Rubio's Performing Arts Instructors and Staff

Our seasoned and talented instructors and staff are here to help your child experience the joy of the performing arts and help them reach for the stars.

Studio Director - Chris Rubio

Studio Manager - Yvonne Rubio

Office Assistants - Teresa Wignall, Keri Larsen, Nichol Richardson & Kerrie Morfitt



CHRIS RUBIO, formerly on tour with the Broadway show, “Stomp.” Chris played the leading role as Sergeant on tour. Studio Director and Choreographer of “Crew” and “Jr. Crew” Living a Drug Free Life, Street Scene and Sea World’s Stompin’ Gravediggers and Jammin’ Janitors, Legoland’s Drumming Mummies and Elves. Winner of Ed McMahon’s, “Next Big Star Competition.” Choreographer of numerous CYT shows and beauty pageants. Dance styles: Tap, percussion movement, hip-hop, musical theatre and swing.


Joshua Burks

JOSHUA BURKS-I have been dancing for over 12 years. Hip-Hop is my passion...I love the emotions. That led me to dancing Future Shock San Diego with Angie Bunch at the age of 13. I later moved on to Culture Shock San Diego at the age of 18 and took part in the dance programs at San Diego Community College, Mesa College, and Cal State Los Angeles. I have produced and conducted over 13 performances from “Circus Night” to “Hip Hop meets Bhangra.” At the age of 22 my hunger continued to grow and I made my first step into the Hollywood scene by getting signed to the Bloc Agency and Clear Talent Agency. I was then involved in five commercial shoots, two music videos and an overseas tour in Japan with Slum Village. I decided to step away from the dance scene and focused on building my own dance troupe’s “Twisted Illuzions” and “Body TRX” in early 2008. I am on the verge of opening a dance center for autism but you can find me subbing classes at Culture Shock Dance Center, working in the after school programs in South Bay and Harmonium school districts, or teaching master classes throughout the county.

CLAUDIA Dyson-Hightower

CLAUDIA DYSON-HIGHTOWER credits her artistic energy to her major mentors: Bea Johnson, Vivian Valade, Day Power, Eileen Figliolino, Louis McKay and Bill Heiden. She’s continually performing, choreographing and teaching both nationally and internationally and taking classes herself (Heaven forbid if she ever became a “Dance Driod Stiffo”). Claudia is certified in her profession and teaches ages 3-73 years at six different locations. Claudia’s students can be seen on Broadway, on TV and in several movies. “Life is only an audition to the BIG DANCE FLOOR IN THE SKY!”


Orna Edwards

ORNA EDWARDS has been dancing throughout her life and has performed in many different musical theater productions, as well as a former dancer at Sea World. She is currently dancing at Grossmont College and obtaining her Teaching Credential in Physical Education/Dance from SDSU. ORNA is very passionate about dance and fitness and teaches many different group exercise formats at 24 Hour Fitness such as Turbo Kick, Zumba, and Boot Camp. In the future, she plans to get her Masters Degree in Special Education and become a Dance Therapist. She is also a proud parent of two Rubio Dance Studio students and is excited to join the RDS teaching staff.

NADIA Fakhoury

Nadia Fakhoury

NADIA began dancing when she was nine years old at San Diego Dance Centre, where she learned about and participated in all genres of dance. She danced competitively for four years and at 14 came to Rubio's Dance Studio where she found her newfound passion in rhythmic tap. It is amazing how many sounds we can make with our feet! She went to Valhalla High School where she was a member of the dance program for three years, choreographed, and was an officer her last year. She is now at San Diego State University studying Child Development with a specialization in Visual and Performing Arts.


Charleigh France


It was at the age of three when CHARLEIGH FRANCE was introduced to a beautiful art form we know of as dance. Unable to keep still and keep off stage, she was put in the competition world at the age of 5. From there she has continued to pursue dance as a professional career. She believes it started in high school when she joined the San Jose Ballet School and from there it unraveled to becoming apart of the San Diego State School of Music and Dance. Being apart of the dance departmemnt at SDSU has opened many doors and allowed her to take advantage of traveling opportunities such as attending the World Dance Festival in Poland, which included work by Johannes Wieland and Idan Cohen(Israel), and a summer intensive at Tisch School of the Arts in New York City, along with master classes at Julliard. There she participated in choreography work by well known companies such as Ronald K. Brown, Battleworks and Gina Gibney Dance Company. A move to Vegas led her to work with the worlds famous Cirque Du Soleil along with cast members of Jubilee. From Vegas came a job offer in Mexico where she choreographed and performed with Barcelo Resorts. During this time she has also been recognized by recording artists such as Ciara and Busta Rhymes along with a participant in So You Think You Can Dance. In between traveling and technique classes Charleigh also teaches children and adults in San Diego as well as in Northern California. Her award winning choreography can be recognized in both areas of California. From show choirs to disabled children her passion for teaching will always be a big part of her career. Her career has taken her to Las Vegas where she is currently performing. After receiving her BFA from San Diego State University Charleigh France continues to travel, perform and teach this art form with hopes of adventure and a long lived learning experience.

