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Liz Vacco

Liz Vacco

Since receiving her B.A. in Theatre Studies from Yale, Liz has been a dance, yoga, theater and early childhood educator in New York City and now in Los Angeles. She has taught through the New York City Ballet’s Education Program, as well as at various studios and public schools, while also performing in and choreographing for professional productions. She has always been a dancer who acts and an actor who dances, and she draws from both of these disciplines in her teaching and performance. Liz is currently pursuing her multiple subject and kinesiology credentials and her MA in Educational Foundations at Cal State LA. She is the Dance Education Coordinator at Gabriella Charter School, a public charter school where all students have an hour of dance a day.

 

Denise Woods

Denise Woods is grateful for each day she lives her dream as a yoga instructor, dancer/dance instructor and doula. She began to form her dreams early on as a classically trained dancer since the age of 6 and then followed her love of dance to Cal State Long Beach. With a degree in Dance and Communications, she then moved onto dancing professionally in Los Angeles, New York City, and Santa Barbara. Realizing her passion for not only dance but yoga as well, she went on to become trained as a Yoga Instructor for kids and adults. As a graduate of the Rainbow Kid’s Yoga, 200 hour Yoga training at the White Lotus Foundation and now 500 hour certified through the Loyola Marymount University Yoga Therapy Program; she now teaches throughout greater LA. Over the last two years, Denise has become increasingly aware of the need for women’s support through labor and felt compelled to help women through the role of birth doula. Now certified through DONA as a birth doula, she currently assists women pre-labor and throughout the labor process.

 

Bryanna Brock

Bryanna Brock

Bryanna holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts, where she studied dance pedagogy with internationally known dance medicine scientist and researcher, Donna Krasnow. Bryanna is still fully immersed in the professional dance industry and currently dances for Los Angeles based contemporary companies Dance Aegis and The Iris Company. She has been featured as an emerging choreographer by Sarasota Dance Company and has had the honor of showing her short films at film festivals around the world. As a teacher, Bryanna works to spread her passion for dance and the knowledge she has accumulated to all of her students in hopes that she may help guide them to be their best selves.

If you would like to get to know Bryanna more you can see her work at deepbluedance.com.

 

Anna Berg

Anna Berg

Anna has been sharing her knowledge and love of dance with children for about 3 years now. She began her dance training at the young age of 4 and has been dancing ever since, studying styles such as, jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, modern, and salsa at The Performing Arts Center in Van Nuys, CA. She also has a passion for music and is currently working toward her Bachelor’s Degree of Music in Vocal Performance. Her understanding of music has given her a new perspective that she loves to incorporate in her teaching. She is anxious to continue developing her performing career and using all her experience to teach the next generation of artists.

 

Joan Padeo

Joan is a first generation, LA-based artist. She is currently a dancer with LA companies Acts of Matter, B. Dunn Movement Dance & Theatre Company, and immersive dance-theatre creators, IRIS Company. Commercially, she worked on Solange Ferguson’s latest project with the Hammer Museum and assisted in choreographing a commercial nominated in the 2017 Tongies Awards (Australia). Her independent choreographic works have been presented by Redcat Theater, Highways Performance Space & Gallery, and Santa Fe Springs Art Fest.

Joan studied dance pedagogy under distinguished dance science researcher and teacher Dr. Donna Krasnow. She is additionally certified in C-I Training™, a system created for dancers that prevents injury by addressing muscle imbalances, promoting correct alignment, and accessing efficient patterning. Joan is an associate alumni of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and holds a BFA in Dance Performance & Choreography from California Institute of the Arts.

Learn more about Joan here: joanhollypadeo.com

 

About Liz Vacco


Since receiving her B.A. in Theatre Studies from Yale, Liz has been a dance, yoga, theater and early childhood educator in New York City and now in Los Angeles. She has taught through the New York City Ballet’s Education Program, as well as at various studios and public schools, while also performing in and choreographing for professional productions.  She has always been a dancer who acts and an actor who dances, and she draws from both of these disciplines in her teaching and performance.  Liz has multiple subject and kinesiology teaching credentials as well as her MA in Education.  In addition to Petite Feet, she works as the Manager of Dance Education at Gabriella Charter Schools, public charter schools based in LA where all students dance daily.

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