Instructors

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Betsy Uhler Colombo 

Originally from Allentown, PA, Betsy trained at Dolly Haltzman Dance Academy and performed with pre-professional company Repertory Dance Theatre. A ballet “late-bloomer,” she didn’t start dancing until age 12, and will always have a soft spot in her heart for students who might think it’s too late for them to start training. Of course, it’s absolutely never too late to start dancing! After studying dance at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY, Betsy moved to Los Angeles in 2004 and performed with Santa Monica Contemporary Ballet. In 2007, she co-founded LA Unbound, which has grown into the largest dance company in Los Angeles, producing 2 original shows per year and providing non-competitive performance opportunities for hundreds of local dancers and choreographers. She co-founded the Los Angeles Dance Film Festival in 2016, and is a member of the Dance Studio Owners Association. Betsy is a mom to three-year-old Indiana and is thrilled to have the opportunity to share her love of dance with the children and families of the Altadena and Pasadena areas.

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Katie Jane Hagen 

Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Katie has been dancing since the age of 4 and has been extensively trained in jazz, ballet, hip hop, modern, and contemporary/lyrical. In high school, she was a member of her school’s extremely competitive dance team. She has a B.A. in Dance from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. In college she was a member of the student dance company, Companydance, and Captain of the St. Olaf Dance Team. Since moving to Los Angeles shortly after graduating college, Katie has been performing and choreographing for various music videos and pop artists, including Beyonce. Her choreography has been showcased at several dance concerts and festivals throughout LA including Dancescape LA and MixMatch Dance Festival, LA’s largest dance festival. Her greatest achievement in her dance career has been as a member of the world famous Los Angeles Laker Girls Dance Team. She is currently an ongoing choreographer and performer for LA Unbound Dance Company. Katie also teaches dance at elementary schools and has coached high school dance team in LA. She truly loves teaching because she gets to share her passion and knowledge of dance with children. She passionately believes that dance should be fun and make you happy!

Sheri Henry

Born in Toronto, Canada and raised in Amarillo, Texas, Sheri took her very first dance class at the age of 3. As a tiny tot with a bowl cut, she was almost always too shy to speak but never too shy to move it and groove it! Through her town’s welcoming studio, close group of dance friends, and encouraging teachers, Sheri discovered her love of movement and more importantly, her confidence through dance. She is trained in ballet, tap, jazz funk, contemporary, and hip-hop. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, double-majoring in Journalism and Radio-Television-Film, Sheri went on to become a Character Performer at Walt Disney World and was “friends with” Winnie the Pooh, Chip and Dale, and most proudly, Yellow Gingerbread Man #3 in the Christmas parade. Moving from costumes to corporate, Sheri is currently a Social Media Manager at The Walt Disney Company. She dances and choreographs for LA Unbound and every spare minute she gets, continues her dance training in studios around the city. She hopes to inspire the littlest dancers to chase their biggest dreams!

Devin Hicks

Devin was born and raised in Woodside California, and started dance at the age of 14. He received his training at Melodic Remedy Dance Studio where he later joined the competition team until graduating. Devin has recently received his degree in Theatre Business from the University of Redlands. During his time in college, he danced with the Redlands dance company and spent his senior year serving as the assistant artistic director. Devin has taught dance for the past four years in San Jose, CA and Redlands, CA. He recently served as chief choreographer for Brent Jones’s the Fire N’ U, and choreographed, directed, and assisted in writing an online Devised piece entitled “Quarantales”. Devin has a huge passion for musical theatre and the performing arts, so any opportunity to create and dance, he is there!

Catherine Liepins

Catherine began her dance training at KJ Dance in Plano, TX and furthered her education at Chapman University. She is a proud member of the graduating Class of 2020, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance in addition to minors in Business Administration and Leadership Studies. Her professional credits include a variety of films, live performances, and concert work. She has had the pleasure of being involved with Justin Giles’ SoulEscape, representing Chapman University’s Dance Department as a member of the Dance Tour Ensemble, and being an assistant for Dupree Dance Convention. Catherine utilizes dance to expand her artistic voice in order to contribute and connect to the community and world around her. She is excited to embark on her journey in Los Angeles and continue her growth as a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer!

