Jane Maurer & William Blair have had a long and successful involvement in the performing arts. They have now turned their experience and passion into a creation that continues to foster the growth of our future artists!
Jane Maurer – Dance Director:
Jane is a DEA certified dance instructor with over 25 years of teaching experience. She grew up as a member of the Olympia Ballet Company, and completed an extensive teacher’s training program encompassing tap, jazz, ballet, acrobatics, and musical theater. Her choreography credits include NFL Cheerleaders, The Seattle Sea Gals; the 20th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia; many summer theater programs including Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella; industry showcases; and more! In addition, Jane is an award winning competition choreographer. Her students have won numerous awards including overall high scores, scholarships, and cash prizes. Jane has also been awarded the prestigious choreography award multiple times at various dance competitions. As a coveted instructor, she has taught Master Classes throughout the United States and Canada.
William Blair - Music Director
William is a professional musician with over 30 years of experience. Originally a piano student, he turned his focus to guitar after discovering the dynamic range of the instrument. His extensive music education started with top notch private instruction and eventually took him to Hollywood, California to attend Musicians Institute. William's unbiased passion for music is very evident. He is comfortable in all styles of music and has produced original works that cover the entire spectrum of musical genres. His music has been used for commercials, dance productions, and musical performing groups. He has performed all over the western half of the United States. His strong professional reputation in the Pacific Northwest secured him a spot in Washington State Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen's "Strategies for Youth Show." He has also worked for Legends in Concert, performing in "Woodstock Tribute Palooza." Aside from his performing career, he has developed a unique instruction method for teaching music. This along with his patient personality makes him an excellent instructor!
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Lisa Pinkney - Dance Instructor
Lisa Pinkney has been dancing since she was only four years old and teaching for over ten years. Her training includes ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop. A California native, Lisa studied at Backstage Academy of Dance in Turlock, CA where she performed in their senior company for many years in the production of “The Nutcracker,” plus many other shows and competitions. She has also danced for various colleges, and received her B.A. Degree in Communication Studies from California State University of Stanislaus. Her choreography for several competition teams has garnered awards and recognition for her students. She is very excited to be apart of Astudia Dance World and share her passion for dance!
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Kelly Ontiberos - Dance Instructor
Kelly Ontiberos has taught Ballet, Tap and Jazz for over 10 years in the Vegas valley. She has danced with Hartford Ballet and Nevada Ballet Theatre as well as in Donn Arden's Jubilee. Much of her training came from the School of the Hartford Ballet under such instructors as Raymond Lukens, Franco DeVita, Maria Youskevitch and Alla Osipenko; and also from Pacific Northwest Ballet School and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Kelly Ontiberos is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.
Ryan Visconti - Hip Hop Instructor
Ryan is a very high energy Hip Hop performer who developed his skills dueling in street battles. He also is the founder of "Rhythmbending" which is a collaboration of a myriad of movement disciplines. Ryan very much focuses on how the body moves and strives to make sure the students know control of their movements. Students really favor his style and enjoy his uplifting energy. We are so happy to have him with us at Astudia!
Katrina Gilmer - Dance Instructor
Katrina is currently a dance major at UNLV. She has had an extensive dance education including time as a student at Astudia Dance World. Katrina is natural born instructor and the kids love her! She is also extremely versatile. She is accomplished in many different styles of dance and has an undeniable passion! She is welcome member of our phenomenal teaching staff!
Cutis Caudill - Dance/Theater Instructor
Curtis is a professional acrobatic dancer! He was the Can Can soloist in Moulin Rouge starring Debbie Reynolds, Juliet Prowse, and Suzanne Somers. He has also worked in such shows as: Siegfried & Roy, Les Folies Bergere, and Jim Henson’s Muppets on Tour. His musical theater credit “Anything Goes” starring Chita Rivera, “Evita” starring Loni Ackerman, “Barnum” starring Harvey Evans. Curtis has spent the last few years teaching Jazz, Acrobatics, Hip Hop, and Musical Theater in Santa Cruz, Ca. Curtis looks forward to his new chapter with Astudia Dance World!