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About Us

About Us

Our curriculum provides more than 100 classes each week - tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, tumbling, combo - for all ages, all abilities. 
For children ages 3 to approximately 7 years old (through first grade), we offer combination classes which include tap, jazz and ballet. We feel this is the best introduction to dance and provides a variety of styles to keep the children active and interested.
Our ballet classes start for first graders in January, and then they are invited to perform in the following Nutcracker as our favorite “Snow Trees.” Hip hop is hugely popular—these classes start with kindergarteners. Usually in second or third grade, most combination classes split into tap and jazz classes.
Our adult classes include tap for beginners through advanced, yoga and jazz stretch. We don’t print out a schedule of our classes to pass out as we prefer to place students in classes that we feel are most appropriate for them—where they can be pushed to their maximum potential at all times while succeeding in doing so.
A one-hour class per week is $57.00 each month. We also offer 45-minute classes as well as 90-minute higher-level classes. Discounts apply for multiple classes and/or family members. Our rates are always very competitive, and we honestly feel you are getting the most for your money at Dance Studio 84. Trial classes are always free (excluding the professional/company level “open” classes).
TAP • JAZZ • BALLET • HIP HOP • TUMBLING • LYRICAL
 SPECIAL NEEDS • ADULT FITNESS

OUr History
Established almost 40 years ago, Dance Studio 84 is the longest operating dance studio in the Santa Clarita Valley—first as Alex Romero’s Dance Studio, then as Reena’s Dance Studio and, from 1984 to present, as Dance Studio 84. Since 1986, Carla Hunt Smallwood has been the owner/director.
During this time, the studio has grown to have a student body of approximately 700 students, has a curriculum that includes more than 100 classes per week and is located in a state-of-the-art 9,000-square-foot facility. Thousands of young dancers have passed through our doors, and we truly believe most look back very fondly at their time at Dance Studio 84.
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Staff Photo 1982
(Reena's Dance Studio)

The staff


Dance Studio 84 takes great pride in their exceptional staff, most of whom have been affiliated with DS84 for numerous years. 

Below, you will find photos of our staff members along with biographies.

current in-house faculty

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Carla Hunt Smallwood

Since 1978 (Director since 1986) · Combo, Tap, Jazz, Special Needs

Carla has been teaching dance for as long as she can remember… including in her Kansas basement when she was 13 years old teaching neighborhood kids for 25 cents per class! Moving to Santa Clarita Valley in 1976, living just blocks away from Reena’s Dance Studio, Carla continued her dance training there, started working the desk, which led to substitute teaching, which led to teaching her own classes, which, ultimately led to purchasing the studios in 1986.  As an adult, Carla trained at a variety of professional dance studios - Morro Landis with Joe Tremaine and Pat Rico; EDGE with Gregg Russell, Randy Allaire and many others; Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center. After almost 40 years of teaching dance in Santa Clarita, many former students have brought their own children to take from “Miss Carla!” Having raised three now grown children in the Santa Clarita Valley, Carla continues to give back to the community that has provided her the opportunity to do what she so loves: teach children to dance!
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Connie Russo

Since 1983  - Ballet
Connie started dancing when she was just 4 years old. Throughout her life, she has extensively studied dance, including: with the Elizabeth Farnsworth Dance Academy in Indianapolis; with Butler University, also in Indianapolis; with Dance Caravans, in both Indianapolis and Chicago; with the Irene Kosmovaska School of Ballet in Beverly Hills; and with the Buddy Ebsen School of Dance in Pacific Palisades. Connie also studied extensively with the UCLA Dance Department. The styles of dance she has studied and passes on to her own students include: Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Folk, Ballroom and Gymnastics.

Connie's many accomplishments in dance include: starting dance lessons at age 4 (and Connie was only 10 when she started teaching dance herself); placing 2nd in the Indianapolis All City Talent Competition in 1965 (for her ballet performance); being the student choreographer for all musicals at both her junior and senior high schools; serving as Dance Captain and Choreographer for the Palisades High Dance Team; also serving as Dance Captain and Choreographer for the UCLA Dance Team; being the Choreographer for the Mary and Joseph League Mardi Gras Ball (Los Angeles) for 13 years; being the Choreographer for the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Debutante Ball for 24 years; teaching with the Newhall Elementary School After-School Dance Program for 3 years; and performing with the London Royal Ballet in 1995.

