Born in Cuba, Mr. Almaguer graduated from the school of Ballet de Camaguey, where he began his professional dancing career under the direction of the Father of the Cuban Ballet, Fernando Alonso. Mr. Almaguer was hired as a Soloist with the National Ballet of Cuba in 1989 fallowing his two Gold Medals in 1988 in the International Ballet Competition in Peru. While being a Soloist with BNC (Ballet Nacional de Cuba) under the direction of world-wide legendary Prima Ballerina Alicia Alonso, Mr. Almaguer toured extensively throughout Europe and Latin America, and performed as a Guest Principal Dancer in several International Ballet Companies.
Following his defection to the United States in 1993, Mr. Almaguer has been a Guest Artist with several American Ballet Companies, including the Miami City Ballet and the Ballet Cubano of Miami and has been a Principal Dancer in companies such as Cleveland San Jose Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, The State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara, etc. His guest artist work has taken him to a variety of companies in the Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Spain, Bulgaria, Russia, Germany, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, UK , Italy and Canada. He has been featured in TV in many of these countries and the USA.
Director of PSPA
Tita Boulger, founder and director of Peninsula School of Performing Arts, has a well-known reputation, having taught dance in the South Bay area for over 40 years. She studied tap with Melvin Kaiser, Eddie Gay, Henry LeTang, and Paul Kennedy, ballet with Olga Fricker and Patricia Stander, and jazz with Bill Hyden, Jimmy Mack and Luigi. She has taught in the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program for 20 years choreographing West Side Story, Anything Goes, The Mikado, and 42nd Street. Her students have danced in Broadway shows, The Rockettes, and Broadway touring companies as well as attending university dance programs. She performed for many years in the Hot Cotton Candies and with Le Jazz Hot and is currently featured in PeiChen Wei's book Tap on Tour Hollywood.
Director of PSPA Dance Company, Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Acro & Lyrical
Joanna grew up dancing in Reno, NV training and competing with Ava Kerr from age 3-18 in jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, tap, hip hop and musical. At 18 years old she moved to Los Angeles to attend AMDA: Music and Dramatic Academy where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Musical Theatre and Performing Arts. She discovered her love of choreography and directing during her time at AMDA and after graduation, applied her experience to teaching. For 6 years Joanna taught at A Time For Dance in Los Angeles where she worked with children of all ages ranging from 3-18 in jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, musical theatre, tumbling and adult fitness classes. She also choreographed and costumed their annual musical productions including Peter Pan Jr., Annie Jr., Beauty and the Beast Jr., The Wizard of Oz Jr., Alice in Wonderland Jr., and Alladin Jr.
Joanna has been teaching, choreographing and creating champion dancers at PSPA since 2016 and is the Director of the PSPA Company, our award winning competition team. In August 2020, Joanna received her Acrobatic Arts certification and currently teaches acro classes at PSPA along with jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, and conditioning/injury prevention.
Tracy Jones received her early training at PSPA, San Pedro Ballet School, and Lauridsen Ballet Centre. She has danced professionally with Ballet Austin, Sacramento Ballet, Anaheim Ballet, Kenneth Walker Dance Project, South Bay Ballet, Borealis Dance Company, Silverlake Contemporary Ballet, and San Pedro City Ballet. She has worked with such choreographers as Ron Cunningham, Lila York, Robert Kelly, Kenneth Walker, Gina Patterson, and Stephen Mills.
MARINA KALININA, born in Moscow, Russia, graduated from the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy. While a student she danced as a soloist in Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella. Marina start her professional career with very prestigious dance companies, Igor Moiseyev and Beriozka where she danced for 25 years, performing as a soloist in over 60 countries of the world. After immigrating to the USA in 1981 with her husband Alex Kalinin, the two performed on stages from New York to Las Vegas and Australia to California as members of the Kalinin Dance Company. Reviewer Jacqueline Erickson from Australia wrote,
“The stage lights up with this love match.”
Ms Kalinina start teaching ballet classes in 1990 for Southland Ballet Academy of Orange County and has continued until present. Some of her students have started professional careers with prestigious ballet companies including American Ballet Theater, San Francisco Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and New York City Ballet. Ms. Kalinina began teaching for Peninsula School of Performing Arts in 2006 and continues to teach and coach young dancers training for professional careers.
