Faculty


DELANZER HUGGY FORD

Owner / Director / Choreographer / Actor
Union Affiliatons: SAG, AFTRA, AEA

DeLanzer Huggy Ford shares his passion, knowledge and talent with dancers nationwide. He was the Director of LA Dance Magic National Dance Convention and Competition for 11 years working with faculty of 8 master teachers including: Jackie Sleight, Dave Carter, Christian Vincent, Ayodele Casel, Jamal Story, Dejan Tubic, Artem Chigvintsev, and DJ Guthrie. This dance convention reaches over 10,000 kids per year.

Huggy has also been a member of the faculty for the Joe Tremaine National Dance Convention and Competition which included Joe Tremaine, Jackie Sleight, Doug Caldwell, Terry Lindholm, Marcia Lane, Desiree Robinson, and Tony Capolla. He was the Artistic Director of LA Underground National Dance Convention, which included the following faculty: Shane Sparks, Pamela Bolling, Daniel Catanach, Rod Howell and Patty Wilcox. He has also been a master teacher for Showstoppers and Starlight National Dance Competitions.

Huggy exemplifies balance with his well-rounded and broad training in theater, television/video, film, and commercials. His long list of credits includes: The Wiz national tour, My One and Only national tour with Tommy Tune, West Side Story national tour, 42nd Street on Broadway, Shades World Tour, Dianna Ross World Tour, Broadway at the Bowl with Bette Midler, Tommy Tune at the Hollywood Bowl, The Drew Carey Show, Cybil, eSalon, ISO, Ban De Terre, Sally’s, Pepsi, Pillsbury, Alpha Beta, Food 4 Less, Zone Bar, Ford, Toyota, Luis Miguel video, El Commandante video and world tour, Luther Vandros tour, M.C. Hammer live show at the Myan, guest choreographer for Minnesota Timberwolves, and choreographer and fitness trainer for USC football team with coach John Robinson

LAURIE WEINER

Owner / Director / Choreographer

Laurie Weiner has been dancing since age 7. She has studied with teachers such as DeLanzer Huggy Ford, Elizabeth Huebner, Shane Sparks, Daniel Catanach, Pamela Bolling, Rod Howell, and Victor and Tatiana Kasatsky. Laurie was recently the assistant choreographer for Runway MMC, the recording group and also helped with the release of their fashion line for Wet Seal and Macy’s. Laurie was recently a judge at the LA Dance Magic Nationals where she also assisted Jackie Sleight and Dave Carter.

Laurie has had the pleasure of being the assistant director of the national tour of LA Underground and demonstrating Huggy’s jazz choreography and Daniel Catanach’s ballet choreography on LA Underground’s videos.One of her favorite performances was for the television pilot “Flaunt Live!” She was a feature model in multiple Aasics catalogs and for Discount Dance Supply. Laurie performed and was the assistant choreographer for a CHOC fundraiser at 7 degrees in Laguna Beach. She has performed in many industrial shows including Paul Mitchell, Sony Records, Edelman, Pharmacia and more. Laurie was also featured in the video “Funkadelic Hip Hop” video.

Laurie has traveled to New Mexico to assist master classes with Huggy Ford, Alonso King, and Fletcher Nickerson. She has worked with Rogaine and Dr. Marty Sawaya in New York and Long Beach at the International Hair & Beauty Expo. Laurie has also assisted Huggy Ford in master classes in San Diego and at UCI. Laurie Weiner obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Cal State Fullerton.

AARON CHAVARRIA

Teacher / Choreographer

Aaron began his training at the age of 11. He has trained in many studios throughout Southern California in tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical and tumbling, with such teachers as Cory Finn, Gregg Russell, Mike Minery, Mark Goodman, Brad Mccaskall, Cindy Ricalde, Teri Bast, Joe Malone, Jackie Sleight, Dave Carter, Joelle Martinec, Keri LaGrand, Desiree Robbins, Mark Meismer, Joe Tremaine, and Doug Caldwell. In addition to dance, Aaron has performed in many musicals throughout California such as Grease, The Music Man, Oliver, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cabaret, The Sound of Music, and many others. He also is an assistant teacher at NUVO dance conventions and La Dance Magic. Aaron has choreographed national award winning routines for studios in California and South Carolina, and is proud to be working with the students at HBP.

NOELLE SOMOGYI

Teacher / Choreographer

Noelle began her dancing at age 4, training with master teacher, DeLanzer Huggy Ford. She received her ballet training from Laurie Weiner, Lisa Thorngren, and Elizabeth Huebner, and received her tap instruction from Laurie DiFilippo. She has been a part of the HBP Company for 9 years and served as the captain for the last 2 years.