Connie considers her life accomplishments to include: being married to John Russo (for over 35 years); raising three wonderful children, Joseph, Robert and Kelly; teaching Kindergarten at Newhall Elementary School; being a member of the Santa Clarita Valley community for over 33 years; volunteering for Henry Mayo Hospital; and being a dance instructor with Dance Studio 84.

Connie has been teaching at the studio for more than 30 years . She continues to thoroughly enjoy passing on her love of dance to new generations of students.
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Shannon McNey

Since 1993 (w/ studio since 1983) · Creative Movement, Combo, Tap, Jazz

Shannon began teaching at Dance Studio 84 in 1993, but her career here started long before that! At just five years old she became a part of the Dance Studio 84 family. Shortly after she joined, she started dancing in Miss Carla’s class (the current director) and her love of dance developed.

Trained in tap, jazz and ballet, Shannon teaches ages 2-15. As a student, she competed in many dance competitions and has proudly taken her own students to some of those same competitions. She has worked for the Saugus Union School District teaching dance in their after school programs. She also enjoys running the summer dance camp at the studio.

Shannon feels that her more than 30+ years at Dance Studio 84 is a testament to what a great place it is to be. She is looking forward to passing her love of dance on to her young daughters Morgan and Ashlyn.


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Wendy L. Wickman

Since 1994 · Ballet

As a child, Wendy started her formal training In Northern California at Paul Curtis Academy of Dance and San Jose Dance Theater. At age 13, Wendy received the prestigious Ford Foundation Scholarship to the School of American Ballet under the direction of George Balanchine. Wendy also received a Ford Foundation Scholarship to San Francisco Ballet School under the direction of Lew Christensen. Wendy chose to go to the San Francisco Ballet School where she attended every summer from Junior High through High School. Wendy was accepted into the San Francisco Ballet Company as an apprentice when she was 17 and a senior in High School, one of the youngest dancers to be given this honor. She left home and started her rewarding career with this wonderful Company. She danced in many classic works such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Swan Lake and Symphony in C, just to name a few. Wendy was also a part of the San Francisco Ballet’s nationally televised production, A Song for Dead Warriors, choreographed by Michael Smuin, which was an original work of the acclaimed choreographer and director of San Francisco Ballet. Wendy continued her ballet career in New York City where she danced with the New York City Opera Ballet, under the direction of Beverly Sills. She also guest performed with the Eglevsky Ballet’s production of Swan Lake, directed by the famed dancer Edward Villella formally of New York City Ballet. While she lived in New York she studied with master teachers, David Howard and Finis Jung. Wendy then moved to Los Angeles to dance in the film Stayin Alive, directed by Sylvester Stallone and starring John Travolta.

Wendy’s teaching background includes: Ballet Mistress at San Jose Dance Theater; and for the past 21 years, a staff member of Dance Studio 84. Wendy has choreographed numerous productions of our annual Nutcracker.  She is extremely grateful to be a part of this studio under the direction of Carla Smallwood, and to have been a part of so many families throughout the years.

Wendy has raised two wonderful children in Valencia, Nicholas and Sophia.
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Nancy Alterman

Since 1999 · Lyrical Jazz

Nancy’s dance career has taken her around the world. She has performed on a cruise Ship to South Africa and South America and toured in the international company of A Chorus Line. Nancy danced and choreographed Industrial Shows throughout the United States and Europe.

Her professional musical credits include: A Chorus Line (in CA), West  Side Story, Flower Drum Song, Pacific Overtures, Mack and Mabel and Lunch Room. Some music video credits include dancing for Michael Jackson, Donna Summer, Joni Mitchell and Elton John. She has performed in many award shows such as the Academy Awards. Television credits include: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, The Tracy Ullman Show, Desi and Lucy, and numerous commercials. Some of her film credits include Grease II, Dick Tracy, Bugsy, Dr. Detroit and Rat Race.

Nancy has choreographed and/or directed dozens of musicals at several high schools. She has a B.A. in Dance from U.C. Irvine and has taught in Los Angeles and at UCLA, including their summer musical theatre workshop. She has been an instructor with Dance Studio 84 for 16 years and is in awe of Carla’s incredible dedication to the “art of dance”.  "Thanks Carla!"
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Michele Bachar

Since 2000 · Ballet

Michele Bachar was born and raised in Los Angeles, and started dancing at age 5. She studied ballet at the Los Angeles Ballet school under the direction of John Clifford. Her primary teacher at the school was Irina Kosmovska, who was a former dancer with the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo. At fifteen, Michele moved to the Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica, and continued her training with Yvonne Mounsey and Rosemary Valaire. In addition, she also studied with many guest teachers such as Alexander Goudenov, Melissa Hayden, Violet Verdy, and attended a summer session at the Pennsylvania Ballet School.

