Olivia Oleson began her dance training at the age of two at Carlsbad Dance Center. Dancing at CDC for over fourteen years, she studied various dance styles including: Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Cheer, Clogging, and Hip Hop. With CDC, she danced competitively at multiple dance conventions and competitions throughout the Nation. During high school, she danced for two years with the Oceanside High School Dance Team where she performed and competed at various athletic events, competitions, and school functions. She began choreographing various dance routines for the OHS Dance Team, which prompted her interest in teaching. Olivia graduated from UC Davis with a Double Major in English and Communication and a minor in Sociology. Olivia began choreographing and instructing at Ariel’s Dance Studio during the fall of 2003. She taught for over 11 years at Ariel's Dance Studio. At ADS, Olivia developed a lifelong passion for teaching, choreographing and business management. Olivia has taken master classes from world-renowned choreographers including: Mandy Moore, Travis Wall, Mike Minery, Anthony Morigerato, Stacy Tookey, and More. Dancing has always been a part of Olivia’s life and sharing her enthusiasm for dance with others is incredibly rewarding for her. CADENCE DANCE PROJECT is now a space where she can explore her creativity and give dance a new meaning.
Jessica Smith graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at San Jose State University. Jessica has an extensive background in Social Services and working with at-risk youth in North County. She has always demonstrated a passion for equipping youth with life skills in preparation for their entry into adulthood. Jessica is a firm believer in cultivating a safe environment where youth are able to explore their creativity while making a positive impact on their community. CADENCE DANCE PROJECT has provided a platform for her to connect youth with projects within the community that challenge them to step out of their comfort zones and find impactful ways to DANCE WITH PURPOSE.
Caitlin started her dance journey at the Burton School of Dance in Weslaco, Texas taking ballet and tap. In 2000, she moved to California and took up jazz, contemporary, and hip hop. After three years on Carlsbad High School’s dance team, Caitlin joined Breakthrough, a junior hip hop team from Studio 429 in Encinitas. She spent several summers at the California State Summer School for the Arts in Valencia, California as well as Duke University’s six-week dance program. She then joined the adult hip hop team 220 Second to None. Caitlin is now a seventh year member and director of the team. She looks forward to sharing her love for music and movement with Cadence Dance Project.
Hannah Webb began dancing at the age of three at Carlsbad Premier Dance Academy where she took Tap, Jazz and Ballet. At age eight, she began dancing competitively in Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. When Hannah was ten years old, she started attending To The Pointe, a ballet studio to strengthen her technique. She studied demi pointe and eventually went on pointe at age twelve. In high school, Hannah was a member of the nationally ranked Lancer Dancers, Carlsbad High School’s Varsity Dance Team. The team took home the UDA National Title in Hip Hop in 2011 and 2012. During her sophomore and junior year, she attended San Elijo Dance Academy, competing in jazz, contemporary and hip hop. Hannah moved to Austin, Texas her senior year of high school and became a member of Westlake High School's Varsity Dance Team, focused on Pom, Kickline, Jazz and Hip Hop. Upon graduating high school, Hannah moved back to Carlsbad and began attending MiraCosta College as a dance major, where she studies Jazz, Ballet, Modern and Musical Theatre. She also has taught Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary and Hip Hop at various studios in the North County area over the past four years. Hannah is now the coach of El Camino High School's Pomcats dance team and is finishing her Associate's Degree in Dance at MiraCosta. She looks forward to sharing her passion for dancing with the students of Cadence Dance Project.
RACHEL WALSH has trained extensively in jazz, musical theatre, contemporary, ballet and lyrical. She was a student of Erin Babbs, owner of Murrieta Dance Project, for many years before becoming an instructor there. She has been a part of many award-winning routines and has received scholarships at multiple conventions. She is a talented dancer that is able to use her training to lead her students on the path of success. Along with being a competition choreographer and ballet instructor, Rachel also choreographs for Hill Crest High School’s competitive dance teams. Her choreography has led them to success at competitions for the past three years. Currently Miss Rachel is a full-time student in the business program at California State University San Marcos and continues to train in all genres of dance.