Caryn Ipapo-Glass received a BFA from Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts and has earned credits such as the "Girl in the Yellow Dress" in Susan Stroman's Tony Award winning, Contact. She has also had the opportunity to work with prominent choreographers including Toni Pimble, Artistic Director of Eugene Ballet and Elizabeth Streb, Artistic Director of STREB Extreme Action. Since relocating from New York City, Caryn has worked as a guest artist with the Malashock Dance Company, Marshall Middle School, Canyon Crest Academy, Visionary Dance Theatre, and Visionary Youth Theatre.
Caryn is also the co-artistic director for [the] movement initiative which has presented work at White Box Live Arts, San Diego International Fringe Festival, and Diversionary Theater. The company's contemporary work, SPACES, was chosen for the La Jolla Music Society's 2015 CHOREOLab, and their critically acclaimed dance theater production, Victor Charlie, was awarded prizes for the Top Box Office Seller and Audience Favorite at the 2014 San Diego International Fringe Festival.
Mandy Santiago started dancing at 3 years old at one of Australia’s leading performing arts schools ‘Conroy Dance Centre’ in Brisbane, Australia. At the age of 14 she started her first job performing Australia wide with the “Starz Production team”. Mandy trained in RAD and CSTD methods and received two CSTD teachers Diploma’s in Theatrical dance and Tap. Her work in Australian commercial dance includes tv commercials, movie premieres, movie extras, Cabaret theatre shows, QLD Rugby cheerleading and touring Australia with the Children’s show “The Boogie Woogies”. At 19 years old Mandy choreographed her first TV commercial “Kicks”. Mandy joined Princess Cruise lines with Australia’s “Grayboy Entertainment” and toured the world for 3 years.
In her dancer role with Princess Cruise lines she also performed an Ariel silks act. Mandy has worked with directors such as William.A.Forsythe, Jason Coleman, Troy Christian, Rhonda Miller of Pace university NYC and Kelly Kono (Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson). One of her proud accomplishments has been directing and creating four productions during her teaching years. Her teaching experience includes Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, Acrobatics and contemporary for 10 years in the USA at schools in San Francisco, San Jose and San Diego. One of Mandy’s passions in teaching includes creating a solid Jazz and Tap technical foundation and adores seeing students grow and really feel proud at their hard earned accomplishments. She is thrilled to be passing on her knowledge and experience in Jazz and Tap at LDI.
Brittany Taylor is an award winning San Diego performer as well as an established teacher of both dance and the Pilates method. She hails from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington with a strong foundation in the Martha Graham technique as well as contemporary modern and ballet. Currently Brittany performs with the Malashock Dance Company, Blythe Barton Dance and Compulsion Dance and Theatre. She has been very fortunate to perform with Ion Theatre, [the] movement initiative, Khamla Somphanh, Andrew Holmes, and other independent artists. She was awarded “Most Compelling Performance by a Single Dancer” at the 2014 Young Choreographers Showcase and Prize dancing work by Jaime Nixon.
Brittany and long time dance partner Desiree Cuizon co-founded BAD Dance Collective and choreograph, produce, perform, and premier work through it’s platform. She is also a Second Generation Pilates Teacher and Lolita San Miguel Pilates Master™ and International Educator. It is her passion to instill the love of dance in her students of all ages and to harness the power of movement, well-being and accomplishment that Pilates brings to all.
Marisa Shimano graduated from North Western University with a BA in English and Psychology, as well as a special recognition for Dance Excellence, and completed her professional dance training at the Ailey School in New York City. Marisa has been teaching dance since 2011, and loves connecting with students of all ages and abilities. She has taught and choreographed at institutions throughout Orange County including Jimmie Defore Dance Center and South Orange County School of the Arts, and went on to serve as Artistic Director of Graffiti Dancers; a collegiate contemporary dance company. In 2016 Marisa partnered with Vanessa Valecillos to create a version of Stravinsky's Firebird for Ravinia Festival's Reach*Teach*Play program, bringing classical dance to schools in the Chicago area.
Marisa is in her second season as a company member with Malashock Dance, and is also a member of Malashock's teaching faculty for youth classes. Since moving to San Diego in 2018, Marisa has had the privilege of performing with BAD Dance Collective, Blythe Barton Dance, the PGK Dance Project, and Continuum Dance Project, and for independent choreographers Brittany Taylor, Clayne Hammon, and Jacob Soble. Marisa is a 200HR certified yoga instructor through YogaWorks.