What makes The Dance Shop stand out from others! Our team of teachers. Our teachers are talented, friendly, experienced, and passionate about the art of dance. Our team is driven to help your kids achieve their dance goals, but most of all have fun!!!
Carie Rajkumar started dancing at the age of 11. Learning and competing in all genres she became passionate about her love for the arts. Throughout the years she worked in many aspects of dance and cheer. Coaching Chino High School song and cheer for 4 years. Traveling with Kids Artistic Revue as a judge on their panel for regional and national competitions. Dance and Modeling in the entertainment industry with big names as Whitney Houston and Wyclif John. Some of her other credits are working on the sets of Beverly Hills 90210, ER and doing runway shows for Clairol and Paul Mitchel.
Carie has worked with many dance studios in So Cal area such as Cammies Dance Company, Southland Ballet and West Coast School of the Arts. Choreographing and teach children of all ages and levels has always been a passion. Her goal is to inspire and motivate each student she teaches and give them a love for the arts as she loves it.
In 2004 Carie owned The Dance Shop with her mother, in 2011 Carie relocated to Orange County and had her first child to become a full time Mother after her second child in 2014. She explored other career goals closer to home.
In 2017 Carie and the girls moved back to the Inland Empire to be closer to family. Carie in Senior Health Care assisting with Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients.
“I’m very excited to be back at The Dance Shop and looks forward to meeting, teaching and growing with your family and your children”
Cassie McFayden, wife and mother to two wonderful children. Cassie started her Dance career in 1987 when she was a child. Her favorite type of dance is Tap. She danced on a performance Team until 1996, and then she stepped down from the stage and starts to teach. Cassie taught gymnastics, tap, jazz and ballet at The Dance Shop and other local studios.
Cassie continued to teach by joining San Bernardino County School District as a Special Education Teacher Assistant until 2005. “This was such a rewarding job because you can help kids improve their daily lives and see them grow”.
In 2009 Cassie tried Cross fit and “fell in love with the community”. She was hooked! Her husband and her got Cross fit Level 1 Certified and Cassie also got Cross fit Kids Certified. In 2011 her husband Chris and her opened a Cross fit Gym in Calimesa CA. She operated this gym until 2013.
Cassie was introduced to Barre in 2016 at a studio in Redlands CA. Cassie was taking classes for 6 months when the owner asked if she’d like to teach. She said “yes” and got certified in October of 2017. Cassie likes teaching Barre because it reminds her of teaching dance but it has low impact fitness to it that she loves. “Love coaching, these ladies inspire me daily”
Daniela Valverde classical ballet and Mexican folklore at eight years old; then, she understood the passion and the commitment dance requires to make it a priority. By the age of fifteen, she added jazz, hip-hop, Latin rhythms, and modern dance to her techniques to improve even more doing what she most loves in life. When she was eighteen, she had to stop dancing for a year due to a knee surgery; after her recovery, she had to start again from the beginning. She moved from Mexico to the US to continue with her dance career, she also started taking acting classes to improve her expertise areas; she got her AA in performing arts from Riverside City College where she also accomplished a lot of things like American College Dance Association, she got the student of distinction award for the dance department, she got a scholarship for Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop and CBSU summer intensive, she directed a show collaborating with actors and musicians, and she joined a ballroom dance company. Right now, she is teaching and performing, and working to achieve her biggest objective in life which is dancing!
Kylie has been dancing since the age of 2. She started with styles such Tap, Jazz, and Ballet, but at the age of 5 when she started dancing at The Dance Shop, she really found a love for Tap. Dancing competitively for 13 years, Tap was always her favorite and usually only competed tap solos. At The Dance Shop she studied under Carie Rajkumar, Kathleen Neilson, Cassie McFayden, and Tiffany Petterson just to name a few. In 2007, Kylie joined the world renowned Kennedy Tap Company in Los Angeles where she would study with Savion Glover and Paul and Arlene Kennedy for several years. In 2010, Kylie was accepted into the Orange County School of the Arts where she would study Commercial Dance for 4 years. She studied under Jim Kolb, Cindy Peca, Chalatorn Ujamras, Aaron Chavarria, and Marlene Hall. After graduating, Kylie decided to go the community college route and attend Mt. San Antonio Community College to study dance with an emphasis in performance, but it wasn’t until her last semester that she decided that teaching was what she wanted a career in. She graduated Mt.Sac with a double certification in Dance Teaching in 2017. She thanks Amy Nakamura, Lee Martino, and Michelle Shear for guiding her on this journey. Kylie then transferred to California State University, Fullerton where she graduated this spring with her B.A in dance with an emphasis in teaching. She thanks Debra Noble, Alvin Rangel, Lisa Long, and Muriel Joyce for where they guided her. Kylie loves teaching and has been trained in all ages and styles, but Tap is definitely her favorite. Kylie is also currently TapTRIBE, founded by Gary Roberts and they perform all throughout Orange County. Kylie loves working at TDS. They are and always will be her family!
