Pamela Orenstein grew up in South Africa, a third generation performing dancer. From ages 4 to 19 she studied ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance, earning her Cecchetti Ballet Certification. After several years teaching in South Africa, Pamela emigrated to Los Angeles in 1979 and worked in the music industry, specializing in Artist Relations, Promotions and Live Events. She returned to dance in 1996 and has owned her own studio since 2003. It has been an incredible journey so far and a privilege watching our dancers become the best versions of themselves; gaining the confidence and work ethic to take them into all aspects of their daily lives. The most powerful form of communicating is exploring social issues and life issues through dance. Pamela looks forward to sharing the many opportunities DDPAC has to offer!
Kelly is DDPAC’s studio manager, company director and teacher! We can’t imagine DDPAC without her SPARKLE! Kelly is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan and started dancing at a very young age. She graduated from Grand Valley State University in April 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and was awarded The Dance Department Outstanding Student Award. There she had the opportunity to train with master educators from Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. In 2012 she moved to Los Angeles and has garnered credits in multiple outlets. She has had the privilege to perform with Flash Mob America in corporate events for California Pizza Kitchen and Johnson and Johnson. Kelly has danced in music videos for Passenger, Cher Lloyd and Nina Paolicelli. Her commercial credits include Sensa and ROCK THE DOTS campaign for Disney. She was a principal dancer in the television movie “Dear Dumb Diary.” She joined our dance family in 2012.
Aaliyah Beck began dancing when she was 2 years old, and has recently moved out to Los Angeles to pursue her career in dance. She grew up training in many styles including ballet, hip hop, tap, contemporary, jazz, and many more. At her home studio she grew up a competition dancer, attending conventions such as Tremaine, Radix, and Hollywood Connection. In 2019 she won Hollywood Connection’s “Icon of the Year” title, and was able to tour with them as their icon for 2 consecutive years. Because of her hard work and dedication , she was able to be featured in some professional dance jobs including the Billboard Music Awards in 2021, The Grammys, a commercial for Apple Airpods, and performed at The Grammys with J Balvin.
Alexander Pasker was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, where he studied with Brenda Paulsen. Since then, he has studied many genres of dance making him a well-rounded performer and teacher. Later, Alexander decided to further his dance training, by receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Performance and Choreography at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. After graduation, Alexander moved to Chicago and became a member of the tap dance company, Chicago Tap Theatre. Throughout his time in Chicago, Alexander performed and trained with Mark Yonally and Kirsten Uttich, refining and solidifying his tap dance technique. With his recent move to Los Angeles, Alexander is expanding his dance palette, by performing and training in the commercial dance industry. Most recently, Alexander has contributed choreography to a CW Special (a Sammy Davis Jr. Tribute) working under Anthony “Kanec” Carr, and through his mentorship, Alexander has also contributed choreography to routines for performers such as Taye Diggs, Eric Bellinger, and Neyo.
Amanda began performing at three years old. By the age of seven she starred in a local South Florida children’s show, KidZone. Her passion for performing blossomed and before she attended high school she was offered the opportunity to study with the Joffrey Ballet School on scholarship. During her academic schooling, Amanda worked full time performing with the Ft. Lauderale Ballet Classique. But after graduation, her desire to travel the world led her to run away with the circus as a headlining aerialist/dancer with shows such as: Dezire, Cirque on Ice and Four Spirit of the Elements. In 2009 until May 2015 she made the bright lights of Vegas her home performing with Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity and Michael Jackson ONE. Amanda now lives in Los Angeles, California where she teaches her craft to all ages and all walks of life. In 2020 Grounded in Flight, Amanda’s aerial company and studio, was born.
Amy grew up in the Midwest and began her teaching career at the age of 13, and has taught full time for the past 19 years! She is an in-demand teacher for the little ones, specializing in Baby Ballet, Pre-Ballet, and Creative Dance classes. Ms Amy has been teaching at Dance Dimensions for 6 years.
Anthony Jackson, also known as AJTwerks, is a Dancer, Choreographer, Director, and Instructor from New Orleans, Louisiana. He is often seen paying tribute to his culture through movement, music and style. His recent works with producing, filming and editing for artists, brands, content creators and public figures has created some remarkable products and partnerships. Jackson currently resides in Los Angeles, CA and is signed to Go 2 Talent Agency. He attended Southeastern LA University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice, 3 endowed scholarships from the University, and several honors and achievements upon graduating. Anthony continues to show his multifaceted talents within the entertainment industry & dance communities, proving that he's a force to be reckoned with.
