CATHY RIGBY MCCOY
SHANON MILLS HABELOW
Studio Director/Director of Theater Arts
Shanon began performing at the age of 7, and had performed in over 50 productions, all over Southern California, by the time she was 18. She went onto college at Cal State Fullerton, where she graduated with her BFA in Musical Theater. Since, she has been performing professionally all over the country, including McCoy Rigby Entertainment, Sacramento Music Circus and various Civic Light Operas. She was part of the South Pacific company at the Hollywood bowl, performing with Reba MacEntire and Brian Stokes Mitchell and was in the West cast premier company of, “How the Grinch stole Christmas,” with John Larroquette. She has performed with and for, Kristen Chenoweth, Gladys Night, The Doobies Brothers and Kenny Loggins.
In 2011 Shanon toured with, “Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan,” understudying Cathy as Peter and Kim Crosby as Mrs. Darling and recently closed the first national touring company of Wicked, where she understudied the role of Glinda.
This year she began working with the Integrated Arts Conservatory at Orange County School of the Arts teaching 11th and 12th grade advanced musical Theater. She feels extremely lucky to be part of the incredible MRA team, and can’t wait to see what this season has in store!
Dance company Director/Jazz/Lyrical
Raquel Voigt has been dancing since the age of five, and got her start at a small studio in Anaheim. She knew that dance was the one thing that fired up her soul and decided to join the competitive program at Dance Precisions at the age of 10 under the direction of Edith Montoya, Shannon Mather, Leslie Kenfield, Eddie Strachan, and many other wonderful staff members. Raquel grew up competing on Dance Precisions elite team and had the privilege of being a 6 time consecutive national title holder. She is forever grateful for the training she received.
She then went on to becoming a professional dancer with the NFL as a Los Angeles Rams Cheerleader for two seasons, also danced for the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers from 2014-2016, and worked in the commercial dance industry when she was signed with BLOC talent agency for 2 years. Along with being a professional dancer Raquel prides herself on being a University Graduate. She graduated from California State University Northridge with a Bachelors Degree in Communication studies with hopes of getting her Masters in the near future. Before attending CSUN Raquel attended Mt. San Antonio community college where she was captain of her Two-time consecutive National Championship Dance team, and graduated with her Associates Degree in Kinesiology.
Raquel is now the director of the competitive program here at McCoy Rigby Arts where she works round the clock with her staff to create an uplifting, and motivational program. A place where students can get the most out of their training, grow as dancers and people, and continue to educate themselves. Here at McCoy Rigby Arts we provide an excellent balance of passion and hard work to create well-rounded dancers.
No Limits Director
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.
ARMANDO S. QUIROZ
Aerial/Aerial Arts Director
BIO COMING SOON
Bio Coming Soon!
I have been studying classical ballet since before I was three years old and haven’t stopped
since! I grew up dancing at Inland Pacific Ballet, and since have studied with Ballet West and
Limón Dance Company. I am currently studying to get my BA in dance at Cal State Fullerton
where I study ballet, production, kinesiology, as well as modern dance. I love to perform, but I
also love to teach and hope to be doing both for the rest of my life!
Voice/Vocal Performance Group/Private voice
Mary fell in love with the art of tap dance 11 years ago and has primarily trained at Dance 4 Joy Studios
with acclaimed performer and instructor Christy Hernandez. She has taught at Dance 4 Joy for four years
and was an assistant teacher for Mrs. Hernandez at the Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing
Arts for two years. Mary studies consistently with critically acclaimed professional tappers Leah Silva,
artistic director of Reverb Tap Company, and Linda Sohl-Ellison, founder and artistic director of
Rhapsody in Taps. She has also studied with leading tap artists Sarah Reich, Aaron Williams, Melinda
Sullivan, Jason Janas, Sam Weber, Ted Louis Levy, and many more. Mary is a principle dancer for Reverb
Tap Company and has performed at dance festivals and concerts around the country including Tapn2Tap
at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas (2017) and at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Dallas
(2018), HALO Dance for Autism, Orange Coast College, Pasadena Dance Festival and many more. She
taught at the 2018 Orange County Tap Festival and performed as a soloist in its star-studded concert,
“Now and Then, Then to Now”. Mary recently performed at the 2018 Emmy Awards Governors Balls for
both the Creative Arts Emmys and the Primetime Emmys. In addition to performing and choreographing,
Mary loves to teach tap to students of all ages and abilities and is enjoying teaching the talented dancers
at McCoy Rigby Conservatory of the Arts.
Tap for Musical Theater
Bio Coming Soon!
Primary Musical Theater /Private Piano and voice
BIO COMING SOON
Nina has been dancing since the age of 3. She started off her dance training in ballet and at 8 years old began competing in jazz, tap, hip-hop and contemporary. She trained under Molly Long for 8 years until she graduated with Project 21. In high school, Nina choreographed numerous dances and was nominated as 2018 OC Register Artist of the Year for commercial dance. Nina has won numerous titles and had the opportunity to travel and dance with many well known choreographers. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics at UCLA.
Leaps & Turns/Jazz Technique
Teen Tap/Adult Tap/Adult Jazz/Teen jazz
Shannon is a former Los Angeles Laker Girl and the coach for the El Dorado High School Dance team. She was also choreographer for the popular children’s television series “Yo Gabba Gabba” and the Assistant Director/Choreographer for their multiple touring stage shows. Currently she is working on the Emmy Nominated Nickelodeon children’s show, Mutt n Stuff with Ceasar Milan.
Shannon has been with MRA for over 10 years, as well as working as a coach and choreographer across the Orange County school Districts. Her students and choreography have received numerous awards at studio and high school competitions both regionally and nationally, and she recently was the recipient of, Coach of the Year, from the California Association of Dance/Drill Team Directors. She currently teaches adult and teen classes at MRA and is excited to continue to be a part of their program.
Stacy has been an educator and cheer/song advisor for 30 years. She is currently then Language Arts Department Chair and Cheer/Song Advisor at Yorba Linda High School. Prior to that she taught and coached at Esperanza High School and SCATS
Gymnastics Academy in Huntington Beach. She has spent her career working with young people and appreciates that MRA gives her the opportunity to share her passion for gymnastics and movement with such an awesome group of kids.
Veronica began her journey as an aerial artist in 2014. She has been studying theatrical performance for 25 years, giving her a unique understanding of movement and performance techniques.
During her time as an aerial student, Veronica studied aerial silks, hammock, and rope. She studied with a variety of instructors and performing groups, such as Paper Doll Militia and Lucent Dossier, to learn their approaches to aerial fabric theory, technique, body mechanics, physiology, teaching, choreography, and performance.
After many requests for aerial coaching, Veronica began instructing private lessons, she received her Aerial Instructor Certification with Aerial Physique and began coaching group classes.
Veronica loves sharing her passion with her students and seeing them grow. Her style tends to be flowing choreography with interesting transitions. Her classes focus on form and technique while encouraging everyone to find their own style and voice as an artist.