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Amanda

Amanda

Instructor & Social Media Manager

At the age of 12 I began professional theater and my love for the arts hasn't slowed down since! Post high school graduation I went on to dance for the 20x National Champion Louisville Ladybirds. However, I had always dreamt of moving to Los Angeles to further pursue a career in the arts.

Ashley

Ashley

Office Manager

Hi! As Office Manager, I am responsible for all the behind-the-scenes tasks that help keep GroovinKids running. If we haven't spoken yet, I'm sure we will soon! I met Miss Katy in 2016 while I was working as the office manager for another children’s dance company, and we became fast friends. 5 years later, I’m so excited that I get to help Miss Katy run her incredible business! 

Carissa

Carissa

Instructor

If you’ve ever wondered who the biggest Disneyland fan is, it’s this girl! Her favorite movie is Peter Pan and her favorite ride at the park is The Jungle Cruise. When Coach Carissa isn’t coaching, she is probably watching some Disney movies or hanging out with her dog, Roo. She has been coaching gymnastics/tumbling and competitive cheerleading since 2015. Coach Carissa also has a background as an Emergency Medical Technician.

Cecilia

Cecilia

Instructor

I was a successful gymnast for 9 years, reaching level 10. Since ending my own gymnastics career, 7 years ago, I have been coaching recreational and team classes. I graduated from CSUN with a B.A in Deaf Studies. My ultimate goal is to work in the Deaf community.

Jae

Jae

Instructor

I am technically trained in every genre of dance, but my strong suits are hip-hop, African house, or heels! I even teach classes on the weekends! Dancing is definitely my love language and I love to take the time to shape the minds of our next generation of creatives.

Kassidy

Kassidy

Instructor

I started gymnastics when I was 3 years old at my local gym, Novato Gymnastics. I progressed through the levels so that by the time I was 15 years old I was a Level 8 gymnast, competing all over the West coast! I am a full time student at UCLA studying to go to medical school. I have always loved the feeling of flipping through the air, and I hope to share that joy with the kids that I teach!

Lauryn

Lauryn

Instructor

I started dancing and doing gymnastics at 4 years old. I have studied all genres of dance, but I specialize in Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, and Hip-Hop. I have done competitive dancing under Junior HitList, GRaVy babies, and Downey Dance Team. I have taught at multiple vicinities including Barbizon of Hollywood (Los Angeles), Art Dance Academy, and more!

Sammie

Sammie

Instructor

I love working with kids, so I started coaching gymnastics at the same gym I used to take classes at, Oregon Gymnastics Academy, when I was 17. I coached for two years, quickly progressed into teaching all levels from preschool to advanced, and then moved to Los Angeles to pursue my Master’s Degree in Fine Arts