Miss Pamela has been teaching dance for the past 20 years, teaching all forms of dance and ages. She graduated with a B.A. degree in dance from The University of Akron, in Ohio, with an emphasis on teaching. She performed as a dancer in Ohio at Six Flags, Carousel Dinner Theatre, University of Akron Dance Team (Dancer and later Coach), and professional cheerleader for the “Cleveland Thunderbolts”. Pamela Ann owned a dance studio in Ohio for 5 years where her students won many local and national competitions with top awards. Her students have went on to be professional dancers, teachers, and studio owners, and have performed with such artisits as “Shakira”. She has also been a competition judge for various dance competitions. She has choreographed for competitions, musicals, universities, dance teams, and a NFL national commercial. She has performed in many shows on The Las Vegas Strip including Jubilee, Folies Bergere, and Show in the Sky just to name a few! She is married to Matt Schumacher and has 3 little boys Cayden, Kyler, Jameson.
Shannon Xhola began her gymnastic training at a young age, becoming a competitive gymnast at age nine. In conjunction with gymnastics, she also trained in the circus arts at Circus Juventus. In her professional career, she has performed all over the world with her aerial work, including working with the Zip Zap Circus in South Africa and Cirque Phenix in France. Shannon brings an extensive background in tumbling and acrobatics along with over 10 years experience in coaching. Shannon’s teaching emphasis is on strength and flexibility training while pushing her students to learn new skills.
Patsy began studying dance at the age of six. Her formal ballet studies began at the age ten at the Polish Ballet Academy with a complex curriculum including nine years of training focusing on the Agrippina Vaganova Ballet Method as well as International Folkloric and European Historical Styles. She graduated at the top of her class. Patrsy’s first professional appearances began at age twelve onstage with the prestigious Grand Theater Opera of Poznan (with whom she would continue working throughout her career) as well as other notable Polish dance groups. She was recruited by the Polish Dance Theater, one of the most prestigious dance companies in Poland, focusing on ballet and modern dance. After years of touring throughout Europe, her professional career led her to move to Spain where she performed on the stages of La Scala Madrid, the Palladium Casino Mallorca and Son Amar as well as other dance productions. Moving to the United States, Patsy joined Jubilee and shortly thereafter became a Captain and then a Principal Dancer. Throughout her career, Patsy has enjoyed sharing her knowledge and passion for dance by teaching students wherever her work took her.
SENSI, Anthony “ KOA” Kalama 5th degree Black Belt Founder of the HI. CHI. TAI. Kenpo Mix Martial Arts System. I am the Proud Father of 7 Children. I’ve been a student of the martial arts for over 30 years. My Styles include: “Lua” Hawaiian Martial Arts. My family was one of the key practitioners of this art and has been in practice for over 1500 years. The knowledge has been passed down through time with little change: Hawaii, 33 Years of devotion. CHI HA Karate, by Grand Master Harry Kahalii: Nevada, achieved 5th Degree. Master Toddy’s Muay Thai kickboxing: Nevada, achieved 5 years. American Kenpo Ed Parker system: California, achieved 2nd degree. David Masters Jujitsu: Nevada, achieved Brown Belt. 10 years ARMY Ranger “Retired” Self defiance and close quarter combat instructor for Law enforcement and Security programs. EX- under card Pride fighter with professional record of: 12Win-1Loss-2Draws. In keeping with traditions I am proud to teach: honor, courage, self respect, discipline, pride and self accomplishment. All of these are key factors in everyday life. With a strong spirit a strong body and mind will emerge.
Heidi has been professionally dancing for the past 14 years. Starting at the age of 6, she trained in ballet, jazz, tap and modern. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in Japanese and minor in Dance and Art. She moved to Las Vegas in 2004 after living and dancing in Los Angeles and Guam. She has danced in Jubilee and Folies Bergere, and most recently with Charo. Heidi is a certified BASI Pilates Instructor. She has also taught Pilates to Cirque Du Soleil performers in Love and Elvis.
Jennifer de Wit began teaching dance at the age of 16 in her hometown of Scotts Valley, California. After college she went on to pursue her dance career. She had the honor of teaching tap at The Edge Performing Arts Studio in LA. She appeared in several musicals including, Will Roger’s Follies, Children of Eden and Scrooge. Dancing took her all over the world, performing in Japan, Thailand, and throughout Europe. During her time in Europe she was a dancer with Frans Bauer and danced the The Efteling (Netherlands Disney Land). She then moved to Las Vegas, where she performed in review shows: Enter the Night, the Tropicana’s Follies Bergere and Donn Arden’s Jubilee. She is excited to be teaching and sharing her love for dance here at PASD.