James began dancing in high school by imitating the moves of his favorite dancers. After graduation he was a founding member of INT Dance Squad at the University of Hawaii at Hilo where he taught classes as a choreographer for over 6 years. He joined Center Stage Dance Alliance in 2017 and began teaching popping in 2018. Aside from teaching at Center Stage, he also teaches hip hop at EB de Silva Elementary School.
Jasmine Serrano began training in performing arts in 2010 at S.P.A.C.E performing arts center where she found a love for studio dancing at the age of 23. She has a background in Lindy-hop and branched out to multiple dance styles when she joined Center Stage as a student in 2012. Over the years, she has studied ballroom, jazz, contemporary, ballet, modern, hip hop, popping, breaking/bboy, and tap. She was brought on as the Keiki hip hop instructor in the year 2018 and currently teaches jazz and hip hop to both keiki and adults. She has performed and choreographed with Center Stage Dance Alliance, Aerial Arts Hawai'i, Kamehameha Schools, Hilo Union Elementary School, Hilo High School Performing Arts Learning Center and various local dance productions.
Lia Wengler has been dancing primarily ballet and jazz since the age of 4. She began her dance training at The Movement Center, located in Kaimuki on the island of Oahu. After moving to Hawai'i Island in 2014, she continued her training at Center Stage Dance Alliance. In 2018, she spent a year as a member of the dance ensemble at Pacific University in Oregon, where she performed pieces of various artists from around the country.
Mana (Christopher) started dancing as a BBoy at the age of 17. Since then he has extensively studied many other styles of dance including tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, popping, and contemporary dance. His primary place of study has been with Center Stage Dance Alliance, although he has taken classes from visiting artists from all over the world and other dance instructors in Hawai’i. Mana has been teaching BBoys and BGirls at Center Stage since 2015 and now teaches Contemporary, Hip Hop and Ballet classes at CSDA to students from ages 7 to adult of all skill levels.
Megan Rohrbacher has a long history of dance, theater, circus, and teaching. She started doing summer theater across the United States with her parents at the age of four. Megan has learned every aspect of the theater and production. She started her dancing career at 9 years old and attended Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Clown College in Venice, Florida at 18. She owned her own clown business for 10 years and then returned to teaching tap, directing and choreographing in the San Francisco Bay area for over 38 years before coming to Hawai’i. Megan is passionate about passing on the oldest American dance genre of tap dancing to dancers here in Hawai’i.
Nadia Ruth Schlosser started studying ballet and tap at the age of two and has been dancing ever since! She studied intensively for fifteen years as a dedicated student of The Performing Arts Center in Van Nuys, CA, training in singing, acting and the dance styles of ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, tap, contemporary and hip hop. She attended Cal Arts as a Dance major in 1997 and obtained a three year certificate in Entertainment Studies: Film, Television and Digital Media from UCLA Extension. She has worked on various films, awards shows, and television shows.
Vicky has taught Ballet, Modern, Choreography Lab and Pilates at Center Stage since its beginning. She holds a BA in Theater Production and a Masters in Education. Much of her professional career was in Europe performing Classical, Contemporary and Opera Ballet. She is a Teaching Artist with the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, a Resource Teacher at Hilo Union School, and has completed Level 1 of the ABT National Curriculum under Franco de Vita. Vicky is passionate about teaching and helping students reach their full potential.