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Meet Our Teachers

We feel every student matters! Changing lives one eight count at a time!

Lotella A. Hale, "Lola"

Studio Director
Head Pom Team & 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 A.A. 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,


Fabian Perez

Hip-Hop, Jazzy Pop & Lyrical Teacher

Fabian is excited for his third year being apart of the DCDC Family. He graduated from Fresno State with a BA in Dance. He also has an A.A. Degree in Dance from College of Sequoias along with a B.A. Degree in Elementary Teaching Preparation. Fabian really enjoys working with kids. He like choreographing routines to upbeat music.

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.



Teachers Assistant/Recital Teacher

Kelsey is a beginning her third year here at the studio. She loves choreographing and has a natural eye for lyrical dance. She has trained in lyrical, jazz, and contemporary. This is her second year working with recital students. This is her first year being the Head Teacher for the Recital Class. 

Fun Fact: She is on her leadership team at her school. She is a natural born leader.

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Liyah Salmeron

Pom & Contemporary/Lyrical Teacher Assistant

Liyah started dancing in 2012 at the age of 9. She has trained in jazz, tap, hip hop, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, and modern at a local studio. Her jazz style is a great fit for our pom team this season. She has a positive attitude and big energy. She is currently double majoring in dance and nursing at COS. She is also taking child development classes because she wants to be a nurse for kids. 

Fun Fact: She wants to give confidence to all dance and cheer students. She is an animal lover. 



Hip-Hop Teacher Assistant

Reanna started dancing in 2015, at the age of 12 in city programs. She has been trained in hip-hop, jazz, contemporary and modern dance. When she was younger she did gymnastics. She is majoring in dance at College of the Sequoias. She loves working with kids and would like to one day become a head dance teacher. She looks forward to being a good role model to our dancers.

Fun Fact: When she younger she did horseback riding.



Teacher Assistant

Aleena started dancing at the age of 6 years old. She has trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and hip-hop. She did gymnastics for one year and took acrobatics classes to advance in her flexibility and tricks. She has taken a class with Gianna Martello from the TV Show Dance Moms. She has also had multiple classes with Master Teacher Guy Groove at The Playground LA. Aleena currently is a cheerleader at Tulare Western High School and is on the schools new dance team called Dance Dynamix. 

Fun Fact: Her first language is Spanish. She plans to work in the medical field in the future. She loves traveling and shopping.

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