TTDC Instructors

 
 
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Christine Dent

Christine Dent hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, and received her training from The Studio for Dance, Cincinnati Ballet, and several summer intensives, most notably Ann Reinking’s Broadway Theatre Project. She graduated with a BFA in Dance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she performed in works by Roni Koresh, Scott Jovovich, Zane Booker, Kim Bears-Bailey, and performed Martha Graham’s Panorama as a guest artist with the Martha Graham Dance Company. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, been featured on the Today Show, and danced at sea with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. She has appeared in countless musicals across the country, and favorite credits include Judy Haynes in White Christmas, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Bebe in A Chorus Line, Cabaret, Kiss Me, Kate, Legally Blonde, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Oklahoma!, to name a few. Upon relocating to Los Angeles in 2013, Christine turned her focus to primarily dance education. Christine was on faculty as the Commercial Dance Director at RC Dance Center, and in addition to TTDC is currently on faculty at Burbank Dance Academy.  She continues to set competitive dance choreography on students in both the Los Angeles and Cincinnati areas, and has sat as a competitive dance adjudicator for several dance competitions across the country. Christine has directed and choreographed several musicals for The Adderley School and choreographed pieces for schools in the Burbank Unified School District.  She loves to share her passion for movement with all of her students! Let’s dance!

 

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DINA LASSO

Dina is originally from a small town in Connecticut where she began taking ballet at the age of six. Knowing she wanted to dance professionally, she attended an arts high school where she studied classical modern, jazz and African styles of dance. Dina holds a BFA in Dance from the California Institute of the Arts, where she performed in several student pieces and was showcased as a choreographer at the Sharon Disney Lund Theater. Professionally, she has been a part of the creation process of a new work by Bessie Award winner Julie Bour, which premiered at the RedCat Theatre in Los Angeles, and several performances with freelance choreogrpahers throughout LA. Giving credit to her first dance studio for instilling in her the love of dance, Dina hopes to give that same experience to her students at TTDC!

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KatE NeWham

 

Katelyn Newham was born and raised on the beautiful Gold Coast, Australia, where she trained in every style of dance, music, drama and singing. After completing diplomas in musical theatre, commercial dance and dance education, she went on to complete many professional dance contracts around the world for companies such as Norwegian Cruise Line and Warner Brothers.  Over the past 8 years, Katelyn has traveled around the world as a professional dancer and choreographer and has performed in India, China, USA, The Bahamas and Australia and has danced on the TV shows “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Australia’s Got Talent”. In between performing and traveling the world, Katelyn found a passion for teaching dance and has taught all over Australia as well at the US, winning numerous choreography awards. This led to adjudicating for local and national dance competitions for elite and pre-professional dancers all over Australia and now the US.

Katelyn has moved over from Australia to the US (based in Los Angeles) to continue to pursue her performance, choreography and teaching career, and in addition to teaching at TTDC, she currently performs for some of LA’s top entertainment companies.