12 years ago Miss Stacy went on a hunt for a dance studio for her then 3 year old daughter. She wanted a fun dance class where her daughter could learn to love dance, gain balance and coordination skills and where she could watch the class. What she found was that classes were to strict for younger dancers and that she was not allowed to stay and enjoy her daughters experience in class. She could not find a place that offer this type of class and with her daughter being shy she ultimately did not want to go back which was heartbreaking. A few years passed and Miss Stacy knew there was a need for this type of program so her and her Mom Miss Carol started the Freckled Frog and the rest is history. Miss Stacy grew up from the age of 4 an artistic roller skater skating 4 hours a day 6 days a week and dancer. After graduating high school she attended Fullerton College where she got her degree in paralegal studies and worked thereafter for The Irvine Company. Although dance may not be every child's path as they grow the benefits will help them in many aspects of there life. Miss Stacy's hope is that the Freckled Frog program brings many memories for children and there parents.
Josh is the co-owner of The Freckled Frog. In his role, he looks after all aspects of the finances, maintenance, cleaning and so much more. He have been around the studio since the beginning, but only as a part time helper and advisor as he had been pursuing a career in property management. He had worked with The Irvine Company for 12 years which is where he met his wife Stacy. While working at The Irvine Company, he learned quite a bit about customer service and having high standards. During his time there he had been honored three times with the “People Service People” award which is the highest customer service award. Helping people is something that Stacy and Josh are always passionate about. In 2016 he left The Irvine Company to help Stacy with the studio as it was growing so fast. He is passionate about supporting Stacy and the incredible dance instructors. Although he am rarely seen at the studios, he visits them all the time fixing this or painting that in the early and late hours. He is passionate about maintaining the integrity of the studios. His hopes are for the dancers, parents, and instructors to always feel comfortable in the studios as if it was their second home.
Miss Sara has been with the Freckled Frog for six years. She danced all through high school through being involved in her school's dance academy and colorguard. Right after graduating high school she got a job coaching colorguard at La Habra High School and worked there for seven years. Through that job she met Miss Stephanie who brought her into the Freckled Frog family. She graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a B.A. in Communications and a Specialization in Public Relations in 2017. In early 2019 she was promoted from dance teacher to office manager and is super excited to start the next leg of her Freckled Frog journey!
Bri Hare started working for Freckled Frog Dance Studio a little over 3 years ago. She studied dance and choreography at Humboldt State University, as well as many dance studios throughout her childhood. Passionate about dance, the transition from working at a traveling dance company to Freckled Frog was easy and fitting. In her free time, Bri likes to gallivant through various theme parks with her best friend, Justin (it inspires creativity!). She also likes to attend the theater to see musicals, mostly the ones that star her friends, and loves promoting live, on-stage performances. Grateful for the opportunity to work for such an amazing establishment, Bri makes sure to do her best to inspire these young dancers and improve their technique. Always remember "dance is magic!"
Maxine Weidner brings the experience of 20 years as a professional dancer, and 20 years as a teacher, to her classes at Freckled Frog-Leap Academy. She began dancing at age 3 in Houston, Texas, and has studied ballet, tap, acrobatics, and jazz. At an early age, Maxine moved to New York City to further her dance career. There she was on scholarship with Madame Maria Nevelska at Carnegie Hall Studio. Maxine danced in the ballet company at Radio City Music Hall, then toured with Disney On Parade-Alice Unit,understudying the lead dancer. Then began her career at Disneyland as dancer and line captain at the Golden Horseshoe Revue. This led to a solo as Mary Poppins on TV's Academy Awards, and 6 months in Japan for the opening of Tokyo Disneyland. After marrying and having her 2 children, Maxine began teaching, and today enjoys teaching ballet at Freckled Frog-Leap Academy.
