KELLY INSKIP Owner/Director R.A.D., B.A.L, Cecchetti, B.B.O
From Sydney, Australia, Kelly grew up completing multiple syllabus dance exams each year and winning many titles. Her training also included singing, piano and drama. At age 15, Kelly landed her first professional show which lead to work in television specials, variety shows and professional sporting events. Throughout Australia and Asia, her musical theatre credits include 42nd Street, My Fair Lady, Samba Sexy Samba, My Boyfriend's Back and I'll Take Manhattan. Also in Australia, Kelly was cast in the MO award winning show Ladies, Laughs and Larrikins, as a dancer on the weekly television show Fox Sports Central Live and cheerleader for the winning season of a pro NRL football team. Credits as a dancer and actress include national commercials, television and films throughout Australia, the US, Sweden and Puerto Rico.
Moving to London, Kelly studied at Danceworks, performed in England and Europe with Zoots & Spangles Authentic Jazz Company, Thomson UK, the world renown Spirit of the Dance and was the resident jazz choreographer at West London Theatre Arts. Kelly worked all over the world for Princess Cruises as dance captain, before working in Italy as choreographer and director for Costa Cruises.
In LA, she worked in the commercial dance and television industry under some of the dance industries finest choreographers and with artists; Mariah Carey, The Pussycat Dolls, Justin Timberlake, Huey Lewis, Human Nature, Vanilla Ice, Rob Bass, The Beach Boys, C & C Music Factory and The Village People. Kelly's LA and Las Vegas credits include Stomp Out Loud, The Queen Bees, Schtick, Nathan Burton Comedy Magic, World’s Greatest Magic Show, Country To The Bone and Broadway Under the Stars.
Her choreography and many teaching credits are worldwide and award winning in Australia, England and the US. Her students have gone on to New York's Joffrey Ballet School, the Radio City Rockettes, cruise ship productions, musical theatre and Disney resorts. Kelly continues to work as a judge and instructor for various national US dance conventions including Dance Educators of America, Midwest Starz, Legacy Dance and Starbound.
TRAVIS ONELLION Owner/Director
Travis started his dance training at the age of 7 in Louisiana, competing nationally in multiple award and title winning performances. As a student of dance, Travis studied and performed with the Lafayette Ballet Theater, The Edge Performing Arts Studio (LA) and Broadway Dance Theater (NYC). Travis has had the great fortune of being trained under some high profiled professionals such as Gus Giordano, Mia Michaels, Brian Friedman, Debbie Allen and Henry LaTang.
In 2001, Travis began his professional career performing onboard cruise ships for Costa and Princess Cruise Lines. He was lucky enough to see the world while performing in world class production shows.
Moving to LA, his work included theme parks, music videos, touring shows and variety events. Travis also spent much time rehearsing as part of the resident skeleton cast premiering shows for Crystal Cruise Lines. He has worked for such artists as Britney Spears, Omarion, The Temptations, Akina Nakamori, Sarah Brightman, The Four Tops, Kenny G, Jordan Sparks and Earth, Wind & Fire.
Moving to Las Vegas, Travis began performing in 'Masquerade Show in the Sky' at the Rio Hotel. His corporate work has included such companies as MGM Grand, Hyundai, IFC, Remax, Studio 54, Sky Vodka, Intel, Passion Parties, Pure, AWG, Mandalay Bay and NEC.
His knowledge and years of experience in the entertainment industry lead to the formation of 213 Productions which is a production company he co-owns with his wife supplying dancers, costuming and choreography for shows and events.
As an instructor, Travis has worked in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and taught workshops in Australia along side his wife. His choreography has won awards nationally for LA and Las Vegas based dance studios.
Matt Guerrero was born in San Francisco and raised in a little town just east of SF called Benicia. He started dancing with his older brother and his brother's best friend for family events and other social gatherings around town. Mostly 90's New Jack style of dance. He didn't get into the Hip Hop Culture until he was 14 years old, there he discovered one of the 4 elements of Hip Hop, and that was B-Boying. He stuck to that style for quite some time, learning whatever he could learn, but when he graduated high school and moved on to College, he wanted to learn more about dance movement. When he was in college he took numerous dance classes, from Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Latin Dance, and Ballroom Dance.
