ABOUT RIVERSIDE DANCE ACADEMY
We introduce a very professional atmosphere and offer a wide variety of styles of dance & levels to all ages, from 2 1/2 years to advanced & professionals including classical ballet, pas de duex, pointe, pre-pointe, contemporary, jazz, musical theater, hip hop, tap & tumbling. RDA also offers annual performances, competitive dance teams & pre professional and professional opportunities!
All levels available, from pre-ballet tots to advanced and professional ballerinas and danseurs.
We offer training in Classical Ballet, from Baby Ballet to Advanced & professional dancers, and coaching and choreography for competing students. We offer opportunities for performances, and stage ballets and musicals, thoroughly enjoyed by our Riverside audience.
We have fun 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.
RDA offers a Summer Intensive each year with the industry's top teachers and choreographers from L. A., Orange County, The Philippines and New York City!
Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap
Because a dancer must not live on ballet alone.
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.
Students learn various techniques,tricks, styles and choreography which is performed throughout the year with our performance showcases and our spring celebration of dance event.
Our Competitive dance teams and professional coaches have won several prestigious awards over the years including, Top teacher at On Cue & Star systems, Top 12 and 1st place at YAGP, Top Int studio at Kar, Studio Spirit award at Act 1, dancer of the year at Rainbow, several 1st overall achievements and many more! Auditions take place annually in August for RDA competitive dance teams, competing solos, duets, pas de duex's and ensembles.
Musical Theater, Acting, Music
For the well-rounded performing artist.
We believe in a well-rounded performing arts education for our students, and not only offer dance classes, but musical theater classes as well. Our artistic directors are well versed in musical theater, with Miss Rachel having performed and trained with Steps on Broadway in New York City, while Mr. Quincy was brought up singing and dancing to show tunes from My Fair Lady, Jesus Christ Superstar, West Side Story, Fame, and more, being the son of the most sought after jazz teacher and choreographer in the Philippines.
We also produce musical theater productions annually to culminate this training, aside from it being just so much fun! We have mounted Grease, The Wizard of Oz, The Greatest Showman & more!
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.
The directors and staff inspire and nurture a lasting love and appreciation for dance through artistic guidance, exciting & consistent performances opportunities, neoclassical & contemporary choreography and outstanding training programs including pre-professional & professional opportunities. RDA is a strong dance studio and performing arts choice and will create a positive and uplifting learning experience for all students involved.
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
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.
In the summer of 2013, Quincy & Rachel opened Riverside Dance Academy & Performing Arts and currently run the academy as Artistic Directors and proprietors. He has won multiple first place & top teacher/choreographer awards, with his choreography performed & competed by his RDA students. Quincy's students consistently placed 1st and 2nd, and ranked in the Top 12 at YAGP, as well as placing in the Top 5 at California dance classics. 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.
Quincy is eager to begin his 8th 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, musical theater 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 also trained at Steps on Broadway in New York City.
In the summer of 2013, Rachel and Quincy opened Riverside Dance Academy & Performing Arts and currently run the academy as Artistic Directors and proprietors. As artistic director of RDA and Company of Dance Artists, or CODA, their own professional dance company, she and her husband Quincy have produced the full-length Nutcracker, which the school & company perform annually, with this year being it's 9th production along with other classical ballets and began adding Musical productions for summer two years ago. Rachel and Quincy have previously mounted Cinderella, Firebird, Swan Lake, Alice in Wonderland, Through the looking Glass, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Grease, Chicago, Moulin Rouge, The Greatest Showman and the Sleeping Beauty for various schools and Riverside Dance Academy.
Rachel has been recognized consistently for her choreography and her students' outstanding technique with several awards including 1st place overall achievements, awards for Top Teacher, Top Choreographer. As an administrator of RDA, she is proud to receive Top Int Studio, a Studio Spirit award, and a Studio of Excellence award.
Rachel is ecstatic to be entering her 8th year as owner and artistic director of RDA with her husband Quincy and to get the 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 has had several original works and award-winning pieces of choreography. Her work has achieved 1st place, 2nd place and top 12 at YAGP over many years including many of her students making it to the New York City finals where they performed several times. She loves teaching and is excited for the upcoming dance year at RDA!
International Ballet Master
Eli Jacinto’s career in dance, performance and fashion is remarkable, and not only because it spans decades. He started with experimental dance with Rosalia Merino-Santos at the Far Eastern University, folk dance under national artist Madam Lucretia Urtula, jazz and ballet under Ms. Julie Borromeo, Mr. Tony Llacer, Ms. Anita Kane, Ms. Totoy de Oteyza, and Mr. William Morgan, in the Philippines, including studies in the American School of Dance in Los Angeles, and the David Howard Dance center and Luigi Dance Center in New York. He was a highly sought-after dancer and choreographer, not only for the stage but for fashion shows, international beauty pageants, and corporate launch events. Eli Jacinto is a celebrated choreographer, touted as “inventive,” and an “adept craftsman,” by dance critics. In 1981, he established TEAM Dance Studio, his own school for ballet, modern/contemporary, and jazz. Although he started with foreign syllabi, he eventually started to develop his own technique syllabus for Filipino bodies. He has also been in demand for coaching and stretching classes for dance students training for competition in dance, dance sports (ballroom dancing), and other dance-related sports such as skating and gymnastics. Mr. Eli is always honored and enthusiastic to teach the students RDA when he visits.
