• ABOUT RIVERSIDE DANCE ACADEMY

    We introduce a very professional atmosphere and offer a wide variety of styles of dance to all ages, from 2 and 1/2 year old toddlers to professionals desiring one-on-one coaching.

    Classical Ballet

    All levels available, from pre-ballet tots to professional ballerinas and danseurs.

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    We offer training in Classical Ballet, from Baby Ballet to Advanced Open class for professional dancers, and coaching and choreography for competing students. We also offer chances for our students to perform onstage.

     

    We also offer classes for your future primas, with a selection between Fairy Fun and Princess Ballet class.

     

    We also offer more serious ballet proper classes, in graduating levels, as well as pointe development classes and pas de deux.

    Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap

    Because a dancer must not live on ballet alone.

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    While we strongly recommend classical ballet, we encourage students to take additional types and styles of dance to broaden each students capabilities and knowledge of dance and the arts.

     

    Musical Theater, Acting, Music

    For the well-rounded performing artist.

    Join our production of Wizard of Oz in August 2018!

     

    Musical Theater classes are every Thursdays from 6:00-6:45 pm and, for beginners, Saturdays at 11:15 am to 12:00 pm.

     

    Please contact us by phone (951) 941-0732 or email riversidedanceacademy@gmail.com, or visit our studio for more information. More Performing Arts classes coming soon.

    Our mission

    Riverside Dance Academy and Performing Arts is creating a positive atmosphere for Dance and the Arts. Our Academy offers a wide variety of dance and performing arts classes. Our highly trained staff has so much to offer to each and every student. Our quality of instruction has prepared many of our students to be selected for roles in Cirque de Soleil, Disneyland parades and shows, Junior University, Civic Light Opera, Inland Dance Theater, as well as aiding students to acquire dance scholarships in major universities and many professional dance schools and companies in the United States and Canada. Here at RDA, our main focus is classical ballet, which is the foundation of all types of dance. Although we strongly recommend classical ballet we encourage students to take additional classes in different styles of dance to broaden each student’s capabilities and knowledge of both dance and the arts. RDA is a strong dance studio and performing arts choice and will create a positive and uplifting learning experience for all students involved.

    WE HAVE MOVED!

    1355 E. Alessandro Blvd, Suites #206, 207 and 208 (yes, count 'em, that's three times the size of our original studio!), Riverside, CA 92508

    Call us at (951) 941-0732 or send us email at riversidedanceacademy@gmail.com.

     

  • LATEST NEWS

    So much happening at Riverside Dance Academy + Performing Arts!

  • CLASS SCHEDULES

     

    New Schedule as of 1st of April 2018. Check out our new classes!

     

    Schedules and teachers are subject to change.

  • Meet Our Teachers

    Quincy Jacinto

    Owner and Artistic Director

    Mr. Quincy is a former principal dancer with Ballet Pacifica and Philippine Ballet Theater. He studied ballet, jazz and contemporary dance under his father, Eli Jacinto, at TEAM Dance Studio in the Philippines. With this solid background, he won a dance and academic scholarship to Harid Conservatory in Florida, where he trained with Olivier Pardina, Tina Santos-Wahl, Mark Godden, Demetrius Klein and Marjorie Tallchief. At Philippine Ballet Theatre, Quincy was cast in strong lead roles such as Basil in Don Quixote and Solor in La Bayadere, and has uniquely, separately portrayed the roles of Romeo, Tybalt and Mercutio in Tom Pazik's Romeo and Juliet. He had also made a mark on Philippine audiences in the historical ballet Andres, about the life of revolutionary hero, Andres Bonifacio, first as the opposing General, then in the lead role. On Quincy, the elder Eli Jacinto created roles for him in the solo Puga (Struggle) for TEAM Dance Studio, and the lead fisherman in Magdaragat (Seafarer) for Philippine Ballet Theatre. With Ballet Pacifica, he created roles in Molly Lynch's choreographies, particularly praised for his role of Puck in Lynch's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and danced in works by choreographers Choo San Goh, Robert Sund, Jacques Heim and Susan Hadley. Quincy was a runner-up for the Best Male Dancer Award in 2003 and has won multiple first place & top teacher/choreographer awards for his choreography which was performed & competed by his RDA students. In the summer of 2013, Quincy & Rachel opened Riverside Dance Academy & Performing Arts and currently run the academy as Artistic Directors and proprietors. In January 2015, the Jacinto's started their own professional dance company- CODA- Company of dance Artists and are following their dreams of training dancers for a professional career in dance. As artistic director of RDA & CODA, Quincy & his wife, Rachel have produced the full-length Nutcracker, which the school & company will perform annually, with this year being its 8th production. Quincy is eager to begin his 5th year as owner and artistic director of RDA with his wife Rachel and to experience the impact he can make in the lives of his students and the artistic dancers of CODA!

