- About Us
Cathy Rigby McCoy
Earned a Tony nomination when she starred in the 35th Anniversary production of Peter Pan on Broadway. Subsequently, her multiple talents have been lauded on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre as the Cat-In-The-Hat in Seussical the Musical. Other National and Regional tours include Annie Get Your Gun, Meet Me In St. Louis, South Pacific, Paint Your Wagon, The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Most recently Cathy Starred in AR Gurneys Silvia, to rave reviews. At the La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts
Some of Rigby’s dramatic television movie credits include the “Perfect Body,” “Hard To Read,” “The Great Wallendas,” “Triathlon,” and the Emmy-nominated “Peter Pan” for A&E. A two-time Olympic gymnast, Cathy Rigby is the first American woman to win a medal in the World Gymnastics Competition and holds 12 international medals, eight of them gold. Cathy worked with ABC as a gymnastic commentator for 18 years. ABC-TV’s venerable “Wide World of Sports” named her one of America’s Most Influential Women in Sports. Cathy and her husband, Tom McCoy are Executive Producers of the McCoy Rigby Entertainment Series at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
(Associate Director/Assistant to Cathy Rigby McCoy)
(Recreational Department Director/No Limits Director/Instructor)
Carla started her dance training at 3 where she studied at the Kindorf Dance Studio in Cerritos now known as “Impact Dance”. After being picked up by a talent agency at a dance competition at age 5 she began to work professionally. Her professional dance credits include the First Star Search Junior, The People’s choice awards, Kids Incorporated, “TAP” with Gregory Hines and Savion Glover, a Tribute to Michael Jackson, along with numerous National commercials. She continued her dance training and education at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, auditioned and was accepted at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York City and has studied with renowned master teacher Paula Morgan.
Her teaching career started at age 15 where her students ranged from adults to 3 year olds and although she taught all aspects of dance she introduced a new expression of movement to her students that she had become to love from her time at LACHSA, modern dance. She went on to become the lead instructor at USA Jazz Camps. Her students and choreography has received numerous awards at competitions both regionally and nationally. She is currently the Director of “No Limits”, a program designed for kids with special needs.
(Dance Company Director)
Leslie Kenfield comes to us with over 30 years of experience in the competition dance world. Leslie began teaching dance after a injury forced her her to end her career as a world class gymnast. Over the years, Leslie has earned the recoginition as being one the top dance teachers and competition choreographers in the country. Leslie’s choreography has consitantly been in the over all high point and has won numerous choreography awards across the country. She and her niece Molly Long brought home the prestigious ” Choreographer of the Year” at the Starpower Nationals in Las Vegas. Many of Leslie’s soloists hold National Title Awards. Many of her students have gone on to work professionally. You can see her students working along side of Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Prince, Ceelo, Linsay Stirling and have been seen on shows like SYTYCD, Dancing with The Stars, VMA’S, Glee , Aersino Hall as well as film and commercials.
(Musical Theater Director/Instructor)
Sharie began dancing ballet at age 5, training and performing with the O.C. Metropolitan Ballet Company, Orange County Dance Center, and the South Carolina Dance Conservatory with ABT’s Cynthia Harvey. As a teen, she broadened her dance training with jazz and modern, and also started intense voice study, working with Leslie Tinnaro, Janine Benson, and Diane King Vann. She is a graduate of the Academy for the Performing Arts, holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from San Francisco State, and is about to complete a Master’s Degree in Education from National University. In her undergraduate education, she started producing her own shows and musicals, and also trained with the phenomenal Tony-nominated Barbara Damashek. Her performance career includes roles such as “Squeaky Fromme” in Assassins, “Lizzy” in Baby, “Sally Bowles” in Cabaret, “Martha” in Secret Garden, and “Diana” in A Chorus Line, among others. In NYC she even dabbled as a cabaret/nightclub singer.