Miss Erika is an award winning competition team coach and choreographer for RDA and is happy to be focusing on technique and improvement with her dancers!
Miss Erika is from Menifee, California where she grew up dancing among the most competitive studios and schools in Southern California. She has trained in different styles of dance including: jazz, lyrical, modern, contemporary, tap, ballet, hip hop, and musical theater. While being a member of Elizabeth Ferri's dance company she traveled and performed at several events including the half-time show for the LA Clippers at the Staples Center. She is currently completing a double major in political science and dance at California State University Fullerton and is on their 16 time division 1 national championship dance team! Erika is on staff with the United Spirit Association where she travels all over the west coast teaching at high schools and middle schools. She has represented the USA in events like performing at the rose bowl during a UCLA event. She loves sharing her passion of dance with her students and pushing them in all of her classes.
Miss Jackie started dancing at the age of four in Moreno Valley, CA. She trained in all dance styles and was a part of the competition team for thirteen years and is now instructing and choreographing award winning routines around the Inland Empire. She is currently studying at Riverside City College and is a competitive dancer on Riverside City College’s dance team. She has also done recent work in a movie. She was cast as a cheerleader and got to work alongside many well know actors including Ben Affleck.
Miss Jackie has trained directly under RDA’s Artistic Director Quincy Jacinto and is happy to be a big part of the RDA staff bringing artistic quality and innovative teaching techniques to all of her students.
Ballet, Tap, and Office Staff
Miss Patience studied Ballet and Tap under the loving tutelage of Dorothy Matsie Wade in North Hollywood, CA from the age of 4 until she was 19. During that time she attended a Performing Arts School for 3 years, and studied Jazz and Modern Dance under the fabulous Mrs. Baker. She finally took ballet at Los Angeles Community College for 1 year. She stopped dancing due to a foot injury while at her retail job. Now in her 40's, she ironically, decided it was time to get back to her basics, and started taking ballet & jazz classes with RDA in March 2016, because of another foot injury (plantar fasciitis). She started teaching ballet later that same year. She is the mother to 2 children, one of our students, Emma Armienta, who is thriving in her 8th year her at RDA, and a son, Wyatt, who loves to ride his dirt bike out in Barstow with his dad. Patience is great with helping RDA's little dancers discover the beauty and love for dance and believes it is going to be another terrific dance year!
Emma started at Riverside Dance Academy on their opening day back in July 2013. She has trained and is still currently training under RDA’s Artistic Directors, Quincy & Rachel Jacinto & RDA’s Master Teacher Evette Swinson, among many other professional instructors.
A lover of Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary since she was 8 years old, she worked hard and earned her pointe shoes in 2016. Emma has competed at various classical and contemporary competitions such as Youth America Grand Prix and California Dance Classics. Emma has several years of performance experience in RDA‘s productions of the Nutcracker ballet, performing leading roles such as Clara, the Snow Queen, Waltz soloist and the Arabian soloist. Emma has also performed in RDA‘s productions of Swan Lake and Alice in Wonderland’s Through the Looking Glass, and many more each year taking on challenging roles en pointe.
After years of being a trained student teacher, she was promoted to an RDA teacher. She is looking forward to sharing her love of dance with our youngest dancers in her classes!
Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Tumbling, Hip Hop
Miss Yazmin started dancing at age 4 and has had a love for dance her whole life. She was a part of the dance and cheer teams for 5 years. She was also involved in gymnastics for a few years. Yazmin joined RDA and has been training under the RDA directors, Quincy and Rachel Jacinto for the past 4 years. She has studied various dance genres including ballet, contemporary, tumbling, hip hop, tap and jazz. Yazmin has won several prestigious awards at various competitions classical and commercial competitions, consistently placing in the Top 10 in several of these competitions. In Yazmin's 3rd year competing with us she moved up to our highest level of competition teams after just one year of competing.
She has performed many soloist roles with RDA, including Kitri's friend and Dryad soloist in Don Quixote, swan corps de ballet and Spanish soloist in Swan Lake, and soloist roles as soldier doll, Snowflakes, Waltz and Arabian Coffee, The Dew Drop Fairy in The Nutcracker. Such a joy to be with, Yazmin is a well-experienced teacher with RDA, and works very well with the students and the other dancers.
Vocal Coach, Musical Theater Director
Miss DeAnza has over ten years experience as a voice student, with advanced skills in both Classical and Musical Theater. She was featured in the ensemble in Heathers: The Musical, a student production of the University of Redlands, where she is also a member of one of the chamber choirs of the Redlands School of Music. Additionally, Miss DeAnza was involved in the production by collaborating with her fellow students in developing staging, choreography, vocals and character. She is not a newbie to the production side of theatre, as she had been responsible for leading the soprano section of the King High School Choir, when she had been their member from 2013-2017, and was putting together their Show Choir competition sets, as well as an active vocalist of the Grove Community Church Worship Team through Junior and High School.
