Our Instructors & Staff

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All TBEPA Staff, Core Volunteers, and Instructors have cleared background checks, are fingerprinted through the Department of Justice, and are CPR/First Aid Certified. Many of them have also completed Virtus training as well.

Rica Anonas - Dance Teacher and Choreographer

Whether she is on stage or behind the scenes the performing arts have always been Rica's first love and passion. She taught the colorguard program at Giano Middle School, where she headed after school practices, prepared and choreograph routines for competition and trained students on colorguard and dance technique to prepare them for high school colorguard and dance programs. Rica has had dance training in Ballet, Modern, Contemporary and Hip Hop/Commercial Dance at Fullerton College and Mt. SAC, where she also performed in the faculty and student dance concerts. She then went on to complete a degree in Business Administration from DeVry University in 2013. Rica started taking up voice lessons at the Keener Music Studio and eventually became a part of Top Billing Entertainment where she helped choreographed pieces for numerous shows over the last few years. She has also picked up guitar playing and has grown a new love and appreciate for music. She is grateful for all the opportunities she has been given and feels very blessed to be able to both, pursue her career in the hospitality industry and also have the time to teach and share her love for the arts with others. Rica's goal is to inspire children to share their talents and appreciate the wonderful world of performing arts. 

Rina Anonas - Dance Teacher and Choreographer

Rina attended Cal Poly Pomona for business. While there, she coordinated her student organizations' dance team, VDC, through their '13-'14 culture night season. Rina has taught all levels of dancers and has choreographed many Top Billing Christmas Shows which were performed at Disneyland and throughout Southern California. She continues to challenge her skills in dance and was the choreographer for our first Top Billing Entertainment music video "Can't Stop the Feeling". She hopes to inspire others and share her love of dance with all her students. 

Erica Bartolome – Dance Team Coordinator & Office Manager

 

Erica has been with Top Billing Entertainment since 2015 when her daughter Naomi performed in our production of “The Wizard of OZ.” She loves helping kids make their dreams come true and is a patron of all the arts. She was honored to start work as the office manager in 2017 and has helped us grow and expand our dance classes and dance team program. You can contact her at ebartolome@topbillingent.org or 626-963-1300.

Chen Chu - Violin & Viola Instructor

We are excited to welcome Chen Chu as our new violin and viola teacher! Chen is a music teacher, violinist/violist, and conductor with over 15 years of experience. While attending New York University (NYU), he majored in music education and studied with Mark Steinberg of the Brentano String Quartet. As a firm believer that music changes lives, Chen thinks private lessons is the best way to establishing a solid foundation on which one can further pursue great music making, be it in a solo or group setting. Learning a musical instrument can definitely be a challenge, however, Chen has developed a knack for turns it into a fun experience that is rewarding for both teacher and student. As a teacher, he has conducted several youth orchestras in NYC and LA. A sought after chamber music coach, he also maintains a private studio of violin and viola students. As a performer, he has played at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully Hall on many occasions with world renowned artists including Lukas Foss, Leon Botstein, Quincy Jones, Michael Kamen, Clark Terry, David Sanborn, Shawn Stockman, and Richard Drefuss. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and traveling with his wife. 

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Constance Antoinette Day – Piano, Voice, Guitar, Bass Instructor

 

Constance first showed an interest in music and performing arts at the age of three and hasn't stopped since.  Chasing her dream, she acquired a degree in music from Musicians Institute of Hollywood.  While guitar is her “soul instrument”, she is also trained in 5 other instruments as well as voice.  Not only does she play music, but she acts, dances (ballet-on pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, and heels), models and is a black belt in Kung Fu.  POW! 

 

She started gigging/touring at the age of 13 and has played in many bands over the years. One of her many tours was with the iconic punk-rock band the “Misfits” playing all over Northern America. You may have spotted her backing up Adam Lambert on the popular TV series Glee or even in various music videos, television shows, and commercials for well known companies (VISA, Starwars, and HTC etc), and on Billboards across the world for USA Network’s The Purge. 

 

She has helped her students achieve their performing dreams and has many alumni staring in Dreamworks series, Cartoon Network shows, and live Broadway shows.  Constance teaches electric and acoustic guitar, piano, voice, dance, and stage choreography.  Come rock out with her! 