She has been directing and teaching musical theatre, dance, voice, and acting for over ten years in both California and New York City, both privately and with programs such as Dance West, Academy for the Performing Arts, Musical Theatre Academy of Orange County/A.C.E. Program, Children’s Civic Light Opera, Trilogy Playhouse, and the Leadership Program. She has worked as a costumer and makeup artist, and is also a playwright and songwriter. She completed her first full length musical, Celia, with her longtime writing partner Bryan Campbell. Every December, she and her performing family produce a Holiday themed benefit performance for the Alzheimers Association.
(Dance Team Head Coach/Choreographer/Instructor)
Jason started his dance training at the school of the Ohio Dance Theater under the direction of Denise Gula and Nancy Brensthl. As a pre-professional scholarship student, Jason has performed in many ballets including the nutcracker, house in the woods, the gathering, peter and the wolf, and more. In 2001, Jason received the promising artist award from the university of the arts. Spending two semesters abroad, he had the unique opportunity to study with the Paris Opera Ballet and also attended many master classes in Madrid. With universal entertainment, Jason has performed with such recording artists as Aaron Carter, Take 5 and Samantha Mumba.
Currently Jason is a judge and master teacher for Next Level National Dance Competition touring around the country for their 2013-2014 season.
As a choreographer, Jason has had many great opportunities to create original works for dance studios, high schools, colleges, dance companies and events around the country. He has won many awards for his choreography including the national choreography achievement award from star systems national finals in 2005, the directors award from spotlight dance nationals in 2009 and an outstanding choreography award from bravo national dance competition in 2011.
Shara has a passion for 3 things in life… children, art and food. And teaching at MRCA takes care all 3 (can’t forget the vending machines)
Shara has been drawing ever since she can remember and is thankful her parents put her in her first painting class in 6th grade after she realized piano was not her thing. Throughout school, Shara has won many art contest and was awarded top artist her senior year. While in high school, she attended Pasadena’s ART CENTER for a Saturday high program that really confirmed her love of the craft. After high school, she attended Platt College for graphic design and then landed a job with the Pacific Bell Yellow Pages designing page layout and line art. Since then she has gotten married and had kids and for the past 6 years has been a freelance art teacher, teaching up to 24 kids per week. Shara is very much looking forward to teaching at MRCA and already has a love for so many at the studio and looks forward to getting to know the rest.
(Musical Theatre Dance Classes)
Alison is so excited to begin teaching Musical Theater dance! She taught for three years at the Boys and Girls Club in Fountain Valley under the mentorship of Allison Horner. She loves to encourage her students to not only improve their dancing (and acting!) technique, but also expand their knowledge of musical theater history and styles. We’ll be dancing to Oklahoma one week and Hamilton the next! You can see Alison dancing in Disneyland with the Red Car News Boys. She played an Elf in McCoy Rigby’s national tour of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and also performed as Nemo in Finding Nemo the Musical at Walt Disney World. Alison graduated from UC Irvine with a BFA in Musical Theatre.
Sabrina Bryan was a member of the multi-platinum recording act, The Cheetah Girls, as well as a star of the hugely successful Disney Channel movie trilogy franchise of the same name. In addition, she famously garnered the earliest perfect 30 score in Dancing With the Stars history in Fall 2007 when she starred on the show.
Sabrina also appeared on the 15th season of Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars as the “Fan Favorite” celeb, after being voting on the show by the public as the “Fan Favorite.” Sabrina partnered with World-Campion pro Louis Van Amstel on Season 15. Sabrina joined the Dancing with the Stars tour in the Winter of 2007/2008. In 2012, Sabrina headlined the stage show of Dancing with the Stars at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas and the Dancing with the Stars cruises on Holland America.
In addition to the three Cheetah Girls multi-Platinum soundtracks, as a recording group with Adrienne Bailon and Kiely Williams, The Cheetah Girls released their first studio album as a recording group, “Cheetahlicious Christmas,” which came out at the end of 2005. The girls have also been featured on the Chicken Little soundtrack with their rendition of “Shake A Tailfeather” and on various Disneymania compilations, many of which have been certified Gold. The Cheetah Girls first non-soundtrack “TCG” was released in September of 2007.
