Meet the DIRECTORS
Breanne Orlowsky began her dance training at the age of six with the San Marino Dance Academy under the direction of Majahlet Sibal. At the age of twelve Breanne became a member of the Senior dance company, and traveled with them to regional and national LA Dance Force competitions where they placed silver and gold for several routines. In 2005, Breanne started dancing with the East Los Angeles College, Let’s Dance Company under the direction of Kimberly Rabins. During her time as a company member she performed in annual Visions of Dance concerts, LACCD Dance Consortium, debuted a piece in the first Member Choreography Dance Concert and performed in nine Repertoire Dance Concerts. She also traveled with the Let’s Dance Company in 2006 and 2009 to Europe for the Young Tanzsommer! European Dance Festival. Throughout her training, Breanne has been exposed to various styles including; ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, modern, hula, latin dance, social dance and more. Additionally, while training at ELAC, she was also introduced to the educational side of dance by working as a teaching assistant for the Let’s Dance Company and the ELAC Dance Department from 2009 to 2013. She was honored to work with all the dance department staff and appreciated the experience of honing and enhancing her skills as a teacher. From 2014 to 2020 Breanne spent her time working with the Let’s Dance Company as their rehearsal assistant and choreographer for their two annual shows.
During her high school years, Breanne was a part of the Arcadia High School (AHS) Dance Department. Although she was never a member of Orchesis Dance Company, she spent her high school career as a student in the intermediate dance class. Under the guidance of Liza Tedford, her experience in the dance department helped improve her skills as a dancer, performer, choreographer, and essentially propelled her toward a career in dance education. Upon graduating in 2009, Breanne came on board as an assistant director for Orchesis Dance Company. In Spring of 2017, Breanne was presented the opportunity of taking over as the AHS Orchesis Dance Company Lead Director. Now in her 6th year as the lead director, she works with the company year round choreographing and preparing her students for two annual shows: their Charity Dance Show in December and the Orchesis Spring Dance Concert which features work from the students, directors, and choreographers from all over southern California. Over the past 6 years as the lead director Breanne has had the pleasure of working with and learning from the exceptional students at AHS. Orchesis and the Dance Department in general offers such a wonderful environment for students to learn and develop their skills both in and outside the dance studio.
Breanne’s additional accolades include; being awarded Arcadia High School’s Outstanding Student in Dance, 2 time Let’s Dance Company Dancer of the Year, 3 time Let’s Dance Company Most Dedicated Member, and recipient of the Leslie Conwell Scholarship. Within the academic and education setting, Breanne graduated from Chapman University in Orange California, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in dance. Post undergrad, Breanne continued her education receiving her Career Technical Education credential and Masters of Education degree with a single subject credential in physical education. Her educational background has helped broaden her educational toolkit and allowed her to implement diverse strategies into her instruction for dance. In addition to being the Lead Director for Orchesis Dance Company, Breanne also works as the AHS CTE Coordinator. As the coordinator she helps support teachers and students within the CTE Department. Breanne is extremely proud and honored to work with all of her students. Their dedication and hard work toward their craft inspires her everyday and is a constant reminder of her love and passion for dance and being an educator.
Kylie Guiking (also referred to as KG by Orchesis) started studio training in ballet and jazz at the age of 4 in the Philippines and shortly after moving to the United States in Los Angeles. Her hip hop training began at the age of 13 where she attended a Performing Arts Middle School with a focus in Dance. She is an alumni of Orchesis Dance Company and was in the company for three years from 2014-2017. Kylie was an officer for two years at Orchesis. She was Secretary her junior year and President her senior year. Shortly after graduating from Arcadia she was brought in to be an assistant director for Orchesis in 2017. Kylie has also been a USA dance instructor from 2018-2020 where she was able to teach numerous dance teams across the state at USA summer dance camps. Choreographing and teaching workshops mainly in the style of hip hop for dance teams to utilize in competition pieces and shows during her college years was the best way to stay connected to dance. While obtaining her bachelor’s of science degree in Social Work, Kylie was also part of an Adult Competition Company called Rogue Makers under the direction of Beau Fournier. There, Kylie was able to experience a variety of styles and hip hop fusion distinctive to the Maker Empire.
The Orchesis dance program has shaped Kylie in many ways and greatly influenced her desire to teach and choreograph for students. Orchesis was a space that allowed Kylie to grow and be challenged as an artist and as an individual. Working with 29 other personalities every year has also enabled her to be more flexible and open when it comes to working with others. Being invited to return as a director was a great honor for Kylie and a way for her to give back to the program that gave her so much during her high school years. The discipline and dedication it took to be an Orchesis member contributed and pervaded into Kylie’s college and professional career.
