Amber Amrhein is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Amber began her dance training as a young child in the styles of ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, tap, drill team, cheer, and musical theater. She was awarded a full scholarship in 2013 from the Athletic Garage Dance Center where she trained under top industry choreographers in styles such as ballet, jazz, hip hop, jazz funk, salsa, contemporary lyrical, and modern. Shortly after completing the scholarship program, Amber joined FIASCO Dance Crew, a hip hop crew with whom she performed with in various dance shows, competitions, and charity events. Amber has continued her dance training and education at Glendale Community College. She is currently finishing her AS in Dance Teaching. Some of Amber's performance credits include LA Fashion Week 2016, a Doritos commercial spot, a Container Store commercial spot, award-winning short film “Confrontation,” as well as various concept videos, theater productions, and dance shows. She has also worked for international recording artists Martin Nievera and Lani Misalucha. Amber teaches dance to children and adults at various studios, schools, and summer camps. She also regularly showcases her choreography in various dance shows throughout Los Angeles. Amber’s goal is to share her passion and love for dance with as many as she can. She hopes to inspire others to discover their own passion for dance and experience all that it has to offer.
Anthony Arellano graduated from John Burroughs High School in Burbank, CA in 2012 where he began coaching the dance team, contributing to three 1st place national titles and judges choice award for choreography. He was awarded a full scholarship at Athletic Garage Dance Center and trained under industry-experienced choreographers in various styles: contemporary, jazz, jazz funk, hip hop, ballet, theatre, modern, salsa, and samba. Tony continues to work in Los Angeles as a dancer and has various experience in film and stage. He has worked with music artists such as X Factor Winners Alex & Sierra, Young The Giant, Caught A Ghost, Valentino Khan, Dimitri Vegas, Zaza, Koda Corvette, and international singers and artists Kim Chu, Xian Lim, Chokoleit, Pokwang, Pooh, and K Brosas. He has also traveled and performed in a tour through Russia with Jonia McClenney's Raiz Brazil Dance Company. Other stage and film credits include numerous Choreographer’s Carnival performances, LA Fashion Week 2016, Star Magic, Teatro Pilipino USA's opera 'Noli Me Tangere', RAW natural born artists, Hollywood Fringe. and a commercial for The Squad Clothing Co. He is the founder and director of The Riot Dance Troupe, a youth performance company in Pasadena. Tony's passion for dance is as much teaching as it is performing and he continues to live his dream of sharing it with others to evoke the same inspiration that started his love for dance.
Steven Butler is a versatile writer/ director/ choreographer with an eye for detail and an easygoing personality. He started his career as a dancer/ choreographer, with projects on the big and small screen; Transformers 2, The Latin Grammy’s, Weeds, and The Teen Choice Awards, to name a few. Steven has also worked with recording artists: Ludacris, Nick Carter, Aaron Carter, Olivia, and Macy Gray. In recent years, Steven turned his creative sights on writing/directing, studying film at Art Center College of Design, where he graduated with Distinction, Fall 2013. Steven has directed music videos for Ultra Records and Raid Recordings, and racked up accolades from Slamdance, The Addy Awards, and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Blue Ribbon Panel.
Danny Cabrerawas born and raised in Los Angeles. Danny's performance background consists of theater, commercial acting, singing and a variety of different dance styles(Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop, Ballet) He was noticed by teachers in his elementary school in Watts to be artistically talented, and was enrolled into the conservatory of the performing arts in Cal State LA at the age of nine. A few of the instructors there took an interest to him and suggested performing arts schools in Hollywood for him to attend while still attending the conservatory on weekends. Danny attended Bancroft Middle School, and Hollywood High School along side future artists(peers)like; Mila Kunis, Sean and John Scott, Sharon Youngblood, and Porscha Coleman. Knowing that dance was an important part to his future, Danny explored all avenues in order to make it his career. In 2008 while attending Pasadena City College he crossed paths with a group of students that introduced him to The Athletic Garage. Here he was the Co. Captain of "AGDT" for two seasons, and choreographed a couple of pieces for some of the showcases . After leaving the team in 2011, he took a 2 year break from the city and dancing. During thet break he discovered Zumba while living in Mulege Baja California Sur, Mexico, and fell in love with its concept of fitness with dance. Now back in California dancing again, Danny is extremely excited to be teaching at Athletic Garage Dance Center.
