Lillian Barbeito is the Co-Director of BODYTRAFFIC. She has a BFA from The Juilliard School where she studied on a 4 year, full-tuition scholarship awarded by Tomorrow’s Leaders of America. Lillian is one of 28 people in the world who is certified to teach Anouk Van Dijk’s revolutionary Countertechnique. She leads BODYTRAFFIC’s extensive outreach and education program that provides training opportunities for pre-professionals and customized dance experiences for underserved populations around the globe. She is currently on faculty at Loyola Marymount University. Read More >>
Sharon Trimbo – Yoga
Sharon has been a personal trainer since 2001 and certified in many different modalities, such as: Stability Ball training, Kickboxing, Running and Nutrition coach, Senior fitness and also, teaching the art of Hula Hooping. Additionally, Since Yoga has always been a part of her own personal fitness routine, she used it to help in the prevention and rehab of both her and her client’s injuries. Seeing the amazing benefits of yoga with regard to strength building and even more importantly, stress reducing, over the years, Sharon also enjoys being a certified Yoga Alliance 200 hour Yoga instructor.
Brandee Lara – Musical Theater & Tap
Brandee began her professional stage career regionally and on tour in such shows as 42nd Street, Anything Goes, and George M! Brandee holds a masters degree in Dance and a bachelors degree in Theatre, both from CSULB, and has taught tap at Chapman University since 1997. She has also been on the faculty at Golden West College and Irvine Valley College, as well as teaching at various dance studios and conventions. She was awarded the Golden West College Pillar of Achievement in 2013; was named a Teacher of the Year in 1991 and appeared multiple times in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Dance Teacher magazine recently awarded Brandee the 2015 Dance Teacher Award for Higher Education for her work at Chapman University.
Emily Guibert – Lyrical Jazz
Emily Guibert has over 26 years of dance training including ballet, modern, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, hip-hop, musical theater, and tumbling. She has performed under the direction of Debbie Allen at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, traveled to New York to participate in the Joffrey Ballet School’s Summer Intensive, and went to England to dance in the London New Years’ Parade. She attended California State University, Long Beach on academic and dance scholarships and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.F.A. degree in Dance. Emily is the Dance Program Manager of Staffing and Curriculum for the United Spirit Association. Now in her 12th year, Emily has been named the 2006 Rookie of the Year, the 2010 Most Valuable Player, the 2012 Hardest Working Staff, and the received the 2015 Leadership Award. Emily currently works as a dance instructor, choreographer, and master class teacher for dance studios and dance teams along the west coast.
Danny Batimana – Hip Hop
Danny V. Batimana is a professional dancer and CEO & Founder of Happiness is NOW Inc., a nonprofit organization, specializing in motivational presentations across North America. After graduating from Diamond Bar High School, he became one of the hip-hop choreographers for the Los Angeles Laker Girls, Portland Trailblazers, and Los Angeles Clippers Spirit, respectively. At the same time he studied business management at Cal State University, Fullerton; his dual career in the arts and business began to flourish and led him to create Team Millennia, a competitive hip-hop dance team based out of Orange County. While teaching, he was also the owner of the Team Millennia Dance Studio, director of Team Millennia (America’s Best Dance Crew season 2 & 3), TM Juniors, and TM Tots; while producing the Bridge Dance Competitions (formerly Prelude) and Summer Intensive Dance Camps & Showcases. In 2010, he became the manager of the Poreotics Dance Crew (America’s Best Dance Crew Season 5 champions), traveling the world and gaining experiences, which would eventually lead to his desire to ‘change the world’ through a happiness youth movement called “Happiness is NOW.’ Danny is currently traveling and speaking throughout North America inspiring and empowering the youth in finding their passions, leading to happiness, and creating their personal success.
Benjamin Allen – Hip Hop
Benjamin Allen is an industry insider with over 13 years in the business. His vibrant personality and fresh originality brings a unique style that has inspired people throughout the world. As a dancer, he has performed on TV in the Kid’s Choice, People’s Choice and American Music Awards as well as on Scrubs and in national commercials for xbox, Subway and Miller Lite. As a choreographer he has worked with Will.I.Am and Drew Barrymore, and developed routines for Vh-1, Oxygen and several NBC projects. Locally he teaches at The Edge Performing Arts Center as well as runs a dance fitness movement he created called GROOV3™. The movement has caught the attention of ELLEN, Extra, ABC7, Popsugar, American Fitness Magazine and fitperez.com.
Tom Tsai – Modern Floorwork
Tom Tsai is originally from Taipei, Taiwan and currently based out of Los Angeles. His choreographic works exhibit creative, athletic movement, and considers themes of identity construction and authentic representation, while fostering audience connection and empathy. His solos have been presented throughout California and New York, and internationally in Sweden, Portugal, the Netherlands, and at Sadler’s Wells in London. Tom is the recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant and two-time winner at the REVERBdance Festival. He previously competed with Instant Noodles Crew, and has danced with LA-based companies Pennington Dance Group, and Laurie Cameron & Company. Tom has been on faculty at Pomona College Department of Theatre and Dance, and a guest artist at high schools across Southeast Asia.
