...where stars are created !
Miss Reina Dance was created in 2008 by Reina Rivera. after graduating from California State University of Fullerton with a BA degree in film and an emphasis in children's television. Her passion for choreography, her dance experience and her drive to teach led her to create Monkey Steps. Since then, Monkey Steps has expanded each season and continues to grow and exceed both children and parent expectations.
Katie Feeney is a senior Dance major at the University of California Irvine as well as a Parade Performer at the Disneyland Resort. She has been dancing for seventeen years and teaching for about five. She absolutely loves teaching and hopes to be a Disneyland Choreographer in the future. When not dancing, Katie is either at the beach, playing with her dog, or hanging out with her friends.
Rhiannon grew up in Los Angeles where she started dancing at the age of two. She realized early on that she wanted to pursue dance as a career and went to University of California, Irvine to study dance and education. She graduated from the university in June 2013 and is now represented by the Movement Talent Agency as a professional dancer. Since 2011, Rhiannon has been working at Disneyland as a parade performer and has been in Mickey’s Soundsational Parade and A Christmas Fantasy Parade. Rhiannon is also a Pilates instructor and believes that Pilates is the best cross-training for dancers. Rhiannon loves to share her passion of dance to her students and hope that they will love dance as much as she does!
At the young age of four, Kaylyn began dancing. While in high school, her passion for dance grew into a passion for musical theater, and she performed with Christian Youth Theater in San Diego, and eventually worked in two professional musical theater companies in San Diego. Kaylyn has taken her passion for dance globally by performing in both Spain and Italy with an improvisation ensemble, and is continuing to pursue dance here in Orange County.
Her passion for dance blossomed even further, leading her to attend the University of California Irvine, and in three years, graduate with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance. While at the University, she fell in love with Pilates. Kaylyn received her Pilates certification through Diane Diefenderfer after completing a year-long apprenticeship program at Studio Du Corps in Costa Mesa, and now is a Pilates instructor at Core Arts Pilates in Anaheim.
Besides teaching at Core Arts, Kaylyn works as a parade performer/dancer at Disneyland in the “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade”, “A Christmas Fantasy Parade”, and the show “Fantasmic”.
Kaylyn believes in the holistic approach to healing the body by means of proper nutrition and exercise. She plans to get her Masters of Science in Holistic Nutrition while continuing to dance, and teach dance to children.
Lauren’s strong passion for dance started in in Redlands, CA at the age of 4. She began taking regular classes in ballet, jazz and tap. In 2005, Lauren began performing lead roles in Inland Dance Theater’s The Nutcracker. She attended many summer workshops, including The Boston Ballet School and The School of International Ballet. In 2010, Lauren competed in the world renowned Youth American Grad Prix competition, winning 3rd place in the duet/ensemble category. In 2012, Lauren graduated from University of California, Irvine with a B.A. degree in Dance. She has worked as a professional dancer for over 5 years including Knott’s Berry Farm’s Calico Saloon Show and dancing down Main St as a parade performer in Disneyland Park. She has also developed a love for teaching. Her teaching experience includes Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, and Hip Hop at the School of International Ballet, McCoy Rigby’s Conservatory of the Arts, Eisenhower High School, Focus Dance Center, Redlands East Valley High School, and Pro Dance Center. Lauren continues her journey as dancer, and is excited to pass on her knowledge and experience to her students.