Knowledgeable Dance and Ballet Instructors

Get to know the staff and faculty at Pacific Arts Center & Dance Studios in West Los Angeles, California. We have a dedicated team of skilled dance instructors who are ready to help you accomplish your goals. Work with our ballet trainers or hold an event at our location.


Shida Pegahi

Shida Pegahi

Shida, an arts educator and dance choreographer, founded Pacific Arts Center & Dance Studios in 2001. She studied ballet at the Royal Ballet School in London and performed ballet, jazz, and ethnic dance with several touring companies in the United States. She was head of the children's program at Westside Academy of Dance and head of the dance program at Crossroads School in Santa Monica for six years. She is also the founder and artistic director of Ney Nava Dance Theatre, which performs contemporary and mystical Persian dance throughout southern California and nationally.

Banafsheh Sayaad,

Banafsheh Sayaad
MFA, Dance; MA, Chinese Medicine

Banafsheh is a Persian sacred dancer and transformational teacher. She performs and teaches internationally, initiating thousands into their body wisdom and inspiring people with the healing and freeing powers of movement. Dance of Oneness is designed by Banafsheh to support living at your fullest potential through loving your body and your Self and living as a Messenger of Love.

Masa Zokai

Masa Zokai

Masa enjoys working with beginners as well as more advanced dancers such as those she trains as artistic director of the Donya Rhythms Dance Co., a group which performs belly dance and Persian dance. She continues to teach weekly classes to adults including the Belly Dance Breakdown. She also teaches Persian dance, Egyptian Belly Dance Choreography, Drum Solos, Bollywood, and Hip-Hop.

Tamra-Henna

Tamra-Henna

Tamra-Henna is a performer, choreographer, and instructor of Middle Eastern dance whose emotional range and technique have been shaped by seven years of performance, study, and life experience in the Middle East. With the intention of learning the art of belly dance from its source, Tamra-Henna moved to Egypt to study Egyptian-style musical interpretation and technique as well as the Arabic language and culture. While studying in Cairo, she pursued a performing career and danced in Egypt's most prestigious venues including the Nile Hilton™, where she held an extended contract.


Suzie Davie

Suzie Davie

Suzie studied ballet and classical Persian dance and is a graduate of the renowned Iranian academy of Honarhayeh Ziba. She was a 10-year faculty member of Iranian and cultural Persian dance. As a Middle Eastern Dance award winner, she has been teaching Persian and Belly Dance for more than 25 years.

Tatiana Saraty

Tatiana Saaty

Tatiana studies ballet and is a certified Zumba™ instructor. She is from Colombia where Zumba originated. A Zumba class mixes aerobics exercises with Latin rhythms like salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia, calypso, and reggaeton. This creates an excellent, fun cardio exercise.

Myrosia Palmer

Myrosia Palmer

Born and Raised in Toronto, Canada, Myrosia first started her training in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and acro-gymnastics. At the age of 16, she received her B.A.T.D. Diploma. Myrosia has had the opportunity to teach in a variety of disciplines within Toronto, New York City and Los Angeles. Professionally, some of her credits include: Jennifer Hudson, America’s Got Talent, Janelle Monae, Latin Grammy’s, Omi to name a few.


Anna Sophia

Anna Sophia Moad
   
Anna Sophia started dancing at the age of three and by time time she was fifteen years old, she was already working as a professional dancer and actress. She has been in numerous commercials, musicals, world tours and been featured in film &TV. She has been on shows such as Hit The Floor, worked with Snoop Dog, Tyga, French Montana, Kalin and Myles to name a few. Anna Sophia is trained in ballet, Jazz, Jazz Funk, Hip hop & Tap.  


