Program Director and owner, Jennifer Thompson-Bosco, has spent years to develop high quality programs for Ballet, Commercial Dance, First Steps Program (for students ages 2-7 years-old), as well as an Theatre/Acting program. RC Dance Center is the only school in the San Fernando Valley and Greater Los Angeles Area to offer the American Ballet Theatre's National Training Curriculum.
As an Affiliate and Certified Teacher of this world renown program, which promotes the health of young dancers, Ms. Thompson-Bosco is held accountable to teaching to the highest standards. Her students are presented for review each year by the program. In addition, RC Dance Center is the only school in the area to offer a Kickette Dance Program, similar to the style of a Famous New York City Broadway Style Dance Group. Our Burbank Kickettes have been asked to performed for several years at the City functions as well as at the City of Burbank's Tree Lighting and the 4th of July Celebration at the Starlight Bowl.
Our teachers are hand selected and offer years of performance, education, and teaching experience. Many of our Commercial dance teachers are still actively performing while most of our Ballet Teachers hold Certifications from ABT's National Training Curriculums as well as other notable Ballet Programs. On average each teacher has been teaching for 10-12 years each and specialize in working with young students and artists. They have an in-depth knowledge of children and their development.
At RC Dance Center your student matters to us. Founded by mothers who demanded a high quality program in a family-friendly environment, RC Dance Center offers students a safe, warm, and supportive atmosphere in which to grow, learn, and thrive. Program Director, Jennifer Thompson-Bosco, offers parent-teacher conferences and assessment for each student in order to personally assist each them and their family determine and set their personal artistic goals. Together they develop a plan of action to achieve the young artists dreams.
Year after year our students win placement into National and International Dance Summer Programs. Some of them include: American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive, Joffrey Ballet Summer Program in California, New York and Bolshi, Russian Federation, Jilliana School in New Mexico, Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, Long Beach Ballet Intensive, Los Angeles Ballet Intensive, the School of American Ballet and New York City Rockette Summer Program.
In July 2013, an RC Dance Center student was asked to perform with American Ballet Theatre in Le Corsaire. Our students have also won numerous local awards for performance, choreography, and are on all area high school dance teams including JBHS and Burbank High School.
Lena Harris has been dancing with RC Dance Center since 2005. She is entering her senior year at Burbank High and will be graduating in 2018.
Lena has been involved with the ABT Ballet curriculum here at RC since its inception in 2009. This year she placed 2nd in the YAGP Los Angeles (Youth America Grand Prix) which is the most prestigious of dance competitions which focuses on the ballet dancers of the future.
YAGP reaches over 7,000 dance students annually by holding workshops, scholarship auditions, master classes and audition classes in approximately 17 U.S cities and 6 international locations. Each season culminates in the week-long New York Finals, where more than 1,200 of the world's most promising dancers receive in-depth mentoring and greater scholarship, professional, and performance opportunities. The New York Finals closing night "Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow" Gala features the students showing the most potential alongside the stars of today's leading dance companies.
Lena went on to be a semi-finalist in YAGP 2017 in New York and performed at Lincoln Center in April.
Lena has also been accepted in to the following summer dance intensives this year, Houston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and LABA Summer Program as well as a Washington DC summer intensive. Lena has been a consistently over the years been accepted to numerous summer dance programs and participated in Spotlight competitions over the years.
Along with her extensive acceptance into many dance programs, Lena has been a featured solo dancer over the years in our production of the Nutcracker over the past 10 years and was our soloist in this years, Gala production of Mi Gitana.