantic University after spending countless years training at her local studio and high school dance team! Rayna graduated with her Bachelors in Performing Arts for Dance and performed at Disney's Vero Beach Resort just before moving to Los Angeles to begin her dance career! She continues to train with the best in the business and has been actively working in the entertainment industry for the last 15 years. Rayna loves teaching the next generation of dancers and has been teaching for the past 10 years. She is excited to be starting her 1st season here at Protègè!
LORETTA RICHERT • Loretta is a teacher, dancer, and artist. She began her studies at Dance Unlimited in Simi Valley where she competed in their award-winning jazz and hip-hop companies. Loretta then earned her degree in Dance and Photography from Loyola Marymount University in 2011. Shortly after graduating, she became fully certified in Bikram Yoga. Over the past seven years, Loretta has enjoyed working as a choreographer for dance studios, show choirs, and high schools as well as choreographing "first dances" for weddings. You can currently find her choreographing at Thousand Oaks High School. She is very excited to bring her experience and passion to Protégé Performing Arts! Loretta is a founding teacher here at Protégé and is in her 9th season at the studio!
MADDIE WHEATLEY • Maddie started dancing at the age of 3 in Simi Valley where she trained in all styles of dance, including hip-hop, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, tap and ballet. When Maddie was a Junior in high school, she knew dance was something she wanted to pursue professionally so she moved to Orange County to train with Shannon Mather at Mather Dance Company. After training with Shannon for years, Maddie signed on with Go 2 Talent dance Agency in Los Angeles. Soon after that, Maddie booked a national tour with Sesame Street Live! She toured all around the United States and performed a countless amount of live shows for two years, bringing smiles and joy to those around her. Maddie is so excited to be part of the Protégé family and spread her love of dance and be a positive role model for her students! This will be Maddie's 3rd season at Protégé!
Our Desk Staff
EMMA REEP • Emma is a lover of dance, performing arts and musical theatre and is thrilled to be a part of the Protégé team! She first found her love of dance in musical theatre where she performed in countless productions around Ventura County. Some of her favorite roles have been here locally at the High Streets Arts Center in Moorpark and the Conejo Players Theatre in Thousand Oaks! Emma has trained in ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, hip-hop, and tap, and her favorite style is ballet & pointe! Emma loves working with children and has spent years as a camp counselor as well. You will see Emma both behind the front desk. She hopes to inspire a sense of fun and community for all dancers!