Princess Davis

Princess began dancing at the age of 2 in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, pointe and Horton (modern) techniques. As a professional dancer, she has worked for various artists/companies such as: Beyoncé, Nike, Target, GA Lottery, Kelly Rowland, Keith Sweat along with many tv/film credits. Princess has been teaching children, or as she likes to call them “her muffins” for over 15 years.

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Jessie Shamout 

Jessie, a native Angeleno, has been teaching kids of all ages for the last 15 years. She worked for five years as a  dance specialist at Temple Isaiah school and day camp in West LA where her philosophy of teaching was to intersect fun and games into all her dance classes. She then went on to teach world dance classes to elementary school kids in Tucson, Arizona while she completed her BA at the University of Arizona. Later, she discovered more variations of world music and began to experiment and teach Bollywood and Bhangra dancing. She has been dancing and choreographing with the Los Angeles based dance company LA Unbound for the past nine years. She is currently the director of Steve & Kate’s Camp Pasadena, a progressive and creative day camp. She always believes that classes should be fun and energetic with a healthy dose of silliness!

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Maritza Navarro 

Maritza Navarro is a dance teacher, choreographer and producer. She makes a living in the magical world of television and lives to make magic on the dance floor. Originally from Texas, she has been dancing since the age of three and is trained in classical ballet, contemporary, jazz and modern. Her early dance credits include six years with Corpus Christi Ballet, four years with University of the Incarnate Word and three years with Alamo City Dance Company. Her choreography credits include ten years with the dance company LA Unbound, numerous dance festivals as well as choreography for film, live performances and musicals, locally and internationally. She has been teaching since the age of twelve and she firmly believes that everyone is a dancer. Maritza’s favorite thing about teaching is watching confidence and happiness grow when her students learn to master a new movement.

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Danielle Jarvis 

Danielle started dancing at the age of 4 in Buffalo, NY where she trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, modern, and hip hop at the Sherry Martin School of Dance. Dance provides an opportunity to truly explore how the human body works, and this led Danielle to pursue her education in both dance and kinesiology. She received a BS in Athletic Training and Exercise Science with a Dance Minor from at Ithaca College in upstate NY. There, she also performed and competed with the Ithaca College Dance Team and danced and choreographed for the student dance company IC Unbound. Danielle also received a MS in Kinesiology with a dance concentration from California State University, Northridge, and then went on to receive a PhD in Biokinesiology from the University of Southern California where her dissertation research focused on examining the mechanics of dance jumps. Danielle started teaching dance in Buffalo in high school and continued teaching after graduating from college. Danielle moved to Los Angeles in 2008 and has been dancing and choreographing for the dance company LA Unbound ever since. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Kinesiology Department at California State University, Northridge, where she teaching everything from biomechanics to dance! Danielle loves sharing her passion for dance with students of all ages, and truly believes that dance is an amazing way for anyone to learn more about the human body, develop new skills, and most importantly have fun!

Dani Burdick – Office Manager

Originally from Santa Clarita, CA, Dani is a BFA graduate in dance from Cal State University Long Beach (2021). Previously a member of Glendale Dance Company, she is now a current company member of Geometry Dance Company under the direction of Mackenzie Martin. Specializing in modern, contemporary and improvisational movement, she has been training for the past 12 years. She also loves to teach, choreograph and lead/coach dance teams. Dani has worked in various administrative/management positions in the arts and is so excited to be joining Unbound Dance Studio.

We are always looking for qualified instructors, subs, and guest teachers to add to our roster. If you’re interested in joining our team, please contact dance@unbounddancestudio.com.