Aukai Cainis a hip hop choreographer based in Los Angeles, born and raised in Hawai'i. He is currently the Artistic Director/Choreographer for indie artist “Peyton” of The Famous Co. based out of London, and the choreographer for the boy band "New District" with ISINA Records. He has danced for countless choreographers with credits such as Janet Jackson, Mario, Dr. Dre, and Ying Yang Twins to name a few, as well as choreographed and/or danced for numerous artists including Jessica Simpson, New Miami Sound Machine, Clay Aiken, Fundamental (FDM), Terry Crews (from "Everybody Hates Chris," and the "Family Crews"), and various independent artists. Aukai currently works with multi Grammy winning Platinum producer Drew Lane of Mary J. Blige, Tony Braxton, and Hannah Montana. Aukai has choreographed 5 MTV Asia concerts for Blue Oceans Productions for 14 different chart-topping European artists and for GMA Networks Super Stars Kapuso 2017 Tour with Alden Richards, Tom Rodriquez, Lovi Poe, and Betong Sumaya. He has choreographed for the new hit TV series, “Cobra Kai,” on YouTube red and various movies with Red Thorn Productions, working closely with directors and producers of the following films: "Salt," "Murder by Numbers," "Angels in America," and the HBO films "Dreaming American" and "Before Breakfast." Aukai has appeared on the FOX Networks "Good Morning Show," ABC's "Good Morning America," UPN, BET, VH1, MTV, the Network GMA7 in the Philippines, and ABS/CBN. Aukai is very committed to community service and is proud to be a Director and Advisory Board member of the non-profit organization, "FOSTERING DREAMS PROJECT," which allows him to share his art and talent to inspire and mentor foster, homeless and at-risk youth. Aukai has also performed in the off Broadway musicals, "Reefer Madness" and "BARE," in which he is featured on the soundtracks as a singer.
Ben Carter began his formal dance training under with the mentorship of Gary Kendall throughout his childhood in Santa Cruz, California as member of high-energy, locally acclaimed dance troupes. In 2004 he began his college study where he began choreographing for the Georgia Southern University dance team, which successfully competed at the national level. While attending GSU, Ben also danced with a local troupe performing in Atlanta and opening for such high-profile concert artists as Ciara and Bobby Valentino, while also being featured as a dance instructor within the University. After Graduation, Ben moved back to the West Coast to continue his dancing career teaching classes and workshops at multiple studios. Ben now resides in Los Angeles and has had a successful career with Bloc Talent Agency. In a relatively short time, Ben has created a buzz by working with such high profile choreographers like Richy Jackson, Rosero McCoy, Fatima Robinson and Dana Wilson. Ben wrapped up his first tour in December of last year performing internationally with Cody Simpson on Justin Bieber’s Believe Tour. Some of Ben’s other credits include national commercials with Budweiser, Nike, Jordache, and Air Jordan, high profile campaigns with American Eagle and Adidas, and on Disney’s “Shake It Up”, AMA performances, Mattel, Sony, Heineken, and the list goes on...
Christina Chandler grew up and trained in the greater Seattle area. She has worked professionally since the age of nine, specializing in television, film, and commercial work. She has been on five worldwide tours for the past seven years with Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Pharrell Williams. Christina has performed on many award shows including “The Oscars,” “The Grammys,” “MTV Video Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “Teen Choice Awards,” and “Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards” to name a few. She has been on television shows such as “The Voice,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Today Show,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “In Living Color,” and more. You may have seen her in Hannah Montana: The Movie, Big Momma’s House: 3, and featured in Justin Bieber’s Believe. Christina has been passionately involved as a teacher for over a decade and enjoys sharing her experience, knowledge, and love for dance to all she teaches.
