Troy has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the California State University of San Bernardino in Liberal Studies with a concentration in dance and also a Master's in Education from University of Phoenix. He is one of the choreographers at Backstreet Performing Arts.
Over the last 20 years he has studied and trained with numerous teachers including John Magnus of the Joffrey Ballet of New York and Flint Michigan, Sandra Allen of Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, with additional training in modern, ballet and jazz with Alvin Ailey, in New York. He has also trained and taken master classes in tap, hip hop, modern, and jazz with Eddie Brown, Fred Stickler, Abron Glover, Courtney Miller, Paul Kennedy, Sean Feidler, Jimmy Tate of New York, Winifred Harris, Henry Letang, Waverly Lucas, Art Palmer, Frank Bove of New Port News, Virginia, Steps on Broadway, Dance Theater of Harlem, the Broadway Dance Center, and The Edge and the Millennium. Troy performed in the ballet cast of Mid-Summer Night at the Joffrey Ballet, Flint Michigan, and performed a Tapimonial for the Riverside’s National Exchange Club receiving a first place in Fresno, California.
He was a choreographer/dancer for the 2000 Summer Olympics, Sydney, Australia, and was also a choreographer/dancer for the intended 2004 Athens, Greece, Olympics dance team. He also has performed with Gladys Knight in the 2000 Orange Bowl halftime show in Miami, Florida.
Troy has danced with the hip hop troop Infinite Dynamics of San Diego and Culture Shock of Los Angeles.
Amber began her career as a dancer at local dance studios at the young age of 3. She has competed at a national level for 17 years winning many awards. She has trained in Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Tap, Acro and Hip Hop. She has also trained with some of the most elite instructors in California. She has choreographed for many videos including Los Tucanes, Richard Lugo, and Sum 41.
Amber began teaching at the age of 15 and has been teaching young children through adults for the past 23 years. She has taught many master classes for studios and local high school dance programs. She was Co-owner and Director Heart & Sole Dance Academy and Former owner of No Limits Dance Academy. She takes pride in working with her competition teams and have won numerous choreography awards. She started a dance program in 2006 for children with down syndrome in the city of Moreno Valley.
Amber graduated from Valley View High School, Moreno Valley Ca. in 1998, where she also danced on the Dance team and Song Team. She trained and competed at JPD & CO. for several years under the direction of Terry Schulke. She then went on to train and competed at West Coast Performing Arts, Cypress Ca until the age of 19.
Amber danced with the 66er's Dance Team for 5 years. She also was the Coordinator/Choreographer for the Ontario Reign Hockey Team. She has danced and choreographed for L.A Dodgers and L.A Angels minor league and major league games since 2006. Amber has choreographed for the San Manuel Sports Watch and many sports and charity events. She is the proud mother of three children and dance has always been her life and passion. It is her dream to continue to teach others and share the joy of dance.
Kalvin is a renowned dancer, teacher, educator, and choreographer. Mr. Latimer has received his training with many top institutions throughout the United States such as Martha Graham Dance Academy, Alvin Ailey School of Dance, Joffrey School American Ballet Academy (official school of ABT), Broadway Dance Center, Edge Performing Arts Center, Art’s in Motion,
Arise Performing Arts Center, and Millennium Dance Complex, just to name a few.
Mr. Latimer has been trained in multiple dance genres such as Classical Ballet, Contemporary Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap,
Lyrical, Contemporary Lyrical, Modern, and Hip Hop for over twenty years. His choreography credits stretch among the
commercial, concert, and theatre dance industry.
Mr. Latimer has choreographed for many major recording artists throughout his career which has awarded him MTV Video
Music Awards and American Music Awards nomination for Best Dance Video and Choreography.
Mr. Latimer has choreographed national commercials for major retail conglomerates such as Target, Gap, and Macys. Many
of Mr. Latimer’s students are currently successful dancers touring with the Broadway production of Les Miserables, Hairspray,
Annie, and Newsies. Mr. Latimer’s students have also furthered their professional dance careers by touring with San Francisco
Ballet, Bill T. Jones Dance Company, Twyla Tharp Dance Company, top 20 contestants on So You Think You Can Dance, Las
Vegas Cirque De Soleil, and so much more. Mr. Latimer is also the former owner/director of KLDA-Kalvin Latimer Dance
Academy which was one of the top competitive studios in California that won many high honors and accolades under his
leadership for ten years.
Mr. Latimer is proud to be a member of the Backstreet Family where his professional knowledge in the field of dance,
acquired through his extensive training and experience, is an invaluable asset he shares with his students.
Kalvin is currently Old Navy's choreographer/director for North America's commercials!
