Meet The Team

Pacific Dance Center strives to teach children and teens how to excel in the art of dancing. Our teachers are the backbone of our program. They are each a unique member of an entire team, a team that nurtures the creativity of children and creates well rounded dancers. 

Meet Our Team

Our teachers at Pacific Dance Center love teaching and nurturing the potential talent in every student.  Our curriculum is founded on the highest standards of classical ballet technique.  Each level is created to be age-appropriate according to this defined curriculum, building upon prior learning and preparing them for the next advancement.

 

Pacific Dance Center strives to teach children and teens how to excel in the art of dancing. Our teachers are the backbone of our program. They are each a unique member of an entire team, a team that nurtures the creative potential of child and creates well rounded dancers.

Our curriculum is founded on the highest standards of technique. Each level was created as age-appropriate, building upon prior learning and preparing each student for the next level.

 

Laura Wahl

Laura Wahl is the owner and director of Pacific Dance Center. Laura was born and raised in Canada where she began her passion of dance at the age of three. Her comprehensive dance training includes ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, musical theatre and hip-hop. At the age of 10, she was the youngest member accepted into the Calgary Dance Express, which toured to Spain, Australia, and Hawaii. After high school graduation, she completed Harbour Dance Centre’s, Intensive Training Program, performing at venues and events around Vancouver, BC. Miss Wahl positioned as a semi-finalist in the “World Championships of Performing Arts”, competing for Team Canada. She has obtained her B.F.A. in Dance Theatre from American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Laura graduated with honors from the Graduate Certificate Program in Advanced Arts and Entertainment Management from Capilano University. She has been working in dance studios around North America for the last fifteen years, whether it be teaching, choreographing, or studio managing. Laura is elated to return to Pacific Dance Center, where she previously worked as office manager, and teacher. She is eager to share her knowledge through teaching the current and future students at PDC.

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Anaité Arnold

Anaité has over 20 years experience as a performer and a dance educator. Her performance experience includes Classical Ballet, Modern, Classical Spanish Dance, Flamenco, Mexican Folk, European Folk, Polynesian and Persian Dance. Anaité’s education includes: a Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University, Los Angeles, a Post-Graduate Certificate from the Laban Center in London, teacher certification from the Royal Academy of Dance, and Flamenco in Granada, Spain. Anaité is a certified Pilates instructor, receiving her training at Long Beach Dance Conditioning with Marie Jose Blum.  She recently became certified as an ABT National Training Curriculum teacher. In the summer of 2014, she performed in the Estonian Song and Dance Festival, a UNESCO tradition declared – a masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Anaité enjoys sharing her passion and dance expertise to inspire children of all ages.

Jermaine McGhee

 Jermaine McGhee is a versatile and charismatic educator, dancer, and choreographer. McGhee began training through the Education and Arts Enrichment program at North Carolina Dance Theatre, now Charlotte Ballet. Additionally, he was a scholarship/fellowship student at Piedmont Dance Conservatory under the direction of former ABT company member, Rebecca Massey in Kannapolis, North Carolina. McGhee auditioned for and attended the Northwest School of Visual and Performing Arts where he was honored as the 2003 Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Dancer of Distinction. He also competed with B&B Dance Productions national award-winning dance team based in Charlotte. In New York McGhee trained at the Alvin Ailey School as a certificate program student, directed by Denise Jefferson.  In 2018 McGhee earned the BA in Performing Arts from St. Mary’s College of California. McGhee’s MFA in Dance: Creative Practice with a certification in Dance Stage Management has provided him the opportunity to serve as a guest artist at Lindenwood University and to consult as a co-author in a new book forged with the communication department at Ohio Northern University. Additionally, McGhee currently serves as the District Dance Consultant for the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District Career Technical Education Program. McGhee’s graduate studies at St. Mary’s College paired with his professional performance background has afforded him an uncanny ability to foster an immersive, rigorous learning environment for students and professionals alike. With an interdisciplinary approach, McGhee offers an unparalleled experience in studio that promises to enrich and cultivate. 

Alisa Carreras

Alisa Carreras is a UC Berkeley Alumni with a degree in Dance and Performance Studies, Go Bears! She is trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary and modern dance. Upon graduation in 2016 she was awarded the Mark Goodson Grant for Theatrical Talent. While in the bay area Alisa had the privilege of interning as a teen mentor with GirlFly, a nonprofit youth program for young women in the arts, under the direction of bay area choreographer, Jo Kreiter. Alisa has furthered her dance education with many intensive training programs since graduation including the LA Contemporary Dance intensive, the Mark Morris summer intensive, and the BodyTraffic winter intensive. Alisa is currently employed with Blue13 Dance Company, a bollywood/contemporary fusion company based in LA and has performed with Blue13 on KTLA5 news, at the Ford Amphitheater as special guest to the Taiko Project, and at Disney’s Festival of Holidays. She has a huge passion for teaching and is excited to be a part of the PDC family!

Cara Hansvick

Cara Hansvick grew up in Evanston, IL and began her training at Dance Center Evanston. She was then accepted into the Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music on scholarship, where she studied under the direction of Michael Vernon and Violette Verdy. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Ballet Performance and Arts Management, she moved to North Carolina where she danced with the Charlotte Ballet for two seasons. Currently, she is in her second year as a soloist dancer with the American Contemporary Ballet in Los Angeles. She spent summers training at the Chautauqua Institution, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Alonzo King Line’s Ballet, and Milwaukee Ballet. During her career she has performed principle roles in works choreographed by George Balanchine, Jean Pierre-Bonnefoux, Lincoln Jones, Merce Cunningham, Antony Tudor, Dwight Rhoden, and Peter Chu.

Carmen Callahan

Carmen Callahan grew up in Seattle, Washington, where she trained at Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She attended summer programs at San Francisco Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, and Miami City Ballet School before beginning her professional career in 2018 at American Contemporary Ballet in Los Angeles, California. Now in her fourth season at ACB, Carmen has performed a variety of roles including original works by Artistic Director Lincoln Jones, as well as many works by the great neoclassical choreographer of the twentieth century, George Balanchine. In addition to her work as a dancer at American Contemporary Ballet, Carmen also serves as the Assistant to the Artistic Director. Her passion for ballet extends from the stage into the studio, where she is able to share said passion with children of all ages here at PDC.