The Teachers

Miss Alexa  Miss Alina    Miss Ciara   Miss Emily
Miss Hannah   Miss Hartleigh     Miss Jackie     Miss Kaci 
Miss Kelly  Miss Marlye   Miss Natalie   Miss Paola

Miss Samantha     Mr Sebastian   Miss Simone     Miss Tiana   Mr Will

Miss Alexa

Alexa6147Alexa Tolitano began her training at The Center For Dance in Chicago, Illinois and continued her training at Western Michigan University receiving a B.A. in Dance.  In 2014, Alexa toured the Midwest with Western Michigan University’s touring ensemble, Western Dance Project under the direction of Whitney Moncrief.  Currently residing in Los Angeles, Alexa is continuing her training throughout the city and across the country.  Recent Performances include the 2017 Capezio Ace Awards with Nick Young’s company, Rhythmatic; music videos with Blake McGrath and Mickey Singh.  Being represented by Go2Talent Agency, Alexa is able to build her brand and aesthetic which is a fusion of jazz and contemporary elements, a mix of grounded athletic movement and traditional ballet technique.  Alexa is thrilled to continue her passion for dance education at Creation Station Studio City.  Currently Alexa teaches ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary to all ages and loves sharing her passion with those around her.

Miss Alina

AlinaAlina was born and raised in Riga,Latvia where she professionally studied ballet. It is ballet that brought her to USA. At the age of 17 Alina moved to CA to pursue her career in acting. She has been seen on TV shows like “Shameless” , “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”, ” Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” ” Worst Cooks In America”. She has also done theater productions of “Hercules Furens” , ” Lysistrata; Unbound”, ” Ajax in Iraq” , “Nosferatu: Symphony In Terror” “Superhero and His Charming wife”

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Miss Ciara
ciaraCiara was born and raised in Macomb Michigan, she has been involved in the preforming arts since she was a little girl.After high school, Ciara attended theUniversity Of Michigan as a dance major for a year before getting signed to Go2Talent Agency in Los Angeles, California. Within a few years of her being in the industry, she has been able to do many live performances such as The Latin American Music Awards, The Gypsy Awards for Paula Abdul, an album release showcase with Pharell’s group N.E.R.D. She has also been seen on Ellen various times, and in television shows on VH1 and B.E.T. She has also done commercials for brands such as Ford, Toyota, and Panasonic along with many music videos. Ciara continues to work and grow in the dance industry, and is now pursuing modeling, commercial, and theatrical acting.

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Miss Emily

…Has been dancing since the age of three and has excelled in many areas of dance, though her true passion is tap. She was a fifteen year student of Ms. Sharon Dicrosta of The Dancer’s Studio of North Haven, Ct, and also received training at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in NYC.
During her competitive career, she received numerous high scores, titles, and special awards at both the regional and national levels and was a member of the World Champion Junior Tap Dance Dance Team. The only team in IDO history to receive a perfect score.
Emily began teaching at the age of sixteen under the guidance of her teacher and mentor Sharon Dicrosta, who taught her at a very young age that “Dance comes from your heart…not your feet!”
Emily has taught all over New England, and now in the Los Angeles area, including the Famed Debbie Reynolds Studio, and all with the very same motto she learned at three.
Seen on stage, screen, print and television both nationally and internationally, Emily’s favorite credits include Nike, Mercedes Benz and Loreal.
Emily has also been a volunteer with Kids for Kids, Dancing for Life, inc. since the non-profit organization’s founding in 1994 and  has served on the board of directors since 2005. She has recently founded Kids for Kids West with hopes to make a difference in the lives of children in the Los Angeles area.
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Miss Hannah

Hannah…trained at The Center for Dance at the age of 5 in the western suburbs of Chicago, IL. Training in all styles of dance, she was fortunate to compete and perform all over the country. After graduation from high school, Hannah trained with Nick Pupillo at Visceral Dance Center in both the scholarship and work-study programs for three years. While at Visceral, she was fortunate to have also worked with Lizzie MacKenzie, Ricky Ruiz, Gil Mata and Brian McGinnis. In August of 2012, Hannah joined Chicago Tap Theatre as a performing apprentice for two consecutive seasons. Under the direction of Mark Yonally, Hannah had the opportunity to perform eight times in Chicago as well as tour “Liason III” in France and Spain. Since then, Hannah has relocated to Los Angeles, California to continue her dance education and pursue her dance career. She has been training at Monday Night Tap Experience, Millennium Dance Complex, International Dance Academy and EDGE Performing Arts Center. Working with both Chloe Arnold and Sarah Reich, she has been given the opportunity to perform and understudy with Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies and Sarah Reich’s Tap Music Project.  You can see her in Rachelle Royale’s music video “Tap Dat” and performing Forever (Operation Taps first concept video winner) with Reverb Tap Company (dir. Leah Silva). Hannah has taught at multiple studios including Joel Hall Dance Center, Visceral Dance Center, Jimmie Defore Dance Center and Monday Night Tap Experience. She is currently on staff at Creation Station Studio City, Bobbie’s School of Performing Arts in Southern California, Assistant for Reverb Tap Co Jr. and Dance Captain for Reverb Tap Company (PRO). Hannah is also now signed with Go2Talent Agency.
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Miss Hartleigh

