Dedicated to providing quality dance education in a fun and creative environment.

Instructors

Our award-winning dance instructors have several years of experience working with children and working within the industry. They are committed to providing our students with quality dance instruction and guiding them towards the development of self-discipline, confidence, and positivity.

**Our instructors are livescanned & background-checked.

 
 

Venus Hall - Ballet Director

Specializations
Ballet
Modern
Floor Barre
Pointe

Venus Hall began training at Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre. She was an all-city winner of dance in the NAACP ACT-SO Competition. She received a B.F.A. from Barat College and graduated as a member of The National Honor Key Society. She joined the prestigious Alvin Ailey Company in 1995, performing with them nationally and internationally for ten years. She worked with  choreographers such as Judith Jamison, George Faison, Dwight Rhoden, Alonzo King, Ron Brown, and many others. Miss Hall is very excited to be at New World Dance.


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Terry Bixler - Creative Director

Specializations
Hip Hop
Street Dance
Popping, Locking, Breaking

Terry is the former dancer/choreographer for Janet Jackson and founder of L.A. City Rockers.  He travels nationally to teach master classes and share his unique choreography, known for fusing aspects of old school hip hop dance with today's modern styles .  His work has won several National Choreographer-of-the-Year Awards and nine Grand National Championships in Las Vegas.

  


Brandy Thilesen

Specializations
Ballet
Contemporary
Modern
Tumbling
Jazz

Brandy began choreographing at a young age of eleven.  She later became a member of the Tremaine Teen Company, under the direction of Marguerite Derricks. Brandy has studied with artists such as Rei Aoo, Red Savage, Terry Bixler, Jayson Wright, Joanne Bruchez, and many others. She has performed at the Moro Landis Studios Gala, the Sunset House of Blues, Arnold Scwarzenegger's Firm on Fitness physical education program. She has choreographed many works that have been performed at numerous competitions nationwide and has also choreographed for Hart High School's Dance Team and Canyon High School Dance Team, winning championship titles.  Brandy was award Teacher of the Year in 2008, 2010, & 2011 and Choreographer of the Year also in 2008, 2009, 2012, & 2013 at Kids Artistic Review National Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her choreography has also been featured at The Carnival: Choreographer's Ball at the Key Club in Hollywood.   


Chris Dupre'

Specializations
Jazz Technique
Turns & Jumps
Street Jazz
Contemporary

With a keen eye for detail and the insight of a visionary, Chris Payne Dupre' has created works on stage and screen that have captivated audiences the world over.  As Supervising Choreographer on the NBC television show "America's Got Talent," Chris worked to polish and transform a variety of weekly contestants, into world-class entertainers.  His work has been seen on the FOX television show “Take Me Out,” with host George Lopez, the Soul Train Awards and the HBO series "Arli$$".  He has done movement coaching for actors Seth Green and Christina Applegate and choreographed performances for renowned musical artists such as Prince, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Paulina Rubio, Ludacris and rock icons Jane's Addiction.  Chris has worked with Diana Ross, Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul, Brian McKnight, Kylie Minogue, Enrique Iglesias, Ludacris, Katy Perry, the Backstreet Boys, Demi Lovato, Jason Derulo, and the legendary Mel Torme. He has performed on the 68th Academy Awards, Superbowl XXX & XXXII, the made-for-TV movie "Cinderella," Disney’s feature film "Newsies" and the Tony & Grammy award winning Original Broadway Cast of Elton John and Tim Rice's "Aida." Chris has had the privilege of working in film, television and stage with such notable directors as Rob Reiner (Rumor Has It), Robert Zemeckis (A Christmas Carol), Tom Hanks (That Thing You Do), Chris Columbus (Rent), John Landis  (Pepsi) and Garry Marshall (LA Opera). 


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Jessie Lee Thorne

Specializations
Contemporary
Modern
Ballet
Improvisation

Jessie Lee Thorne is an alumni of The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and The Boston Conservatory. After receiving her B.F.A in Dance and Choreography at the conservatory, Jessie moved to Italy to join the Imperfect Dancers Company. She has traveled the world performing works by Walter Matteini, Ohad Naharin, Jiri Kylian, Lester Horton, Martha Graham, Doug Varone, Robert Moses Kin’, and Adam Barruch. She has premiered her own choreography at The Boston Conservatory and The American College Dance Festival. Jessie is excited to be back in Los Angeles to continue her choreography and performance endeavors.


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Victoria Reina

Specializations
Hip Hop
Heels Class

Victoria has been teaching the art of hip hop dance to children for over ten years. She currently directs the Dance Program and Dance Team at Canyon High School.  She is truly a dedicated and committed instructor and our students love her!

 
 

Michelle Fielding

Specializations
Hip Hop
Technique

Michelle is the current choreographer for Golden Valley High School's Show Choir, GVHS Dance Team, and the GVHS Theater Program.  She recently won the "Best Choreography" award for her work with our Junior Hip Hop Competition Team.  


Megan Van Pelt

Specializations
Ballet
Jazz
Contemporary
Heels Class

Bio Coming Soon!

 

Gabriel Padilla

Specializations
Urban Choreography
Urban Fusion
Hip Hop

Gabriel has worked as a teacher/choreographer for several years, recently winning "Best Teacher" award and the "Ultimate Achievement Award" for highest scoring choreography.  He currently works with our Advanced Hip Hop Competition Teams and teaches several of our Urban Ave community dance classes here at New World Dance.  He is a current member of the prestigious urban dance crew, GRV. We are happy to have Gabriel with us here at New World Dance to provide our students with this very current style of hip hop choreography.