    Rachel Swinson Jacinto

    Owner and Artistic Director

    Miss Rachel is a former principal dancer of Inland Dance Theater, and has performed with American Ballet Theatre. Starting out at Inland Dance Academy, Rachel has trained under Evette DeMarco Swinson, and with David Allen, Michel Gervais, Roberto Almaguer, Charles Maple, John Todd, Tanya Durbin, and Jennifer Blake, in several styles of dance, including classical ballet, contemporary dance, jazz, hip hop and tap. Rachel was accepted to several professional ballet schools, significantly with American Ballet Theatre in New York City and the San Francisco Ballet School, where she trained with Lola DeAvila, Jorge Esquivel, Pascal Leroy, Wendy Van Dyke, John Meehan, Clinton Luckett, Cynthia Harvey, Leslie Browne and Ethan Brown. She trained under many Master Teachers, such as Evette Swinson, David Allen, Roberto Almaguer, Lola Deavila, and Cynthia Harvey. She also trained at the San Francisco Ballet School as well as the American Ballet Theater. In the summer of 2013, Rachel and Quincy opened Riverside Dance Academy & Performing Arts and currently run the academy as Artistic Directors and proprietors. In January 2015, the Jacintos started their own professional dance company- CODA- Company of dance Artists and are following their dreams of training dancers for a professional career in dance. As artistic director of RDA & CODA, she and her husband Quincy have produced the full-length Nutcracker, which the school & company will perform annually, with this year being it's 8th production. Rachel and Quincy have previously mounted Cinderella, Firebird, Swan Lake, Alice in Wonderland, Coppelia, and the Sleeping Beauty for various schools and Riverside Dance Academy. Rachel is ecstatic to be entering her 5th year as owner and artistic director of RDA with her husband Quincy and to get to opportunity to teach young minds a love of dance!

    Evette DeMarco Swinson

    Artistic Advisor and Ballet Mistress

    Miss Evette began her ballet training in Riverside with Mary Lynn Waterman and Clinton Rothwell of the National Ballet of Canada. She was awarded a Ford Foundation Scholarship from the School of American Ballet at the age of 12 and studied with the Harkness House for Ballet Arts with David Howard in New York at the age of 15. After returning from New York, she joined the Los Angeles Ballet at the age of 15 under the direction of John Clifford, former Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet, where she danced professionally from 1974 until 1985. She was also a Principal Dancer with Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, South Coast Ballet, and California Riverside Ballet under the direction of David Allen. She has performed as a guest artist with many Southern California companies, in movies and on TV, and has shared the stage with such celebrated artists as Merrill Ashley, Gelsey Kirkland, Alicia Alonzo, Darci Kistler, Peter Martins, Jorge Esquival, Damian Woetzel and John Clifford, and danced professionally for over 20 years. Miss Evette has also choreographed for many years and she won first overall and platinum for ballet pieces at Star Systems in 2016. She loves teaching and is excited for the upcoming dance year at RDA!

