Meet the Judges

The Competition Performances on JUNE 2 & 3 will be adjudicated by our distinguished panel of judges which includes THE AUDIENCE!

Meet the judges, below:

David Massey

Nicole Thomas

Chariss Turner

The Audience!

Dave Massey

Dave Massey

Dave Massey is a dance educator, choreographer, and movement researcher. He is full-time faculty at MiraCosta College and holds his MFA in Dance from UC, Irvine. Dave performed professionally for over 15 years before stepping into the world of academia. His concert dance work has won several awards internationally including the prestigious gold award for choreography from the Jazz Dance World Congress. Dave has traveled from Australia to Europe teaching his dynamic contemporary and jazz dance styles.


Nicole Thomas

Nicole Thomas received her formal ballet training from Balanchine Ballerina, Linda Yorth. She has studied ballet for 23 years under instructors from Paris Opera Ballet, Houston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, and Ballet Magnificat. She has extensive training and professional experience in ballet, modern, jazz, and musical theater.

Nicole first danced professionally at the age of 16. She has had leading roles in ballets and musicals such as the Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Nutcracker, among others as well as industrial performance work. Her dancing has intense flair, technical precision and emotional vulnerability which she passes on to her students. Nicole has taught dance in Southern California for 14 years sending many students into professional careers. Her students have been accepted into trainee programs, talent agencies and have been given scholarships for summer intensives including Houston Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland Academy, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, American Ballet Theater in New York, Pittsburg Ballet, School of American Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Princeton Ballet, Anaheim Ballet, ODC, Ballet Magnificat!, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Ballet West, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Boston Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet Academy. She has taught master classes around So Cal, New York and in Italy at Scuola di Danza Surya. Nicole has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.  She teaches with excellence and a contagious love of her art.

Nicole has been a long-time supporter of the Old Town Temecula Community Theater and its dance programming.  She participates and brings her dancers to perform in the community showcase, danceXchange, is a guest artist with Avocado Dance Theatre, and is regularly engaged as one of our Master Teachers for Front & Main Dance Festival and danceXperience.


Chariss Turner

Chariss Turner has had the honor of working for the City of Temecula since January of 2010. She is currently the Community Services Coordinator at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater and oversees the daily Front of House operations at Temecula’s state-of-the-art Theater as they bring cultural experiences in the visual and performing arts to our community. One of the many joys she has working at the theater is watching local schools participate in ArtsConnection, which allows students to experience a live dance, theater, or musical performance. Chariss enjoys interacting with the kids and seeing the excitement on their faces as they enjoy a show, sometimes for the very first time! Chariss has always had a passion for the arts. She has been singing since she could talk and has had experience in musical theater productions, as well as singing competitions, in her youth. She has also had the opportunity to record professionally with national gospel artists. While her on-stage persona has tapered off a bit as she grew older and started a family, she has been fortunate to carve out a career ‘behind the curtain’ in a field that feeds her soul. She lives in the Temecula Valley area with her husband and five sons! In their spare time, they enjoy being a part of their church and fellowship with family and friends. She is proud to be part of this great team of creative people whose collective vision is to advance the enrichment, engagement, education, and entertainment of the citizens of Temecula and all who are fortunate to visit Old Town Temecula. “And now, I invite you to #ExperienceTemeculaTheater!”

Audience-EngagementTHE AUDIENCE represents the ‘fourth judge’ in our competition performances. Each audience member receives two votes to cast for their “favorites” of the night. Each performance is unique, so if you don’t want to miss a step, get your tickets for both performances.  Don’t miss out. Come be a part of this exciting competition.

Your vote counts!!

(3-D glasses not required!)