Meet Our Dance
Staff

Helping You Get Your Moves On!

While dancing might seem easy if you’re a spectator watching it from the sideline as soon as you chime in to learn, it is actually a long and arduous error-and-trial experience! Nevertheless, never mind that as that’s the ultimate reason why our studio hired a dozen of professional and seasoned dancing teachers…
All of them will be ready to give you a helping hand (or a leg) at any time!

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Denise Marie Jerome

Owner / Artistic Director

During her younger years, Denise grew up training at a dance studio in Florida and taking master classes from world renowned teacher, Mia Michaels. She participated and won top titles in nationally recognized conventions and competitions such as Tremaine and Hoctor’s Dance Caravan then eventually judged for Showbiz, Star Power, US Spirit Leaders, and UDA/UCA. Denise started teaching, choreographing, and working in the professional dance industry at the early age of 16. She landed her first principal dance roles in a "WDZL TV" commercial and feature film, "Stardancer", at the age of 17. She continues to dance throughout high school and received a prestigious dance scholarship to Florida State University School of Dance & College of Fine Arts. Her training in college was focused on dance repertory ranging from traditional classical dance and choreography to contemporary original works with an emphasis in Martha Graham technique. After graduating college, she danced her way to Hollywood. She was fortunate to obtain representation by a top dance agency in Los Angeles, which lead to the start of her career as a professional dancer/choreographer.

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David G. Lee

Teacher

David has been a featured dancer on the Nickelodeon Network, hip hop dancer at Great America in Santa Clara, performed with the American Ballet of Los Angeles, California Contemporary Ballet, Gina Starbuck’s Art4life, and is currently on the hip hop company Family Bizness. In addition to performing, David enjoys choreographing and sharing his art through teaching all throughout Southern California.

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Justin Badding

Teacher

As a professional dancer in Los Angeles for the past several years, Justin has danced for companies such as Reebok, Redkin, The Greatest Showman, La La Land, Grease Live, Vans, OPI Nails, and Cysco. Justin can be seen on TV with Eric Andre, and in music videos with Joe Jonas, 5th Harmony, Bonnie McKee, and Will Sparks. Justin dove into the musical theater industry with ’Sweet Charity’ at Reprise2.0, ‘Memphis’ at MTW. Finally, Justin was in the opening cast of FROZEN Live at the Hyperion at Disney’s California Adventure.


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Lexy Cornwall

Teacher

Lexy began her gymnastics career while living in her hometown in Michigan. She has been a gymnast since elementary school and competed for her high school's gymnastics team. While competing as a high school gymnast, she was required to create and perform her own beam and floor routines, aiding her ability to connect skills to dance. After graduating high school, Lexy began coaching at her home gym.

Lexy is currently a head coach for her gym's Xcel gymnastics team, bringing home multiple 1st place team trophies as well as having one of her gymnasts be selected to compete for California’s State Team!

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Stephanie Nuruki

Owner / Operations and Competition Director

Stephanie has been an owner of Dancemark Studio since 2013. She continues to mentor and train dancers at the studio, both at the elite competitive level and recreational level. Stephanie helps coordinate the training and evaluation of all elite competitive dancers, mentors and schedules teachers / classes, participates in the audition process to choose the competition teams, finalizes teams and schedules, schedules regional and national competitions, and serves as the primary liaison with the competition companies and schools.











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Diawn Premmer

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Diawn has been dancing and performing since the age of 4. She is a Los Angeles native who has trained extensively in jazz and lyrical while also studying ballet, tap, acro and later branching out into jazz funk.




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Katelyn Sanchez

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Katelyn Sanchez is a dance artist based in Long Beach, California. As a ballet teacher, dance-maker, performer, and collaborator, she emphasizes community and personal narrative. Sanchez’s training includes a conglomeration of techniques but is most informed by Kirsten Oakley-Ragsdale, Melanie Akins and Tai Jimenez at Boston Ballet, Rebecca Lemme, Laurel Jenkins, Gracie Whyte, Summer Brown, and Keith Johnson. She has also trained and performed for Lorin Johnson, Sophie Monat, Rebecca Bryant, and Robert Moses.

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Colleen Hendricks

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Colleen, a native of Sonoma County, CA, began dancing at 4 years old, training in various dance styles. At 14, Colleen joined the pre-professional modern company Surge Dance under the direction of Bernadette Alverio, performing all over the Bay Area. She moved to Southern California in 2014 to obtain her BFA in Dance at California State University, Long Beach.
















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Gaby Zavala

Teacher

Gaby has been dancing since the age of 4 and has 21 years of experience. She has trained in various styles of dance including: jazz, tap, lyrical, ballet, and contemporary. She has always been passionate about dance and is excited that she gets to share her love of dance with others.



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Kyle E. Ware

Teacher

Kyle is a native of Southern California and has been dancing, performing, and choreographing hip hop for over 10 years. He has trained all over Southern California, including Snowglobe, Boogiezone Utopia, Focus Studios, and Evolution Studios. His areas of specialty are house and whaacking, with an emphasis on urban choreography.