1788 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, CA 93065

Email: serendipitydanceco@yahoo.com

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MISS KERRIE - As Serendipity Dance Co’s proud owner/director, Kerrie Burg is very excited about this new chapter in her life. Serendipity Dance Co. is the culmination of years of hard work and a love of dance. Kerrie is an extremely gifted teacher who works hard to make dance educational and fun, especially for the littlest of dancers. Her one of a kind approach keeps kids engaged and learning from as early as three years of age through their teen years. She has developed many techniques to ensure dancers feel challenged and inspired so they will continue to learn and grow as dancers and young people. She has directed many award winning dance companies through the years. Your child will feel at ease and truly enjoy dancing with Miss Kerrie.

MISS JEN - Miss Jen’s a teacher's teacher.  She knows how to connect with her students and instill in them a solid dance foundation.  Her Sociology degree from USC has taught her how to motivate and guide young dancers. Jen grew up dancing long hours, studying with such talented dancers as Gregg Russell, Paige Porter, Keith Clifton, and Rhonda Miller, to name a few.  Her excellent work ethic and bright talent led her to a leading role in the professional tap company, Tapsounds Underground.  She toured with the company performing in shows, benefits, tap festivals, pageants and more.  She was not only a highlight of many of their tap pieces, but she also contributed with her diverse and creative choreography.  In fact, her choreography has won her numerous top awards at regional and national competitions, as well as pageants.  Her creative talent knows no bounds and earned her a place as an assistant director on a Carvel television commercial.  Jen works hard outside the studio as well where her two year old twins keep her on her toes, literally.  Her new role as a mom has served to solidify her already nurturing nature as a caring teacher who demands excellence in her students, as well as helping to etch a love of dance into their hearts.

MISS MADDISON - Maddison started dancing at the age of 2 and choreographing at 12. She finished her successful competition years as Miss Sr. Adrenaline 2010. She was a founding member of Westside Dance Project under the direction of Jessie Hartley and was a member of Soul Escape the Company under the direction of Justin Giles for 3 years. Maddison is currently on staff with both Revive & Adrenaline Dance Conventions. TV credits include Victorious, The Cleaner, and a Ubisoft Commercial for Just Dance 2. Maddison choreographs award winning pieces for various studios around the country and local high schools. Maddi is excited to be a founding faculty member for Revive Dance Convention for the upcoming season. She has a gift and passion for teaching, choreographing, and bringing out the very best in each dancer she has the opportunity to work with.

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MISS EMMA - Emma Dewing is 20 years old and lives in Southern California.  Emma started her training in ballet at the age of 5 at California Dance Theatre.  Emma started performing at the age of 6 with Pacific Festival Ballet in numerous ballets including Cinderella, Bambi, Peter Pan, Sea Princess, Noah’s Ark and has performed in The Nutcracker for 10 years where she danced many principal roles.  Emma competed in the Youth America Grant Prix when she was 14.  She has trained in various summer programs including American Ballet Theatre, The Kirov Academy and The Bolshoi Ballet. At the age of 16 she was accepted into Gelsey Kirkland Academy year round program where she then resided in New York City.  She performed in Paquita with The Gelsey Kirkland Studio Company.  Emma is now back in California and is also a singer and is working currently with a producer for an upcoming project.  Emma recently danced leading roles with the Los Angeles Dance Company. Emma is honored to be a model for The Ballerina Project where she can express herself as an artist.

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MISS CINDY - Cindy grew up in the San Fernando Valley and pursued both gymnastics and figure skating from a young age. After winning her first competition on ice at the age of 8, she knew it was skating that had her heart! She trained with many world class skaters and was coached for many years by world renowned and Olympic coach Frank Carroll. At 19, she auditioned for and won a part in the Ice Capades, touring the U.S. and Canada. While on tour with the show, she learned the art of production and stage makeup. Coaching her own students to jump and spin soon followed. Since then, she has added to her teaching repertoire: Beginning Movement and Gymnastics, PE and Nutrition Classes, Spinning, TRX, Pilates, Bootcamps, Weightlifting and Weight loss challenges.

