Gabriella Angulo developed a passion for dance at the young age of two, and hasn’t stopped since! She competed nationally winning several first place titles, and was granted a scholarship for dance to Loyola Marymount University. After being in the dance program at LMU for a semester, she decided to shift her focus to major in Elementary Education with an emphasis on Special Needs, while keeping her Dance minor. Throughout college, she began teaching dance to students of all ages, and upon graduating, she lent her teaching skills to kindergarteners and students with special needs for two years. She was then offered an executive assistant position to an owner of a woman’s clothing company, where, along with the executive assistant duties, she also took on the task of homeschooling his two children. In 2015, she was inspired to take her strengths and passion for dance and music to create a business that nurtured the physical development of children artistically. She believes that every student has the ability and potential to benefit from the creative arts, given a positive environment with inspiring instructors.
Emily has recently graduated from The Boston Conservatory and has received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance Performance with an Emphasis in Ballet. Emily received her early dance education from Contempro Dance Theatre studying classical and contemporary techniques under Jennifer Lentz and Autumn Dziegrenuk.
While at the Boston Conservatory, Emily performed several works choreographed by Adam Hougland, Alison Cook Beatty, Francesca Harper, MADBOOTS Dance, Omar Carrum and Claudia LaVista. Emily was also a soloist in excerpts of Don Quixote and Raymonda restaged by Adriana Suarez and Gianni DiMarco. Additionally, she has performed professionally with David Sun's Boston based contemporary ballet company SundanceX as well as Opera North playing the role of a Jet Girl in West Side Story.
Emily currently resides in Los Angeles where she is on faculty at both the Santa Monica and Manhattan Schools of Dance and Music. Emily also teaches for the mobile dance company Plaza Production where she works within Southern California schools sharing her wealth of knowledge with beginner dance students. When she isn't teaching, Emily is performing in both live shows and commercial work. She has been featured with companies such as OtherLinks and Vasht. She is very excited to be joining the team at the Sherman Oaks School of Dance and Music!
Kelsie started dancing when she was 3 years old in Colorado, and by the time she was 14 she was training competitively 30+ hours a week in all styles of dance. She then went on to UC Santa Barbara where she was the director of the largest hip hop team on campus, and an instructor for a local non-profit that provided low-cost dance classes to children in the community who wouldn’t be able to afford them otherwise. Kelsie then moved to Los Angeles in 2016 to pursue a professional dance career. She trains extensively with the industries top choreographers and has had the opportunity to perform at events such as the World Choreography Awards and the Choreographers Carnival with Jason Derulo. Beyond her personal dance training, Kelsie has found a passion for teaching. She loves connecting with her students and seeing that lightbulb go off when they finally accomplish a new skill. She has taught and choreographed at various studios across Colorado and California, and is happy to have found a home at Sherman Oaks SDM. Her students make her heart so full, and she can’t wait to continue to watch them grow.
Originally from Iowa, Alee has been dancing since the age of three. She has formally trained in styles of ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, modern, partnering, pointe and hip hop. Throughout high school, Alee has danced at multiple competitions as well as the Radio City Rockettes Opening Act and the Harlem Globetrotters Halftime Show in the Midwest. After completing her B.A. in Dance from the University of Iowa, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the commercial dance industry. While in LA, Alee has been a part of Illumin8 Contemporary Dance Company, Soul Fresh Hip Hop Dance Company, and LA Unbound Dance Company. She has performed at Six Flag’s Kwerkmas show, World of Dance, as well as numerous Carnival, Club Jete, and Club Posers performances. In 2016, Alee worked for Tokyo Disney performing as a Disney Princess. In 2017, she performed on the Grand Celebration Cruise Line. Alee is currently represented by Go 2 Talent Agency and performing around LA. She has been teaching and choreographing for the past six years in the Midwest and Los Angeles area. Alee enjoys teaching and loves to encourage and inspire others with her passion for dance..
