Jatara Newell

Jatara N.

Montclair, CA

Lesson Details



Jatara delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7 to 60

Teaching since:
September 2010

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: -2018 Dance Performer for Southern California Edison Black History Month Annual Celebration, Compton California -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.)

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Dance Instructor
Sep 2016 - Present

Now the Artistic Director and Dance Instructor for Jatara's Dance Classes. Instruction of several dance types are available such as Hip-hop, Jazz, African Dance, Contemporary, Lyrical, Ballet, and Bollywood!

Dance Instructor
Aug 2013 - Mar 2014
Dance Terrific

Classes taught were hip-hop, Jazz, and Ballet to children and teens ages 4-16. Students also performed in annual recitals

Dance Instructor
Sep 2010 - Jun 2012
True Stars Dance Academy

I was the Hip-Hop Instructor to kids ages 4-16, where they learned basic fundamentals of choreography and performance.


Theater Arts with an Emphasis in Dance
Sep 2014 - Present
California State University, San Bernardino
Fine Arts, Emphasis in Dance
Aug 2008 - Jun 2013
Riverside Community College
Aug 2011 - Jun 2012
Chaffey College


Professional Proficiency


Mental Health First Aid USA
Apr 2017
National Council for Behavioral Health

Has been trained to provide initial help to people experiencing problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis, and substance use disorders.


Dance Performer
Nov 2010
Cali Dance Festival


MSA Agency
Aug 2016

Founded in 2000 by Julie McDonald and Tony Selznick, McDonald Selznick Associates (MSA) is a creative talent agency representing a unique class of artists -- dancers, choreographers, creative directors, producers, educators and social media influencers in the entertainment industry and the arts community. With more than 25 years of experience, MSA has earned its status as the global leader in its field whose clients have been nominated for and won multiple Tony, Emmy, and MTV awards.

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Photos & Videos

Private Instruction, teaching one of my teens!
Stretching for center splits!. Jazz Funk Dance (hiphop/jazz) Mondays @ 5:30 pm

Very, very small sneak peak of dance practice for recital 5/22/17. Jazz Funk (hip-hop/Jazz) Mondays @ 5:30 p.m.
Wedding Performances are always fun!
Praise dancing (Liturgical dance)!!!
Photo taken after the Hoodbotics poplocking crew and I performed, 2nd place winners for 2010 Cali Dance Festival

Backstage preparing for Classical Jazz performance for University Dance Company Production @csusb in 2015.

Photo shoot for dance audition in 2013

Photo shoot for dance audition in 2013
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8 Reviews

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La Donya Dec 27, 2016
Contemporary Dance · In studio

There are no words that can describe Jatara's dance excellence. Jatara moves with grace and, is able to capture an audience from the beginning to the end with her grand stand performances. Jatara exudes excellence as she continues to pursue her dance career. Blessings.

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Adrienne Dec 19, 2016
Contemporary Dance · In studio

Ms. Jatara Newell is an excellent dance teacher. She is knowledgeable about dance terminology, dance methods and dance protocol. Her instructional methods are clear and fun and she is able to work with a variety of personalities.

Dorene Dec 17, 2016
Jazz Dancing · In studio

Jatara is one of the finest and most committed young women that I know. She loves teaching dance, and she is an exceptional, gifted dance queen. Don't miss the opportunity to study under her care.

Darnise Dec 16, 2016
Contemporary Dance · In studio

Absolutely the best at what she does!! She is kind, patient and willing to go the extra mile to make sure you have the best experience...great with children!!!

Darnise Dec 16, 2016
Contemporary Dance · In studio

Absolutely the best at what she does!! She is kind, patient and willing to go the extra mile to make sure you have the best experience...great with children!!!

Dimitriana Mayo Dec 16, 2016

Jatara is not only a great dancer but she provides a great environment for you to learn how to dance

Chatchey Dec 14, 2016

Great teacher! She has a good heart.

Johanna Dec 14, 2016
Jazz Dancing · In studio

My daughter joined Dance class about a month ago. She loves it. She looks forward to dance class every week. Jatara is amazing such a beautiful person. She has all the patients in the world. So welcoming from the second we walk in. I highly recommend this dance teacher she's awsome.

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