Instructors

Darrell “Rhythm” Whitaker – Hip Hop

Darrell “Rhythm” Whitaker – Hip Hop

Inspired by legendary dancers, Michael Jackson, Fatima, and Debbie Allen, Rhythm has established himself as a force on the dance scene. He’s worked with numerous mega-stars including Jessica Simpson, Will Smith, Backstreet Boys, Mary J. Blige, Neo, and Santana, among others. He also lent his talents to the cult dance hit You Got Served starring B2K andMarques Houston. After laboring diligently in the shadows for years, Rhythm got his first big break with an Industrial for Reebok International. Now, he’s intent on sharing his talents through his new instructional video for...

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Maya – Hip Hop

Maya – Hip Hop

Maya, a native of Tokyo, Japan, began dancing at the tender age of five. She studied ballet for eight years at Yuriko Kawaguchi School of Ballet and Matsuyama Ballet Academy.  At 16, Maya ventured into street dance, where she trained in Hip Hop, Jazz, Locking, House, and Wacking at Tony Tee Dance Academy.  At 21, Maya’s ambition and dedication helped her to land her first tour for the famous Japanese Rock group B’z. Soon after, she began appearing on stage, television, and video with other Japanese Pop Artists such as, Namie Amuro, Simba,Kumi Kouda and BOA.  She was featured in a...

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Ruby Karen – Aerial Dance Fitness

Ruby Karen – Aerial Dance Fitness

Ruby Karen has studied aerial arts in Los Angeles, Rio De Janeiro, Madrid, and San Francisco.  She specializes in Lyra/Hoop, Tissu/Silk, Hammock, and Vertical Aerial, and has performed within the United States, Europe, and Israel.  To this date, she continues to perform aerial arts at various cities around the globe.  In continuing the art form, she consistently offers training in new styles, technique and inventive apparatus. Ruby is proud to introduce a program she designed for the general public, Aerial Dance Fitness©, which incorporates dance with individualized interpretation/styling...

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Wendy Obstler – Yoga

Wendy Obstler – Yoga

Wendy is a Certified Yoga Therapist and a Registered Yoga Teacher.  She is also the ‘Lead Teacher’ for Brenda Strong’s Yoga4FerilityTM, privately facilitates Pre & Post-Natal sessions and works with women to rehabilitate pelvic disorders through yoga, breath work and body awareness.  As both a student and a teacher, Wendy continues her journey of yoga with curiosity and recognizes it as a boundless learning experience. Her group classes and private sessions offer a fun and safe space for students to be educated, while also making discoveries of what works for them in their own...

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Michael Cho – Piano, Composer

Michael Cho – Piano, Composer

Michael has taught music at various schools for the LA Unified School District and currently teaches music for the extension program at Cerritos Community College. As a composer, he has written music for plays, commercials, and award-winning short films and features. Michael’s studies include Cal State Northridge (Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance), the Colburn School of Music, and The International Institute for young Musicians where he studied both piano and composition as a scholarship recipient. He worked with Dr. Gordon Shaw as a research assistant for the M.I.N.D. Institute (Music,...

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Jason Diaz – Guitar, Singing

Jason Diaz – Guitar, Singing

As a performer and songwriter, Jason has shared the stage with artists such as Rocco Deluca, Nikka Costa, and Jonathan Foreman, as well as countless local indie favorites.  His songs, Paper Roses, and Aftermath – from his self-titled EP – appeared on network television shows Gossip Girl, and Ghost Whisperer.  To his acclaim, Jason self-released his first full-length album titled, Stomp Out the Sun, and recentlywrapped up his first tour in promotion of that record. While completing his undergraduate degree in Commercial Guitar and Arranging, Jason was a volunteer music instructor to...

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