Camille Vargas started dancing at the age of ten years with the Inland Pacific Ballet. She has trained with several master teachers such as David Howard and Julie Kent. She has also trained and danced with the Orlando Ballet Company under the direction of Robert Hill.
She has danced with Pasadena Dance Theatre, City Ballet of San Diego, and was selected to dance for an apprenticeship with the London City Ballet. Miss Camille has danced in several ballet productions such as The Nutcracker, Giselle, Swan Lake, Coppelia, The Little Mermaid, Dracula, Cinderella, Serenade, and has also done original contemporary ballet's such as Bach Concerto No. 5, Tolerance, and Love Can Damage Your Heart. Currently, Miss Camille is a ballet and pointe teacher at Backstreet and is also an early education teacher with her local school district.
Miss Camille continues to further her passion for dance and her love for teaching.
Willow Timrie Boe began dancing at 18 months old. She has studied dance in Long Beach, Hemet, Temecula, and Murrieta. Willow has an extensive background in many types of dance: ballet, pointe, hip- hop, jazz, lyrical, ballroom, Bollywood, contemporary, flamenco dancing, and specializes in tap. Willow has placed nationally in her tap solos at Hollywood Vibe, K.A.R., and other competitions.
She has starred in lead pointe roles of “The Nutcracker,” under the direction of Cheri Kehler. Willow has been in the dance corps of countless musicals under the direction of Stacey Bailey, such as “The King & I,” “Hairspray,” “The Wiz,” and “Mary Poppins.” She was the Dance Leader of West Valley Dance Team, this position was in charge of choreography. She was Dance Captain for the production of “Mary Poppins,” and choreographed dance routines in the show.
Also, Willow has over came a knee surgery in 2014, and it has not stopped her from doing what she loves. Willow enjoys making people smile through the art of dancing, whether it be watching, teaching, or performing. She teachers her students to entertain their audience, even if the audience is only one. Willow shows her students the beauty and power in the art of dance, as well as the history that goes along with it. She strengthens her students with warm-ups, technique, and routines. Her students teach her how to take life not so seriously, and to be patient.
Willow is currently attending California Baptist University, and aspires to become a higher level mathematics teacher. This is her first year teaching at Backstreet Performing Arts, and is thankful of this studio’s welcome, and open arms.
Special thanks to Ms. Patty, and Mr. Earl, as well as the supporting staff, and families.
Claudia started dancing like most children, at the young age of 5, at a local dance studio taking tap, ballet, and jazz.
As she grew up, she quickly excelled and started competing, spending every day at the dance studio. Claudia went on to audition, attend and graduate from the Los Angels High School for the Arts where she was nominated to choreograph the Senior Dance and Graduation Dance performance.
During her time at LACHSA she was trained in intensive Modern and Ballet techniques of Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Garth Fagan, Merce Cunningham, Twyla Tharp, Bob Fosse, with guest instructors from the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theater, and Ballet West just to name a few. She then went on to Cal State Long Beach to pursue a degree in Dance. During her time there she was offered a scholarship to attend the Summer Repertory Workshop with the Garth Fagan Dance Company at Cal State Long Beach.
Then was invited to perform with the Jose Costas Dance Company as a featured Dancer at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Thereafter she began to work professionally with different Theatre companies such as Musical Theatre West in Long Beach, Elizabeth Howards Curtain Call Dinner Theatre, Disneyland, Buena Park Civic Light Opera, Santa Fe Springs Civic Light Opera, John Anson Ford Amphitheatre and many more, performing Musicals such as West Side Story, Joseph and Amazing Colored Dreamcoat, Cabaret, Evita, Anything Goes, A place to call Home, Once on this Island, and Sweet Charity.
She soon after began choreographing for several local Los Angeles artists and was hired by a local artist and activist Petra Luna where she worked as her choreographer, backup dancer and vocalist performing at the Whiskey a Go-Go, and Hard Rock Cafe. She has worked for several local Dance Studios in the Riverside area as well as in LA and Orange County but has found herself back at Backstreet Performing Arts Studios.
Claudia worked at Backstreet in 2005 and resigned in 2007 to start a family. During her hiatus, she volunteered at Calvery Chapel Corona from 2007-2014 as the Executive Director / Choreographer for their annual Children Christmas Musical. She is very happy to have returned to Backstreet after 11 years to continue to share her deep love for dance. Claudia is currently the Campus Assistant Director for Career Care Institute in Moreno Valley and has returned to school to complete her BA degree in Organizational Management.
She is happy to be working alongside Patti & Earl and the entire Backstreet Family!