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Our teachers:

1. Have extensive experience in Dance, Broadway, TV, Film or Voice-Overs.

2. Have extensive experience, or are certified and/or have college degrees.

3. Are passionate about both the performing arts and teaching youth


"This is a nurturing place that genuinely cares of the kids. Everyone is treated kindly and with respect."

"Our daughter LOVES her teacher! She’s so excited to take class. She is totally pumped!"

“My 13-year-old daughter loves her classes,

and adores here teachers here.

Highly recommend BAS!”

"She is excited about every class, even ballet, and that has not been the case for the 2 years before we found you. The teachers are tough, but kind, and praise all of her progress."

"The owners and teachers are all so friendly. Highly recommended!”


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Get to Know Us


Darcie Roberts Magino, CEO

Instructor, Director, Producer


Troy Magino, COO

Instructor, Director, Producer

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Morgan James


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Jamie Lane



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Ash Marcus


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DARCIE ROBERTS MAGINO - Voice, Tap, Ballet, Musical Theatre Acting, Musical Theatre Jazz

co-Founder/co-Artistic Director

Award-Winning Leading Lady 

Made Broadway Debut at 17 years old

Starred in dozens of Broadway Shows, National and International Tours, Regional Theatres and Symphonies. 

Renowned Vocal Coach and Voice Teacher

4 Tony Award-winning productions

Ovation Awards - Best Ensemble Award​

Helen Hayes Awards - Best Actress Nomination​

National Touring Awards -Best Actress Nomination

Barrymore Awards - Best Actress Nomination

Independent Awards - Best Actress Nomination

Drama-Logue Awards - Best Actress Award​

Trained extensively in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Acting, Voice and Musical Theatre.

A legitimate triple-threat, Variety describes the “leggy” Ms. Roberts’ talents as “vulnerable” and “earnest”, able to make a “potent impression” with “superior comic skills.” 

The Hollywood Reporter calls her  “wonderful” and “versatile”. ​


The Houston Chronicle, calls her “warmhearted” and “instinctive”.​


While her comic turns have been compared to Buster Keaton, Lucille Ball, and Carol Burnett.

The Philadelphia Inquirer says, “Darcie has a winning freshness,  and an uncommonly intelligent way with a lyric”

Theatre Week says her "voice is limpid as a church bell echoing through an unpopulated landscape."


Broadway: Curtains (Roberta), Aida (Amneris stand-by), Dream, Crazy For You (Polly, Irene, Tess stand-by).  Tours: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), Barry Manilow's Copacabana (Lola), Busker Alley (co-starring opposite of Tommy Tune) Aspects of Love, 42nd Street (Peggy). For Los Angeles Center Theatre Group: Leap of Faith (Rita), Curtains (Roberta), 50th Anniversary Gala, Enter Laughing- A Tribute to Carl Reiner. 

Darcie has appeared with Sutton Foster and composer Jeanine Tesori in the American Songbook Series concerts- live at Lincoln Center. Other New York credits include On A Clear Day… (Encores), The Bubbly Black Girl… (Scarlett – Playwrights Horizons).

Regional: Evita (Eva), Funny Girl (Fanny), Cabaret (Sally), A Chorus Line (Cassie), Ragtime (Mother), Damn Yankees (Lola), Smokey Joe’s Café, among several others.

Other L.A.: The Marvelous Wonderettes (Cindy Lou – Musical Theatre West; Laguna Playhouse, Cabrillo Music Theatre), The Pajama Game (Babe-MTWest), Silk Stockings (Janice-MTWest), The Andrews Brothers (Peggy-Ovation Award, MTWest and Cabrillo Music Theatre). Film: Every Little Step. Television: All My Children. 


TROY MAGINO - Musical Theatre Jazz, Ballet, Musical Theatre Acting, Acting, Improv

co-Founder/co-Artistic Director

Point Park University, BFA Dance Scholarship Recipient

Broadway and TV Experienced Actor

Award-Winning Director/Choreographer

Creative Concept Director

Disney Concept Development Director

Adjunct Professor UCI Musical Theatre

Adjunct Professor USC Musical Theatre 

Troy has trained extensively in Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Commerical Dance, Acting, and Musical Theatre around the world.