Kaylin Schloepp dancing at The Dance Shop since she was 9 years old. She took class in jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop and lyrical dance. Kaylin was accepted into the dance team that season and absolutely loved it! The following year Kaylin was at The Dance Shop every day dancing and on multiple teams. Kaylin has competed in numerous dance competitions winning various awards. She started assisting teaching classes when she was 13 years old. She loves the children and teaching them how to dance! Now she has her own classes full of wonderful children.
Fun fact she did judo for 3-4 years and ended being an orange-green belt.
Hello, my name is Justin aka Juju, I’ve been for 13 yrs training in multiple styles of dance. I had to choose between dance and P.E when I attended Fairgrove Academy Performing Arts school in 2007..06 and with my background in Martial Arts dance seemed exciting and I fell in-love. After I went to La Puente HS training all 4yrs of dance as my focus, later then graduated from Mt Sac with a AA in Dance in 2018-19. In between all that I would learn off of YouTube to just learn more because I didn’t start where children usually start.. at the age of 5, so I had to catch up. Now I am teaching at the Dance Shop, doing freelance work here and there, been on a couple traveling Hiphop teams, and apart of “Breed” a professional Hiphop team based at Boogiezone Dance Studio in Torrence, & also apart of Developing the Next Artist program based also at Boogiezone.
Adriana has been dancing since 3 years of age. Beginning with tap and ballet, she continued evolving her dance repertoire; Jazz, Gymnastics, Baton, Flag, Hip Hop, Ballet Flokoriko & some Ball Room. For over ten (10) years Adriana continued dancing while attending Cal State Dominguez Hills where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English. Adriana obtained her teaching credential and has actively taught for over twenty (20) years. She began teaching at the Dance Shop ten (10) years prior and has loved every minute in doing so. Currently, Adriana is teaching a tap and Ballet Combo Class, Gymnastics, Ballet and Creative Movement. For Adriana, “Dance knows no boundaries,” and she welcomes everyone into her classes with an open heart.
“Dancers are Athletes of GOD.”
Melody Terry known as "Mello" aka "Mello the Maverick" was born in Inglewood CA, raised in the Inland Empire. She was introduced to stage dancing at the age of 3yrs old with many performances and competitions to list. She has trained and competed throughout Southern California from Bre Dance Studio in the Inland Empire to Hollywoods top Dance Studios such as Millennium, Debbie Reynolds & IDA. Her experiences in dance include tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern and hip hop. Mello's passion for the Performing Arts landed her a feature role in a international commercial.
Mello attended AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy) and received a certificate in Acting for Stage, Film, and Television. By the age of 17, she signed with her first dance agency. Mello has choreographed dances for several upcoming artist’s and show events. She hopes to continue her passion giving back her dance knowledge to the community.
Carolyn Tellez has been dancing since she was 13, on Don Lugo high school dance team her freshman year. She continued the dance team throughout all 4 years and danced jazz, lyrical, hip-hop and pom. After graduating she went to Mt. SAC where she was on the competitive dance team for 2 years. They did jazz and hip-hop and went to NDA nationals in Daytona, Florida. They won 1st place both years in the hip-hop division. While being at Mt. SAC, Carolyn trained in ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, and commercial dance. She also was in two repertory dance concerts, had been to ACDA twice, and performed at the Palm Desert Choreography Festival. In 2019, she began to coach the dance team at Don lugo high school alongside two other coaches as well. Carolyn also has been dancing Folklorico for 14 years and in 2016 she performed at the Ford Theatre with the Ballet Folklorico Ollin and she also performed a contemporary solo as well. Recently, she joined an urban/hip-hop team called NST8 and has already learn so much. She has a huge passion for dance, loves to teach and help students grow not only as dancers, but people too.