FACULTY

JOHN KWON 

Dr. John Kwon has been a licensed physical therapist since the year of 2000. He graduated cum laude with a Master in Physical Therapy at Loma Linda University in 2000. Dr. Kwon completed the year-long Kaiser Orthopedic Residency program in order to gain valuable hands on orthopedic clinical skills. He became a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association in 2003. John later received the Clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree at Western University in 2004. Dr. Kwon explored his passion in clinical education by joining the faculty of the nation’s top physical therapy institution, University of Southern California, as an adjunct professor for the orthopedic curriculum. He had the privilege of working alongside some of the most respected and renowned experts in the field of physical therapy. Dr. Kwon enjoys furthering the profession by working as a clinical instructor for USC’s graduate students for the past eleven years. He finds helping students mature into great clinicians one of the most rewarding aspects of his career. To enhance his exercise versatility, Dr. Kwon successfully completed the Pilates certification through the Body Arts and Science Institute in 2010 and recently became credentialed by the Titleist Performance Institute as a Golf Performance Specialist. He enjoys playing golf, analyzing the golf swing, and helping golfers get back to their sport. He is a member of the Aliso Viejo Country Club and performs golf performance seminars regularly in the community.

Dr. Kwon’s treatment philosophy incorporates the use of total body movement (kinetic linking) exercises and integrative manual therapy to assist his clients back to their athletic or functional prowess. He has extensive experience in manual therapy, having successfully completed the Kaiser Orthopedic Residency and numerous continuing education courses to enhance his manipulative skills. Dr. Kwon believes that it is integral to implement the use of manipulative therapy to cause neuro-dynamic changes to the joint, which increases joint mobility and assists the attached soft tissue structures to regain normal tension. Soft tissue mobilization techniques can further relax and lengthen the muscle and aide pain relief. These changes can be maintained with corrective exercises targeted to first strengthen the core and then the peripheral extremities to further restore posture and optimal bodily movement. He has been inspired by experts within the profession of physical therapy like Dr. Vladimir Janda and Dr. Freddy Kaltenborn who have paved the path towards innovative movement science and manipulative therapy techniques respectively.

Dr. Kwon is happily married for the past nine years to the love of his life Sonya. They have two beautiful daughters Kylie, age 5, and Khloe, age 1, who keep them busy with dance, soccer, and gymnastics. John and Sonya enjoy traveling around the world, playing golf, and entertaining guests at their home.

BRYNNE BECKER

Brynne Becker is an accomplished dancer, teacher and choreographer whose distinctive work has been enjoyed nationwide. Born and raised in Orange County, Brynne began her dance training at the age of 5 in ballet, jazz, tap and lyrical. She continued her studies with Keith Clifton, Michael McBain, Michael Cortez, the Joffrey Ballet School and a Southern California ballet company directed by Anthony Sellars whom she credits for her love of clean technique. Brynne danced professionally in multiple genres for 10 years before settling into her teaching career. For 25 years, Brynne and her parents owned and taught at their own studio, where she placed great emphasis on strong technique and clean lines. Over the years her students have had great success in the commercial world, from work on TV, movies and Broadway Musicals to professional dance companies and even The Rockettes. Many of her students have won regional and national titles, while she has been the recipient of numerous choreography awards. While focusing on strong technique, Brynne strives to create a fun and energetic environment for her students to learn.

MARIAH SPEARS

Mariah Spears is a  dancer from Chandler, Arizona. She began dancing when she was two years old, and is trained in ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, krump, popping, breaking, locking, salsa, tap, ballroom, and tumbling. She trained at Classic Image Dance in Arizona through out her childhood, and began competing dance at the age of 5. She began dancing with the non-profit organization Automatic Response when she was in sixth grade. This is where she trained with master teachers like Chris Thomas from ABDC's Electrolytes, Phi from Jabbawockeez crew, and from people like Crazy Leggs, Mr. Wiggles, and Bonita Lovett from Rock Steady Crew. She graduated in 2012 from Hamilton High School where she participated in the dive team, the cheer team, the track team, and the dance company. She also graduated in the top 1 percent of her class with a 4.8 GPA.

     She recently graduated from Chapman University with a BFA in Dance Performance and clusters in Theater Technology and Honors. In 2013, Mariah was a featured performer as one of the top 16 dancers on Fox Television's Season 10 of "So You Think You Can Dance”. Mariah continues performing and showcasing her choreography throughout California, most recently she has been performing in Gina Starbuck’s BodyTalk in Los Angeles. Mariah has also created pieces such as “America’s Daughters” and “Magnetic Impulses.” She was also able to showcase her work in January of 2016 at the “Not for Sale” benefit show raising money for the Starbright Foundation. Mariah is currently teaching at two local dance studios in Orange County: Pave School of the Arts and The Music Room. She teaches hip hop, contemporary, and competitive teams. She is also currently teaching with the touring convention Hollywood Dance Experience. Hollywood Dance Experience is known for its strong technical classes and personalized attention. Most recently, she was performer in a national Allstate commercial. 