Troy began singing, acting, and dancing at the age of 15 starring in high school productions and commercials. Since then he appeared in over 40 productions with Disney, 10 years dancing with the Rockettes at RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, over 20 regional theatre productions, 3 Broadway First National Tours, numerous appearances in commercials, on TV, and in music videos. 

Troy served as a Creative Concept Development Director for Disneyland, conceiving and helping the development of a number of productions. 

Troy’s work as a Director/Choreographer includes ALTAR BOYZ (Regional Premiere), THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Regional Premiere), GUYS AND DOLLS,  JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, and more. His work as a Choreographer: GIGI, as well as, work in TV, Commercials, Music Videos He has worked with LL COOL J,  98 DEGREES, MARTINA MCBRIDE, MARY J BLIGE and more. 

His work has been described as:

"Under the guidance of Troy Magino, instills an infectious vitality into the proceedings"
VARIETY - Julio Martinez

"The incomparable efforts of director-choreographer Troy Magino make for a cornucopia of delights..." - BACKSTAGE, By Les Spindle

“The show's creators obviously did their homework- thanks to Troy Magino’s breezy staging.” - LA TIMES - Philip Brandes

He has helped to raise over $500,000 dollars as a Director for BC/EFA events including ABC’s DAYTIME SALUTES BROADWAY CARES.

He has been an Adjunct Professor at UCI (Musical Theatre Dance), University of Southern California (Musical Theatre Director/Choreographer), Musical Theatre West Youth Conservatory (Director/Choreographer) and at various colleges and intensives as a guest teacher.

2012 NAACP Best Director 
2010, 2009 Outstanding Achievement, Stage Scene LA 
2010, 2009 Director, Stage Scene LA 
2009, 2007, 2006 LA Times Reader’s 4 Stars, Critic’s Choice Production 
2009,2007,2006 Critic’s Pick, BackstageWest
2006 IRNE (Boston Area) Best Director
2007 Director of The Year, Stage Scene LA
2007 Best Musical (runner up), Stage Scene LA
2006 The Best of LA Theatre Top 10 List, In Magazine


2012 NAACP Best Choreographer (Nomination) 
2010, 2009  Choreographer of The Year, Stage Scene LA
2010 National Theatre Awards, Outstanding Choreography
2007 LA Drama Critic’s Circle, Best Choreography Nominee
2006 IRNE (Boston Area) Best Director Award

2007 Choreographer of The Year (runner up),
2006 The Best of LA Theatre Top 10 List, In Magazine


AUTUMN - Acro, Jazz, Ballet

MFA, Dance from UC Irvine,

BA, Theatre and Dance, Dance Emphasis, Magna Cum Laude, from Santa Clara University

Teaching credential from ACSI

Experienced Dance Instructor

“Who’s Who of America’s Teachers”

“Artistic and Academic Achievement Award”

Talent Award” at Miss California

UCI MFA - Awarded Full Scholarship 

She has trained extensively in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Modern, and Contemporary. She has performed and taught nationally and internationally, with over 20 years of teaching, choreographing, and directing experience.


South Coast Conservatory, VH Conservatory of the Arts, Concordia University, Fullerton College, 

Irvine Valley College, Great Oaks Christian School

Autumn has toured internationally as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher.

Project Dance NYC

LA Invitational Dance Consortium

Pasadena Dance Festival

Sydney Olympics and ParaOlympics 


DANTE - Tap 1, Tap 2, Tap 3

BA Theatre Arts


Artist in Residence at Colorado Mesa University.

TAP FESTIVAL ARTIST - The LA Tap, RIFF, (Alongside Savion Glover), Pittsburgh Steel City, The Las Vegas Tap Festival, The Washington DC, Rhapsody in Taps, and Chapman University.

