Master Faculty 

Tatiana A'Virmond began her classical ballet training in Brazil where she was a member of  Guaira Ballet Theater Foundation winner of a Gold Medal in the Brazilian National Ballet Competition and Silver Medal in the Latin Ballet  Competition.

 

In New York City, she studied with Finis Jhung, Maggie Black, and David Howard;  performed with Ballet Hispanico of New York, Connecticut Ballet, and Dance Brazil. In San Francisco, Tatiana worked as a Principal Dancer for Theater Ballet of San Francisco, Western Ballet, Mark Foehringer Dance Project and was a dancer, choreographer and Artistic Director of Dance Through Time. In 2005 she moved to Los Angeles where she has been training with Mario Nugaro, had performed and choreographed for Patrick Franz's dance company  LaDanserie, danced as a Principal Dancer for Pacific Ballet Dance Theater (Media City Ballet) and have been a Principal Dancer for California Contemporary Ballet. 

 

Mrs A'Virmond has been teaching and choreographing Ballet for over 20 years in prestigious schools in USA, Brazil and  Australia including Western Ballet, Lines, LABA, Colburn, Rosann- Zimmerman Ballet Center, Media City Ballet, California Contemporary Ballet, LAmusart,, Byron Ballet (Australia) and Vera Bublitz Ballet Academy (Brazil). Her choreography won Gold Medals at a National Dance Competition in Santa Cruz, Bento Dance Festival in Brazil and it also created an opportunity for a student to get a scholarship in Canada through YAGP in New York. 

 

           Tatiana is a certified Yoga teacher at Yoga Blend, she is also specialist in Historical and Latin Dances. Overall she contains a caring and passionate personality, and her mission as a teacher is to bring anatomical awareness, focus and inspire students to love dance.

GiGi Hartman attended Point Park University in Pittsburgh, majoring in dance and is a graduate of The Dance Masters of America Teachers’ Training Program. She is a member of the Cecchetti Council of America and holds the Professional Level VI Certificate.   GiGi is also a member of Dance Masters of Southern California, where she is on the board of directors

GiGi moved to the Los Angeles area in 2009, after having been owner and artistic director of GiGi’s Studio of Dance in Pennsylvania. Prior to running her own studio, she was co-owner of Dance Steps Inc. and taught Ballet at the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts. .

Her performances Include:  A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Snow Queen, Dragonfly Lake, Memory Morph, The Firebird, The Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty with The Great Lakes Festival Ballet and Ballet Theatre Shenango Valley.  In addition, she performed in many musical theatre productions at The Red Barn Theatre in the Pittsburgh area and was a member of Jo Coleman’s “Just Jazz” Dance Company.  

 

Jo Bliss holds  a Bachelors Degree in Dance Education from the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma, studied Dance on scholarship at Oklahoma City University from 1983 to 1987. During her studies she took class with Ballet Oklahoma which continued for 10 years.  Jo owned and taught all the classes at her own dance studio, Jo’s School of Dance in Oklahoma City from 1989 to 2005. She has performed in over 20 musicals including My One and Only, Crazy for You, Annie Get Your Gun, was Oona White in Guys and Dolls, Andie in Steppin’ Out and Dance Captain for Dames at Sea. Jo has been teaching in the Los Angeles area since 2005.Jo’s passion for early-childhood dance education is infectious and is reflected in the smiling faces of every student that she teaches. 

 

Heidi Prendergast began her performing career at a young age traveling around Asia and Europe. She started her classical training at the age of 14 and continued receiving her BFA in dance from the University of Colorado. During that time she trained and performed with Gabriel Mason, Onye Ozuzu, Michelle Ellsworth, Rennie Harris, and Susan Marshall. After graduating she moved to New York where she continued to perform, with various dance companies and her own work, at Dance New Amsterdam, Triskillieon Arts, The Kitchen, St. Marks and other venues. Heidi moved to Los Angeles in January 2013 and has been teaching dance throughout southern California and performing with Out of Habit, a multidisciplinary movement company. Heidi is also a certified yoga instructor through YogaWorks.

 

Steven Nielsen studied dance at Southern Utah University where he graduated in 1998 and is certified in gymnastics. His first professional debut was with the American Folk Ballet in 1993 and he’s been pushing forward ever since.  He’s danced on stage with several dance companies, can be seen on a few TV series, and even in the movies. He is trained in Gymnastics, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern/Contemporary, Ballroom, Folk, Hip-Hop, Irish Step, Adagio, Improv, American Character, Clogging, and Stilts.  He is known for his passion, flexibility, gymnastics and partnering. He was the original Dance Coach for Cirque du Soleil’s The Beatles LOVE show at The Mirage Casino/Resort. Steven is currently the performance director for the band CHERRI BOMB. He is also very proud to hold 3 WORLDS BEST CHOREOGRAPHY Awards in Acro-Sports. 

 

Winkee Krick is originally from Grand Rapids, MI. She began taking classes on her first birthday and never looked back. Winkee’s dream since the age of twelve has always been to move to California to pursue her career as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher, and to share her passion for dance with others. Winkee has trained intensively in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, and contemporary. She has won several scholarships from many conventions including CoDance and Shock the Intensive, and won the title of “National Tap Champion 2008” at the Star Systems National Finals. Winkee has been seen around the country assisting Darryl Retter, Keith Clifton, and Tom Alexander at regional and national DMI conventions. This summer she has traveled to set competition pieces on some of the nation’s most prestigious studios! Winkee is honored to be a member of the Burbank Dance Academy faculty!

