Director/ Instructor/ Choreographer
Ariel Lopez began her dance training at the age of six with Grace Ann Etcheberria at Carlsbad Recreation Center. After four years, she seriously pursued Ballet with Margarete Neumann for eight years at Shadowridge Dance. Ariel also took private Tap lessons with Margie Thibodo for six years and began teaching Ballet and Tap in Mrs. Thibodo’s private studio in 1993 with Natalie Hicks.
After Natalie relocated, Ariel quickly outgrew the small studio and moved to Courthouse Fitness with Judy Ritter in 1996. After graduation from Tri-City Christian in 1996, Ariel attended Palomar College and studied dance with several notable teachers. She has studied Ballet, Modern Dance, Jazz, Tap, Choreography and Pilates with Currie Pederson, Faith Ismay-Jensen, Sue Gilson, Tom Hansen and Patriceann Mead. Ariel has performed with Palomar College in Christmas and Spring concerts and various student choreography shows. She has also performed at many local schools for dance education programs.
In 1996, Ariel began dancing with Miriam, a Christian dance company led by Kori Weed. She then started By Faith Dance Company, a junior liturgical company, in 1998. They continue to perform throughout San Diego and share their gift of dance.
Ariel participated in the Jazz World Congress in 1998 and attends the L.A. Dance Force on a yearly basis. She continues her education as a dancer and instructor by attending various workshops throughout the year. She has taken classes with Gus Giordano, Frank Hatchett, Joe Tremaine, Patty Obey, Keith Clifton and Mia Michaels, just to name a few. Ariel studied Tap with Pam Thompson and danced with the California Rhythm Projects Company for two years. Ariel continues to take classes from Dave Massey at Mira Costa College.
Ariel was a dance instructor at Calvary Christian School from 1999 through 2002. In 2003, Ariel established the dance program at Tri-City Christian School. She was director and lead instructor for this popular and highly successful program for six years. In 2010, ADS started after-school programs at South O Elementary School and joined the PREP program at Palmquist Elementary. A dance class is now being offered at El Camino Preschool also.
Ariel is celebrating her fourteenth year of opening Ariel’s Dance Studio in Oceanside. She is so blessed by ADS and honored to be celebrating 21 years of dance!! And beyond all of this, there is life at home with her husband and children… Frank and Ariel have been married for thirteen years. Frank and Ariel have 3 children: Silas, Alivia, and Scarlett.
Olivia Jewell Oleson
Instructor/ Choreographer/ADS Manager Olivia Jewell Oleson was born and raised in Oceanside, California. She began her dance training at the age of two at Carlsbad Dance Center. Dancing at CDC for over fourteen years, she studied various dance styles including Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Cheer, Clogging, and Hip Hop. With CDC, she danced competitively in the styles of Tap, Jazz, and Clogging at multiple dance conventions and competitions throughout California. During high school, she danced for two years with the Oceanside High School Dance Team where she performed and competed at various athletic events, competitions, and school functions. She began choreographing various dance routines for the dance team which prompted her interest in teaching. Olivia began choreographing and instructing Tap, Jazz, and Ballet at Ariel’s Dance Studio during the fall of 2003.
After teaching for two years at ADS, she moved to Davis, California to attend the University of California, Davis. In 2009, she achieved a Bachelor of Arts degree, graduating with a double major in English and Communications and a minor in Sociology. Her academic studies and research have sparked her interest in journalism, public speaking, editing, content writing, and marketing. She currently directs sales, manages social media, and writes for a local marketing website.
Upon her return to Oceanside from UCD, she gladly began instructing and choreographing for Ariel’s Dance Studio once again. With ADS, she currently instructs several classes at the studio, hip hop at after-school programs at various elementary schools in Oceanside, and assists with various ADS performances throughout the year. During her spare time, Olivia enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing piano, reading, playing tennis, and kickboxing. She also has a passion for the mental and physical disciplines of Yoga and Pilates. Dancing has always been a part of Olivia’s life and sharing her enthusiasm for dance with others is incredibly rewarding for her.