At the end of high school, Michele couldn't decide whether she wanted to go to college or be a dancer. She was torn between the two worlds and had to make a decision. She decided to do both. While studying for her Bachelor's Degree in History at UCLA, Michele expanded her dance training to include jazz, hip-hop, modern, and acting. She attended various schools in the L.A. area including the EDGE Performing Arts Center. After her graduation from UCLA, she signed on with the Bobby Ball Talent Agency and began to book professional dance jobs.

Michele's versatility in dance styles gave her many opportunities to always work in different fields of dance. She has appeared in national commercials for Pepsi, Betty Crocker and AT&T; on television shows such as The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show and Murder She Wrote; and videos for bands such as Blink 182 and Smashmouth. She has done industrials for companies such as Herbalife and Aveda; and live shows for Disney, Glen Cambell and The Radio City Rockettes. She also has performed with several dance companies in the L.A. area, most recently, The Francisco Martinez Dance Theatre.

Since an ankle injury in 2000, Michele changed her focus to teaching and doing her own choreography. She is thankful for all of the gifts that life has given her and loves teaching at Dance Studio 84!
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Ashley Calendo mann

Since 2002 (with the studio since 1988) · Combo, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Yoga, Pilates
Dance Studio 84 has been an amazing part of Ashley's life for over 
25 years. Ashley started dancing at Studio 84 at the age of 3. 
She has performed in many national competitions, T.V. shows, and 
studio recitals.  She also has performed and choreographed in many 
of studio 84's Nutcracker productions.  Earning highlighted roles such 
as Clara, Snow Queen, Sugar Plum Fairy, and the Mouse King. She 
further studied performing arts courses in college at California 
Lutheran University receiving her minor in dance. The majority of her 
dance training and foundation came from her fellow teachers here at 
Studio 84. She furthered her education after college as a recent 
graduate and certified teacher with the Yogaworks corporation as a
200 hour graduate of yoga training. She  trains and teaches styles at 
their Valencia studio such as Danceworks and Bareworks classes.
Ashley started subbing classes at Dance Studio 84 yearas ago, and 
now she has many of her own classes teaching tap, jazz, ballet and 
combo classes for all ages.

"I really couldn't ask for a better job, I love every minute of it, and I
appreciate teaching for a great studio, family, and group of students, 
who make everyday fun to be a part of it all. Studio 84 has truly 
become a second home for me and my family. I know my fellow 
teachers here would agree with me that the goal of teaching is not 
about the rewards received and appraised, it's more about the life 
lasting memories and imprints we leave with our students that
they also leave with us. Our studio has done just that for me. Left me 
confident and grateful for life's adventures." 
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Carrie Metzger

Since 2006 · Combo, Tap, Jazz, Tumbling

Carrie was born in Buffalo, New York, and started dancing at the age of 9. She joined the company team 2 years later and competed in numerous competitions in jazz, tap, acrobatics, and hip-hop. During this time, Carrie was awarded the title of Miss NY Dance Olympics.

After college, she went on tour with Sesame Street Live followed by 42nd Street. After touring for a few years, Carrie moved to NYC where she studied at Broadway Dance Center, with Alvin Ailey and received a scholarship at Steps on Broadway. In NYC she was contracted with Everlast Apparel and appeared in events promoting the wear in a hip hop dance show as well as print ads. She also did fashion shows for United Colors of Benetton as a dancer. Then she auditioned for Royal Caribbean Cruises and worked with them as a performer for years traveling all over the world.

