Instructors

Cindy Gebelein Gotta Dance Studio

Cindy Gebelein

Marina Martinez Gotta Dance Studio

Marina Martinez

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Grace Leavitt

Megan Vargas

Brooke Jackson

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Danielle Glatt

 Cindy Gebelein - Owner, Director & Dance Instructor

Cindy started dancing at the age of six and has been teaching dance for over 35 years. She performed at military bases and with marching bands all over the country and world, including travels to Hawaii, Mexico, Canada, and Japan. She studied dance with Gus Giordano of Chicago and Joe Tremaine of Los Angeles. Cindy spent over four years as a dancer and choreographer for the variety show La Cage Aux Folles in Hollywood. With all that performing, her greatest love was always, and is still teaching dance.

 

 

Grace Leavitt - Dance Instructor

Grace has been dancing since she was 3 and has been with Gotta Dance since she was 5 - training in all styles such as ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, pointe, lyrical, and contemporary up into high school. Upon graduating, she continued her love of dance through training at facilities such as Edge PAC and Evolution. She worked with and trained under big names such as Tina Landon, Alvin Ailey reps, and many more. She is currently a senior in college working to graduate with degrees in both Health Science and Performing Arts: dance with an emphasis in contemporary, jazz, and modern training. She currently also teaches dance to college students at her university. With all this, she uses her love for dance and performance etiquette and proper knowledge of a healthy body to keep dancers strong and moving forward. She is a strong believer that correct body mechanics and connectivity is the key to a successful dancer; she strives to transfer all her knowledge on to her students to help them develop healthy habits. She is a competent choreographer and teacher, able to translate her creative movement ideas and concepts to others simply. She prides herself on creating a safe space and environment needed for growth in dance in her classes. She teaches her students to be fearless in their dancing and their passions and is excited to be back teaching in the Gotta Dance family!

 

 

 

Marina Martinez - Dance Instructor, Pure Energy Choreographer

Marina started her training at age 5 in a ballet and folklórico class at Sylmar park where she noticed her love for dance. She then joined the Gotta Dance family at age 6 where she trained in various styles such as ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary/lyrical, and pointe.  She has also been a part of the Dance Spirit Competition Team and Pure Energy Performance Team which she now coaches alongside her former teammate. She hopes to continue sharing her passion and to soon bring more diversity into her dancers as she continues with her most recent training in Latin Ballroom. 

Brooke Jackson- Dance Instructor

Brooke is originally from Indianapolis, IN.  She graduated from Western Michigan University in 2018 with her Bachelor of Arts in dance.  The extensive education she received at WMU includes technique training primarily in the genres of ballet, modern, and jazz, along with theory courses including kinesiology, dance management, dance history, teaching dance, music, choreography, and lighting and staging.  She has since moved to Los Angeles to continue her dance training, as well as share her passion for dance through her teaching.  She has years of experience working with students of all ages and abilities.  She has taught and choreographed for dance studio recitals, as well as productions for public schools and local theaters.  Her teaching emphasizes technique fundamentals in all genres, working with the individuality of each dancer, both physically and artistically.  She feels most at home when she is performing, and dreams of spreading joy through her pure love of dance.  


Megan Vargas - Dance Instructor

Megan began her performing arts journey with Gotta Dance at age 5 as a hip-hop dancer, and her passion for performing grows stronger everyday. In high school, she branched out from hip-hop and began taking jazz, ballet, and contemporary classes. Inevitably falling in love with the arts, Megan got her Musical Theater degree at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Hollywood, where she experienced hands-on training with working professionals throughout the film, dance, and theater industry. Since graduation, Megan has taught multiple dance and stretching classes online for children / teens. When she's not dancing or teaching, she runs her jewelry business on Etsy: MadeByMagicStore. She strives to help her students find their creativity through dance and she pushes herself to be the performer she wants to be every day. Gotta Dance has always held a special place in Megan's heart and she's grateful to be back with the Gotta Dance Family!

Danielle Glatt - Dance Instructor
Miss Danielle started her dance journey at Gotta Dance Studio when she was three years old taking ballet and tap. As she continued she became trained in jazz, contemporary, modern, musical theater, hip-hop, lyrical, and pointe. She participated in many competitions from the age of 11 to 16 while attending classes at her local dance studio and going to the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. During her time in high school Miss Danielle had the opportunity to perform in the Disneyland Holiday Spectacular parades, pre-show at a Clippers game, and a showcase at the Ford Amphitheater. When she graduated high school, she continued her education at Moorpark College to pursue a career in psychology. During this time she participated in the dance departments showcases from 2012-2015. She was also working for LAUSD’s Beyond the Bell program teaching dance and taking those routines to many competitions. Unfortunately due to a severe back injury her dance career had to be put on hold. This is when she found her love for animals and started her journey to become an exotic animal trainer. Once she graduated from the Exotic Animal Training and Management program in 2018, she got hired at Animal Tracks Inc where she is now working with monkeys, kangaroos, porcupines, and wolves just to name a few. In April 2019 she finally had the ability to go through with her spinal fusion surgery. Recovery was difficult but it didn’t discourage her from getting back into the dance world as soon as she was able to. In November of 2019 she starting teaching at Royalty Dance Academy which unfortunately had to shut their doors in March 2021. However, she was fortunate enough to get another amazing teaching opportunity here at Gotta Dance Studio! She is looking forward to sharing her passion and knowledge of dance with all the students and hope that she can spark the same love for dance in them as she found in herself!