One of Sabrina’s solo projects is the fitness-dance DVD called BYOU, on which Sabrina was the star and executive producer. BYOU was created so girls could have fun learning cool, hip dance moves and get fit at the same time. BYOU was released by Sony Music in early 2006 and has sold more than double Platinum. Sabrina performs three solo tracks on the soundtrack and her song “BYOU” was on the Radio Disney Top 30 chart and was also featured on the Disney Records “Move It” compilation CD. Sabrina also released BYOU II, which focused on a mix of Hip-Hop and Bollywood dance moves.
Sabrina has also recurred on the new Disney Channel animated series, “Fish Hooks” as the voice of “Pamela Hamster.” Sabrina hosted three seasons of abc.com’s web series, Backstage With the Stars, covering behind-the-scenes of Dancing With the Stars. She also co-wrote the successful young adult novel, “Princess of Gossip” with top YA author Julia DeVillers for Pocket/MTV Books.
Sabrina is currently developing film, television, internet and book properties to star in and also to produce. With her fellow Cheetah Girl, Sabrina co-created, produced and starred in the upcoming web series, March Moms.
Brandon Burks is a San Diego native who has been dancing since the age of 2. He is best known as a smooth tapper and fierce jazz dancer but has trained in the genres of: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-hop, Flamenco, Irish, African, Modern, Dunham, and Musical Theatre. His formal training includes: San Elijo Dance Academy, Academy of Performing Arts (San Diego), Debbie Allen Dance Academy, and California State University, Fullerton. Recently, Brandon just finished up a year working for the Disneyland Resort in the Entertainment Department. He is a guest choreographer at Cal State Fullerton as well as a performer on the regional theater scene in Southern California (recently seen in Ragtime and Seussical, 3-D Theatricals). You can also find him in the “Girls Chase Boys” music video by Ingrid Michaelson as a featured dancer. Brandon is honored to be joining the McCoy Rigby family and cannot wait to mix his passions for children and dance! “Dare to dream.”
OSCAR GONZALEZ was born and raised in Orange County. Oscar began dancing at Anaheim High where he then trained at the Anaheim Ballet School, American Ballet Theater and the Joffrey Ballet School and has been accepted into the Alvin Ailey certificate program and The Rock school summer intensive. He is formally trained in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern and Contemporary. Gonzalez has been a soloist with the Anaheim Ballet, Festival Ballet, KWDP and was also chosen to be an instructor for the Diavolo technique. Oscar has worked with talented choreographers such as, Jacques Heim, Robert Mahler, Roberta Mathis, Mark Esposito, Sha Newman and Orlando Alexander. Oscar is currently assisting in teaching and choreographing at Anaheim High and teaching and choreographing at the Children’s Institute in LA. He is currently performing in Aladdin A Musical Spectacular at the Disney resort. Oscar has performed in professional musical theater productions such as, Hello Dolly, West Side Story, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, A Chorus Line, Evita and has been a principal in The Glory of Christmas at the Crystal Cathedral. His ballet credits include, Cinderella, Napoli, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Nutcracker and Alice. Oscar performed for the grand opening of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. His recent adventure took place in Cape Town, South Africa, creating a 2 week dance intensive for students 6-25 years in age. Oscar is currently attending St. Mary’s College to receive his BA in Liberal Arts Education.
Jeff was a member of Orange Coast College Cheer, PACE Empire International Level 6 Cheer, and is still a member of the World Champion PACE Elite Open International Dance teams. Jeff has 30+ National Champion (both competing and coaching), and is a 13 time World Champion. He was also part of the 2012 Team USA Jazz team winning gold at the ICU Worlds. Jeff was also a former performer for Disneyland Parades such as Electrical Parade, Block Party Bash, Pixar Play and A Christmas Fantasy. He was a former staff member for United Spirit Association and currently coaches and choreographs for several Orange County High School Cheer and Pom teams. He is now going on his 8th year teaching for U.S. Spiritleaders Cheer and Dance Staff where he is the Head Instructor for the Dance Staff.
Brianna is a recent graduate of UCLA with a B.A. in Dance as well as B.S. in Psychology. She has also achieved becoming a certified Pilates instructor from the prestigious Long Beach Dance Conditioning.