Following her time with Royal Caribbean, she moved to Los Angeles, where she was a teacher for Princess Cruise Lines. It was while teaching for Princess Cruise Lines that she discovered Dance Studio 84. Here at the studio she teaches jazz, tap, and tumbling, and brings a little “east coast” to her home away from home, Dance Studio 84.
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Kobi Rozenfeld

Since 2009 · Jazz

Kobi Rozenfeld's professional reputation and heightened demand in the dance industry has led him to work with some of the best entertainers and most notable celebrities in Hollywood.  Some of his choreography highlights include: his work with the British singer/
songwriter, Natasha Bedingfield, for the "LifeBall" concert in Vienna; choreographing for Macy Gray's latest hit "Beauty in the world"; and with none other than the incredible pop sensation, Beyonce, in her 2009/10 "I Am... World Tour". Kobi also choreographed for Israeli's "So You Think You Can Dance" and for a musical show in California's
Legoland Amusement Park. In January of 2010, Kobi was invited to performed alongside Beyonce at the Grammy Awards.
Born in Israel, Ness Ziona, Kobi began dancing and choreographing from a very early age. He performed in the successful productions of "Fun-Tazi", "Cabaret the Musical", "Peter Pan" and more.  Kobi worked with and choreographed for some of the Israeli top pop stars for music videos as well as National tours. He choreographed for the "Little Mermaid" and won numerous choreography awards at the top dance festivals in Israel.
In the Summer of 2006, Kobi began working with the "Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble" upon his arrival in the United States. He choreographed new pieces for the company to great critical acclaim with performances at the Disney Concert Hall, Paramount Studios, The Kodak Theater and for a special on PBS and more. He was quickly recognized for his talent and was given the title of Assistant Artistic Director. L.A's top working dancers presented Kobi's choreographic work at the prestigious "Carnival- Choreographer's Ball" .  He travels the world as a free-lance master teacher
and choreographer and has taught master classes at the Broadway Dance Center in New York, IDA Hollywood and Studio 84 in Los Angeles as well as international workshops in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, France, Slovakia, Spain and Guam. Kobi is currently a faculty member of the Dupree Dance convention which he is touring the US. Kobi most recent credit was directing and choreographing for the World Tour of "Barbie LIVE" the Musical for Mattel and EMS Productions.

Check out this video from Kobi: Kobi Rozenfeld Choreography Reel 2012



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Kersten Todey

Since 2011 · Company, Contemporary, Lyrical, Pre Professional Program

Kersten grew up dancing in Thousand Oaks, CA, where she trained
in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and contemporary styles. She then went on to graduate from the Edge Scholarship Program in Los Angeles. Soon after, she became a member of Myo Dance Company under the direction of Josie Walsh. Kersten has assisted and danced for some of the most well renowned choreographers in the business, including Michael Rooney, Mandy Moore, Dan Karaty, and more. Recently, Kersten was one of the featured dancers on Disney’s “The Muppets, and has appeared three times on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”. Other credits include Microsoft Surface National Commercial, Nickelodeon “Halo Awards” and “The Voice” for Florence and The Machine, “Glee”, “America’s Got Talent”, a music video for The All American Rejects, the national American Idol Promo Ad, Nickelodeon show “The Fresh Beat Band”, assistant on “So You Think You Can Dance”, and more.  Kersten is also a master teacher and choreographer in the LA area and around the country. She is now a third time finalist for the Ace Award in New York City for her choreography. In 2010 she was awarded the “Emerging Choreographer Award” at Regional Dance America/Southwest for her work set on Louisiana Delta Ballet. Kersten is incredibly grateful to live out her passion every day as a dancer and choreographer. “Passion is the genesis of genius.” –Tony Robbins
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DEANNA MONDELLO

Since 2012 · Ballet Contemporary, Jazz, Company, Pre Professional Program

Born and raised in Long Island, New York, she grew up training and competing in gymnastics. It was her poise and grace in her floor routines that led her to discovering her love of dance at age ten. She went on to study numerous dance styles at Michelle Ferraro’s Dance USA in Coram, NY and while competing won various titles and awards. After high school, wanting to further her training, she attended Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts on a Presidential Scholarship. She graduated magna cum laude, in three years, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance and a concentration in jazz. After college, she moved to Los Angeles to start her career and continue to train. From 2011 to 2013 she was a member of world-renowned choreographer Justin Giles’ company, SoulEscape and enjoyed traveling and performing with the company. She has also worked with some of the industry's top choreographers including Jennifer Hamilton, Sonya Tayeh, Alex Little, Stacey Tookey, and Andrew Winghart. Some of her credits include “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”, “Bunheads”, “Just Dance”, Das Tapes "This Party", ELCA Youth Gathering, as well as numerous festivals and benefit performances. She is a passionate teacher and loves sharing her knowledge and experience with her students. She is signed with MSA Agency and continues to train and teach all over Los Angeles.
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KENTRELL NEWTON