Jesus Cocais originally from Barcelona, Spain. He started dancing at the age of 14 and is a trained ballet and contemporary dancer. Upon winning several national dance competition awards, as a ballet and contemporary soloist, he went on to train in jazz and hip hop. After performing with Rihanna and Shakira at the VMA's in Madrid, he knew that he wanted to move to Los Angeles to further pursue his dream as a professional dancer. Currently, Jesus is focusing on furthering his dance and fitness career by continuously taking dance classes and killing CrossFit workouts on top of his daily yoga and running routines. Jesus has appread in many music videos choreographed by Ryan Heffington and Nina MacNeely including: Banks “Trainwreck,” Sia “Big Girls Cry,” Chromeo “Old 45’s,” Sonns “On my mind,” Pharrell Williams “Happy,” Demi Lovato “Neon Lights,” Kaskade “Atmosphere,” and Hayley Kiyoko “A Belle to Remember.” Jesus has also performed with Rihanna and Shakira at various VMA awards.
Estéfano was raised in Miami, Florida and has trained in the styles of Jazz, Contemporary, Jazz Funk, Hip Hop, Modern, Ballet, Salsa, Afro, Samba and more. Estéfano was awarded a year long scholarship at Athletic Garage and since then, has taught Jazz Funk, Hip Hop, Kids Hip Hop, and Jazz for both adults and kids. Estéfano is currently a member of XPOSE Dance Theatre Company, and has been a principal dancer for NBC’s “Chuck”, was a lead dancer in “Understudy” a film by Oscar nominated Christina Malavenda, starring Jeanine Mason winner of So You Think You Can Dance, and was the male lead and principal dancer in "Zingdeed" a dance film by The Pin-Down Girls. He has also toured with The Star Magic World Concert Tour from the Phillipines several times and was a principal dancer for Vina Morales, MTV ASIA'S ICON award winner. Among many things, Estefano has appreared in several music videos, been a guest dancer for Raiz Brazil Dance Co, and continues to dance and train in Los Angeles CA.
Jennie Gonzales is originally from Miami, Florida, Jennie earned a Bachelor's degree in Dance Education from Florida International University. She is a working professional dancer that has performed in a multitude of venues such as the Latin Image Awards, the West Coast Salsa Congress, and at the Staples Center Cali Bash featuring Ivy Queen, among others. Jennie has even appeared on numerous television shows such as Disney's Wizards of Waverly, Estrella TV's Tengo Talento, and Travel Channel's Get Packing. She was a principal dancer/teacher with the urban latin dance theater non-profit Contra-Tiempo and toured nationally/internationally. Jennie has held many student residencies throughout the Alhambra and LA unified school district in which she taught teacher tailor made programs that involved cultural dance, yoga, and stretching. Also, she studied and trained in the Tracy Anderson method which is a pilates/dance based form of exercise made popular by such celebrities as Madonna and Gwynneth Paltrow. Jennie also teaches various forms of Cardio Dance at Mount St. Mary's College as well as many popular LA fitness clubs around the city.
Kendra Jarvis' versatile dance style and background started and the age of 3 where she was trained in the technique's of ballet, tap, modern, hip hop and jazz. Kendra was trained by a wide variety of internationally renowned instructors. She moved to California in 2008 where she has worked as a professional dancer and has created a technique heavy style that incorporates modern, hip hop, and funk while maintaining classical technique and skills. Kendrawas scholarship student of the Athletic Garage in 2009, and has trained, danced and choreographed at the Athletic Garage since. She has since done professional work for G Madison, Aukai Cain, Gerald Scott, Paolo Alcedo. She has also choreographed for numerous productions including LA Unbound, Athletic Garage, and John Burroughs High School Dance Team and for Run DMC's new record label.
