Bobbie’s School of Performing Arts Alumni

Faculty and Students..

Mandy Moore was the Director of the Experience Company for 7 years here at Bobbie's. Since then she is a two-time Emmy-nominee and world-class Director, Choreographer and Dancer best known for her ground-breaking work on the global television hit So You Think You Can Dance.

Mandy recently choreographed David O. Russell’s Oscar-nominated film, Silver Linings Playbook with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence; commercials for Target and Skechers; Shania Twain’s hit show, You’re Still the One at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas; as well as the world premiere of The Old Globe Theatre’s smash hit, Nobody Loves You

Mandy's contemporary and jazz choreography has been performed on television, in film and on concert and theater stages around the world. Her long list of credits includes: American IdolDid You Hear About The Morgans? with Hugh Grant; Dancing With The StarsSo You Think You Can Dance (where she also appears as a Guest Judge); Nickelodeon’s Fresh Beat Band; the L.A. Ballet Company’s innovative New Wave L.A. program; Celine Dion’s sold-out Taking Chances concert tour; Strictly Come Dancing; and Cirque du Soleil’s My Immortal. Mandy both directed and choreographed a crowd-pleasing stage production of The Wedding Singer, and continues to teach at L.A.’s Edge Performing Arts Center; internationally for the JUMP dance conventions; and in private studio sessions for independent performers.

Hogan Fulton was born and raised in Thousand Oaks, CA and started dancing when he was 5. His first breakout role was Billy, in the London West End production of Billy Elliot. When he was 17 he got cast in the Broadway production of Newsies, first playing the role of Romeo. After about a month, he got cast full time as Darcy/Jojo, and has been performing in that role since then.

Bri Cuoco graduated from Bobbie's in 2006. Some might know Bri as the younger sister of Kaley Cuoco from The Big Band Theory but she has many talents that make her shine on her own. She has appeared in The Nightmare Room, The Newsroom, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Crisis, The Big Bang Theory, and most recently showcased her talents as a singer on Christina Aguilera's team on The Voice. 

Robert Roldan has been a dancer for most of his life. He became well known though the popular reality TV show "So You Think You Can Dance" (SYTYCD). The young performer has had quite a few setbacks, but is still determined to achieve his dancing dreams. Roldan specializes in contemporary dance.Roldan's an actor as well as a dancer. He portrayed characters on two television series and one television movie. The series were "Chasing 8s" and "Glee," and the movie was "Grace," where he played the part of a dancer. He was also on two episodes of "All the Right Moves" and on "Dancing with the Stars."

Kersten Todey grew up dancing at Bobbies School of Performing Arts in Thousand Oaks, CA, where she trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and contemporary styles. She then went on to graduate from the Edge Scholarship Program in Los Angeles. In 2003 she became a member of Myo Dance Company under the direction of Josie Walsh. Kersten has assisted and danced for some of the most well renowned choreographers in the business, including Michael Rooney, Mandy Moore, Dan Karaty, and more. Credits include "Dancing with the Stars", Fox's hit show "Glee", the regional tour of "Glee", "America's Got Talent", the National American Idol Promo Ads, the upcoming film, "The Muppets", Nickelodeon show "The Fresh Beat Band", assistant on "So You Think You Can Dance", and more. Kersten is also a master teacher and choreographer in the LA area and around the country. She is now a third time finalist for the Ace Award in New York City for her choreography. This past March she was awarded the "Emerging Choreographer Award" at Regional Dance America/Southwest for her work set on Louisiana Delta Ballet. Kersten is incredibly grateful to have dance in her life and is excited to see where it will bring her next!

Dana Fukagawa graduated from Bobbie's in 2003. She has then been the Assistant Choreographer on projects such as So You Think You Can Dance, The Alma Awards with the Cheetah Girls, Dance on Sunset, So You Think You Can Dance Holland, The Fresh Beat Band, The Orange Bowl and Oogieloves and The Big Balloon Adventure.  Dana has also appeared on The Wizards at Waverly Place, Asia Entertainment, Richard Simmons' Supersweatin' and in numerous live shows in Los Angeles.