During her years dancing with Company, she has performed at competitions such as LA Dance Magic, LA Dance Force, Tremaine, Showbiz, Showstoppers, Spotlight, Company Dance, Kids Artistic Review, Rainbow Connection, as well as others. Noelle also has done many community shows such as Tustin Chili Cookoff, Tustin Tiller Days, Enderle Center Christmas Show, Tustin Tree Lighting, and the Miss Tusin Pageant.

Also she has had the opportunity to perform at UCI basketball games and at the Staple Center for the LA Clippers. You can also catch Noelle as a dancer in the video “Funkadelic Hip Hop” video. Noelle has recently had the opportunity to be an assistant at the LA Dance Magic Nationals. She is an alumni of Cal State Fullerton 

MEGAN WARD CHAVARRIA

Teacher/Choreographer

Megan comes to us from Phoenix, AZ where she grew up dancing at Royal Dance Works. In 2008, she assisted Mia Michaels and was part of the LA Dance Magic Company. Megan moved to LA after high school and did a couple of commercials and trained with choreographers Jennifer Hamilton, Gina Starbuck, Andre Fuentes, Justin Giles, and Jaci Royal. She also performed as a principle dancer in Jaci Royal’s show, ‘Beneath the Surface,’ in New York City in 2010. Now, she loves sharing my passion for dance through teaching and is so excited to be a part of the HBP Faculty!

STEPHANIE MEHUYS

 Teacher/Choreographer

Stephanie began her classical training at the age of 8, attending the Académie de Ballet Classique in Montreal, Canada. At the ages of 14 through 16 she attended the School of American Ballet’s summer intensives on full scholarship. She then went on to train with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School and Hartford Ballet School, also on scholarship. At the end of her first year at Hartford’s professional program, she was asked to join the company. Stephanie has also danced professionally with the Connecticut Ballet and Ballet Ouest de Montréal where she performed soloist and principal roles. Some of these include Princess Aurora, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Dew Drop, Swanhilda, Giselle, and the principal solo from Lambarena by Val Caniparoli. At this time, she had the privilege to work with Joanna Berman from the San Francisco Ballet. Stephanie was also a guest artist at the Teatro Melico in Costa Rica, where she performed the Corsaire pas de deux and the leading role of the Tourist in Gaité Parisienne. In 2003, she owned and directed Dance Creations which she later merged with l’Ecole de Ballet Ouest de Montréal. During that time she taught classical ballet, pointe, variations and choreographed and coached all ages for Ballet Ouest’s competition team. As well, she has been a Lululemon Ambassador and trained the 2013 Quebec Sectional Champions in Ice Dance.

SOPHIA GALLARDO

Teacher/Choreographer 

Sophia began dancing at a young age. She has trained at HBP, Pacific Dance and Jimmie DeFore. Sophia attended Mater Dei High School and was a member of the cheerleading team freshman year and a member of the Mater Dei Songleading team her last three years. After high school, Sophia was on the US Spiritleaders dance staff and instructed the summer camps and worked the competitions throughout the year. Sophia currently goes to school at Long Beach State and is a dance major. Sophia is a member of the Long Beach State Dance team. Sophia assist Erika Waters and has performed her choreography many times. Sophia is excited to share her love for dance at HBP!

 

JULIA RUDGE

Julia Rudge has been dancing with Huggy Ford for 11 years. She competed for 8 of them and was Captain of HBP Company for 3 years. Training at HBP prepared her for her audition to be a part of Orange County School of the Arts. She began her journey there in 2012. Julia received the honor of being Co-Valedictorian for the Commercial Dance Conservatory under the direction of Jim Kolb. She has also been an active company member of LA Dance Magic by assisting convention classes. She will be returning to LADM this year as a ProTrack Leader. Her performing credits include “Shades” the Musical, OCSA Annual Gala for four years, Dead off Center Webisode, Dead off Center Music Video, KTLA Morning News- Discovery Science Center Coverage, Christian Vincent’s Master Thesis of UCI, Rochelle Mapes Master Thesis of CSULB, Choreography Conference in Palm Desert, ASN Conference Seattle, and LA Dance Magic’s Summer Intensive Final Cut. She has choreographed many talent show pieces as well as a piece that was selected to be a part of the Commercial Dance Department’s Student Expressions Showcase. Julia is currently attending Cal State University of Fullerton and looking to receive her BA in Business.

Apprentices

Emma D. 

Jenna K.