Hartleigh…Originally from Oklahoma, Hartleigh began dancing at the age of three. Her love for music and the stage continued to grow and expand on through her school years. Her time dedicated towards the arts led her to The University of Oklahoma where she graduated with a B.F.A. in musical theatre. After finding success working in New York for two years, Hartleigh decided to relocate to sunny Los Angeles. It’s much better here she says. Hartleigh has had success in tv and commercial work and loves to sing in the occasional cabaret or musical. Currently Hartleigh is continuing to pursue vocal work and is extremely proud to be a part of this fantastic dance studio and family.
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Miss Jackie

Jackie…Born and raised right outside of Chicago, Illinois, Jackie began dancing at the age of 3. She carried that into college where she attended The University of Iowa, receiving dual degrees in both Dance and Entrepreneurial Management along with a minor in Spanish. She also received her Yoga Teaching Certification from James Miller Yoga, studying from James Miller himself. While attending Iowa, she had the privilege to work under many renowned choreographers such as The Joffrey Ballet School’s Artistic Director George de la Peña, Alan Sener, Deanna Carter, Eloy Barragan, Armando Duarte, Jennifer Kayle, Charlotte Adams, and professional ballet dancer and actress, Karen Burns. Her most prestigious performances include Deanna Carter’s “Bach Concerto Rework for Nine Women” and Alan Senar’s “Tongues in Trees”, where she danced alongside the JACK Quartet live. Jackie moved out to the Los Angeles area at the end of 2015 where she continues to dance in various contemporary companies, most recently with Emmy award winning choreographers Christopher “Pharside” Jennings and Krystal “Phoenix” Meraz. She is very excited to be living in LA and teaching alongside so many talented artists.
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Miss Kaci

…Is originally from Boscobel, WI where she began studying dance at the Betty Hayes Baxter School of Dance.  Kaci graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance and a Business Certificate. Kaci began teaching dance in 2002, and has taught ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater, and hip hop to all ages. Since moving to Los Angeles, Kaci as formed her own dance company, Velvet Martini Dance Company. Besides being a performer in the company, Kaci also is the Artistic Director.
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Miss Kelly

…Has been singing and dancing since she was in pigtails. After touring the SoCal scene with acclaimed revue groups such as the Allard Singers and the Young Americans, as well as performing at several regional theaters, Kelly attended the University of Southern California where she graduated with a BA in Theatre and a minor in Musical Theater. She also danced with Paragon All-Stars, professional competitive dance team, and helped them take home a national victory at National Dance Alliance and COA Dance West Coast competitions. She then left the west coast for the New York City, where she studied acting with Mary Boyer at MTB Studios; and had a taste of performing in off-Broadway productions; and danced with Enfocus Dance Company. She also dabbled in film and voice overs. She is now back on the west coast and still continues to perform onstage, on film and in the recording studio.

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Miss Natalie

Natalie…was born and raised in Canton, MI. Before making the leap to Hollywood in 2010 to pursue her dreams, she toured world wide with Sesame Street Live. Natalie’s first gig on the West Coast was interning at the reputable International Dance Academy of Hollywood. Since then, she has danced with: Inglewood Lady Hawks, Sophie Olson Dance Explosion, Velvet Martini Burlesque, Joseph Allen Decker Dance Company as well as Jam Today Dance Theatre and The Cabaret Versatile. She has also danced in several music videos and live events. Currently, Natalie is excited to be touring with the fabulous Dario, from American Idol, and continuing her pursuit of dancing her way to the top!
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PaolaHeadshotPaola Acevedo was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. At the age of 15 she had the privilege of receiving a full scholarship at School for the Performing Arts, Guaynabo, P.R. Where she got the opportunity to train in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern Dance, Contemporary, Tap, Salsa, Aerial Silks and be part of Drama Danza Co. She traveled to New York and Las Vegas and received a scholarship to attend the SYTYCD Experience and Pulse Conventions. She also had performed in one of the most prestigious dance festivals in Puerto Rico the, “International Dance Festival, P.R.”  Paola she is training in all styles of dance under the guidance of some of the LA’s finniest teachers including: Nika Klujn, Michelle “JERSEY” Maniscalco, JR Taylor, Kenya Klay, Gustavo Vargas, Brian & Scott Nicholson and Marty Kudelka who recently gave her the opportunity to be part of the GET SCHOOL.ED Mentorship Program and WHAT MOVES WORK by Richy Jackson. Paola is part of the faculty at Millennium Dance Complex and Creation Station and can’t wait to see what the future holds and looks forward to work as a professional dancer, sharing her love and passion for dance!
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Miss Samantha

