MNR Dance Factory

FACULTY

Our world class faculty is passionate, dedicated, and supportive. Not only will dancers receive high quality instruction, they will also learn life lessons in discipline, hard work, and perseverance that will last them a lifetime.

 
 
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Since moving to L.A. from Canada in 1989, Roni Blak has made a name for herself through a career in the Arts. A member of Dance Masters of America and the National Dance Education Organization, she’s built and grown MNR DF to the premier studio it is today.

Roni’s talents extend outside of of MNR DF, where she staffs the dance program, mentors student choreographers, and creates original works at Archer School For Girls.

She is most excited about collaboration with her former partner, Molly Lorenz, on the launch of their non-profit, the BLAK & BLUE DANCE PROJECT, which creates socially aware, relevant, and original dance works for other non-profit fundraising events locally and nationally.  

Roni is a member of SAG and has worked for over two decades, choreographing and acting in commercials, music videos, and video games.

 
 

Directors she’s worked with:

  • Guy Ritchie

  • Andrew Douglas

  • Antoine Fuqua

  • Dante Ariola

  • Mark Romanek

  • Johnny Green

  • Max Malkin

  • Vilmos Zsigmond (Academy Award winner)

Credits include:

  • Jake Bugg

  • Ewen Bremner

  • Naomi Campbell

  • Grey Goose Vodka

  • Pirelli Tires

  • Vidal Sassoon

  • Toyota

  • Corvette

  • Microsoft

  • Bank of America

  • Apple

  • Call of Duty

Recent Awards:

  • Teacher of the YEAR KAR nationals 2011

  • Studio of the YEAR KAR nationals 2011

  • Best Choreography 2007 Hollywood Vibe

  • Best Choreography 2007 Encore Productions

  • Best Choreography 2006 BRAVO

  • 1st Place Encore Nationals Jr. Duet Trio & Large Group Lyrical

  • (November 2006) Pas de deux award for choreography for 'THE LAST GOODBYE', at the Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival in Palm Desert, CA

  • Best Choreography 2002/2005 Encore Showcase

  • Best Jr. Production 2003 Kids Artistic Revue

  • Outstanding Choreography Onstage New York Nationals 2005

 
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Alex Acosta is the Director of the award winning MNR Dance Team. Alex has danced at MNR DF since age 8 and has been teaching at MNR since age 15. Alex is an accomplished dancer and choreographer, winning various dance and choreography awards over the past 20 years.  Alex graduated from UCLA.  Alex teaches Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary and Ballet.

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Annie Guest started dancing at age 3, joined the MNR DF family at age 8, and competed nationally and internationally. She’s taught dance since she was 16, holds a degree in Dance, and won awards for her choreography work. Annie is Co-Director of the award-winning MNR DF dance team, teaches a wide array of styles, and also works with dancers with ASD and other motor/developmental disorders.

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Will began teaching dance in college and went on to be the assistant director of Expressions Dance and Music Competition Team before relocating to Los Angeles. He enjoys teaching various styles of dance but mainly focuses on Contemporary and Jazz.  Will was 1st runner-up on America’s Next Top Model Cycle 21.

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Alina studied ballet in Latvia, which brought her to the U.S. She pursued acting at age 17 and has worked on several notable T.V. shows and theater productions.

 
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Paige has danced for over 24 years, competed, and won several national competitions. Paige has danced professionally with the likes of Liza Minelli and Joel Grey, and recently, was the star and head choreographer for the upcoming feature film, Dance In Flight. She is an award-winning choreographer and is head coach/choreographer for Pepperdine University’s Pom Squad in addition to teaching at MNR DF.

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Lena studied dance and is passionate in teaching contemporary, ballet, jazz, and musical theatre. She is also a choreographer, model, actress, and a dog lover!

Instagram: @lenaa_bb

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Alisa Fedele is an independent Australian singer/song writer, composer and performer. She is currently the lead singer/synth player for indie rock band Heaps n Heaps.

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Ina Haybaeck‐Rogers studied dance in Austria, New York, and trained an performed all over. She’s choreographed several performances for the screen and prepped stars for shows such as “Dancing with the Stars.”

 
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Tia Janeine, also known as "HipHop T" and “Tia J.” is a Quadruple threat - dancer, singer, actor, and choreographer. She’s trained in all genres of dance and has been teaching dance since the age of 15.

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Christina Lauria is a dancer and choreographer who grew up training and competing in numerous styles. She’s trained in ballet, tap, jazz, ballroom, contemporary, and hip hop.

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Ariella Maman grew up taking classes at MNR and was a member of the MNR DF Team. She enjoys teaching various styles of dance from Hip Hop to Contemporary, and manages the MNR Summer Dance Program each year.

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Ramon Moore comes to MNR DF with over 20 years of coaching experience. He began his teaching/performance career as a Division I Varsity Artistic Gymnast at the University of California at Santa Barbara.  After graduating with a BS in Biological Sciences, he made American history becoming the first American to compete and medal in the 1st International Men's Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships.  Ramon received three medals 2 silvers, 1 bronze during his first championships. Ramon trained an American team and returned to championships two years later. They won gold in the group competition. Ramon's expertise has been called on to help with numerous personal clients as well asprojects created by Franco Dragone, Debbie Allen, Cirque Du Soleil and Roni Blak.

 
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Brittany was part of the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Miami City Ballet, and the Semper Oper Ballet in Germany. She’s performed in Swan Lake, Nutcracker, La Bayadere and works by the world renown William Forsyth. Most recently, she’s danced Andre Bocelli’s tour.

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Abi Perl has had a love for dance since she began her first ballet classes at the young age of 6 years old. From there Abi explored other styles and genres of dance. She won the "Star of Tomorrow" award performing her first solo. She then went on to travel with Dance Company Tremaine Dance Conventions. Abi has been on a nationally ranked collegiate dance team, nationally televised commercials, danced in film and tv and worked with artists such as Todrick Hall, Shaggy, Nicole Scherzinger, Liz Elias, Montana Tucker, Marcus Cooper and more. She was recently on Jennifer Lopez's newest dance show NBC World of Dance! 

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Spencer is known for his fun and energetic style of hip hop. He’s a choreographer and has taught conventions and masterclasses nationally and internationally.

Twitter : @SpencerRalston
Instagram: @SpencerRalston_

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Kyrra Richards has worked as a professional dancer and is a national award-winning choreographer and judge for dance competitions worldwide. She looks forward to inspiring even more young performers to dance from the heart.

Instagram: @kyrrarichards

 
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Miss Roxanne has been teaching tap, ballet, and hip hop for 12 years. She provides a fun and interactive environment that allows students to express themselves freely, experience the enjoyment of music and movement, while expanding their physical awareness.

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Sara VonGillern aka "Mis' Von" is a choreographer and performance artist whose expertise includes a variety of dance styles, aerial arts, prop manipulation as well as producing and directing movement for TV/film, commercials and live performance.

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Maya Kramer credits include television shows as So you think you can dance Israel, Cirque style shows as Voyage de la Vie Singapore or Vienna Marrakesh Israel, Musicals such as Cats, Variety shows, modern dance companies, traditional and modern circus, Opera, grand scale events and much more.

 
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Born and raised here in LA, I have grown up  dancing. I joined the dance team at MNR when I was 10 years old and am currently going into my 8th season competing as part of the team and training in styles such as ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz, tap, and lyrical. In addition to being a member of the Blak and Blue Dance Project at MNR Dance Factory, I am currently a member of the dance company at Windward School where I am a junior. Dance has helped me grow in incredible ways and has always been a passion of mine. I look forward to having the opportunity to spread that love of dance onto others.