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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 world.

 

Lauren Frey

 

Styles Taught: Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical and Contemporary

Lauren started dance at Napa Regional Ballet and trained there for 10 years. She was trained in Ballet, Jazz and Tap. While at Napa Regional Lauren was a teacher assistant for 2 years and really enjoyed teaching. In the Summer of 1998, Lauren had the opportunity of attending the Summer Intensive Program for the Colorado Ballet Company. This experience was amazing to her and inspired her to pursue dance. In High School Lauren was a Napa High School Spirit Leader for 4 years and was named captain her Senior year. Her team was named grand supreme at the "NDA" Dance Competition" her Senior year. Lauren was also chosen as a "NDA Allstar" for her team. After High School Lauren attended Lisa Clark Dance Studio in Suisun. She trained in Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary. She then attended Sacramento State University where she studied with Lisa Ross and Nolan T. She was involved in the Senior Jazz and Faculty shows. Lauren graduated from Sac State with a degree in Kinesology and a minor in Dance. She currently has been working in Napa School District teaching Adapted P.E for the last 5 years. She aslo is assitant coach for Saint John's Lutheran Dance Team. Lauren has two childern with her husband and loves being a stay at home mom. She has been teaching at Image Dance Studio for 5 years and enjoys working with kids.

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.

 

 

Georgia Hutton

Styles: Hip Hop, Jazz, Pom & Contemporary

Georgia has been dancing since she could walk. She loves dance and creating choreography. She danced at Expressions Dance Studio for 5 years. She decided to change studio's and come to Image Dance. She was on the Hip Hop & Jazz Competition Teams at Image for 2 years. She competed at the top Competitions and received several Platinum and special judges awards for her routines and solo. Georgia was a Napa High Spiritleader for 2 years and competed at National with her team this last year. She was also apart of the Napa High Breaker Team for 2 years and loved performing in front of her peers. Georgia is excited to teach at Image Dance this next year and can't wait to share her talents with others. Dance will always be apart of her and hopes to study in dance when she attends college. This is Georgia's first year as a teacher.

 
 

 Kaina Castro

 Styles: Jazz, Contemporary, Heels & Hip Hop

 Kaina started at an early age dancing. She studied dance at NVLA in their afterschool program in jazz and hip hop. She went to Vintage High School and as apart of the Jazz Program for 4 years. She was on the Cheer team her Junior Year of High School and loved it. She was named Vice-President of the Jazz Program her Senior Year. Kaina graduated from Vintage High School in 2015 and is currently enrolled at Napa Valley College. Kaina has been on Image Dance Studio competition team for 2 years and has won many awards for her teams talents. She recently won the IDS Competition Dance Team Scholarship for 2016 . Kaina was also one of our Image dancers in the Disnyeland 60th Anniversary Parade amoung 700 other dancers. Kaina is hoping to pursue her dreams in becoming a professional dancer for an NBA OR NFL team and would love to be a dancer at Disnyeland someday. She also enjoys choreographing and her choreography has been featured at our dance recitals at the studio. She is excited to be the coach for the Jr Competition Teams this next year and can't wait to show the kids what she loves to do and that's teach dance. This is Kaina's 2nd year as a teacher.


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 recently graduated and will be attending 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. 

 

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