One of today’s most innovative and sought after choreographers in Southern California. As the Hip Hop choreographer for San Clemente High School Dance Team, Tim has lead them to four national championships. In choreography he has worked with some of the industry’s greatest performers like Jennifer Lopez, Jo Dee Messina, Chris Rock, Ty Herndon, Destiny’s Child, Stacie Oricco and more. He also has set dance routines on the LA Clipper Girls, Portland Trailblazer Girls, Sacramento Kings Girls and Memphis Grizzlies.
Tim comes from an extensive background in all styles of dance and has performed on stages, concerts, television award shows, and music videos with Jennifer Lopez, Boys II Men, Usher, Brandy, TLC, Jennifer Love Hewitt and many more. He currently is the owner/director of On Cue LA Dance Convention (www.oncuela.com). Tim has taught all over the nation and is currently an instructor at Cal State University Long Beach, Orange County High School of the Arts, Defore Dance Center and more. Outside of all his projects, Tim finds the time to produce an album under the artists name MO’AT.
International dance teacher and choreographer, is an accomplished artist trained in ballet, jazz, hip hop, musical theater and competitive aerobics. As a faculty member of the Chapman University, Mt San Antonio College, Santa Ana College and Orange Coast College dance departments, she specializes in jazz and hip hop technique. Dozens of Kari’s students have gone on to perform professionally in music videos, commercials and stage work. In addition to her weekly classes, Kari regularly leads workshops for high schools and colleges across Southern California, such as Orange County High School of the Arts, Citrus College, Santa Ana High School and the 2008 American College Dance Festival in Irvine, CA. For nearly a decade Kari owned and directed Pulse Dance Troupe, in Orange County, CA, a professional performance company comprised of up-and-coming hip hop dancers focused on artistic growth and positive expression. During this time, Kari also performed and choreographed for Culture Shock Dance Troupe, Inc./Los Angeles and the Madonna Grimes Dance Co.
Kari's choreography has been showcased in a variety of prestigious commercial and theatrical arenas, including Carnival: A Choreographer’s Ball, the 2000 National Democratic Convention, IBM Corporate Events and industrial events for Nike and Reebok. She has choreographed original pieces for the Los Angeles Laker Girls, the Clippers Spirit Team and dozens of competitive dance teams across the country. Kari's resume is world-wide, with credits in Italy, where her performance and choreography took first place in the Dance Grandprix Italia, all the way to Taipei, Taiwan and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as an Artist in Residence for the Cultural Convention of Dance.
Polynesian Performer, Dancer & Choreographer www.TBA.com
Christina has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Behavior from University of California, Irvine. She Interned at The UCI Disability Center where she spent her time researching stigma surrounding disabled students and helps with training students to aid disabled students in class. As the Dance Coordinator for UCI’s Hawaii club, Christina led groups of Tahitian dance performances for over 300 people.
Her passion for children exudes through her work as a mentor coordinator involved with matching youth in therapeutic treatments with qualified mentors; Mentoring Vietnamese American youth; as a Math & English Tutor providing academic support; and as a recreational leader for after school programs.
She has been teaching & performing professionally as a Tahitian dancer for 7 years. She’s been with several group and solo dance competitions in Southern and Northern California, as well as Hawaii. Christina has developed and choreographed developmentally appropriate Polynesian lesson plans for children Kinder – 8th Grade and facilitated in several workshops for professional dancers.
Performer, Dancer & Choreographer (Middle Eastern/ Belly Dance)
Candice Sainz is a professional in the field of health services and performs across Southern California as a Middle Eastern Belly Dancer and East Indian Bollywood. Her performance and dance education includes genres such as Hip Hop, Jazz, Latin and more with an expertise in Middle Eastern Dance. Candice works with her heart on her sleeve as she inspires people around the Orange County community providing Nutrition and Physical Activity Education and Trainings. She also loves to work with children and provides motivating, fun and exciting dance lessons for Active Learning. As a part-time dance teacher and expert in the field of Middle Eastern dance, Ms. Sainz has been working with Active Learning, for the past few years. She has proven to be highly talented, resourceful, dependable and of good character.
She has experience working with children ranging in age from 6 years up to 18 years and has always shown respectful dance moves that are not offensive and yet pleasing to young people. She has also worked with adult dance teachers in several workshops lead by Active Learning to educate dancers on cultural styles. Ms. Sainz taught a full staff of dance educators several tasteful movements of Middle Eastern and East Indian dance. Her instruction was executed so well, the staff has requested her back for our next workshop in August.
