(Owner and Artistic Director)
Hollis began her dance career at three years old, however, she did not start competing until the age of five. In high school, her love of dance led her to join the drill team, dance team, and cheerleading. In college, Hollis danced with a national championship dance team, winning first place at the Universal Dance Association College Nationals for three consecutive years. Hollis has danced for many years with The Walt Disney Company working on shows such as The Lion King Celebration, Light Magic, Fiesta Latina, Eureka at Disney’s California Adventure and many special events. She also had the opportunity to dance as part of a touring company Dancin’ Etc. and appeared on MadTv in various dance roles.
She began choreographing at the age of 16 and has taught dance for the Universal Dance Association in Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, New York, Connecticut, as well as varies parts of California. She continues to study dance and choreographs for various teams in Orange County, specializing in jazz and cheerleading.
Leslie Daniels has been dancing for most of her life. She has competed in numerous dance competitions, attended several conventions and attended many auditions in my lifetime. Leslie studied dance at Cal State Fullerton with some of the best dance teachers in the industry. She has been teaching for over 5 years and she has a passion for choreography. She has choreographed many solos and team dances which have won many awards and top overalls against elite studios all over California. Many of her dancers have won top awards including “Miss Dance” at KAR Nationals competition and many have won scholarships and have been signed to major talent agencies. Leslie’s goal is to teach students to be confidant; technical, strong dancers so they are able to succeed in any path they take.
Mr. Kenny Gary is a true performer of dance, and has artfully perfected his craft throughout many years of learning, performing, and teaching. Throughout his young dance career, he won many prestigious titles and awards under the instruction of Suzie Shoop. Some of his favorite performances have been at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC on the Millennium Stage and Riverside Dinner Theater in Stafford (“Chicago”, “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Hello Dolly”). Mr. Kenny is excited for the opportunity to share his love for musical theater with the dancers at The Dance Academy!