Instructors

 

 

WESPAC hires professionals with a great balance between their dance experience, education and talents in teaching and dancing.  These professionals are experts in various dance styles including hip hop, jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical, contemporary, tumbling, hula and belly dancing.  It is they who transfer the vision for WESPAC and continue to grow the company through the word of mouth of clients.  Most of them have been with WESPAC for over 10 years and therefore make up our second family.  Here are some of their biographies.

 

 


 

Jaseida Mojica is an award winning choreographer, actress, dancer, singer and the owner at Wespac Dance. She is known for (2017) The Bail Out short comedy film, directed by Christian Guitton, who directed the feature films (2016) San Andreas with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and (2015) The Internship with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. In (2015) Full Out movie on NBC, Jaseida served as creative director for the Full Out movie honor roll presenting her real life Wespac Dancers overcoming obstacles to promote the movie which was based on a true story. You may recognize Jaseida as a competing director in 5 episodes of seasons 5 and 6 on the hugely popular Lifetime reality series (2015, 2016) Dance Moms which aired with 4-6 million viewers per episode, respectively. Jaseida is also known for the lead role of Mary the nymphet in (2017) The Vampire Masquerade Play at The Next Stage Theatre in North Hollywood, CA.

She stars as Doctor Yingyang in (2017) The Tragedy of Jimmy Jimmy Kates drama feature film. Jaseida started her acting career as a dancer, singer and choreographer as a teen in Huntington Beach, CA, and later had the opportunity to choreograph and dance opposite legendary 3 time Grammy Winner Jacky Clark of the famous gospel singers The Clark Sisters in a music video for Jacky's song (2017) "Shout" and joins Jacky on several (2017) tour dates with her Wespac Dancers under Jaseida's management and comprised of (2017) MissTeen CA for the Miss America Organization as well as some are also represented by The Movement Talent Agency. They won 1st Overall at (2016 - 2017) Kids Artistic Revue National Dance Competition under Jaseida's direction and choreography. Wespac Dance is Jaseida Mojica's dance studio where she coaches dancers, actors, singers and students and teachers to continue her passion in passing on her knowledge and experience to the next generation with much love and pride.

See Jaseida's IMDb Resume Here

 
 


 

Jennifer Chavarria - Jazz

Jennifer Chavarria is originally from Orange County, California and has had the pleasure of working in the entertainment industry for the past 15 years as a Producer, Director, and Performer.  She has worked along side and consulted for a number of prominent names in the industry such as John Cossette of Cossette Productions of The Grammy and Bet Awards, Lil' Wayne, T-Pain, Portia De Rossi, and Montell Jordan.  She been featured in films such as Man On The Moon and Orange County, cast in Guest Star Roles on shows such as Sister Sister, and been seen in a vareity of commericals such as Disneyland and Carls Jr.

Melissa “Missy” Mcdonnell - Haines – Jazz, Hip Hop and Lyrical

Melissa Mcdonnell – Haines who is also known as “Missy”, started teaching hip hop, jazz and lyrical at WESPAC over 10 years ago.  She currently has a performing group at WESPAC for which she coined the name WESPAC Elite and now all of the performing groups at WESPAC dance under that same name.  Prior to teaching at WESPAC, she was a member and captain of the Los Angeles Clipper Girls for 5 years.  Missy was also on the nationally ranked dance team at Orange Coast College, OCC for two years.  She choreographed for the United Spirit Association, USA, National Football League, NFL and the National Basketball Association, NBA as well as numerous other dance groups.  Melissa has worked with Sugar Ray, Jessica Simpson, Wu – Tang Clan, Dennis Rodman and Jaimie Presley’s husband DJ Eric Cubichi; she was also featured in a Capezio Dance Commercial.  Missy has also taught extensively throughout Orange County including for the OC All Stars, Marina High School in the Huntington Beach School District and Stacey Junior High and Westminster High School in the Westminster School District.  You can currently find her teaching at the studio on Wednesdays @ 6:30pm Jazz I and Thursdays from 6:30pm – 8:30pm Jazz II and hip hop, jazz and lyrical for her performing group which is by invitation.
 

Amanda Mikkelson – Tap, Ballet, Contemporary/Modern and Pointe

Amanda Mikkelson started as a student at WESPAC over 10 years ago and is currently the only teacher on staff who was also a student first. She was awarded “Student of the Year” for 3 years at WESPAC. She was also awarded a scholarship from WESPAC by Lonnie L. Haines for her outstanding potential in dance. Amanda then went on to graduate as student of the year with a scholarship from the Academy of the Performing Arts, APA, at Huntington Beach High School. She also choreographed for the dance ensembles at APA as well as becoming captain for the HBHS song team. Amanda has danced with such renowned choreographers as Keith Clifton and Marie Hoffman.  She has won many first place awards for her competitive dancing at west coast competitions including Czar, Kids Artistic Revue, KAR, Victor Dru, I Love Dance, On Stage America, Starbound and nationals in Las Vegas for KAR. She is currently teaching on Thursdays form 3:30pm – 9:30pm for Tap I, Tap II, Ballet I – II and Contemporary/Modern.
 

