Meet The Team

Dorothy Ho

Founder & Dance Instructor

Dorothy Ho, a graduate of Orange County School of the Arts, started her performance career as a Classical Voice major then participated in Commercial Dance her senior year. She has over 15 years of training in Hip-Hop, Ballet, and Jazz and has taught for over 6 years. Her passion and drive for dance earned her a full scholarship at University of California Irvine’s Summer Academies in the Arts in 2014. She has choreographed extensively for television, music videos, festivals, fundraisers, schools, and competitions. Her choreography has been featured on Little Saigon Television Network from 2016-2019 and Asian World Media Network from 2017-2019. Her awards include 1st place, Best Theme, and Best Costume at World of Dance Las Vegas in 2014, 1st place at Nor-Cal Collaboration 2015, 2nd place Urban Street Jam Trio division 2016, 2nd place Maxt-Out 2014, 2nd place San Diego Best Dance Crew 2015, and more. She is currently attending Chapman University earning her BA in Philosophy, and leading Charade Dance Academy’s dance faculty.

Jessica

Neves

Pre-Ballet Instructor

Jessica Neves grew up in Redding, California, where she developed a passion for performing at age 6. She performed in a summer camp for 12 years that involved all styles of dance, singing, acting, art, and leadership. She began training at a studio at age 13, participated in her school dance department for 7 years, danced in local shows and musicals, started her high school’s dance team and became captain, to name a few. She is trained in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, musical theatre, and hip hop dance. Jessica moved to Southern California in 2015 where she received her BA in dance at CSULB and was a member of their competitive dance team for one year. She has worked at Disneyland as a parade performer in 6 different parades for the past 3 years and has also performed with Insomniac entertainment. Jessica currently trains at local studios in her free time, teaches dance at a total of three locations, and wishes to have a career in performance and dance education.

Sophia Gallardo

Dance Instructor

A native of Orange County, California, Sophia Gallardo began her
passion for dance at the early age of 3. Since then, she has performed extensively in Loose Cannons and served as a dancer and assistant for acclaimed choreographer Andy Vaca. in high school, Sophia proved her love of dance and performance when she was admitted into Mater Dei’s prestigious song leading team. After she graduated high school, she auditioned and was accepted to become a dance staff member for a highly innovative dance competition, U.S. Spiritleaders. in college, Sophia was a member of the Cal State Long Beach Dance Team for 2 years; during her time on the team, she participated in the prestigious College
Nationals in Orlando, Florida. she has since graduated from Cal State Long
Beach and received her BA in Dance.

Alyssa Latham

Tumbling Instructor

 

Alyssa Latham, a native of Washington has trained, taught, and performed extensively for over 20 years in Ballet, Tap, Hip-Hop, Modern, Lyrical, Gymnastics, and Pointe. Her resilience and hard work in dance has kept her as the title holder of the International Dance Challenge competition in New York from 1997-2008. Not only was Alyssa a competitive dancer, she also pursued Musical Theatre and was the lead in several productions such as Annie, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins and more from 1997-2005. After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts, she ventured to Southern California to pursue her career here. Since then, Alyssa has been in numerous music videos as a featured dancer and was a cast member at Disneyland, performing in the Pixar Play Parade in 2017 and DJ's Dance n' Drive Parade from 2017-2019. Currently, Alyssa is the leading tumbling instructor at Charade and prioritizes the safety of her students while strengthening their minds and body to continually be at their best.

J.R. Yonocruz

K - Pop Instructor

 

A Bay Area native, J.R. has choreographed, performed, competed, and

extensively taught dance for over 15 years. His training includes foundational

styles such as freestyle popping, locking, b-boying, house dance, femme, hip-hop

grooves, and martial arts tricking. His main forte is in teaching K-POP cover choreography,

popping fundamentals, and Hip-Hop. One of J.R.’s passions lie within mentoring

and advising collegiate dance teams and dancers alike to grow both on a

professional and personal level; he is satisfied when he can help his students

reach their goals. At the UVSA Tet festival in 2020, he served as a judge for one

of the biggest and most anticipated events of the festival, the Talent Show. His

credits include Academy of Villains, Kaba Modern, Urban Motus, KKAP, and Koreos

UCLA and more. Outside of dance, he’s also an avid reader, foodie, and comedic writer/performer.

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