Mary Ablaza

Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Modern

Mary Ablaza is a graduate of the Juilliard School, NYC (BFA 1994) and Idyllwild Arts High School (1990) and has worked as a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher. During her life as a dancer she had the good fortune to work with and perform under the direction of Jiri Kylian, Robby Barnett, Felix Blaska, and the Martha Graham Company. Mentors include Alfredo Corvino, Benjamin Harkarvy, Maria Grandy, Jean Marie Martz, Ethel Winter & Christine Dakin. Mary has performed and toured with several companies including: The Juilliard Dance Ensemble, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Lincoln Center Outreach Touring Company. She found her love for teaching while performing with Redwood Empire Ballet as a teenager, later she taught company class while on tour, since then she has taught at numerous studios, colleges and schools. When AMDA, NYC opened the Hollywood campus in 2002 Mary was asked to join the faculty and wrote the ballet syllabus for the musical theater and theater programs. Mary has been trained to teach both classical ballet and Horton/Graham based modern dance. Currently Mary also choreographs for stage and film.

Darren R. Wong

Breakdance, Hip Hop

Darren R. Wong is a member of The Kinjaz from NBC's World of Dance and has been teaching, performing and choreographing in the Hip Hop community for 13 years. He has also been a part of world-renowned Hip Hop organizations such as Culture Shock LA and Kaba Modern and spent 4 years on the faculty of the Claire Trevor School School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine as an adjunct lecturer of Breakin'. He has been sharing his experience and knowledge by teaching and training dancers of all skill levels, from college performing arts programs, dance studios and online students from around the world, how to break with the knowledge that he has been fortunate enough to gain. Darren's goal is to share what dance has given him in his life by providing in person or online dance courses for up and coming dancers who may be intimidated or self-conscious to start dancing or do not have access to experienced teachers or a dance studio with classes that interest them around them. His courses allow both new and experienced dancers from all over the world to have access to an experienced teacher who understands the ins and outs of how to break down movements to its simplest form, so a student can confidently learn a movement with correct technique, execute them to music and piece them together to create their own combinations whenever and wherever without having to step foot into a studio. He aspires not only to help those in his local dance community, but also dance communities worldwide who may not have direct access to the techniques and knowledge that was shared with him.

Jasmin Jonson

Ballet, Vaganova Method

Jasmin graduated from the Nutmeg Conservatory of the Arts, a strict Vaganova school. She trained at the American Ballet Theatre, the Orlando Ballet, the Rock School of Dance Education and the North Carolina School of the Arts. Jasmin has been teaching for seven years. She's been in love with ballet since she was a little girl and is incredibly passionate about passing that on to the next generation of dancers.

Margaret Hobson

Hip Hop, Jazz Funk

Margaret Hobson is a dancer and teacher from Chicago, IL who came to LA with a passion for dance, a fresh degree in hand, and ambition to see what she could gain from and offer to this city. Margaret started dancing at four years old with basic training in all styles which grew into dancing and choreographing with her high school’s dance team, then continued more advanced training throughout college and young adulthood at Chicago’s Lou Conte Dance Studio under Trae Turner. Margaret’s specialty is hip hop paired with years of experience and training in pom, jazz funk, heels, and contemporary hip hop. While still in Chicago, Margaret’s training and dancing hit a high when becoming a full company member of Hip Hop ConnXion Chicago. Since arriving in LA, Margaret has worked with choreographers such as Gigi Torres, George Jones, and Tawnya McCoy and performed in shows like World of Dance Live, Movement Lifestyle’s Show n Tell, Choreographer's Carnival and in several music and concept videos. She has also created choreography videos of her own. Margaret believes that what you give to the world, universe, and its people is what you’ll get back. Do all things with authenticity and love living with an open heart and mind, and what might happen will surprise you.

