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Inland Empire Dance Center | I.E. Contemporary Ballet

Offering the finest instruction of Dance in Riverside since 2006

INSTRUCTORS

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.....


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**By signing up for classes, you are agreeing & understand masks must be worn at all times by staff, students & anyone entering our facility.

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 19 years, as well as 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. In 2021, she was elected to the 61st Assembly as a Delegate. 

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.

Jessica Jones, Jazz Contemporary

Jessica has been dancing since age 4 and competitively since age 9. After bringing home multiple national titles and awards in her youth, she branched out to the professional industry at age 18. Since high school graduation, Jessica has taught at numerous dance studios across Southern California, most notably Studio 31 Dance Center in Murrieta CA, Valverde School of Performing Arts in Fontana, and Millenium Dance Complex Orange County in Anaheim CA. She has performed with professional dance companies such as Calliopus Contemporary Dance and Vixens Heels Company, and she also has experience performing with local artists such as Audrey Callahan and Iman Europe. During college she was a member of The University of California, Irvine Spirit Squad for two years, where she cheered at local and championship basketball games for the University of California, Irvine basketball team. Jessica is very excited to teach at IE Dance Center and enjoys challenging her students in both technique and artistry.

Chris Ramos, Hip Hop Director

Chris hip-hop has been teaching for 2 years. He is well-versed in various hip-hop foundations and grooves, and my choreography is open-style hip-hop (choreography with hip-hop as the base and utilizes combos from various styles such as jazz, contemporary, lyrical etc.). Originally from Sacramento, CA and moved to San Bernardino in 2018. He has trained with a variety of choreographers such as Tristan Edpao, Kolanie Marks, and Jun Quemado & had taught at studios such as Snowglobe Perspective , and Is currently a member of the team Snowtorious. Chris is excited to start with the IE Dance Center!

Kristina Aquino, Tap & Jazz

Kristina has been a dancer for 15+ years and has been teaching a variety of dance disciplines for 9 years. Her foundation of dance is rooted in ballet, but she has years of experience in tap, jazz, contemporary/lyrical, and hip hop. She has danced for a variety of different studios and groups within Southern California, including collegiate dance teams, competitive teams, and community dance groups. Her teaching style is approachable and patient with a touch of humor. She loves getting to know each of her students on an individual level. Outside of the studio, Kristina’s career is focused in communication and special education. As such, she is passionate about teaching and working with children with special needs both inside and outside of the dance room. Kristina is happy to be joining IEDC and looks forward to dancing with all of you!

Danielle Willis, Ballet, Jazz, 

Contemporary, Lyrical

Bio Coming Soon!

Diana Montelongo, Ballet

Diana has began her ballet training at the Ballet Theater Company in ballet, jazz and hip hop in Moreno Valley. Diana Taught ballet and jazz in Temecula CA and also with the Boys and Girls Club Program. Diana studied and performed with Anaheim Ballet, IE Contemporary Ballet, San Jacinto College and Riverside City College. She is an accomplished dancer and has previously performed with IE Contemporary Ballet for 7 seasons. Diana is excited to be the Assistant to our Artistic Director & teach for IE Dance Center!

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.