TEACHERS

Christa Gonzales- Director/ Owner

Dance Styles: Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Cheer, Pom, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, African Caribbean, Salsa, Heels, Acro Dance, Musical Theater & Line Country Dance

Christa Gonzales is the Director & Owner of Image Dance Studio since 2007. She has been dancing for 39 years. She started when she was 2 years old. She is trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Heels, Cheer, Pom, African Caribbean, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary, Salsa, and Mexican Folklorical. Christa has 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 crowned Miss Teen Napa County U.S.A. Christa attended Napa Valley College and received an AA in Humanities and Fine Arts. While attending NVC she participated in dance productions and assisted in choreography. Christa graduated from Sacramento State University with a B.A in Dance/ Theater. 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 singer career. For 3 years she was a back-up singer for a Latin band called "Che Su Barrio Latino". She also explored acting as another talent. She was featured in a independent film called "Render". Christa was a teacher at Expressions Dance Studio in Napa for 2 years. She helped coach and choreograph for their competition teams. For 9 years, Christa was involved in the Napa Valley Junior Miss Scholarship Program "Distinguished Young Women". Christa as the producer, choreographer and director for the organization. Christa has taught and choreographed for the 6th grade Musical Theater classes for Napa Valley Language Academy for 5 years. She has also had the privilege of working with Boys & Girls Club at Redwood, Silverado, Harvest & River. For 2 years Christa taught at Precision Dance Studio. She coached for their Jazz and Lyrical Competition Teams. She also was a guest choreographer for El Camino High School Dance Department in San Mateo for their halftime routine for the Big Game Basketball . Christa has also choreographed and performed for big corporate events through "Capstone Events" and "Stark Advantage". Christa was a contestant for Season 7 & 8 on  Fox Television Show " So You Think You Can Dance". In season 7 of "SYTUCD" Christa was one of the 36 contestants left out of 3,000 people who auditioned for L.A. She also coached and choreographed for the North Bay Rattler Girls Semi-Pro Cheerleading team for 2 years from 2012-2013. Christa was the cheerleading coach this last year in 2019 for Justin Sienna High School. Christa loves teaching kids and seeing them develop over the years. She wouldn't trade it for the world.

Monse Garcia - Teacher

Dance Styles: Jazz, Contemporary. Pom & Hip Hop

Monse starting 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 dance teams for 2 years and received "Dancer of the Year Award". Monse attended Napa High School and was apart of their Jazz program. Her Senior year she was a Napa High Spiritleader. Monse is now attending Napa College for her 2nd year and is planning on becoming a pediatric doctor. Monse loves teaching and helping to develop students at the studio. She is passionate about dance and feels its a way to express yourself. She wants to share with others why she loves to dance so much. This is Monse 3rd year teaching at the studio.

 

Ella Powers - Teacher

 

Dance Styles: Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Tap, Musical Theater, Cheerleading & Hip Hop

Ella started dancing at the age of 2. She danced at Napa Valley Dance Center for several years until she moved away. Ella danced at Dance Fusion in Omaha Nebraska for 2 years. She came back to Napa and decided to join Image Dance Studio. Ella has danced with us for 5 years. She was on the Hip Hop & Jazz Competition Team for the last 4 years. She has been captain for the competition teams for 3 years. Ella also competed as a soloist her first year and received High Platnuim at Rainbow Dance Competition. This last year she won at Starbound Nationals in Tahoe High Platnuim and 2nd overall in her solo for "Survivor". Ella has also received the Image Dance Studio "Dancer of the Year Award" & "Scholarship Award". Ella was apart of the Saint Johns plays for 3 years as a actor, singer and dancer. She had the leading roles in "Sound of Music" as Liesl, "Lion King" as Nala and "Singing in the Rain" as Kathy. She was also apart of the Saint John Dance Team for 3 years and was captain for 2 years. Ella currently attends Vintage High School and was recently a dancer in "West Side Story". She is looking forward to her Junior year. Ella has been an assistant teacher at Image for 2 years and has been teaching the last 2 years as a teacher for the beginning classes. She enjoys teaching others what she loves to do everyday and that's dance. This is Ella's 5th year teaching at Image Dance Studio.

Sarah Hazen - Teacher

Dance Styles: Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Pom, & Musical Theatre

Sarah Hazen has over ten years of dance experience in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, hip hop, breaking, contemporary, Pom, and musical theatre. For six years she lived in Los Angeles to pursue her career in dance and train from some of the top choreographers and instructors. She has been a part of various competition  teams including Chapkis Dance Family and Napa High Spiritleaders. During her years of competing she won many awards including best technique, NDA all American, NDA staff, and NDA national grand champions in Pom. Sarah has always loved creating and started choreographing her own solos as a child. Upon graduating high school she went on to choreograph for the Napa High Dance Department, Breakers, and guest pieces in the Napa area. Sarah loves working with all ages and being able to share her love for dance.

Omari Johnson - Teacher

Dance Style: Hip Hop

Omari Johnson has 5 years experience instructing dance. Co-founder/director of Natural Order Dance Team at Napa Valley College. Former dance instructor at Farnsworth Dance Academy and Image Dance Studio. Competed most recently with Identity X from UC Berkeley at Hip Hop International in 2018, and also competed in the past at World of Dance, Prelude NorCal, and Breakthrough Dance Competition. His class will have a strong base in basic grooves. Movement and choreography learned will derive from fusion styles of hip hop, belly dance, voguing, waacking, popping, house, waving, and many other urban dance styles. Omari is exciting to be teaching at the studio again and inspiring others.

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