Inland Empire Dance Center | I.E. Contemporary Ballet
Our instructors are some of the most talented in the industry! It is our absolute pleasure to teach what we have learned throughout our many years of training....Please allow us to introduce ourselves.....
Jamie Azpeitia-Sachs, Artistic Director/Founder
Jamie began her training in theater, ballet, and jazz at the age of 3. Having been trained by; Rosalie & Arthur Woodson, Marie De La Palme, Evette Demarco-Swinson, Diane Amendt, Julio Padilla, Gavin Navarro ,Gina Marume, Diamond Bar Fine Arts Academy, Inland Dance Academy, Claremont Children’s Theater, Sheila Jones, Juan Uribe, and Denise Donovan, and attended Chaminade University of Honolulu to study Dance, Pilates, Physical Therapy & Kinesiology, Jamie is well trained in dance, as well as injury prevention. “Annie”, “Grease”, “Mary Poppins”, “Guys & Dolls”, “Chicago”, “Swan Lake”, “The Nutcracker”, “The Secret Garden”, “The Glory of Easter” are just a few of the productions she has appeared in. At the age of 17, she assisted choreography on 3 world tours for "Next", "Jordan Knight", & "Britney Spears". Jamie has run the Ballet Summer Intensive program for Bowen Hayes School of The Arts since 2007 where several of her students went on to dance with The Los Angeles Ballet, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, cast member of the critically acclaimed “Twist”, The Nutcracker, and child soloist for “The Glory of Christmas“. Her choreography has been requested to appear in numerous productions, including Mayor Patrick Morris’ Operation Phoenix. Jamie has taught in such areas as the Bangor Washington Navel Base, Ballet Mistress for Kristi's Forever Dancin in Riverside, City of Riverside School of the Arts Ballet Mistress, The Marume School of The Arts in Aiea Hawaii, FTP in Moreno Valley, and in The Riverside Unified School District’s Enrichment program. In addition to choreographing, and dancing, she has received numerous VIP invitations to appear at the Breast Cancer Research Foundations’ charity events, for outstanding efforts in helping to find a cure with the fundraising event “Dancing for a Cure” 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010. She was nominated in 2008 as one of San Bernardino County’s Distinguished Women of the Year, & honored by the City of Grand Terrace for her scholarship program, fundraising, and contributions to the performing arts. Jamie is a recipient of Assemblyman Mike Morrell, and the Inland Empire Magazine “Unforgettable Hearts” awards. Jamie has danced with the California Riverside Ballet, Hawaii State Ballet, Inland Dance Theater, Inland Empire Contemporary Ballet, and San Gorgonio Ballet. Most recently, Ballet Mistress, and Pilates instructor Kathryn Scarano issued an exclusive invitation to train in Pilates in closed session at her Riverside studio, Plexis Pilates. Jamie is an active student with the highly acclaimed TVI Actors Studio, former Choreographer for the Miss Greater Inland Empire & Miss Greater Inland Empire's Outstanding teen pageant. She also is a judge with the NAACP ACT-SO Program. In addition to studying Physical Therapy, Kinesiology, and Sports & Holistic Medicine for over 17 years. In addition to al of her theatre & dance training, Jamie also holds a California VAPA Credential & is the Executive Director of Miss Riverside City & Miss Grand Terrace, official preliminaries to Miss California & the Miss America Organization. Jamie currently sits on the board of 2 non-profits Creative Habitat & the Inland Empire Contemporary Ballet, Inc.
Morgan Davison, Assistant Artistic Director Ballet & Contemporary
Morgan has trained at Riverside Ballet Arts, Ballet Pacifica, University of Utah’s Department of Ballet (with its resident student company, Utah Ballet), and the Lou Conte Dance Studio in Chicago. She supplemented her training with summer intensives including Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell, School of American Ballet, Ballet West, and the Lar Lubovitch Summer Intensive. Her teachers include Amanda McKerrow, Evelyn CisnerosLegate, Conrad Ludlow, Claire Bataille, John Gardner and Glenda Carhart. Morgan began her professional career at 17 years old with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet.. She went on to join Nashville Ballet’s second company, regularly performing with the main company. She then danced for Madison Ballet in Wisconsin. Since returning to Southern California, Morgan has danced with Kenneth Walker Dance Project, Inland Empire Contemporary Ballet and is currently dancing with Intersect Dance Theatre.
