Corrie Villa, Director
Corrie has a passion for inspiring students of all ages toward a love for the arts. She loves helping students to set greater goals and to reach for greater dreams for themselves. She is the founder and director of Corrie's Performing Arts Studio, holds a Masters in Music in Flute Performance from Cal State University, Long Beach, and has a lifetime of training in dance. Her ballet training began as a young child at the Hawkin's School of Performing Arts, under the direction of her dance mentor Deidre Hawkins. At the age of twelve she was selected as a member of the Folsom Civic Ballet Theatre. At Hawkin's she also benefited from a strong Master Class program, which brought in countless guest teachers from around the country. She continued her dance education in college with the Cal State University, Long Beach Dance Department and in various So Cal studios. In her post-college years, her love for competitive dance expanded to swing dancing. She met her husband, Richard, at Memorie's Swing Club in Whittier and they were soon competing and teaching together all over LA and Orange County. Corrie fell in love with teaching and is now living her dream of combining music and dance under one setting. She is a stay at home mom to two girls, Adeline and Lucille. She hopes to be an example of a working mother, who puts her family first, and still contributes to the lives of others. She strives to make the studio a place where everyone feels welcome and cared for. "We want to be the studio where generosity produces success, and encouragement produces progress - this studio is a gift, and we will use it to bless others."
Rebekah Bortot, Dance & Acting
Rebekah is a native of Virginia Beach and graduated in 2012 from Regent University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. She began her dance training at the age of three and started teaching when she was sixteen. She is trained in the styles of Ballet, Pointe, Pas de Deux, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Broadway. She has performed across the country in Virginia, North Carolina, Nevada, Michigan, New York, and Chicago. In Chicago, she was a founding member of the non-profit company, Honest Theatre. She loves combining acting and dance to tell stories through choreography. A few of the musicals she has choreographed include West Side Story, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Honk!, and Suessical Jr. She looks forward to sparking a passion for dance and the arts in each student she teaches by blending strong technique with the joy of artistic expression.