TEACHERS

Christa Gonzales- Director/ Owner

Dance Styles: Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Cheer, Pom, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, African Caribbean, Salsa, Heels, Acro Dance, Musical Theater & Line Country Dance

Christa Gonzales is the Director & Owner of Image Dance Studio since 2007. She has been dancing for 40 years. She started when she was 2 years old. She is trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Heels, Cheer, Pom, African Caribbean, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary, Salsa, and Mexican Folklorical. Christa has trained under: Pam Rogers, Sherri Stockdale, Sandy Nugent, Dale Scholl, Dr. Goodrich, Nolan T , Lisa Ross and Nathan Jones. Christa was a member of the Vintage High School cheerleading squad for 4 years as captain and choreographer for her squad. Christa sang in the Vintage High School choirs and choreographed for Vocal Music Workshop Choir her senior year. In 1998, Christa was crowned Miss Teen Napa County U.S.A. Christa attended Napa Valley College and received an AA in Humanities and Fine Arts. While attending NVC she participated in dance productions and assisted in choreography. Christa graduated from Sacramento State University with a B.A in Dance/ Theater. While at CSUS she performed and choreographed for Jazzee Company & Jazzee Touring Company. She also performed in Sacramento's Best of Broadway show in 2002. Christa has expanded her talent into a singer career. For 3 years she was a back-up singer for a Latin band called "Che Su Barrio Latino". She also explored acting as another talent. She was featured in a independent film called "Render". Christa was a teacher at Expressions Dance Studio in Napa for 2 years. She helped coach and choreograph for their competition teams. For 9 years, Christa was involved in the Napa Valley Junior Miss Scholarship Program "Distinguished Young Women". Christa as the producer, choreographer and director for the organization. Christa has taught and choreographed for the 6th grade Musical Theater classes for Napa Valley Language Academy for 5 years. She has also had the privilege of working with Boys & Girls Club at Redwood, Silverado, Harvest & River. For 2 years Christa taught at Precision Dance Studio. She coached for their Jazz and Lyrical Competition Teams. She also was a guest choreographer for El Camino High School Dance Department in San Mateo for their halftime routine for the Big Game Basketball . Christa has also choreographed and performed for big corporate events through "Capstone Events" and "Stark Advantage". Christa was a contestant for Season 7 & 8 on  Fox Television Show " So You Think You Can Dance". In season 7 of "SYTUCD" Christa was one of the 36 contestants left out of 3,000 people who auditioned for L.A. She also coached and choreographed for the North Bay Rattler Girls Semi-Pro Cheerleading team for 2 years from 2012-2013. Christa was the cheerleading coach this last year in 2019 for Justin Sienna High School. Christa loves teaching kids and seeing them develop over the years. She wouldn't trade it for the world.

Ella Powers - Teacher

 

Dance Styles: Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Tap, Musical Theater, Cheerleading & Hip Hop

Ella started dancing at the age of 2. She danced at Napa Valley Dance Center for several years until she moved away. Ella danced at Dance Fusion in Omaha Nebraska for 2 years. She came back to Napa and decided to join Image Dance Studio. Ella has danced with us for 5 years. She was on the Hip Hop & Jazz Competition Team for the last 4 years. She has been captain for the competition teams for 3 years. Ella also competed as a soloist her first year and received High Platnuim at Rainbow Dance Competition. This last year she won at Starbound Nationals in Tahoe High Platnuim and 2nd overall in her solo for "Survivor". Ella has also received the Image Dance Studio "Dancer of the Year Award" & "Scholarship Award". Ella was apart of the Saint Johns plays for 3 years as a actor, singer and dancer. She had the leading roles in "Sound of Music" as Liesl, "Lion King" as Nala and "Singing in the Rain" as Kathy. She was also apart of the Saint John Dance Team for 3 years and was captain for 2 years. Ella currently attends Vintage High School and was recently a dancer in "West Side Story". She is looking forward to her Senior year & she is excited to pick a college. Ella has been an assistant teacher at Image for 2 years and has been teaching the last 4 years as a teacher for the beginning classes. She enjoys teaching others what she loves to do everyday and that's dance. This is Ella's 6th year teaching at Image Dance Studio.

