MEET OUR TEAM
OTE brings together a team of professional dancers and choreographers to provide the highest level of dance training to students of all ages and ability levels
STUDIO OWNERS / COMPANY DIRECTORS
Studio Owner, OTE Company Director, Teacher: Contemporary & Jazz
Kim Borgaro is a professional dancer, choreographer, and dynamic teacher. As a member of the Lula Washington Dance Theater she performed nationally and appeared in the 2000 Emmy Awards; joined choreography Zina Bethune in her multimedia production "Frost & Fire" in 2007 and “Silent Roar” in 2010. Over the years she’s assisted and performed in pieces created by Robert Gilliam for the Los Angeles Kaleidoscope Festivals and the debut of “Graffiti” at the El Portal Theatre. She has also appeared music videos and commercials for Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson, to name a few. Kim is on faculty at El Camino College where she has taught for the past ten years and serves as a judge and instructor for Spotlight Dance. In 2011 she co-founded On The Edge Dance Youth Dance Ensemble and in early 2014 opened OTE Dance Studio with partner Robert Gilliam.
Studio Owner, OTE Company Director, Teacher: Hip-Hop, X-treme Stretch, Acro4Dance
Robert Gilliam is an internationally acclaimed choreographer, master teaching artist, director of Artist Collective, a non-profit organization which provides high-quality arts education K-12 throughout Los Angeles. He also serves as the Director of Creative Community International which offers art programs for at-risk youth around the world and Co-Owner On The Edge Dance Studio in Culver City.
Gilliam started as a street dancer in South Los Angeles as a member of the Wave Masters Crew. After high school, he turned down football scholarships to pursue his real passion - dance. Robert received a dance scholarship from California Institute of the Arts and the recipient of the Lester Horton Choreography Award. He has since been a recognized for work his work from the Department of Cultural Affairs Los Angeles, the James Irvin Foundation commission, two dance chancellors awards and voted best jazz dance instructor by Los Angeles Magazine.
Gilliam's original choreography has been performed by professional dance companies and at dance festival around the world including Japan, South Africa, London, France, Brazil, and Mexico. He was the first American artist to set a Jazz/Hip Hop piece at the Shanghai Opera House and has worked with the National Song and Dance Ensemble and the Beijing Opera House of China. Before shifting to train dancers at OTE Dance Studio, he was on faculty with Oregon Ballet Theatre, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Reed College, College of the Canyons, Inland Northwest Dance Association, Lauridsen Ballet Center, Dance Educators of America. Additionally served eight years as a Master teaching artist for the Music Center Education Division, which is the second-largest arts education providers in the country. For the past 11 years, Robert has produced "Moving Beyond Walls" a 10-week residency dance program for juvenile detention centers and behavioral clinics throughout LA County. Gilliam's professional work and community-based projects have been funded by National Endowment for the Arts, The Dana Foundation, United States Embassy Panama, Los Angeles Sheriff Department, MetLife Foundation, Department of Cultural Affairs, Playa Vista Education Foundation, Rose Hills Foundation, and the Santa Monica Education Foundation.
TEACHERS & STAFF
PG’s dance career started at the age of 10 years old in a small town in North Carolina. After many years of training at his home studio, at 15 he moved to New York City to study and train at the world-renowned School of American Ballet. During his senior year of high school, he was offered an apprenticeship with New York City Ballet. However, due to his mother’s desire to have her children receive a college degree, PG moved to Philadelphia and earned a BFA in Ballet at a Philadelphia performing arts school. During his sophomore year in college he was introduced to the legendary ballet dancer and choreographer Joan Myles Brown. She was so impressed with his talent and determination that she personally requested that he audition for her dance company, Philadanco. On the first day of training with the company, he was chosen to dance in a Milton Myers ballet and quickly became a member of the Philadanco Dance Company where he remained a member for 19 years. PG also served as a Principal dancer at Ballet Trockadero for nine years and danced every significant role in Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote to name a few.
