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INSTRUCTORS

 

        

 

Christa Gonzales                                                                                                                                                          

Styles Taught: Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Cheerleading, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, African Caribbean, Salsa, Heels , Acro Dance and  Line Country Dance

Christa Gonzales is the manager/ owner of Image Dance Studio since 2007. She has been dancing for 36 years. She started when she was 2 years old. She is trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, African Caribbean, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary, Salsa and Mexican Folklorical. Christa has been trained under: Pam Rogers, Sherri Stockdale, Sandy Nugent, Dale Scholl, Dr Goodrich, Nolan T, Lisa Ross and Nathan Jones. Christa was a member of the Vintage High School cheerleading squad for 4 years as captain and choreographer for her squad. Christa sang in the Vintage High School choirs and choreographed for Vocal Music Workshop Choir her Senior year. In 1998, Christa was named Miss Teen Napa County U.S.A Christa also attended Napa Valley College and received an AA in Humanities and Fine Arts. While attending NVC, she particpated in dance productions and assisted in choreography. Christa graduated from Sacramento State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. While at CSUS she performed and choreographed for Jazzee Company/ Jazzee Touring Company. She also performed in Sacramento's Best of Broadway show in 2002. Christa has expanded her talent into a singing career. For 3 years she was a back-up singer for a Latin band called " Che Y Su Barrio Latino". She also explored acting as another talent. She was featured in a independent film called "Rendar". Christa was a teacher at Expressions Dance Studio in Napa for 2 years and helped coach and choreography the competition teams. For 9 years, Christa was involved in the Napa Valley Junior Miss Scholarship Program "Distinguish Young Women". Christa was the producer, choreographer and director for the organization. Christa has taught and choreographed for the 6th grade Muscial Theater class for Napa Valley Language Academy for 5 years. She has also had the privalege of working with the Napa Valley Boys and Girls Club at Redwood, Silverado, Harvest & River. For 2 years Christa taught dance in Sacramento at Precision Dance Studio. She coached for their Jazz and Lyrical dance team. She also was guest choreographer and taught a routine for the Basketball Half Time for the El Camino High School Dance Program in San Mateo. Christa has also choreographed and performed for big corporate events through "Capstone Events" and "Stark Advantage". Christa was a contestant for season 7 & 8 Fox Television Show "So You Think You Can Dance". In season 7 of "SYTUCD" Christa was one of the last 36 dancers left out 3,000 people who auditioned for L.A . Christa also coached and choreographed for the North Bay Rattler Girls Semi-Pro Cheerleading team for two seasons from 2012-2013. Christa loves teaching kids and seeing them develop over the years. She wouldn't trade it for the wor 

 

E.J Tobias

Style: Hip Hop

E.J graduated from Vallejo High School in 2013. He was involved in the school band and was a drumline member from 2009-2013. He was also vice-president his senior year. E.J always was passionate about dance and loves to entertain people. He has studied under several teachers in the bay area such as: Ricky Mathews, Jeremy Encarnacion, Kelly McCann, Niko Haber, Joey Dominguez, Omari Johnson and Tony Tzar. He had the chance to be on several dance crews: Always in Motion Turf Crew, Eat Sleep Turf Crew, Crooks Dance Crew, Passion Dance Family, and Natural Order Dance Crew. E.J currently attends Napa College.  For 3 years E.J has been featured in the Napa College dance showcase were he has performed and choreographed for the show. He has also been a guest teacher for Director Kelly McCann of Napa College. E.J has also competed at World of Dance Bay Area all styles battles from 2011-2013. In the meantime E.J works at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo as a costume character.  He is currently on 1up Crew and took 2nd place at Breakthrough and Prelude dance competition. This is E.j 4th year at Image Dance Studio. He hopes someday he can pursue his dreams in becoming one of Justin Timberlake back-up dancer. E.J looks foward to teaching at Image Dance and is excited to share what he loves to do.

 

 

Megan Charney

Styles: Jazz, Pom & Contemporary

Megan started dancing at the age of 3 at Napa Valley Dance Center training in ballet and jazz dance. She continued her dance training when she entered high school as a Napa High Spiritleader for four years. As a Spiritleader she  trained in jazz, pom, ballet, hip hop and contemporary. Megan was captain my sophomore year and dance club officer her senior year. During her four years, her team won multiple national and international championships at various competitions and was named All-American Dancer from National Dance Alliance. Megan continued her dance education and career as a Dance Minor at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and was a part of Orchesis Dance Company for 3 years. She had multiple opportunities choreographing and performing and gained extensive training in modern, jazz, ballet, contemporary and hip hop. In 2018 Megan was awarded the Founder’s Appreciation Award for her dedication and excellence to the program. Megan has a passion for dance and I hope to spread my love for movement to young artists at Image Dance Studio. This is Megan's first year at Image.

