Shawn Vitale may have started dancing later than most professionals, but that hasn’t stopped her yet. She credits Jimmie DeFore Dance Center for her divine training and diversity. Shawn is a certified Gyrotonic® Instructor and loves working one on one with clients. Teaching at numerous dance studios and high schools all over Orange County, for the past 12 years, has given her the opportunity to refine her teaching skills.
Her versatile choreography has won countless awards and has recently been featured on My Dream Quinceanera. Together with Pam Wainer, Shawn is thrilled to bring you Orange County’s newest home for dancers 15 and older, AfterHours.
Tremaine grew up in the Pacific Northwest training extensively in a plethora of dance styles. Shortly after graduating high school he relocated to Orange County, CA to further pursue a career in entertainment. He has performed for the NBA Portland Trailblazers, Walt Disney, & Royal Caribbean Productions. He is a trained aerialist and has also performed ensemble in the musical "Hairspray" and "Mamma Mia!".
Deanna began dancing at the age of two and hasn’t stopped since. Born and raised in southern California, Deanna has been trained in a multitude of styles such as contemporary, tap and lyrical with a focus on ballet and jazz. She has been training in hip hop over the years with our very own Shawn Vitale. Deanna has had the opportunity to work under many teachers and has studied and competed for various studios such as Joan Golden, Hart Academy, Imperial Dance, Dance Incorporated and Jimmie Defore Dance Center. In her younger years, Deanna won numerous awards in dance competitions from solos to group productions throughout the L.A. and Orange County areas. As she continued in her career Deanna attended the University of California, Irvine, where she received her B.A in Dance, from the Claire Trevor School of the Arts.
Dancing has offered Deanna many opportunities such as performing in the 1994 Pro Bowl halftime activities alongside the famous guitarist, Carlos Santana, traveling to the San Francisco Bay Area to guest teach for various summer workshops, has performed in music videos, was a dancer and choreographer for Chase Models Dance Ensemble, has performed in Jimmie DeFore’s “Pulse” Annual Showcase, as well as multiple appearances in the Loose Cannons Choreography Showcases.
Deanna has been teaching since 1995 at a multitude of schools and studios all through Orange County. In 2007 Deanna started a mobile dance academy that brings dance classes to children in preschools, daycares and elementary schools all throughout L.A., Orange and County, with the goal of teaching the joy of movement, and emphasizing a respectful interaction with children and the art of dance. Deanna had the privilege of being on staff at Jimmie Defore Dance Center in Costa Mesa until July of 2016. Deanna currently dances, teaches and regularly substitutes at Dance Dance Dynamics in RSM and Southland Ballet Academy in Irvine, while also continuing to teaching and grow her mobile dance school. Deanna is overjoyed to be a part of Dance Afterhours where is will continue to share her love and passion for dance.
Originally from the midwest, Ricky has taught for numerous studios in Cincinnati, Ohio for the past 10 years, including Cincy Dance Studio and Z-Company Arts. He began dancing before he could walk, by watching and imitating Micheal Jackson videos. Mostly self-taught, Ricky is heavily influenced by freestyle movement, grooves, and musicality. In college, he was a founding member of Outlet, a hip-hop dance team that formed during the "You Got Served" era of battle crews and competitions. Over the past decade, he has developed a passion for teaching, creating, and growing as a dancer and choreographer.
Ricky and his wife recently moved to Southern California in February of 2017 to work as a graphic designer for the Orange County School of the Arts. It was a dream of his to move to the west-coast and to be inspired by the diversity, culture, and experiences that California has to offer.
He is excited to bring his passion and love of dance to Dance AfterHours, and is looking forward to sharing his moves with the world.
Janell Burgess grew up dancing in Southern California in the Ballet Pacifica Conservatory and received further education from The Jimmie DeFore Foundation for the Arts, The Edge Performing Arts Center, and was also a scholarship student of Joe Tremaine and Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. Training extensively in all forms of dance, Janell is also an accomplished Latin Dancer and Aerial Artist of which she won the Paragon International Doubles Championship Title in 2014 for her performance and choreography. She has had the pleasure of training under esteemed industry professionals including Joe Malone, Cindera Che, Hama, Michael Owens, and Christine Baltes. Janell has served on faculty at The Debbie Reynolds Dance Center in Los Angeles, CA and is currently on tour as backup dancer for the Legendary “KC & The Sunshine Band”.