Since 2012 · Hip Hop
Originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, Kentrell started dancing at a very young age when he discovered videos with Michael Jackson and Usher.  His passion for dance grew as he would mimic the moves in the videos.  However, it was not until Kentrell was in college and friends introduced him to B-Boying that he was able to take his training to a professional level.  The famous Breakin’ Movie was among the first real dance movies to help influence his dance skills. At age 19, he joined a college dance team, Couture Productions, as well as local radio station 102 Jamz dance troupe.  During his time with these teams, he performed and helped choreograph numerous events including North Carolina A&T State University homecoming and Super Jam Concerts. Kentrell has performed his hip hop styles from Atlanta, to Los Angeles, and all the way to Shanghai, China. During his professional career, he joined Swagger Crew in late 2007 and with them, went on to compete in Season 5 of MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew.   Recently moving to North Hollywood, California, he still travels the nation teaching hip hop choreography, master classes, workshops, and conventions.  He has worked as a dancer and choreographer with various A-list and B-List artists including T-Pain, Roscoe Dash, B5(AUDIO), Fivel Stewart, Cody Longo and Tyrone Emanuel. He currently teaches at the world famous Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio in North Hollywood, California and Dance Studio 84 in Valencia, California.
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Sami Mennell

Since 2014 (with the studio since 2001) · Combo, Tap, Jazz
Sami's love for dance flourished when she began her dance training at six years old, here at Dance Studio 84. She joined Company 84 at age nine and loved the rigorous training in jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, lyrical, and hip hop. During this time, Sami attended an abundant amount of competitions and conventions and was awarded numerous awards and scholarships. After several years of competing and performing on the company, the studio's director, Carla, asked Sami (at fourteen years old) to assist along side her in numerous classes. Learning under Miss Carla not only deepened Sami's love for dancing, but also began her adoration for teaching. 
Sami began substitute teaching at age sixteen and utilized discipline and passion as a teacher, which she had learned from studying under Miss Carla. Once she graduated high school, Sami was given her own jazz, tap, and combo classes to teach. Sami during this time also assisted company teachers, Kersten Todey and Kobi Rozenfeld, and furthered her knowledge about teaching. Now, Sami loves nothing more than teaching dance and watching children's passion for dance grow, just like hers did years ago at Dance Studio 84.
Sami feels incredibly lucky to have grown up and to have obtained a family here at Dance Studio 84. She has a job that she absolutely loves and hopes to always share and pass along her love for dance.
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Daphne Dindal

Since 2004 (with the studio since 1993) · Manager

Daphne has been a Dance Studio 84 employee since 2004, but has been a studio family member since 1993, when her daughter began dancing with "Miss Carla."  When her second daughter became a DS84 student, her relationship with the studio and all its staff and families was secured as an exciting friendship.  Her family is still firmly rooted in Dance Studio 84, with both daughters expressing their love of dance at the studio.

Born in a small town in Hawaii, Daphne grew up enjoying slow paced island life dancing the hula, playing the piano and ukulele, and volunteering until she moved to Massachusetts to experience a different world through college and work.  There, she received inspiration working with children and the handicapped.  She then entered CalArts, and later began working in freelance art and animation.  Being a mom ended her work as a regional office manager for a datachecker company and began many years of child rearing and volunteer activities.

Daphne is grateful to all the wonderful friends she's discovered in the staff and families of Dance Studio 84 who make her work rewarding and fun!  One of her favorite quotes that reflects the studio is by Helen Keller, who said, "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."

Substitute/Guest/Master Class faculty

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Denise Bailey

Since 2006 · Guest Instructor

A line spoken from the musician Atmosphere states, “Inspiration stems from love and stress compounding.” With this idea and by taking the energies of everyday life to transform them into movement, Denise has found a way of having her own, true personal voice.

Having spent most of her childhood growing up in Fort Worth, Texas, Denise was exposed to an eclectic array of sounds and music.  Whether the source was a train passing in the night by her house, or the way a local band would stir in motion to their tunes at a local venue, she quickly realized that she had artistry in her blood…it was innate.  So, she naturally turned to dance… choreography, teaching came later, but the point being she had things to say, ideas to express.  All those artistic hallways like music and movies and nature, only helped to jumpstart the pursuit to work on her craft, and make her dreams an everyday reality.

