Studio Owner and Teacher:
Kari, 32, has been dancing since she was 3 years old, taught since she was 15, and choreographed professionally since she was 18. She has trained in and taught: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-hop, Modern, Stretch, Competition, Leaps and Turns, Acting for dancers, Pedagogy, Family Dance, and Special Needs.
At UCSB, she earned her BA in Dance while starting her own dance company and teaching master hip-hop classes at the well known dance company, State Street Ballet. She has choreographed and performed with many dj's and hip-hop artists, as well as choreographed for many musical theater productions, modern pieces, music videos, and competitions.
Throughout her teaching career she has focused on giving every student individual attention to learn their own unique style. With this individual attention, everyone has the chance to dance at the level they want. She balances her personal teaching technique with up to date, high-end, continuous training from world class teachers to ensure the best quality classes.
Ginger has been dancing since the age of 2, and has been teaching/choreographing for 12 years. She has resume credits that include: Shane Sparks - "Dance Stylz" DVD, People's Choice Awards: Opening number with Queen Latifah, Choreographed by Courtney Miller Jr. (Michael Jackson's Choreographer), Music Videos Including Black Eyed Peas and Big Time Rush, High School Musicals, Choreography for show choir, Choreography for musical artists for shows, music videos, tours, and showcases, Classes and choreography for actors/actresses in preparation for auditions.
Note from Ginger:
I don't just teach class, I involve myself with my students. I strive to help my students grow, learn, develop, and succeed. Trust me, if you are thinking: "I can't do it" or "It's been way too long since I have danced" or even "I have no rhythm", I promise you, I am the teacher for you! My goal as a teacher has always been to make sure my students leave with smiles on their faces! I can easily adapt to any student and work with them one on one to better their skills.
Andy has been dancing for as long as he can remember. He danced professionally with companies, commercials, tours, and at Six Flags. He has also taught master classes, dance teams, and has choreographed award winning competition routines. On top of that, he has assisted well-known choreographers such as Stacey Tookey and Blake McGrath. Currently he is a member of Academy of Villains. Andy teaches with an emphasis in character building, storytelling, musicality, and textures in movement. He is constantly learning new things and creating new ideas so his class structure is always adapting to what the kids need and to what limits they can be pushed to. He is a firm believer in allowing kids to dance like kids and creating a safe place for self expression.
Alexis has been dancing since the age of 6. She has studied ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, and tap. She has danced, compeated, and performed on multiple teams including Valencia High School dance team and Hip Hop team, Melissa White and Company, C.O.C. Dance Company, and professional company Inertia Initiative. She has been in multiple music videos and continues to study dance at Millennium and the Edge PAC. She has years of experience teaching children of all ages, all learning abilities, and enjoys seeing them improve and grow as dancers and students as well.
Rebecca was a cheerleader for 9 years. She has done competitive cheer and high school cheer, as well as tumbling since age 5. Rebecca began teaching tumbling, cheer, and acrobatic classes at 16 years old. She has also been the head coach of Junior High and High School cheer teams for the past 4 years. She cares very much for her students and always makes sure they are placed in the appropriate class according to their level. Rebecca puts a lot of thought and planning into her classes to make sure everyone has a safe, fun, and enjoyable experience.
Jessie started in gymnastics and Tae Kwon Do at age five, and earned her second degree black belt. At 10, she discovered her love and passion for dance and has pursuing it ever since. She has studied under teachers such as Becca Beltran, Kari Hollingsworth, Ginger Goldbaum, Melissa White, Mia Orozco, Leslie Scott, and Josh Pacheco. She is an award-winning competition dancer and has been a part of award winning competition teams. She has been a part of many dance productions including: Alice In Wonderland, Peter Pan, Snow White, and Wizard of Oz as well as performing in various dance shows and even at Disneyland! She hopes to bring the fun of tumbling to all of her classes while improving skills in a safe and understanding environment.
Hillary Benton-Farina is a holistic classical ballet teacher. Think of layers of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. She is a certified Zena Rommett Floor-Barre instructor, and a certified progressing ballet technique instructor. She was classically trained for 13 years, studying at Cocchetti, Bournonville, Ballet West American Syllabus and Balanchine. Hillary trained under Pasadena dance theater, Westside School of Ballet, Stanley Holden, and Crystal Peterson. Find her teaching our awesome PBT class on Saturdays.
