Nasser Maddi (Owner/Artistic Director)
Nasser began dancing at the age of six and has trained /performed with leading teachers/ choreographers, and music artists ever since. He began his career in Europe with The Grooves Dance Company. There, he taught and performed Jazz, Salsa, Hip Hop, Control Dance, Ballroom, and Persian Dance. His experience with The Grooves Dance Co. led to numerous opportunities to travel throughout Europe, perform and choreograph on stage and television. His credits include dancing with popular European singing artists, Ann Lee and Belle Perez. He then choreographed and performed for various Persian singing artists in Germany, including Sayeh.
Nasser also had several television appearances performing on European musical entertainment shows. Nasser performed in corporate events including grand openings for a Chanel Fragrance launch in France, The Columbus Shoe Company, in Spain and ING Insurance Co. in Germany. He spent three years touring with The Bailando Dance Company performing Salsa in Germany, Holland, and France. With over20 years of experience choreographing, teaching, and performing dance, Nasser brought his passion and love for dance to Irvine, California where he opened up his studio with the desire to provide high quality dance training. He is living his dream and sharing his enthusiasm for dance with his students.
Serena Healey (Belly Dance/ Salsa)
Serena has had various dance training throughout the years, including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, Polynesian, and ballroom. Dancing has always been her passion and pursuit throughout her life . Her love for Middle Eastern dancing began in 2001, when she observed a belly dancer perform at a Greek restaurant. Since then, she has studied with Angelika Nemeth and Lilla Varese in Orange County and is currently a member of their professional performance troupes. Serena’s performance experience includes, appearing on the International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance DVDs in 2005, 2006 and 2007, performing annually at various festivals such as the Cairo Carnival and Market at the Kasbah, and performing weekly at various Middle Eastern restaurants in the Orange County area. She recently returned from Egypt, where she studied and performed at the internationally recognized Ahlan Wa Sahlan Festival.
Jenna Lightle (Jazz/Modern/Contemporary/Pre-Tap and Ballet)
Jenna has been dancing Jazz, Ballet, Tap, and Contemporary since she was 4 years old. She has performed in many different competitions in the country and was brought from Iowa to California through dance. she received state and national awards for dance teams in Iowa and as only a high school dancer, she was coaching and coordinating a dance team herself. Teaching dance is a passion and a love of Jenna’s that she is passionate about teaching to others. She is double majoring in Dance and Nursing at Saddleback currently. Making connections with families and the student themselves is a huge part of her teaching. Currently Jenna teaches Pre Ballet/Tap Combo classes, Jazz, and Contemporary specialty.
Ashley Nettles (Ballet & point):
Ashley is a recent Theatre Arts, Dance & Music graduate from CSU, Los Angeles with a major in dance. She began dancing at the age of 6 at the Landmark Theatre in Richmond, Virginia and since then has harnessed about 18 years of experience as a performer. She has danced as a member of various dance & drill teams throughout elementary, middle, and high school. Upon graduating from high school she began studying with The Hartfel Ballet Company located in Orange County. From there she added technical variety and a firmer modern dance foundation at San Pedro City Ballet located in San Pedro, CA. where she performed as a company member in The Nutcracker, as well as a prequel to a spring performance at the Laguna Museum of Arts. Along with performances and choreographing at CSULA, she most recently performed at The Young Artist Concert in San Francisco, CA. In the fall she will begin her teaching credential in Adapted Physical Education with an emphasis in dance and will also pursue a Masters of Arts degree in dance upon completion of her credential. She lives and breathes by the quote “Live Life Brilliantly”.
Tracy Quevedo (Hula & Tahitian Kids/Pre Ballet-Tap)
Tracy was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in San Diego. She began her dance training at the age of seven. Her training includes Hula, Tahitian, tap, jazz, ballet, and modern dance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Dance and Psychology from the University of California, Irvine (UCI). After graduating from college, Tracy continued to teach Hula and creative dance with the Young Audiences of San Diego. She currently trains and performs in both national and international Tahitian dance competitions and exhibitions with professional dance company Nonosina Polynesia Inc. In the summer of 2007 Tracy performed in Tahiti for the International Heiva Festival. In 2008 she had the privilege of performing at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood for the 1st Annual Filipino-American Visionary Awards.
Michele Bonetti (Jazz/Ballet/Pre Ballet-Tap)
Michelewas born in Zurich, Switzerland, and has over ten years of experience dancing and performing ballet, modern, and jazz dance. She received a Teaching Degree in Dance with an emphasis in modern and jazz dance as well as a Degree in Physical Acting from University in Zurich, Switzerland. Michele has been recognized by dance professionals for her creative and unique choreography. She has over 10 years of experience teaching jazz and modern dance.