Studio Director/General Manager
BIO COMING SOON!
Dance company Director/Jazz
Raquel Ortiz started dancing at the age of five, but began seriously training at the age of nine yearold. She trained with top choreographers and teachers that included Leslie Kenfield, Shannon Mather, Khasan Brailsford, Tyce Diorio, BlakeMcGrath and many other top teachers. Raquel continued to train throughout high school, and than she went on to train at Mt. San Antonio community college where she was captain of her two-time consecutive National Championship Dance team. Along with being on the dance team she also made sure to keep up with her studies which led her to receive her Associates Degree in Kinesiology. Along with all she was doing at Mt. Sac she was also a Head Instructor during the summer months where she would travel to different states and teach dance camps to high school and college students. All of Raquel’s experience led her to become a professional dancer and a college graduate. She
currently dances for the NFL, and is in her second season with the Los Angeles Rams. While with the Rams she has performed with Snoop Dogg, and Tone Loc.
Raquel also danced for the Los Angeles Lakers from 2014-2016 where she was able to attend many events including Kanye West’s Birthday Party, and was fortunate enough to perform with Maroon 5 in the iconic Forum. Adding to Raquel having amazing experiences with both the Lakers and the Rams she has also had the pleasure of being apart of an international Skechers commercial, danced along-side Florence Henderson and participated in many dance concerts that benefited big organizations. 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 Communications studies with hopes of getting her Masters in the near future. While a student at CSUN he was also the dance team coach at Bishop Amat Memorial High School where she helped lead the team to regional and national titles.
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. Shanon is excited for what is to come for McCoy Rigby Arts! Shanon@mccoyrigby.com.
Leaps & Turns/Jazz Technique
BIO COMING SOON!
Tiny Dancers/Dancin’ Divas/Teen Jazz
BIO COMING SOON
No Limits Director
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.
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.
Madison currently performs as a Principal dancer with the Inland Pacific Ballet. Formerly, she danced with the Houston Ballet (Corps de Ballet) and Anaheim Ballet. She has performed in works by several acclaimed choreographers (such as Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, John Cranko, George Balanchine, Sir Ben Stevenson, Mark Morris, and Christopher Wheeldon) and has also performed in world premiers such as Stanton Welch’s “Marie” and “La Bayadere.” She has performed independently as a guest artist at festivals and galas across the country and has been a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) since 2010. While her primary home is the stage, she also occasionally models (commercial and print) and performs in the commercial/television dance scene (I.e. 2014 Video Music Awards). She has appeared in a number of publications including a book (i.e. “The Telling Image”) and magazines ranging from local to national (i.e. Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Advantage, Arts & Culture Texas, etc).
Madison has served on MRA staff (teaching ballet, pointe, pre-pointe, acro/tumbling, and conditioning) since 2015. She founded MRA’s “Musical Accompanist Internship” which was established to train talented musicians in how to accompany ballet classes. As a former competitive gymnast, Madison trained under several Olympians (Alexander Alexandrov, Dominique Moceanu, Deliana Vodenicharova, Roumen Yordanov, and Achim Fassbender). Using her gymnastics background, she has served as a specialized dance coach at gymnastics camps such as the Dominique Moceanu Summer Gymnastics Camp (Ohio) and workshops at the World Champions Centre (TX). She is a USA Gymastics (USAG) certified instructor as well as a highly ranked and sought after Dance Coach on CoachUp.
Houston Ballet II, Houston Ballet Academy, School of America Ballet (NYC), and Ad Deum Dance Company (modern dance).
– National YoungArts Finalist and Winner in dance (2010).
– Houston Ballet Academy: Most Improved (2010) and Peter Schaer Award (2009
Voice/Building your songbook/Performance Company
ARMANDO S. QUIROZ
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.
2018/2019 Guest Instructors
Guest Musical Director
Guest Dance Company Choreographer
Bio coming soon.
RACHEL PFIEFER GREEN
Int/Advanced Vocal Techniques