Hi there! My name is Jatara and I can't wait to meet you! I have been dancing/performing consistently for 12 years and teaching dance lessons since October 2010. I love to make sure you as the student always feel safe, included, and proud of who YOU are as an individual! Strong work ethic, discipline, and consistency is a must to become great at anything you do! My teaching style is simple yet has a lot of personality, big movement, and technique, so come prepared! I also teach with a sense of humor to help students remember and to also make learning fun! My training first began at the church I attend where I learned liturgical/ praise dance. Through that experience I've learned how to express through several elements of performing arts such as drama, stage presence and technique! I've also trained under numerous dance instructors such as Michele Whisler (Colony High School) 2 years, Los Osos High School (Danielle Mancuso) 2 years, Mark Haines, Jo Dierdorrf, Denise Donovan, Robyn O'Dell) 5 years Riverside Community College, and Janys Antonio Cal State San Bernardino 1 year. Gus Bembery at Edge Performing Arts Los Angeles (2016). I have an AA in Fine Arts, working towards Bachelors and Masters degree in dance. My experience in teaching dance includes but not limited to; Ballet (10yrs), Jazz (10 yrs), Hip-Hop (10yrs), African (7yrs), Bollywoord (2yrs), Modern (6yrs), Contemporary (6yrs), Liturgical (12yrs), and Lyrical (10yrs). Also entertainment industry experience in hip-hop and Jazz from Gus Bembery
My Performances: -2016 Dancer and Choreographer for "United We Dance" African Dance for Riverside City Black History Parade
-2015 Dancer for University Dance Company "Lights, Camera, Dance!" Production @ Cal State San Bernardino
-2014 Dancer and Actress for "Teen Talent Extravaganza" Production @ Victoria Gardens Lewis Family Playhouse
-2012 Jazz Dancer in Mary Poppins "Step in Time" and Ballroom Dancer in "Bond 007" piece at Chaffey Community College under Director Michele Jenkins
- 2011 Back up dancer for R&B singer Marcel Red
-2011 Modern Dancer in Riverside City College Student Showcase
-2010 Hip-hop dancer in Cali Dance Festival Los Angeles
I also perform and or choreograph for formal events: birthday parties, weddings, memorials, local city events (parades, conferences, and Expos etc.)
Currently a dance instructor for the City of Montclair Human Services Dept. Classes taught are Jazz Funk and Contemporary for boys/girls ages 7-13.
Classes taught were hip-hop, Jazz, and Ballet to children and teens ages 4-16. Students also performed in annual recitals
I was the Hip-Hop Instructor to kids ages 4-16, where they learned basic fundamentals of choreography and performance.
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