Instructor - Judy Ortiz
Judy Ortiz, who celebrates her Birthday on May 7th, was born in Lancaster, CA and raised in Palmdale, CA. She started dancing at the age of 3 at local dance studios in Palmdale through-out her childhood and
pre teen. At the age of 14 Judy enrolled at Caravan School of Dance in Lancaster (which was to become AV Dance Studio 81) and her teacher was Susie Pearson.This is where she continued to dance through high school taking Jazz, Tap, and Ballet. After high school Judy attended Antelope Valley College where she continued with dance classes.
In 1981 Lidia Landon Michael and Cindy Lund purchased the studio and it became "AV Dance Studio 81." Among her instructors were Lidia Landon Michael, Cindy Lund, Sue Becker, Rhonda Gonzales, Sonja Beck, and famous professional Choreogapher Tina Landon. Judy, along with other students, attended dance competitions in the Los Angeles area under the direction and choreogaphy of Tina Landon and they won many 1st Place Awards.
In 1985 Judy became an instructor at AVD 81, teaching Jazz, Tap, and Ballet and eventually Lyrical and Character dances. Her daughter started dancing at that time at the age of 3. They have become a 3 generation dance family to this studio: Her daughter Tami Ortiz Gonzales, and granddaughters Sereen Irula (Ortiz) and Giselle Gonzales.
In/around 1995 Judy became a Dance Competition Team Coach and Choreograher. With the experience she has acquired she has won numerous awards through-out the years for the dances she has choreograghed. Winning Top 1st Places, Special Judges Awards, Choreography award and placing 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Overall High Scores. She continues to coach the Kids Company Team to this date.
Lidia eventually sold the studio to Candice Beatty who moved it to its present location on Lancaster Blvd. and became very successful for 13 Years. Candice then sold the studio to long time dancer and friend Alicia Springer in 2018.
Outside the dance studio Judy is a "Heart Monitor Technician" where she monitors and interprets heart rhythms on EKG strips of patients at Palmdale Regional Medical Center.
"I would like to say I love our studio and the success it's become through the years. I have made some life long friends. We are very family oriented and a fun place to dance. I am very proud to have been a part of it though-out the years and many years to come."