    Andy Carballo

    Jazz, Tricks, Tumbling, Improvisation, Contemporary, Ballet

    Mr. Andy started dancing at the age of 13. He trained in the disciplines of jazz, Classical Ballet, modern, Hip Hop, Bachata, contemporary and tap. He competed in dance for 4 years and hasbeen teaching for 8. He has won numerous awards and high over-all scores at a variety of competition circuits. After Andy finished High school he went on to dance at Inland Pacific and Riverside Ballet on a scholarship. During that time he also worked in Los Angeles and Hollywood as a Hip Hop performer for House of Blues and Rage night club in the Hip Hop Crews: Serious Effect, 2fierce and Mixed Prophecy. He later went on to choreograph as a guest artist for Chaffey college's dance department. Andy has trained under: Michele Jenkins, Maura Townsend, Glenda Carhart, John Pennington, Diane Bonds, Ron Brown, Brendan Brazier, Edana Garett, Jose Pilar Gonzales, Randall Graham, Alexandre Espana, Kalvin Latimer, Wynesha Gardner, Sofia Carreras,Terri Best, Damien Diaz, Havoc, Tovaris Wilson, Marissa Osato and Sonya Tayeh. His choreography credits include: Upland High school, Arroyo Valley High school, Chaffey College, Elevate Dance and Fitness, The Dance Shop, School of Art's and Enterprise, Rap artist Kennedy Vie, Downtown House of Blues, Boardener's in Hollywood and Downtown Disney Make a wish Foundation 2009 gala. Andy is currently teaching dance throughout the Inland Empire and is going back to school to pursue a career in Sports Medicine. He is very excited and enthusiastic about teaching young minds and sharing all his knowledge of dance with his students.

    Elisa D'Carpio

    Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe

    Miss Elisa is a classically trained ballet and contemporary dancer and has been dancing for over 15 years. She began at age three studying Chiquette Ballet at Ballet Temecula and continued in Classical Ballet for the next ten while training with Quincy Jacinto at The Ballet Studio, and with Dana Nelson and Jose Chavez at Academy of Ballet Arts. Through the years, she has also studied with a variety of teachers in the genres of Jazz, Tap, Modern, and African Dance. Elisa was introduced to Contemporary by Quincy Jacinto at age nine and has continued to study the art of improvisation and movement under Quincy and Margaret Faulkner. Since 2008, Elisa has performed in Giselle, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, and Alice in Wonderland. Along with being featured as Clara in Academy of Ballet Arts' yearly Nutcracker performance, she has played roles such as the Dolls, Marzipan, Dew Drop soloist, and Spanish soloist. She has had soloist roles in other performances such as Puck in Midsummer Night's Dream, the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, and the lead in Cinderella. Miss Elisa has been a part of many contemporary pieces choreographed by Quincy Jacinto and was in "Requiem for a Dream" by Jose Chavez. In the winter of 2014 at the Youth American Grand Prix, Elisa placed first in the Senior Contemporary division with her solo "Metamorphosis", top twelve in Senior Classical Ballet, and her Sleeping Beauty Pas De Deux was one of few that qualified for the Finals in New York. Elisa has taught children from ages three and up in both areas of ballet and contemporary, and through her teaching, strives to instill excellence and a focus on strength and technique. With her passion for music and dance, Elisa is thrilled to bring her expertise and a love of the art to all who are in her class.

    Danae Naman

    Hip Hop

    Miss Danae began dancing at the age of 4 at West Coast School of the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA where she was trained in ballet, lyrical, and jazz. She danced with them competitively until the age of 11 when she then moved studios to LA Dance Center. There she broadened her training in hip-hop, modern, and musical theater. She had the opportunity to perform on the Dolby Theatre stage with Best New Talent, take master classes from So You Think You Can Dance’s Stephen “tWitch” Boss and High School Musical’s choreographer Chucky Klapow, and star in the studio’s summer musical productions of “Wicked”, “Peter Pan”, and “High School Musical”. By the age of 15 she re-centered her focus from studio life to school performance. She was on her high school’s Varsity Song Team all four years serving as captain her Senior year and performed in the annual Broadway Showcase serving as Student Director both her Junior and Senior year. At 17, she got her first job at The Disneyland Resort as a parade dancer in the “Pixar Play Parade”. She is still a Cast Member at Disneyland and since has performed multiple roles in “A Christmas Fantasy Parade” and “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade”.

    Miss Danae’s love for hip-hop grew during her time at Biola University where she performed with the hip-hop club for two years and the official university dance team - BiolaDance Crew for four years serving as captain for two years. In May 2017, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Cinema and Media Arts. Since then Miss Danae has continued her training at Millennium Dance Complex Orange County and is so excited to share her passion for dance with the next generation.