Sara Dickman – Tap
Sara Dickman was born and raised in San Diego where she began dancing as a child. She continued her dance training at the University of California San Diego where she earned a BA in Dance, her teaching credential and Masters in Education. She has taught dance for 13 years at Creative, Performing, Media Arts Magnet Middle School in San Diego where she has built a dance program focusing on tap, jazz, and ballet serving over 475 students each year! Sara is also a member of California Rhythm Project where she has been a company member since 2012 performing throughout San Diego including the San Diego International Fringe Festival, The Vine Theater’s summer series, and other local events. Sara loves to share her passion for dance with others.
Erin Landry – Afro-Caribbean
Erin Landry is a full Professor of Dance at Cypress College in California. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California Institute of the Arts, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine. She has performed professionally with the Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO), Lula Washington Dance Theater, and the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company. Ms. Landry was awarded a Merit Scholarship to attend the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center (The Ailey School) in New York and is also a recipient of the SCOPE award for outstanding dance educator of the year. She is the artistic director and choreographer of the “Passion, Grace, & Fire Dance Ensemble”.
Eddie Garcia – Progressions Jazz
Eddie Garcia is an accomplished director, choreographer dancer and multi-faceted entertainer with a solid reputation for choreography built upon decades of performing internationally alongside many of today’s most celebrated stars. At just 16 years old, Eddie’s incredible dancing style and technique delivered him to the world stage via many projects with Janet Jackson. By the time Eddie turned 17, Michael Jackson hand picked Eddie to join him in the video “Smooth Criminal”. Eddie spent the next five years dancing with Jackson on tour. He has since collaborated with well known artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Paula Abdul, Queen Latifah, Jane’s Addition and many others.
Christine Ivy – Hip Hop
Christine Ivy holds an extensive and diverse background in Stage Direction/Production, Choreography, Talent/Event Management, Teaching, Dance Performance, and Pilates Education. She is the CEO of Ivy House Productions and Owner/Founder of Balance & Grace Pilates Studio. Formerly a long time Producer, Choreographer, and Core Member of global cirque troupe Lucent Dossier Experience, stage credits include numerous national and international performances at notable venues such as Coachella, Lightening in a Bottle, Electric Picnic (Ireland), and Boom (Portugal). She can be seen in music videos for Avicii (“Super Love”), Of Monsters and Men (“Mountain Sounds”) and is featured in Pharrel Williams’ single, “Come Get it Bae”, featuring Miley Cyrus. Commercial credits include Big Lots and Reliant Energy. Commercial Fitness credits include two dance fitness videos from fitness icon Tracey Mallet, DanceFuse CardioBurn and DanceFuse CardioLean. She holds a B.A. in Dance/Option Dance Science (CSULB), is represented by Go To Talent Agency, and is scheduled to graduate from Lolita San Miguel’s Mastor Mentor Pilates Program in the summer of 2017.
Gina Cerato- Ballet
Gina Cerato began her ballet training at Ballet Pacifica in Laguna Beach. There she received the highest level of training in the classical Vagonova and Cechetti methods. Gina’s professional career was spent not only as a 20 year company member of the Ballet Pacifica but also guesting for other local companies, theater productions and studios. Gina has trained and worked with many well-known choreographers including Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Ann-Marie DeAngelo, Rick McCullough, Paul Vasterling, Peter Pucci and Stephen Mills. Many of the rolls she performed throughout her career were created on her and she has been recognized for her precise technique, strength, and flexibility. Gina has recently taken the ABT National Teachers Training Curriculum at ABT-NY and is now a certified instructor for levels Pre-Primary to level 3. Her teaching career has spanned over 20 years. Gina is also a certified Pilates instructor.
Cyndi Herman – Jazz
Cyndi currently teaches at Santa Ana High School and is a freelance choreographer. She has taught high school dance for over 20 years. She received her BA and MA in Dance from California State University Long Beach and holds a Physical Education credential from California State University Fullerton. She was a director of the 2015 Dance and Movement workshop and current serves on the board. She loves teaching and exposing her students to the many aspects of dance. Her specialty is teaching choreography composition. In addition to teaching the SanArts Dance Conservatory, she most recently assisted on the annual Shuler Awards opening and closing dance numbers in Atlanta, Georgia. “Teaching and choreographing for high school students has always been my passion and I am grateful I get to share my love of dance with so many young dancers”.
Guzman Rosados – Improvisation
Guzman Rosados started dancing at the International School of Dance of Carmen Roche Scaena in Madrid on a scholarship sponsored by the Ministerio de Cultura de Madrid. Guzmán danced with Ballet Joven de Carmen Roche until 1999, when he was offered a scholarship to attend the School of American Ballet (SAB). After his time at SAB, Edward Villella invited him to dance with Miami City Ballet. From 2002 to 2007, Guzmán danced with Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporaneo. In 2007, with André Mesquita and Teresa Alves da Silva, Guzmán co-founded a cultural platform in Lisbon, Tok’Art. He has performed extensively as a guest artist throughout Europe. He teaches ballet, yoga, and movement workshops. Guzmán is currently BODYTRAFFIC’s resident filmmaker and has won awards for his film work. Guzman joined BODYTRAFFIC in 2012.
Deborah Flemming – IB (e) Therefore I Teach Dance
Deborah Flemming has journeyed in her teaching career from Canada to the Caribbean to South America to Taiwan. Along the way, she was fortunate to be one of six teachers to develop the IB dance course. Deb is currently in her 22nd year at Taipei American School teaching upper school dance with passionate students and dedicated colleagues.
Amy Louise Sebelius
Amy Louise Sebelius is the Director of Drama at Lakewood High School and the Pathway Lead teacher for its Digital Media Arts Communication program.