Joseph De Los Reyes - Musical Theater Production Director

 

Joseph has been vocally trained by choral maestro, Mr. Patrick Flahive; renowned Filipino singer, Ms. Louie Reyes; and Top Billing Founder, mentor, and friend, Mrs. Kristina Keener Ivy.  He has collectively performed in 20 musical productions with Sacred Heart School’s Drama Program, Star Entertainment, Crescendo Performing Arts, and Top Billing Entertainment.  Some of his favorite roles include Horton in "Seussical", Chad Danforth in "High School Musical", Beast in "Beauty and the Beast Jr.", Corny Collins in "Hairspray", and Emmett Forrest in "Legally Blonde The Musical".  He directed the City of Glendora’s Summer Camp Programs of "High School Musical Jr." and "The Jungle Book Kids" and co-directed/assistant directed the City of Glendora’s programs of "Camp Rock the Musical", "The Lion King Jr.", and "Annie Jr."  Joseph is currently the drama director at Sacred Heart School in Covina since 2015. He was nominated twice for Outstanding Supporting Actor (College Division) for his role as Corny Collins in Top Billing Entertainment’s production of "Hairspray" and Emmett Forrest in Top Billing Entertainment’s production of "Legally Blonde the Musical".  He has also won a National Youth Arts Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical in Top Billing Entertainment’s production of "Beauty and the Beast Jr."

Eddie Garcia - Master Dance Teacher

Eddie's successful career spans the wide gambit of television, film, music videos, 

television commercials, theatre productions and concerts throughout the world. He is an accomplished actor, dancer, choreographer and artistic director. 

Eddie began his career in show business at the ripe old age of three, appearing in numerous theatrical productions and winning countless awards. By age 15, Eddie was the Teen Dance Champion on "Star Search" winning eight consecutive shows. Eddie also starred in NBC's "Guys Next Door", a youth oriented live action series, which showcased not only his dancing, but also his singing, acting and choreography skills. 

Eddie has performed with many of today's most celebrated stars. By age 16, he found himself dancing for Janet Jackson. Less than a year later he was on the first of several world tours with none other than Michael Jackson. He has had the pleasure of working with Ja Rule, Sheryl Crow, Jane's Addiction, Paula Abdul, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Brandy and Jennifer Lopez. 

Eddie has appeared and co-choreographed several of J-Lo's videos, the Today Show, the MTV Video Awards, a Subaru commercial and an NBC Television Concert special. Other credits include both choreography and performing in the fun-filled film "Bringin' Down the House" starring Steve Martin and Queen Latifah and Disney's "The Suite Life with Zach and Cody". 

Eddie has also been very busy updating the choreography for the Luxor's show "Fantasy" in Las Vegas. Eddie worked with Perry Ferrell and Satellite Party for Lollapalooza 2005. He also appeared in the feature film version of the musical "RENT".

 
Eileen Goodwin - Acting Coach, Summer Camp Director & Musical Theater Production Director

 

Eileen is so excited to be joining the creative team at Top Billing Entertainment. She first joined the Top Billing family as Motormouth Maybelle in "Hairspray" (2015) and later portrayed Ursula in "The Little Mermaid Jr." (2016).
She has since portrayed various roles in productions throughout the community. Notable roles include: Daniela in "In The Heights" (Pasadena City College), Gary Coleman in "Avenue Q" (No Square Theatre), Reindeer in "There's No Business Like Snow Business" (TBE), and Killer Queen in "We Will Rock You: The Queen Musical" (Southern California Debut) in which her performance earned her an Inland Theatre League nomination. She also directs and produces the adult cabarets held annually at the TBE studio. Doubling as a pediatric nurse, Eileen has a certain passion for working with children and is honored to have the opportunity to share her love of theatre with the kids.

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Elle Haines – Dance Competition Team Coach, Dance Teacher, and Choreographer

Elle has danced her entire life and is well versed in many forms of dance including ballet/pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, different styles of hip hop, and pom/cheer. She enjoys working with all levels of dancers. As commissioner of pep club she choreographed dance/pom routines for the Glendora High School Song Team and also served as a mentor for the JV teams. Recently she choreographed a dance for Citrus College’s Spring Dance Concert “Motion” performed at the Haugh Performing Arts Center. She understands the impact an awesome teacher can have on a young person's life and cherishes the opportunity to have a positive impact on all her students.

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Constance Houghton-Day – Piano Instructor

Constance has been involved with music, dance, and theater since her early childhood. She started playing piano on her concert pianist grandmother's Steinway piano before she can remember and grew up in her mom's dance studio. She studied at the Detroit Conservatory of Music in her youth and went to Marygrove College in Detroit on a full scholarship where she earned a B.F. A. in Dance and Music. She has performed in musicals, operas, film and television and toured. One highlight was performing with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a member of Equity and AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists). Constance believes in the power and benefits of music for all people of all ages and every walk of like. Music is essential for the brain, the mind, the body and the soul

David Ivy - Acting Coach & Videographer

was excited to make his stage directing debut with Top Billing Entertainment. David graduated with honors from USC's School of Cinema-Television and  currently works as a music composer for film and television. He is also currently in pre-production for his first feature film scheduled to start shooting later this year. David is excited to share his passion for the performing arts with the younger generation and looking forward to putting on the best show the TBE kids can perform.

