Artistic Director & Ballet Mistress
Ms. Cassandra, a native of Arizona, has over 25 years of experience teaching dance to students of all ages. With a strong background in classical training, she emphasizes ballet and technique as essential for dancers. Cassandra specializes in working with children, helping them develop skills and proper ballet technique. She has also trained dancers for various opportunities, including competitive dance, high school pom or cheer teams, college dance teams, professional sports dance teams, Disney, and company auditions. Additionally, Cassandra has extensive experience working with special needs children and adults, believing that everyone deserves the opportunity to enjoy dancing and that everyone is worth teaching.
Hannah "HD" Drenning
HD, a North Phoenix native, began dancing at 3 years old. As a competitive dancer, she received extensive training in various styles such as ballet, pointe, hip-hop, jazz, jazz funk, tap, contemporary, lyrical, and musical theatre. At 14, she started assisting her mentor Jose Soto and honed her teaching style. She was chosen as the first prodigy for Choreography Pros and later became a prodigy for NRG Dance Project, catching the attention of Robert Hoffman III, leading to her signing with Go2Talent Agency. HD has trained with renowned industry professionals including Cisco Ruelas, Brooklyn Jai, Othan Burnside, Nicole Kirkland, Amari Marshall, Kennis Marquis, and Thalia Ramos. Additionally, she assisted Brooklyn Jai at Millennium Dance Complex and other LA studios. Passionate about unleashing the potential of young dancers, HD began teaching hip-hop at the age of 14 and has since taught at various studios and schools, including Paul Revere Charter Middle School where she choreographed and assisted with staging their production of "Newsies" in 2019. Currently, HD teaches full-time at multiple dance studios, choreographs for high schools, and pursues a Sports Physiology degree at Grand Canyon University.
Vivianna started dancing at the age of two and hasn’t stopped. She trained with a classical ballet studio at the age of seven and instantly fell in love with dance. She has continued her training though the years in several different styles of dance such as jazz, contemporary, modern, lyrical, ballroom, hip hop, improv, and many other styles. She attend Arizona Conservatory of Arts and Academics from 6th to 11th grade under the direction of Ms. Erin and Ms. Barb. She has trained with Joffrey Summer Intensives and Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas every summer since 2019. She has trained with Tiffany Baker, Allison Burke, Matthew Prescott, Maximilien Baud and many others. She has been a competitive dancer from 2019 until 2023. She has won numerous awards, scholarships, and placed in overalls. In 2022 she was part of Senior Celebrity Crew for Celebrity Competitions. Currently she is enrolled at Grand Canyon University for 2023-2024 school year in their dance program. She has been assisting at DancExpo since 2020 and now is currently on staff as a teacher.
Christina de Soysa
Christina, born and raised in Phoenix AZ has been training in dance since she was 3 years old. Competing in a variety of styles: hip hop, ballet, jazz. Contemporary, and tap. She graduated with a Bachelors degree at the University of Arizona and aspires to become a physical therapist for dancers. She just came off her first contract working with Royal Caribbean cruise lines and will be continuing with them in the future.