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.
THE VAULT STAFF
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.
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. Although cheer and dance have no direct correlation, cheer has helped him gain the skills to interact and teach others, as well as gain stable knowledge of partnering skills and tumbling skill. Jacob officially started dance his senior year with the CVHS Advanced Dance program. With little knowledge to begin with, he pushed himself and soon became head choreographer of the program and was able to showcase his work in both CV’s Got Talent and at the End of Year Program. Shortly after graduating from Crescenta Valley High School, Jacob joined the Le Studio Competition Dance Team where he trained mainly in jazz and contemporary. While competing Jacob received varies 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. Jacob had the pleasure of working with fellow dancers in the department to create different pieces as well as perform in several of the departments, dance productions. His talent and passion for dance had allowed him to represent the GCC Dance Department by performing at various events in and out of GCC.
While getting his attending GCC, Jacob taught and choreographed for Athletic Artist Training Center from 2012-2014.
Now Jacob teaches Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Acro, Technique, Hip-Hop, and Choreographs for the Competition Team at the Vault dance studio. While teaching at the studio, Jacob also has 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.
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.
Acro and Rhythmic Stretch and Conditioning Instructor
Rebecca is our Rhythmic Stretch and Conditioning instructor. Rebecca currently coaches the gymnastics team at The YMCA of the Foothills. She began Rhythmic Gymnastics at the age of 5 while also figure skating and ballet. After a few years she whose to pursue Rhythmic Gymnastics professionally. Her passion for the sport led her to pursue rhythmic Gymnastics for 12 years.
Rebecca competed at the U.S.A. - Gymnastics National Championship 4 years in a row. She has been awarded many titles including ‘Junior National Silver Medallist’. Aside from traveling and competing in many different parts of the US, Rebecca was invited to represent the US in countries such as Russia, Australia, Portugal, Poland, Greece, and Canada. In Australia, she competed at the Sydney Youth Olympics and was awarded the bronze medal. Her success in Rhythmic Gymnastics has led her to teach kids and teenagers to follow their dreams, and be a part of their accomplishments along the way.