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, 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.
Marisol Lara (Belly dance/Hula/Tap)
Her dance training began in 2006 at Pro Dance Center with concentration on Hip hop , Hula , Tahitian, Belly dance , Tap and Jazz . She has been a performer and an instructor with Pro dance since 2008 and currently dances in various productions and festival throughout southern California, most regularly Irvine Global Festival and Soka University International Festival. In 2010 she began studying with Angelika Nemeth to further her belly dance training until 2012 when she went to Mendocino Middle Eastern Dance and Music camp for summer of 2012. Her Tap, Jazz, hula and Tahitian training also took place at Orange Coast College until 2012 when she performed with the Performing Dance Ensemble for the World Dance Concert of 2012. She is currently the Advanced Belly dance instructor as well as the Hula and Tahitian Instructor for both children and adults.
Ashley Nettles (Ballet / point/ Combo):
Ashley is a Social and Cultural Analysis of Education graduate student at CSU, Long Beach. She is dually completing her Single Subject Credential in Physical Education – Dance Emphasis at CSU, Long Beach. Ashley graduated with a BA in Dance from CSU, Los Angeles in 2007. She first began dancing at the Landmark Theatre in Richmond, Virginia at the age of 6 and since then has harnessed about 20 years of experience as a performer. Ashley 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 School 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. Ashley most recently attended American Ballet Theatres National Training Curriculum in New York, New York for Pre-Primary through Level 3 students. Along with her dance emphasis, Ashley is currently a Physical Education teacher for Green Dot Charter Schools and works for Long Beach Unified School District.
Jestoni Dagdag (Contemporary/Ballet):
He was born and raised in the Philippines. He moved to the United States with his family at the age of 14. His love for dance came unexpectedly when he took a class at Fullerton College for a PE credit. In 2010, he started his formal training in modern and contemporary dance. Soon after, he started taking ballet, jazz, and Afro-Caribbean. He never thought that the performing arts would be the career he would pursue in the future. During his training at the school, he was given many opportunities to nourish his newfound passion. In 2012, his first piece called Death March (POWs), was chosen to be performed at the American College Dance Association in Modesto, California. In the Fall of 2013, Jestoni Dagdag transferred to the University of California in Irvine. At UCI, he studied under Tong Wang, Sheron Wray, Molly Lynch, Shaun Boyle, Dianne Diefenderfer, and Chad Michael Hall. He was also a part of the school’s Jazz Ensemble (INSIGHT) under Sheron Wray’s direction in 2014. He received a BFA in Dance Performance, and also received a special Arts Award, "Excellence in Dance Performance," upon graduating in 2015. After graduation, he was invited to be a member of Multiplex Dance under the direction of Chad Michael Hall. He also continues to work collaboratively with Shaun Boyle to present works at dance festivals in California, New York, New Jersey, and Texas. Jestoni also dances with Vicious Circle Dance Co. and Embark Dance Theatre.
Sarah Burke (Ballet/Tap)
Sarah Burke’s passion for dance has taken her across the nation, from Maryland to Hawai'i, with nearly two decades of performance and classroom experience in Cecchetti Method ballet (including pre-pointe and pointe), tap (both Broadway and rhythm styles), jazz (including lyrical jazz and jazz funk), hip-hop, hula, and some ballroom. She has performed with the Springfield School of Dance (in annual recitals as well as televised performances), the Affinity Dance Team (a professional hip-hop crew based in Honolulu, HI), the Radio City Rockettes Summer Intensive, Musical Feet (winning platinum, high gold, and the judges’ award for tap in the On State New York competition), the Unity School of Dance and is the co-founder of Chez Nous, a private studio in Eugene, OR. Ms. Burke holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a certificate in Pre-Medical Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa where she also studied dance and music in world cultures. Additional classroom experience includes working as the dance director for the Kristall Gymnastics Studio (Irvine, CA), as well as an instructor for at the Amazon Community Center (Eugene, OR), Dance Foundations (Columbia, MD where she also took master classes from Avi Miller & Ofer Ben), and at Ultimate Performance Studios in Kapolei, HI, to name a few. Sarah hopes to inspire others to pursue their own passions; if you're doing what you love, you will never "work" a day in your life .