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.
• Laura Wahl
Laura Wahl is the owner and director of Pacific Dance Center. Laura was born and raised in Canada where she began her passion of dance at the age of three. Her comprehensive dance training includes ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, musical theatre and hip-hop. At the age of 10, she was the youngest member accepted into the Calgary Dance Express, which toured to Spain, Australia, and Hawaii. After high school graduation, she completed Harbour Dance Centre's, Intensive Training Program, performing at venues and events around Vancouver, BC. Miss Wahl positioned as a semi-finalist in the "World Championships of Performing Arts", competing for Team Canada. She has obtained her B.F.A. in Dance Theatre from American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Laura graduated with honors from the Graduate Certificate Program in Advanced Arts and Entertainment Management from Capilano University. She has been working in dance studios around North America for the last fifteen years, whether it be teaching, choreographing, or studio managing. Laura is elated to return to Pacific Dance Center, where she previously worked as office manager, and teacher. She is eager to share her knowledge through teaching the current and future students at PDC.
• 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.
• 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!
• Suri Serano
Bio coming soon!