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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.

Elena BellyArt
Elena BellyArt
Award winning belly dancer, performer, choreographer, world renowned dance instructor in the field of Middle Eastern Dance, Zumba, BollyX, DanceFit, Bellydance Cardio and multi-disciplined fitness professional who fuses her love for teaching with her discipline as a Wellness Coach. Helping others to reach their health and fitness goals go hand-in-hand with her passion for dancing.

Leyla Ghadimi 

Fully certified Stott Pilates Instructor from Canada with over15 years of teaching experience,group and private classes both on mat and apparatus (Reformer ,Chair ,Cadillac and barrels),lead group core classes with focus on injury prevention and enhancing breath pattern, mindfulness and awareness of mind and body utilizing postural analysis.
• Certified in Zenga the most innovative programming that unleashes body from tension and brings more clarity to the mind 
• Fascial Movement Course for developing movement patterns that activate the fascia: Bounce,Sense,Expand and Hydrate,; helping us maintain overall health and optimal physical function 

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.

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.  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.

Jenifer Yeuroukis

Jenifer Yeuroukis

Jenifer Yeuroukis - dance choreographer and pilates master teacher. Born in Chicago Illinois, Jenifer studied classical ballet, jazz and contemporary dance under Gus Giordano and Lou Conte.

As a Cal Arts alumna Jenifer has created choreography, been a movement specialist and pilates teacher for artists at AEG, ABC, FOX, the UK Mobile Network Market "Orange", Temple Hill Productions, The Met Theatre Los Angeles, Opera National De Lyon in Lyon France, Metro Pictures Gallery in New York and the Volksbuehne Theatre in Berlin Germanyand Tony And Tina's Wedding (the Chicago Cast).


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. | 

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. 

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.