Kimera founded, owned, taught and directed The Dance Program from 2000-2016. She moved to the desert from Seattle WA with her husband Clint and son Connor in 1999, to retire. She found a need for a professional school in Cathedral City. From humble beginnings with Cathedral Citys Park & Rec and their support for 16 years, The Dance Program grew into a reputable school of dance education.
Kimera's background and foundation with her own mom and teacher is what she is most proud of. She also studied and danced with Pacific Northwest ballet, Chamber Ballet Co., Jim Kolb, Deborah Hadley Flemming Halby, and coached by Janet Reed. Judge for Dance Masters of America, and master teacher with various summer intensives and dance conventions in WA and CA. Owner/director of dance schools in Port Townsend WA and Mill Creek WA. Part of the dance staff of Washington Academy of Performing Arts in Redmond WA (professional performing arts high school). Also tarted successful dance programs in Edmonds and Mill creek Parks & Rec in WA.
Being a teacher has been her first love for 40 years.. As a teacher she is proud of the accomplishments of all dancers, current, alumni and past students. Many with professional dance careers, as dancers, teachers and choreographers. Including her own little sister Erin who was 3 when she first started teaching, now a studio owner and teacher in Port Townsend, WA. Former student Ivan Koumouv, from Mill Creek WA, one of the top 10 winners for "SYTYCD". Martha Krabill, dance teacher and director in a dance school in New York City. Ashley Handel, dancing professionally in New York in a Modern Co. and Tom Dickerson dance professionally in Seattle WA.. to name a few.
"All students have touched my life, through the studio setting with years of classes together. So many beautiful dancers and most important beautiful people. The positive benefits of dance training last a lifetime, whether dancers dance professionally or not, with lifetime memories and friendships" Kimera
Jada Mclean ~ Camp Teacher... Bio coming soon
Mark Dan Pablico -Intermediate and Advanced Hip Hop
Mark Dan Pablico is a Former Artistic Director of Project M, Funkanometry SF's professional all-male dance company. He is a Bay Area dancer and choreographer who loves to share his creative style with the rest of the community. His dance career started as a founder and director of a local San Francisco dance team called Aftaskoo in 2005. He then joined SF State's dance team F.U.S.I.O.N. and contributed to their youth competitive dance team Junior Fusion. In 2007, Mark started to expand his knowledge of dance and choreography when he became an artistic director at Wilson's Dance Studio in Pittsburg and joined Project M. He was exposed to new styles of choreography and this allowed his creativity to expand.He also did foreign music videos and Amtrak Commercial. Mark has also been a contributing choreographer for Funkanometry SF and Groove Against the Machine and taught at Boogiezone in Southern California.Since then, He travelled and worked with different choreographers around the world. He is recently working as a Hip Hop Choreographer for Xavier Dance Team and Dance Dimensions Home of Hartin Dance Company in Palm Desert CA and The Dance Program.
Current owners at The Dance Program LLC are Crystina Justice & Lisa Graf
Beka Salas- Tumbling, Ballet/Tumbling for 6/8 Combo and Creative Movement
Beka was trained in competitive gymnastics for 7 years. Due to an injury, she had to quit gymnastics but went on to do color guard with Cathedral City High School her freshman and sophomore years. At age 16 she went on to do competitive cheer at Action All Star Cheer for about 5 years. She graduated from Palm Springs High School in 2008. Beka also was in theatre in high school as well as with a musical theatre group called The MrJ Band for 5 years, where she was one of the female leads. She also was on an episode of Supergirl. She trained at The Dance Program for about a year after high school where she took jazz. She also took jazz and modern at College of the Desert, where she is currently attending. She currently is training in modern, hip hop, ballet, lyrical, jazz, swing, and tap at The Dance Program. Beka is in her third year of teaching at The Dance Program..
