HOUSE OF PAVE
Sonya received her BA in Economics from UC Berkeley & Masters in Business Administration from UCLA. With over 20 years of experience, she was appointed the Senior Managing Director for Ankura and is the national leader on the Economics team. In 2016, Sonya along with her husband John Kwon, started PAVE School of the Arts. Sonya has also served on the board for OCSA since August 2018 and also founded the West Coast Chapter of Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Alliance (WLMA).
Amanda Gardner was born and raised fiercely competing as a dancer in Orange County. She’s worked on numerous Disney sitcoms, commercials, and films as dancer, and actor. She holds the Silver Medal from the 2016 Dance Worlds as well as an All Apparatus Teacher Certification in Pilates. She is most proud when teaching and choreographing her superstar students at PAVE!
Nicole has over 25 years of dance experience. She is a former Director/Instructor for the United Spirit Association and judges for high school, collegiate & all-star National & Varsity Spirit competitions nationwide. Her credits include dancing and choreographing for numerous pro-dance teams (NFL, NBA, WNBA, CFL & Arena Football) such as Lake Girls. She was the Director/Coach at Santa Margarita HS Pom team for 8 years and is currently the Director of Varsity Spirit (West) and teaches at PAVE!
Erik Sosa was born and raised in Thousand Oaks, CA and trained with Bobbies School of Performing Arts. Erik was also a part of his national award winning dance team, Newbury Park High School Dance Team. Erik was offered a scholarship into the Edge Performing Arts Scholarship Program, where they spent a year training and learning the ins and outs of the industry under some of Los Angeles’ top choreographers such as Mandy Moore, Jackie Sleight, Nick Lanzisera and Jason Myhre. Since 2015 Erik has Choreographed, Directed, and Coached for multiple Dance Teams and Studios in Southern California.
Dr. John Kwon graduated cum laude with a Master in PT at Loma Linda University. He completed his Kaiser Orthopedic Residency and became a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. He is the owner of CORE Performance Physical Therapy. He and Sonya own and operate PAVE School of the Arts and is considered an expert at treating dance related injuries. His background in movement science/pilates has enabled him to implement an injury prevention program at PAVE.
Jordan is an alumni of OCSA’s CMD Conservatory and Valedictorian ’08. She is a Magna Cum Laude B.F.A. in Dance Performance/Emphasis in Health & Wellness graduate of Chapman University. She is signed with MSA and Lifestyle Unlimited. Some of her work include “GLEE,” ”SKECHERS,” “Lime A Rita” & Disney’s “Aladdin, the Musical Spectacular.” She was a LA Laker Girls ‘14 - ‘15. Jordan is the co-founder and Creative Director at PAVE School of the Arts where she coaches her champion students.
Sasha Dee is an alumni of MPI (‘10) and trained with DTH for 14 years. She received her B.F.A. in Dance Performance, Minor in IES from Chapman University (‘14) and was captain of their dance team. She is represented by BLOC. Some of her work include NBA/LA Lakers Halftime dancer, LIFEHOUSE, actor for FACEBOOK & “BE FIT” Keiara LaShae Workouts. She loves teaching, choreographing and judging. Sasha Dee is one of the co-founders of PAVE and is the Dance Team Director & Assistant Company Director.
Danielle Page, was born and raised in Orange County and has been dancing for the last 20+ years. She trained at one of the top dance studios in Southern California in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, and Lyrical. In high school, Danielle was the co-captain of her Dance Choreography team. She joined the nationally ranked dance team at OC College. She has taught at a number of studios throughout Orange County and is very fortunate to direct the Pre-PAVE program for the last 4 years.
Brynne Becker is an accomplished dancer, teacher, and choreographer nationwide. She trained with Keith Clifton, Michael McBain, Michael Cortez, Joffrey and a company directed by Anthony Sellars. Brynne danced professionally for 10 years. She and her parents owned and taught at their own dance studio. She is a recipient of numerous choreography awards. While focusing on strong technique, Brynne strives to create a fun and energetic environment for her students to learn.