Erin Grandelli began dancing at the age of 4 in Scottsdale, Arizona. She trained in all styles and competed at Regional and National levels earning the top 3 Senior National titleholder for Co. Dance Convention. She trained and competed with Dance Motion Performing Company with studio directors Kevin and Meri Bender (Michael Jackson, Star Search), Krista Barker (Britney Spears), Natasha Louis (Aaron Carter), Tina Caspery-Cyphert (Annie, Can’t Buy Me Love), Nancy Sheade (San Francisco Ballet), and many others. Her love of teaching began at the age of 12 when she became an assistant teacher for different faculty members and joined her studio’s outreach program to give underprivileged kids weekly dance classes after school. During high school she was Meri’s assistant for many of the company classes. After graduating she continued onto Loyola Marymount University where is earned her degrees in Dance and Natural Science (Pre-Physical Therapy) where she trained closely under the jazz instruction of Jason Myhre (Ricky Martin, Paula Abdul) and guest choreographers Tina Landon, Tyce Diorio, Helene Phillips, and Marguerite Derricks. Since finishing her college education she has pursued dance as her career dancing for Disney Cruise Line, Six Flags Magic Mountain, “Sister Act” the Music with choreographer Michelle Elkin, and special events for the Walt Disney Company. In 2017 she appeared on Nickelodeons “The Thundermans” as a featured dancer. Recently she has taken her love for dance and combined it with her passion for fitness. She currently is a Certified Personal Trainer at DToX Fitness in Encino. She began working with Sherman Oaks School of Dance and Music in 2015 and is excited to continue to pursue her passion for teaching with the School of Dance and Music family.
Val began dancing at the age of 8 in her home town of Buffalo, NY. Once she reached the age of 12, she trained over 20+ hours a week in all styles including Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, Acro, Contemporary, Modern, Pointe, and Ballroom. By the time she was 15, she began her teaching experience by assisting master classes at her home studio. In 2012, she performed a tap number in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and went on to compete nationally at the American Dance Awards. In 2013, she spent her summer in Chicago, IL with a select group, training with the RiverNorth Dance Company. In 2015, she decided to follow her dreams and move to Los Angeles to pursue her career in acting and dance. She began working at Sherman Oaks SDM in the spring of 2016 at the front desk, and has now become a member of the teaching staff. She has a passion for working with her students to further their love for dance, and cant wait to continue to watch them grow!
Agina comes from a musical family, which has allowed her to be educated in music since the age of 3. She was trained in many different genres such as R&B, Pop, Rock, Jazz, Classical and Latin. She then received her associates of science in Music Production degree.
She has been in the music industry for over 20 years. Being signed to recording deals, touring all over the US, having songs reach the Latin billboard charts, being a contestant on Season 4 “The Voice” representing “Team Adam Levine”, and then going on to being a finalist on “La Voz Mexico” (The Voice Mexico) representing “Team Ricky Martin”. Ricky Martin invited Agina to tour with him in Mexico as an opening act and likened her voice to that of a young Mariah Carey, “because of her ability to reach 3 octave range notes”. With all her experience and education, Agina thrives on teaching the next generation of musicians.
Jonny Papa is a tenacious multi instrumental professional musician from Southern California. After graduating from Musician's institute in Hollywood 2006, Jonny has been touring, recording, performing and teaching ever since. Performing with artist such as Mark Hudson, Sammy Hagar, Paul Stanley and many more; Jonny has a live performance energy like no other. His understanding of technique, ear training and harmony & theory on guitar, bass, keys, drums and vocals is a gift given to each and every student to equip them for a future as a musical artist and leader for the world of tomorrow.
Lanessa Long is a musician, educator, writer, songstress, and comedian. She earned her BFA in Music from the California Institute of the Arts, and studied lyric writing at Falmouth University in England. She has toured her solo musical comedy, “Nobody’s Really Helped Me” all over the world, and been nominated for multiple awards, including the Larry Cornwall Award for Musical Excellence, and is the recipient of the 2018 Best Improv Award at the world's largest solo theater festival in New York City: the United Solo Theatre Festival. She released her 5-track self-titled EP in 2016 and has a library of around 400 original songs. Lanessa has a passion for teaching piano, as she believes it is the root of music that each musician should be educated on. She is also an accomplished cellist, is actively involved with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles, and is a mother of two birds named Martha and Patricia. She is passionate about bringing joy to others through the art of music and understands it is a beautiful gift to be a part of these stories.