Brianna’s love of dance has brought her many years of competition since she was five years old. She has been on Rosary’s High School Dance Team for three years as well as competing on UCLA’s Dance Team in 2004 and again in 2007. In addition, she has trained with Paula Morgan for nearly two years, traveling to Italy with her for a dance intensive program.
Jessie’s extensive dance training began at age 2. She began her training at Kindorf Dancers in Cypress under the direction of grandmother Nancy Kindorf. She has continued her dance training since that time, including dancing on competitive dance teams while taking additional technique classes at studios such as Impact Dance Center, ABDA, McCoy Rigby, and OCPAA. Her training includes lyrical, jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, and hip-hop. Each of Jessie’s teachers and coaches have made an important contribution to her dance training and technique. Over the years Jessie has participated in various dance intensives, dance conventions, competitions, performances, and master classes. Presently, Jessie is a senior at Yorba Linda High School and is the captain of the Yorba Linda High School Varsity Song Team. Jessie’s love for dance is contagious and her students enjoy working with Miss Jessie.
Natalie earned her Bachelor of Arts at UCSB with a major in Dramatic Arts: playwriting emphasis, and a minorin English: creative writing emphasis. While taking undergraduate coursework, she enrolled in an intensive summer session at the American Academy of Dramatic Art, in Pasadena. After earning her degree at UCSB, she sought out internship programs in the television and film industry. She worked as a script analyst in Hollywood, writing critiques to evaluate the plot-line of aspiring screenplays; then started a year-long internship at Entertainment Tonight, learning the ins and outs of the Televison format.
She went on to earn her single-subject teaching credential in English… In her six years of teaching Drama and English at a public middle school, she spawned several creative programs that are still flourishing: in particular, an award-winning news broadcast class. She later earned a GATE certification, through UCI, and enjoyed coordinating the entire 6th, 7th and 8th grade gifted program for three years. Since leaving public school education to be a full-time mom, she has enjoyed teaching part-time throughout Orange County, creating fun classes that celebrate writing in all formats. Although, she has several plays, short stories, and poetry compilations she hopes to someday publish, she is happiest while writing and creating with kids!
Molly Long started her elite dance training at the age of three. She is highly sought after for her serious technical training and detail to movement. Together with her years of dance training teaching and live performances, she has shaped a reputable and powerful place in the dance industry. As a teacher and choreographer, Molly’s disciplined and intense and intense teaching style brings her students to forefront in skill, style, and originality.
(Dance Team Choregrapher/Combo/Stretch and Control/ Leaps and Turns)
An Orange County native, Jessica Monnig has been dancing competitively since the age of 6. Among her many accomplishments are UDA National Title as a member of the Rosary High School dance team, Semifinalist for the Prestigious Spotlight Awards in 2011, and numerous scholarships through multiple conventions. Jessica has danced for Joey Tarwater at Jet Dance Company, Miss Lois Ellen and the Nuveau Chamber Ballet, Rachel Miller at Orange County Performing Arts Academy, and has trained extensively with choreographers Donna Wood, Kelley Guise and Renee Baldwin. In addition, Jessica has had the privelage of working with industry leaders such as Tyce Diorio, Nick Gonzales, Tony Tzar, and Sonya Tayeh. A small sampling of her performance credits include Queen of the Universe, Carnival, LMU Faculty Performances, and 37 Lanes Contemporary Company. Recently, she has continued her Dance education at Loyola Marymount University, and is now studying Communications as a junior at Chapman University. Jessica is passionate about working with young dancers and is thoroughly enjoying her current work as a teacher and choreographer at McCoy Rigby Conservatory of the Arts.
Madison’s training began at The Woodlands Civic Ballet in The Woodlands, TX January 1996. She continued her training at the Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, Houston Ballet II, Training Page Parkes Film and Commercial Acting and continues her training now at The John Kirby Studio in Hollywood, CA. Madison is currently a guest artist and company member of the Anaheim Ballet and has been a member of the Houston Ballet, Corps de Ballet.
