Meet the creative people who have come together toKeep Kids Inspired.
Mr. D (aka Stephen Duffy)
Meet the creator, founder and inspiration of Mr. D's Music Club, Stephen Duffy. Mr. D tapped into the love and inspiration of music at an early age (7 and certain stardom would hit at 9). Only as an adult and well into parenthood did he fully realize the value of music in a child's life. Not only is Mr. D an accomplished singer/songwriter, he is, more importantly, a valued educator and mentor. He inspires the students he teaches to create an eclectic playlist in life that isn't always obvious. As a mentor to young Teaching Artists he always maintains the most important mantra: Make.It.FUN!
"Mr. D literally gives everything he has to his students and classes, and is cherished by my entire family. I suggest signing up for some of his VERY affordable online summer classes before they fill up."
Haleyann is so excited to be a part of Mr. D’s team! She is a recent graduate of the renowned Musical Theater program at UCLA and has been performing for over 15 years. At UCLA, Haleyann was the dance captain of two Main Stage musicals, choreographed a production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” and was a member of YOUTHphonics A Cappella- an organization dedicated to community service and music education.
Other favorite credits include performing at Woodminster in “Oklahoma!” and “Joseph and the... Dreamcoat,” and attending the Rockettes Summer Intensive in NYC where she received a prestigious scholarship award. She loves to teach, and can’t wait to dance with the students at Mr. D’s!
Julia Ribas is a junior at UCLA’s school of Theatre, Film and Television in the Ray Bolger Musical Theatre Program. She has been involved in acting, singing, and dancing for as long as she can remember. Aside from her passion for music, she also loves to travel, watch movies, and ski with her family. Originally from the Seattle area, Julia misses the California sunshine as she’s quarantined back home. However, she’s so excited to teach with Mr. D’s Music Club this summer, because her students always brighten up her day—even when it’s raining outside!
A Montana native living in Seattle, Quincy has loved dancing and letting loose for as long as she can remember. She was first captivated by the OULA spirit in 2012 and has been hooked ever since. (Give it a google if you’re curious!) Like many kids, Quincy was labeled early on as a “free spirit” and she was really drawn to the open, laidback nature of OULA. She believes deeply in the importance of moving emotions through the body, not just for kiddos, but for everyone - regardless of age! Mr. D’s philosophy is so inspiring and right in line with that of OULA: it’s not about how it looks, just about how it feels!