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About Jillian

Dance has always captivated my heart and soul from an early age...

I began to dance at age seven and by twelve was on pointe and had already received my first bouquet of pink flowers as a soloist.

I continued my dance training with Ballet Pacifica under the direction of Lila Zali in Laguna Beach when my Dad became Orange County Assessor and we relocated to South Orange County.

While at San Clemente High School I maintained my honors programs work, was a songleader and participated in the dance department's shows performing solos to beautiful music such as Bizet's "Carmen" and Tchaikovsky's Arabian from "The Nutcracker".

After graduating eighth in my class in the first graduating class at Capistrano Valley, school districts were redrawn for the brand new high school, I received scholarships to attend UC Irvine and was accepted with sophomore standing.

How exciting it was to dance in UC Irvine's Dance Department under the direction of choreographer, Eugene Loring of "Billy the Kid" fame! Later, I also majored in Political Science and Business Marketing receiving my BA and Masters in a five year program that awarded both degrees.

Adding dimension to my dance choreography and instruction has been my extensive background in theater.

In the 90s and early 2000s I directed over thirty full length and one act plays in venues and theaters all over Orange County and was artistic director of a local community theater for many years in South County as well as the producer of the West Coast Ten Minute Play Contest and Festival.

Coaching and advanced education have always been a priority with me and I have worked with numerous Ballroom and Latin champions.

Among them:

Claudio Rubio; Argentine Tango Champion of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Michael Mead and Toni Redpath; four time, four year in a row, US American Smooth Champions, Igor and Irina Suvorov; 3rd Place World Standard Champions, and Nadia Eftedal; Winner of 9 different World and US Latin Championships.

At the following California competitions I competed in American Smooth: Waltz, Foxtrot, American Tango and Viennese Waltz:

I teach out of the DVIDA sanctioned syllabi for Argentine Tango, American Smooth and Rhythm and combine my experiences in the business and the artistic worlds to bring the concepts and step movement to my dance students in innovative and exciting manners.

You can see my competition routines here.

I am a member of: Pi Beta Phi fraternity, the National Dance Council of America, and the Association of Bridal Consultants.

In my spare time I like to create new dance patterns, make one-of-a-kind ShoeBeaus and earrings, write in my blog and mix essential oils to create therapeutic washes and cosmetics.


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