Tina was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has trained and performed in ballet and jazz with Ballet Chicago, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and Cathy Roe’s Something in the Air. Most recently she has spent time in New York City and Los Angeles studying hip-hop from the commercial industry’s top choreographers such as Tricia Miranda (Beyonce), Lee Daniel (Jason Derulo) and Luam (Kelly Rowland). In 2013, she received a Certificate of Achievement in Commercial Hip-Hop from Broadway Dance Center in New York City.
Belly Dance Instructor
Neslihan was born and raised in a Southwestern town of Turkey where Turkish, Greek, and Arabic music and song are mixed and song. She studied Landscape Architectures in Konya Selcuk University and she observed whirling dervish. While she was staying she learns and practice modern Turkish belly dancing with the mix of music from various cultures. During a summer break she gave belly dancing classes at her town, Anamur. In 2003 she moved to Los Alamos and started teaching Modern Belly dancing in YMCA in 2013 and in NMDT from 2013-2015, and in DALA in 2014-15. Her students were in 8 shows with various dance groups in Los Alamos She has taken classes in Art and humanity from UNM-LA, Santa Fe and raised her daughter Beste and son Semih.
Jonathan Guise has been dancing professionally for 18 years. He graduated from the dance department of The Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, and has danced with The Boston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Eugene Ballet, and others. Jonathan has worked with choreographers including Twyla Tharp, Nacho Duato, Daniel Ezralow, and Mia Michaels. He has worked as Artistic Director of The Peak Ballet Theatre and Northridge Dance Conservatory in Colorado Springs, where created four full length original ballets and over 35 dances. Two of his ballets were recognized by the Pikes Peak Arts Council. Jonathan taught at Jacksonville University, Harvard Dance Department, Northwestern University, and many other dance institutions across the world.
Rhiana Guise started her dance training at the age of 5 in her home town of Truckee, California. She trained in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, contemporary, and hip-hop. At the age of 10 she started to take from multiple studios to broaden her knowledge. She performed in many local productions in the greater Tahoe, California, and Reno, Nevada area. Rhiana was also selected to be part of the Reno, Nevada outreach program. At the age of 15 she was asked to move to Connecticut to train on full-scholarship with Sarah Knight (alumni of the Royal Ballet Academy) and Michael Shannon (member of the Royal Swedish Ballet Opera) with included classes at New York’s Steps On Broadway studio. Rhiana applied for and was awarded the opportunity to fast-track through high school; she successfully completed four years of study in two. Graduating high school at 16, she opted to move to Colorado Springs for educational purposes in Court Stenography and continued dancing on the side. Rhiana met up with Jonathan in Colorado and was asked to be part of his company. Rhiana and Jonathan danced for years together in the Colorado area and later moved to Florida. After marriage, Rhiana and Jonathan welcomed their daughter, Maici, into the world and Rhiana focused on being a mother while continuing to take classes on the side to maintain her passion in dance.
Kimberley Hoch is in her second year of teaching creative movement and ballet with Dance Arts Los Alamos. She previously served as a board member and was the office manager for DALA for the 2010 and 2011 school years. She trained in Colorado with the Academy of Colorado Ballet and Littleton Academy of Ballet and later at the Boulder Ballet Theater, all in Colorado. She was a member of the Littleton Civic Ballet Company where she performed in the classical ballets "Don Quixote," "The Nutcracker," "Paquita," and "The Little Mermaid," along with other original works.
Lisa Jaegers is currently a ballet instructor with DALA, and has previously served as board member and co-artistic director. Ms. Jaegers is grateful to have received her primary ballet training on full scholarship at the Ellis-DuBoulay School of Ballet in Chicago, and to have continued her studies with Boston Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet.
Ms. Jaegers, a native of Chicago, and her family came to Los Alamos in 1992, and has had the pleasure of being a member of the Dance Arts Los Alamos family since 1994. In addition to her dance training, Ms. Jaegers holds Nuclear Engineering and M.B.A degrees from the University of Illinois and is also employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Musical Theater & Tap Instructor
Patrick MacDonald acts, directs and choreographs in local arts productions and is a four-time national tap dance champion. MacDonald began his dance career at the age of 3 and quickly became an accomplished actor, musician and dancer appearing with the San Jose Cleveland Ballet and the Missoula Children’s Theater, among many others. He is a prominent local talent who lends his acting and dance expertise in a number of productions, including the Los Alamos Little Theater's acclaimed production of Dr. Seuss's "The Cat in the Hat" and guest starring as the Nutcracker Prince in DALA's production of "The Nutcracker."
After moving to Los Alamos from Santa Barbara, Theresa adapted to the area by continuing with many of the activities she was used to - running, hiking, biking, swimming, and attending exercise classes. After becoming a little restless with her office job, she enrolled in an intensive personal training certification course and realized the fitness industry is where she belonged. Over the past ten years, she has become a Registered Yoga Teacher, and a certified Pilates instructor and has been teaching classes throughout the community. Helping others become stronger, more flexible, and improving their balance has become her passion.