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.
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.
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.