Founder / Directors


Cathleen Forcucci-Heideman (Founder)
December 24, 1947 – August 14, 2003

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Cathleen Forcucci-Heideman was the founder and long-time director of Cathleen Forcucci Dance Academy (now known as CF Dance Academy). Miss Cathy was a fully accredited teacher with the Cecchetti Council of America and received certification with the Cecchetti Society of America ISTD, their international affiliation.  Miss Cathy also taught with the City of Anaheim for twenty-two years. She directed the studio for many years with the support of her loving husband William Heideman. Now, C.F.D.A. is owned and directed by Miss Cathy’s daughters Jennifer Forcucci-Marzluf and Leanna Forcucci. Our mission is to continue our mother’s legacy of excellent dance instruction.

 

 


Jennifer Forcucci-Marzluf, LCUSA (Co-Owner/Co-Director/Senior Instructor)

JENNIFER headshotJennifer Forcucci-Marzluf has been teaching dance for over 20 years. Miss Jennifer holds her Licentiate Teachers Certification with Cecchetti USA, Classical Ballet (www.cecchettiusa.org) and has completed her Advanced 1 (Grade 9) Examination. Miss Jennifer continues her ballet studies with Cecchetti USA’s former Executive Director, Marnell Himes-Ushijima. She is currently on the board of directors for Cecchetti USA Classical Ballet and Jennifer volunteers her time with numerous projects for the orgainization. Throughout her ballet career, Miss Jennifer has attended several summer courses and workshops, receiving instruction directly from top ballet masters. Miss Jennifer attended the Orange County High School of Performing Arts, where she studied commercial arts and ballet. At the age of seventeen, she became a certified ballroom dance instructor for the Imperial Ballroom, and went on to dance and compete in both pro-am and professional categories. Along with Co-Directing CF Dance Academy, Miss Jennifer also enjoys being the Director of CF Dance Academy’s Ballet Intensive Program, preparing and submitting candidates for yearly ballet examinations, sharing her love of the Cecchetti work and hiring guest teachers for Master Classes. Miss Jennifer is also the Director of CF Dance Academy’s award winning Fullerton Youth Ballet, who competes annually and also participates in community performances. Miss Jennifer also enjoys directing CF Dance Academy’s annual Nutcracker Ballet as well as CF Dance Academy’s annual Spring Showcases.


Leanna Forcucci (Co-Owner/Co-Director/Senior Instructor)

LEANNA headshotLeanna Forcucci has been teaching dance for over 26 years.  She has taught for several dance studios in Orange County and even worked as the lead ballet teacher for a competing dance troupe in Austin, TX, where she also worked as a professional hip-hop dancer.  Miss Leanna has taught many different dance and movement forms including ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and tumbling.  Her specializations are in hip-hop dance and teaching advanced hip-hop technique to young children.  She currently trains with industry recognized hip-hop choreographers in Los Angeles and tours her CF Dance Academy Hip-Hop Crews, Bring the Noise, K-mot10n 2.0 and Fortissimo throughout Orange, Riverside & LA Counties. These crews that she directs are award winning, have gained professional recognition and have received numerous awards for their crowd pleasing productions. Currently she is director of the largest Hip Hop program in Central and North Orange County and has put CF Dance on the map for hosting professional hip-hop choreographers in master class workshops and weekly classes at the academy. She has her B.A. in Child Development and Family Studies from Cal State Long Beach, where she also attended graduate school to work on her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.  During the past ten years, Leanna has also directed and taught CF Dance Academy dance programs at preschool and after school programs in cities throughout Orange, Riverside & LA Counties.


Jessica Anderson (Assistant Director/Senior Instructor: Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop)

JESSICA headshotJessica began her training as a young girl and has studied seriously at CF Dance Academy since 2004. She also receives dance training at Cypress College. She has had the privilege of studying in L.A. with professional choreographers such as Jabari, Tricia Miranda, Glenda Morales, and Havic. She studies Hip Hop, Ballet, and Pointe. Jessica dances with our Bring the Noise Hip Hop Troupe and Fortissimo. Her responsibilities include: managing the front desk, stage managing our showcases, organizing most offsite events, and supporting management.She has worked very closely with CFDA directors and has become a very strong instructor as well as office personnel manager. Jessica currently teaches Hip Hop, Ballet and Tap.