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LINDA AYENTES

STUDIO OWNER + DIRECTOR

Linda began her early training at the age of four with her step father in artistic gymnastics and continued in the sport until she became Provincial Champion at the age of 10. Linda then made the switch to Rhythmic gymnastics after seeing a local competition and falling in love with the sports beauty and grace. She began training with olympic champion, Lori Fung and Tricia Gilmore and quickly became provincial champion that same year in the novice category. Linda continued to train daily before school and later enrolled in a performing arts school that allowed her to train for half of the day and attend academic courses in the afternoon. Linda soon won a spot on the junior national team and had the opportunity to train at the olympic training center in Colorado Springs.

By the age of 15 she had achieved the title of Western Canadian Champion and was a bronze medalist at the Canadian Winter Games. It was during her time as a rhythmic gymnast that Linda was introduced to ballet, which was used as a tool to improve her skills in rhythmic gymnastics. She started ballet at a local studio and found a new love for the art. She completed Royal Academy of Dance exams with honor standings and was accepted to the National Ballet School of Canada in Toronto, Ontario for their summer program. Soon a whole new world of different styles of dance opened up for her, jazz, hip hop, contemporary and salsa, all of which she studied in Vancouver, Los Angeles and New York.

She began teaching at the age of 17 and working as a dancer in the film and television industry. Linda has had the opportunity to work with stars such as Halle Berry, Sarah Jessica Parker, Benjamin Bratt, and Sharon Stone to name a few and perform in such films as Catwoman, Dudley Do Right, Saving Silverman and Man About Town. Linda's dance career has also taken her to Japan where she toured with Japan's famous singer "Anri" on her Ever Blue Tour, to the Caribbean, where she was part of the cast on the "Millennium" ship for Celebrity Cruise Lines and to the NBA as a member of the extreme dance team for the "Vancouver Grizzlies".

 
 
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HECTOR QUINTANILLA

INSTRUCTOR/Director of Media & Business Relations

With his awesome energy, Hector is a favorite at the studio with his salsa classes and fun footwork! He is also director of media and relations. We love waving to the camera when Hector is around capturing us hard at work!

 

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Christine Neghberbon

INSTRUCTOR

Musical Theatre /Tap

Christine Negherbon is a multi-talented performer, teacher and director. She is a Teaching Artist with Disney Musicals in Schools as well as currently performing with Swing Dames. Christine’s performing credit include: National Tours of My Fair Lady, produced by Cameron Mackintosh (Eliza u/s), Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (starring Ann-Margret), Chicago, Crazy for you (Polly), 42nd Street (Peggy- European Tour) and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Regionally, Christine has played Laurey/Dream Laurey in OKLAHOMA! (Penn. Shakespeare Festival), Jennyanydots in Cats (Sacramento Music Circus, The MUNY - Kevin Kline Nomination for Outstanding Ensemble), Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Maria in The Sound of Music, Nanette in No, No Nanette and Kathy Selden (Singin’ in the Rain).

Directing/Choreography credits include: Hairspray (MacHaydn Theatre), Crazy for You, Cabaret and West Side Story (DeSales University). TV credits: Haunting Evidence (Court TV), Hart of Dixie.

Christine and her husband, Joe Abraham are the co-authors of The Thriving Artists. This book was written to inspire and educate artists in all things, but especially their finances. They have taught all over the country and their book is required reading/curriculum for numerous colleges/universities. They have 2 boys, Cole and Ty.

 
 
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JP STANLEY

INSTRUCTOR

JP Stanley is a multifaceted dancer and wonderful instructor that challenges his students to dig deep in his contemporary classes.

 
 
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Walter Barrera

INSTRUCTOR

Hip Hop Fusion

 
 
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Erica Cohen

INSTRUCTOR

Born and raised in Kansas, Erica is a peaceful warrior passionate about spreading her love of dance as far as she can reach. She is a member of Studio School Los Angeles’s Innagural Class, and is the first ever recipient of the $25,000 Joe Tremaine Commercial Dance Scholarship. Represented by MSA talent agency, Erica is known for her versatility of dance styles and range of special skills from underwater modeling to aerial silks. Erica graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Commercial Dance from Studio School and shares her education with young dancers who grow her passion for dance everyday.