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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.

Tina Banchero

Tina Banchero

Tina Banchero has been teaching dance to youth of all ages for the last 15 years. She was the director of the Dance Mission Theater Youth Program in San Francisco and taught for the Alvin Ailey Summer Dance Camps in New York City and Oakland.

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.

Sophia Stoller

Sophia Stoller

Sophia Stoller is a choreographer, dancer and dance educator based in Los Angeles, CA. Her choreography has been presented in festivals and venues locally and internationally, and she is passionate about sharing her love of dance and dance-making with students of all ages. She holds an MFA in Choreography from California Institute of the Arts, and a BA in World Arts and Cultures/Dance and a BA in Psychology from UCLA. She currently teaches dance to 1st, 5th, and 8th graders at Gabriella Charter School and runs a Kindergarten dance program at Mar Vista Elementary.

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.

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 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.

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