Studio Owner, Competition Team Director, and Instructor

       Christina started dancing competitively at a young age.  Spending 25 hours a week at the studio from the age of 10-17, she found her calling and a passion for the art and sport of dance.  While attending Crescenta Valley High School, Christina was on the Varsity Song Team where she was captain for 2 of the 4 years.  She was represented by DDO Artist Agency at the age of 14 which introduced her to the professional side of dance.  Being sent on various casting calls and auditions taught her a lot about the industry.  By her senior year she joined the Los Angeles Competition Dance Company where she studied with Nick Lazzarini, Leona Morimune and Melody Lacayanga. 

After graduating high school,

       Christina graduated Arizona State University with a Bachelor in Interdisciplinary Studies in Communication and Dance.  She was on the Sun Devil Dance Team for four years. While on the team Christina had the opportunity of performing the opening and half time show with Tom Petty at Superbowl 42 in 2008.  The Dance Team also competed; while on the team they placed 5th in the nation.  Before returning home, Christina spent a year in Arizona teaching at Adage Dance and Fitness Studios. 

       Upon arriving home in 2012, Christina was approached by a Singer/Musical Artist Rae Ray.  She was asked and committed to choreographing and performing with the artist in China for 3 months.  Christina choreographed 9 shows and 1 production. She opened The Vault Dance Studio in February 2015.

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THE VAULT STAFF

CHRISTINA BIRCHER
SUSIE FIORETTI

Director of Children’s Ballet and Instructor

       Susie’s academic studies include child development and child psychology.  She holds certification in Pilates, Yoga, and Children’s Yoga.

       Susie began her teaching career in New York under the direction of famed Joffrey Robert Blankshine.  She studied jazz with Frank Hatcheff and toured Europe with various Jazz companies.  She represented Nike in industrials and worked teaching dance in public school outreach programs.  

       Susie taught Ballet, Creative Movement, and Yoga at Le Studio in Los Angeles for 20 years where she was the Director of Children’s Division.  She choreographed and directed a yearly Nutcracker and Spring Recital.  Susie also taught at Sue B. Dance in Altadena for 16 years teaching Ballet and Creative Movement.  She choreographed numerous Christmas and Spring Recitals.  She also currently works at Burbank Athletic Club as a Yoga teacher. 

JACOB MAGANA

Instructor and Competition Choreographer

       Jacob Magana, has trained in jazz, ballet, modern, contemporary, acro, and lyrical.  Jacob originally started as a cheerleader at Crescenta Valley High School and continued into his freshman year of college. Cheer has helped him gain the skills to interact and teach others, as well as gain stable knowledge of partnering skills and tumbling skill.   Shortly after graduating from Crescenta Valley High School, Jacob joined the Le Studio Competition Dance Team where he trained in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Musical Theatre.

       While competing with Le Studio Jacob received various scholarship’s and awards including a few National Titles.  Jacob continued training and expanded his dance vocabulary by joining the Glendale Community College Dance Department, under the direction of Dora Krannig and Victor Robles.  His talent and passion for dance had allowed him to represent the GCC Dance Department by performing at various events. While getting his attending GCC, Jacob taught and choreographed for Athletic Artist Training Center from 2012-2014.  

       

Jacob danced with Hart Pulse Dance Company for 2 seasons, under the direction of Amanda Hart.  He also is starting his first season with Donna Sternberg & Dancers, a modern dance company directed by Donna Sternberg.

 

Now Jacob teaches Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Acro, Technique, Hip-Hop, and Choreographs for the Competition Team at the Vault Dance Studio.  

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DAN CASTIGLIONE

Instructor and Competition Choreographer

 

Originally from New Jersey, Dan Castiglione is a professional dancer who is now based out of Los Angeles. He is 25 years old and signed to Bloc talent agency. His professional credits include films like “The Intern”, “Popstar: Never Stop never Stopping” and “Isn’t it Romantic” as well as TV shows including “The Tick” , “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Barry”. His most recent work includes “West Side Story” at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater where he was the Male swing, Dance captain and fight captain.  Earning a bachelors degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in Music Technology, Dan continues to explore all art forms.

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SINEAD MARTIN

Instructor and Competition Choreographer

       Sinead is a Vault Alumni and we are so glad to have trained her from 2016-2020. Sinead graduated from Crescenta Valley High School where she was a 4 year member of the Varsity Song Team.  Sinead was the captain of her team her senior year.  

Sinead has danced competitively for 14 years.  She has studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Acrobatics, Technique, and Pointe and is eager to work with students of all ages!