 
 

 Monse Garcia

 Styles: Jazz, Contemporary & Hip Hop

 Monse started dancing when she was at NVLA in their afterschool Program. She decided to take classes at Image Dance Studio when she was in 6th grade. She was on our Competition Jazz Team for 2 years and received the "Dancer of the Year Award". Monse attended Napa High School and was part of their Jazz program. Her Senior year she was a Napa High Spiritleader and loved every minute of it. Monse is currently attending Napa Valley College and is looking forward to teaching this next year. She want to help develop students and help guide them. Monse is very passionate about dance and feels its a way to express yourself. She wants to share with others why she loves it so much. This is Monse 2nd year teaching at Image


Valeria Arteaga

Styles: Jazz, Ballet & Contemporary

At a young age, Valeria's inspiration for dancing came from watching Shakira's music videos. She would dance all day trying to move like Shakira. When she got older she realized that she had a passion for dancing. When she turned 7 she took a few classes at Expressions and summer courses at Academy of Danse. She moved to Academy of Danse where she danced for four years. She became a member of their competition team and was on the team for two years. At Academy of Dance she trained in Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Hip Hop. She moved to Chapkis Dance, where she was taught Jazz by Lisa Clark. At Chapkis she also took Ballet classes taught by Luis Napoles. Napoles, fine tuned her ballet technique and made her realize her passion for Ballet. After a year at Chapkis she attended Napa Valley Ballet. Here she trained in Classical Ballet, Pointe, Partnering and Contemporary. She immediately placed in their company. Her first semester she danced as a Corps de Ballet, by the second semester she was promoted to Soloist. In 2015 she performed her first Pas de Deux. In 2016. Valeria was hired to choreograph a dance for a local fashion show. Also in that year she worked as a backstage manager for Napa Valley Ballet recital. In 2014 she auditioned for a spot for an intensive at the Joffrey Ballet. She was lucky enough to earn a spot and with a scholarship. At Joeffrey she attended Jazz, Ballet, Partnering, Variations, Hip Hop, African, and Contemporary classes. Valeria has a passion for dancing Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary. Valeria fees she has accomplished so much in a short period of time. She wishes to share her knowledge in dance with other dancers and help them grow. Valeria is currently attending Napa Valley College and would like to transfer to U.C Davis. Where she would be apart of their dance program. After that Valeria plans on one day going to medical school. This is Valeria 2nd year with us and she really enjoys getting to know the students and parents.

Christina Voeller

Styles: Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop

Christina has been dancing for 6 years now. She started at Image Dance Studio taking technique classes and feel in love with dance. She has been on our Competition Hip Hop & Jazz Team for 5 years. She has been Captain for 3 years and also was "Dancer of the Year in 2014". She also was a Disney Dancer for 2 years in Mainstreet Parade for Dance the Magic. Christina was apart of Vintage High Jazz program for 4 years and enjoyed performing with her peers. She is recently at Napa Valley College and in hopes to transfer to U.C. Davis. She wants to become a Doctor someday and make a difference with her practice. Christina is excited to be apart of our staff. This is Christina 2nd year teaching at Image.

 

 

Ella Powers

Style: Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Tap, Pom & Hip Hop

Ella started dancing at the age of 2. She danced at Napa Valley Dance Center & Expressions Dance Studio for several years until she moved away. She then came back to Napa and decided to join Image Dance Studio . Ella has been with the studio for 3 year. She was on Hip Hop and Jazz Competition Team the last 3 years and has been captain of the teams. She also competed as a soloist her first year and received High Platinum at Rainbow Dance Competition.  Ella has also received the "Dancer of the Year Award" and has received the Image Dance Studio "Scholarship Award". Ella has been apart of the Saint Johns plays for 4 years as a actor, dancer and singer. She has been in leading roles such as "Sound of Music" as Liesl, "Lion King" as Nala and "Singing in the Rain" as Kathy. She has also been apart of the Saint Johns Dance Team for 2 years and was Captain her last year. Ella currently attends Vintage High School. She is looking forward to Competing for next year Competition Teams at Image and will be doing a solo along with competing with her other team members. Ella has been assistant teacher at Image for the last 2 years. She enjoys teaching others what she loves to do everyday and thats dance. She is so excited to be teaching classes on her own this next year. She hopes to inspires others. This is Ella's 3rd year teaching at Image.

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