STAFF & COACHES
Principal, Coach, Choreographer
Lonna Albert is the owner and founder of South Coast Freestyle Dance, a company that prides itself on the relentless pursuit of excellence both on and off the dance floor. When you step into Lonna's dance space, you immediately feel a sense of empowerment and joy. Over the past two decades, she has built a safe place for young people to explore their love of dance while learning the importance of prioritizing life, family, school, and self-care.
Morgan is a highly decorated dance coach, working in the dance industry for over 15 years. Morgan grew up in Huntington Beach, CA where she trained extensively in competition dance and cheerleading. She attended the University of Southern California, earning a bachelors degree in Communication. Additionally, she was a three-year member of the university’s Trojan Dance Force.
Lauren (Anderson) Farris began her dance education at the age of 3, growing up in prominent studios in Orange County with a primary focus in ballet and pointe, with additional training in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and hip-hop. She was accepted into multiple professional ballet training intensives with companies such as Joffrey, Bolshoi and ABT.
Clarice is an accomplished professional dancer, working in the dance industry of Los Angeles for the past 10 years. She has appeared on television shows including So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars; awards shows including the 90th Oscars, 70th Primetime Emmys, 56th Grammy Awards; and films including La La Land and Vice. She was one of six females to tour the world as a back-up dancer for Taylor Swift on her yearlong RED Tour.
Savannah has been dancing competitively for the past 15 years, spending 8 of those years on All Star teams. She has traveled to the Dance Worlds 7 times to compete in the Pom, Jazz, and Hip-Hop divisions and has earned a total of 8 Worlds medals. Savannah joined the SCF family while in high school and competed on SCF Senior and Open Worlds teams. She was a four-year member of Capo Valley High Schools Song team and captain her senior year. After high school, Savannah went on to join Orange Coast College dance team, where she won three UDA College National Championships in pom and jazz. She recently graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and is now working towards her Master’s degree in Health Psychology. Today, Savannah is the Varsity Song coach at Capo Valley High School and is delighted to be back in the blue walls of SCF.
Tessa has lived her whole life in a dance studio or on a stage. By 6 yrs old she was competing in national dance competitions and training in all styles. By 8 yrs old, Tessa was winning National titles with Mather Dance Company and Robert Duran. At 10 years old Tessa was signed by top industry agency and began working as a professional dancer in national commercials and live televised events. Tessa continued her training with The Pulse on Tour, and at 11 she was touring the nation as a Lead Counselor with Camp Pulse and at 12 was a Pulse Protege assisting the faculty choreographers Brian Freidman, Tyce Diorio, Tessandra Chavez, Tricia Miranda, Ian Eastwood, David Moore, Lane Napper, Nancy O’Meara, Rosero McCoy, Mollee Gray and Matt Stefanina. Tessa has had the opportunity to perform on The Kids Choice Awards, Kids Choices Sports, BET awards (with Lil Mama), and the Justin Bieber World Tour to name a few. Tessa has been a member of several top dance companies like: NBA SparKids, Immabeast, The Maker Empire, ML Kids, and I Am Force. Tessa has even dipped into acting and has guest starred on sitcoms and in film, which she loves just as much as dance. Tessa continues to train in all styles of dance, but has a passion for hip-hop and jazz funk. She continues to work in the industry, while choreographing and teaching to fill her soul.
Coach Lynn was born and raised in Southern California. Coach Lynn was a competitive gymnast through college. She received her teaching degree from University of Houston. Coach Lynn owned and operated Katy Kips Gymnastics Club (Texas) ,for 14 years, before returning to California.
In 2004, Coach Lynn opened Monkey Business Gymnastics. In 2017 , she retired from full time teaching.
I started my ballet training at the age of three and began to compete with South Coast Freestyle at the age of ten. During my time at SCF I trained and competed in the styles of pom, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. I’ve had the privilege of participating in the USASF/IASF Dance Worlds for five years. While training at SCF I was also a part Aliso Niguel’s Varsity Song Team all four years of high school, being captain my senior year. I’m so grateful that I now get to give back to my dance family here