Kristina Keener Ivy - Executive Director, Master Music Teacher, Dance Teacher, Musical Producer & Director

is a former high school choir director turned professional performer and private music instructor. In 2014 she won #2 Theater Director in the USA in the American Prize National Compeition. She has performed with various jazz bands, as a member of various church worship teams, on three film soundtracks, and in numerous musical theater productions throughout the South West.  She recorded a self-titled album in 2006 featuring some of her favorite jazz charts and show tunes.  Some of her favorite past musical theater roles include Kate in "Kiss Me Kate" and Brenda in "Smokey Joe's Cafe" both at the Covina Valley Playhouse, Miss Sandra in "All Shook Up" at The Candlelight Pavilion, Nancy in "Oliver!", Sister Mary Amnesia in "Nunsense", Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls", and Dorabella in  Mozart’'s "Cosi Fan Tutte" to name a few.  

Her training is in opera, and she graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors from Northern Arizona University with a BA in Operatic Performance and a second BA in Music Education.  In addition to  teaching private lessons in piano, voice and guitar for all ages, she has also worked as a musical director for over 50 local productions including Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, Seussical and High School Musical. She is looking forward to producing many more main stage productions and touring shows with Top Billing Entertainment. She would like to thank Jesus for all the good gifts around us, her husband, David, for his unending love and patience, and her family, friends, and especially her students for their continued support.

Joelle Laman - Dance & Tumbling Teacher

Joelle is currently a student at Mt. San Antonio College. She graduated from Bishop Amat Memorial High School in 2016 and was the the Song Captain for the Cheer and Song Team for two years. Although her first show with Top Billing Entertainment was in 2016, she has been dancing since the age of 5. She was also a gymnast at Charter Oak Gymnastics for 10 years. She has studied all forms of dance styles - including jazz, ballet, modern, contemporary, Rican and hip hop. She is blessed to have such amazing peers and instructors that have influenced her dancing career today. She hopes to inspire her students to become better dancers and develop a true love for performing. 

Melanie Rabajante - Dance Competition Teams Coach, Dance Teacher, and Head Choreographer

Melanie started her performance career at age seven and has competitively danced with America's Best Dance Crews (Team Millennium & Kaba Modern). Within the San Gabriel Valley community she has performed in numerous productions including "West Side Story" playing Anita and was awarded Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Bombluarina in "Cats" by Inland Empire Theater League in 2008. She was a founding member of Top Billing Entertainment performing in "Best of Broadway", "Glee Gala", & "High School Musical." After graduating from high school, Melanie attended American Musical & Dramatic Academy in Hollywood earning her BFA in Musical Theater and was ranked Top 7 in WORLD'S ALL-STAR in 2015. Her most recent work was playing Mother Mary/Gypsy in “Hunchback of Notre Dame” with an outstanding cast at Broadway at the Gardens. 

 

As a choreographer, she has worked on over 15 musicals with Top Billing Entertainment and four productions with Sacred Heart School in Covina. As a freelance choreographer she has also worked on Quinceañeras, Debuts, Weddings and Flash Mobs. I'd like to thank my family who played a BIG part in my craft, not only do they support me, but they trained me to dream BIG! Most importantly I want to thank God for giving me the gift of performance and the ability to spread love and to care for those around me. "We do musical theater because words are not enough to express one's story."

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Jose Rodriguez - Dance Competition Teams Head Coach & Dance Teacher

Jose started to learn the fundamentals of dance at the age of 16 when he joined Colorguard. His desire to pursue dance was mainly to become a better performer and audition for bigger organization’s such as Drum Corp International and Winter Guard International. He started his first dance class at the age of 18 at Mount San Antonio College. Since then he has performed with elite Colorguard groups such as Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corp, Genesis Ensemble, The Santa Clara Vanguard Winterguard and with the Repertory Dance Ensemble at Mount

San Antonio College. He has had the pleasure to teach at various schools and with groups such as the Saint John Bosco High School Colorguard, La Puente High School Colorguard, the Genesis Ensemble Colorguard and at the Frank Alex Dance Studio. He has completed his Dance Teacher Certificate at Mount San Antonio College and plans to acquire a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance very soon. His goal is to continue with his dance studies and to teach and influence young people to excel in dance and all the performing arts.

Amanda Rueda - Voice & Piano Instructor

Amanda "Mandee" Rueda received her Bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University emphasizing in Vocal Performance and minored in Women’s Studies. Mandee’s experience spans many genres ranging from classical to more contemporary styles such as pop and musical theatre. Her prior experiences include roles in West Side Story, The Magic Flute, as well as performing in various vocal ensembles. Mandee has been coached by renowned vocalists in the industry such as Lori Laitman, Lee Gregory, Kristina Keener Ivy, and Lucas Meachem just to name a few. Mandee is a vivacious, passionate, and confident teacher who enjoys working with kids of all ages and different walks of life. Mandee believes a strong understanding of basic theory, and technique can lead to a successful vocalist and musician.  