Jerry Kokich Jerry took his first serious ballet class the week he graduated from high school. Fortunate enough to live in New York, have Broadway performers as parents (and a Father who had danced for the Ballet Russe), and access to great teachers, less than five years later he was dancing for The Joffrey Ballet. If you ask him, he'll say he was not gifted in any way, he just worked really hard. His teachers, including Tina Youskevitch, Gabriela Darvash, Stanley Williams, Andrei Kramerevsky, Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino, prepared him for 14 years as a professional, 8 of those with The Joffrey.

Ina Haybaeck‐Rogers was born, raised and educated in Austria, and earned her State Diploma for Classical Dance from the Austrian Theatrical Federation in 1995. She was the first Austrian citizen awarded the Government Grant for Studies of Dance in the USA, and studied for two years in the Foreign Student Program at Alvin Ailey, Ballet Arts, and New Dance Group in NYC as well as trained in Modern Jazz by legendary Jaime Rogers. Ms. Haybaeck‐Rogers received a full 4-year scholarship and government grant for Ballet Center Wolfsegg. She earned her Pedagogy Diploma with Honors in Classical Ballet (Vaganova Method) under Karol Toth and John Bliekendaal, Character Dance under Anatoly A. Borzov, and Creative Dance under Jens Hellemann. Ms. Haybaeck‐Rogers was certified in the Los Angeles Music Center’s “Teaching Artist Training Program” under Susan Cambigue‐Tracey. As a Performing Artist and Soloist, Ms. Haybaeck‐Rogers has danced Classical and Contemporary Repertoire throughout Europe and in the United States on Stage as well as in Television. Her choreographic credits as a Ballroom-instructor include the movie “The Wedding Crashers”. Ms. Haybaeck-Rogers has coached and choreographed for finalists and award winning students in the Music Center Spotlight Award, YAGP Regional and International competitions. She has been the Ballet-Master and Rehearsal-Director for LA Children’s Casts for The Joffrey Ballet’s “Cinderella” and “Nutcracker” and is part of the Joffrey LA Summer Intensive Faculty. Ms. Haybaeck-Rogers holds the position of “Associate Dean” at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy.

Ashleigh Wilson has had a dance career spanning over 7 years in 35 cities and 4 continents. She grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, training under dance icons such as  Barbara Holden, Brigitte Reeves, and Cape Town City Ballet. Upon graduation, she was mentored by master ballet pedagog Martin Schonberg and then trained at Palucca School in Dresden, Germany. She has worked at Semper Opera Ballet in Dresden, London Contemporary Ballet Theatre and Fernsehballet Berlin. She has performed as a soloist in international touring productions with Rambert Ballet’s artistic director Mark Baldwin as well as former English National Ballet director Peter Schaufuss. She is a teacher at Amoyo Dance Outreach program in South Africa, most currently performed in a new creation in Paris with the International Arts Collective and serves as an adjudicator and teacher for the Youth American Grand Prix. 

Michelle Loucadoux-Fraser has performed in five Broadway musicals including playing Hope Harcort with Sutton Foster and Joel Grey in the Tony award-winning Anything Goes, originating the Broadway cast of The Little Mermaid as Adella and eventually playing the title role of Ariel, performing the role of Babette in Beauty and the Beast, originating the Broadway cast of Mary Poppins, and singing alongside Paul McCartney in Chance and Chemistry. Previous to joining Broadway, she danced professionally for New Jersey Ballet, Greensboro Ballet, Lexington Ballet, and was a trainee at the Richmond Ballet, performing roles from the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker to Balanchine's Serenade. She studied dance at the American Ballet Theatre School in New York and Nutmeg Conservatory and vocal performance at Virginia Commonwealth University.

On screen, Michelle starred in the film Across the Universe, has appeared on television in Criminal Minds, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The View, will be seen in the upcoming film The Bounce Back, and is on the board of the Los Angeles film collective We Make Movies. In her spare time, Michelle runs marathons, takes trips to teach kids in Nairobi, Kenya, studies Krav Maga, and just published her first book entitled Making it Werk: A Dancer's Guide to the Business of Dance.

Kristin Deiss- Craig grew up in Philadelphia, PA where she first received her dance training at the Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet before attending both the School of American Ballet as well as the Miami City Ballet School.  After a year-long struggle with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, she started studying modern dance with mentor Cheryl Clark while earning a B.A. in History from Drew University and later continued to train under Marion Hopkins as she pursued a Masters in History from UNC Chapel Hill.  In 2012, Kristin received an M.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University where she performed original works by Pamela Pietro, Sydney Skybetter, and John-Mark Owen.  Upon graduating, she performed with Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance and Ensemble Dance in NYC while presenting choreographic work throughout festivals in NYC and Massachusetts.  Also a certified yoga teacher through the Mind Body Dancer® 200 Yoga Teacher Training, as well as a Reiki Master and an Integrated Energy Therapy Practitioner, Kristin continues to investigate the body in a myriad of ways, most recently holding Healing Movement Workshops for children suffering from Juvenile Arthritis.  She is currently on faculty at AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts, Santa Monica College, and Studio School.

Guest Faculty
 
David King | Andy Shermoly | Catherine Round | Sergey Kehylik | Phil Chan | Connie Mathot | Kim Hale | Kjerstin Kartrud | Drew Burgess | Brittany O'Connor |