Meet Our Instructors

Marcus Jackson

Originally from Washington, DC, Marcus Jackson has travelled the world performing for audiences exhibiting a full spectrum of dance skills. He is a graduate from the Duke Ellington School of Performing Arts in Washington, DC and has also earned a BFA in Dance/Choreography and Technical Theatre from California Institute of the Arts. Marcus has danced in shows by Debbie Allen, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Pasadena Dance Theatre, Lula Washington Dance Theater, and Dance Institute of Washington. He has also worked with Royal Caribbean Productions, Disney Cruise Line, and the Disneyland Resort. He loves to share his talents with the world and inspire all  audiences to take part in the arts.

 

Abigail DiGrazia

Abigail began her dance training at the age of 4 at Backstage Dance Academy in Turlock, CA. At the age of 6 she started her journey with Center for Urban Performance and Service (CUPS) where she trained for 16 years in all disciplines including ballet, tambourines, flags, jazz, hip hop, tumbling and aerial. Throughout her childhood she attended numerous workshops to enhance her training including the CCSDC at Julien School of Dance (3 years) and the Word in Motion Dance Festival (4 years) where she trained under professional guest artists. She also attended Modesto Junior College with instructors including Coleen Patterson, Lori Byhrni, Kim T. Davis, and Philip Flickinger (from Sacramento State) gave her a new found passion for her love of Modern dance. Abigail then decided to transfer to California State University of Fullerton where she could then continue her passion for Modern dance, studying different style of Modern dance such as: Horton, Graham-based, and Limon-based. During her time at CSUF Abigail has trained under faculty such as: Alvin Rangel-Alvarado, Debra Noble, Lisa Long-Dravasovich, Gladys Kares, Courtney Osevek, and Muriel Joyce. At CSUF Abigail has had many opportunities to work with many guest artist such as: Nancy Colahan, Joshua Romero, and Leslie Scott. She has had the privilege of performing at the American College Dance Association Festival, with Modesto Junior College and CSU Fullerton.  Abigail graduated from CSU Fullerton with a degree in Dance and now resides in Los Angeles, California where she has taught dance at a school in South Central LA and many other studios in Orange County.

Jesse Ocampo

Jesse Ocampo is a Bay Area native who has been training as well as choreographing in various styles of dance competitively, professionally, and on a collegiate level for thirteen years. Jesse started her training at Hawkins School of Performing arts in Folsom, CA, competing with the company’s mini hip hop team “XS Energy” at the age of 7. From there, Jesse’s love for dance grew as she expanded her training to ballet, tap, lyrical, contemporary, urban community styles, modern, musical theatre, and pom throughout various studios in the Bay Area. She has been a member of national award-winning teams as well as earning national solo titles and scholarships. She has worked as a mentor and a teacher to dancers from the age of 2 all the way to 18. She has taught at various studios and produced workshops. She’s currently a dancer and Artistic Coordinator for the PAC Modern dance team while being a full-time student at California State University Long Beach. Jesse is passionate about bringing human connection back into the technological age through the arts and hopes to someday share this dream by creating her own non-profit organization that introduces the opportunity of the arts to youth living in impoverished regions around the world.

Brianna Barron

Brianna is a teaching artist from Ontario, California. She had a passion for the arts at a young age, playing classical music, taking acting classes, cheer and dance. Her love of teaching was sparked by an opportunity to become an assistant in her dance program as a teen. Brianna continued teaching while in college while she also performed and competed on her school’s song/dance team. In 2012 she received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Loyola Marymount University before pursuing a mat Pilates Certification at BASI Pilates in 2016. Most recently, she completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training and is registered with Yoga Alliance. Over the past 15 years, she has worked with students ages 2 to 18 in various settings such as private studios, non-profit organizations, public & charter schools, and Mount Saint Mary’s University. As RKDC’s Education Director, she produces RKDC youth dance workshops, the bi-annual Kids Shows, and manages all aspects of programming. She is grateful for the opportunity to inspire and support students young and older.

RKDC is grateful for the generous support of the following organizations and businesses

Our Locations

California
18080 Crenshaw Blvd, #6122
Torrance, California 90504
Tel: 310-292-7024

Kansas
9350 E. Corporate Hills Drive, #782491
Wichita, Kansas 67278
Tel: 316-290-9284

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