Meet Our Teachers

We feel every student matters!

Lotella A. Hale, "Lola"

Head Cheer & Dance Teacher

Started dancing at Tulare Dance Works at the age of 12 under the ownership of Michelle Lapp. After graduating from Tulare Western HS she went on to COS. At COS she majored in Dance and obtained her Associates degree. She danced under the direction of Director Linda Amaral. Lotella has taken classes under the direction of Jeremy  & Missy Yavasile & Martha Graham. Trained in jazz, tap, lyrical, & contemporary/modern dance, with some hip hop.

Fun Fact: Will one day be a published author, currently editing a book she plans on publishing,


Jaila Cook

Teacher Assistant

Jaila started dancing at Manuel F. Hernandez when she was 9 years old. She danced under the direction of Lotella Hale, whom at the time was the centers dance teacher. Jaila loved to take cheer, and contemporary and lyrical. At the age of 10 she started to take choreography class and feel in love with creating dance routines. She has danced now for 6 years, taking one year off while waiting on Miss Lotella to open her studio. In addition she takes advance dance at Visalia Charter Independent Study High School. 
Fun Fact: Jaila has many cats, she's a cat mom. Her favorite color is pink and her favorite character is Hello Kitty


Fabian Perez

Hip-Hop, Jazzy Pop & Lyrical Teacher

Fabian is excited for his first season, 2021-2022, with our studio. He just graduated from Fresno State with a BA in Dance. He also has an A.A. Degree in Dance from College of Sequoias along with an A.A. Degree in Elementary Teaching Preparation. Fabian really enjoys working with kids. He like choreographing routines to upbeat music. His favorite student is his boy student that he is currently teaching a hip-hop solo.

Fun Fact: His goal is involved in the dance community all around the world. He would like to one day travel to New York to get additional dance training.

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