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Meet our Staff
Lakia Bailey, Owner
Travis Preston, Technique and Competition Choreographer
Liz Jaggedon, Ballet
Erika Navarro, Competition Choreographer and Technique Teacher
Erika began dancing at the age of five and has continued to train in numerous genres of dance including jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop. She started competing when she was eight years old and has been a part of many award winning routines. She has received multiple scholarships at conventions and competitions. She has performed during the half time show at the LA Clippers game and performed principle roles in ballets such as The Nutcracker and Alice in Wonderland. Aside from studio dance, Erika was captain of the Canyon Lake Middle School Dance Team in 2010-2011 and is currently one of the captains of the Varsity Dance Team at Temescal Canyon High School. Erika loves to dance and enjoys sharing her passion with others.
Lakia has lived in Lake Elsinore for over 20 years, where she attended and graduated from Elsinore High School as a cheerleader and dancer. Lakia is a Certified Cheerleading Coach and has worked for local high schools rebuilding and restructuring their programs. 

Most recently she served as Office Manager and Competition Teacher for Empire. She specialized in pom, jazz and hip hop for the competition team. She also taught hip hop, pom, lyrical and jazz for the recreational students. Her love for dance, Empire and the dancers at Empire was what made it an easy to decision to keep the studio doors open when former owner, Brittany Cashell, decided to retire last season. With a strong business background, Lakia brings a wealth of knowledge in marketing and business management. 

"I would like to welcome everyone to Empire...new, old, and somewhere in between. I am excited for everyone to see the many changes that have been made and hope that you will all enjoy your experience with Empire. New Year, Next Level. Special thank you to my husband, Mark, who has made this all possible! <3"
Travis Preston has been training in dance since the age of eleven. To this day, he continues his training in the styles of contemporary, jazz, ballet, and hip hop throughout Southern California. During his competition years, Travis was a part of the number one rated dance studio in the nation, winning numerous overall awards in both the region and nation. As a choreographer, he has received choreography awards with high scoring routines, and travels out of the area and state to set pieces. He is currently represented by Bloc Talent Agency of Los Angeles in the dance department and a member of Points Of View Modern Theatrical Dance Company under the direction of Terry Schulke. 
Tatum Wright, Competition Choreographer and Technique
Tatum Wright has been dancing since the age of 3. During her seventeen years of training, she has won numerous awards as a soloist and along side an award winning team. She has trained as a competitive dancer at one of the top studios in the nation and is now perusing a career as a professional dancer in Terry Schulkes "Points of View" modern theatrical dance company.
Alexis Stroud - Competitive and Recreation Teacher
Shayla Gabbedon, Competition Choreographer and Technique Teacher
Lauren Andriani - Competitive Teacher
Ryan Loo- Acro and Tumbling Coach
Stephanie Gonzalez - Competitive and Recreation Teacher
Jonathan Welch - Recreation Teacher