CAROLYN LOVETT, artistic director & choreographer
West Coast native Carolyn Lovett is an award winning choreographer and dance teacher. She received her early training from Anthony Sellers and Marnell Heimes of the Orange County Dance Center. Carolyn continued her training on scholarship at the Stanley Holden Dance Academy under Mr. Holden and Margaret Hills. Later she studied under Maredith Baylis, Basil Thompson and Cho San Go at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. Carolyn has been teaching Ballet, Lyrical and Modern Dance in Southern California for 35 years. Many of Carolyn's students have been accepted to and received scholarships to notable Ballet Company schools including The Australian Ballet, Houston Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, American Ballet Theater, San Francisco Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, The Rock, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The School of American Ballet, Princess Grace Academy of Classical Dance (Monaco) and Washington Ballet. She has also had students hired into Professional Ballet Companies as well as second companies and trainee programs.
Carolyn's award winning performing groups and soloists have won many Overall and Special Awards at the Regional and National Levels. She was awarded "Choreographer of the Year" at the 2006 and 2007 Kids Artistic Revue National Finals in Las Vegas. She has also received many awards in the California Regional YAGP competitions: Outstanding Teacher in 2007, 2013 & 2014, Outstanding Choreographer in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 & 2015 and Outstanding Studio in 2011 & 2012.
Carolyn's students have also been successful at the National Finals in New York City. She has had students place top 12 in all three soloist divisions and the ensemble category. In 2007 during the YAGP Finals her piece "Requiem" was chosen to perform in the renowned Spoleto Festival in Italy as part of the Gala di Danza. In 2011 Carolyn choreographed the Silver Medal piece in the Ensemble category and saw that piece performed in the Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow Gala. Carolyn has also produced two Grand Prize finalists in the Music Center Spotlight Awards; Non-Classical Division in 2011 and Classical Division in 2012. These two students also placed in the Top 12 at the Youth America Grand Prix Nationals in 2011 and 2012.
WAELI WANG - Contemporary/Jazz
Waeli Wang is a choreographer, filmmaker, and dancer educator originally from Colorado. She has danced with Boulder Ballet, Rogue Co. Dance Company, and the Brooklyn Dance Festival Company. Waeli lived in Los Angeles and Brooklyn, NY dancing and choreographing in both commercial and concert settings. She showed work at Movement Research Lab, WAXworks, Prelude Festival, and Dixon Place while in New York City. Waeli earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Dance at the University of California, Irvine. Her thesis film What Weighs Me Down was sponsored by Dance Films Association and showed at the Sans Souci Film Festival of Dance. Selected pieces include The Streets are Burning (2017, CA), Danger Signals (2016, NY), Mother (2016, NY), Undead (2016, NY), Hideaway (2015, CO).
ANGELA NUNES - Pilates
Angela has been dancing her entire life, with an emphasis on classical ballet. Being in the dance world, she was exposed to many exercise and strength-training programs, including yoga and pilates. After high school, Angela auditioned and was accepted into the BA Dance program at UC Irvine. During her time there, she began an internship in a physical therapy office and also gained the mentorship of ballet professor and pilates instructor Diane Diefenderfer. Once she graduated, she continued practicing pilates with Diane at her private studio, Studio Du Corps in Costa Mesa, where she eventually received her Teacher Training Certification. She is now a certified instructor with Club Pilates in Orange County and works as a Physical Therapy Aide at Impact Rehabilitation in Orange, where she first began as an intern. Outside of work, she is continuing her education and will be applying to physical therapy school with hopes of becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy in the near future.
Tiana Lovett was born and raised in Southern California where she began her training under her mother, Carolyn Lovett. She has studied on scholarship with San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet and Tulsa Ballet and has been awarded scholarships to Australian Ballet and Académie Princesse Grace in Monaco. Tiana received the Youth Grand Prix Award in San Diego in 2011 and placed Top 12 as a Junior and Senior in the New York City Finales of the New York City YAGP Finales, 2011 and 2012. She was also a Grand Prize Finalist in the prestigious Los Angeles, Music Center Spotlight Awards in 2012. Tiana is currently residing in Salt Lake City where she is developing her Modern Dance skills through guest performances and training with Repertory Dance Theatre. She has performed in W.A.L.N.U.T 2016 & A Bag of Nuts 2017 by Justin Bass of RDT. She has also performed as a guest for the University of Utah’s Senior Concert 2017. Tiana is honored to be a guest performer with RDT.
Tyler Orcutt was born and raised in Ohio, and began his formal dance training upon his move to Florida in 2005. He is currently a professional dance with Repertory Dance Theatre, residing in Salt Lake City. He joined RDT in 2012, shortly after receiving his B.F.A. in Modern Dance from the University of South Florida. While attending USF, he had the privilege of dancing in works by Bill T. Jones, Doug Varone, and Michael Foley. During his time with RDT, he has performed throughout the United States in the works of Zvi Gotheiner, Molissa Fenly, Claire Porter, Danielle Agami, Ze'eva Cohen, and Andy Noble, among others. Also through RDT, he has had the distinct honor of performing in works choreographed by some of the great modern dance pioneers of the 20th century, including Jose Limon, Merce Cunningham, Ted Shawn, Charles Weidman, and Michio Ito.