Omari Johnson - Teacher

Dance Style: Hip Hop

Omari Johnson has 6 years experience instructing dance. Co-founder/director of Natural Order Dance Team at Napa Valley College. Former dance instructor at Farnsworth Dance Academy and Image Dance Studio. Competed most recently with Identity X from UC Berkeley at Hip Hop International in 2018, and also competed in the past at World of Dance, Prelude NorCal, and Breakthrough Dance Competition. His class will have a strong base in basic grooves. Movement and choreography learned will derive from fusion styles of hip hop, belly dance, voguing, waacking, popping, house, waving, and many other urban dance styles. Omari is exciting to be teaching at the studio again and inspiring others. this is Omari 3rd year teaching at Image Dance Studio.

Valeria Arteaga - Teacher

Dance Styles: Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Ballroom, Zumba & Belly Dancing

Valeria, a current instructor for Image Dance Studio. She have been a dancer since she was a child, this is a part of her she wishes to never lose. Valeria started dancing with local studios and was a team member of a competition team. For a year, I trained at Chapkis Dance Studio.  She studied under Lisa Clark and ballet soloist Ramon Alayo. Later on, she became a soloist for Napa Valley Ballet’s preprofessional company. At the age of 16, she auditioned for The Joffrey Ballet School. Valeria was awarded a scholarship to attend their summer intensive program. She started teaching and choreographing after graduating High School. For her first dance job, she was hired to choreograph a modern ballet piece for a local fashion show. Valeria started working for Image Dance in 2016 to 2018. She moved to San Francisco in 2019 where she continued studying dance. Valeria took academic dance courses at SF State. She would attend dance classes at Alonzo Kings Lines Ballet and ODC. She also taught classes with San Francisco After School Music Academy. Valeria has recently moved back to Napa. She is excited to be back and to teach again at Image Dance Studio!  Valeria feels that a dance student is never done learning, so she continues studying dance by attending master classes. As an adult she has expanded her dance styles by learning ballroom and belly dance. Valeria also has her Zumba instructor certification. Outside of dance, she is a preschool teacher and behavior intervention assistant for the Napa School District. She has a bachelors degree in psychology from San Francisco State University. Valeria is currently in a masters program for school psychology with emphasis in mental health. This will be Valeria 3rd year teaching at Image Dance Studio. We are so happy she is back with us again!

Lilly Rubio- Teacher

Dance Styles: Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Cheerleading, Musical Theater & Tap

Lilly started dancing when she was 2 years old at Expressions Dance Studio. She was trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Musical Theater and Cheerleading. Lilly was in the musicals:  Aladdin, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Peter Pan & Narnia at Expressions Dance Studio. She went on to study at Academy of Danse for 3 years and was on the dance competition teams were they placed High Gold in their competition routines. Lilly danced at Celebrity Dance Convention & Kar with her competition teams training with top choreographers in the dance industry. Lilly has been with Image Dance Studio for  2 years and this is her first year teaching the beginning level classes at the studio. She enjoys expressing herself through dance and teaching others why she loves to dance. Lilly is currently attending New Tech High School as a senior. She is excited for her last year in school and can't wait to pick a college to attend. This is Lilly first year of teaching at Image Dance Studio.

Image Dance Studio

Where We Teach To Love Dance

Napa Valley Family Dance Studio Since 2007

Register For Classes Today!!!!!

 

IDS Photographers

Omari Khalid -  Website www.omarikhalid.com / Instagram: @omarikhalid.art

Jennifer Marie Lindsey - Instagram: @jennifer_marie_photography

Melissa Ziegler - Instagram: @melissaziegler

Christa Gonzales - Instagram: @imagedance

IDS Videographers 

Melissa Ziegler - Instagram: @melissaziegler

Christa Gonzales - Instagram: @imagedance