Instructors

Sac Dance Lab is proud to work with relevant, energetic and industry-leading choreographers/instructors with years of professional dance experience as performers, choreographers and creative directors. 
Interested in instructing or substitute instructor? Please email a recent choreography reel, headshot and resume to info@sacdancelab.com.

Isela Perez
Jazz Funk, Jazz, Hip Hop, Pumps
Isela Perez has over 20 years of choreography and performance experience including various commercial work and five seasons as a Sacramento Kings Dancer. She is currently the director and lead choreographer of Sac Dance Company.
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Jalen Tyre'
Hip Hop
Jalen Tyre is a 23 yr old professional dancer signed to Clear Talent Group LA. He grew up in Sacramento,ca where he trained in Afro, Jazz, ballet, hip-hop, tap, modern,and more, before pursuing dance further and training in the Bay Area with Chapkis Dance Family. His experience includes S- rank, World of Dance season 2, Chapkis Dance, American Idol, Daddy Yankee, Nicky Jam, and much more.
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Marcy Byers
Jazz Funk, Pom
Marcy Byers has an extensive background in cheerleading and dance. She cheered professionally in the NFL for five seasons as an Oakland Raiderette, serving as co-captain and captain. Marcy takes pride in helping others achieve their dance goals, whether professional or personal.
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Jenae Willis
Pumps, Hip Hop
A former Sacramento Kings Dancer, Jenae helped establish the dance team at Antelope High School and in college, led the ARC Dance Team as a captain. She is passionate about giving others inspiration and confidence to express themselves freely through dance!
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Marlo Dewing
Pumps
Marlo Dewing has had roles as a dancer, choreographer, instructor, and judge for companies including the United Spirit Association, The San Francisco 49er Gold Rush, the Golden State Warrior Girls, and Oakland California’s NewStyle Motherlode, as well as teaching and coaching at dance studios and cheer gyms. She is excited to continue teaching and hopes to inspire dancers of all ages to follow their passion as a lifelong pursuit.
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Leanne Ruiz
Hip Hop
Leanne attended Sacramento State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Dance. This was her second year dancing professionally for the Sacramento Kings and in 2019, Leanne was invited by the NBA to travel to India to perform. Over the past 12 years while working for the United Spirit Association.
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Monica Padilla
Ballet
Monica has trained across the country from an array of instructors in a multitude of styles mainly ballet. Having taught children and adults for over a decade, Monica strives to help her students find their natural movement and voice through ballet.
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Darina Kellom
Jazz Funk
Darina was a member of the Columbia University Dance Team where they placed 9th at the NDA Collegiate Dance Championships in Daytona, Florida. She has been dancing for over 15 years including with semi-professional sports teams. Darina is also a seasoned dancer and choreographer for the professional band, Hip Service performing throughout Northern California.
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Tatiana Gauthier
Hip Hop
Tatiana is a Sacramento native commercial dancer and choreographer that is trained in many styles. Having started from garage freestyle to now dancing and choreographing various projects she is committed to the growth and evolution of every student. Her ultimate goal is to create a movement through movement using authentic and high energy choreography.
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Mariah Palmiter
Jazz Funk, Jazz
Mariah Palmiter danced for the Sacramento Kings Dancers for three seasons and represented the top pro-dancers and cheerleaders in the country at Pro Action in her final season.
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Kara Ricks
Hip Hop
Kara has over 15 years of professional choreography and performance experience. Credits include: ACA Hip Hop, Founder of UCLA's contemporary dance company ICARUS, United Spirit Association Instructional Staff (9 years), high school and all-star dance judge (USA/Mexico, 10+ years), Oakland Raiderettes (4 seasons including Captain, Co-Captain, and Most Inspirational Raiderette). Kara is a National Champion as both a dancer and choreographer, and loves to teach students of all levels in her approachable / high energy style.
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Loren Adams
Jazz Funk, Pom, Hip Hop
Loren aka “Lo” has been an instructor with SDL for 2 years teaching Pom, Pro Prep, and Jazz Funk. Her choreography style creates an experience full for energy, fierceness, and variety! She has performed on various stages such as football fields, basketball courts, and concert halls.
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Claire Emery
Jazz, Jazz Tech, Jazz Funk
Claire Emery has her Associates in Dance Studies and has been dancing, teaching, and choreographing for 11 years. She has taught multiple styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop to numerous studios in the Sacramento area. Her passion for dance landed her a spot on the first season of 916 Crew for the Sacramento Kings in 2019-2020.
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Ariel Wright
Hip Hop
Ariel created her roots as a dancer in Sacramento She regularly teaches at a number of local studios across all ages. Her passion for teaching has given her the opportunity to tea h all across northern CA with her goal being to teach out of state and one day out of the country. Ariel's most recent aclaides include Wale, Eric Bellinger, Lupe Fiasco, and the Sacramento King's 916Crew.
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Cassie Hutchins
Pumps
Cassie started dancing after high school and quickly developed a passion for dance. She went on to dance for the Sacramento Kings for three seasons and was selected to be an NBA All-Star Dancer in her second season. She now enjoys teaching pumps classes!
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Donnie Peake
Hip Hop
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EJ Aban
Contemporary
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Lauren Boyd
Hip Hop
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Julia Ilsley
Ballet, Jazz, Jazz Funk, Contemporary
Julia Ilsley has been dancing and teaching for most of her life. Her greatest accomplishments include dancing at the collegiate level on the UC Davis Dance Team as well as at the professional level with Sac Dance Company. Julia enjoys working with dancers on perfecting technique and gaining confidence to move in their own unique way.
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Ryan Mckee
Hip Hop, Jazz Funk
Ryan Mckee has been dancing for 16 years. He is most known for getting 4th place in the reality show “Jabbawockeez: The Movement” and choreographing award winning music video “Aaja Na Ferrari Mein” by Armaan Malik. His classes focus on pushing his dancers physically and mentally so that students can learn and grow quickly. Isela Perez 12:43 PM 7!
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Anthony Ward
Jazz Funk, Hip Hop
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Julie Hoffart
Ballet, Jazz Tech, Jazz
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