She also has had experience teaching song and dance to children during the King Choir Youth Camps of 2015 to 2017, and cheers and dance routines to the King Cheer Youth Camps of 2013 to 2017. Miss DeAnza was also one of the performance directors, the Music director and Lead Vocal coach for our summer 2019 Musical, The Greatest Showman & 2020's Grease. DeAnza is RDA's Musical Theater Director & Vocal Coach. She is looking forward to working with the dancers, singers and actors at RDA and preparing them for our next big Musical!
Miss Honey is fierce and full of flavor. Her love of dance began at the age of 3 when she began emulating the iconic moves of Janet Jackson. She has studied at a multitude of dance studios all over Southern California, including BRE Studios from 1992 - 1995. After that, she attended Cal Arts, which led to working with the Pussycat Dolls. She also fought for a spot on “So You Think You Can Dance” and made it to Top 25.
Over the years, she has competed and performed at many dance competitions and events, including IGA and also Millennium in Los Angeles.
Her talent, skill, vibrant personality and tenacious drive have afforded her lots of critical and personal success as a dancer and teacher. She is enthusiastic and strives to encourage her pupils to follow their passion and never give up on their dreams.
Welcome, Miss Honey, to the RDA family!
Jazz and Pom Teams coach
Miss Claudette has been teaching and coaching cheer and dance for many years and began in high school, where she was a cheerleader, song leader, cheer coach, and choreographer. In college she was a Highlander girl and went on to cheer professionally for the United Spirit Association for several years. Claudette has judged many competitions and auditions and is well known in the competitive pep community in Southern California. Among the many students she has coached, many have gone on to cheer and dance competitively, including joining Mt. Sacs championship Jazz and Hip Hop teams, dancing on the 16 time UDA National Championship Titan Dance Team at Cal State University, Fullerton, coaching and choreographing for the Titan Dance Team, scoring Top Senior Soloist at Show Stoppers Dance Nationals, joining the LA Clippers Spirit Dance Team, and so much more!
She has always had a passion for helping each and every individual on her teams and in her classes reach their greatest potential as dancers and she is excited to return to teaching pom technique pom team at RDA!
A Classical Ballet in 2 acts
Restaged by Rachel and Quincy Jacinto
See you at our Nutcracker
December 11th and 12th!
Abby started with RDA a little over a year ago as a student through parks and rec just wanting to take a dance class and with her parents hoping that she would have fun and enjoy an activity while also learning some skills both dance and socially. She fell in love with the hip hop class and after doing the beginning camp last summer got exposure to so many different styles of dance that she wanted to learn them all and after seeing the dancers perform their summer ballet she was inspired to do the same. During her time with RDA Abby has grown as a dancer and as a person through her experiences at RDA. RDA has been an encouraging a nurturing environment for her but at the same time provided her structure and routine. She has made many close friends and looks up to her teachers and the older dancers with admiration. I knew Abby was where she belonged when she was dying to tell the artistic director, Mr. Quincy, random little kid stories and instead of getting frustrated with her he brought her to me after class and said “I love your kid. She is such a creative story teller. One day I will teach her to tell her stories through dance.” The instructors are talented and great with providing students what they need to master skills and probably more importantly build their confidence and self-esteem. I really love that she has a place that she feels safe, comfortable, happy, and loved!
– Monica Bullock
Thank you for giving us a chance to send our appreciation for RDA. This year marks Erin’s second year of learning dance especially ballet. Your studio is her first dance studio and she has loved learning so much even from the beginning. She has always been interested in learning ballet even when she was really young and when she started at RDA, the love is turning into a passion that you can see in her eyes. Her desire is to be a ballet dancer and we can see in her that RDA is giving her that opportunity. Thank you for encouraging her to dance to her potential and keeping that interest in her that hasn’t wavered still. God bless you and everyone in your studio and we hope you continue with the work you do for the dancers that come your way.
Dan and Amie Padilla
My daughter started dancing with Rachel & Quincy 6 years ago with no dance experience. She struggled to find an activity that interested her. After the first month at RDA with one ballet class, she begged me to take more. She connected with both the owners immediately and found her passion. She started with ballet performing in the nutcracker which soon blossomed into more ballet with pointe, contemporary and jazz. After one year of dance she began competing at YAGP and other commercial dance competitions. Her strong ballet training has helped her compete and win in ballet, jazz and contemporary. Not to mention she has found a second family at RDA and made many friendships that will last a lifetime.
– Misty Kelley
RDA has done and continues to do a great job developing our dancers. It has shown up on stage with elevated performances year after year. Thank you for all of the professionalism you bring to the studio. Our girls would not be young pros, exemplify true beauty, place #1 and in the top 10 multiple times, or be awarded funky fresh without the feedback and training they get from the RDA staff, the guest judges, the mock competitions etc. It all matters and our family thanks you for that. Thank you for all that you do for our kids on stage and offstage and working to develop the entire dancer inside and out. We appreciate you! #RDASup!
– Claudette Smith
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