Smantha alt…born and raised in Philadelphia PA, Sam began her training, competing, and performing  with Release Dance Academy at age 14. She trained in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Breaking, and Musical Theater. Winning Judges awards, placing top 10 at numerous competitions.  Competing, until age 17, then she moved forward to further her preparation for the University of the Arts, with Gary Jeter and Chris Ramirez; as well as taking consistent classes at Broadway Dance Center. April 2015, Sam had performed with noted choreographers Dave Scott and Jersey Maniscalco who inspired her to move to LA. June 2015 she moved to Los Angeles CA, destined  to start her career as a performer…Post moving to LA, Sam has been working and training professionally in commercial dance. Now a member of Academy of Villains, training and working under noted choreographers Christopher Jennings and Krystal Meraz. As well as training, performing, and working with numerous world class choreographers on her own. Aside from dancing herself, Sam loves to share the gift of dance with the kids. Sam enjoys teaching young dancers not only dance steps, but to love what they are doing and to be knowledgeable of the evolution of dance. Teaching at various studios from Philadelphia to California, Sam is now calling Creation Station Studio City her home!
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Mr Sebastian

Sebastian…a young man raised near a Chicago area which started his love for dance with impersonating Michael Jackson which let him to styles including popping, waving, and gliding. Once he realized he can stand on his hands he transitioned to breakdancing. By the time he was 16 he was teaching breaking classes till present time. He has been trained in Ballet, Contemporary, hip hop, tricking, and Latin. Versatility was always the main goal throughout dance. By the time he was 18 he started working with artist such as Chance the Rapper, DLOW, and Keke Palmer. Sebastian recently moved to North Hollywood to pursue his career as a choreographer/artistic director.

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Miss Simone

garland_01…moved from San Francisco, California where she was born and raised. She attended the Hartt School of Music for Musical Theater as well as San Francisco State University where she earned her BA in Theater. She has worked for companies such as San Francisco Arts Education Project, a program that puts visual and performing artists into the public schools. She’s been dancing and singing from a very young age and has admired all of her teachers and mentors. She has been performing since she was about 6 months old, where she starred in a dance piece with her mother as a mere babe in arms. She also sings with the Angel City Chorale, “building community one song at a time”. She really enjoys teaching at Creation Station, Studio City and feels blessed to have landed such a wonderful job and working with such great and talented people. Amy and David are really great people and have made her feel right at home.
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Miss Tiana

Tiana…received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Montclair State University as well as studying at the Ailey School in NYC. She has worked with professional companies and choreographers including Robert Battle, artistic director of The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, and Lula Washington, choreographer of the Oscar winning film Avatar. Over the years, Tiana has been a featured dancer for R&B artists like Jill Scott and Sean Kingston. Her choreography has graced the stages of Montclair State University, Kasser Theater and has been featured at the annual National Black Dance Conference in Toronto, Canada. Tiana began teaching at age 14 and by her junior year at Montclair State, was teaching dance minor classes on campus. Her passion for teaching prompted the founding of Capturing the Stage, a non-profit organization bringing dance and musical theater to local public and charter schools. Tiana joined the CSSC family in May 2016 and is excited to share her passion for educating through dance with the amazing students here at Creation Station.
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Mr Will

…is a Texas native who has been in Los Angeles for the past few years. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Biomedical Science and Minor in Art and Architecture History. Will was a part of Kelly Jardell’s School of Dance Competition Team for many years and received numerous awards including National Cwilljardellhifashion2014_hampions 3 years in a row. Will began teaching dance in college and went on to be the assistant director of Expressions Dance and Music Competition Team before relocating to Los Angeles. He enjoys teaching various styles of dance but mainly focuses on Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz. During his time in college he also organized and created his very own dance convention that is still running at Texas A&M University. Will was also 1st runner-up on America’s Next Top Model Cycle 21 hosted by international supermodel Tyra Banks. Aside from his passion in dance, Will enjoys creating social media content, YouTube videos, and Modeling. Will is also currently enrolled at the University of Southern California where he is pursuing a graduate degree in Public Health. Will is excited to continue sharing his passion with the students and families at Creation Station in the upcoming year and beyond.
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