Traci Bunn had her first taste of the spotlight at the young age of 3 and since then she had never turned away the opportunity to perform. Growing up in her neighborhood dance studio she began participating in dance competitions at the age of 5 and quickly found a love of Tap and Jazz, her talent blossomed. Traci began adding other dance styles to her repertoire. In High School, Hip Hop and Contemporary began to make their appearance and at Fullerton College her love of dance turned into a passion for teaching and it wasn't long before she realized this is what she want meant to do. During the past 9 years Traci has taught at several dance studios and even coached a high school dance team. Teaching various dance styles including Tap, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Technique and African. Traci believes that if you love what you do you won't let anything discourage you.
Miss Kylie was born in Long Beach, California where she began dancing at the age of 2! Since the beginning she had a love for tap dance. By the age of 8 she was asked to join the world-renowned Kennedy Tap Company at Universal Dance Design in Los Angeles, California where she studied under Paul and Arlene Kennedy and Master teacher Savion Glover. During her time with the company she also performed at the Harriet Tubman Awards. In 2010, she was accepted into the Orange County School of the Arts where for 4 years she studied Commercial Dance. While attending OCSA, she performed with Matthew Morrison from GLEE in the annual Gala events and studied many different dance styles as well. After graduating from OCSA, Kylie attended Mt. San Antonio College as a Dance Major under directorship of Michelle Shear, Amy Nakamura, and Lee Martino. After 3 years, she received her Dance Teaching Certifications. Miss Kylie transfered to Cal State Fullerton and is Graduating in the Spring with her B.A. in Dance with a focus in teaching. Miss Kylie loves exploring all styles of dance but really has a love for TAP! She belives that anything is possible if you put your heart into it. All of her students hold such a special place in her heart.
Miss Daisy started dancing at the age of three and the love has never stopped! She is originally from Austin TX. She was trained at Slavin Nadal School of Ballet under the direction of Eugene Slavin and Alexandra Nadal both principle dancers of The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet. She also attended Ballet Arts of Austin. She attended many summer intensives such as Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Long Beach Ballet, Slavin Nadal School of Ballet, UC Irvine, and many more. She has participated in Youth American Grand Prix, Regional Dance America, and Bailando Dance Festival. After high school, Daisy moved to Hollywood to attend AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts. She earned her BFA in Dance Theater in June of 2019. While at AMDA, Daisy spent a semester in New York City where she was introduced to the world of musical theater. During her time at AMDA, she was a part of the ensemble of Carousel and many other productions. She has trained in all styles of dance (Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Modern, Heels, Contemporary and Partnering). She even knows how to walk on stilts! She believes that anyone can dance, and hopes to inspire others to follow their dreams!
Miss Caitlin began dancing when she was just two years old. She has always had a love for the stage and decided to follow that dream by studying musical theatre in college. She graduated from The University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT with her Bachelors in Fine Arts in Musical Theatre in May of 2019. She recently moved to Orange County to continue her career as an actor and is thrilled to be working with inspiring young dancers everyday.
Laney Heien has been dancing all genres since age 3. She is currently a member of the Hall Method Ensemble Company based in Los Angeles under the direction of Marlene Hall. Over the 2019/2020 winter break, Laney toured and performed in the “American Celebration of Music in Germany and the Czech Republic” alongside South Coast Youth Symphony Orchestra. Laney has also performed in numerous shows through the Disney Resort Performing Arts, Festival Ballet Theatre, and paid jobs in Southern California. She is currently a senior in high school where she is the Captain, choreographer, and dancer in their Dance Production Program. Additionally, Laney attended the Stanford University Sports Medicine Workshop in 2018 which inspired her to pursue a Sports Medicine major and continue dancing throughout college next fall. She enjoys working with young children and is grateful to teach at the Freckled Frog!
Miss Amy has primarily focused in ballet for 7 years in her youth but has been dancing varied styles since she could walk. Currently, she is a part of an adult hiphop competition team, Common Ground, which won 2nd place at Bridge Social located in Irvine. Her team travels around to compete all around California, competing at 6 competitions year round. She is also attenting UCI majoring in Film and Media studies. She hopes to pursue a career in media and teaching dance.