CHRISTIAN DENICE is from Westlake Village, CA and danced at Bobbie's throughout High School. Upon graduating high school, he began his professional dance career at Odyssey Dance Theatre in Salt Lake City, Utah, under the direction of Derryl Yeager. Christian spent the next three years at River North Dance Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, under the direction of Frank Chaves. Christian was named one of the top ten male dancers of 2010 by Time Out Chicago and received recognition as a notable Chicago dancer of 2010 by the Chicago Tribune. He has worked with and performed works by Robert Battle, Sidra Bell, Lauri Stallings, Roni Koresh, and Frank Chaves to name a few. He has guest performed with the Montgomery Ballet, Greensboro Ballet , and Company E. Recently, Christian lived in Montreal, Quebec, where he danced for Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal and had the privilege of internationally performing works by Andonis Foniadakis, Cayetano Soto, Wen Wei Wang, and Barak Marshall. In addition to dancing, Christian teaches and choreographs nationally and internationally. He has created work for Odyssey Dance Theatre, Odyssey 2, Expansions Dance Company, and River North Dance Chicago in collaboration with artistic director Frank Chaves. His choreography has been featured at Jazz Dance World Congress as well as at events including the 41st annual gala for Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal. He is on faculty with Montreal Danse Network, a training program started by BJM artistic director Louis Robitaille, and has taught master class and repertoire workshops for the company in North America, South America, and Europe.

Mandy Korpinen Experience Comany Co-Director

MANDY KORPINEN, Instructor, Experience Company Co-Director

Mandy was born in Thousand Oaks, CA. She started dancing at the age of 2 and competed from age 10 until she graduated on Bobbie’s School of Performing Arts competition team. She was accepted in to Joffrey Ballet School, and the American Ballet Theater training companies where she studied intensively in Ballet and Pointe. After high school she was accepted into the Edge Performing Arts professional scholarship program. She trained at 40 hours a week for a year and finished the program with a professional stage show and with a dance agent. Mandy has worked with some of the biggest choreographers in the dance world, such as Teresa Espinosa, Mandy Moore, Scotty Nguyen, Jamal Sims, Miguel Zarate, John Charron, Peggy Hickey and more.  She danced in the film High School Musical 2, under the direction of Kenny Ortega, and has appeared in music videos for Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber.  Since completing the Edge PAC Scholarship Program, Mandy has been seen on television in the Video Music Awards, America’s Most Talented Kids, NBA All-Star Jam, Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards and Fresh Beat Band episodes.  Mandy is a regular at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre stage shows and recently toured with Nuclear Cowboyz 2012, choreographed by Scotty Nguyen.

Beth Nicks Dance Instructor/Choreographer

BETH NICKS, Instructor, Experience and Rockstar Company Co-Director

Beth was born and raised in Southern California began dancing at the age of 2. Growing up dancing at Bobbie’s School of Performing Arts she received training in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and Lyrical. Most recently she completed her BFA in Dance Performance from Chapman University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and was awarded the Fannie Kalis Award for outstanding contributions in all areas of dance. Beth has had the opportunity to train closely with Mandy Moore, Jennifer Backhaus, Sean Greene, Alicia Okouchi-Guy, Liz Maxwell and Dale Merrill, among others. Beth has been blessed with the opportunity to perform with Backhausdance as a guest performer and in former Nederlands Dans Theatre member Fionna Lummis’ recreation of Jirí Kylián’s “Falling Angels”. She feels incredibly fortunate to get to work with both the Experience Dance Company, and to co-direct the Rockstars with Jaime Randall in its inaugural year.

Essence Barton Instructor


Essence was born and raised in Thousand Oaks, CA. She began her dance training at the age of 13. Even with a late start to dance, Essence’s determination and work ethic advanced her to the dancer she is today. Growing up dancing at Bobbie’s School of Performing Arts she received training in many styles of dance including Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and Lyrical. Dancing at Bobbie’s, she was able to train closely with Mandy Moore, Scotty Nguyen, Denise Wall, Jeff Amsden, Alex Little, Greg Russell, and many others.

Recently, Essence has been working on getting her Bachelors degree in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at California Lutheran University. In addition to her schooling, she has been dancing for music artists such as Press Play, Juliet Piper, and Evan Craft. Just recently Essence danced and choreographed the music video “unraveling” for Juliet Piper. While she is not going to school or dancing, Essence is spending most of her time racing her bike. She has won three national championships and won more than five overall national titles, as well as racing in two World Championships. She represented the United States in Canberra, Australia and Quebec Canada.