Madison has been performing professional (too numerous to list) since 2008 and she has not stopped. She performed as guest artist at Masterworks Festival, initiated and organized Anaheim Ballet visits to Children’s Hospital of Orange County, was featured in Arts & Culture Texas, filmed at YouTube Space LA for Anaheim Ballet’s “Carol of the Nutcrackers”, was featured in Dance Spirit magazine, modeled for Tre Spa, modeled for Discount Dance. She was NFAA Young Arts 2010 Dance Finalist – Level 2 Winner, as awarded the Peter Schaer Award from Houston Ballet Academy and Most Improved Award. She performed for Houston Ballet II on NH, OK, LA, and CA Tours, was pictured in Houston Ballet’s brochures and on Houston Ballet’s Website, and was featured in Pointe Magazine.
In addition to all her dance credits Madison’s academic achievements are impressive as well. She was awarded an invitation to National Society of High School Scholars and the National Young Leaders Conference, was inducted into Lone Star College’s Chapter of National Society for Leadership and Success, Founding Member and achieved Lone Star College President’s List & was a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Member.
Madison’s hard working ethic both in dance and the classroom will be a great inspiration to all of our students at MRCA.
Kellie has been performing and teaching all around Southern California since she was a child. She has performed at such venues as Fullerton Civic Light Opera, Laguna Playhouse, PCPA Theaterfest, and The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville. Some favorite roles include Beth in “Little Women,” Laura in “The Glass Menagerie,” Viola in “Twelfth Night,” and Patsy in “Crazy for You,” She is a graduate of the Academy for the Performing Arts High School, the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts professional actor training program, and holds a B.A. in Theater Performance from California State University Long Beach. Much love to all the wonderful children that inspire her everyday and thanks for all your hard work and dedication!
Armando S. Quiroz
Armando’s life has always been full of surprises, but being introduced to the art of Aerial Dance was one of the most random and exciting accidents of his life. For about four years he learned and trained under the guidance of the amazing and talented Jessica Linsay Piekos. With his training in Aerial Silk, Lyra, Spanish Web, and Stilt walking, Armando currently teaches at three locations in Orange County. He has performed at all types of events ranging from parties to street fairs to clubs to recitals. He enjoys teaching and will do all he can for his students.
Stacy Shube has been a cheer coach for 25 years. Formerly a cheerleader at Long Beach State, Stacy began coaching cheerleading at Huntington Beach High School and soon after at Golden West College. She was the cheer and song advisor and head cheer coach at Esperanza High School for 19 years, coaching the Aztec varsity cheerleaders to 13 USA National titles. Currently she is the cheer and song advisor and head cheer coach at Yorba Linda High School where she is also a Language Arts teacher and department chair.
With over 11 years of experience in teaching adults and kids, Leah Silva is a sought out professional dancer/performer who has been studying all forms of dance since the young age of two years old. A native of Orange County, CA, Leah has had the pleasure of studying from critically acclaimed master teacher’s in the tap industry which include Emmy Award winner Jason Samuels Smith, Chloe Arnold, Emmy Award winner Ted Louis Levy, Dianne Walker, the late legendary Harold “Stumpy” Cromer, Nancy Kindorf, Shawn Kindorf, Christy Hernandez and Rashida Khan.
Her work has included master classes at dance conventions/intensives, California colleges and high schools. Leah’s credits also include work for Mattel Toys, a dance campaign for Nestle/Nescafe, has performed for Island Def Jam recording artist and American Idol finalist, Lisa Tucker, Sound Effects Tap Company directed by Christy Hernandez, Sarah Reich’s Tap Music Project, RAW Artists featured performer and is currently an under study and has been a production assistant for the critically acclaimed Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies.
Leah’s most recent projects include being the Founder and Artistic Director of ReVerb and ReVerb Jr. Tap Company, a professional adult and pre professional youth tap company based in Orange County and Los Angeles, CA. Her professional company has performed throughout the U.S. including private celebrity events. Leah is also the creator and producer of the critically acclaimed Orange County Tap Experience.
