Meet The Faculty

Mark Erickson, The Ballet Studio, Temecula, CA

Mark Erickson - Director

Mr. Erickson has divided his time between dance and acting since arriving in California from British Columbia, Canada. Some of his dance credits include lead roles in Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, and a finalist in the International Ballet Competition. He has taught Master Classes in Canada for the Canadian School of Ballet, for Lines Dance Company in San Francisco and at countless summer dance programs in the United States. Some of Marks work in television and film include, a supporting role opposite Mel Gibson in The River...

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Tiffany Koepke, The Ballet Studio, Temecula, CA

Tiffany Koepke

Miss Koepke is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and began her ballet training at The Milwaukee Ballet. As a student she received the Schlomer Lichner scholarship for most outstanding and promising dancer. At the age of fourteen, Miss Koepke was the first student to dance the lead role as Clara in the Milwaukee Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker...

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Rachel Banta, The Ballet Studio, Temecula, CA

Rachel Banta

Rachel has been dancing since she was five years old; she has trained under various instructors including Mark Erickson and Susan Clark. (former principle ballerina of Atlanta Ballet & Milwaukee Ballet) While training Miss Rachel was accepted into various summer programs including Milwaukee Ballet and American Ballet Theater. Rachel has enjoyed performing lead roles in the Ballet Studio's productions of Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and Cinderella. On her time off, she enjoys photography...

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Stacea Nelson, The Ballet Studio, Temecula, CA

Stacea Nelson

Miss Stacea began ballet at the age of three in Portland, Oregon. She has trained under dancers from the San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet, Royal Ballet of London, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Atthirteen she joined the Saint Paul City Ballet and performed in Coppelia, The Firebird, Giselle, TheNutcracker, and The Sleeping Beauty. After moving to California, she danced with Berkley Ballet Theatre, Capital City Ballet, Sacramento Ballet and Northern California Ballet. Most recently she danced with the Suffolk Ballet of Virginia. She has performed in...

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Keven Nelson

Keven Nelson

Keven began his dancing career after college on a dare from a fellow gymnast. He danced with the Contra Costa Ballet, under the direction of Donald Eryck of the San Francisco Ballet. His performances with Contra Costa Ballet include soloist and principal roles in Don Quixote, Summer Wind, Nutcracker Grande Pas De Deux, Mobile, and Hansel and Gretel.Keven has taken master classes from Maria Kowroski, Paloma Herrera, and Zippora Karz as well as a teaching teaching seminar with David Howard. He was fortunate to take class with...

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Stephanie Maiorano, The Ballet Studio, Temecula, CA

Stephanie Maiorano

Miss Maiorano has performed the principal roles of Javier Velasco’s Seven Beauties, Don Juan, Romeo et Juliet, Firebird, Love 20 Cents The First Quarter Mile and Nutcracker. Soloist roles have included Velasco’s Sweet Synergy Suite, Echale Salsita, Suite Italienne, Mambomania, Besame Mucho, Colors, An Old Sweet Song, Flamingo pas in...

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Gia Provencio, The Ballet Studio, Temecula, CA

Gia Provencio

Gia's concentration had always been ballet. She started dancing when she was three and half years old and the Ballet Studio has been her home for the past thirteen years. This is where she trained under Mark Erickson and Tiffany Koepke. She has performed in the Ballet Studio's various traditional productions of The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Cinderella, and Les Sylphides. Gia is currently studying elementary school education and child development. She enjoys and specializes in teaching young ballet dancers as she pursues her Bachelor's degree in elementary school education at Cal State University of San Marcos. ...

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Marissa Ball, The Ballet Studio, Temecula, CA

Marissa Ball

Miss Marissa started dancing at the age of three and has been classically trained at The Ballet Studio since 2008. Her other training includes contemporary ballet, musical theater, and jazz at the Joffrey Ballet School, and The Rock School. Marissa has been accepted into various summer intensive programs such as the Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theater, San Francisco Ballet, and many more. She had played various leading roles in ballets such as, Swan Lake, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Les Sylphide, Cinderella, and Coppelia. Marissa has recently made her musical theater debut as Bebe in...

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Andi Albright, The Ballet Studio, Temecula, CA

Andi Albright

Miss Andi fell in love with ballet when she first started taking lessons at the age of three. She was trained in the discipline and technique of the Russian Vaganova method of classical ballet, under the tutelage of Salwa Rizkalla. She performed with the Festival Ballet Theater in productions such as The Nutcracker and Peter and the Wolf. Currently she performs in productions with The Ballet Studio.

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