Christian Sandoval - Assistant to the Director

 

Christian First joined the Top Billing family in 2013 when he played Tommy Djilas in “The Music Man” and has been involved with the company ever since. His other roles with TBE including Gaston in their 2014 production of “Beauty and the Beast,”  The Lion in “The Wizard of Oz,” and Link Larkin in “Hairspray.” He was also honored to have been given the opportunity to write Top Billing’s 2015 Christmas show “There’s No Business Like Snow Business.” Some of his other favorite roles outside of Top Billing include Charlie Brown in “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” The Lion in “The Wiz,” and Shrek in “Shrek: The Musical.” Christian also has many years of experience as a professional magician and party performer playing characters such as Batman, Superman, Captain America, and Santa Claus. With the firm belief that children are the future Christian cares deeply about Top Billing Entertainment and the wonderful opportunities they provide for all children. He’d like to thank God, his parents, his two older brothers Seth and Andrew for inspiring him, and his little sister Alina for always supporting him in his creative endeavors.

Peter Zavala - Drum, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Pop/Rock Band Instructor

Peter Z. is a professional performer, teacher, and songwriter with a lifelong passion for music. Since the age of seven, Peter has been involved with rock, pop, jazz and orchestral ensembles such as the All-Southern California Honor Band and the Blue Note Swing Orchestra. During the early years of his training, Peter received training from Nick Stoup (timpanist for the LA Philharmonic) and Gregg Bissonnette (drummer for the Buddy Rich Band and Ringo Star). His experience includes performances at Carnegie Hall, The John F. Kennedy Center as well as hundreds of gigs all around the Los Angeles music scene, and most notably The Moana Surf-Rider Resort where he performed with Melissa Manchester.

Peter’s love of music brings a sense of excitement and enthusiasm to every performance that he is a part of and he loves passing on his passion for music to the next generation.

Constance Antoinette Day – Piano, Voice, Guitar, Bass Instructor

 

Constance first showed an interest in music and performing arts at the age of three and hasn't stopped since.  Chasing her dream, she acquired a degree in music from Musicians Institute of Hollywood.  While guitar is her “soul instrument”, she is also trained in 5 other instruments as well as voice.  Not only does she play music, but she acts, dances (ballet-on pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, and heels), models and is a black belt in Kung Fu.  POW! 

 

She started gigging/touring at the age of 13 and has played in many bands over the years. One of her many tours was with the iconic punk-rock band the “Misfits” playing all over Northern America. You may have spotted her backing up Adam Lambert on the popular TV series Glee or even in various music videos, television shows, and commercials for well known companies (VISA, Starwars, and HTC etc), and on Billboards across the world for USA Network’s The Purge. 

 

She has helped her students achieve their performing dreams and has many alumni staring in Dreamworks series, Cartoon Network shows, and live Broadway shows.  Constance teaches electric and acoustic guitar, piano, voice, dance, and stage choreography.  Come rock out with her! 

Welcome our newest staff members! 

Lauren Holman - On Camera & Improv. Acting Instructor

 

Lauren Holman is an experienced and well-trained performer. She has been acting since she was ten years old, and has gone on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Performance and a Master’s Degree in Acting for Film. She’s been with Top Billing since its beginning, performing in the Best of Broadway show in 2010 and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 2012. She’s also worked in the professional realm of both theatre and film, developing a great love for both mediums and the different story-telling approaches in each method. Her main area of expertise is Shakespeare, which she loves to talk about and learn about 24/7. Her philosophy is that as actors, we train for the best and, therefore, are prepared for the mundane. It’s a pleasure for her to be back at Top Billing to teach and share what she has learned so far, as well as learn even more from those who join her classes!

 

See her acting real at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2B-ZXIm9Cg&feature=youtu.be

Christopher Lee - Tap Teacher & Choreographer
 

Christopher is beyond excited to be working with his new dance family at TBEPA. Christopher was a part of the world renowned Citrus Singers at Citrus College and has performed all over the world with them. He has danced and sung on stages in China, Europe, and in New York City. He was the Dance Captain for the Citrus Singers as well as many musical theater productions. He is a well rounded dancer and loves to teach and perform all types of dance including Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, and Modern. He is thrilled to learn from his students and the TBE family.

Art Ball - Hip Hop Teacher & Choreographer
 

Art started dancing in 2012 and is trained in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and Hip Hop. He trained at Citrus College and has been a member of three competitive Hip Hop Teams - Nu Nations, Theorists, and The Mob. Art has also competed in international hip hop competitions on a USA Team for Hip Hop for four years. He is currently teaching and coordinating dance shows and competitions overseas in London, England, Holland, Spain and France. He is looking forward to working with the performers at Top Billing Entertainment and taking them to the next level.

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