Dance & Physical Ed. Resources
The National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)
– Membership Organization www.ndeo.org
This is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and promotion of high quality education in the art of dance. NDEO provides the dance artist, educator and administrator a network of resources and support, a base for advocacy, and access to programs that focus on the importance of dance in the human experience.
NDEO forges alliances with over 150 federal and state agencies and arts and education associations to support quality dance education at local, state, and national levels in the United States and with our friends in international communities.
– The National Arts and Education Network www.artsedge.kennedy-center.org
ARTSEDGE – the National Arts and Education Network – supports the placement of the arts at the center of the curriculum and advocates creative use of technology to enhance the K-12 educational experience. ARTSEDGE empowers educators to teach in, through, and about the arts by providing the tools to develop interdisciplinary curricula that fully integrate the arts with other academic subjects.
– This website is for PE, Dance & Health Teachers www.pecentral.org
PE Central is a web site that provides information about developmentatally appropriate physical education practices and programs.
Welcome to the premier Web site for health and physical education teachers, parents, and students. Our goal is to provide the latest information about developmentally appropriate physical education programs for children and youth. To combat the high obesity rate, we offer programs like Log It and Get Active Stay Active where students can log their physical activity and pedometer steps. We invite you to share a lesson idea which is reviewed by our editorial team.
Moving & Learning
– Movement education specialists for children 8yrs and under www.movingandlearning.com
Children need to move! Not just for the sake of their physical selves, but also for social, emotional and cognitive development. Movement benefits the whole child. If you’re a parent, caregiver, teacher, or health professional living or working with children birth to eight, you can promote fitness, self-esteem, self-confidence, learning, and a lot more – without specialized knowledge, fancy equipment, or a lot of money. Moving & Learning can help you learn how.
– Fitness games & lessons for all ages, schools and programs www.skillastics.com
is a series of standards-based, fitness games that allow 1 to 100 children of varying ages and fitness levels to participate and enjoy being active at one time. Easy to set up and teach, Skillastics® develops confidence, facilitates cooperation, and instills positive exercise habits that last a lifetime!
Parent and Teacher Resources
– Physical Activity and Nutrition in Child Care Settings: A Web Directory for Providers www.nccic.org
This site links child care and after school providers to a wide variety of physical activity and nutrition resources. You will find links to activities, lesson plans, healthy recipes, information for parents, and many other downloadable tools that can be used to incorporate physical activity and nutrition into child care and after school programs. The site allows providers to easily search for a variety of physical activity and nutrition resources by age, topic, and keywords. Providers will find: games and activities, lesson plans, healthy recipes, information for parents, fitness campaigns, funding strategies, informational resources, and Spanish language Web sites. The site links to existing federal resources, and was developed after receiving input from over 100 child care providers about their needs.
The California After School Resource Center (CASRC, "cas-rac")
– Physical Activity and Nutrition Resources www.californiaafterschool.org
CASRC (is administered for the California Department of Education) provides access to a comprehensive set of reviewed materials, resources, trainings, tools, and supportive services for after school programs. Browse through the resources and register online to borrow materials from the library, with free delivery in California.
IDEA Health & Fitness Association
– Membership Organization www.ideafit.com
The leading resource for fitness and wellness professionals, IDEA offers a wealth of fitness professional success tools. This site provides Health and fitness articles, fitness videos and fitness conferences. Since 1982, IDEA has provided health and fitness professionals with unbiased research, educational resources and industry leadership. Become a member today and get these great benefits. Enjoy full access to 5,212 articles and 238 videos in our NEW exercise library; Take dozens of CEC courses online immediately; Get low-cost insurance from our long-time partner Fitness and Wellness! Learn about the latest updates in the fitness industry today!
– Aerobics Choreography and Resources www.turnstep.com
Turnstep.com is a large community of aerobics enthusiasts featuring over 15000 patterns, an active bulletin board, and more. Targeted both for professional fitness instructors and people who want to train at home, Turnstep.com is the way to go if you want to get hold of a huge variety of steps aerobic workout routines. The information is useful and free, and it’s unbelievably easy to understand. The site presents some new set of moves for specific exercises or whole classes several times a week, plus you can subscribe to RSS feeds to learn whenever a new one has been published, and also a glossary explaining what each move consists of with an animated gif where you can see the moves being done.