Originally from Orange County CA, Ashley moved away from home at age 15 to receive her training at Oregon Ballet Theatre, The Washington School of Ballet, Miami City Ballet, The Rock School for Dance Education, and Pittsburgh Youth Ballet. She joins Dance Dimensions after retiring from a 6 year career as an company artist with Oregon Ballet Theatre. Since moving to Los Angles, she has been working with Karmagraphy, The LA Follies, and Media City Ballet. She is thrilled to be teaching at Dance Dimensions and cannot wait to share her knowledge with all the students!
Cher Smith has a competition/convention background and is fluent in jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, modern and tap movement. She graduated, Magna cum Laude, from Loyola Marymount University’s dance program with a BA in dance. Since, she has toured the world with Bad Boys of Dance starring in their show “Rock the Ballet,” has danced for Rihanna, Florence & the Machine, Destiny’s Child, Jessica Simpson, and appeared on television dancing in Glee, Dancing with the Stars, the MTV VMAs, the Emmy Awards, New Girl, American Horror Story, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and headlined in ads for Nike, Kotex, and American Apparel. Cher is excited to be joining the DDPAC team and looks forward to a life-long career in dance.
Jacoby Mosby grew up in the Liberty, MO, and danced at the Conservatory Of Dance Education under the direction of Phil Vitug. Coby is a talented all around dancer/choreographer, trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, Swing, and his love, Hip Hop. Credits include a Budweiser Commercial (Super Bowl 2013), Bank Of The Ozarks Commercial, television show “Community” on NBC, co-star in new short film called “Silent Treatment,” the movie “Gangster Squad,” a TV show “Amway” in Hawaii, and the brand new #1 hit show in Las Vegas called “Raiding The Rock Vault.”
Connor grew up training in his home state of Michigan. He trained in Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Acrobatics. He eventually continued on to further his training with a pre-professional Ballet and Modern program at an academy in northern Michigan. His senior year of high school, Connor traveled and assisted some of the industry's top teachers and choreographers. Since moving to Los Angeles, Connor has worked professionally on T.V. shows, music videos, and commercials. Credits include: Disney, twenty one pilots, The Orville, Capezio, and many more. Connor is thrilled to be teaching and sharing his love of the arts with children of all ages as he continues to pursue a professional career in the dance industry.
Frank Soares began dancing at the early age of 12. In 2012 Frank relocated to Southern California after spending some time training and performing at the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts. Frank signed with Go 2 Talent Agency in 2012 and Disney opened the first door to consistent work performing. Now nearly 9 years later Frank has performed at the California theme parks, a national tour with “Disney Live!”, Disney Channel commercial work, the Tokyo Disneyland Resort in Japan, and performing for Disney premieres at Hollywood’s El Capitan theater. Other credits include FX’s “American Horror Story”, Heineken Commercial, World of Dance @ Vidcon, and dancing for multiple artists including Vanessa Hudgens, Olivia Rodrigo, and Joji. In 2019, Frank began dabbling in the creative, training as an install director for Celebrity Cruise Entertainment, and assisting choreographers on other large scale projects. Most recently Frank can be seen dancing spectacular Casey Nicholaw choreography in the Netflix movie "The Prom" based on the hit Broadway musical and directed by Ryan Murphy.
Born and raised in Southern California, Jimmy began his path in dance under the guidance of the most sought-after teachers and choreographers in the industry, most notably under the training of internationally recognized master instructor, Paula Morgan. His journey with dance has allowed him to travel the country setting award-winning choreography while also teaching at countless workshops, intensives, and conventions. His performance career has seen him dancing across television, theater, national tours, and numerous other venues, with select credits including the Dirty Dancing National Tour; the NYC world premiere of Seeing You, an immersive theater experience created by Randy Weiner and Ryan Heffington; and Dancing with the Star’s Derek and Julianne Hough to name a few. With a heavy focus on musicality and movement quality, as well as a light-hearted approach, Jimmy’s class provides a challenging but safe environment to explore one's personal abilities while defining a strong sense of individuality through movement.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Kara has trained and performed in the industry since age 4. Her passion for performing allowed her to be recognized for her stage, dance and acting abilities. Kara graduated Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and an Advanced Level Certificate in Royal Academy of Dance. Some of her credits include: Warehouse 13 (SYFY Network), Full out (Netflix), The Young and the Restless(CBS), and the Intl’ Broadway Tour of West Side Story, where she performed all over Europe. She has also performed in Mamma Mia at the Hollywood Bowl! Kara has appeared in many commercials such as Almost Game Time Superbowl Commercial, Playtex, Honda to name a few. Currently you can catch her on your commercial break in a National Coors Light and T-Mobile commercials as the lead. Kara has been part of the #DDPACFamily since 2013!