Summer Betancourt, Toddler Program Director, Lyrical, Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet
Summer began training when she was 10 years old at California Dance in; ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, musical theatre, modern, and lyrical. She has also attended Dance Dimensions & Dello's Dance where her training continued! Summer choreographed dances for the Theatre Department such as; 1940s Radio Hour, Comedy of Errors, Peter and the Starcatcher. Today, Summer is a Graduate of California Baptist University where she earner her degree in Theatre and is the Song Coach for Riverside Poly High School.
Brennen Brixey, Hip Hop Director
Brennen from Riverside California, started dancing at the age of 7 where he began studio training in hip hop and tap. Brennen became captain of Poly High School’s Showstoppers and while attending UCR, he competed with UCR’s KASA, VSA, Collective Faction, and 909 Hip Hop Dance Troupe. Currently, Brennen dances with GRooVe, an exhibition team & serves as a board member for the Sodium Project Dance Team.
Debra Kaye, Jazz, Tap, Technique
Debra Kaye owned & operated her own successful studio for over 30 years here in Riverside. She has taught Master Classes at UCI, Debbie Reynolds Studios, DIA, and DMA. She assisted Gus Giordano, Paul DeRolf, Jim Taylor amongst others in Master classes and seminars. Debra has also choreographed several popular musicals. She belongs to several major dance associations including the Cecchetti Council of America. With a strong background in ballet, she is able to give our students the discipline and drive to further their technique with the benefits of ballet training. She is stern yet caring and helps every student grow within their dancing ability.
Danielle Willis, Ballet, Jazz,
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Mia Chamberlin, Lyrical, Jazz, Acro, Apprentice
Mia started dancing
since she was 3 years old at Kristi’s Forever Dancin’ and then moved on to Cutting Edge Dance Center, and Just Plain Dancin’. She has trained in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Modern, and Musical Theater, Mia as well has studied under choreographers
such as Mark Meismer, Patrice Barakat, Terry Schulke, Kristi Fair, Samantha Cantoria, Tatum Wright, Travis Preston, Delaney Glazer, Marissa Osato, Will Johnston, Audrey Holland, Sabrina Bryan and many others. Mia as well has won two national championships
and many championships as a soloist. She is currently a student at Riverside Poly High School and is on the Riverside Poly Cheer and Song team
Sydney Azpeitia, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap
Sydney began training in ballet at the age of 4 at Inland Dance Academy with Giselle Demarco. Sydney began training in tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, swing, salsa, contemporary, and Musical Theater by the age of 6 with Bowen-Hayes School of the Arts. Since then, Sydney has trained with Julio Padilla, Jamie Azpeitia-Sachs, Debra Kaye, Anthony Jackson, & Juan Uribe on a regular basis. Sydney has attended ballet summer intensives with Inland Pacific Ballet, Inland Dance Academy, Corona Dance Academy, Maple Conservator, Inland Empire Contemporary Ballet, & the Long Beach Ballet. Sydney has been accepted into the San Francisco Ballet, The Rock Center for Dance, Long Beach Ballet, the Kirov, and has taken workshops with; Tommy Miller, Jerry Kokich, Anton Labushagne, Charmaine Hunter, Kelly Lameroux, Evette Demarco-Swinson, & Eliezer Rubello, and the Portland Ballet. Sydney has appeared in IDT's the Nutcracker, and California Riverside Ballet's the Nutcracker under the direction of Mario Nugara. In 2015, Sydney was an inductee into the Riverside Thespian Association, and was named one of Riverside's most remarkable teens for 2015 by the Riverside Youth Council & the Riverside Police Department. She is currently a Dance Major/Music Minor at Cal State Fullerton and former Captain of Bowen-Hayes School of the Arts Dance Team during their National Title wins.
Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary
A well-rounded dancer and performer who wants to influence others and share her passion through teaching, Lexi is well educated in her craft!
Lexi has been training since she was 2 in ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical & contemporary. A trained competitive dancer & choreographer, we are
Jozie Molina, Acrobatics/Contortion
With an extensive background in competitive dance & acrobatics, Jozie is well trained in her field! She is currently a Contortionist with Encore Performing Arts & Miss Riverside City 2020, a preliminary for Miss America Organization!