Vanguard Dance Company

2022-2023-Vanguard Dance Company
El Modena High School-Orange, California 

Amya Barczyszyn, Andrea Bernabei, Clara Bour, Emily Brewington, Danna Coria, Keiana DeGrave, Madison Doan, Emma Haas, Alyson Halbreich, Isabella Hernandez, Kayla Hernandez, Ruby Hewitt, Emma Hoffmann, Colin Mai,  Allison Martinez, Katelyn Martinez, Kate Mayer, Nhat Le Monant-Schwarz, Alexis Tran

Vanguard Dance Company is an El Modena High School (ELMO) tradition. Under the direction of Kelly Hesp since 2023, VDC continues to maintain the group’s founding principles of honor, integrity, discipline, and high-standards of excellence while legitimizing itself as a world-class high school dance company. 


Dance Department Director: Kelly Hesp

Email: khesp@orangeusd.org

Kelly Hesp 


Kelly Hesp was born and raised in Newport Beach, California. She began dancing at age 4 and spent over ten years at Focus Dance Center as a competitive dancer. Throughout her early years, she trained in various styles of dance including jazz, lyrical, tap, ballet, and hip-hop. 

Kelly is a former Laker Girl for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team. She is currently the Dance Director, Dance Company Coach, and Pep Squad Advisor at El Modena High School in Orange. Kelly recently directed and choreographed for Laguna Beach High School's Fall Dance Concert 2022, INSPIRE...Dancing through Moments of Inspiration. She received a Masters in Education and single subject teaching credential in physical education, where she is able to teach dance and yoga in high schools. 


Kelly is also a fitness instructor at Equinox Luxury Fitness Club. She is a certified barre instructor and enjoys combining her passion for dance and fitness. Kelly has a clear passion for team unity and strives to create an atmosphere where everyone can learn and advance with each other.

Kelly is signed with Brand Models. Recently, she was a Stand-In for Lady Gaga. It was with the photographer, Mario Sorrenti, for a Dom Pérignon Champagne shoot. She has also been photographed in Locale Magazine. 


During high school, she danced with Orchesis Dance Company at Corona Del Mar, where she was captain of her team for two years and was able to choreograph and perform for their annual concerts, rallies, and other venues. Kelly is a teacher at Endeavor Dance Studio. She is known for her vivacious teaching style and creative choreography. 


Kelly received a BA in Dance and BA in Communication from Chapman University where she trained in ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, and ballroom. At Chapman, she was selected to perform in the Fall Faculty Dance Concert and Chapman American Celebration event. She was also selected to be a part of the Chapman Dance Alliance where she choreographed and performed in their annual show. Kelly performed with Chapman Dance Tour in 2019, which toured throughout Orange County and Las Vegas. She has worked with choreographers including Jackie Sleight, Michael Rooney, Will Johnston, Sarah Davidson, G. Madison, and Ambrose Respicio. 


Important Dates & Times:

  • Dancing with the Teachers
    • March 23rd, 2023: 7:00pm
  • VDC 2023 - 2024 Audition Parent Meeting
    • April 17th, 2023: 6:00pm - 7:00pm in room 503
  • VDC Dance Audition Clinic
    • April 24th, 2023: 3:30pm - 5:00pm in room 503
  • VDC 2023 - 2024 Audition
    • April 26th, 2023: 3:30pm - 5:30pm in room 503
  • Dream On...Moving Dreams Into Reality
    • Spring Concert 2023