Rania - Belly Dancing

Rania Within the genre of Middle Eastern Dance, Rania is considered a Master Teacher, and has won many awards including 2 Bellydancer of the Universe Championship titles. One of the original Bellydance Superstars, Rania
travels extensively throughout the world teaching Middle Eastern Dance Technique, Ethnic Dances and Choreography. Rania has starred in over
20 Dance Instructional, Performance and Fitness DVDs, which are sold all over the world. Rania is author of the book, "Bellydancing for Fitness". Her "Pure Sweat" DVD was named in the Top Ten Fitness DVDs of 2003 by the Chicago Sun Tribune, The St. Louis Post, The Miami Herald, The Dallas Observer, and Essence Magazine. Rania has taught all over the North America, South America, Asia, Europe and Africa.
 


 

Valerie Bartosch

Valerie Bartosch’s introduction in to dance started early in life at age 2 with ballet, tap and jazz through the city of Westminster. She is an accomplished, former student of WESPAC and has performed many times in the past 9 years for the studio. She has had 7 years of training in tap, 7 years in ballet/lyrical, 3 years of jazz, 2 years of point, and even a couple of years of training in hula. In addition to her passion for dance, Valerie also has a passion for teaching young children. When she was 12, she became an assistant for WESPAC’s ballet and tap classes. She has been teaching and choreographing beginning and intermediate ballet for kindergarten through 4th grade students for the past three years, and has been teaching and choreographing ballet at WESPAC for the last two. Currently she is teaching Introduction to Dance on Thursday nights at 6 pm.
 

A.J. Abrams - Ballet & Contemporary

A.J. Abrams is a native of Long Beach, Ca. He started his dance training at the age of nine with Keith Clifton of Clifton Dance Project.  He has also trained with schools all over the U.S. such as American ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Pennsylvainia Ballet.  Mr. Abrams started his professional career with Ballet Austin under the direction of Stephen Mills.  Credits include dancing original works by Mills, Sugar Plum Cavalier in The Nutcracker, Albrecht in Giselle and the Principal role in George Balanchine's "Who Cares".  Since leaving Ballet Austin, he has performed in musicals as well as The Glory of Christmas.  This is A.J.'s first season with Luminario Ballet of Los Angeles.

 

Susan Prough – Tumbling

Susan Prough has been at the studio since her daughter started taking dance classes there over 10 years ago. She started her career when she was given a scholarship at California State University, Long Beach. In 1984, she was given the opportunity to escort Mary Lou Retton in the Olympics. Susan has taught classes at Scats Gymnastics and WESPAC. She is now teaching our tumbling class on Fridays at 4:30pm.
 

Terra Phillips – Jazz Turns & Leaps, Ballet, Pointe and Lyrical

Terra Phillips currently dances in the production of High School Musical at Disneyland and teaches for WESPAC on Saturday mornings in her spare time. She has recently choreographed for the WESPAC Recital and the Orange County Fair. Terra is an expert in competitive dancing and dance conditioning for the prevention of injuries and preservation of the dancer’s body. She is now teaching on Saturday from 10am – 12noon for her Turns and Leaps class as well as Lyrical.
 

 

J. Reyes – Lyrical Hip Hop

Jay's style is influenced by Justin Timberlake's music and therefore he does a new style of dancing which we like to call a fusion of lyrical and hip hop. He has danced with Santana and Michelle Branch. J. Reyes is no stranger to competitive dancing and has won many first place studio awards for his choreography in Temecula. He is currently teaching hip hop at WESPAC on Tuesday nights at 7:30pm.
 


 

Jerome Moore – Hip Hop “Break Dancing”

Jerome’s style is street dancing and he loves to teach hip hop and break dancing to old school music. He appeared on the dance show “Dance 360” on Fox and won first place in cash and prizes. Prior to choreographing he appeared on MTV with Ben Stiller’s wife Christine Taylor of The Brady Bunch Movie and Zoolander.  He also appeared as regular dancer on Soul Train.  Jerome Moore is currently doing privates for hip hop and break dancing.


 

Juliette Hing - Lee – Acting for Dancers

Juliette Hing – Lee first started at WESPAC when she came to rehearse for the professional hip hop group “No Filter”. She has appeared in iCarly on Nickelodeon and will appear this fall in a show on CBS. Juliette hopes to do master classes at WESPAC for dancers that would like to fully express themselves by learning acting techniques for performances as well as auditions. Congratulations to Juliette as she just recently married Johnny Lee of the band Frequency 5.  She is affiliated with the Screen Actors Guild, SAG.
 

David Nieto  - Salsa

David Nieto is a top-notch salsa instructor, choreographer, and performer. His achievements include: choreographer for Dancing with the Stars, and So You Think You Can Dance; featured dancer in multiple Hollywood films with Neo, Jamie Fox, Cierra, the Jonas Brothers and others; a World Mayan Salsa Champion and a World ESPN Salsa Champion; and has judged many national and international dancing competitions. David teaches you his natural and creative style as soon as you step on the floor. You will be amazed how easy and fun David makes learning salsa, not to mention how great you will look doing it!
WHY SALSA DANCING? EASY TO LEARN! MEET NEW FRIENDS! NO PARTNER REQUIRED! GREAT EXERCISE! LOSE WEIGHT! LET'S DANCE!!