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Natasha Middleton (Miss Natasha)

School Director, Founder

She was a ballerina with the original Pacific Ballet Theatre, under the direction of her father Andrei Tremaine (formerly of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo). She danced in Los Angeles, New York , Europe and Asia performing in such ballets as The Nutcracker, Raymonda, Spartacus, Don Quixote, Les Sylphides, Paquita and Carmen. She trained in classical ballet primarily the Vaganova method under the direction of her father as well as Prima Ballerina Assoluta, "Alexandra Baldina Koslov". The Royal Ballet School (London), Rosella Hightower (France), and the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. Her mother, Natalie Garrotto is a former Soprano of the San Francisco Opera. Ms. Middleton is the niece of the late film star, Yvonne de Carlo (also known as Lily on The Munsters). After recovering from a life threatening automobile accident, she hung up her "pointe" shoes and began only teaching and choreographing. She has set numerous ballets, musicals, operas, television sitcoms and music videos for such as artists as Bette Midler. Her film credits include "Love Hurts" with Richard E. Grant and Carrie-Anne Moss, Miss Natasha set all the dance sequences in the film. She also toured as a choreographer for Chic Correa/ Herbie Hancock's World Tour. . Miss Natasha is also the Artistic Director of the Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre where her latest works are "Remember" about the Armenian Genocide, and "Carmen" which will tour again starting in September 2018.  Over the past 25 years she has taught ballet classes for all ages. Her students have gone on to dance with the Russian Imperial Ballet, Australian Ballet, Alvin Alley, Boston Ballet, Milwaulkee Ballet, So You Think You Can Dance and numerous music videos. Her classes are very technical with an emphasis on Grand Jumps and Stretching. She also shapes the body and stresses on good "line". Natasha instills in her students confidence, love and respect for the art of Ballet.

Ruben Tonoyan

Teen Ballet, Adult Ballet



Classical Russian Ballet Teacher (Highest Level Classes). Mr. Tonoyan is also the Ballet Master for the Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre. He was a former soloist with the Armenian National Opera Ballet for 23 years. He began his training at the age of eight with the Armenian National Academy of Ballet. He continued his training at the Kirov Ballet School and the Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. After graduation, he returned to his native Armenia where he danced numerous ballets, including the leading role of Armen in Khachaturian’s Gayane.  Mr. Tonoyan toured around the world performing in such ballets as Giselle, Carmen, Swan Lake, Othello, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. He has also performed with the National TV Contemporary Ballet for several years. Mr. Tonoyan has been teaching at the Media City Dance for 15 years. His classes are strong, highly technical conditioning classes. He expects his students to meet their goals.

Grigori Arakelyan

 

Advanced Ballet

Childrens Ballet Level 1B & Level 3

Grigori was born in Yerevan, Armenia. After graduating from the National Choreographic Academy of Armenia, he moved to the United States.  Grigori is now in his 2ndyear teaching Classical Ballet at Media City Dance. In 2004, he was awarded first place in The Music Center’s prestigious Spotlight Awards.  From 2006–2013, Grigori danced with the Nevada Ballet Theatre. He also guest performed the lead role of Draculawith Bay Pointe Ballet. In 2015, Grigori made his debut performance with the Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre dancing such roles as principal dancers inChopin Pieces, Searching (a contemporary pas de deux). Don Jose in Carmen, Albenin in Masquerade,and Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre’s new ballet Remember Red Sunday, a ballet dedicated to the memory of the Armenian Genocide.

NATALIE (MIDDLETON) TREMAINE

School Administrator

Miss Natalie was first a well known child tap star of television and film before she began singing Opera and won the San Francisco Opera auditions at age 18. Miss Natalie went on successfully with her career in the theatre and opera. Later, she married Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo star, Andrei Tremaine and furthered her career as manager of his ballet company. In 2000, she helped her daughter, Natasha Middleton open Media City Dance in Burbank. 

Carol Ferris

 

Beginning Teen-Adult Ballet

Miss Carol has been teaching Beginning Teen/Adult Ballet at Media City Dance for the past 5 years. She was a former ballerina of the Ballet Society and performed in such ballets as Graduation Ball and The Nutcracker. Presently she is a member of the Les Girls Ballet Company, under the direction of Natasha Middleton. In the past 3 years Miss Carol still wears her pointe shoes and perfomed the Raymonda ballet solo, Chopin and the French Can Can. Miss Carol is a very liked teacher and her ballet classes are steady and yet very graceful. 

Joe Chaplin

 

HIP HOP


Londoner, Joe Chaplin started dancing and training at the age of 15 at the prestigious Pineapple Studios (London). Joe transitioned from student to teacher after just three years. The next four years he would spend putting his choreography skills into practice as he taught a wide variety of students. From the age of 18 to 22 Joe was chosen to be part of a selective dance troupe and given such opportunities to perform at events such as Top of
the Pops, Blue Peter, The Mobo Awards working with artists Neyo, T-pain and Amy Winehouse, MTV’s My Sweet Sixteen, with Sean Kingston and many other projects.
Joe is a great choreographer always with a perfect choice in music that leaves even people waiting in the office Rocking!

Krystle Wong

Acrobatics

Krystle Wong has been teaching Acrobatics/Gymnastics at Media City Dance for 8 years. She placed high in the Jr. Olympics and Nationals in the early 90's, while training in los Angeles under some of the top coaches from Romania and China. Miss Krystle is a fine technician. She trains the dancers to become great tumblers, as well as anyone who loves to perfect "walk-overs" - "ariels"  or start from scratch. Not only do all her students improve, but they also adore her. Miss Krystle is one of the nicest people you will ever have the opportunity to meet. Wonderful class!

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