Precision Dance Center teachers have a strong commitment to teaching excellence while also fostering a positive and encouraging learning environment. Offering many years of experience teaching dance, each staff member demonstrates passion and dedication to dance in their area of expertise. Students of all ages and abilities will benefit from the varied styles and experience of each teacher, many of whom hold degrees in Dance and have previously owned or directed their own dance studio programs. Several members of the PDC staff also work as full-time school teachers in the local community.
Lisa Clement (Owner/Director)
Lisa has been dancing for the past 36 years with training in tap, jazz, ballet and lyrical. She has studied at various dance studios over the years, including the Conservatory of Dance, Broadway Academy and was a member of the Tapsichore Dance Company with Laverne Krei for three years. Lisa also trained with several Tap Master Teachers including Gregg Russell, Charles “Honi” Coles, and Anthony LoCascio from the “Tap Dogs.” During her dancing career, Lisa performed at numerous competitions, Disneyland, Sacramento Kings games, as well as Paramount’s Great America. Lisa successfully completed dance teacher training with Laverne Krei and is currently going on her 24th year teaching tap. She taught at the Conservatory of Dance for two years, the Sacramento Starletts for three years, Carrie’s Studio of Dance for seven years, and Perpetual Motion Academy of Performing Arts for one year. Lisa has also directed countless tap competition teams for over 20 years, winning several top awards and special judges’ awards. Lisa is starting her 15th year of studio ownership, the first five as the Co-Owner and Tap Director of Cast and Company Dance Alliance. In addition to directing Precision Dance Center, Lisa also works at a local environmental consulting/engineering firm. Lisa graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Environmental and Resource Sciences and a minor in GIS. While Lisa enjoys and appreciates all forms of dance, tap will always be her favorite.
Malea has been dancing since the age of two. Malea trained and danced competitively in jazz, contemporary, tap, and hip hop. She was a member of the Rocklin High School dance team throughout her high school years, and she was also a student director in the dance program her junior and senior years. Malea then attended Sacramento State where she was a part of the Hornet Girlz Dance Team for one season. She is now a part of Chapkis Dance Family under Greg Chapkis and KreatvMndz LA under the direction of Kolanie Marks and Antoine Troupe. Malea will be teaching our Jr/Sr Freestyle Hip Hop class on Mondays at 8pm.
Mariah began dancing at the age of 13, and it quickly became her passion. She has put countless hours of work into building her foundation and artistic interpretation. She has worked with many different choreographers around Sacramento as well as international dancers, each one offering new technical skills as well as different forms of movement to incorporate into her own dance style. She currently teaches hip hop, jazz/hip hop, and lyrical classes at PDC, where she is directs one of our hip hop competition teams. Mariah was also a member of our competition teams for two years. Mariah loves teaching dance and takes pride in the accomplishments of her students. She is looking forward to sharing her love of dance with her students.
Sara Eastman has been dancing for 11 years and was a member of competition dance teams in high school. Sara has a minor in Performing Arts, Dance, at the University of Nevada, Reno. Sara has choreographed for multiple dance shows, productions, and theater plays. She continues to take different types of classes to keep her technique fresh and also to stay current with new dance styles. Sara’s passion is to teach dance. She is a dance teacher at Antelope High School as well as the director of AHS Varsity Dance Team. Sara currently teaches technique and lyrical at PDC, and she will also be working with our competition teams next season.
This is Becca’s first year teaching at PDC, and we are very lucky to have her as part of our teaching staff. Previously, she trained and taught all ages in ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, musical theater, and tumbling at local dance studios. Becca has taught musical theater, jazz and lyrical competition teams for ages 5-18 and also coached the Twelve Bridges Middle School Dance Team last year. In addition, she has experience teaching acro and tumbling at local gymnastics studios. Becca is a very energetic and enthusiastic teacher, and she is amazing with our youngest dancers! This year, she is directing our Musical Theater team and also teaching recreational jazz and combo classes for age 8 and under.
We are thrilled that Wendy Hancock will be joining our teaching staff for the 2018-2019 season! Wendy earned both a BA in Dance and a BS in Physical Education from CSU, Sacramento. She is currently the Dance Director at El Dorado High School and has served as the Head Coach for cheer and dance teams at several local high schools. Wendy has taught competitive jazz and lyrical teams since 2005 and has won many overall, judges’ choice, and outstanding choreography awards for her work. Welcome to PDC, Wendy! We can’t wait to have you join our dance family!