    Megan Giffin

    Ballet, Contemporary, Tumbling

    Miss Megan started her training at Riverside Dance Academy & Performing Arts under the direction of Rachel and Quincy Jacinto and Evette Swinson and has excelled extremely quickly to a very high level in classical ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz and tumbling. Megan has also trained with Roberto Almaguer, Giselle DeMarco, Avianna Sanchez, Gina Cerato and many more professional teachers. She has been competing for many years and has won multiple 1st place overall, 1st place in category and platinum awards at various competitions. Megan competes consistently at the Youth American Grand Prix and placed 12th out of hundreds of dancers for her variation of Kitri from Don Quixote. Megan has performed for many years including soloist roles, such as snow soloist and waltz soloist, Arabian, Spanish and has performed as Clara in various productions of RDA's Nutcracker. She has also performed as the Harvest Fairy in RDA's Cinderella and the Mad Hatter in RDA's Through the Looking Glass, just to name a few. Miss Megan has been teaching at RDA for 3 years and choreographed several performance pieces for the studio's annual shows. She is currently training at RDA under the directors and RDA's staff and dances as a CODA dancer with RDA's professional company. Megan is very happy to pass on what she has learned to the many students of RDA as she continues to grow as a dancer!

    London Mitchell

    Jazz, Jazz Tricks, Tap, Musical Theater

    Miss London has been dancing since she was three and has been teaching dance for three years. She has been participating in dance competition circuits for six years. She trains in all areas of dance but her specialties are in Jazz and Contemporary. In 2015 London was placed 1st overall at Star Systems Nationals and has six 1st place regional titles. London is currently training at RDA under the directors and RDA's staff and dances as a CODA dancer with RDA's professional company. She loves teaching because she enjoys passing down what she has learned from previous teachers and her experiences to others so they can grow into wonderful dancers!

    Emily Kelley

    Contemporary, Jazz, Tumbling

    Miss Emily has been training with Riverside Dance Academy & Performing Arts for four years in a variety of dance genres such as ballet, jazz, contemporary, tumbling, and more. Each year she participates in the Nutcracker and Summer Ballet, as well as competition teams, trios, duets and solos. At competitions, Emily has won a multitude of awards such as Outstanding Technical skill, 1st in Category, 1st Overall and many more. Emily has traveled with RDA to dance events at all sort of different venues. She is currently training at RDA under the directors and RDA's staff and dances as a CODA dancer with RDA's professional company. Emily has been subbing and assistant teaching at RDA for two years in classes and during production rehearsals and is excited to be teaching this coming year!

    Hayley Hunt

    Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary

    Miss Hayley has been studying dance for 10 years in all genres of dance including ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, lyrical, modern and tap. She has been studying at Riverside Dance Academy for 4 years as well as teaching for 2 years directly under Rachel Swinson- Jacinto, former Principal dancer of Inland Dance Theater and Quincy Jacinto, former Principal dancer of Ballet Pacifica and Philippine Ballet Theater. She has been dancing in ballet productions with Riverside Dance Academy since December of 2014 including Nutcracker as a Waltz of the Flowers Soloist, Snow Soloist and Marzipan soloist; Coppelia as the Harlequin Doll and Mazurka Core, Cinderella as the Summer Fairy and Princess Soloist and lastly Through the Looking Glass as the White Queen. She was awarded her pointe shoes January of 2015 and has been training long hours most days of the week since then. Hayley has been competing at national competitions for 5 years and has placed in the top 10 overall at most competitions. She is currently dances as a CODA dancer with RDA's professional company. She began choreographing pieces for competition in 2016 which include Cinderella's Mice, Movin' which placed 2nd overall at Act 1 Competition, I See the Light which placed 4th overall at Move National Competition as well as winning a Choreography award at Act 1 Competition and Uptown Girls which competed in the competitive level at Move National Competition and won 3rd overall in the Dance Off. Hayley loves working with kids who love to dance; she sees their potential and pushes her students to be the best they can be. She is very patient with the kids and works her best to be sure that everyone is enjoying her classes. She is a full time student at Riverside Poly High School; she gets good grades and is involved in many activities on campus as well as the 22 hours she spends at the studio weekly. Hayley truly loves all her students and cannot wait to teach their young minds this year!

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