Meet Our Team
Lisa Tran - Owner/Dance Instructor
Miss Lisa has been teaching dance for over 10 years, beginning in Boston, MA and eventually moving to Los Angeles, CA. During her performing years she was a member of BCDP, a contemporary company in Boston, and Static Noyze Dance Company, also in Boston. But more importantly, as a dance educator she has spent years creating and perfecting curriculums and training methods in order to help her dancers develop their artistry, strength, and technique. No matter how much or how little natural ability a dancer has when they first walk through her studio doors, if that student has the desire to dance and the willingness to try their best in every single class, she will make it her mission to see that student excel and grow, year after year.
Lauren Anderson - Dance Instructor
Lauren has been dancing since the age of three, and has spent the last decade performing professionally and teaching children of all ages. Teaching dance is a source of great joy, and a passion for Lauren. She is trained in the genres of tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, musical theater, kick line, and hip hop. She has competed nationally in her youth, as well as in the collegiate dance circuit. Performing in Minneapolis with Collide Theatrical Dance Company as a multi-season soloist has been a highlight of her career. Her accomplishments as a choreographer and teacher in the current competition world are of note as well. Her choreography and coaching has earned numerous specialty awards, choreography awards, overall placements, and grand champions. Lauren has a track record of instilling a love of dance in her students, while fostering their knowledge and understanding of dance. She is thrilled to be in Los Angeles, and to share her talents and energy with the students of West Valley Dance Academy!
Mariah Grissom - Dance Instructor
Mariah began her dance journey at a young age and is trained in jazz, contemporary, lyrical, ballet, hip hop, tap, musical theatre, and pointe and started teaching when she was fourteen. In addition to teaching, Mariah is also a coach for a competitive dance team. Her choreography has achieved several Judge's Choice, high point placements, and choreography awards over the years as well. Mariah began choreographing for Kismet Kids Musical Theatre in 2014 as well as musical theatre programs at local elementary schools. Mariah's main goal is to help people of all ages express their passion for dance, and to use the art as a creative and progressive outlet! Mariah is thrilled to be a part of the WVDA family!
Rony Jacques - Dance Instructor
Rony Jacques is a Hip Hop dancer, choreographer, instructor, and freestyler. He currently teaches regularly and instructs master classes all over the New England area as well as California. He first started dancing while studying at Tufts University. He was a choreographer for their dance troupe, Spirit of Color, and captain of their all male step team, Blackout. Once he graduated, he became a member/choreographer of three professional dance teams; Iconic Movement, an all male step team, Static Noyze Dance Company, who were featured on season 5 of America's Best Dance Crew, and Concept Artists, one of Boston’s premier hip hop teams. He has trained and learned from dedicated and renowned instructors/choreographers such as Dave Scott, Cris Judd, Luam, Kelly Peters, Laurieann Gibson, Hamilton Evans, Havic, and Gil Duldulao. He has worked with various R&B/Pop artists such as Makio, Kenzie, and Erene and his dancing and work has been seen/featured on SYTYCD, Boston Kiss Concert 2013, Billboard.com, and Ghostbusters 2016.
Namona Lewin - Dance Instructor
Namona Lewin is a native of Miramar, Florida. Her dance career spans over 10 years and she has performed from Miami, Florida to Amsterdam, Holland. Her training consists of Modern Dance, Ballet, Jazz, and Hip Hop. Her professional dance career began at Luigi's Jazz Centre in New York City where she performed the original works of dance legend, Eugene "Luigi" Faccuito and has been the assistant choreographer to Jazz Dance Master, Francis J. Roach. In 2012, Namona returned to South Florida to share her dance experience with her local community. During her time there, she created the Lady K Dance Series, performed as a principal dancer on Starz Networks Magic City, and choreographed the 2012 AT&T Young Stars Showcase. In 2013, Namona choreographed and produced her first jazz dance musical, Lady in Satin: A Tale Told Through Movement, with much success at the Miramar Cultural Arts Center. Upon moving to Los Angeles, California, Namona has been afforded the opportunity to dance on LA's popular performance stages, dance in several music videos, teach community dance classes, and choreograph for local artists.
Credits: NAFCA Awards (African Oscars), Fred & Adele Astaire Awards, Music Mash, Dreamgirls (regional theater), Carnival Choreographer's Ball, Malynda Hale, MAJOR, Andre DePriest, 8th Wonder, Starz Network, LaFemme Film Festival
Tiana Simone - Dance Instructor
Tiana Simone Taylor received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Montclair State University as well as studying at the Ailey School in NYC. She has worked with professional companies and choreographers including Robert Battle, artistic director of The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, and Lula Washington, choreographer of the Oscar winning film Avatar. Over the years, Tiana has been a featured dancer for R&B artists like Jill Scott and Sean Kingston. Her choreography has graced the stages of Montclair State University, Kasser Theater and has been featured at the annual National Black Dance Conference in Toronto, Canada. Tiana began teaching at age 14 and by her junior year at Montclair State, was teaching dance minor classes on campus. Her passion for teaching prompted the founding of Capturing the Stage, a non-profit organization bringing dance and musical theater to local public and charter schools. Tiana joined the WVDA family in June 2016 and is excited to share her passion for educating through dance with the students here at West Valley Dance Academy.