Teachers of the Hirschl School
The art of teaching is more than a simple demonstration of dance movements: Each student should
be seen, not as they are now, but as they could & should be; at their fullest possible potential.
Every student should be guided to help them develop & define their own unique
individual goals, then extra time & effort must be set aside to help with a realistic plan to achieve those
goals. No mass producing, no quick-teach, no automaton training, no primary emphasis on trendy popular tricks. Actual
teaching; Doing it properly in a well-defined fashion to produce a well-rounded, intelligent & versatile dancer.
Great teachers require two things: An insatiable inner drive to
correctly educate and a geniune enthusiasm to teach for the right reasons. There is a large gap between
a good educator and a "glorified demonstrator".
teachers are also trained to include professional direction, mentorship, practical education, artistic application and philosophy
of the art. We think of dance arts education as an investment to the arts in our community as well as to the individual.
Teachers at the Hirschl school all follow the Hirschl School of Dance Arts Mission Statement.
has choreographed, danced and taught with various
schools in Southern California, and with the University of California at San Diego. She hold a California Multiple Subject
Teaching credential from the University of California, Irvine, and a Masters of Science Degree in Education, Curriculum and
Research from California State University, Fullerton. Laurie teaches at the Hirschl School and is also a full-time curriculum
coach (TOSA) for the Anaheim City School District. She is currently the artistic director of the Sunrise Ballet.
Debra Kaye owned and taught at her own studio in Riverside for 30 years (1968 to 1998). Her
training includes Paul DeRolf, The Edge in Los Angeles, Gus Giordano, Michael Rooney and Bob Fosse. Debra has been a teacher
at Riverside College and University of California at Irvine. In addition to teaching at the HSDA, she is a certifed Pilates
teacher, and also teaches at the prestigious Freddy Finn studio in Riverside. She started her PILATES training & certification
in 1998 with Karen Klipinger, with emphasis on training methodology for dancers. She attended the Long Beach Body Balance
Core Intelligence and Mat programs & Seminars. She is also working with Karen Scarano at the Plexis Pilates studios in
Born in Toronto, Canada, Richard Hirschl studied with Mme. Tamara Elganova of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Stanley Holden (Royal Ballet,
Sadler Wells Ballet), and Yuri & Erglis Smaltzoff (Father & son, Erglis danced with George Balanchine as a member
of the Bolshoi Ballet). He also studied with David Lichine (just before he passed in June 1972). Richard toured with the Ballet
Folklorico of Mexico, Stuttgart Ballet, Orange County Ballet Company and a short-run production of Romeo & Juliet with
the American Ballet Theater. He began to teach and choreograph full-time in 1972, and has taught, choreographed and lectured
local colleges and universities and has been a guest teacher at several Southern California dance studios. in the last 30
years, many of his students have gone on to become professional dancers and dance teachers throughout Southern California.
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