Desi Jevon was born in northern California, raised in Hawaii, then moved to New York City to follow his dream to perform full time, but now resides in Los Angeles. Although he has training in all areas of dance, his true passion is salsa. He has been very fortunate to travel the world with various shows and artists including dancing and touring with Gloria Estefan Rewrapped Tour, Toni Braxton's Revealed Show, Alicia Keys, Selena Gomez, Prince Royce, Brian Setzer Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl, Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance commercial campaign, World of Dance Super Bowl commercial, Kids and Teen Choice Awards, Wizards of Waverly Place, Shake it Up, Victorious, Castle, Saturday Night Live, played leads in West Side Story, La Vida, nominated for Best Featured Actor in A Chorus Line, and won the international salsa championships on Univision. As a choreographer, he is a 3-time World Choreography Award nominee... and has choreographed for Celebrity Big Brother, Mi Sueños es Bailar (Spanish Dancing with the Stars), The Ellen Show (Van Halen), The Jimmy Kimmel Show (Van Halen), Celebrity Cruises (Turner Classic Movies), Tengo Talento Mucho Talento, MGM Casinos and Bellagio Casino's New Years Eve Shows, Best of Ballroom Tour, USA tv's The Moment, High Flyer Scooters commercial campaign (Hoverboards), VH-1's Dating Naked (Assoc.), Bravo's Step it up and Dance (Assoc.), Vampire Diaries (Asst.), Switched at Birth (Asst.), and Spice Girls Reunion Tour (Asst.).
Stephanie Kjos began her training in many dance styles Monrovia Dance Center, with an emphasis in jazz and contemporary. She also received training from various summer intensive programs such as State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara and the Radio City Rockettes. Stephanie has competed and placed in numerous regional, national, and worlds dance competitions across the country. She has performed at many events around LA such as Dancespot, Chorographers Carnival, Dancescape, Mix Match Dance Festival, and many more. She is currently a member of Creations Dance Theatre, a ballet company in Los Angles, CA, and a member of the performance company, LA Unbound. She is the founder and director of the Athletic Garage Dance Team, an all star performance team located in Pasadena, CA. Stephanie received her BA in Business form California State University, Fullerton in 2012 and currently teaches at various studios in Southern California, in addition to co-owning her own dance studio in Burbank, CA. As a dance instructor, she hopes to instill a passion and love for dance in her students.
G Madison IV: While working in film, television and theater, G Madison has worked with The La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego and Asian American Reparatory Theaters, dance companies including Groovaholix, Ujima, UrbanFX, Golden Touch, Cal State LA’s Team Flight, Sexy Salsa Divas, X- Factor, Generation F, Positive Energy Salsa Company, Contagious Flow, and Groove Theory. With his newly acquired bachelor’s degree in Radio, TV & Film: Broadcast Journalism from Cal State LA, G currently travels with The Living Garden, having performed at numerous events around the world. While performing he is steadily training and choreographing for various dance troupe and artist development for established and upcoming recording throughout Southern California and around the country. He is also one of Cal State Los Angels’ newest faculty members. He has been featured in films, television shows, music videos, staged productions and dance showcases including BRAVO, The 2005 Grammy Awards, 20th Century FOX’s The Ex List, Seeing Stars, THE CW’s Tyra Banks Show, Pussycat Dolls Presents: Girlicious, SiTV’s The DROP, The Choreographers’ Carnival, an HP Industrial with choreographer Dave Scott, and The Dance-Off. With training and an extended amount of performance experience in HIP-HOP, SALSA, and JAZZ-FUNK, G is driven to inspire as many as he can get his hands on!
Jonia McClenney has performed in many major Samba groups in the Los Angeles area for great jobs such as dancing with “Girls from Ipanema” for the legend, Aretha Franklin, in her concerts in the Hollywood Bowl, Fox Theater in Detroit, Energy Theater in Detroit, and Ceasar's Palace in Las Vegas. She also danced for “Extravadancers,” performing with them for amazing artists like Sergio Mendes Concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and “Seu Jorge” and “Bebel Gilberto” at the Hollywood Bowl. Her love and respect for Dance and the Performing Arts has transferred to her love for Samba and other Brazilian Dances/ Art Forms, which led her to start her own dance company, Raiz Brazil Dance Company. In February of 2008, her dance company had their debut in the Sambala Carnival Ball. For the past 5 years, Jonia has also been studying the Brazilian ballroom dance, “Samba de Gafieira,” which she has performed for the past 2 years. She always loved this partnering style and it is what inspired her to go back to Brazil to continue to study and learn as much as she can about it. Jonia also has won some titles and Samba competitions in Los Angeles. In 2001 she won 2nd Princess of the Drums for “Mila Samba School,” and in 2008 she won the Samba competition for the “Queen of the Drums” (“Rainha da Bateria”) of Sambala Samba School. She kept this title for 4 years, and was honored to represent Sambala as the “Queen of the Drums.” Recently, in March of 2014, she won the contest for “Samba Queen of the San Diego Brazil Carnival 2014”, and was elected the ”Santa Barbara Carnival Queen 2014.” In 2015, Jonia was honored for being chosen to be the “Hollywood Carnival Queen 2015” by the Los Angeles Culture Festival Organization. The treasure she gained from being Queen was bringing the joy and soul of Carnival not only from Brazil, but from the 40 different countries represented in the parade on Hollywood Blvd in June 2015. Jonia has been teaching Samba and Brazilian Dances for over 10 years.