Carrie Krogh started her early dance training as a child at The University of Cincinnati studying ballet, and then later, at The Atlanta Ballet where she had the opportunity to tour with the professional company performing the Nutcracker. She later branched into other styles dancing with the Atlanta Jazz Theater under the direction of Dan Youmans and then the former Mouseketeer, Bo Wagner, at his studio, Bo Wagner’s School of Dance.
Attending Brigham Young University on a dance scholarship, she was honored to be invited into their elite modern dance group called the Dancers Company. She travelled with them on a northwestern states tour and then later on a five-week tour to Israel, Turkey, and Greece. Upon returning, she continued with the Dancers Company and performed as a soloist in a 9-minute piece choreographed by a Ririe Woodbury choreographer.
Upon returning to her home in Atlanta, she danced with the Ruth Mitchell Dance Company, under the direction of Ruth Mitchell herself and performed extra freelance work with various companies including Beacon Dance Company and Robin Williams Dance Company.
She has taught and choreographed for many studios in the Metro Atlanta area including Ruth Mitchell Dance Studio, Griffin Dance Studio, Studio 4 the Arts, and her own home-based studio, CK Studios. She has also trained dancers for competitions and has directed many shows for schools and churches. Her biggest directing opportunity along with other talented directors was for a Cultural Celebration involving 2,800 youth performing 18 different dance styles. Now, making her new home in California, she has taught at Precision Dance Center for the last 2 years and has thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the PDC family.
Royce Legaspi began dancing late in High school where he trained in jazz and contemporary with Fusion Dance Company. Inspired by crews such as Kaba Modern and Boogie Monstarz, he expanded his training in hip-hop and joined Boogie Monstarz in 2008 where he learned the basics of foundation, choreography and grooves. He soon joined Press P.L.A.Y under the Direction of Jason Magsuci and Brandon Greathouse. He later moved on to becoming the Director and one of the main choreographers of the crew. Royce hopes to share his passion and love through dance and hopes to inspire everyone to do what they love and love what they do.
A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Lynnette McCallister began dancing at the age of 5. Lynnette has over 15 years of teaching experience and 10 years of professional dance experience. She also owned her own dance school for five years in St. Mary’s, Georgia.
Lynnette received her dance training at several local dance schools including Beans School of Dance, Dulce Anaya, Marta Jackson, Mervyn’s School of Dance, the Florida Ballet and with Betty Swenson at Jacksonville University. At the age of 11, Lynnette was accepted as a company member with the Jacksonville Ballet Theater under the direction of Dulce Anaya. She was also accepted into the Ballet Guild under the direction of Mervyn Rickard where she gained more performing experience while working with renowned guest choreographers. At the age of 13, Lynnette was given a full scholarship to study under the direction of Robert Lindgren, Dean of Dance, at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem, NC, where she also studied with a number of acclaimed teachers such as Mimi Paul, Duncan Noble, and Marina Eglevsky. During summer and holiday breaks from NCSA, Lynnette studied at the Washington Ballet and the Florida Ballet on scholarships, and she also took Master classes from Edward Villella.
Lynnette graduated from High School at age 16 and began her professional dance career with the Florida Ballet at Jacksonville under the direction of Laurie and Michael Byrd as the only apprentice in the company. After one year of apprenticeship, Lynnette was given an opportunity to study as of member of the Very Young Dancer group at the Washington Ballet in D.C under the direction of Mary Day, which allowed her to enrich her technique and performing skills while learning from established teachers in the Ballet world. Lynnette danced with the Washington Ballet for 3 years performing many classics and new works by acclaimed choreographers.
Lynnette also auditioned and won 4 contracts with the Pittsburgh Ballet, Hartford Ballet, Ballet Retouro, and the Florida Ballet. After careful consideration, she chose her hometown Florida Ballet and danced with them for 7 years where she was given many principal roles in a diverse repertoire of works by acclaimed choreographers such as August Bournonville, Jacques d’Amboise, George Balanchine, Norbert Vesak, Jules Perrot, and Laurie Picinich-Byrd. While dancing with the Florida Ballet, she was able to teach dance part-time at local studios, sharing her passion of dance with young students, as well as attend Jacksonville University on full scholarship and work toward her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance. She also danced as a guest artist for the Virginia Ballet’s Nutcracker, dancing the role of Snow Queen.