Born in Australia, Ms. Ninkovic studied ballet at The National Ballet School in Sofia, Bulgaria and the State Ballet School in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. While studying at London Studio Center, she was voted Dancer of the Year and performed for HRH Prince Edward. She completed her training at the Royal Ballet School in London, receiving the R.A.D. Solo Seal Award. She was a semi-finalist in the 1991 Pric De Lausanne IBC, and later joined the Basel Ballet In Switzerland. She Performed as a soloist with the Perth City Ballet in Australia and Los Angeles Classical Ballet. She has taught at several venues including the Ana Cheselka Dance Center and the Marat Daukaev School of Ballet.
Ms Ortega began her ballet training at the age of 8 in Holguin, Cuba. In 1980, upon graduating from the Escuela Nacional de Artes, she joined the Ballet de Camaguey of Cuba, dancing throughout Europe and the Americas as the featured soloist of the company. In 1988, she joined Ballet Nacional de Cuba, and in 1989, Ms Ortega won the gold medal from the International Ballet Competition in Peru. In the U.S., she danced with Cleveland Ballet and later San Jose Ballet. Today, she is a freelance ballet teacher.
Boys Tap, Tap, Broadway Jazz
Chad was most recently seen in the Broadway production of Mary Poppins! He also performed in Irving Berlin's White Christmas on Broadway (Tony Nomination for Best Choreography). Other credits include West Side Story (International Tour), 42nd Street (U.S. Tour), No, No, Nanette (Encores! City Center), Footloose,A Chorus Line, Crazy for You, and others. Chad was thrilled to perform with President Obama for Ted Kennedy's birthday at the Kennedy Center. He also graduated from Wabash College with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Business.
Ballet, Tap, Acrobatics
Ms. Cindy teaches all the BAT combo classes and beginning Tap and Ballet.
Kenneth Walker has danced professionally for several companies and performed throughout the United States, Canada and South America. He trained in dance-making with many choreographers including William Forsythe, Alonzo King, Donald Byrd, and Bella Lewitzky. As a sought after instructor, Kenneth has taught as a guest and summer intensives from Simi Valley to San Clemente as well as serving as the former director for Ballet Etudes of Huntington Beach. He currently teaches for CSU Dominguez Hills Dance Department, The Wooden Floor, and studios throughout the South Bay. He has created dances for Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Sacramento Ballet, Chico Community Ballet, Southern California Dance Theatre, San Pedro City Ballet, South Bay Ballet, Petaluma City Ballet, Dance Peninsula, DanceCorps, Peninsula Dance Theatre and Pasadena Dance Theater. Kenneth is the recipient of the young choreographer’s award from the Southern CA Dance Theatre, and is the youngest finalist to ever compete in the Sarasota Ballet of Florida International Choreography Competition. Kenneth has a B.A. from UCLA in World Arts and Cultures and is a dual Masters of Arts in Arts Management and MBA graduate of Claremont Graduate University. He is the director of Kenneth Walker Dance Project.
Ballet, Acro, Tap and Jazz
Laura Whitesides has been teaching dance in the South Bay area for 15 years. She received her training at Ballet Pacifica with Louis Carver, Jimmie De Fore Dance Studio with Jimmie De Fore, Dupree Dance Academy and Edge Performing Arts Center.
Her dance career has taken her to several states and countries abroad including international tours in Italy, Germany, and Japan. She performed and toured as a real-life dancing Barbie for Mattel Toys.
She has choreographed and coached for local Cheer and Song tryouts, local events, and choreographed and costumed shows in Italy and Germany. She has also taught Ballet and Jazz workshops throughout the U.S. and also in Japan.
Laura also choreographs and conducts theme dance birthday/special event parties in the South Bay
Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary
Tatiana started her dance training in Albuquerque, New Mexico at “New Mexico Dance Barre”. She danced competitively earning numerous awards and invitations to international competitions such as Top 12 at YAGP and Top 10 at World Ballet Competition. She danced as a contract dancer with the New Mexico Ballet Company for six years. Later on she auditioned and gained acceptance into the prestigious Edge Performing Arts Center Scholarship program, under the direction of Randy Allaire and Bill Prudich. She studied dance from many outstanding teachers and choreographers, and was lucky enough to get to assist some on televised projects. After completing the Edge program she signed with The Movement Talent Agency in Los Angeles and has been in numerous films and projects such as Universal Studios Japan “Super Nintendo World” Commercial, ”This Is Us (NBC network), In Plain Sight (NBC network),Transparent (Amazon Prime), “Dirt” (Brat network), AZRA “Dimensions” (VEVO Music Video), Skeleton crew 2019 Oscar commercial "American Idol", Santa Monica pier “To the sea” for Vincent Paterson and more. Tatiana was formerly a Ballet Teacher for Edge Performing Arts Center’s Youth Program. She has been teaching at PSPA for many wonderful years and loves sharing her extensive knowledge of dance by teaching the next generation of up and coming dancers.
