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Murisa Harba received her BFA in Theatre Studies from Boston University's College of Fine Arts with a minor in ballroom dance and has performed and toured in shows such as Sweet Charity, Amadeus, The Rivals and ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars' Roadtrip. Murisa studied with Tony Meredith and Melanie LePatin at Dance Times Square NYC and went on to compete in International Latin and American Smooth Ballroom around the U.S. and Europe for five years snagging amateur champion titles along the way until landing in Los Angeles in 2008, where she currently teaches. She had the opportunity to help with the opening of Balliamos, the first same sex ballroom dance studio, located in the heart of West Hollywood, where she taught privates, classes, choreographed wedding couples and brought students to competitions. Murisa has choreographed music videos for artists such as Derek James, Billy Bob Earl and Grammy nominated artist, globally acclaimed DJ Paul van Dyk. She starred opposite So You Think You Can Dance season 5 winner Jeanine Mason in Understudy, while also choreographing and performing on Disney's I'm in the Band, Korda's Beautifully Esther, and the Kroll Show on Comedy Central. Murisa also choreographed a Viennese Waltz for You Tube sensation Rosanna Pansino's first music video to spotlight on her hit show, Nerdy Nummies. Earlier this year, she choreographed a sexy, sultry hustle for Nick Cannon's latest feature film, Untitled Hollywood Hills Project. Most recently, she choreographed a top secret video game for a major studio and collaborated with both actors and dancers in motion capture suits. Murisa loves working with her students and sharing her love of dance. She is repped by The Movement Talent Agency and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA.
Renee Petkovski originally hails from Detroit, Michigan. She began dancing at a young age and was immediately signed with Michigan’s top talent agencies. Growing up, Renee traveled throughout the US while studying with numerous world-renowned choreographers. She has been seen in numerous commercial and print ads including, People, Redbook, Jacobson’s and more. She performed and choreographed for numerous concerts and performances and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Western Michigan University. After graduating, Renee was chosen by Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida, as a featured dancer in their hit, Broadway-style musical production, Katonga. She quickly rose to the role of dance captain and also assisted in choreography, as well as casting, and maintaining the quality of all shows of the park.
Renee currently resides in Los Angeles, California where she is signed with one of Los Angeles’s elite dance agencies, and has become an established dancer and model in the industry. Some credits include; ABC Family hit show, Bunheads, Chiquis Rivera, LA Music Awards, The World Dance Awards, Latin American Awards, featured model and dancer for Mercedes Benz LA Fashion week, featured dancer in the popular acclaimed Sean T’s Rockin’ Body video, featured dancer in Xanadu Live!, LA Sparks, Sketchers, Brian Anthony’s “Worked Up” Video, assistant choreographer for ESPN bowl game half time shows, and the Los Angeles Clippers. Renee is also currently a part of the highly acclaimed Vintage Belles Dancers. Renee continues to perform and teach all styles of dance throughout the area as well as being a certified Piloxing instructor and High School Dance Team Coach. Renee is currently on faculty with Talent On Parade and travels throughout the U.S. judging national dance competitions where she gets great joy teaching, inspiring, and sharing her knowledge and passion, with aspiring dancers.
Jared Andrew Hughes
Jared has been dancing since the age of 14. His career started in Canton, OH. He started his dance career in Breakdancing under the instruction of Bobby Blaze of the "IllStyle Rockers". He soon followed this with Ballroom Dancing. Through the years he has danced many other styles of dance including salsa, argentine tango, contemporary, modern, and hip hop. In 2009, Jared became a member of Living Fountain Dance Company, training and performing in Modern/Contemporary, and guest performing as a B-boy. Upon the company closing, he ventured into opening his very own dance studio. This also provided the opportunity for Jared to teach for “Heartbeats to the City”, a non-profit organization that brings art into inner city elementary schools as an after-school program for at-risk youth. Jared also helped create and manage the “Canton City Crew”, a crew of B-boys and Hip hop dancers, doing performances such as halftime shows for the cleveland cavaliers D-league. Over the course of the next year he performed for many big events such as "The Love concert" and "Canton's Dancing with the Stars". At the turn of the New Year, he decided it was time to explore bigger opportunities and moved to Los Angeles, selling his studio. Jared looks forward to positively impacting his students as well as pursuing his performance and teaching career here in L.A. He is currently teaching all over the greater Los Angeles area.
Amy trained in ballroom dance at the famous Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Boston. Amy was also a member of the prestigious MIT Ballroom Dance Team from 2004-2006 where she competed extensively in the collegiate ballroom circuit. With the team, she had the opportunity to study with top professionals such as Armin Kappacher, Larinda McRaven, Russell Monk, Istvan Cserven, and Mark Sheldon. With her dance partner, Amy quickly climbed the ladder of the collegiate ballroom circuit placing in the finals in all categories of International Ballroom and Latin styles.
Amy was a featured dancer in the Walt Disney World Christmas Parade featuring dancers from Dancing with the Stars! It wasn't long before Amy caught the eye of instructors from the Fred Astaire Studio, first in Boston and then New York, where she taught for several years. She now teaches exclusively in her hometown of Los Angeles.
Amy has been involved as a dancer in a number of films, including the short film"Understudy" starring Jeannine Mason, the winner of So You Think You Can Dance?. Amy continues to share her love of ballroom dance to dancers of all ages through her teaching in the heart of Los Angeles.
Pro instructor Diana comes to us from Ukraine, where she started her ballroom dancing career at the young age of five. After graduating with a Masters degree in Law, she decided to continue her ballroom dancing career and began competing as a professional in American Smooth & International Latin. Diana loves teaching her couples and sharing her love of dance with others.