We are committed to teaching proper technique
to ensure a lifetime of dance.
At Pacific Dance Center we offer dance classes for children ages 3 to adult in classical ballet technique, contemporary, jazz, ballet variations, pointe, partnering, character, tap, modern and Pilates. Our Professional Development Intensive is held each summer at Pacific Dance Center. It offers a diverse multi-disciplinary dance curriculum and is designed to educate aspiring pre-professional dancers. Our curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of outcome-based guidelines that combines respected ballet principles with cutting-edge knowledge of biomechanics, kinesiology, and injury prevention. Our Wellness Lecture Series covers topics on nutrition, women’s health, stress management and strength training.
• Linden McPherson
Linden McPherson is Artistic Director and owner of Pacific Dance Center and Pacific Pilates.
Linden has danced all her life, training with teachers from the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Eugene Loring, Jilanna, and Larry Rosenberg. She was awarded scholarships to the Joffrey Ballet School and San Francisco Ballet. She danced professionally with Capistrano Ballet and Los Angeles Classical Ballet in productions of the Nutcracker, Copellia, Firebird and Graduation Ball.
Linden attended the University of California, Irvine, where she received her B.A. in Dance and her
Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Dance. Linden is ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 5 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. Linden is a certified Teacher of Pilates. She train under Marie-Jose Blom at the acclaimed Long Beach Dance Conditioning Center.
Linden has incorporate Pilates into the dance curriculum at Pacific Dance Center.
She has enjoyed teaching dance for over 40 years!
• Jack Virga Hall
Jack Virga Hall is the Assistant Artistic Director at Pacific Dance Center. Jack became active in the arts at a very young age. Trained as a martial artist, it was an early introduction to musical theater that allowed him to hone his skills for dancing, singing, and acting. Working for an entertainment company throughout high school, Jack decided to continue his education with the California Institute of the Arts, founded by Roy & Walt Disney. His studies focused on dance and music, introducing him to the director of Ken Dance Company, the first professional company he toured with. He has danced with Lula Washington Dance Theatre and toured in Russia with them. Jack is ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 5 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. After working with several companies and performing across the country, Jack has started a non-profit of his own, Our Dancing Stars Productions (ODSP). ODSP aims to bring the joy of dance to affected youth, giving them a chance to express themselves through the arts. Jack's favorite dance styles are contemporary, ballet, hip-hop and jazz. He also currently teaches with Star Education,
a long established non-profit organization.
Jack enjoys sharing his love of dance, music, and martial arts with young impressionable minds.
Khilea Douglass initiated her formal training at the Baltimore School for the Arts. At the age of 15, she studied at The Dance Theater of Harlem. After high school graduation, she was offered a scholarship to study at the Ailey School in N.Y. which lead her to be invited to dance on national tours with Ailey ll. She then moved to Los Angeles where Khilea danced with the Lula Washington Dance Theater, and was a featured debutante in the movie "Something New". In 2005, Khilea was accepted into the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater where she toured internationally for 6 years. In 2011, she joined the Broadway musical cast of The Lion King. Khilea is certified as an ABT National Training Curriculum program. She is currently in the process of transferring to Cal State Long Beach to obtain a degree in Dance Science while simultaneously achieving a certification in Pilates.
Khilea is thrilled to teach the next generation as she inspires excellence thru the art of dance.
• Anaité Arnold
Anaité has over 20 years experience as a performer and a dance educator. Her performance experience includes Classical Ballet, Modern, Classical Spanish Dance, Flamenco, Mexican Folk, European Folk, Polynesian and Persian Dance. Anaité’s education includes: a Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University, Los Angeles, a Post-Graduate Certificate from the Laban Center in London, teacher certification from the Royal Academy of Dance, and Flamenco in Granada, Spain. Anaité is a certified Pilates instructor, receiving her training at Long Beach Dance Conditioning with Marie Jose Blum. She recently became certified as an ABT National Training Curriculum teacher. In the summer of 2014, she performed in the Estonian Song and Dance Festival, a UNESCO tradition declared - a masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Anaité enjoys sharing her passion and dance expertise to inspire children of all ages.
• Brandi Taylor
Brandi has been dancing all her life. She is very versatile in many styles of dance: Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Tap, African and Ballet. Brandi trained at Paul Kennedy Dance Studio, El Camino College, and with various teachers and choreographers. She was the dance captain and company member of KPA Fusion Dance Repertoire for four years. She currently is a member of 2wisted Elegance L.A Dance Company and a GROOV3 Instructor. In 2017, Brandi was selected by Katisha Adams to assist her with the choreography for the “Divas of Compton,” that was featured on the Lifetime television show, “Bring It.” Brandi continues to perform with various artists dancing background. She is a talented choreographer, who has choreographed for San Pedro High School, stage shows and personal performances. Currently, she has been showing her creative side by artistically assisting and directing shows. Brandi wishes to become a role model and hopes to break the norm about how dancers should look..."We all come in many shapes and sizes, but we all love to do one thing...and that's DANCE!!!"
• Cara Hansvick
Cara Hansvick grew up in Evanston, IL and began her training at Dance Center Evanston. She was then accepted into the Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music on scholarship, where she studied under the direction of Michael Vernon and Violette Verdy. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Ballet Performance and Arts Management, she moved to North Carolina where she danced with the Charlotte Ballet for two seasons. Currently, she is in her second year as a soloist dancer with the American Contemporary Ballet in Los Angeles. She spent summers training at the Chautauqua Institution, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Alonzo King Line’s Ballet, and Milwaukee Ballet. During her career she has performed principle roles in works choreographed by George Balanchine, Jean Pierre-Bonnefoux, Lincoln Jones, Merce Cunningham, Antony Tudor, Dwight Rhoden, and Peter Chu.
• Alisa Carreras
Alisa Carreras is a UC Berkeley Alumni with a degree in Dance and Performance Studies, Go Bears! She is trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary and modern dance. Upon graduation in 2016 she was awarded the Mark Goodson Grant for Theatrical Talent. While in the bay area Alisa had the privilege of interning as a teen mentor with GirlFly, a nonprofit youth program for young women in the arts, under the direction of bay area choreographer, Jo Kreiter. Alisa has furthered her dance education with many intensive training programs since graduation including the LA Contemporary Dance intensive, the Mark Morris summer intensive, and the BodyTraffic winter intensive. Alisa is currently employed with Blue13 Dance Company, a bollywood/contemporary fusion company based in LA and has performed with Blue13 on KTLA5 news, at the Ford Amphitheater as special guest to the Taiko Project, and at Disney’s Festival of Holidays. She has a huge passion for teaching and is excited to be a part of the PDC family!
• Laura McPherson
Bio coming soon!