Tiana has been dancing for many years, performing in various dance productions as well as musicals. She has earned multiple awards from dance competitions and has been a part of many award winning teams. She has trained in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Tap, Musical Theater, Lyrical, and Hip Hop. She has studied under teachers such as Matt Steffanina, Josh Pacheco, Ginger Goldbaum, Becca Beltran, Kari Hollingsworth, Noah Valinsky, Claude Racine, and continues to study dance at Millennium and Studio V. She has experience teaching a diverse range of levels and ages, starting as young as 3 years old! She is very passionate about teaching and aims to provide an enjoyable, safe, and inclusive environment for her students.
Mackenzie Hill is a “wife, dancer, and teacher (who has) a passion for dance and sharing the love of movement with children.” Mackenzie graduated from Brigham Young University in July 2018 with a major in Dance Education and a minor in Child Development. She has been dancing since she was 8 years old, and started teaching at age 14 at her home studio. She has extensive experience in the child development field. The following includes Mackenzie’s experience teaching dance and gymnastics: Kids camp director, movement classes, mommy and me classes, princess dance camp, and much more! She is also currently a nanny for quadruplets. Let’s just say she is awesome with the little ones.
Cited as one of “Tap’s Leading Ladies” by Dance Spirit Magazine, Melissa Tannús is a world renowned professional tap dancer, teacher and choreographer from Brazil. In addition to her solo career, Melissa is a member of the Syncopated Ladies, tap dance company worldwide known for their viral videos that reached over 50 million views online and were shared by Beyoncé herself on both her website and social media. The company’s credits include the launch of Beyoncé’s clothing line Ivy Park for TOPSHOP in London, commercials for Cantu Beauty, their sold-out full-length concerts in Los Angeles, NYC, DC, Mexico and Dubai and many other performances all over the country and the world.
While in Brazil, Melissa trained at Studio Uai Q Dança and toured the country with the show Partituras as a member of Christiane Matallo’s tap company and the band O Teatro Mágico. Her talent and hard work was quickly noticed by acclaimed teachers such as the Emmy Award winner Jason Samuels Smith and the Bessie Award Winner Michelle Dorrance, awarding her with scholarships to train in the United States with some of the world’s best tap dancers.
Ever since she moved to the United States, Melissa has been a member of some of the greatest tap companies in the world such as Tapestry Dance Company, Sarah Reich’s Tap Music Project, Melinda Sullivan Dance Project, Jason Janas’ Co.MMIT, Rhythmic Tap Co. and Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies. She was also chosen to be a part of Universal Studios Hollywood’s weekly tap shows performing for nearly 20 thousand people a day.
Melissa has appeared on television several times including NBC’s America’s Got Talent, FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance, winning the Crew Battle with the Syncopated Ladies and many other news shows such as Good Day LA and DC. She was featured in articles on the New York Times, LA Times, DanceSpirit Magazine, Dance Magazine and also in various important websites such as the Huffington Post, Elite Daily, The Cosmopolitan, Elle, Self, Nylon, MTV News and many more. Furthermore, Melissa was featured on Visa’s Online Commercial “What’s Stopping You From Achieving Your Goals”.
Along with her extensive performance credits, Melissa has choreographed for the professional adult tap company Footnotes Tap Ensemble (NC), directed the adult multiform dance company Tapestry Too (TX) and taught at Debbie Allen Dance Academy (LA), Millennium Dance Complex (LA), Pineapple Dance Studio (London), Academia Tap Jazz Center (Chile) University of East Anglia (Norwich) and many others. She is currently on faculty at Billy Clower Dance Studio, Dance Dimensions and Fifth Row Performing Arts Center. In addition, Melissa was invited to and taught at several tap festivals all over Brazil and the United States such as DC Tap Fest (DC), Portland Tap Festival (PO), Tap in Rio (BRA), Tap Week Brasil (BRA), Footprints Tap Jam (CHI) and the Syncopated Ladies Bootcamp (LA, NY, CHI, BRA).
Melissa continues to be passionate about tap dancing and aims to spread this art form all over the world and inspire young dancers to go after their dreams, like she did.