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- Partridge Dance Center 114
- Loyola Marymount University, Bachelor of Arts
University of California, Irvine, Master of Fine Arts
- Alicia is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii. She began her dance training at Riverside Ballet Arts and went on the receive a full scholarship from the National Ballet of Canada. She has a B.A. in Dance from Loyola Marymount University and an M.F.A. in Dance with a choreographic emphasis from the University of California at Irvine, where she was awarded a full fellowship and a full teaching assistantship.
Throughout her academic tenure, Alicia has continued to dance and choreograph professionally. Her work includes major motion pictures, television, video, commercials, industrials, national and international tours, modern and contemporary dance companies, theatre and musical theatre productions and professional NBA and NFL dance teams. A few of her credits include: Prince, Paula Abdul, Married With Children, The Oprah Winfrey Show, MTV, Pepsi, Bud Light, Entertainment Tonight, Hard Copy, Star Search, Wayne's World II, Blue Chips and Rob Schneider's new motion picture Big Stan. She has also danced in original works from world-renowned choreographers Donald McKayle, Laura Dean, and the Los Angeles Modern Dance and Ballet Company. While living in New York, Alicia taught at Broadway Dance Center, choreographed for the New York Knicks City Dancers, trained at the Pilates Studio, toured with Co. Dance and choreographed for several contemporary modern dance companies.
Prior to joining the faculty at Chapman University, Alicia was an Assistant Professor of Dance and the Head of the Dance Program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she was hired to create a new dance department from the ground up, including the writing of the entire dance curriculum and degree program. During her first year, she was presented with the Achievement in Choreography Award from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for her choreography for Cabaret. While living in St. Louis, Alicia was also the dance director and choreographer for the St. Louis Steamers Dance Team.