DIRECTOR, Alicia Springer
Miss Alicia started dancing at age 2. She began assisting classes at age 13 and teaching classes at 17. She coached our studio Junior Company and directed our Company Team. She purchased the studio in 2018 at the age of 24.
Miss Alicia brings with her years of dance, teaching, choreography and competition experience.
Miss Alicia refers to the studio as her "Happy Place." S
Instructor, Brittney Ament
Miss Brittney grew up in Lancaster, CA where her mom, who also dances, enrolled her in dance classes at AV Dance Studio 81 when she was 3 years old. Her first dance teacher was Lidia Landon Michael. She continued dancing through High School on QHHS dance team and on AVD81 Competition Team. She continued on to coach QHHS Dance Team for 2 1/2 years and has choreographed fo
Instructor, Barbara Coates
Miss Barbara, who celebrates her birthday on November 15th, began her dance studies at the age of six in a town called Little Silver, New Jersey. She shares her memories:
“My teacher wore a stiff tutu and carried a long pointer. There was a gallery where the parents sat to watch the class. If you didn’t point your toes, the teacher would zap you on your foot with her poi
Instructor, Lynne Convis
Miss Lynne Convis has been dancing since she was 6 years old and had an instant connection with tap dance. She enrolled local classes at age 12 and her love for tap dance grew when she started taking weekly classes from Laurie Johnson at age 16.
In 2014, Lynne became part of a Los Angeles based tap/body percussion company called The FYV Group, that did many shows and event
Instructor, Alice Cowan
Originally from Manchester, England. Miss Alice now lives in sunny Palmdale with her wonderful husband and 3 beautiful daughters.
She trained in Musical Theater and Song Writing at Paul McCartney's Theater School - The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA). After graduating she performed with various UK and European touring companies. Performing as 'Princess' in Al
Instructor, Madison Dent
Miss Maddie Dent grew up in Lancaster, California. She began taking dance classes at the age of 4 at Extensions Dance Studio. She came to AV Dance Studio 81 when she was 10 years old. She showed great interest and talent in Hip Hop. In 2016, she joined the AVD81 Competition Team. She remained on our Hip Hop Competition Dance team for 3 years. While on team, she became an a
Instructor, Lorenzo Guerrero
Mr. Lorenzo Guerrero has been dancing for 14 years; starting with Krumping and leading into Breaking/Breakdancing. He eventually learned Popping and Animated styles with the help of a Krumping background. He has been teaching for a little under 10 years and absolutely loves teaching at AV Dance Studio 81’ where he teaches Hip Hop, Contemporary, Tumbling/Acro, Open, and
Instructor, Laura Henry
Miss Laura grew up in Palmdale, CA. She first began performing when she joined her high school band and Colorguard program. She continued performing through college, taking her first dance classes under the instruction of Kathy Bingham, Cindy Littlefield and Kathleen Burnett.
Miss Laura is a PBT (Progressing Ballet Technique) certified instructor and offers a weekly PBT Cl
Instructor, Sarah Mann
Miss Sarah Mann started taking dance class when she was three years old. Around the age of 8 or 9 she found that ballet was the type of dance that she was truly passionate about. To Sarah, tap and jazz weren’t as exciting anymore, so she decided to take all the ballet classes she could and eventually made it on to pointe.
When Sarah left for college, she decided that ballet w
Instructor, Lidia Michael
Miss Lidia was born to John and Lidia Landon on April 24, 1957. She has one brother, John, and one sister, Tina.
Miss Lidia’s early training was under Joyce Pearson, who was the owner of Caravan School of Dance in Lancaster (The future A.V Dance Studio ’81). During her teen years, she was an assistant instructor at Caravan. She also studied under many well-known L.A. teac
Instructor, Judy Ortiz
Miss Judy Ortiz, who celebrates her Birthday on May 7th, was born in Lancaster, CA and raised in Palmdale, CA. She started dancing at the age of 3 at local dance studios in Palmdale through-out her childhood and
pre teen. At the age of 14 Judy enrolled at Caravan School of Dance in Lancaster (which was to become AV Dance Studio 81) and her teacher was Susie Pearson.This is wh
Instructor, Holly Pardue
Miss Holly started dancing at the age of 6 and quickly fell in love with it. As a child, she studied many different styles of dance including jazz, tap, ballet, pointe and lyrical.
As a teen, Miss Holly was a team leader of her high school dance team. Her dance team went on to win the national title at Miss Drill Team USA and subsequently Holly was invited to Japan as part
Instructor, Jeanah Rightmyer
Miss Jeanah was born August 24, 2001 and has been dancing at AV Dance Studio 81 since she was 2 and a half years old. When she was 13 she auditioned for the studios Competition team and proceeded to compete for the next 4 years. She began assisting at 14 with classes like 3-4 combo and Polynesian. When she was 17 she began teaching at Laity of the Arts for a year and th
Instructor, Jay Sabino
Mr. Forestall “Jay” Sabino is currently 24 years old, born on June 19th, 1996. His dance journey began at the age of 10 years old, inspired by America’s Best Dance Crew’s first champion team, the Jabbawockeez. He started his own Hip Hop Club at Narbonne High School, located in Torrance, California. After parting ways with his high school and club, Jay continued to dance with
Instructor, Bailey Sanders
Miss Bailey was born on October 12th, 2000. Her dance journey began at the age of 5 following alongside her big sister. She very soon fell in love with dance and has been doing it ever since. She has also done competitive dancing for 3 years at AVD ‘ 81.
Miss Bailey started to be an assistant at the age of 13 and has been assisting since. She started to teach classes in 2
Instructor, Bri Sanders
Miss Bri was born on May 21st, 1997. She grew up in Lancaster, CA where she started attending classes at AV Dance Studio ‘81 when she was 6 years old. She started off in a tap & ballet combo class. Her love for dance blossomed from that point and she continued dancing through high school on AVD ‘81 Competition Team. Both her mother and her sister have been dancing alongside
Instructor, Amber Stewart
Miss Amber has been dancing at AVD'81 since she was 2 years old. Both her mother and sister also dance at AVD'81. She has been teaching going on 6 years and was an assistant for 5 years before that. Miss Amber primarily teaches ballet but she has also taught and taken other styles.
She is also a company member of the Antelope Valley Ballet. As a company member, she has to
Instructor, Deirdre Stewart
Miss Deirdre was born on October 2nd, 1999 in Lancaster, Ca, and started dancing at AV Dance Studio 81 at the age of three with her first teacher, Miss Bettye Davis. She danced all the way through high school and continues to dance while attending Antelope Valley College. Deirdre was also on the 2018-2019 Competition team. Deirdre's mom and sister also dance at AVD81 and
Instructor, Megan VanPelt
Miss Megan started dancing at the age of three and started competing at age five. She danced at New World Dance in Santa Clarita, under the direction of Terry Bixler. She danced on the dance team in junior high and was the captain of her dance team in high school. Megan started teaching and choreographing during high school for Hillview Junior High dance team. She has also
Instructor, Chelsea Wood
Miss Chelsea Wood’s love of dance started at the age of three and has grown exponentially every year since then. Deciding to dedicate her life to what she loved, she took a leap and headed to Hollywood, California. There she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Theater from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), where Chelsea was exposed to art, in all of it
Office Staff, Georgina Brown
Miss Georgina began dancing at the age of 4 and fell in love with it right away. She continued dancing in Orange County until she moved to the AV at the age of 11 and signed up for classes at AVD81 shortly after moving here.
Miss Georgina continued dancing in high school and was on her high school colorguard team. Before graduating High School, she began choreographing
Office Staff, Brenda Fyffe