AB Miller Dance
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Faculty

“Dancers are made, not born.” —Mikhail Baryshnikov

Photo courtesy of KPCC/Maya Sugarman

Photo courtesy of KPCC/Maya Sugarman

 

Nicole Robinson

Co-Director

Nicole Robinson is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and dance education advocate from Riverside, CA.  She is a graduate from California State University, San Bernardino with a degree in Kinesiology.  She holds a Master of Arts in Dance Education from California State University, Long Beach.   

Nicole is a strong advocate for providing dance education opportunities to under served populations.  She has dedicated her time in education to providing high quality dance training at no cost.  Nicole began the A. B. Miller Dance Program in 1995 and established the A. B. Miller Conservatory of Dance in 2011. Under her direction, the A. B. Miller High School dance program has received numerous grants and support in its mission to increase diversity in dance.  She is the dance specialist for the Fontana Unified School district leading professional development projects and workshops for teachers grades K-6 and is the lead teacher for the FUSD Dance Collaborative which provides dance education for students in grades PK-8 grades.   In 2015, she was named California League of Teachers' Teacher of the Year for Region 10 and was named the 2017 Carlston Family Foundation Teacher of the Year.   

She has served as a team lead for the California Standards Revision Committee in Dance and is a teacher leader for the California Arts Project.  Currently, Nicole is the co-president for the California Dance Education Association which is the state wide professional organization for California dance educators.  

Rosa Rodriguez Frazier

Co Director

Rosa Rodríguez-Frazier is a teacher, dance-maker, and performing artist based in Riverside, California. Her interest as a first-generation Mexican American woman artist values “movement” as a means to corporally dismantle bi/cultural stereotypes of gender, class, race and citizenship on traditional/non-traditional U.S. performance platforms. Frazier’s movement aesthetic and choreographic interests are rooted on a mix of Late-Modern/Post-Modern and Banda-Norteño social dance forms approached by “Experimental” dance-making processes. 

She received a BA in Dance and an MFA in Experimental Choreography from the University of California, Riverside, and a California Teaching Credential for Single Subject Education from the University of Redlands. Dedicated to the subject of diversity in dance education, Rosa has also had the opportunity to present in panels at the National Dance Education Organization Conference, the California Dance Education Organization Conference and the Professional Development of RIMS California Dance Project for Common Core Standards.  

Rosa is one of the founders and artistic collaborators of Primera Generación Dance Collective alongside Alfonso Cervera, Irvin Gonzalez and Patty Huerta. Over the past decade Frazier has had the opportunity to create and perform work inter/nationally alongside dance partner, Joey Navarrete (rosa and joey dueto collective), and counterpoint/shift under the direction of Sue Roginski.

Currently, she is an adjunct faculty at Riverside City College and a full-time dance teacher and co-director of the A.B. Miller High School Dance and Conservatory of Dance program in Fontana, California where she teaches Contemporary Dance, Jazz, Improvisation, Choreography, Dance Repertoire and Dance History.

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Anthony Loa

conservatory Jazz faculty, Performance director & Assistant director of Dance

Anthony Loa has been a faculty member for AB Miller High School Dance since 2002. Anthony began his dance training at Riverside Community College, Defore Dance Center and finishing up obtaining a BA in Dance/Choreography from University of California, Riverside. He has danced and choreographed for numerous formal dance concerts and musical theater productions. He currently teaches at Village Dance Arts and is a certified Zumba instructor at various fitness locations in the Inland Empire.

 
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Jeanna McNamara

conservatory ballet mistress

Jeanna Shelton McNamara began her training in Riverside, CA with Jo Dierdorff and continued her studies with many masters including Susan Rose, Stephanie Gilliland, Rebecca Wright, George de la Peña and Pat Hon. Jeanna received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of California, Riverside where she was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Performance Award and the Maxwell H. Gluck Dance Fellowship. While at UCR, she began performing professionally with Susan Rose and Dancers and continued with her for 5 years. In addition to teaching ballet at AB Miller, she teaches ballet and modern at Village Dance Arts in her hometown of Claremont. She is currently pursuing a master of arts in dance education at the University of Bath (UK) as a distance learning student.