Brianna grew up in California and received most of her early training under the prestigious ballet masters Patrick Frantz, (Paris Opera Ballet), Rebecca Wright, (ABT) and Marat Daukayav, (Kirov Ballet). Brianna then trained and danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet before going on to perform leading roles in many other Nationally recognized companies including: State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara, LA Classical Ballet, City Ballet of LA, California Festival Ballet, LA Opera, and Luminario Ballet of LA, where she was also the assistant rehearsal director and assistant choreographer to Mr. Stefan Wenta and Jamal Story of Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Brianna has toured in many stage shows around the world and also has many film and T.V. credits including The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Castle, Emmy Awards, Deal or No Deal, and Dancing With The Stars. Brianna Fields is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 7 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
SHARON PALMER. comes to us with a performing background of singing, dancing and acting. She was a member of the Young Americans for three years, and is the dance director at Palos Verdes Intermediate School. Sharon has a BA degree in dance from UC Irvine with an emphasis in teaching and choreography and her M.Ed from Concordia University, Irvine in Education and Curriculum.
Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop & Acro
Justin Badding began his dance training at the age of 6 in Carroll, Iowa. He spent several years at a young age competing in the convention / competition circuit winning top awards and scholarships. At Celebrity Dance, he was then selected as an actual staff member for four years which led him to travel and dance while in high school.
After high school, Justin decided to further his dance training by attending the University of Arizona where he majored in dance. His primary curriculum focus was in ballet, jazz, and modern. He took additional courses in contemporary, hip hop, tap, improve, musical theater, teaching methods, kinesiology, injury prevention, and yoga. While attending college he was chosen to travel with several companies, one of which allowed him to dance in China for a month. Justin graduated from University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He then moved to Hollywood where he started teaching, choreographing, and working in the dance industry.
As a professional dancer in Los Angeles for the past several years, Justin has danced for companies such as Reebok, Redkin, The Greatest Showman, La La Land, Grease Live, Vans, OPI Nails, and Cysco. Justin can be seen on TV with Eric Andre, and in music videos with Joe Jonas, 5th Harmony, Bonnie McKee, and Will Sparks. Justin dove into the musical theater industry with ’Sweet Charity’ at Reprise2.0, ‘Memphis’ at MTW. Finally, Justin was in the opening cast of FROZEN Live at the Hyperion at Disney’s California Adventure.
Rachel Oberg grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, where she studied ballet under the direction of Melissa Morris at Blue Springs Ballet. During her time with Blue Spring Ballet, Rachel was a principal dancer in the youth ballet company, where she danced the title role of “Cinderella” in Cinderella, “Sugar Plum Fairy” in The Nutcracker, and “Marie Taglioni” in Pas de Quatre, among others.
As a young student, she attended many summer dance programs to enhance her ballet training, including Boston Ballet Summer Dance Program, Dmitri Roudnev’s Ballet Intensive from Moscow, and Stephen’s College Summer Dance Program. Upon graduation from high school, Rachel went on to study ballet at the University of Utah, receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ballet education, as well as her teaching certificate. There, she had the
opportunity to study with many esteemed dancers and instructors including Conrad Ludlow, Attila Ficzere, Sharee Lane, Bonnie Story, and Bene Arnold.
Rachel has danced professionally with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland and Contemporary Ballet Dallas, dancing in roles such as soloist in American Ballads: Blue Trio, “Juliet’s friend” in Romeo and Juliet, and “Belle’s friend” in Boogie Woogie Christmas Carol. Most recently, Rachel has performed as a guest artist in several different productions of The Nutcracker as “Snow Queen”, “Dew Drop Fairy, and “Sugar Plum Fairy”. Rachel has been teaching ballet for more than a decade at studios nationwide, and has also been a guest instructor at several summer ballet workshops and intensives. In addition to teaching at PSPA, Rachel also teaches in the Conservatory for Ballet and Contemporary Dance at Orange County School of the Arts. Rachel loves sharing her passion for ballet with others and is thrilled to be on staff as a teacher for PSPA.