Rebecca Thompson, a California native, trained with Salwa Rizkalla, Alla Artyushkin, and Julia Ellis. In 1992 she achieved silver medalist standing in the Dorothy Chandler Spotlight Awards. At fourteen Rebecca joined David Wilcox’s L.A. Classical Ballet, where she also performed excerpts from Nutcracker for the Jay Leno Tonight Show. Later she spent two years performing with Kirk Peterson’s Hartford Ballet where she won numerous soloist roles. Before uniting with Jean Ann Ryan Productions, Rebecca danced with State Street Ballet. There, choreographer Robert Sund chose Rebecca to feature in many of his famous and new ballets. Rebecca is a highly sought after teacher, ballet mistress, and guest performer. By special guest invitation she has danced for the R.A.D., Guam’s Sand Castle Theatre, Golden State Ballet, and Festival Ballet. Rebecca has also taught in Long Beach Ballet Arts Center’s star studded summer program and ballet mistressed their award winning junior company. In 2003 and 2004 Rebecca helped teach and set La Bayadere and Cinderella for China’s Guangzhou Ballet. In 2005 she performed as a principal dancer with American National Ballet. Since retiring, she has worked at numerous schools including Concordia University and Festival Ballet Theatre. Rebecca was honored this past year to assist Garrett Smith at Ballet West Utah and The National Choreographers Initiative. Rebecca is currently teaching in Southern California and is continuing to shape her choreographic career.
Rebecca is thrilled to complete her 3rd year teaching at Dance Unlimited Performing Arts Academy. She loves experimenting and creating new classes to challenge her students. She looks forward to many, many more years with her D.U. Family!