Throughout his career, PG has been honored and humbled to have worked with many legendary choreographers including Talley Beatty, Gene Hill Sagan, Milton Myers and many others. PG continues to spread his love dance to the younger generations by teaching classes in Los Angeles, including On The Edge Dance Studio and master classes at studios and for dance companies around the world.
Susan Vishmid began her early training at Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica, California. Through scholarships, she continued her training at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School and The Rock School. Ms. Vishmid danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet, Napoles Ballet Company, Chicago Festival Ballet, California Contemporary Ballet, City Ballet of Los Angeles, City of Angels Ballet, California Riverside Ballet, Key West Ballet, Coast City Ballet and San Gorgonio Ballet. Ms. Vishmid performed with San Diego Opera in several productions including Samson & Delilah, Aida, A Masked Ball and La Traviata. In 2016, Ms. Vishmid was invited as a principal artist to perform with the Santa Fe Opera in Romeo & Juliet and Capriccio for the company's 60th Anniversary Season. In 2017
Ms. Vishmid lives in Los Angeles where she started her own company Freaks With Lines with a mission to create supreme beauty and intrigue in a neoclassical style. Ms. Vishmid continues to freelances and performs regularly with a neo-burlesque troupe The Bella Donnas. Ms. Vishmid also enjoys teaching ballet and is a certified Pilates and yoga instructor. Ms. Vishmid graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California majoring in communication and philosophy.
Jazz, Jazz Funk
Caitlin Beanan (aka Cat) is a fierce dancer, choreographer and instructor. Caitlin has dazzled audiences for years with credits including Natasha Bedingfield, Nia Sioux, Gigi Torres Promotional Video, Choreographers’ Carnival: Brooklyn Jai, VidCon, Randi Strong Productions, Sony, Oracle Net Suite, Sentinal One, Paul Mitchell Gathering, Dance Moms, Jordan Sparks and The Pointer Sisters. Caitlin has a passion for teaching. She recently was hired to teach for the workshop Dance Fever with Shane Sparks. She is currently living the dream. Caitlin has developed her own brand "Confident, Artistic, Thrivers: aka CAT" helping dancers and artist of all ages, levels and sizes find their way in the ever-changing world of dance. Recently moving to LA from Las Vegas. Caitlin is also an aerial artist with lyra and silks. Caitlin is excited to be part of the OTE Dance Faculty and share her love and passion with the OTE family.
Ballet, Ballet/Creative Dance
Dance has always been a part of my life, since I was five years old. I began training at Debbie Allen Dance Academy for 14 years. I moved to Berkeley, CA where I trained at Berkeley Ballet School for a year then moved back to Los Angeles, CA. I decided to attend a local studio called DC Dance Center and I am a choreographer for my dance team at Loyola Marymount University, while attending school there. I've danced with artists like Chris Brown, Chaka Kahn, and Mariah Carey.
Cynthia was born in Virginia, where she began to study ballet at age six. Upon moving to Los Angeles her training continued with David Lichine and Tatiana Riabouchinska, as well as with Stanley Holden at the Los Angeles Music Center. Cynthia received her advanced training on a full scholarship to both the San Francisco Ballet School in San Francisco and the Stuttgart Ballet Co. in Stuttgart, Germany.
Cynthia Molnar continued her ballet career as a professional with David Lichine's “Ballet Society of Los Angeles"; starring in his acclaimed ballet “Graduation Ball”. Ms Molnar performed with the San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, under the direction of Kent Stowell, performing as soloist in such ballets as George Balanchine's “Concerto Barocco” and "The Four Temperaments”.Ms. Molnar is enjoying a successful career as teacher, choreographer and coach. Teaching ballet beginning through advanced levels at Santa Monica College, Carla Luna's Dance Arts Academy, The Edge and Y.N.S. Has taught at Westside Ballet, Agoura Hills Dance and choreographed for the Agoura Hills Youth Ballet Theater, master classes and choreographer at the Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena and The Downtown Dance Loft at The New Los Angeles Theater Center.
