Dajae Symone is currently the Director for both; the mini and junior dance teams. She took her first Jazz/ contemporary dance class during her freshman year of High School at Desert Edge HIgh School with Ms.Chambers in 2011. Dajae furthered her dance education for four straight years increasing in technique and finishing in the highest Performance Dance group. She continues to pursue her love for dance after graduating in 2015: she contentiously strives to learn diverse styles of dance through research and workshops. Dajae studied Classical Ballet with Ms. Jessica. Dajae is one of the dance instructors for Little Butterflies and Dragons Program. She is so excited to be joining the JuiceBox crew and she can't wait to help educate our youth and learn the many styles and passions the crew has to offer!
Kyla Johnston is originally from Idaho and currently pursuing a double major in Dance Education and Early Childhood Education from Grand Canyon University. Kyla has been teaching ballet for several years where she taught open ballet classes for ages 3 and up. She was currently chosen to be apart of a major performance company as a prima ballerina for the production. Kyla is currently running our highest Pointe class at JuiceBox DAnce Academy. She will continue to her education until she earns her Bachelor's Degree from GCU.
Emmanuel Moore "Bboy Kunta" is currently teaching our Breaking classes and is the Music Director for our piano and voice classes. He is widely known as Kunta, has performed with Master of Ceremonies and Hip Hop legend, KRS ONE. Founder of Mellow Drama Crew (1996).
Emmanuel "Bboy Kunta" is an active Youth Mentor who is very proud to be part of the Be Kind Crew, a non-profit organization seeking kindness and speak about being kind to the youth, teachers, and staff in schools throughout the valley. The Be Kind People Project offers innovative and effective programming and services help students effectively understand, link, and apply social, emotional, academic, civic, nutrition, physical, wellness, leadership, and character education. Kunta has received awards in performance poetry, informative speaking, and debate. He has earned his Associates Degree and furthered his education earning his BS in Organizational Communication from Northern Arizona University.
Dalyla Bates was born and raised in Michigan. Dalyla began her young dance career as a cheerleader and dancing at the age of 8. She currently completed her degree in Fine Arts in Dance at Estrella Mountain Community College. She is incredibly privileged to be able to pursue, share, and to be able to teach her passion and love for dance. Ms. Dalyla is continuing her education to receive additional degrees and certifications. She is devoted to being a wonderful role model to the youth while learning and growing with them.
“I may not be there yet. But I’m closer than I was yesterday”, by José N. Harris.
Ms. Mimi has been dancing since she a young dancer and has been part of dance teams in her high school years. Mimi is furthering her education by continuing to pursue her education degree. She currently works with children ages pre-school to 8th grade at a local elementary school. Ms. Mimi 's passion is to make a difference in a young life and assist children with self-confidence and abilities. She currently is assisting in the teen program and performance teen team.
Jessie Figueroa has been dancing since the age of 3 years old. Jessie has always enjoyed being around peers who have similar goals and have a passion for the arts. Jessie has been around the artistic world her whole life and has adapted the arts as part of her life. She has been part of JuiceBox Dance Academy since it opened in 2010 and has been part of JuiceBox Dance Teams year after year. Jessie has always enjoyed helping people and staying positive. She currently attends Desert Edge High School and teaches dance under the supervision of Andie FIgueroa. Andie has taken Jessie under her wing and has been teaching Jessie the skills and fundamentals to be a successful teacher. Jessie enjoys making a difference in a young dancer's life and enjoys being a teacher. She also enjoys cooking and loves learning about animals.
Teresa Gutierrez was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She is currently one of the hip hop instructors here at JuiceBox Dance Academy. She also likes to practice many other styles of dance such as contemporary and jazz. In addition, Teresa is a member of the Be Kind Crew which teaches the youth about kindness and encourages them to spread positivity. Teresa graduated from Estrella Mountain community college with her Associates in Arts Degree. She plans to keep pursuing her education in dance and helping the youth find their own love for creativity and movement. “Learning about dance has been such a special part of my life, but teaching dance and helping others in their own growth has been a dream come true!”