Faculty

Director/Owner

Stacie Fisher began dancing at age 4, studying with dance studios on Long Island, New York and Broadway Dance Center in New York City, and continued on a pathway which paved the way for her career. Earning a Bachelor's of Science Degree from The University at Buffalo in Psychology and a Minor in Dance, Stacie moved on to complete a Master's Degree in Guidance Counseling from the University of Central Florida. Throughout her educational journey, Stacie began teaching dance at the recreational and competitive level as well as performing in Modern dance companies throughout Orlando. Stacie owned and directed Creative Dance Academy in Boca Raton, FL for three years, before relocating to California. She is thrilled to be following her dream to once again open and operate a dance studio, here in Rocklin. 

Creative Director

Kristen Gauthier began dancing at the age of 4, studying dance with local studios in the Northern California area. Since 2010, Kristen has been responsible for various competition teams specializing in different styles at a local studio in Roseville. In addition, she has competed and performed with different modern companies herself throughout Sacramento. She has also had the opportunity of attending the American College Dance Association in Des Moines, Iowa in 2015. Kristen received her first Choreography Award in 2017 and has continued to receive various choreography awards at local competitions for Jazz and Contemporary. Earning her Bachelor’s Degree from California State University of Sacramento in Deaf Studies with a Minor in Dance in 2015, Kristen is working as a Teacher for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students for Sutter County as well as working towards her Masters in Special Education with a specialization in Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She is so excited for the opportunity as Creative Director with Rocklin Academy of Dance and can not wait to share her passion with younger dancers of the community.

Competition/Recreational Instructor

Lauren Ellison  began dancing over 20 years ago, and has extensively studied and trained in jazz, tap, ballet, and contemporary/modern dance. In addition to competing in dance beginning at age 3, Lauren also pursued competitive gymnastics for many years.  Lauren broadened her talents and started teaching dance in 2009, and has gone on to teach and choreograph throughout California. Lauren graduated in 2013 from San Francisco State University where she earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies- Elementary Education and a Minor in Dance.  While at SFSU, Lauren was a member of their pre-professional dance company, which allowed her to perform in shows across the Bay Area, receive advanced training, collaborate with professional dance companies, and attend the American College Dance Festival Association Regional Conference.  Lauren returned to Roseville in 2014, and has continued to teach recreational and competitive dance ever since. Lauren currently teaches 4th grade in Roseville, and actively encourages dance at her school by leading a before school dance program, and choreographing for school musicals.

Faith Moreno

Faith has been dancing for 15 years. She has trained in many different styles of dance including Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical, Salsa, Ballet, Jazz, and Hip Hop. Faith is the JV Dance Team coach at Antelope High School as well as the Director of the Hip Hop Dance Team, Heat Wave. She has been teaching for 5 years and choreographing for area productions for the past 8 years. Faith's focus is to encourage children to grow a passion for dance and to become more well rounded dancers. She looks forward to continuing to spread the culture of dance. 

Hannah Suarez

Hannah has been dancing for more than 10 years. Her training consists of tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet, contemporary and modern and has been on local competition teams for 8 years. Hannah has worked with dancers of all ages as a TA as well as substitute and has choreographed for her high school dance program. Throughout her dance career, she has fallen in love with tap as well as performing. She cannot wait to spread her love of dance as a teacher at Rocklin Academy of Dance. 

Norine Brown

 

Norine Brown received her early dance training in Vancouver, Canada, and furthered her education at the Hammond School of Dancing in Chester England where she attained diplomas in Modern, National, RAD Ballet, Imperial Ballet, Anatomy, and Ballroom. Eventually joined a French touring company and traveled extensively throughout Europe and over time re-settled in Vancouver and began a ballet teaching career. 

In 1986 along with husband Jeff, moved to Sacramento, California. Since that time, has undergone continual training and upgrading in the Cecchetti method and currently resides on the Board of CUSA (Cecchetti USA) and is an active West Coast Committee member. Norine travels to workshops and summer schools throughout the USA and Canada where she teaches students and participates in teacher classes. An active Board Member of SADA (Sacramento Area Dance Alliance) for the past 20 years working in many capacities and is currently acting as Corresponding Secretary. SADA is a non profit company that offers workshops and scholarships to local dance students. Some of Norine’s former students have advanced their careers to become dancers with major Canadian and American Ballet companies. Norine enjoys teaching dance to all age groups whether they desire a professional career or are attending classes for pure enjoyment.

Katie Post

Having recently returned from studying dance as a trainee with the Nashville Ballet, Katie Post is excited to bring what she has learned from her 15 years of training from around the country to her students. Katie primarily trained at the Northern California Dance Conservatory as well as the School of

the Sacramento Ballet, and enjoyed dancing in the Sacramento Ballet’s Nutcracker for 11 years. She completed the Northern California Dance Conservatory’s Dance Pedagogy Program and started working with young dancers in classroom and

private coaching sessions that same year. Katie has also had the privilege to learn hula from some of the best kumu hula (hula teachers) in Hawai’i; she hopes to continue dancing hula to rejoice in and perpetuate the beauty of the Hawaiian culture.Miss Post hopes that she can encourage young dancers to be their healthiest selves, which means keeping her classroom environment safe for body and mind while still helping her students achieve their goals and develop their artistry in a fun way.

Nick Nguyen

Nick Nguyen's passion for Hip Hop and Urban Hip Hop is present with each class he teaches. Nick has taken on the role of director for Rhythm Inc. from 2009-2014. He is an active member and choreographer for 'Press Play' since 2012. Nick has taught for local dance studios such as Dance Connection in Stockton, In the Groove Studio in Oakland, and Step 1 in Sacramento, as well as for various workshops in California. Nick is happy to be teaching both competition classes and recreational classes at Rocklin Academy of Dance and looks forward to a great year. 

 

Brooke Raby

Brooke Raby started dancing at the age of 14, and dance quickly became her passion. Brooke danced in Roseville High School's dance program all four years. She performed in, and choreographed for many dances throughout her high school's Winter and Spring shows. In addition, Brooke was an active member of her High School Dance Team, performing during football and basketball games. Brooke furthered her dance education on local competitive Jazz, Lyrical, and Contemporary Teams, winning numerous regional awards. She is now pursuing a dance degree at Folsom Lake College. Brooke is looking forward to teaching at RAD and sharing her love for dance with her students this coming season.  

Agata Grzelak

Agata Grzelak started her training in the Bay Area, studying ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, and character. She trained extensively into her teens under the direction of Ayako Takahasi, along with Michael Lowe, Maria LeMance and Robyn Tribuzi. From the Bay Area to Sacramento, Agata continued her training under numerous esteemed instructors who have greatly influenced her teaching style; Heidi McLean, Nolan T’Sani, Lisa Ross, Randee Pauve, Lorelei Bayne, Dr. Linda Goodrich, Robert Moses. Prior to receiving her Bachelors of Art in Dance at Sacramento State in 2014, Agata spent two months in NY attending the esteemed Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance where she was immersed into an extremely challenging summer intensive that was invigorating and inspirational. It drives her current passion for modern and contemporary dance. She enjoys creating works, teaching students and being a part of a wonderful dance community. Agata currently teaches at St. Francis High School and the Sacramento Ballet School.