Stacey Hamada
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Stacey Hamada

Director, Jazz/Lyrical/Improv

Born and raised in Mountain View, CA, Stacey began her life as a dancer at the age of 4. She was fortunate enough to be a member of The Dance Company of San Francisco, under the direction of Chris Jacobsen.  Stacey moved to Los Angeles in 2003 to attend her dream school, UCLA.  She received Bachelors Degrees in both Psychology and World Arts and Cultures with a concentration in Dance.  During her years at UCLA, she was a Director for NSU Modern as well as a dancer on the award winning hip-hop group, Team Millennia.  
 
After college, Stacey traveled…

Mikey Trasoras
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Mikey Trasoras

Hip Hop

Some of Mikey’s choreography credits include the sizzle reel for Hawaiian Style, Sarah Jaffe’s music video “Glorified High”, Ivivva Athletica YouTube video promotions, Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing season 5 kickoff in Hollywood, and for Texas’ premiere collegiate dance team The Apache Belles. Mikey’s students have appeared on So You Think You Can Dance, Abby Lee’s Ultimate Dance Competition, X-Factor, The Grammy’s, Glee, and Dancing with the Stars just to name a few.
 
Like his freestyle dancing, Mikey’s choreography is intricate and stylistically innovative. His keen musical ear and captivating artistic expression of lyrics elevate Mikey as a hip…

Cindy Ricalde
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Cindy Ricalde

Ballet

Cindy Ricalde is an accomplished dancer, singer, actress, choreographer, and master teacher. She trained at the National Academy of the Arts, was on full scholarship at Joffrey Ballet School, and attended US International University where she was also a faculty member. She was invited by William Carter of American Ballet Theatre to dance in his national touring company when she was 17. She has danced in many ballet companies as a principal dancer and a guest artist. She continues to remain close with mentor and friend Marat Dakayev of the Kirov Ballet. Cindy has been in national commercials for Kodak,…

Leo Morimune
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Leo Morimune

Contemporary/Hip Hop

Leo’s extensive training began at the age of 8 on a full scholarship with the San Francisco Ballet (under the direction of Helgi Tomasson) and continued for 10 years. Leo studied ballet, jazz, modern, blues, afro Haitian, and choreography under the direction of Elvia Marta at the School of the Arts San Francisco. His training was also with the Dance Company of SF, under the direction of Chris Jacobsen, where he studied contemporary, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, and jazz and studied backup dancing at Push entertainment under the direction of Denise Lee.
 
Leo has danced in the San Francisco…

Marguerite Derricks
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Marguerite Derricks

Jazz

Marguerite Derricks’ illustrious career as a choreographer spans all areas of the entertainment industry. She choreographed the current hit film The Campaign, starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. Her work will also be seen in the upcoming HBO Film Liberace: Behind the Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas. Current TV choreography credits include True Blood, Bunheads and CSI: NY. She also serves as a producer on Disney Channel’s Shake It Up. Additional choreography credits include: the 81st annual Academy Awards with Hugh Jackman, the 63rd annual Emmy Awards, the Broadway production of Wonderland, No Strings Attached starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher,…

Matthew Tseng
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Matthew Tseng

Contemporary

Matthew Tseng is in Love with dancing, choreographing, and teaching. Mixing academics with artistry, Matthew believes that dance is an art that is meant to be felt, lived, and also studied.  Matthew brings his Love for Life, Learning, and Dance to his work, creating an exciting, informative, and invigorating studio environment.  Matthew believes that dance is a mixture of Athleticism, Emotion, and Movement.  Matthew also teaches compassion and appreciation within the dance studio, thus helping dancers realize their self-worth and accomplishment with every class.
 
Matthew has choreographed for the hit television show “So You Think You Can Dance- Poland,”…

Melody Lacayanga
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Melody Lacayanga

Jazz/Improv

Originally from the Bay Area, CA, Melody started dancing at the age of 5.  She was a member of The Dance Company of San Francisco under the direction of Chris Jacobsen and attended the School of the Arts High School, receiving the dance honor in her final year.
 
Melody moved to Los Angeles in the Fall of 2003 to explore new opportunities.  In 2005, she was fortunate enough to be a part of the very first season of FOX’s hit television show, “So You Think You Can Dance”, where she was the top female dancer, as well as the…

Preston Mui
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Preston Mui

Jazz/Funk/Contemporary

Preston Mui grew up in San Francisco and trained with Arturo Fernandez of the Lines Contemporary Ballet and Elvia Marta at the School of the Arts High School. In 2000, he moved to Hollywood and completed the scholarship program at the Edge Performing Arts Center, then began working as a professional dancer. He has worked with major recording artists such as Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, The Pussycat Dolls, Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Jennifer Lopez, Jason Mraz, Janet Jackson and Christina Aguilera. His experience ranges from countless, live stage shows and music videos, to national commercials…

Ryan Ramirez
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Ryan Ramirez

Jazz/Contemporary

Ryan Ramirez is from Northern California, has been dancing since the age of four and has advanced training in almost every discipline. Before bursting onto the scene on “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 8, Ryan gained notoriety and experience from assisting Mia Michaels on multiple seasons of SYTYCD U.S. and Canada as well as workshops and conventions across the world. Since placing in the Top 12 on SYTYCD herself, she has gone on to perform in music videos, industrials, and on many large award shows including The Emmys, Video Music Awards, American Music Awards and the Kids’ Choice…

Scotty Nguyen
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Scotty Nguyen

Hip Hop

At age thirteen, Scotty Nguyen, a self-taught street dancer booked his first professional dance job with Michael Jackson. He has since performed on a number of stages with artists and companies such as the Spice Girls World Tour, Apple’s iPod Campaign, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and So You think You Can Dance. Since Scotty’s dance days, he has quickly become one of the leading hip-hop choreographers in the world. He is currently working as the director/choreographer for the highly acclaimed Nuclear Cowboyz 2013 tour, where he has also had the opportunity to produce the show’s two-hour soundtrack. Some of his…

Terri Best
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Terri Best

Lyrical

Terri Best’s career as a dancer, choreographer and teacher spans nearly three decades. Her television, commercial and stage credits include: Star Trek: Phase II, McDonald’s, the Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers Christmas Special, the American Choreography Awards and the 15th Annual Golden Eagle Awards. She is Artistic Director of the Lester Horton Award winning company, Terri Best Dance, and has been honored four times for her choreography at the Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival in Palm Desert. Terri is on faculty at EDGE Performing Arts Center where, since 1993, she has trained and prepared numerous dancers for professional careers.…

Zach Saunders
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Zach Saunders

Tap

Zach Saunders is a dancer originally from Columbus, OH and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Since moving to LA, he has been in numerous films, television shows, and commercials like Warner Bros. feature film Project X, Ray Romano’s television series Men of a Certain Age, Always Sunny In Philadelphia, and most recently working with Joseph Gordon Levitt and Tony Danza for the up and coming show “Hit Record”, where he assisted Michael Rooney which led to him appearing in Fords new Super Bowl commercial staring James Franco. Zach has performed on stages around the world. Dancing with China’s top…