Tyler Drewitz

Tyler Drewitz

Since he can remember, Tyler has had the passion to sing, dance, and entertain. While attending Roseville High School Tyler was struggling with self identity among other pressures of regular high school life. Inspired by his teachers, Tyler turned to dance which then led him to attend Hawkins School Of Performing Arts. He was given the opportunity to train and perform with the Folsom Lake Civic Ballet and took as many classes as he could. Training in Ballet, Modern, contemporary, Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, Musical theatre and various other dance forms such as African. Tyler went on to receive his second scholarship and attended Northern California Dance Conservatory where he continued to gain valuable experience and knowledge. While soaking it all in, he developed a passion to choreograph and inspire others. Tyler went on to teach competition teams and various classes at multiple studios throughout the Sacramento area. He later moved to Los Angeles where he now teaches at Millennium Dance Complex and Pacific Arts Center. Tyler has since traveled the country performing with various theatrical shows such as “Lets Go”, “Shake, Rattle, Roll”, “Hooray for Hollywood”, Disney’s “Mad T Party” and “Mickey and the Magical Map” just to name a few. He has appeared on tv award shows including The Emmy’s, Good Morning America, and Live with Kelly and Michael. Tyler has had live performance experience with artists such as B5, The Jonas Brothers, Aaron Carter, Miley Cyrus, and Everlife. Tyler continues to pursue more opportunities within the entertainment industry and in early 2017, launched a new entertainment company of his own called, “One Stop Shop Entertainment”. He is excited to continue to grow and thankful for his opportunities to entertain and inspire others.


Casa Grant

Casa Grant

Casa Grant is a Jazz and Hip Hop dancer from Arizona, who loves to use his old school/new school training to create movement that is athletic, stylish, and challenging for all ages. He engages with his students in a fun, energetic manner, but also holds them accountable for their actions and their progression. He loves sharing the skill sets that have made his life successful both on and off the dance floor.

His credits include: SnapChat Commercial Promo; Barbie Live! International Musical; PENTATONIX at the AMA's;  Super Fun Night with Rebel Wilson; Two and a Half Men; The Muppets Movie and ABC's The Neighbors.  His competitive choreography has received numerous awards including Overall High Scores, Best Concepts, Best Make-Up, Best Use of Props and Best Choreography.


Raymond

Raymond Ejiofor 

Raymond Ejiofor is professional dancer, teaching artist and choreographer based in Los Angeles. Ejiofor has danced and created works with Daniel Ezralow, Lula Washington, Cindy Salgado, Bryan Arias, Sarah Elgart, Ryan Heffington, Sidra Bell, Kyle Abraham and Robert Battle. Some of his credits include the 59th Annual Grammys Awards, Audi | Shanghai, Toshiba, Samsung, Apple, Beijing Dance Festival, Springboard Danse Montreal, Israeli Opera House, SummerStage NYC, and Lincoln Center: David H. Koch Theater. He has performed with numerous artist including Katy Perry, SIA, Pharrell, Little Boots, Fitz and the Tantrums, and Daft Punk. | www.raymondejiofor.com 


Patricia H

Patricia H.

Patricia was born in Arkansas and raised in San Diego. She began training in Ballet and Pointe at an early age with Cynthia Morales and Sandra Foster-King. She also participated in several recreational sports but ultimately loved performing. She was accepted into Dance Theatre of Harlem ballet program at the age of 17 and given full scholarship. She has always had a passion for fitness and nutrition and in 2008 she took the title “Miss Fitness IMTA 2008”. After spending a few years in the entertainment industry, she became interested in personal training and dance fitness and has fallen in love. She currently teaches Ballet, Pointe Jazz, Zumba and personal training. 


William Clayton

William Clayton

William Clayton is a Professional Dancer living in Los Angeles. Originally from Riverside, California, he moved to LA in 2013 to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. He graduated in 2016 with a BFA in Dance Theatre, and soon after signed with Bloc Talent Agency. That Summer he continued his training at the Alonzo King Lines Ballet Summer Program in San Francisco. Upon returning to LA he has had the pleasure to work with several Choreographers and Companies including, Ezralow Dance, Brockus RED, Invertigo, Company Rhome, Celeste Lanuza Dance, Tessandra Chavez, Ricky Palomino, Spencer Liff, and Mary John Frank. He is excited to share his knowledge and passion for dance at Pacific Arts Center & Dance Studios.


Erica Ishiyama

Erica Ishiyama

Born and raised in Kawasaki, Japan, with both of her parents being in the Musical Theater industry, Erica learned singing, dancing and acting at a very young age. Erica joined a performing arts organization called “The Young Americans” where she traveled around the world teaching music and dance to children. She has performed with stars such as Leonard Nimoy, Shirley Jones, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and several others. Erica recently graduated from Berklee College of Music with Bachelors of Arts where she studied vocal performance under the direct mentorship of Grammy winning artist Paula Cole. Since then Erica pursues her passion of performing and teaching children of all ages the joys of music and dance.