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Instructors

Angela Barker

Angela Barker began teaching for Citrus Heights Dance Academy (CHDA) in the Fall of 2011. In the summer of 2016, Angela became Co-Director of CHDA. She currently teaches Ballet, Pre-Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Hip Hop. Her newest project is heading the CHDA Ballet Company and Apprentice Company.

Angela first started dancing at the age of three. When she was eight years old, she began at Sylvan Dance Studio in Citrus Heights, under owner Kim Reckers where she learned the arts of Ballet, Tap, and Jazz. During her years at Sylvan and Conservatory, she participated in many competitions and performed at numerous community events. Angela also performed yearly with The Sacramento Ballet in their annual production of The Nutcracker. At the age of ten she was put en pointe, and began taking classes at Barbara Crockett’s studio in Carmichael, further fueling her passion for ballet. There she was trained mainly in the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) method. Angela first began teaching children’s dance classes at Conservatory of Dance as a young teen. At seventeen she left for California State University, Chico (CSUC) where she continued to dance with and choreograph for CSUC Dance Team. There she majored in Psychology and minored in Child Development. She performed in many events in and around the Chico area. Angela and her CSUC Dance Team also received trophies in various dance competitions, including winning a gold medal at LA Danceforce. When Kim Reckers and Quinn Castle opened CHDA, Angela was ecstatic to again be dancing with and teaching for them.

Angela is grateful to be part of the Citrus Heights Dance Academy family, and for the opportunity to instruct and share a passion for dance that she hopes her students will enjoy throughout their lives.

Erin Winter

Erin Winter has been teaching at Citrus Heights Dance Academy since August of 2016. She currently teaches Pre-Ballet, Tap/Jazz, and Ballet 1 on Saturdays. She also creates the sets for our shows.

After beginning ballet as a child, Erin started dancing more frequently in middle school and high school as a part of the school Dance/Drill Teams. In college she took a variety of styles of dance classes as a part of her Theatre Arts Degree program. Erin started dancing in the adult classes at CHDA in the Fall of 2011, and continues to do so, performing in the art that she has great passion for.

Erin loves passing on the joy of dance to the "littles" as they learn how to move their bodies to the music!

Felicia Fry

With over 20 years of experience in dance education and choreography, Felicia Fry has leveraged 30 years of personal training, from Cecchetti to UC Irvine, to help hundreds of students excel in the art of dance. Felicia began her training under long time Cecchetti Society board member, Jean Fulton at Sierra Dance Academy in Roseville, California where she studied and tested under the Cecchetti method for 15 years.

In 2003, Felicia moved to southern California to attend the leading dance program at UC Irvine, where she would receive her B.F.A. in Dance with anEmphasis in Performing. While attending UCI she was a member of the Donald McKayle's Etude Ensemble and the founder of the Community Outreach Program for Bare Bones Dance Theatre, which educated local High School students on the process of producing a dance show and encouraged them to pursue a college education. While dancing with Dave Massey, she placed first at the 2004 Gus Giordano's Jazz Dance World Congress in Costa Rica. She has also spent summers training with Cecchetti USA, Lines Ballet in San Francisco and Summer Lee Rhatigan at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance.

In 2007, Felicia returned to Northern California and opened Anti-Gravity School of Dance in Roseville, where she received high praise for offering scholarships to underprivileged children. In addition to volunteering at several local charter and public schools, Felicia has been a member and supporter of the Sacramento Area Dance Alliance. She is one of the newestCommittee members of Cecchetti USA and was a coach in the Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition in 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. She holds an Associate Teaching Certificate from Cecchetti USA and has held a Personal Training certificate from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. After nine years of living her dream owning and operating a successful dance school, Felicia now focuses on providing quality dance instruction to children of all ages in Northern California.