3205 S Brea Canyon Rd, Diamond Bar CA 91765, USA
 
 
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Fine Arts Academy of Dance
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Meet our Staff in Diamond Bar, CA

 
 

Julie Hamill~Director

Julie Hamill has taught dance in the Orange County area for over 35 years. She is the founder and director of Fine Arts Academy of Dance. Established in 1979, Fine Arts Academy of Dance was the first dance school in Diamond Bar. Growing up in Orange County she was able to study with L.A.'s and Orange County's finest teachers including Linda Sohl-Ellison, Leann Alduenda, L.A's classics such as Jimmie DeFore, Stefan Wenta, Roland Dupree, Gus Giordano, Stanley Holden, and Joe Tremaine. Professionally Julie has appeared in many theatrical productions she was a principal dancer with the Orange County Dance Company in which she performed roles in Swan Lake, West Side Story, Oklahoma, and The Nutcracker. Of the thousands of students that have come through Julie's classes, many have gone on to professional careers and have appeared in all facets of the business. Her students present and past ... Read more
 

 
 

Jana Faustino-Watkins~Ballet Director

Jana Faustino-Watkins is a native of Brazil where she studied extensively with Luis Nogueira of the Ballet Municipal of Rio De Janeiro, and taught at the Mariana Natal Academy in Sao Paulo. She also appeared in numerous stage and television shows and movies as a member of the Corpo Companhia. After immigrating to the United States she studied with Lois Ellyn and Stefan Wenta, and joined Lois Ellyn's ballet company, Noveau Chamber Ballet where she appears as a principal ballerina and choreographer. Jana's students have appeared in film and television including the hit movie The Princess Diaries. We at Fine Arts are very proud of the fact her students have been accepted to the one of the worlds most prestigious performing Arts Conservatories Juilliard in New York. Jana's beautiful dancers have performed with Cirque du Soleil. Each year many of her students are accepted into the schools of the Joffrey Ballet, Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre (ABT), Milwaukee Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Alvin Ailey and Houston Ballet. Jana is currently the artistic director of Fine Arts Academy of Dance's nationally award winning ballet program.
 

 
 

Michael Van Patten~Master Teacher~Choreographer~Writer~Director

Michael Van Patten has been one of the top dance teachers in Southern California since 1988. He has taught at the legendary studios, DeFore Dance Center (1988-2016) and Tremaine Dance Center (1993-1997), as well as the University of California, Irvine, Santa Ana College, Fine Arts Academy of Dance, and many others. As a performer, he appeared on Star Search, Disney's Motor Car Mania Show, and with the Los Angeles Opera Company's acclaimed staging of “Orpheus in the Underworld,” as well as the musicals Gypsy (Tulsa), Pippin, Evita, Mame, The Robber Bridegroom, Sugar, Cabaret, and Tommy. He has also adjudicated for many dance competitions and organizations, including United Spirit Association (USA), Dance Rave, Kids Artistic Revue (KAR), That's Dancin', and many others. He has choreographed for numerous stage concerts and events for DeFore, Tremaine, UCI, Fine Arts Academy, Goldenwest College, University of Colorado, Greeley, J's Hair Studio World Tour, and the Los Angeles Clippers Dance Team. As a youngster, Michael studied music performance up to the age of twenty and played flute professionally, most notably with the Crystal Cathedral Symphony in the early ‘80's. Michael is also a writer/director, currently creating projects for film and television. His first success, The Watchers, is currently playing on the Film Festival circuit, and recently won the Best Sci-Fi Short Film Award at the Independent Filmmakers Showcase. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2006.
 

 
 

Penny Fisher Collins

Penny began her dance training at Fine Arts at the age of six. She continued her instruction under Julie Hamill, Jana Faustino-Watkins, and Michael Van Patten and turned that into a successful career as a dance instructor and performer. Penny taught at Fine Arts while appearing in films such as Man on the Moon with Jim Carrey and What Women Want with Mel Gibson. Other credits include the 55th Annual Emmy Awards alongside Conan O'Brien and Disney's Animazement and Snow White: An Enchanting New Musical. Regional theater credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Wizard of Oz, Me and my Girl, Crazy For You, La Cage Aux Folles, Guys and Dolls, Never Gonna Dance, and Pajama Game. Penny also studied dance at Cal State Fullerton where she earned a degree in Television and Film. She returns to Fine Arts, now as a parent, to continue her love of teaching dance. Her 4 year old daughter, Audrey, is enjoying her own tap classes instructed by Julie Hamill.
 

 
 

Meghan Guzman

Meghan Guzman has been training at Fine Arts Academy of Dance since the age of six, and is a graduate of the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts. She was a principal dancer in Fine Arts nationally recognized Competition Company. She has been teaching at Fine Arts Academy of Dance since 2002. Meghan has now started her 2012 competitive team at Fine Arts along with Michael Van Patten. Meghan teaches Jazz, Ballet and Childrens Tap. Meghan is proud of the work she does with her own children Alyssa and Roxie both train at Fine Arts since the age of 2. She works hard managing her busy schedule which includes managing her daughter Alyssa's career whose credits include television appearences on Nickelodeon's Fresh Beat Band, Cookie Fureal Friends, Sharkies Fruit Snacks, and Party City Commercials.
 