Lynnette joined the teaching Staff at Precision Dance Center in August of 2015, and is excited to direct the Ballet Ensemble Team for the upcoming season. When not teaching dance, Lynnette spends her time with her husband, five sons, and two dogs.
Chanelle Newcomer has an extensive and versatile dance background consisting of years of training, professional performances, and teaching in Northern and Southern California, and other national locales. She holds a BA in Dance from CSU, Sacramento, and has studied a wide variety of styles including Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary, Hip Hop, African-Caribbean/Dunham, and Improvisation. She also has training and experience in choreography/dance making, gymnastics, Kinesiology/Anatomy and has completed specific courses with Axis Dance Company in Oakland, CA to aid her in sharing her knowledge and love of dance to those with different abilities. Along with Chanelle’s multi-faceted education, she has wide-ranging performance experience, including performances at The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, and most recently with local dance companies in the Sacramento Area including Sacramento Black Art of Dance, Flickerfly Dance Theater, and the University Dance Company. Chanelle loves the students of Precision Dance Center and looks forward to another year of helping them learn and grow in the wonderful art form of dance.
Mary Lou Nichols
Mary Lou began her dance journey at the age of 10. She trained locally under various master teachers and often traveled to attend a variety of dance workshops all over California and Nevada studying tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. Some of her most memorable credits include 7 years with the Sacramento Ballet's "The Nutcracker" and competing at local and national dance competitions (she loved those trophies). Mary Lou began teaching dance at 16, and at 18 was offered the position of Artistic Director of a performing arts studio in Citrus Heights. At 21 she opened her own dance studio where she taught tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, production (musical theater), and dance aerobics. In addition to competing at local and national dance competitions yearly, Mary Lou and her students also performed at the California State Fair, the Jerry Lewis Telethon, retirement homes, festivals, grand openings, pageants, recitals, parades, and numerous other community events. In addition to teaching at her own studio, Mary Lou also volunteered her time to teach dance through programs at the Thornton Youth Center (Juvenile Hall), the Sacramento Children's Receiving Home, and co-directed the Aero Haven Jam Squad (a hip hop team for underprivileged elementary students). In addition to choreographing numerous elementary school and church productions, Mary Lou also used her talents for worship, creating the "God Squad," a dance team performing various styles of dance to Christian music. One of Mary Lou's favorite "dance jobs" was performing professionally with a Michael Jackson impersonator where she had the opportunity to recreate legendary dances from Michael Jackson's music videos and iconic performances. After Mary Lou got married and her family continued to grow, her teaching focus was redirected into the school classroom so she could spend more time at home in the afternoons and evenings with her children. Mary Lou has an Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and a Master's degree in Elementary Education. She currently works full time as a 2nd grade teacher for the Rocklin Unified School District, and is beyond excited about teaching dance again, and celebrating her love of dance with her daughter, together at PDC.
Tony Nguyen will be joining our teaching staff for the 2018-2019 season! Tony earned a BA in Dance from CSU, Sacramento, and he cofounded Twopoint4 Dance Theatre in 2013 with the purpose of exploring, challenging, and creating innovative dance theatre works. Tony also stays active performing in the local community and abroad having recently toured with Project Banadaloop to NCSU, Taiwan, and Shanghai hanging from ropes and dancing vertically. Tony has also performed locally with Paufve Dance. Mid to West Dance, Joe Goode Performance Group, Nolan T’Sani, Lisa Ross, Red Bucket Dance Theatre, DIG, Lori Bryhni, Felipe Barrueto, and Shakiri. Tony specializes in Modern Dance and he also teaches Jazz, Contemporary, Turns & Leaps, and Stretch & Strengthening. Tony will also be teaching for our Summer Dance Camp the week of July 16-19th. Tony loves his wife and two kitties, and is also an accomplished photographer. Welcome to PDC, Tony! We are so lucky to have you on staff!