Now residing in Los Angeles, Denise has been able to train with some of the top teachers and choreographers of this time.  She has been blessed with many opportunities to travel the world, as an assistant at different workshops and conventions, as well as teaching people herself of all ages who share her passion for the art.  With a solid background in ballet, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, and hip-hop, Denise has evolved her teaching techniques to focus on the perfect equality of stretch and strength in the body.  Believing that training the mind is just as important as training the body, with the right balance of focus, determination, and strength, dancers can conquer anything.

By continuing her dance education and broadening her experience via commercial and stage work, Denise hopes to continue to utilize the offerings only inspiration can bring to explore and expand herself as an artist, and therefore transcend that art to the next generation of dancers.  “This is only just the beginning…”
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Melissa Miles

Since 2006 · Substitute and Guest Instructor

Melissa was born and raised in East Lansing, Michigan.  She began training in gymnastics and dance at a very young age.  After high school, she attended the Jammnation dance convention and was awarded a scholarship to Broadway Dance Center in NYC. She studied in New York for a year before making the move to Los Angeles. Since her move to L.A., she has established herself  as being one of the most sought after dancers and  up and coming choreographers in the Industry.  She has performed with many artists including TATU, Lil’ Bubba, Ricky G., Jesse Morales, Kara, Sean VanDerWilt,  and Gloria Gaynor.  Other credits include The Latin Grammy’s, Adidas, Pin Up Girls USA, 30 Seconds to Fame, Miss USA Pageant,  USO European Tour, Gypsy Awards honoring Chita Rivera and Rob Marshal, iPop, and the Mtv Movie Awards.

Last summer she danced in the extreme sports show All Wheel’s Extreme. This year, she will not only dance in but also co-choreograph this same show. She choreographed the comedic play Seven Redneck Cheerleaders as well.

Melissa has had the chance to travel internationally dancing, teaching, and choreographing throughout France, Spain, Japan, Korea and Canada.  She also travels throughout the United States teaching master classes and working with top ten university dance teams including choreographing MSU’s national competition routine.

In addition to being part of the Dance Studio 84 family, Melissa is currently teaching an advanced jazz class at the EDGE and Debbie Reynolds Dance Academy in Los Angeles. Her class consists of a variety of styles including lyrical, thrash and funk.
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Robert Schultz

Since 2006 · Guest & Substitute Instructor

Robert trained in Michigan and is from the Turning Pointe Dance Studio. As a dancer he has worked on projects like Scrubs, Fox Music Mania, Billboard Awards, Late Show with Jay Leno, MTV Awards, Lady of Soul Awards and commercials for Jack In The Box, AT&T & Pepsi. Feature Films include: She's All That, Flintstones II and Gigli.

As choreographer he has worked on 5 episodes of Grounded for Life, Rome and Jewel movie, Ipoddy sketch - Late Show with Jay Leno, Pin Up Girls Promo Tour, half time shows for the Avengers and Booby Trap the Musical.

Robert wants to inspire the world and be a world renown actor, choreographer and Director.
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Gregg Russell

Since 2007 · Guest Instructor

This Emmy nominated choreographer has worked with such stars as Bette Midler, Gene Kelly, The Nicholas Brothers and Michael Jackson. He directed a commercial for Carvel Ice Cream and performed with numerous music artists including Reba McEntire, Smashmouth, Sugar Ray, Jason Mraz, the B-52's, Toni Basil and Alanis Morrisette. You might have seen him on television in Even Stevens, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Tonight Show or national Gap commercials. Gregg was also featured on the cover of Dance Teacher Magazine as an entrepreneur who directs his own tap company titled Tap Sounds Underground, travels with the conventions Company Dance and Dance Olympus and owns the corporation 3D Dance Network, Inc.