Matt later joined a professional Hip Hop Dance Company called "SoulForce", directed by SF Hip Hop Dancefest Director and Producer Micaya. At that same time he formed his own crew called "Khaotic GroovemintZ (KGZ)". With being in SoulForce and directing KGZ, he began doing shows all over the Bay Area with both groups and started to gain a little recognition in the Bay Area Dance Culture.
After 24 years, Matt moved to Las Vegas to further Pursue Dance Career.
He currently dances with Cirque Du Soleil at The Beatles LOVE Show inside the Mirage Hotel and Casino.
Jacqui Kreisler was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. She began gymnastics at the age of 4 and then started training in all styles of dance by the age of 8. She moved to Los Angeles in 2001 to start pursing her career in entertainment. After becoming widely known for her unique contortion acts she started training in aerial arts. Her aerial training began under the direction of American Acrobats. She was quickly taken under the wings of The Silk Sisters, where she got to travel the world doing what she loved. She then continued her training at Cirque School LA.
She has enjoyed several successes in the film industry as an actress and cirque performer. You may also recognize her from her appearances on CBS’s Eleventh Hour or performing on Big Brother. Other appearances include performing for Rihanna on American Idol, Glee, a Chevy Super Bowl commercial, Bratz: The Movie, The History Channel’s Wild West Tech, National Geographic’s Party Like A Queen, Americas Got Talent, Cirque Mechanics: Boomtown, LXD at the Guggenheim, NYC and Google Zeitgeist in London. She has performed various times at Lakers & Clippers games at the Staples Center, LAX in Las Vegas, the Key Club in Hollywood, Universal’s City Walk, Downtown Disney, etc. Jacqui has also performed at many celebrity parties including Christina Aguilera’s Halloween Party and Eddie Van Halen’s wedding.
Jacqui has been blessed to be able to teach on the side of her love for performing for the last 11 years. She loves being able to instill her passion for dance and circus arts in the next generation.
RACHAEL THOMPSON Vaganova, Horton, Graham
Rachael Thompson holds a BFA in Dance Education from the University of the Arts. She has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern at The Dance Theatre of Lynchburg and attended the Rockette Summer Intensive. Her teaching experience includes Uarts Academic Support, Nebinger Elemetary School, and The Philadelphia School for Creative and Performing Arts.
She has danced in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and performed works by Anna Sokolow, Curt Haworth, Donald Lunsford, and Keith Lee. Most recently she performed and managed the dancers at Boogie Nights at the Tropicana in Atlantic City.
Ms. Thompson is also a certified GYROKINESIS® trainer. She looks forward to her new adventures in Vegas and getting to know everyone at The Base Dance Center.
JAE EUN PARK
Born in South Korea, Jae is a graduate of the English National Ballet School in London.
She is also a former professional ballerina with the Hong Kong Ballet for 13 years performing in The Merry Widow, Romeo & Juliet, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Laquita, Giselle, Beauty & The Beast and Swan Lake ..... just to name a few.
In Macau, China, Jae performed in a $250 million production called The House of Dancing Water, created by Franco Dragone, the same director who created O and Le Reve here in Las Vegas. She was a dancer and understudy for the main character before eventually becoming the role full time.
Now in Las Vegas, we are excited to welcome Jae to our Base faculty.
Bianca Cattapan was born in Neustadt an der Weinstraβe, Germany and later moved to Columbus, Ohio where she received her formal dance training and danced competitively. She began her professional dance career in high school performing on television and on film. Cattapan graduated from Point Park University in Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance with a concentration in Jazz. She has been privileged to work on stage in Point Park University’s Conservatory Dance Company with artists including Rennie Harris, Raphael Xavier and Heather Carpenter. Since graduation, Cattapan resides in Las Vegas, Nevada where she has worked with artists including DNCE, Rod Stewart, Criss Angel and Belinda Pop. She has also performed in multiple shows choreographed by well established dancer Missy Cochran, choreographed and performed in the Ribbon Of Life Reimagined Golden Rainbow and dances in Tony Coppola’s Coppola Rhythm Ensemble. While Cattapan continues to dance professionally here in Las Vegas, she also loves sharing her knowledge through teaching and choreography.