Her teaching style encompasses her training in ballet with the Cecchetti and Royal Academy of Dance techniques. Cynthia's approach to ballet training creates an atmosphere of attention and caring that allows each student to grow and strengthen, to develop awareness, confidence, and grace.Ms. Molnar is a sought after choreographer and coach for local and visiting artists, music videos and performing groups. Cynthia's original works have been performed by SMC “Global Motion Company, “Kybele Dance Theater”, Sarah Burges's “Lions Pounce Dance Theater”, “Katnap Dance Presents” and in “BIR” and in community outreach programs for the city of Los Angeles. She directed and choreographed and danced in the music video “Tracks of My Tears”.
Ballet, Ballet/Creative Dance
Jacqueline Valmont is a Los Angeles native and a graduate of Scripps College in Claremont, CA. She completed her dance degree and dance teaching certification from Santa Monica College. She feels fortunate to have received her dance training from master teachers such as Karen McDonald (modern) and Mario Nugara (City of Angels Ballet). She has danced for modern dance choreographers Ruben Valencia (Brazeros), Diana Cummins (ManGo), Roberta Wolin-Tupas and has been a member of Grete Gryzwana’s, Epiphany Dance Company since 2014. She has performed as a soloist at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels, Biola University, Fuller Seminary and Miles Playhouse.
Jackie teaches ballet, modern and dance movement in Los Angeles and directs her own dance program at two private Pasadena middle schools. She is extremely passionate about dance education and exposing children and young adults to the world of dance in order to enrich all aspects of their lives with creativity, imagination and beauty. Jackie is also a regularly booked classical vocalist for special occasions.
Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz
Christopher Nolen holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from SUNY Pur- chase Conservatory of Dance and is a graduate of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. During Christopher’s early years of training he was a dance competitor and won several awards. Christopher has also trained at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Taipei National University of the Arts, and Springboard Danse Montreal.
Professionally Christopher toured both nationally and internationally with Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Abraham In Motion, August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble, Enforced Arch, Princess Cruises, Holland America Cruise Line, Daniel Gwirtzman, Forces of Nature, Back Up Dancer For "Peaches" in 'Peaches Christ Superstar', back up dancer for the first ladies of Disco Including Martha Wash and Evelyn Champagne King, and guest artist with the Taipei Royal Ballet. Christopher also performed in theme parks including featured roles in Disney’s California adventures’ “Aladdin A Musical Spectacular” and Universal Studios Hollywood’s “Grinchmas” as Dru Who. Music video features include Joe Taylor’s “parade,” Paula Abdul’s “check yourself,” and “David Aude/ Jessica Sutta’s “Gonna be Mine”. Christopher Has also performed at several benefit shows including dancers responding to AIDS in NYC, Aids Assistance Program, and AUDITT premiere (Beijing). Christopher has performed the repertoire of Denise Faye, Lee Martino, Bill T. Jones, Paul Taylor, Alonzo King, Kyle Abraham, Christopher Huggins, Rennie Harris, Donald Mckayle, Liz Imperio and Danny Teeson among others.
Christopher also starred in the James Cameron's film "Avatar" as a dancer/ Navi. In 2017 Christopher Founded C.A.N. MOVES, an interdisciplinary program designed to provide young performing artist with training and inside information on entertainment.
Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, but taken to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize as a baby, Ilan Nunez, has always had a passion for dancing. At about the age of seven, Ilan started training with one of only two dance groups on the island, the “San Pedro Dance Company”, under the direction of the late Rosita Balthazar. Recognizing Ilan’s skill level and potential,” Miss Rosita” instantly took Ilan under her wing and had him train with company members in his age group
and older, thus allowing him to quickly mature in performance and technique.
Ilan, not quite a teenager, moved with his family to San Antonio, Texas, where he soon after attended the North East School of the Arts as a Musical Theatre Major. Ilan kept busy performing for this prestigious school working in the cities best theater programs and competing as a “Dazzler” with "Earle Cobb Dance Studio”. He was also the youngest cast member ever to dance in San Antonio's Longest running river show, “Fiesta Noche Del Rio”.
