John Magnus was born in South Africa where he received his early dance training at the University of Cape
Town Ballet School. His talent and artistry drew the attention of the Cape Town City Ballet Company and he
accepted a position with the company.
In 1980, Mr. Magnus moved to the United States to serve as ballet master for Nevada Dance Theatre. After just a
few years, he felt compelled to move to New York City where he was hired as a teacher for the New Jersey Ballet
School and Company. In 1986, Robert Joffrey asked John to join the faculty of the Joffrey Ballet School. He was
privileged to be the last teacher hired by Robert Joffrey before Mr. Joffrey’s death in 1988. While on faculty at
the Joffrey School, he also taught for the Joffrey Ballet Company and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet.
The Joffrey Midwest Workshop was established in Flint, Michigan in 1996 and Mr. Magnus was named Artistic
Director by Joffrey Ballet School director Edith D’Addario. The workshop was renamed Magnus Midwest Dance
in July of 2009 to honor his vision and leadership. In 2005, he was appointed Artistic Director of the Joffrey
Ballet School and created a full length Nutcracker performed at the Skirball Theatre New York and reviewed by
The New York Times as “glorious and sweetly inventive”.
In 2009, Mr. Magnus ended his 23 year relationship with the Joffrey Ballet School to accept the position of
Artistic Director for the Portland Festival Ballet in Portland, Oregon. He is the Co-Artistic Director for the San
Gorgonio Ballet in California and President of the American Readers Theatre, a not-for-profit organization
promoting literacy through the performing arts. In past years he has served as the Artistic Director for the Great
Lakes Summer Workshop and the Joffrey Midland Summer Workshop.
His choreography includes West Virginia Opera (Faust and Der Fledermaus), Simple Symphony (Benjamin
Britten) and Overture (Schubert) created for the collaboration between the Joffrey Ballet School and Arts
Umbrella School in Vancouver and new works for the Joffrey Ballet School Dance Ensemble performed at the
Boch Centre for the Performing Arts in Massachusetts. Mr. Magnus has collaborated with American Readers
Theatre and created works for the Big Read based on Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath and the Edgar Allen Poe
poem Annabel Lee and guest teaches throughout the states and for the Regional Dance America
Julia Olsen-Rodriguez Founding Artistic Director of San Gorgonio Ballet received her training from many of the
finest teachers including John Magnus, Charles Maple, Zelma Bustillo, Dorothy Lister, Francesca Corkle, Luis
Fuentes , Stanley Holden, Clifford Breland, Maria Vegh, and Mario Nugara.
A seven year full merit scholarship student of the elite Joffrey Ballet School Trainee Program, Ms
Olsen-Rodriguez was selected by Edith D'Addario Director of the Joffrey Ballet School as recipient of The
Gaynor Minden Scholarship in 1999, she has been accepted to such schools as American Ballet Theatre, The
Kirov , The Bolshoi at Vail, Houston Ballet, The Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, Alvin Ailey American
Dance Center, and The School at Jacobs Pillow.
Ms. Olsen-Rodriguez is twice recipient of First Place honors in the category of Pas de Deux and High Point
Overall at the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix
She has performed with many companies such as Theatre Bethune, American Ballet Theatre, Inland Pacific Ballet,
Redlands Festival Ballet, Palm Springs Ballet, California Riverside Ballet, and Bre Dance Theatre. A member of
City of Angels Ballet. Noted for her superb technique, delicate grace, and elegant expression, she is also a
principal dancer with San Gorgonio Ballet.
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Mr. Espinoza an actor, dancer and choreographer was born in Ecuador and raised in Chicago. His training
consists of ballet, modern, jazz, flamenco, hip-hop and folk. Albertossy toured nationally and internationally
with numerous, prestigious dance companies in Chicago and LA. His other credits include teaching abroad,
being a guest choreographer for various dance companies, performances in musicals, and TV appearances.
His choreographic works have been presented in Chicago, Spain, France, Guatemala, California. He has also
choreographed for tv, film, fashion shows and music videos. In 2004 he founded Los Angeles FUSION Dance
Theater, which has been presented in various dance festivals. As an actor, he landed lead roles in films
distributed by Blockbuster, “The Price of the American Dream” and “East LA King” as well as a short film and
three more features. In 2008 he founded FUSION Performing Dance Academy (www.fpdacademy.org), a 501(c)
3 non-profit dance facility to share the art of dance with the community. In 2010, Albertossy was invited by
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre dancer, Vernard Gilmore to perform in New York City for Summer Stage.
He was part of Mr. Gilmore’s “Dance of Light” presented on July 17, 2010. His experience of sharing the stage
with Alvin Ailey dancers was a dream come true. 2010 also brought a prestigious Lester Horton Award
nomination for “Sweet Dream,” a duet Albertossy choreographed and performed with Milva Rinaldelli for his
dance company. In January 2011, by the request of the Board of Directors of Dance Resource Center of
Greater Los Angeles, Albertossy stepped in the role of President for the organization after serving on the
board for three and a half years. He is very honored to represent the DRC. 2011 also brought Albertossy to
the Malibu Stage Company as a principal dancer and choreographer for the incredible, “Victor Victoria”
musical. His highlight was when the Legendary Dick Van Dyke expressed how impressed he was with the
choreography. In 2012, Mr. Van Dyke asked Mr. Espinoza to choreograph the production of “Cabaret” which
he was producing. Albertossy credits his mother for giving him the strength, will and drive to push onward in
all aspects of life. He is tremendously grateful to his family, friends and teachers for their love and support
and specially recognizes his good friend and foremost supporter, Carolyn James.
A Yucaipa resident, Stephanie Hagar has been training and dancing classical
ballet for over ten years. A San Gorgonio Ballet Trainee and member of the
SGB Junior Company Miss Hager recently received high acclaim for her
performance of The Little Mermaid in The San Gorgonio Ballet Company's
Premier Performance of The Match Girl. We are pleased to have Stephanie Hager
on staff teaching Beginning Ballet.