Adam began his performance career in 2009, primarily in musical theatre, where he developed a passion for dance. While in high school, Adam attended the Huntington Beach Academy of the Performing Arts, where he studied musical theatre and dance. He was a member of the tap ensemble and jazz ensemble, where he trained under master teachers such as Chloe Arnold and Sarah Reich. He was in an award-winning production of Cabaret the Musical in Edinburgh, Scotland for the Fringe Festival in 2016 with the musical theatre department. In 2017, Adam was awarded one of the Top 10 Dancers of the Year through the Orange County Register for tap and jazz.
Adam studies at Orange Coast College, where he majors in dance. He teaches at Hudson Dance Academy, winning multiple awards for choreography and performance. He works at Disneyland, where he dances in a variety of shows and parades at the resort. He is so excited and honored to be a part of the AfterHours family and is looking forward to sharing his passion with those around him.
Daniel Díaz has been dancing since the age of 17. He started his dance education at Southwestern College in San Diego, and then continued his education at Academy of Performing Arts. Daniel began his training as a dancer in Jazz, Modern, and Ballroom Dance. In 2012, Daniel left San Diego and moved to Orange County to pursue a career in Dance. Daniel has booked jobs as a Dancer at the Disneyland Resort and Knotts’ Berry Farm, As well as touring for the 2014/2015 National Tour of Sesame Street Live. in 2016, Daniel won the Grand Prize for “Most Original Choreography” at the San Diego Young Choreographers Showcase. Since his win, Daniel has choreographed pieces for various High Schools and Colleges both in OC and SD. In 2017, Daniel got the opportunity to present an evening-length show in San Diego for the Live Arts Fest, titled “Heart-Driven.” Currently, Daniel is dancing for Akomi Dance, Teaches Dance for K-5 students in the Santa Ana Unified School District, and is working on his very own Dance Company, Daniel Díaz Dance.
Jennifer Golphenee grew up dancing in Northern California at a competition based studio in Concord, CA. At the age of 9, she performed in the opening number at the Best New Talent Award Show at the Kodak Theatre. Then, in 2015 she placed 6th in the nation for tap at the International Dance Organization. She now carries on her career as a professional dancer at the Disneyland Resort.
Erika began her teaching career in the summer of 1994. She was hired by the United Spirit Association (USA) to teach summer dance camps throughout the United States. During this process is how she discovered her love of choreography. Other aspects of the job included adjudication within the competition circuit and many big events like USA Nationals. Erika received “Rookie Of The Year” and was promoted to the Jazz Dance Program (indoor) directed by the one and only Andy Vaca.
When she wasn’t traveling, you could catch her sitting court side or entertaining the crowd during time-outs at the LA Sports Arena. She landed her very first audition and became a member of the LA Clippers Pro Dance Team at the young age of 18.
In 1997 Erika was awarded a scholarship from Jimmie DeFore Dance Center in Costa Mesa. In addition to Jose Silva’s assistant (demo) she was fortunate to have trained with: Christine Baltes, Micheal Van Patten, Tim Stevenson, Cindy Peca, Tiffany Billings, LeAnn Alduenda, Raul Cruz, Kyle B. Cunningham, Rebecca Gorostiza, Sara Meli, Tanya Durbin and last but definitely not least….. Gloria DeFore. Soon after her training, she was offered a position on staff and remained until the studio’s unfortunate close in 2016.
In 2000, she accepted a contract to work for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line which had her traveling to New York, Bermuda and all over the Caribbean. Upon her return, Erika choreographed and was featured in several videos for some new and upcoming artists. Shortly after that, she decided to focus on building her teaching career. Former employers include: Kyne Dance Academy in Laguna Beach (2001-2018), Santa Fe Springs Dance Center in Downey (2009-2017), Canyon H.S. Comp Dance Team (1994-2000).
Currently, Erika teaches at JDI Dance Company in Canyon Lake (since 2018), Kyne Dance Academy in Laguna Beach (since 2001) and Capistrano Academy Of Dance (since 2007). She is versatile and is qualified to teach most genres: Hip Hop, Jazz, Heels, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theater, Jazz-Funk, Jazz Technique and Competitive Dance. For years Erika has coached a countless number of teams/solos while earning her share of Choreography Awards, Top Overall Awards and National Titles. She has inspired and developed dancers as young as 4 yrs old….. all the way through High School, college and specializes in Adult Classes.
Erika is also very busy choreographing for schools such as LBHS, CHS and San Juan Hills. She is an active performer/choreographer in OC and LA county. In 2009 she co-created DULCE ENTERTAINMENT….. In addition to making regular “guest appearances” at Showcases like LOOSE CANNONS which is also host to URBAN BLUSH and MILLENNIUM OC choreographers, Erika is creative director for DULCE: costumes, music, choreography, show theme, MC, singer’s staging/choreo, scheduling and of course budget.
She’s a busy girl, but wouldn’t have it any other way!