Jermaine McGhee embodies the true essence of a versatile and charismatic dancer. From Charlotte, North Carolina, McGhee started this training through the North Carolina Dance Theatre’s Education and Arts enrichment program. In his adolescent years, he auditioned for and attended the Northwest School of Visual and Performing Arts, as well as competed with a national award-winning dance team at BB Dance Productions. He continued his training at the Piedmont Dance Conservatory, where he was under scholarship/fellowship. He then moved to New York to train as a certificate program student at the Ailey School, under the direction of Troy Powell. McGhee’s passion and commitment to excellence and education in dance has also afforded him opportunities to choreograph and teach domestically and abroad. His first opportunity to teach came at the age of 19, when he returned to his old studio, BB Dance Productions, where he goes annually to set pieces. In 2005, McGhee moved to Los Angeles. For the first year, he was part of the Edge Performing Arts Center scholarship ensemble. Since he’s been in LA, he has trained and worked with many notable choreographers such as Marguerite Derricks, Tovaris Wilson, Scott Hilsop, and more. He has appeared in featured films, including “FAME” and “Dance Flick,” on television in “Cold Case,” numerous awards programs, DISNEY projects, and other showcase appearances.
Simon Mendoza is a Canadian-born dancer and actor from Tampa, Florida. He has performed worldwide since 2007 with some of his recent credits including Glee Season 6, supporting actor in the international dance film "High Strung," Fake Off Season 2 on Tru Tv, and also Awesomeness TV Motion picture "Dance Camp" on Youtube Red. Simon is also the featured B-boy in Avicci's “Waiting for Love” 360 music video and was a featured act for the Harlem Globetrotters World Tour for 2 years. He is currently on a world tour with Live Nation performing with 2011 AGT finalists “Team iLuminate.”
Sandy Portaro is the founder, owner, and director of Athletic Garage Dance Center. As a retired RN, Sandy's focus is on wellness and believes that through dance and fitness, everyone can be fit no matter what age, shape, or size. Through her many injuries from a life of athletics and dance, she has developed a program which will build strength, endurance, and flexibility without stressing the joins or the back, and shares this method in her classes and promotes it within the teachings of Athletic Garage Dance Center . Three times a year, Sandy serves as curator, artistic director, and producer of the studio's major dance shows: The Spring Showcase and Scholarship Fundraiser, A Summer Provocative Dance Theatre, and a Winter Holiday Dance Show. For the past 14 years, she's also served as an advocate of dance education and started the Athletic Garage Dance Scholarship Program to dancers with the potential and financial need, offering them preparation for a professional dance career. She had awarded many 6 -12 months scholarships since 2001.She also started the non profit arm, Lifelines for Charities for the scholarship program. Sandy is also an artist herself, having trained in jazz, ballet, hip hop, and salsa, she continues to enjoy performing as a member of Calle Caliente Dance Company, and acting in the show-opening plays for the three major Athletic Garage Shows.
Charles Roy is a professional modern, jazz, and hip-hop dancer who is touring as a teacher with Showstopper Conventions. He has toured in California and in China as a teacher and dancer for ZiRu. When he is not on tour he resides in Los Angeles where he performs, teaches, and choreographs. Charles has a degree in Dance from Loyola Marymount University and was named the 2012 outstanding college performer nationally for the American College Dance Festival and was the 2010 recipient of another ACDF National award. He has choreographed and performed for Carnival, done back up dancing for Rihanna, and has taught workshops throughout Texas and in California. An Avant Dance alumnus, Charles returns to coach and teach the next generation of Corpus Christi dancers between tours.