After high school Ilan attended Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. Performing work by Doug Bentz , Keisha Llama White and Ron Tusson. Once returning to Texas Ilan danced for: San Antonio Jazz Ensemble and Human Beauty as well as choreographing and dance in the Patsy Torres “Positive Force Tour." Upon moving to Dallas, Ilan experienced his first of many industrials with Larwell Ent. and the Mary Kay Makeup Company. It was also then when he returned to the world of competitive dance working with some of the cities best teams. Including Beyond Belief Dance Company as seen on Netflix’s “Dancing Queen”.
Opting for a break from studio life and a new dance experience, Ilan auditioned and was cast with “Norwegian Cruise Line” and became a cast member of the “Spirit” performing on the coast of Europe. It was after his return to the US Ilan chose to move to Hollywood. Since then he has signed with “Movement Talent Agency”. He credits include but are not limited too: “The Greatest Showman“ “Isn’t It Romantic“ “Bathtubs Over Broadway” “Blue Moon Beer” “Cointreau” “The LA Opera” “Smirnoff” “Wish App.” and much more! From “La Isla Bonita” to Los Angeles; Ilan continues to train, teach, perform as well as choreograph all over the US. When he isn’t in the dance studio, you can find Ilan at LA’s finest yoga studio as a Sculpt, Barre and Hot Power Fusion instruction. He is forever thankful for the endless support and love from his mother, partner and community.
John “Havic” Gregory is a true personification of Hip Hop dance with a talent for keeping his body of work relevant, passionate, and well respected in the Los Angeles dance community and beyond. From performer to choreographer, to teacher, Havic's credits speak for themselves, as he has been involved with some of the worlds most highly praised productions.
Havic was born in the Philippines and grew up in San Diego, CA. He began dancing in his early teen years and relocated to Los Angeles to pursue his professional career. Havic quickly became a dance force to be reckoned with as he started dancing in high profile music videos for top artists including Michael Jackson, Aaliyah, Rihanna, Destiny's Child, Missy Elliot, Brandy, Maya and the Backstreet Boys, to name a few. This success led to Havic performing on tours and in live shows, with international pop stars such as Diana Ross, Chris Brown, Diddy, Madonna, TLC, Toni Braxton, Sisqo, Montell Jordan, Monica, and Prince. His film, television, and commercial credits are numerous as a performer and choreographer. Havic has performed in national commercials for companies like Coca Cola, Kmart, and General Motors.
Choreographically Havic began to make a name for himself as he co-choreographed the feature films Honey 2 and Rio. Recently, he choreographed for the Showtime Network's series House of Lies. Additionally, Havic has served as the assistant choreographer for the Jonas Brothers tour, Austin and Ally on the Disney Channel, and MTV's America's Best Dance Crew-Season 5 alongside top choreographers Tabitha & Napoleon and Rosero McCoy. Having grown up through hip hop, Havic firmly believes in the importance of shaping the next generations of dancers and is passionate about passing down the knowledge he has acquired to dancers all over the world.
Mychal Vandell has been dancing for over nine years and trained in a variety of dance styles including Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, African, Contemporary and even Majorette. However, his emphasis and focus has primarily as a dancer, teacher and choreographer in Hip Hop, Jazz/Jazz Funk and Contemporary. As a choreographer, his work was recently featured on the Lifetime hit show “Bring It” for a competition piece for the Divas of Compton and served as the assistant choreographer for the Diva of Compton’s performance for Kendrick Lamar’s Key to the City Of Compton celebration.
Mychal’s also served as a Guest Choreographer for West Los Angeles College and teaches dance classes throughout Los Angeles.
Lindsey began dancing at the young age of 3 years-old, training in all styles of dance. After studying dance in high school, she went on to receive a degree in Dance at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA in 2018. Throughout her time there, Lindsey joined the student run hip-hop performance team and was named captain of the team by her senior year. She also started her own dance company within the academic dance program and created an original work that the students brought the ACDA Festival in Spring of 2018. She performed with Adaptations Dance Company in Spokane, WA and was also a faculty member at StudioInc Dance Academy where she taught various styles and choreographed pieces for their competition company for 3 years.
Lindsey is currently living in Los Angeles where she is pursuing her career in the dance field. She is excited to share her knowledge and work with the dancers at OTE!