​​Hilary Morris Pawlik (Co-Artistic Director)

Hilary Morris-Pawlik, is a dancer, teacher and award-winning choreographer. She is originally from Denver, Colorado where she began her journey into the world of dance studying at various schools including The Michelle Latimer’s Dance Academy. She moved to Los Angeles after being rewarded with a scholarship at The Dance Center (formerly Tremaine), then went on to train in New York at Steps On Broadway and Broadway Dance Center.
Some of her professional credits include: The Young and the Restless, CBS’s Smith, Jackass Number 2, the NBA All-Star Dance Team, The Hollywood Pin-Up Girls, Terry Beeman’s Mental Head Circus, and commercials for Target, Old Spice, Sparkle Paper Towels, Party Poker.Net, San Miguel and more. She can also be seen in music videos for Alanis Morissette and Cherie.
Her choreography credits include: The Surrogates, Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland, Tinashe’s Who Am I Working For? music video, the CBS pilot A Marriage, Showtime’s television series Look, and Drive A’s The World In Shambles music video.
Hilary has over fifteen years of experience teaching dance and has taught throughout Southern California. Her competition choreography has won numerous choreography awards and national titles. Her energetic personality and style create a warm and fun classroom environment, focusing on technique, movement quality, and performance without losing sight of the joy inherent in the art of dance.

​​​Ashley Chisa Yano (Co-Artistic Director)

 Ashley Yano, a native of Southern California, began her training in Classical Ballet.  She studied under David Wilcox of The Long Beach Ballet for over 14 years.  She also trained under Rosemary Valaire and Yvonne Mounsey of Westside Ballet Academy, and Pacific Northwest Ballet.
She has performed in the Corps de Ballet of The Los Angeles Classical Ballet; as well as featured soloist for The Southern California Dance Theatre.  While studying in college, Ashley began training in Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical and Contemporary ballet.
She was fortunate enough to be hired as a dancer for Disneyland Parades and was featured as Mulan, in the national commercial for Disney’s Mulan parade.  She then continued a professional career in commercial dance with credits that include: Memoirs of A Geisha, Disney’s Aladdin, A Musical Spectacular, Rei Aoo’s Contemporary Co.,Terry Beeman’s Hollywood Pin Up Girls, and most recently, Terry Beeman’s Mental Head Circus, Contemporary Company.
 Educating young dancers has always been a passion for Ashley, evident in her 13 years of teaching dance and 6 years of choreographing.  Ashley’s choreography has been showcased at competitions such as YAGP, Velocity, 24/7, Artists Simply Human and Move.  Her work has received choreography awards and been placed in the top overall scores at national competitions. She has taught ballet and contemporary at Long Beach Ballet, Pacific Dance, and Revolution Dance Center and Academy of Dance Westlake Village.
She believes in the importance of technique, a dancer’s most valuable tool, in order to create the freedom to soar.  Ashley is driven by the energy in a room, and motivates dancers to find the artistic expression that is unique to each individual.  She teaches from her heart and believes that dance should be an experience beyond the body.

​​​Hasmik Amirian - Ballet/Pointe/Variations
Hasmik Amirian was accepted into the Armenian Ballet at the age of 7. Armenian National Ballet’s program was an offshoot of the Kirov and Bolshoi schools.  Many of the students went on to join the Kirov and Bolshoi.  Hasmik worked with such luminaries as Ludmilla Saharova and many other Prima Ballerinas.
At 18, Hasmik joined the Armenian National Opera Ballet Theatre. She was quickly promoted to soloist and toured the world performing solo and principal roles. In 1995, Hasmik joined Los Angeles Classical Ballet as a soloist, also performing solo and principal roles.  Hasmik also worked as a guest artist in various companies such as Marla Bengam Contemporary Ballet.
Hasmik has taught ballet in Los Angeles and around the country for many years. Hasmik joined Marat Daukeyev School of Ballet in 2002 and became Assistant Director in 2007.
Currently, Hasmik teaches at Arsen Serobian’s Los Angeles Ballet Academy in Encino, Peninsula School of Performing Art ballet school in Palos Verdes, Pasadena Civic Ballet and open ballet classes at Cotrone Pilates Studio and privates in various locations.
Hasmik’s students have received invitations to dance at various prestigious companies such as Royal Ballet Bolshoi, Berlin, Hamburg and Dutch National Ballet.  She continues to instruct her students to achieve excellence in dance.



​​Deanna Reeves - Ballet
​Growing up in Los Angeles, Deanna began her training in Classical Ballet at Pasadena Dance Theatre, quickly graduating to become a principal member. Inspired by the works of Alvin Ailey, Deanna followed her passion to New York, and was accepted into the renowned Alvin Ailey Training School. 
It was in New York where she discovered her true desire to turn dancing into a career. There she was sought after by one of top NY talent agencies which led her to perform across many different artistic mediums from the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show to Kanye West’s “Monster” music video, Taylor Swift’s “ Shake It Off” music video, and as a regular winter guest member of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.
You can find Deanna dancing, modeling and acting in commercials, music videos and as a guest with various dance companies throughout the LA area. www.deannareeves.com