Leah is excited to be working with the students of McCoy Rigby!
Shannon was a Los Angeles Laker Girl for 5 years and has been the choreographer for their auditions the last 3 years. She stays involved with the organization by doing routines for them throughout the year as well. She is also the choreographer for the children’s television show, “Yo Gabba Gabba” which airs on Nickelodeon. She recently choreographed both “Yo Gabba Gabba” stage shows – “ There’s a Party In My City” and “It’s Time To Dance” and toured with both shows as Assistant Director. She has worked with many high schools and choreographed several routines that have won national dance team titles. She has many television and film credits as well as many years of experience teaching all types of dance to all ages. She is really excited to be returning to MRCA and is looking forward to a great year.
Nancy Stover has been teaching tumbling at McCoy Rigby since Sept 2009. She spent much of her childhood and adult years involved in the sport of gymnastics where she was a 6 time All American and considers winning a bronze medal at World University Games as one of her favorite memories. However, the journey through the years has kept her passion for gymnastics as she loves kids and loves sharing her enthusiasm for the sport with anyone willing to give it a try.
Nancy is currently the Program Director at Wildfire Gymnastics in Tustin and previously held the same position at SCATS Gymnastics. Prior to that, she ran the Titan Junior gymnastics program at Cal State Fullerton for 18 years. It was there that her four children developed a love for the sport as well. Nancy can also be found in the elementary classrooms in Fullerton School District where she serves as a substitute teacher.
Katie Toussaint is extremely pleased and honored to be a part of the McCoy Rigby Conservatory of the Arts staff! With a degree in Music, vocal performance, from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Katie has been involved in the arts all over California, both performing and music directing. Her most recent Music Direction experience was right here at MRCA for the summer intensive production of Bye, Bye, Birdie! Musical theatre is her passion and she is overjoyed to be able to pass on her knowledge to young artists.
Madisyn began her competitive dance career at age 9 at Higher Ground Dance Company where she took twenty to thirty hours of dance a week. After the studio closed she continued dancing competitively at Orange County Performing Arts Academy where she and her team won numerous national titles and awards. She recently Graduated from the Orange County School of the Arts after four years in the Commercial Dance Conservatory. There she was taught by and danced with some of the top dancers in Southern California. She currently is on an internationally undefeated professional dance team called Touché. Madisyn has been teaching and choreographing for the past two year, at many studios in the Orange and LA County area. She is a choreographer for the competition team at The Dance Corner a studio in Walnut California. Madisyn is excited to share her love of dance and her knowledge with the students at McCoy Rigby.
Lindsey began her career as a gymnast for over 13 years. She did 3 years of dance and then decided to focus her energy on gymnastics. During high school she started teaching gymnastics to kids 10 and under. During college, she decided to take an aerial class and fell in love with it. She has been doing aerial for 4 years and has performed at various venues and events, including the Belasco Theatre with Snoop Dog. She has also branched out into contortion, hand balancing, rope and hammock. Currently, she teaches aerial tissu classes as well as flexibility and conditioning. She is very excited to be teaching aerial at MRCA!
Elissa has over 30 years of entertainment accounting and business management experience. She began her accounting career in 1982 working exclusively within the music industry. When Elissa met Tom McCoy and Cathy Rigby McCoy in 1987 she had already expanded her business to include television and film and her Business Management firm had several tours on the road.
In 1989, McCoy Rigby Entertainment produced the National Tour of Peter Pan, starring Cathy Rigby. Elissa was the production accountant of the 2-½ year tour that landed on Broadway, twice, and received a Tony nomination for “Best Revival”. From 1994 to 2005, Elissa’s primary focus was raising her three children, but continued to expand her knowledge and experience by intermittently providing consulting and auditing services to a wide variety of volunteer organizations and fund-raising campaigns.
Since 2006, Elissa has enjoyed accounting and consulting for law firms, construction firms, individuals, small business owners, small corporations, small and large accounting firms and not-for-profit corporations, uncovering, recording, and reporting investor fraud, loan fraud, and tax evasion.