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Rochelle Mapes, MA - Director of Movement Arts (Dance)

Rochelle Mapes grew up in the Bay Area before moving to Southern California to pursue dance.  With a lifelong desire to learn, she earned both a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts in Dance from Cal State University, Long Beach. Her career has always been comprised of equal parts educator, choreographer, and dancer, and she finds fulfillment and balance by working in all three avenues.

 

As a performer, she has danced with such musical artists as Gladys Knight and Wayne Brady and performed on the FX television show Nip/Tuck.   She was an original company member of the bi-coastal (NY/CA) contemporary BARE Dance Company under the direction of Mike Esperanza and spent almost a decade as a dancer, choreographer, and rehearsal director for Long Beach-based RhetOracle Dance Company with Nate Hodges.

 

Rochelle’s versatile choreographic works span across many movement genres and venues. Her concert work has been presented in the MashUp Contemporary Dance Company’s ‘Balance for Better’ Festival, the Southern California Dance Invitational, Fuse Dance Company’s Synthesis Festival, The Carpenter Center’s Arts for Life program, RhetOracle Dance Company repertory shows, several college dance departments, and annually at the Halo: Dance for Autism Benefit Concert.  She has created hundreds of competition dances for high school dance teams and studios throughout California, Texas, Washington, Utah, Colorado, and Idaho.  For the last decade, Rochelle has created movement for 3-time WGI World Champion, Pulse Percussion, creating a strong visual style for the ensemble, contributing to the evolution of visual design within the percussion activity.​ 


​​Rochelle Mapes is often described as a ‘true dance educator’ and has trained thousands of dancers in contemporary dance and jazz technique.  She is on faculty at the American Ballet Theater Gillespie School and spent 18 years training elite dancers at the Orange County School of the Arts, Commercial Dance Conservatory.  Master class opportunities have taken her as far as Japan and include notable events like the Dizzy Feet Foundations National Dance Day, Dance aTAK conventions, KAR conventions, Texas Dance Educator Association convention, and numerous elite dance team camps for the United Spirit Association.   Throughout the pandemic, Rochelle freelanced with virtual master classes and choreography for dancers around the world working with groups from Brazil, England, Australia, South Africa, and throughout the US.  In 2021, Rochelle became the Director of Dance at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, CA.

 

 

Christina Papandrea - Dance Electives Teacher/Assistant

Christina Papandrea is an Australian born triple threat. She moved to Massachusetts at the age of six, and to California at the age of thirteen, actively training in dance, music, and acting, as well as performing in both locations. She attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), Los Angeles, earning her BFA in Dance Theater. Now, Christina is represented by Go2Talent agency, actively works in regional theater productions, as well as choreographing and teaching dance at a high school level in Orange County. Christina has always been able to use her passion in the arts to inspire her students and audiences. Her smiley and optimistic personality are driven from her goal to always influence her students to succeed in dance and beyond. 

 

 

Aubrey Price, MA - Song Team Head Coach 

Aubrey Catherine Price is an alumna of California State University, Long Beach where she graduated with honors with a Masters of Arts degree in Dance Education and holds a BA in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton. Before taking over the Song program at Mater Dei in 2013 she was an adjunct faculty member of the Theater and Dance Departments at Cypress College and Fullerton College where she taught modern, jazz, and hip hop classes. Mrs. Price has over twenty years experience coaching at the high school and collegiate level. Since taking over the program at Mater Dei, Mrs. Price has received both USA and NDA National titles for the program at the JV and Varsity level.

Her choreography has been performed locally and internationally at the International school of Bangkok and multiple American College Dance Festivals across the country. Over the past twenty years, Mrs. Price has been a judge for multiple dance events at the high school, collegiate and professional level. During college, she performed and competed with Team Millennia, Coast All Stars and her college dance company across the country. She is also a member of the Varsity Dance Cast, where she meets yearly with other high school and collegiate dance team coaches from around the country to provide consultation for all Varsity dance brands in regards to scoresheets, summer camps, event venues, etc.

 

 

Kai Cameron - Hip Hop Team Head Coach

Born and raised in Orange County, Kai started training in hip hop at the age of 12. Getting most of his training from the Poreotics, season 5 winners of America’s Best Dance Crew, he has spent most of his 10-year career within the competitive dance world. He has shared choreography with worldwide competitive teams such as Poreotics, Miniotics, Chapkis Dance Family, V Mo, Supremacy Dance Family, and LFG Crew.  Kai is the founder of Project Hypen that has performed at World of Dance, Maxt Out, and gigs throughout California.

 

 

Payton Rice - Dance Company/Ensemble Assistant Coach - Payton Rice was born and raised in Orange County, California where she currently resides. Payton was a member of the nationally ranked Orange Coast College dance team and also danced with Pace Elite where she and her team brought home the 2017 Open Coed Pom World Championship at USASF Dance Worlds. Payton spends her summers teaching dance all along the west coast with the United Spirit Association where she was named Rookie of the Year in 2017.  After spending 4 years assistant coaching the Pacifica High School Dance Team, she is thrilled to be working with the dancers of Mater Dei High School.