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.
Stephanie Morgan began dancing at the age of three at Dublin Dance Centre and Gymnastics located in Columbus, OH. When she was nine she moved to Sanford, NC where she continued her dance training at multiple studios in the area studying ballet, pointe, modern, contemporary, jazz, acrobatics, tap, and clogging. This is also where Stephanie found her love for people with disabilities. She began volunteering with the Special Olympics and in a local school for children with developmental disabilities. After graduating high school, Stephanie attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she majored in Recreational Therapy and minored in both Dance and American Sign Language. While in college, Stephanie decided to expand her love of dance to those with disabilities and started an Adaptive Dance class at Encore School of Performing Arts located in her home town of Sanford, NC. After college, Stephanie moved to Pittsburgh, PA where she completed an internship in Recreational Therapy at The Children’s Institute. While living in Pittsburgh, Stephanie taught ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, tap and adaptive dance classes at two different studios.
Two years ago Stephanie moved to Oceanside, CA. Besides teaching dance, she also works for TERI Campus of Life as a Lead Instructor in a classroom for adults with developmental disabilities. Recently, Stephanie has had the opportunity to work closely with the music and drama departments at TERI and is in the process of creating TERI’s first dance program for adults with developmental disabilities.
Stephanie has always been a believer that dance can be for anybody and she is excited to continue to share this passion at Cadence Dance Project!
Samantha Herasme was rocked by music from the cradle and surrounded by vinyl and tapes throughout her childhood.
Samantha choreographed her first dance in 5th grade for the annual talent show; unbeknownst to her it setoff a precedent example of what a choreographer should be; passionate, dedicated, creative and unique. This preceded her from junior high school to her college years. At Penn State, she was a Kinesiology major specializing in movement science. Samantha was the first instructor to develop and expand the hip hop/street style programs at New York City's Times Square Studio. Upon branding herself in 2013, Herasme was created, a multifaceted dance program embodying a unique style and breakdown of movement focusing on musicality, emotion and instruction of a variety of street styles. Credits include choreographing for several upcoming music artists in venues such as Terminal 5, with companies such as Calvin Wiley Dance Theatre and Reebok, for events like The Latex Ball and Summer Streets, with features on social music platforms such as Twitmusic.
Samantha is driven by the motivation to inspire and be inspired, to learn and progress - hence the motto for Herasme, "refine your mind" - Samantha Natalie is a force to be reckoned with!
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.