Kelley received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Performance with honors, along with a minor in Leadership and Organizational Studies from Chapman University. She is a BASI certified Pilates Instructor with comprehensive dance specialization & a certification in Burn At The Barre. Kelley has been a part of the United Spirit Association for 8 years. She has taught various styles of Dance & Pilates all over the West Coast. She has been a teacher at PAVE since Season 01!
Savanna graduated from OCSA’s Commercial Dance Conservatory and trained with jjAE Dance Company & INNOV8 Dance Company. She is represented by BLOC Talent Agency and is a member of training programs such as Motus, Cameron Lee, and Kolanie Marks. She books many projects in LA for dance and choreography and recently traveled to Dubai to share her art with a dance studio there. Savanna is a proud PAVE Alumni and is currently one of our choreographers and instructors at the studio.
Daniel Huynh is a professional dancer and choreographer represented by Go 2 Talent Agency. He graduated from Chapman University with a BFA in Dance Performance and has worked with artists/companies such as J. Cole, Banks, Nike & Disney. He worked under choreographers such as Mandy Moore, Nappytabs & Michael Rooney. Daniel has created dance films to further his experience working behind the camera. Daniel hopes to continue to learn and grow in dance and choreography in LA.
Will graduated from Chapman University where he started the nationally ranked, Chapman Dance Team. He danced and did acrobat for Disney for nearly 9 years. He was also on Pace All Stars in 2012 when they were chosen to be Team USA for Jazz and Pom. They were titled World and International champs that year. Now Will coaches and choreographs for many high school songleading, cheerleading, and dance teams who have won many regional and national competitions.
As a former member of the Los Angeles Ballet, Tanya is a World Champion, a National Champion, and a Blackpool Dance Festival Champion in Latin. She is also signed with Clear Talent Group and has appeared in numerous commercials and films, including "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "17". Additionally, Tanya is a certified instructor with Fred Astaire Dance Studios, where she continues to inspire and guide aspiring dancers towards success in the field of dance.
Mya Macias is a 23 year old dancer and choreographer from Whittier, California. Having danced for over 15 years, she is trained in various styles of dance such as contemporary, hip-hop, ballet, jazz, Tap, and modern. She graduated from the Orange County School of the Arts in 2017, and has since then been choreographing/dancing with a professional hip hop company, GRV, as well as directing their newest contemporary company, Gravity.
A proud and recent graduate of PAVE's Innov8 and 8Crew programs, Noelle is thrilled to be able to support PAVE as a point of contact as well as supporting the backbone of operations. Noelle's love of dance started at the age of 5 which eventually led to competitive dance in hula, ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary. While she pursues her degree in Communications, she is grateful to be able to uphold the PAVE pillars of Performance, Artistry, Versatility, and Exposure in her interactions with students and their families
A professional dancer of 12 years and educator born in Orange County and based in Los Angeles, CA, Brandon has worked with Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani, Jason Derulo and has danced/choreographed for television including Good Trouble, Best friends Whenever, The Masked Singer, BLONDE, and Glee. He has performed at the MTV video Music Awards, the Latin American Music Awards, and The first ever live Commercial for the Greatest Showman with Hugh Jackman.
Kamryn Funk is from Oklahoma and has been dancing since the age of 2. She is currently pursuing a BFA and in the Honors program at Chapman University. Kamryn trained at Kim Massay Dance Productions in Edmond, Oklahoma where she traveled and competed across the country in various dance styles including: contemporary, jazz, ballroom, hip hop, ballet, tap and musical theatre. Kamryn danced on Season 3 of World of Dance and recognized as a top 10 Female dancer with the Dance Awards.
Chandler Kimball from Mesa, Arizona, received her dance training from Impact Dance Studio where she trained in ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, tap, and more. Chandler was a member of the 24-time national champion BYU Cougarettes for 2 years and the 13-time national champion UVU Dance Team for 2 years. Since graduating college Chandler has been choreographing and teaching stretch/strengthening and technique.