Yuki Shundo is originally from Japan. At the young age of 19, she moved to Los Angeles. Yuki has worked with celebrity stars such as Justin Bieber, Sean Kingston, and RAY J, amongst others. She has appeared on BET’s “106 & Park” TV show, various live shows, and many more. She has also choreographed for Nintendo, Sanrio, 944 Magazine, and many other brands, artists, and performance shows all over the world. Yuki has appeared on commercials in Japan and works as a choreographer for various Japanese commercials, singing groups, and companies such as Dotour Coffee / Water Company Melodian. Yuki is a working instructor that travels to teach workshops in many countries.
Shannon Janet Smith graduated from San Jose State University. While studying at SJSU, she also focused on dance and performing arts with an emphasis in choreography. Her credits include film, music videos, and stage productions. Shannon has directed and produced stage shows and art films. She was given the opportunity to choreograph for the beautiful artists of Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, Paolo Alcedo and Tiffany Sweat. Also, she has choreographed many pieces for dance teams and private schools throughout California. She has created many works including commercials, films and music videos with director, Steven Butler. Including the award winning dance film, "Confrontation." Shannon had the honor of choreographing the 'Silvertongue,' music video for Young the Giant. She has also worked on music videos for Dustbowl Revival, Grand Pavilion, and Alex & Sierra, winners of the final season of The X Factor. Shannon has performed choreography created by former Artistic Director of LACDC, Kate Hutter. She has danced in a Half Glass Fulton Production, a film directed and choreographed by Jamila Glass and Devin Fulton. She has worked for many directors including Ryan McFaul, Steven Butler, and Jamila Glass. In addition, she has worked on multiple projects with the directors Devin Schiro and Patrick Lawler. Shannon has worked with Emmy Award Winning choreographer, Kathryn Burns, on a project for comedy duo Garfunkel & Oates and performances at Upright Citizens Brigade, Sunset. Shannon's most cherished moment in her dance career is performing choreography created by Ryan Heffington. Shannon’s goal is to provoke an emotional response from the audience and performers.
Joshua (Josh) Stevens is a multi-talented performing artist and instructor with an amazing unique style in Hip Hop Choreography. Born in Brooklyn NY, and raised in the suburb of Minneapolis, Josh moved to Los Angeles in 2012 where he currently resides. At age twelve, he began performing and teaching dance professionally with his mother’s company, Universal Dance Destiny (UDD). Josh specializes in Popping, Waving, Tutting, Locking and Breaking to Contortion, Bone-Breaking, and Hip Hop. As a member of UDD, Josh choreographed and performed regularly at prestigious venues and for many well-known clients such as the Minnesota Timberwolves, Best Buy Corp, Macys, and nurmous festivals to name a few. Josh attended Saint Paul Conservatory of Performing Arts (SPCPA) as a young teenager where his creative abilities grew when he received training in Acting, Modern, Ballet, & Jazz Dance. He was featured as one of the dancers for Capstone Publishing Hip Hop book series, demonstrating popular Hip Hop and Breaking moves. These books can be found at local libraries and bookstores worldwide. He was selected to be on the covers of volume 1 and 4. At age sixteen, Joshua created ‘Obtuse Crew’ consisting of twelve to fifteen diverse, energetic, talented teens and young adults. The crew’s popularity landed them gigs immediately. These recognitions led Josh to be the first teen recipient of the Sage Awards 2012 for ‘Best Ensemble’ category. Teaching, Choreographing and Performing with professional dance companies developed Joshua’s experience to where it has grown today. Some highlights include America’s Got Talent Commercial, Minnesota Black Music Awards, Ms. Universe California 3rd Annual Pageant, Lead Choreographer for national Chinese Tour “American Sister”. Also has dance back up & featured in music videos with recording artists such as Tanshie, Cold war kid, Prince, Mila J, Che’Nell &, KeKe Palmer. Josh’s teaching credits include: International Dance Academy, asst. at NRG Dance Convention, Turning Point Dance Studio, Ricky Palimino’s Poetry in Motion Studio, Boys and Girls Club, Universal Dance Destiny, IDA Hollywood, Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio & West Coast Dance Theatre.