DAVID Griffin

David Griffin


Born and raised in a small city of Pontiac Michigan, DAVID GRIFFIN “D Griff” has had a passion for dance (and music) as far back as he can remember. At the young age of 4, he taught himself how to play the drums…and later on…at the age of 16 also taught himself how to play the piano. Since then, he has used both of those skills to play with numerous church bands and other musical acts. In 2005, DAVID moved to Los Angeles and was signed to “Clear Talent Group”. It is here that he honed in on his dancing career and had the opportunity to tour with some very well known artists. Between 2005 and 2010, DAVID also danced backup for various music videos and award shows (i.e. Stellar Awards, BET Awards, etc.). During this time DAVID also demonstrated his love for children as he worked closely with, and taught hip hop classes to the youth at his local YMCA. In 2011, DAVID traded in the fast paced Hollywood lifestyle to settle down with his family in San Diego. He currently teaches hip hop at Rubio’s Performing Arts and is so happy to be a part of the Chris Rubio Productions CREW! His dance styles include Street Hip Hop, Popping and Krumping.


KC Grulli-Miller



SYDNEY has been dancing since the age of 7. She started off with tap and jazz and has since added ballet, lyrical/contemporary, modern, hip hop, rhythmic tap, swing and Jr. Crew to her list of studies. Sydney attended the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts where she was able to grow even more as a dancer. She loves to work with and teach young children as well as help in the "Arms Wide Open" classes.


Elizabeth Hambrick


ELIZABETH HAMBRICK - Growing up in a musical family, I knew that somehow I would always be involved in music. I admired my Dad and his ability to play the piano as a child. Whenever he played it would put a smile on my face. I learned to play the cornet instead and later on in high school got involved with choirs. I sang in every choir and musical they had at my school. My Dad had shown me a few things on the piano when I was younger and with what he showed me I started to learn the piano on my own. My first year of college I studied music and took a piano class and spent quite a bit of time developing my skills on the piano. My interest developed even more when I settled down and got married. I started getting more serious about playing the piano and started taking private lessons and playing in my church. Teaching piano is something that never crossed my mind until a neighbor asked me to teach her child. I talked to my teacher and he encouraged me to do it. I gave it a try, that was 19 years ago and I am still teaching. I can’t think of anything that I would rather do. Through the support of my private piano teachers, my friends that also teach, and my hands on experience I feel very confident that I could just about teach anybody to play the piano that has the desire to learn.


Diana Niemeyer

I am so blessed to have grown up in a musical family. My mother, Elizabeth Hambrick, whom also teaches at Rubio's Performing Arts, has mentored me in teaching piano over the past year. I have really grown to love teaching and seeing others passion for music. Growing up I took lessons for two years from my mother and another teacher. I found the piano difficult, so I decided not to continue out of discouragement. I did however continue singing and performing at Flying Hills performing arts school, Christian Youth Theatre, and in my church choir. Singing continued to be my only focus up until after high school when a friend encouraged me to learn the ukulele and then the piano. That was three years ago and now I can't stop playing. To further my musical education I take private lessons along with the continuous teaching from my mom. It is most important to me as a teacher to keep that spark and interest going in my students and encourage them to keep practicing and playing, even when it gets difficult.


Krysta Norby

Hi my name is KRYSTA NORBY and I have been dancing since I was six years old. Dance is a huge passion of mine and I love to see others with the same passion. I went to Valhalla High School and was very involved in the dance program for four years and was a dance officer for the last two years. I was also involved with cheer for three years and a captain my last year. I go to San Diego State University where I am majoring in Nursing. At San Diego State I am part of the cheer program.


John Powers


Nichol Richardson

NICHOL RICHARDSON is a self taught artist who has been painting for hire near all her life. At the age of 13 she painted her very first mural on her bedroom wall unbeknownst to her parents. Her father was alarmed and surprised decided to put her talent to use with friends in their own homes for hire. From there she continued to grow and develop as an artist and a business person; learning how to let her artwork sell itself. In 2008-2010 she worked at CCT/CYT as over hire for stage design crew, there she learned stage design and layout under the lead artist. After this she decided to combine the two things she loves to work with the most, children and art. NICHOL Started to teach children her trade and has taught all skill levels and all ages, she has found a home here at Rubio’s Performing Arts teaching art classes as well as designing and painting our sets for Arms Wide Open Productions .


Nancy Rubio


NANCY RUBIO is currently performing in the Broadway production of STOMP. NANCY has been dancing most of her life. She has a passion for dance and performed in “CREW”.  She truly loves teaching and being a part of her family dance/productions company when she is in town.


Jacob Russo

Jacob Russo is a multi-genre drummer/percussionist and music educator. He has a Bachelors degree in Music and is currently a Masters candidate in the field of Ethnomusicology at San Diego State University. He has been playing drums for over 15 years and has studied with numerous master drummers in and out of the U.S. He has performed with multiple groups who focus on genres including, but not limited to: Rock, Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Caribbean, and West African.


Matthew Taylor


As a musician and educator, MATTHEW TAYLOR aims to expand the horizons of his audience and students to include more than traditional sounds and means of making music. MATTHEW'S formal musical education is from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2009, Matthew earned his Masters of Music in Modern American Music from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For over two decades, Matthew taught at Boston-area schools such as the Community Music Center of Boston. Since relocating to San Diego in the Fall of 2009, he has built a successful private teaching practice. Matthew has also been invited to play with the La Jolla Symphony, musical theater productions as well as many fine local jazz artists such as singer Dave Patrone and saxophonist Bill Shreeve.