 
Photo credit: F. Sullivan

Photo credit: F. Sullivan

ANgelika Lopez, Intern

Angelika Lopez was born and raised in Southern California she began her dance training at Laura's Dance Academy in ballet, tap and jazz. Angelika was the first graduating class of the A. B. Miller Conservatory of Dance where she furthered her training in jazz, ballet, modern and composition. At the age of sixteen, Angelika founded her own dance company called Breed International Dance Company. Breed performs at private parties, covers all of the Inland Empire, Orange County and Los Angeles areas. As artistic director of Breed, she focuses some of her company’s time on volunteer entertainment performances for different charities and local city events. Angelika was a principal dancer for hip hop based Elev8 crew for two years. She furthered her dance training at the University of California Irvine and is now enrolled a student at California State University of San Bernardino where she is working to obtain a degree in Kinesiology. Angelika is currently a guest artist and choreographer at cat multiple school sites and studios covering the Inland Empire and Los Angeles areas.

Photo credit: F. Sullivan

Photo credit: F. Sullivan

Aisha Stewart, intern

Aisha Stewart was born in Harbor City, California and raised in Fontana, California. She began her dance training at the age of 5 with ballet and tap at Terpsichore Gallery Dance Studio and at 9 years old, she pursued hip hop at Shula's Dance House. It was not until her sophomore year of high school that she found dance again. She went on to become a part of the A.B Miller Conservatory Program of Dance for her junior and senior year. Passionate about dance, she decided to continue her training at Riverside City College where she is currently a dance major. She is a former member of the ENVY Dance Company and currently dances with the Riverside based Retrograde Dance company. In the future, Aisha hopes to open a dance studio and teach kids.

 
 

Dr. Tina Wang

Dr. Tina Wang

Dr. Tina WanG. Conservatory Of Dance PHYSICIAN

Dr. Tina J Wang is a Performing Arts Medicine Specialist and the owner of Tupelo Point Healing Medicine. She practices a unique blend of Functional Medicine & Regenerative Medicine at Tupelo Pointe. Her focus is not just treating musculoskeletal ailments but also meeting the functional, nutritional, unique needs of the person looking to optimize wellness. At Tupelo Pointe, she practices bespoke medicine, customized to her patient's individualized needs. By recognizing that all her patients are unique, she is able to adeptly utilize healing techniques across many disciplines tailored to her patients' needs.

She is also the site director for the Loma Linda PM&R residency. Dr. Wang works on a national level on the Dance/USA task force on Dancer Health. She is actively involved in research and advancement of the field of Performing Arts Medicine through her work on the Research Committee with the Performing Arts Medicine Association.

Dr. Wang started dancing at a young age with the Fine Arts Academy of Dance under Jana Faustino. She later continued to study dance at Wellesley College and Boston Ballet School with Catherine Ulissey. She survived medical school in New Orleans by spending all her free time dancing under Sarah Duax, Jeanne Fernandez Bruno, and Margaret Jean Orr (Mary) Munro. Dr. Wang continues to dance at the Village Dance Arts. In her youth, Dr. Wang studied the violin and piano under Philip Lu, a renowned Taiwanese composer and musician. She is now a mother and parent teaching her son how to play the violin through the Suzuki method under the guidance of violin teacher and Alexander practitioner Wendy Waggener. Both Wendy and Dr. Wang have a special focus on injury prevention in musicians and character development starting at a young age.

Dr. Wang is a Wellesley College alumna and is actively involved in women's rights through the American Medical Women's Association and the Wellesley Women in Medicine group and actively works on multiple committees.

Heather Harvey

Heather Harvey

Heather Harvey, A. B. Miller High School Athletic Trainer

Heather Harvey has worked as a certified athletic trainer for the Fontana Unified School District since the Fall of 2010. She came to AB Miller High School in 2014, and has enjoyed working with and providing care for all of the student athletes and performing artists on campus. She has been an advocate for her profession and for the overall healthcare of student athletes in the high school setting by serving on committees for the California Interscholastic Federation's Southern Section and the California Athletic Trainer's Association. Her career goal is to get certified athletic trainers on every high school campus in the state so that all students have the opportunity to receive quality athletic related healthcare.