"Gregg Russell brings to tap an eclectic mix of style including hip-hop, jazz and lyrical along with a traditional base, reminiscent of Gene Kelly and the Nicholas Brothers. It is a joy to watch him dance”
- Kenny Ortega, Director of High School Musical
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Lilian Manansala

Since 2010 · Substitute & Guest Instructor

Dancer, choreographer, and Master Teacher, Lilian Manansala has a passion for the arts, teaching, and performing. She trained at Retter’s Academy of Dance under the direction and guidance of Darryl Retter and Linda Bernabei-Retter, and was a faculty member and studio manager. Lilian’s performances include Concert of Love, Choreographers Carnival, Tremaine Scholarship Showcase, Jazz Dance L.A., PDS Fall Ball, Pops Goes the Century, Broadway Dance Center Showcase, City of Hope, Spectrum Dance, Friends in Dance, Art4Life, Dance4Life, and Move to Groove Ball, among others. Lilian has taught for Al Gilbert Seminars, DMI, and tamjams, and has assisted Master Teachers on Tremaine Conventions, Encore Convention, Dance Masters Association, and Hoctor’s Dance Caravan. She was co-founder and co-director of the contemporary companies abbybruce company of dance and [kaslem mmrmg], and is currently a member of and choreographer for Artists Community for Change in Los Angeles (ACFCLA), and an instructor at Degas Dance Studio, Dance Studio 84, and Pacifica Christian High School.

Assistant Director and an instructor for TAMJAMS since 2001, Lilian has travelled throughout the United States teaching master classes and choreography. In New York, she taught at the world-renowned studio, Steps on Broadway, and at Dancespace. Lilian co-directed Southern California-based R & B Dance Company from 2002-2007, and has modeled for costume company, Stagewear L.A. Lilian has choreographed for and appeared in Disney’s That’s So Raven, Cory in the House, and Kickin' It, and has choreographed for Sonny with a Chance, Good Luck, Charlie, and So Random, and Disney, Jr.'s Choo Choo Soul. She has choreographed for R & B vocal group, SX4, and worked with Diva Trip. She has also taught at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, 2005-2008, in Fairbanks, Alaska. She choreographed the pilot episodes for Disney’s Hannah Montana, Keke & Jamal, and Better Days and has choreographed for the Cartoon Network’s Out of Jimmy’s Head. She has also choreographed for ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars. Her Rhythm Machine Company piece, Arabia, performed at the 49th Annual L.A. Holiday Celebration at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, which was telecast on KCET and received an L.A. Local Emmy nomination. She has also danced with Ashley Argota from the Nickelodeon Show, True Jackson, VP and performed in the award-winning Cabrillo Music Theatre’s production of King and I, starring Deborah Gibson. Lilian choreographed and performed in an indie event to help raise awareness for the organization ONE: The Campaign to Make Poverty History. She also attended UCLA and majored in World Arts & Cultures. Committed to compassionate empowerment, Lilian hopes to inspire a love and appreciation for dance, and most of all, a respect and pride in oneself.
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Haley Kostas

Since 2011 · Guest Instructor

Dancer and choreographer Haley Kostas was born in Overland Park, Kansas, and began dancing at the age of three. Haley trained for many years at her hometown studio, Starstruck Performing Arts Center, before becoming a student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where she studied ballet and modern through the Conservatory of Music and Dance.

Over the next couple of years she danced and choreographed her way through the competition/convention circuit receiving numerous overall awards both as a soloist and choreographer across the Midwest. She then moved on to perform with multiple dance companies such as Seamless Dance Company, a contemporary company based in Kansas City, Quixotic Dance Company and The Commonality Dance Company, as well as assist along side many of the industry’s top choreographers nationwide.

In 2008, Haley moved to Los Angeles, CA, to further pursue her career as a professional dancer and choreographer. Since arriving in Los Angeles, Haley has performed with companies such as Tap Sounds Underground, ACFCLA and on television and award shows including: Entourage, Dogg After Dark, George Lopez at Night, Guy’s Choice Awards, The 7th Annual WeHo Awards, and So You Think You Can Dance - Season 2, as well as the film Fired Up. She has performed with musical artists such as Katy Perry and The Flight of the Concords. She also danced on the Nip/Tuck promo - Season 6, Microsoft’s Most Talented Hottie and an LG Phone commercial. Most recently Haley joined Justin Giles’ contemporary company SOULESCAPE as a lead dancer going on tour in 2011.

Kostas’ experience as a dancer both on and off the stage gives her choreography a fearless and innovative edge, making her a favorite with dance studios and companies around the world, such as MUSE Dance Company, ACFCLA, and SADA (The Sacramento Area Dance Alliance). Haley was also a part of New York City's Capezio A.C.E Awards’ Choreographers Ball hosted by Dance Teachers Summit. She can also be found teaching in Los Angeles at multiple studios, now including Dance Studio 84, as well as internationally at studios such as Affinity Dance Inc. and Harbour Dance Centre in Vancouver, Canada.

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