As a soloist, Dante recently performed at LA.’s Ford Amphitheatre; The Dolby Theatre; The W Hotel Hollywood; The Culver Hotel, The LA Film Festival; The Big Apple Tap Festival, and many other venues in California and New York. named Dante one of their ”Top Three Performing Artists for 2014.”

In addition, Dante is a successful and well-known street performer in New York City, where he hones his craft collaborating with jazz musicians, including the viral jazz band, Receta Secreta. Together, they have performed at hotels, bars, restaurants, and parks in NYC over the past three years.

Dante’s television appearances include World of Dance (NBC), The Talk (CBS), The Nikki Show (WB), Dance Revolution (CBS), and many commercials. Most recently, Dante appeared in the just-released music video for the band, The Dispatch.

Company work includes Chloe Arnold’s NY-based Apartment 33, Parris Mann’s Here’s II Lyfe, Chris Scott’s The Nitty Grittyz and Steve Zee’s LA Ironworks.

Dante teaches at renowned festivals, colleges and studios, including The LA Tap Fest, RIFF: Dallas 2018 (Alongside Savion Glover), Pittsburgh Steel City Tap Festival 2018, The Las Vegas Tap Festival 2018, The Washington DC Tap Festival 2018, Rhapsody in Taps National Tap Day Celebration and Chapman University. Recently, he had the honor of serving as Artist in Residence at Colorado Mesa University.

Dante’s choreography has been showcased at several venues and festivals including The 2017 Hollywood Fringe Fest, the Phoenix Area National Tap Dance Day Celebration, the LA Tap Fest and at many university, high school, and competition stages.

“My mission is to spread Tap Dancing to new audiences and to inspire everyone – especially the next generation of dancers – to sign up for classes, and explore this wonderful, musical dance form.”


DEBBIE - Pre-K Director, Ballet and Tap Instructor, Costume Manager

BFA, Ballet

Experienced Dance Educator
Former Dance Studio Owner

Award-Winning Costume Designer

Ms. Debbie has served in the industry for decades. She grew up dancing in her mother's dance studio in Chino, CA. She received her BFA in Ballet from Friends University. Over the years she has transitioned her skills to costuming, serving for over a decade at the acclaimed Music Theatre of Wichita as a costume designer/costume shop manager and costume coordinator. Here she worked with several Broadway stars and influenced many aspiring collegiate actors before they became Broadway stars. For over 10 years, Debbie also served as a star dresser at Radio City Music Hall in the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring The Rockettes.  

We are honored that Ms. Debbie lends talents BAS to heading up our Pre-K dance program and pre-Ballet program, along with our resident costume designer/coordinator. 

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JILL - Associate Studio Manager

Concierge, Enrollment Coordinator, Recital Coordination, Community Outreach

Teacher: Jazz, Acting, Ballet


Jill was the Owner/Director of Jill’s Dance Center in Florida for 15 years.  Classes for all ages and levels were offered in all styles of dance. During that time Jill was also on staff at the Jupiter Theater and Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre Training

Jill moved to New York City, after getting married.  She joined the staff at Steps on Broadway, one of the largest professional dance schools in the world and held the title of Creative Director, overseeing the Scholarship Program, The School at Steps, and created the Steps Ensemble Performance Company.

Now living in Irvine, she is very happy to join the staff at BAS and start another creative adventure! 


MACKENZIE - Hip-Hop, Ballet, Jazz, Tap

BA, Communications, PolySci / Dance (minor)

Cecchetti Certified

Experienced Dance Educator

Mackenzie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communications with a Minor in Dance from James Madison University and is a Cecchetti certified ballet instructor. 

As an instructor, she has developed and provided onsite dance education for elementary and middle schools and has taught multiple levels and genres throughout the country.

She has served as the Company Director of Rhythmix, JOMDC’s youth hip hop company under the H.Y.P.E. Program.

