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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Joe Hochschild, The Ballet Studio, Temecula, CA

Joe Hochschild

Mr. Hochschild began his training at the age of nine with Marin Dance Theatre under the direction of Margaret Swarthout. He augmented his studies under full scholarship at the Rock School of Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet. He has performed in such classics as Giselle, Romeo & Juliet, Firebird, and several original works by San Diego Ballet director Javier Velasco. Joe is currently dancing his 4th season as Principal dancer with the San Diego Ballet. The Ballet Studio is pleased to have Mr. Hochschild on our faculty.

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Kristin Herron, The Ballet Studio, Temecula, CA

Kristin Herron

Kristin graduated in 2007 with her B.S. in Business Marketing and B.A. in Dance from Chapman University, and went on to receive her M.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Texas. Her field of interest is in Dance Medicine and rehabilitation of injuries. She has been certified in Pilates since 2008, and started a spine rehabilitation program at Rancho Physical Therapy, which she led for 4 years until branching off to work on her...

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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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Shawn Burgess, The Ballet Studio, Temecula, CA

Shawn Burgess

Shawn began studying ballet intensively with Mark Erickson in 2001. After graduating from UC Riverside with a B.A. in World History he used his ballet training as a platform to pursue a career in musical theater and dance. He has been under contract with The San Diego Ballet Company, worked for Tokyo Disney, the Welk Resort Theater, Moonlight Amphitheater & Fullerton CLO. In 2007, he debuted "Wicked" in Osaka, Japan for Universal Studios and later spent two...

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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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