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 10 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 11 she started to take choreography class and feel in love with creating dance routines. She has danced now for 5 years, taking one year off while waiting on Miss Lotella to open her studio.
Fun Fact: Jaila has many cats, she's a cat mom.


Fabian Perez

Hip-Hop, Jazz & Lyrical Teacher

Fabian is excited to come on board this dance season, 2021-2022. He will have 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. 

Fun Fact: His goal is to own a dance studio and to be involved in the dance community all around the world. 

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