Rose Crisostomo has been continually training in all styles of dance since the age of 3. She has been a student of The Base since the day we opened in 2012.
As an original member of The Base Company, Rose performed for the Harlem Globetrotters, Dancescape LA, The Nevada Blind Society, Town Square’s Holiday Festivities and Lifetime’s ‘Dance Moms’.
Rose has won many regional and national dance titles throughout the years. In 2015, she was crowned Miss Dance Educators of America at their Las Vegas Nationals. Rose has also had the opportunity to assist Kelly Inskip at dance conventions.
Along with graduating from The Base last year, Rose also graduated from the Las Vegas Academy of the Perfoming Arts where she studied dance for 4 years.
We are so excited to officially welcome our very own Rose Crisostomo to The Base faculty.
LUCINDA (L.JAY) LUEVANOS
Lucinda (L.Jay) Luevanos has been dancing since she was four, and started her training with the Ballet Folklorico Mexicano Company. She is trained in the techniques of hip hop, contemporary, ballet, jazz, lyrical, improv, ballet folklorico, and modern. She has a B.F.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography from the University of Nevada Las Vegas as well as graduated with UNLV Department of Dance's "Outstanding Performer Award". She has experience training, teaching, choreographing, and performing all throughout Las Vegas, as well as experience performing in Indianapolis, New York, and South Korea. Her choreographic works have not only been premiered in four UNLV Dance Concerts, but also in concerts for dance studios and companies throughout Las Vegas. Her love for videography is shown through the visual choreographic art projects that she has choreographed, released, and has also been featured in. Her choreography draws inspiration from mixing the genres of contemporary, modern, and hip-hop.
Betsy Lucas was born in Hillsboro, Oregon and trained with the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre under the direction of Damara Bennett. There she appeared in Lew Christensen's Il Distract and Con Amore, and several George Balanchine Ballets including Allegro Brillante, Stars and Stripes and Raymond Variations.
In 2004, Betsy joined the pre-professional division of OBT under the direction of Christopher Stowell. There, she performed roles such as "Peasant" in Swan Lake (after Petipa Staged by Stowell) and "Snow", "Flower" and "Tea" in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker.
In 2010, she joined Nevada Ballet Theatre. Now in her 9th season with NBT, Betsy's repertoire includes lead roles in several full-length classics: "Clara" in NBT's production of The Nutcracker, choreographed by James Canfield, "Wendy" in Jorden Morris' Peter Pan, "Beauty" in Lew Christensen's Beauty and the Beast, and "Odette/Odile" in Swan Lake, staged by renowned Ballerina, Cynthia Gregory. She has performed in Paul Vasterling's Seasons (Winter soloist), James Canfield's Degas Impressions and Blue Moon (Soloist), Matthew Neenan's At The Border, Paul Taylor's Company B (Pennsylvania Polka) and Christopher Wheeldon's Carousel (A Dance) as Demi soloist.
During her time at NBT, Betsy has also danced many George Balanchine Ballets including Concerto Barocco, Rubies, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Principal Butterfly), Serenade (Soloist Russian Girl), Western Symphony" (1st movement Principal) and Who Cares? ("Embraceable You" and "My One and Only.
When not in the studio, Betsy enjoys passing along her knowledge of dance to other various dance studios or sewing skirts for her own dance wear line, Style En Pointe.
CJ Edwards is a professional dancer, choreographer, instructor and producer currently based in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Represented by Go 2 Talent Agency, he actively works in film, television, live stage performances and video production.
Some of his notable credits include: the 19th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, the LA Clippers halftime show, competitor on MTV's America's Best Dance Crew, and featured dancer in musician Omarion's "Entourage" music video.
CJ is trained in a variety of dance styles ranging from Hip Hop to Jazz to Ballet.
We welcome CJ to The Base faculty.