Erin O'meara~ Int/Adv Tap & Int/ Adv Jazz
Born and raised in Washington state I started dancing in the womb, as I grew up in a family that owned a dance studio. Growing up I studied ballet, jazz & tap from my mother, Joan and my sister Kim. I took classes at PNB (Pacific Northwest ballet). I was accepted into their summer intensives many years. I also studied ballet at WAPA (Washington Academy of Performing Arts). I started teaching at the age of 17 and fell in love with it around the age of 23 when I found my style of teaching. I started a dance company in my mid 20's to give them more experience than our little town could offer. I took them to conventions several times a year and eventually took a leap into competition for the extra critiquing from other professional dancers. Since competition was new to me, I decided I would compete so I would know what it was like for my students. I ended up placing 1st at regionals and nationals at a professional level. Since I have started teaching I have taught at a number of studios and camps in WA and CA. I have also coached cheerleading and gymnastics.
I still run the O'meara Performing Arts Academy in Washington but I am loving the warm weather and sun in the desert. I am so glad my fiance and I decided to move here! I love teaching dance to all ages and giving them something that will go on for the rest of their lives. Dancing and teaching is a very special thing to me and being able to pass on the love and discipline of dance is amazing!
Alysa has been a part of The Dance Program for 13 years. She began her training in dance under Kimera Lewis and Ron Brown. She trained in the styles of ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, lyrical, modern and contemporary. Through out her years she has been in various musical theatre productions and has worked with the Green Room Theatre company.She has also been a part of a show choir called Applause. Alysa attend Palm Springs High School, she graduated in 2016.She was very involved in school with being ASB (associated student body) as secretary and on the dance team. Her senior year she ran the dance team as captain. With all her involvement she still managed to continue her dance training at The Dance Program. She was in the Senior Company of Desert Dance Company for 4 years.. She is now attending College of the Desert and working hard to get her degree in communications. Alyssa passion will always be dance and she is excited to have an opportunity to share her passion through teaching.
Ronald Brown - Modern
Ronald Brown began training in classical ballet and the modern disciplines of Lester Horton, Martha Graham and West African Dance. His professional credits include performing the renown Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Alvin Ailey II, and Jazz Antigua to name a few. He has served on such distinguished dance faculties at UCLA Department of World Arts & Cultures, California State University Long Beach, Santa Monica College, Chaffey College, Idyllwild Arts Academy and the Lula Washington Dance Theatre.
Internationally, he has conducted workshops in Japan, Italy, Taiwan, Spain, Mexico and Brazil where resided for two years in Manaus-Amazons, Brazil as instructor and choreographer sponsored by the Secretaria de Estado da Cultura e Tourismo. Ronald has been a returning guest instructor, choreographer and adjudicator for the internationally renowned Seminario Internancional de Danca de Brasilia. He was the recipient of the Certificate of Appreciation Award from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs and The Lula Washington Dance Theatre and was awarded the 2010 Lester Horton Award for excellence in Teaching. Ronald’s choreography “Esmeralda” was selected among the Finalist Placement Awards at the McCallum Theatres 17
Th Annual Choreography Festival. He is currently teaching at the Cathedral City Dance Program Center for Dance Education.
Currently directing, choreographing and teaching at The Dance Program Center for Dance Education" in the Palm Springs area of California. Anthony Michael Vega started with humble beginnings at The Dance Program of his local parks and recreation. Soon after discovering his passion for dance and choreography, he found himself in a rigorous training program there and under the mentorship of Kimera Lewis and Ronald Brown of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. With a strong ballet and modern foundation, he began to develop his own contemporary style as well as his own class with the inspiration from the many teachers who influenced hi. He continued training in Los Angeles and Orange County from studios such as The EDGE performing arts center and Anaheim Ballet and more in all styles of dance. After gaining experience on stage, in film, and in competition, he began a teachers training program in which he developed his teaching and choreographic skills. He was a principal dancer in the Desert Dance Company in Cathedral City and became a lead choreographer for the company soon after. Anthony has also trained and competed with the Hip Hop crew Animazing and won awards for his choreography and is part of the Academy of Villians. His philosophy is that every dancer has a unique dance style within them and developing that style is just as important as the technical training learned to develop it.
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