Kayliana has been dancing since was 7 years old. She went to a studio for 6 years and was on the competition team for 4, being trained mostly in Hip-Hop. Even though she didn’t continue at a studio, she still danced her heart out in the dance classes provided through middle school and high school! She was exposed to many other styles of dance during that time including Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, some Ballet technique and of course Hip-Hop as well. Aside from taking the dance classes in school she was also a leader of the Hip-Hop Club in high school for 2 years and had a new found love of being a choreographer, not just a dancer. After graduating high school she went to Mira Costa College, and is still currently enrolled. She is striving to be a Dance/Film double major and is working on achieving her Dance Instructor Certificate. Since starting college she has taken Choreography, Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Commercial Dance and more recently Tap and Middle Eastern technique classes. Along with many technique classes, she has also been on the Dance Touring Ensemble for 3 semesters at Mira Costa. For the past 3 years she has been a guest Hip-Hop teacher for the Dance 2 class at El Camino High School, which is always a blast to work with such dedicated dancers. She hopes to bring fun times, encouragement and positivity to Ariel’s Dance Studio!
Kaelynn Clark is 21 years old and has been dancing competitively for over 15 years. She is trained in all styles of dance including Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Contemporary etc. Kaelynn and her family of 8 were a part of a TV show on ABC family called “Family Dance off” hosted by Derek Hough, where they won 3rd place. Kaelynn has also danced professionally for the Industry Dance Awards, Tamia Live tour and Puma active wear. She is currently attending school, teaching dance, and taking dance classes in the LA and San Diego area. Kaelynn plans to continue sharing her love for dance until the end of time.
Chambria began her dance training with Patti Joy, at the age of 3, in Manhattan Beach, Ca. She instantly fell in love with dance, and followed Patti to Al Gilbert’s School of Dance in Hollywood Ca, where Michael Jackson and L.A. Ram football players also took class. Upon moving to the Coachella Valley, she found the Village Center for the Arts/Palm Springs Ballet Co. There, she took class and danced in the Nutcracker Ballet, under the direction of Robert Beck and Elyssa Gaurdino for 12 years. The last 2 years, Chambria taught at the Village, with over 100 children in her classes. She then moved to Orange County, as she accepted a contract with The Disneyland Resort. She danced and performed character roles with the Disney Company for 8 years, both at the Anaheim and Tokyo locations. While dancing with Disney, Chambria also taught and studied teaching with Skippy Blair. Ballet still her favorite, Chambria also taught jazz, lyrical and tap classes at Skippy’s Studio, Dance Dynamics in Downey, Ca. She has also studied with Sherilyn Draper, Jon Engstrom and various teachers at the Professional School for the Arts, in Torrance Ca, The Edge in Hollywood Ca and the South Bay Ballet Company. She has taken master classes with Jaques D’ amboise and the Pilobolus Dance Company. Chambria has a deep love of dance and teaching. In addition to her dance training, she has also studied early childhood education and has two boys of her own, Bryce, 9, and Tristan, 4. They recently moved here to Oceanside, and love this community. Chambria is very excited to be a part of the ADS family!
Samantha Johnson was raised in Watkins Glen, New York, attending dance schools Filippetti’s Academy of Dance Arts, Leslie’s School of Dance and Ithaca Academy, to name a few. Samantha danced competitively and volunteered her time to assist beginner classes. She was involved with musical theater and choreographed the three of four high school musicals she was also casted in, including the lead role her senior year as Millie of “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” She volunteered her time with the Lake Country Players, was a competitive cheerleader for four years, and completed the Arts Track in her high school program.
After Samantha graduated from Watkins Glen High in 2008 she went on to pursue dance on a bachelor’s level with the State University of New York at Fredonia. While working towards her BFA in Dance at SUNY Fredonia, Samantha studied with Samantha Kenney, Angelika Summerton, and Helen Myers.
Three years later Samantha changed scenes and moved to Oceanside, California, attending MiraCosta College for the following three years. While there she spent time continuing her dance studies mostly under Dave Massey and Teresa Avina while pursuing her associates degree and dance teaching certificate. Samantha has taught dance professionally with Fit Kids America, Leslie’s School of Dance, and currently teaches with Ariel’s School of Dance in Oceanside, CA!
Samantha believes that dance is human history, culture, strength, expression, therapy, spirit, communication, passion, and skill. She would love most to change the world positively through dance, and expects that much out of herself every day with every class she teaches.
Angel started dancing at Ariels Dance Studio when she was three years old with Ballet and Tap. She continued dancing at ADS for 15 years and preformed in 15 dance recitals. Angel danced in the Disneyland Parade from the age of six till fifteen and preformed in many community events. When she was fifteen she received Ariel’s Dance Studios Dancer of the Year award. Angel ended her dancing career when she graduated from Rancho Buena Vista High School in 2015. She now attends Cal State University of San Marcos with a major of Child and Adolescent Development. She works with the By Faith Dance Company and the Special Needs Hip-Hop classes. She hopes to work with special needs children in the future.