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MISTER ROD - Rod Howell has over 25 years of experience teaching and choreographing throughout the country.  He performed on the TV show Soap Net to his own musical composition and his taps were recorded for the nationally televised Miss America Pageant.  He's taught for numerous conventions including Encore, L.A. Underground, L.A. Elite, and 3D Dance Network, and he's performed at Lincoln Center in New York, and the House of Blues in L.A.  He's also a leader in the online tap community, racking up over 4 million views for his detailed youtube instructional videos.

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MISTER ELIJAH - Elijah Tomlinson has spent the past 15 years of his life training in all styles of dance; though he particularly enjoys Hip-Hop. After moving to LA at the age of 13, he signed with Bloc Talent Agency soon after. Throughout his career in dance, Elijah has worked with some of the top choreographers in LA, including Leslie Scott, J.R. Taylor, and George Jones. In 2014, Elijah starred in a TurboTax super bowl commercial, just before participating in multiple other commercials, such as a principle role in a Kohl's, Sunny D, and a Just Dance Ad. Elijah takes pride in introducing elements of both old school and new school techniques into his choreography, and continues to ensure his hard-working spirit and passion for dance shows through in all of his choreography.

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MISTER ETHAN & MISS NIKKI - Ethan & Nikki Trerise White danced for professional ballet companies such as Smuin Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Diablo Ballet, and Aspen/Santa Fe Ballet for 10+ years before embarking on their own choreographic and performance careers. They were one of the top 3 finalists on CBS show ‘Live to Dance’, they created a children’s dance brand called ‘Prima the Ballerina’, and they have competed in ballroom competitions which led them to be one of 8 couples in the world to recently be invited to compete in the prestigious Blackpool Competition England. They also co-founded Urban Art Farm- a multi-disciplinary non-profit arts organization, Black Rock City Ballet - Burning Man’s first and only professional ballet company, and Making Dance Matter - an outreach program educating children about the importance of dance and art.

Ethan’s artwork is being shown and displayed at several prominent galleries and shows around the country, and Nikki is a
successful commercial actress and stand up comedian.

Their most exciting adventure of all is their sweet son Dax and their new baby girl Skye. 

MISTER IKOLO - Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Ikolo Griffin received his dance training from San Francisco Ballet School through the Dance in Schools Program. In 1993, he became the first student from the school’s outreach program to join the San Francisco Ballet Company. In that same year he received the Princess Grace Award in Dance for Ballet. After seven years as a member to the San Francisco Ballet Company (SFB), he joined the Dance Theater of Harlem (DTH) as a Soloist, was promoted to Principal, and four years later joined the Joffrey Ballet Company. Two years later, he returned to San Francisco and joined the Smuin Ballet. Ikolo worked very closely with Mr. Smuin before his death in 2007.

 As a member on the SFB, Ikolo worked on many World Premiere ballets with such choreographers as Val Caniparoli Lambarena, James Kudelka, Stanton Welch, Lar Lubovitch Othello, Lila York, Christopher Wheeldon Mark Morris. He also performed in Helgi Tomasson’s Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake


In DTH, Ikolo danced leading roles in Jerome Robbins Fancy Free, George Balanchine’s Agon, Stars and Stripes, The Four Temperaments and the leading role in Prodigal Son. He was invited to dance leading role in World Premiere of Michael Smiun’s of St. Louis Woman in Lincoln Center, New York. 


During his time with The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, Ikolo performed the lead pas de deux in Laurencia Pas d´Action by Rudolph Nurueyv, Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker, Anthony Tudor Dark Elegies, Twyla Tharp Deuce Coupe, and was personally coached by Sir Anthony Dowell for the role of Oberon in The Dream by Sir Fredrick Ashton. 

             Mr Griffin is also the founder and creator of JUST TURNS. Workshops and private coaching lessons that help dancers with technique and finding their turning style and consistency.  Just Turns workshops have been held all over the US and in Japan, as well as here at The Portland Ballet.