NADIA LEONARDI

Nadia Leonardi grew up dancing in Phoenix, Arizona at the age of 3 years old. She is well versed in styles from ballroom to jazz technique and hip hop. Beyond dance she is pursuing a passion for health and fitness by knowing how to build muscle and work smart for a dancer’s body. Nadia has trained under choreographers such as Dana Metz, Slawomir Wozniak, Natasha Louis, and Andrew Winghart. She has been teaching and choreographing since the age of sixteen at different studios across Phoenix and Orange County. During her seven years of traveling with Hollywood Vibe Dance Convention she assisted Liz Imperio, David Moore, Kevin Maher, Allison Holker, and many more. She is signed with Go2Talent Agency and has danced in music videos with Beyonce and Jesse McCartney as well as performed at the Latin American Music Awards. Nadia is currently touring with Velocity Dance Convention.

JORDAN BLAIS

Jordan Krinke is an alumni of OCSA’s Commercial Dance Conservatory and Valedictorian ’08.  She is a Magna Cum Laude B.F.A. in Dance Dance Performance/Emphasis in Health and Wellness graduate of Chapman University.  She is signed with McDonald and Selznick Associates (MSA) Talent Agency and is represented in their Commercial, Print, On Camera and Choreography Divisions. She has worked on numerous television shows such as “GLEE”, “BUNHEADS”, and The Voice” to name a few.  She has also had the privilege of co-starring in a Super Bowl commercial with celebrities such as Hulk Hogan and Eric Estrada. 

 

Her passion for fitness has also lead to her to become a fitness model and further her dance career by representing active brand “Skechers” in industry events and international dance commercials, as well as be represented by Sports and Lifestyle Unlimited Talent Agency.  Jordan is also an award winning research enthusiast, and only undergraduate student to ever be recognized for 1st Place by the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science for her academic research for Dance Credential Development, Injury Prevention, an Anatomical/Kinesthetic. Teaching Principles for dance teachers worldwide.  

 

Her most recent work was her principal actress feature in a “Bud-Light Lime A Rita” Commercial.  You can also find her dancing in Lifetime’s “Petals on the Wind” movie under the choreographic vision of Kitty McNamee.  Other credits include representing “Barbie” brand for the Mattel Toy Company, being an Industry Tour featured performer and model for MAC Cosmetics, as well as working for the corporate entertainment company, Disney in their production of “Aladdin, the Musical Spectacular.”  Jordan recently guest starred in Lifetime’s new hit reality dance television show, “Step It Up!” and wrapped a reality television show series representing the Lakers Organization for The Laker Girls. She is a proud alumni of the Los Angeles Laker Girl 2014 - 2015 Season. 

While pursuing her dance career in Los Angeles, Jordan still finds time to do what she loves most while being the Creative Director at PAVE, teaching, and judging nationwide.  Jordan is an award-winning choreographer who has received numerous accolades for her choreography, performance, quality, originality, choreographic concepts and technical foundations.  Her work can be seen on Dance Mom’s, Half-Time Acts for Los Angeles D-Fenders, High School Dance Teams, Competitive Studio works, Television and Film. 

 

Jordan’s life mission is to integrate her passion for dance, discipline and determination in her dance classes and further afford her students with a life-long love for the art of dance while maintaining their individual creative identity. 

 

Jordan currently is the Creative Director and teaches at PAVE School of the Arts where she coaches her local and state champion students.  She also founded INNOV8, ESCAL8, CRE8 Dance Companies, the new commercial dance program that shapes students’ artistry, technical foundations, and pre-industry experience to give them a competitive edge when seeking employment in the entertainment field housed at PAVE.  Her packaging and mentorship process for young students who aspire to become professional dancers has proven time and time again to be successful as her students have been continually admitted into highly competitive colleges, agencies, conservatories, teams and dance companies.  

SASHA DEE

Sasha Dee Dayoan is an alumni of Mid Pacific Institute School of the Arts (2010) in Honolulu, Hawaii.  She was a part of the International Baccalaureate Dance Program under the instruction of Paul Maley and Sylvia Yamada. Sasha Dee received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance with a Minor in Integrated Educational Studies in 2014 from Chapman University.  She is currently represented by Bloc Talent Agency. Some of her work include featured principal fitness dancer and model in “If You Can Move” Work Out Fitness, featured dancer at NBA Halftime Show (Salt Lake City, Utah), LA Lakers Halftime dancer (Honolulu, Hawaii), PRO-Bowl Hawaii featured principal dancer with LIFEHOUSE, principal actress role in “Confidential Job” FACEBOOK commercial, and principal lead fitness dancer in multiple “BE FIT” Burn to the Beat Cardio Workout Programs with Keiara LaShae. 

