George Estrada – Studio Director

 George’s dream has always been to inspire and motivate people all over the world through the art form of dance. He feels such joy whenever he dances and sharing that passion with people is a blessing. George started dancing at a young age, inspired by the movie ‘Dance With Me,’ and music artist Janet Jackson. He fell in love with learning dance, everything from Jazz and Ballet to Hip Hop. He started Salsa dancing when he was a young adult. Although he was a Hip Hop superstar in his own right, like most men at the club, he was very shy when it came to partnership dancing. After many weeks of going and being a wallflower, he finally dipped in to the Hot, Spicy Salsa. He was a natural!  Since then he has never looked back. Although Salsa was his first love, George is now a certified Dance Instructor in both American style Smooth and Rhythm. Join him and his staff and be part of the wonderful passion they have at Pasadena Dance Center.

 

ACCOLADES:

  • Tournament of Champions; Top Counselor 2007,2009, 2010, 2013, 2014; Top Overall Teacher 2005; Top Executive 2011 All Star Top Counselor 2008, 2009
  • New Student Challenge; Top Counselor 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013; Top Specialist 2010 International Dance Festival; Top Executive 2011, 2013; Top Teacher 2005, 2006
  • Star Performance Awards 2005, 2006, 2011 Hawaii Dance-O-Rama; Salsa Finalist 2012 San Francisco Dance -O-Rama; Salsa Finalist 2007 New Orleans Dance-Rama; West Coast Swing 3rd Place 2006 Las Vegas Dance-O-Rama; Smooth Semi-Finalist 2009
  • Salsa Semi-Finalist 2012 Dance Sport City Lights Ball; Professional American Rhythm Finalist 2013
  • Open Professional Salsa Champion at Banff Dance-O-Rama 2015

JC Lopez – Instructor

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Marcus Jackson – Instructor

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Marcus is a fun, lively addition to the family. His focus of teaching is concentrated in Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Hip Hop. Having worked on cruise ships now for a better part of five years, he has brought his love of dance back to the soil. Marcus will be starting to teach Hip Hop and Jazz classes on Saturdays, beginning in October. Call now for more information!

Kristen Mendez – Instructor/Receptionist

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Brianna Desmond – Instructor

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Brianna – or – Brii, though she’s trained in many dance styles, her heart belongs to Lindy Hop! She will be the host for PDC’s Saturday Swing nights! Join her for the first Saturday of every month for different style swing classes and social dance parties!

Shaylynn MacFarland – Instructor

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Shay will be teaching Tutting and Animation classes every Saturday of the month. She found a knack and love for this intricate style of dancing almost out of thin air. You’ll be surprised by how much she can move her body!

Johnny Legs – Instructor

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