Her love of dance started at a young age when she began performing in dance competitions across Southern California, frequently placing in first in multiple genres.  Through the years she has trained with and performed with a number of acclaimed LA/Hollywood choreographers. 

As a professional dancer she has performed at The Kennedy Center, The White House, The Verizon Center, Disneyland and in concerts in NYC, NJ, and PA. 

Mackenzie has always felt passionate about how dance helps her students grow.  Her goal is to develop their well-round technique while expanding their love for dance. 


TAYLER - Musical Theatre Acting, Musical Theatre Dance, Acting, Improv, Voice

BFA, Musical Theatre

Acclaimed Actress

Orange County School of the Arts Instructor

Ms. Tayler is a Musical Theatre Actor/Singer/Dancer/Voice Over artist. She has been performing for as long as she has been breathing and loves the art of storytelling! She received her BFA in Musical Theatre from the prestigious Elon University, NC and also attended the well known Orange County School of the Arts. She has performed with Tony Award Winners Lindsay Mendez and Alice Ripley, Tony Award Nominee Susan Egan, as well as Broadway's Eden Espinosa and James Snyder (to name a few). 

Voice Over: Various commercials and her voice can be heard on for the book Just A Name by Becky Monson. You can also hear her on the recordings for "Singing In the Rain Jr." as well as various original children's musicals by Beat by Beat Press.  

Disneyland Resort: Princess Jasmine in Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular, Pocahontas in Mickey and the Magical Map, Princess Elena in Princess Elena's Musical Grand Arrival, and as a swing in Frozen: Live at the Hyperion (directed by Tony Nominee Liesl Tommy).

CA Regional: Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey-Candlelight Pavilion); Crazy for You (Polly-SDMT); 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (Olive-PVPA); Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl-McCoy Rigby); The Little Mermaid (Atina-MTW); Singing In the Rain (Ensemble-directed and choreographed by So You Think You Can Dance’s Spencer Liff); Principal vocalist for the South Coast Symphony.

Guest Artists Bios


Ashley, Teaching Artist

BFA Acting

Broadway Experience: Wicked, Les Miserables

Improv: Upright Citizens Brigade, Groundlings

Ashley holds a from BFA from The Boston Conservatory and has taught Master Classes all across the US and Canada. She studied Improv and Sketch Comedy with UCB (NYC & Los Angeles), Groundlings and Second City. She serves as Chair of Education and Outreach for the Musical Theatre Guild and is a Teaching Artist with Disney Musicals in Schools, building sustainable theater programs in under-resourced public elementary schools. 

Broadway National Tours: Wicked, Les Miserables [Cosette with Hugh Jackman for MPTF]. Regional: Matilda (Moonlight Amphitheatre), Born for This (The Broad), Young Frankenstein (3-D Theatricals), The Return to the Forbidden Planet, Sylvia, The Last 5 Years (Rubicon), Sunset Boulevard, S’Wonderful, Little Me, How to Succeed in Business…, Carnival (MTW), Honeymoon in Vegas, Bonnie & Clyde, The Sweet Smell of Success, City of Angels, Death Takes a Holiday (MTG), The Most Ridiculous Thing… (Urban Stages), Scandalous Behavior (York Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Cygnet), Baby (South Coast Rep), Call Me Madam (Goodspeed), A Chorus Line, Titanic (Seacoast Rep). TV/Film: “White Collar,” “Pokemon,” “Have Dreams, Will Travel.”  Her voice can be heard on numerous commercials, jingles and games. 

Her children’s holiday book “Cherry Lane” was published this past Christmas and is now available in Amazon. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA, Actors Equity Association, American Guild of Variety Artists, Musical Theatre Guild, Society of Composers and Lyricists, Teaching Artists Guild & ASCAP. Solo Album: “First Real Love.” Ashley has been a contributing songwriter for over a decade on “Holiday Magic,” benefitting Children’s Hospitals.


“Wonderful Broadway Arts Studio! Great for young dancers, warm helpful teachers, exciting imaginative dance, my daughter has learned so much, I can't wait for the recital.”

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