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Our instructors are highly qualified dance teachers. We have teachers that have graduated Juilliard, dance with the Moscow State Ballet, a reserve Olympic team coach for gymnastics.

Mary Ablaza

Mary Ablaza

Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Modern

Mary Ablaza is a graduate of the Juilliard School, NYC (BFA 1994) and Idyllwild Arts High School (1990) and has worked as a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher. During her life as a dancer she had the good fortune to work with and perform under the direction of Jiri Kylian, Robby Barnett, Felix Blaska, and the Martha Graham Company. Mentors include Alfredo Corvino, Benjamin Harkarvy, Maria Grandy, Jean Marie Martz, Ethel Winter & Christine Dakin.

Mary has performed and toured with several companies including: The Juilliard Dance Ensemble, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Lincoln Center Outreach Touring Company. 

She found her love for teaching while performing with Redwood Empire Ballet as a teenager, later she taught company class while on tour, since then she has taught at numerous studios, colleges and schools. When AMDA, NYC opened the Hollywood campus in 2002 Mary was asked to join the faculty and wrote the ballet syllabus for the musical theater and theater programs. Mary has been trained to teach both classical ballet and Horton/Graham based modern dance. Currently Mary also choreographs for stage and film.


Artour Bajanov

Artour Bajanov

Vaganova Ballet, Pointe, Character Dance, Variations

Artour has begun his career as a principle and solo dancer with major ballet companies such as Bolshoi Ballet and Moscow State Ballet. While touring internationally throughout Europe and the USA, Mr. 

Bajanov was performing in: Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, and other ballets under Artistic Director, Yuri Grigorovich.


Jessica Margo

Jessica Margo

Contemporary, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop

Jessica Margo was born and raised along the coast of Santa Cruz, CA. Training in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and contemporary, Jessica fell in love with dance instantly. She competed with a competitive studio, Pacific Arts Complex and attended many conventions with world renowned choreographers. Jessica has graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy with a professional certificate in dance where she broaden  her educations with modern, broadway, heels, dancing for the camera, acting, and vocal coaching classes. At AMDA she performed in company shows and worked with Kyle McHargh and Nicole Berger in her Senior Showcase. After graduation she has had the amazing experience to work with different artists in both music videos and life shows, worked with Dana Wilson and Eplus productions, ABC Freeform, shot for Red Bull, and had the pleasure of choreographing LEADR’s music video 11:11, which was featured in billboard.  In addition to training and performing Jessica has a huge passion for teaching young children and high school


Leila Crocker

Leila Crocker

Leila was born in Japan where she began training in ballet at the age of 3. At the age of 12 she moved to Washington state and joined a local studio and became a part of their competition team. She is trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop which gives her a very versatile background. Her experience in dance is backed by a multitude of awards and opportunities to assist at conventions with choreographers. Knowing that she wanted to work professionally in the industry she began working towards a move to Los Angeles, where she was awarded the opportunity to be a part of the Edge Scholarship. The Edge Scholarship opened up many opportunities for her to work with a multitude of dancers and choreographers to further expand her technique and upon graduation she was signed with one of the top dance agencies. Leila has experience and most importantly a passion for dance that bleeds into her teachings. She loves working with children of all ages and put emphasis on proper technique to keep young dancers healthy.


Sarit Zorano

Sarit Zorano

Hip Hop, Jazz


Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, where she started dancing at the age of 6. At the age of 14 she studied theatre, and landed a speaking role on a local kids TV show called â€oeAdumot.†She continued to train at Studio B in styles such as Hip Hop, Contemporary, Ballet and African Jazz. At the age of 18, she began teaching. Sarit traveled to the US and shortly after arrival, booked a featured role in Lil Mama’s music video, and Touring with the hip hop legend Lil' Kim.

Sarit continued her training at Peri-Dance and Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center studying hip hop, jazz, etc., where she became known for her energy and precise movement. She has performed at the Gramercy Theater with the Dream & Ron Browz, the Lati 
Grammy’s promo, began choreographing for artists, and was featured in Music Videos. Sarit is thankful to be able to dance daily and grow as an artist.


Barry YoungBlood

Barry YoungBlood

Hip Hop, Jazz Funk
Barry has worked with the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Jennifer Lopez, Paula Abdul, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Nelly, Busta Rhymes, P Diddy, KiD Rock, Frankie J, Baby Bash, LL Cool J, Donnie Osmond, Jordan Knight, and Brian Mcknight. His television credits include The Goldbergs, MTV Music Awards, B.E.T Awards, American music Awards, The Today Show, The Ellen Show, Miss America pageant, and the NBC special with Jennifer Lopez. Barry was a featured Dancer in the Movie Bringing Down the House with Steve Martin and Queen Latifah.

You can catch Barry in the Netflix Movie "Disjointed". His Choreography credits include Nike, Skechers, Sega Dreamcast, Namco, Reebok, and Cadillac. Barry has 10 National championships titles with UDA College dance teams and 2 Gold medals from Worlds. Barry is also the founder of Hollywood Dance Jamz dance competition/convention www.hollywooddancejamz.com


Anthony Lofendo

Anthony Lofendo

Hip Hop, Boys Hip Hop

Anthony is a professional dancer based out of LA, but originally from Chicago where he trained at Xtreme Dance Force. He has also trained with Fatima Robinson, Laurie Ann Gibson, Sam Renzetti and Brian Friedman. The primary focus of his training has been jazz, tap and hip hop. He has toured with such artists as Lady Gaga, Jordin Sparks and Will.I.AM. Anthony has also worked on dance projects with Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Hillary Duff, Stevie Wonder, Gwen Stefani, Smokey Robinson and Nichole Scherzinger (of the PussyCat Dolls). He has been a featured dancer on such televisions shows as GLEE, How I Met Your Mother, Jimmy Kimmel, The Ellen Show and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. When not working with the big name entertainers Anthony enjoys choreographing and sharing his love of dance with the next generation.


Larisa Onica

Larisa Onica

Stretch, Strength and Conditioning

Master of Sports. Former National and Olympic Reserve Coach of Moldova (Tiraspol Moldova 1978-1998).

Professional Rhythmic Gymnastics and Ballet Coach. Graduated from National Physical Education University of I. Creanga. Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education teaching and coaching. Head Coach of the Nationa  Transnistrian Republic Team (Moldova)

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