Liza Tedford grew up in the Bay Area and always knew she was meant to dance from a very young age. Liza began to train in Ballet at age 6 and soon began training in Jazz and Tap as well. She also studied acting and singing and joined a children’s theater company. Liza was in a regional ballet company for 5 years in junior high and high school and studied at the well known Interlochen School of the Arts in Michigan in the summer. Liza then went on to college and earned a B.A. in Dance from U.C. Irvine with an emphasis on teaching. Liza danced professionally for a few years including the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers Dance Team, L.A. Galaxy Dance Team, and many other gigs here and there. Liza has choreographed for many different high school’s dance productions as well as the Opening Ceremonies for the Major League Soccer team, L.A. Galaxy at the Rose Bowl in 1997. She was a choreographer for the Laker Girls for several years. Liza has done master classes all over the San Gabriel Valley and has a teaching and a CTE credential. She was also asked to teach classes at the California Dance and Movement Workshop for Educators for several years. Liza has been teaching at public high schools for almost 32 years. This is her 30th year running a full time dance program at Arcadia High. Commendations include Profile in Excellence Award by Arcadia Unified School District in 1998 and one of four finalists for ROP Teacher of the Year for Los Angeles Unified in 1999. Liza met her husband (who is an Arcadia High alum) in college at UC Irvine and they have two sons who graduated from Arcadia High.
Tiffany Young is thrilled to have the pleasure of dancing and working with Orchesis for over half of her life! She was on Orchesis her junior and senior year, serving as Historian and then Dance Captain. Being a member of Orchesis and having the opportunity to dance with and motivate her peers was the highlight of her time at AHS. She was voted by her teammates Most Inspirational, Best Choreographer, Best Dancer and was honored to be the recipient of the Cara Yehle Scholarship award. After graduating in 2002, she attended Chapman University where she majored in Education with an emphasis in Mathematics as well as a minor in Dance. She enjoyed participating in the dance department’s various choreography showcases and especially enjoyed being a 4-year member of Chapman’s acclaimed hip hop team, Team Shaka. Tiffany is going into her 16th year teaching math and dance at First Avenue Middle School. It is especially gratifying to see her past students from 6th-8th grade grow up to join our Orchesis family! Being an Orchesis director has been such a fulfilling experience. Seeing every single student come through the program and grow exponentially as dancers and wonderful people makes the time spent in countless rehearsals worth every moment.
Adriana Benevento is a proud alumni of Arcadia High School and graduated in 2011. She auditioned and joined Orchesis her senior year of high school for the ’10-’11 school year. Adriana started dancing when she was just three years old, starting with ballet, and later grew to love jazz and hip hop. Along with dance, she spent her years acting, singing, and performing as well. Over the years, she appeared in music videos, commercials, tv shows, & on stage. Once in high school, Adriana began focusing on her passion for dance and Orchesis Dance Company became her new family. Being a part of Orchesis helped her grow not only as a dancer, but as a person and she will forever cherish the memories and lifelong friends she made that year. Beyond Orchesis and after high school, Adriana joined Evoke Dance Company which was founded by Orchesis alumni. There, she was able to continue her dance journey for 4 seasons with the company. Professionally, Adriana became certified as a yoga instructor and was promoted to studio manager within her first year with the company. Being the youngest manager on the team at the time, because of the skills she learned while in Orchesis, she was able to manage her studio with confidence and the ability to lead. When asked to join the Orchesis Director team in 2015, Adriana was beyond elated to be a part of something that had always been so special to her. Present day, Adriana is assistant to the chair for the Cinematic Arts Department at the Los Angeles County High School For The Arts (LACHSA). Having the opportunity to work with such talented high school students has been so inspiring for her, both at Arcadia and at LACHSA. Orchesis meant everything to Adriana in High School and now, she is so honored to bear witness to the incredible students that come through the program year after year. Orchesis was and will always be home to her!
Talia has been dancing since she was three years old. She was a part of Orchesis dance company from 2017-2020 and an alumni of Arcadia High School. In her three years on the company, Talia served as Dance Captain on the officer team for both her junior and senior year. Orchesis gave her the opportunity to develop as a choreographer and provided exposure to new genres of dance. In addition, Orchesis honed her discipline and shaped her into a strong leader. Talia now attends UC Irvine as a Business Economics major and is a dance instructor with United Spirit Association (USA). She is extremely excited to return as a director and mentor the young talented dancers in the company.