Pacific Arts Center and Dance Studios

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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.

Angel Tyson

Angel Tyson

Angel was the competition director and choreographer for Gulf Coast School of Performing Arts for three years, and her award-winning choreography has been recognized throughout the South for its unique style. Currently residing in Los Angeles, she is a working company member at LA Contemporary Dance Company, MashUp Contemporary Dance Company, and The Pin Down Girls. Angel's most recent performances include the LA Convention Center for the "Reality Rocks Expo", The Standard Hotel for "The Series", and the Diavolo Theater for "The Nature of Things" and "SubText". Angel was a featured dancer in an LACDC performance fusing electronic music and contemporary dance in Denver, Colorado.

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 Saraty

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.  


Anna Sophia

Honey Almazar

A British Soloist/Principal Dancer with Sinay Ballet, State Street Ballet and National Ballet has an extensive performing and teaching career spanning over 26 years. She was also the Artistic Director/Coach and Principal Dancer of SMCB, where she created an astounding 11 ballets for the company. Honey was also a guest artist for Sarah Berges Dance for a critically acclaimed role in “Aries”. She also taught at Westside Ballet and now uses her unique teaching ability to pin-point technical errors and strengthen dancers to reach their full potential at Pacific Arts Center.


Nadine Olmo

Nadine Olmo

Nadine Olmo is a soulful, freestyle mover who aspires to open the minds to tell stories through truthful, organic movement. "SOUL" is a Hip Hop flow fusion to connect spirits deeper to the root of music. Her mission is to help others find their individual flow while challenging their bodies, musiciality and imagination. Nadine is from Brea, California. She started dancing at the age of 4 and continued through her teenage years. After high school, she received a scholarship to the Broadway Dance Center program in New York City. She lived there for 3 years and branched out into the underground scene where she trained in hip hop, house, contemporary, african, whaacking and more. In 2012,  Nadine moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams as a professional dancer and creator.


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.


Darina Littleton

Darina Littleton has always shared a passion for the arts. Born and raised in LA, she was first introduced to dance at the tender age of two. She began studying tap, jazz, and hip-hop with the renowned Paul and Arlene Kennedy at Universal Dance Designs, better known as the Kennedy Tap Company. Darina has done numerous musical theater productions including "The Music Man" at the Hollywood Bowl starring Kristin Chenoweth and "Once On This Island" starring Ledisi. She graduated from UC Irvine with her BA in Dance where she also danced with Kaba Modern and Donald McKayle's Etude Ensemble. She is currently signed with GTA, dancing professionally with major choreographers/dancers and has performed with major artists including Faith Evans, Dawn Richard, Mila J, R. Kelly, and Missy Elliot's protege Sharaya. Other credits include Skechers and Samsung. She has traveled to China to teach hip-hop workshops and co-choreograph a show for the grand opening of the studio Sinostage in Chengdu, China. She also made appearances on Ellen and Good Morning America dancing for Silento, Whip/Nae Nae Sensation artist.