Patricia Possollo (Studio Manager)

Patricia Possollo is a native of Brazil, raised in England and now bringing music to life as a singer and songwriter in Los Angeles, CA. While music is her heartbeat, her body of work also encompasses acting, dance and acro/contortion. She has worked and performed on five continents including vocals for G.O.O.D. Music and Motown, acrobatic performance for the prince of Dubai and multiple appearances in commercial and film. Patricia has worked with children for 10 years, teaching dance, singing and drama for ages 2-16.

Renee Petkovski

Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap

Renee Petkovski originally from Detroit, Michigan. Began dancing at a young age and was immediately signed with The Affiliated and The Talent Shop Agencies. Renee traveled throughout the US while studying with numerous world-renowned choreographers. She has been seen in numerous commercial and print ads including, People, Redbook, Jacobson’s and Vernors. Renee continued her training and education while attending Western Michigan University. She performed and choreographed for numerous concerts and performances and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. Renee was hired by Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida, as a featured dancer in their hit, Broadway-style musical production, Katonga. She was quickly placed in many of the parks other shows as dance captain and also assisted in choreography, casting, and maintaining the quality of all shows. Renee currently is signed with one of Los Angeles' elite dance agencies, and has become an established dancer, and model in the industry. Credits include; ABC Family hit show, Bunheads, featured model and dancer for Mercedes Benz LA Fashion week, featured dancer in the popular acclaimed Sean T's Rockin' Body video, featured dancer in Xanadu Live!, featured performer at the LA Music Awards, and The World Dance Awards, featured dancer in Brian Anthony's "Worked Up". Video, assistant choreographer for ESPN bowl game half time shows, and the Los Angeles Clippers. She is Coach to a High School Dance team, as well as a certified Piloxing Instructor. She gets great joy traveling around the country teaching, inspiring, and sharing her knowledge, and passion, with aspiring dancers.

Sarit Zorano

Hip Hop, Jazz

Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, where she started dancing at the age of 6. At the age of 14 she studied theatre, and landed a speaking role on a local kids TV show called “Adumot.” She continued to train at Studio B in styles such as Hip Hop, Contemporary, Ballet and African Jazz. At the age of 18, she began teaching. Sarit traveled to the US and shortly after arrival, booked a featured role in Lil Mama’s music video, and Touring with the hip hop legend Lil' Kim. Sarit continued her training at Peri-Dance and Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center studying hip hop, jazz, etc., where she became known for her energy and precise movement. She has performed at the Gramercy Theater with the Dream & Ron Browz, the Latin Grammy’s promo, began choreographing for artists, and was featured in Music Videos. Sarit is thankful to be able to dance daily and grow as an artist.

Marlye Page Harris

Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre

Raised in Arizona, Marlye began dancing at the age of 2. She attended several dance studios around the phoenix area studying Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre, Acro, and Tap. In addition to recreational dance, Marlye was on every studio's competition team, as well as High School competitive dance team and Pom team. In her free time she was trained at age 15 by many of her mentors on how to teach all styles to all ages. Winning National titles with all High School, Studio, and Pom teams, she also became very involved in the convention world. Marlye obtained many scholarships from conventions such as JUMP, MOVE, NRG Dance Project, Titans of Dance, and The New York Dance Awards. After a childhood of having the opportunity to travel throughout the country, Marlye then decided to take her career and passion even further by making the big move to Los Angeles, California to be further involved in the commercial industry. Immediately signed by Go2Talent Agency, Marlye began assisting top choreographers during class, and for commercial jobs to learn the ropes of the industry. After just a few months as an LA resident, she was accepted onto the world famous company “Academy of Villains”. After performing at VIBE, the company then hired her to tour with them for a month in China, performing an epic hour long show in 16 different cities. Aside from dance, Marlye has become fascinated in photography, and has been hired to take photos for the NRG Dance Project tour in all cities, as well as traveled to Sydney, Australia to not only assist at the Sydney Dance Festival, but assist in photoshoots as well. Marlye is now a dance teacher/ instructor. She continues her involvement with conventions, as well as pursues to travel and perform in as many countries as she can. As much as she loves photography, traveling, and performin... Marlye's greatest passion will always be teaching the art of dance.