 
 

Kristen Holleyman

Kristen is from Boulder/Denver, Colorado, and has relocated to Hollywood to further pursue her dance career. Her teaching credits include teaching at Westwoods Center of Performing Arts, and Elite Dance Academy. She enjoys teaching all ages and levels and specializes in Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop. Kristen has danced with Todrick Hall's musical OZ, the professional company Dream Project, John Gilettes music video "Struck" made top 20 finalists of ABDC with The RockStarz, the Denver Nuggets Dancers, MC Hammer, Coolio, Tone Loc and Otis Day. She has choreographed for studios and high schools all over the state of Colorado, as well as for Dream Project and The RockStarz, Kristen Komen, Alpine Rescue among others. In addition she is an undergraduate from the University of Colorado where she studied Spanish Literature, Secondary Education, and minored in dance. Kristen is very excited to be a part of the Staff at Fine Arts Academy.
 

 
 

Charlotte Beadle

Charlotte Beadle is another of our distinguished faculty at Fine Arts Academy of Dance, now teaching tap and jazz. Charlotte specialty is children's classes and high level tap, Charlotte has studied with Julie Hamill, LJ Tashiro Nafarette, Jana Faustino-Watkins, Michelle Clow, Michael Van Patten, Dana Dalpiaz, Marie De La Palme, Elizabeth Parkinson, Jose Costas, and Linda Sohl-Ellison, here at Fine Arts Academy of Dance, and also Jimmie DeFore Dance Center, and Orange Coast College. Her music and vocal training has been with Jan Dayne, Robert Olinger, Bill Hamill, and Theresa DeJong Pombo. Charlotte's performing credits include Tap performances with Pulse, along with the Biola Theater and Southern California Youth Theater, in productions of When You Wish Upon a Star, Beauty and the Beast, Annie Get Your Gun, The Wizard of Oz, Annie, Hello Dolly, and Honk. Charlotte is also involved with a competitve Salsa Company. Charlotte currently attends Orange Coast College, where she is working towards a degree in dance with a minor in musical theater.
 

 
 

Kristina Bearden

Kristina Bearden has been training at Fine Arts Academy of Dance for thirteen years. She was a principal dancer for many years in Fine Arts nationally recognized award winning competition company, she has herself received many over all high scores as a soloist and with her group pieces. Kristina is trained in all dance styles, Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Lyrical . Kristina was also a founding member, helping start, the Ayala High School Dance Production. She served as the student director of the program her junior and senior year in high school. Kristina is currently teaching at FAAD Children's Ballet, and Tap. Kristina is pursuing a degree in Dance Education at California State University, Fullerton.
 

 
 

Alyssa Guzman

Alyssa Guzman has now joined the staff of FAAD, she is currently teaching Children's Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap and Pre Ballet. Her professional credits include, several television commercials which Alyssa was featured as a dancer, these include commercials for Party City, Furreal Friends, Sharkies and for Toys R Us My Little Pony. Alyssa also appeared as a dancer on The Nickelodeon Channels popular show The Fresh Beat Band. Alyssa is a Principal Dancer in FAAD's National Award Winning Company, and has been awarded several dance scholarships in the past few years, as well as several overall 1st Place awards. Her stage credits include Half Time shows for the Anaheim Arsenal and L. A. Avengers, she also danced the part of Clara in the Nutcracker with the Nouveau Chamber Ballet Company. Alyssa's dance training covers all styles Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop. Alyssa is currently a member of the Chino Hill's High School Award Winning Dance Team and is also the Team Captain.
 

 
 

Kassy Francis

Kassy Francis specializes in the styles of Jazz, Modern and Hip Hop. Kassy has trained in the Inland Empire with Brandon J, BJ Basier and Michele Jenkins all on staff with Chaffey College. She currently is a principal dancer for Envy, an Inland Empire Hip Hop Company, and has been dancing for this Hip Hop company for the past two years under the direction Brandon J. Credits include the Upland Music and Arts Festival of 2009, Chaffey College Spring Dance Concert '08, '09, and '10, and various venues and events in the Inland Empire. Kassy has been teaching Hip Hop and Jazz throughout the L.A. County and the Inland Empire working with all age children, teens and Adults. Kassy's first love is dance and sharing her knowledge of dance with her students. She is a multi talented individual and is currently an LVN while still working towards her RN. Kassy plans to transfer to UCLA and obtain her BA and Masters in nursing as well as a minor in Dance. Kassy will be teaching Jazz and Hip Hop at Fine Arts Academy.
 

 
 

Julie Giovannoni

Office Manager/Assistant to Director
 

 
 

Denise Beadle

Assistant Manager