|About Center Stage
Holly Jones - Director
|Holly Jones began her dancing in her mothers Palos
Verdes studio at age three. At 16 years old she began teaching her
own classes often with students just two years younger than herself.
When Holly was 18 years old she auditioned for, and was invited to, the
scholarship program where she trained 20 hours a week with current L.A.
Danceforce choreographers such as Rhonda Miller, Bill Prudich, Randy Allaire,
and Cindera Che.
As a result of the scholarship, Holly was invited to be a supernumerary in the Joffrey Ballet's "Petrushka" as well as perform on Cindera Che's Parachute Dance company before deciding that teaching was where her true interest and challenges lie.
"In class I was a technique freak," said Holly. "I was always paying attention to the excruciating details of alignment and placement, and was satisfied only when executing the choreography properly. When you approach your training through a solid understanding of technique, you can take your body to extremes."
In 1993, after graduating from UCLA with a bachelor's degree in sociology, Holly took over her mothers studio and has since doubled its size. In addition, she has created a scholarship program in which the participating dancers have won several awards at national competitions.
Her studio focuses its training on ages three through sixteen, in tap, ballet, jazz, and combination classes.
Annual productions include a December Holiday performance and a June recital at the Norris Theatre for the Performing Arts.