 

Sasha Dee trained competitively for fourteen years with Drill Team Hawaii under the direction of Penny Young and Febray Kaopua.  In college, she continued her passion for competitive work as an active member, choreographer, and co-captain (2012-2014) of Chapman University’s nationally recognized Dance Team.  Sasha Dee helped to lead her team earn the USA Collegiate National Championship in 2010-2014. To keep her connection wth the competitive world, she currently assists with judging and adjudication for various competitions and both high school & college dance teams/cheer programs. While she continues to pursue her professional dance career, Sasha Dee also dedicates her time choreographing, teaching, and coaching at local dance studios in both Southern California  and Hawaii.  She has received many awards for her work.  Her work has been seen on Collegiate Dance Teams, High School Dance Teams, Dance Moms, Miss Drill Team USA, Los Angeles Defenders Halftime, and a multitude of competitive dance studios.  

 

Sasha Dee was the Assistant Director of JjAE Dance Company.  She has recently been blessed with a new opportunity as Dance Team Director of Pave School of the Arts and co-founder of three new industry based pre-professional companies, INNOV8, ESCAL8 and CRE8. Sasha Dee is humbled and excited to be working alongside with her colleague, Jordan Blais, to create an environment that provides athletes with the proper tools, education, and mentorship to prepare them for success as young artists.  She believes that courage, dedication, integrity and humility are the attributes that will motivate an artist to DREAM, SOAR and I N S P I R E! 

KELLEY BROWN 

Kelley Brown is originally from Northern California. She has studied various dance forms including Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Modern, Tap, Contemporary, Military and Hip Hop for the past 25 years. 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. Kelley is a BASI certified Pilates Instructor with comprehensive dance specialization, along with a certification in Burn At The Barre. Kelley has been apart of the United Spirit Association for 9 years where she teaches with the Dance Staff as a Head Instructor. She is apart of the program development team for the Dance Program as well as a Judge for the USA in both regional and national competitions. She currently resides in South Orange County where she has taught various styles of Dance and Pilates at studios and universities all over the West Coast. 

DANIELLE PAGE

GARY ROBERTS 

Danielle Page, was born and raised in Orange County and has been dancing for the last 20+ years. Her entire competitive career she trained at one of the top dance studios in Southern California in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, and Lyrical. She has won numerous individual and group national titles alongside her longtime friend and colleague - Jordan Krinke. While training at The Dance Spot she found her passion of teaching at the young age of 13. In high school, Danielle was the co-captain of her Dance Choreography team and discovered her true passion for technique. Weekly Danielle would hold technique classes and privates for her Dance Choreography teammates.
After graduating high school, Danielle went on to join the nationally ranked dance team at Orange Coast College. It was here where she had the opportunity to represent our nation at the ICU World Championships. Danielle and her teammates brought home the gold medal in the jazz division as Team USA.
After this incredible experience, Danielle decided to retire as a competitive dancer and focus on sharing her passion of dance and teaching. She has taught at a number of studios throughout Orange County and is very fortunate to direct the Pre-PAVE program.

Gary Roberts has danced on professional stages commercially as a backup dancer, in concert work, in theatrical productions, as well as in street parades, dinner theatres, variety shows and star-studded charity events. He has shared the stage with legendary performers such as Chester A. Whitmore, The Opus One Big Band Orchestra, Norma Miller, Skip Cunningham and James Janisse.  He recently danced in Lord of the Swing which premiered at the Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, and also The Birth of Swing in Phoenix, Arizona celebrating the opening of the Smithsonian Institution’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture, both shows directed and choreographed by Chester Whitmore.   Gary teaches and choreographs for schools, theaters and studios throughout Southern California including Orange County School of the Arts and the City of Torrance Cultural Arts Center, where he teaches tap, jazz, and musical theatre.  He is also a resident teacher for TAP-a-holics and has taught at Millennium Dance Complex, and Debbie Allen Dance Academy in LA.  He has also choreographed for the Caroline Sunshine and Friends tour and worked as a choreographer for Soundcheck Artists.   In addition to his teaching and performing, Gary also has a strong online presence, having been featured in many video productions with Tap Overload.  He has had the honor of working with tap dance masters such as Channing Cook Holmes, Joy Hewitt, Hiroshi Hamanishi, and also with Christy Hernandez and Leah Silva as a member of Encore Tap Ensemble.  Gary earned his BA in Theatre Arts from Cal. State Fullerton, and is also a certified yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance.

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KEVIN PASCUA

Kevin Pascua discovered his passion for the art of dance in 2006. Being heavily influenced by the hip-hop culture, he began his training with BBOYing & urban dance choreography. He has been apart of companies such as, Kaba kids, Soul fresh, Maker Empire, & was a director on Team Millennia. Kevin’s style can be described as smooth, and dynamic with a strong emphasis on character embodiment. Additionally, he prides himself in being a very versatile dancer. As an instructor, students will be challenged with foundational techniques, adapting to new styles, and applying new ideas to their craft. Today, Kevin can be seen teaching studios, schools, and internationally along with performing with Hall of Fame & KM Legacy.  He has since taught at Millennium Dance complex, Snowglobe Perspective, Boogiezone and Kinjaz Dojo. Kevin has also taught at various studios, master classes, and intensives around the US.  One day, he aspires to teach and share his craft internationally.