MalloryAcademyofDance | INSTRUCTORS
Mallory Academy of Dance, premiere dance studio in Bakersfield, CA offering all dance genres for all ages.
dance, dance studio, ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, tap, Bakersfield
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INSTRUCTORS

MEET THE DANCE INSTRUCTORS

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NATALIA MALLORY
Artistic Director/Studio Owner

Natalia Mallory began her training in classical ballet with the Royal Academy of Dance technique under Patti Ashby and Pamela Sosa in Bakersfield, CA, at the age of four. She has also trained in Modern and West African dance under her Mother, Dawn Mallory. At the age of 10 she began assisting her Mother in teaching dance throughout Kern County with support from The Arts Council of Kern, which sparked a passion for teaching and creating inspirational work. From age 12 to 18 she trained at Civic Dance Center and continued her passion for dance and performing arts at the American Musical and Dramatics Academy in Hollywood.

She was featured on the hit TV show, So You Think You Can Dance, along with her sister Sasha Mallory in 2011. Shortly after she created her competition company, MAD Krew, that is now in its 9th season. Natalia has choreographed over 15 musicals, has taught dance throughout the Kern High School District, and served three years as the dance coach for California State University, Bakersfield. Miss Mallory is also pursuing a career as a recording artist and is utilizing all of her artistic backgrounds to inspire the masses.

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DAWN MALLORY

Director/Instructor

Dawn Mallory started dancing Afro Caribbean movement at the age of 3 in her native country of Trinidad and Tobago. Once she moved to America, she continued to train in New York City expanding her techniques with ballet, modern, and jazz. While Dawn served our country in the United States Navy, she toured in Japan with multiple dance companies. After returning to America, she went back to college and graduated from CSU Dominguez Hills with a degree in International Business and Finance along with a BA in dance.
After settling in Bakersfield, Dawn taught modern dance at Ashby’s Academy of Dance for 7 years then continued instructing at Civic Dance Center for 12 years. Throughout her time in Bakersfield, Dawn worked with the Arts Council of Kern, exposing our community to dance and cultural music. Dawn takes pride in all of the work she has put into so many students over the years. She is most proud of her three beautiful children (Sasha, Yannis, and Natalia) who all trained under her, and continue to build her legacy and love for the arts.

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PAMELA SOSA

Ballet Instructor

Pamela Sosa is an Advanced Member and registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance, London. She began her ballet training with Heather Benes at Mojave Movement Arts Center. When she was 15 her family moved to Bakersfield where she began training with Patti Ashby at Ashby Academy of Dance. While there she completed her Advanced 2 exam. She also became a member of the Kern Classical Ballet Company. While with KCBC, she performed roles including the Ballerina in The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Tigerlily and the Caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland, and the Autumn Fairy in Cinderella. She also performed the lead Mirliton as a guest artist with Santa Barbara Festival Ballet.
She taught in Bakersfield for 5 years at Ashby Academy of Dance and then at Turning Point Academy. In 2004, Pamela moved to Santa Clarita and began teaching at Santa Clarita Ballet Academy. She was there for 14 years working with all ages and coaching kids for their RAD exams. She also choreographed 5 full length ballet productions for the Santa Clarita Ballet Company. She choreographed Alice in Wonderland (2008, 2011, 2017), Snow White (2010, 2014), Peter Pan (2012, 2016), Far Far Away (2013), and Little Mermaid (2015). Pamela is also certified in Yoga and Pilates. She feels that they are both important cross training methods for ballet.

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JANA KIRKS

Ballet Instructor

Jana Kirks is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and has been teaching classical ballet for the last 12 years. She has owned her own studio, Revolution ballet Academy, for the last 7 years. Her training began in Tehachapi with, Tehachapi Dance Theatre, then was introduced to the Royal Academy of dance at Ashby Academy of Dance. As she was a member of the Kern Classical Ballet Company, it encouraged her love of Ballet and the art of performing.
As a dancer Mrs. Kirks was personally invited to attend Idyllwild arts academy, received the California arts scholar award by Governor Davis, and was excepted into Joffrey and Alvin Ailey summer programs. She partnered and directed with the Moscow Ballet for the Great Russian Nutcracker in Bakersfield, CA. She has also choreographed for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Renaissance Church, Bakersfield Community Theater, and performed and choreographed for the Arts Council of Kern County. Kirks also has experience in teaching ballet to special needs people through the National Association of Disabled People. Her goal is to bring up and encourage dancers to learn about themselves and the world around them through the art of Ballet. Encouraging and teaching excellence in Ballet and personal character is one of Mrs. Kirks great life joys.

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TRINITY BEASLEY

Directors Assistant/Instructor

Trinity Beasley is a graduate of Stockdale High School and has been training and participating in various genres of dance at Civic Dance Center for 12 years, also serving as a hip hop, jazz, and modern dance instructor. Trinity has trained under Natalia Mallory in ballet, modern, and hip hop for 9 years as well as performed on the MAD Krew competition team. Trinity has participated in the American Musical and Dramatic Academy’s (AMDA) Summer Intensive program, where she trained for the stage with classic jazz, tap, singing, and other Broadway-centered performance training. At the Entity Contemporary Dance Company’s Winter Intensive program, Trinity studied modern, contemporary, and choreography under renowned choreographers Will Johnston and Marissa Osato.
As a member West Coast Dance Explosion’s (WCDE) elite Fuzion Dance Company, Trinity traveled the country with the convention, assisting professional choreographers and performing with her company peers. Additional accomplishments include receiving multiple convention in-class scholarships and being selected as a West Coast Dance Explosion’s elite finalist. Trinity seeks to continue to learn and improve in all genres of dance, building her choreography skills, and hopes to become a premiere choreographer of her own dance company.

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CHLOE BLAKE

Directors Assistant/Instructor

Chloe Blake began her ballet training in Wichita Falls Texas at the Boehm Ballet Theatre under Gary and Patricia Boehm. She performed in their Nutcracker in 2005 and 2006, then Continued her training at Civic Dance Center in Bakersfield California. Blake has trained in various styles such as ballet, contemporary, modern, and hip hop. She started teaching in 2015 and has truly enjoyed working with young aspiring dancers.
Chloe spent 3 years dancing with, Imagine Ballet Company, 5 years with Mad Dance Krew, and also got the opportunity to join West Coast Dance Explosion’s Fuzion Dance Company in 2015. She has gone on to win multiple accolades both at a regional and national level, and plans to continue working on her passion. Blake is currently attending Taft College, and teaching/assisting at Mallory Academy. Chloe loves to perform and hopes to join a contemporary company in either Chicago or New York.

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SYD JOHANESEN

Tap Instructor

Syd Johanesen started her training in Bakersfield California, at the age of 3. She’s currently a member of California State University of Bakersfield’s dance team. She studied at Civic Dance Center for fourteen years learning ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, modern, and of course tap. In 2013 she started teaching ballet and has enjoyed educating and inspiring young dancers.
Syd participated in MAD Dance Krew for five years and is thrilled to continue working with the company at its new home at Mallory Academy. Johanesen has attended LA Tap Fest for three years. During her time, she performed under Jason Samuel Smith, Jason Janas, Ivery Wheeler, and other heavily influential tap dancers. In 2016 Syd performed as a member of West Coast Dance Explosion’s Fuzion Dance Company. Syd is extraordinarily excited for new opportunities and is passionate to inspire her new students.

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