Leadership

Sac Dance Lab’s culture, quality and collaborative nature is possible because of community-focused leadership. Our team at Sac Dance Lab is made up of local artists with vast experience in the arts, entertainment and technology industries.

Isela Perez
Owner, Executive Director

Isela Perez is the owner of Sac Dance Lab and has over 20 years of choreography and performance experience including various commercial work and five seasons as a Sacramento Kings Dancer. She is currently a Co-director and lead choreographer of Sac Dance Company, which she founded in 2017. In addition to running the studio and teaching dance regularly, Isela is a member of the Sacramento Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Commission, appointed by District Councilmember, Eric Guerra in 2020. She earned a bachelor's in Journalism from Sac State and is a resident choreographer for Sac State Dance Team. Isela's mission is to develop the local creative economy so that dancers and performers alike can sustain as full-time working artists in Sacramento. 

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Brandon Ortiz
Technology Director

Brandon co-founded Sac Dance Lab with Isela after graduating Sac State with a B.S. in Computer Engineering and starting his digital design and fabrication business, Flash Factory. He has designed and built out all three of Sac Dance Lab's studios, and continues to raise the level of immersion in the space. He is currently developing technology that securely streamlines studio operations using democratic processes and is focused on convenience for the end user - the artists. He strives to make Sac Dance Lab a place where anyone is free to create and is recognized by the community as a platform enabling fair and professional creativity.

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Leanne Ruiz
Performance Company Director

Leanne attended Sacramento State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Dance and was a member of the Sac State Dance Team. She danced professionally for the Sacramento Kings beginning in 2018 and in 2019, Leanne was invited by the NBA to travel to India to perform with the new 916 Crew. Over the past 12 years while working for the United Spirit Association, Leanne has assisted with choreography development for summer camps, has panel judged regional and national cheer competitions, and has Head Instructed multiple cheer camps nationally. She is currently a regular instructor at Sac Dance Lab and teaches hip hop to youth and adults weekly. She recently became the first-ever Co-director of the studio's in-house dance team, Sac Dance Company.

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Jalen Tyre'
Resident Creative Director

Jalen Tyre is a 23 yr old professional dancer signed to Clear Talent Group LA. He grew up in Sacramento 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. He is currently a regular instructor and Resident Creative Director for a variety of collaborative projects at Sac Dance Lab. One of his recent projects includes the creation of VT916, a youth and adult training program geared to prepare dancers for the commercial dance industry.

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