About Us


Chromolume Dance Studio is a division of Chromolume Theatre and Chromolume, Inc. and first opened in March, 2014.

Philosophy

We strive to be a Community Studio. It is a well-known fact that music and movement are tools of expression, and are universal. We want to provide that common thread in our diverse community. We provide an outlet to vent such negative emotions, such as anger and depression and move forward in a more positive direction.


Chromolume Dance Studio Staff

Michael J. Sorensen,
Dance Studio Director

Michael J. Sorensen has been in love with dance ever since he was a child. Starting at a local parks and recreation program in his hometown. As he grew older, he began training at several competition studios while acting on the side which allowed him to obtain membership to SAG. To keep dancing throughout the summer Michael attended The Rock School of Ballet, often thanks to their scholarships. During high school he was also awarded a scholarship to Idyllwild Arts Academy which was a boarding school making dance an even more continuous entity in his life. Professionally he has danced with multiple companies such as Antelope Valley Ballet, Long Beach Ballet, Blue13 to name a few. Training under various prestigious teachers like Tiffany Billings, Stefan Wenta, Stephanie Powell and David Wilcox has allowed growth not only as a performer but an instructor. Presently he teaches at several dance studios in Southern California, eagerly searching for more art to add to his life.

Instructors

Nyshima Garrett,
Hip Hop Instructor

Nyshima was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. At the very early age of 4, she fell in love with Dance. Her two sisters taught her a hip hop routine, and she performed at their local youth center. After seeing the smiles she put on everyone's face, she knew that she had found what she wanted to do. By age 12, she joined the El Sereno pride cheer squad. There, she took place in numerous hip hop solos where she received over 35 1st and 2nd place trophies. By the time, she was 15 and she was given an amazing opportunity to choreograph and coach her very own hip hop team! Her team reined victorious at the National Jamz championship, bringing home the first place win! That was one of the most proudest days of her life. Through the years, she continued to Cheer and partake in Hip hop solos. By the time she was 21, she began choreographing and backup dancing for various upcoming musicians, but the year 2015 has been the most fulfilling in her dance career. She have ventured away from backup dancing and have had the pleasure of working with the most amazing kids by teaching them the wonderful art of dance. She taught dance for Mid City Academy, an after school enrichment program. She was also the hip hop Coach for Cheer 4U athletic's summer program. Dancing has bought so much joy to her life, she hopes that you will sign up for her hip hop class, so that she can share the joys of dance with you!


Kristoffer Naidas,
Dance Instructor

Kristoffer has been dancing for over 20 years. Naidas started his dance journey as a little child at 5 years old, self-teaching himself hip hop from the tv and learning on the streets. Naidas come from humble beginnings, being exposed to dance in the city of Inglewood, where his love for hip hop grew and became more complex. Hip hop was all he knew as an outlet until college where he attended and trained at California State University of Long Beach. He trained in Ballet from Elizabeth Betty duPont of the Royal Ballet and Lisa Johnson of The National Ballet of Canada. Naidas also studied modern with Jeff Slayton of the Merce Cunningam Dance Company, Stephanie Powell, and Ron Brown of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. While training at CSULB, Naidas found a particular love and passion for African Dance from Ron Brown. The movement changed him and taught him to release on another level from what he was used to. He fell in love with the relationship of dance to the live percussion of the African drums. Seeking additional training, Naidas went to David Wilcox of Long Beach Ballet and start training under Mr. Wilcox and Johnny Zhong of Classical Ballet of Guangzhou. At Long Beach Ballet is where Kristoffer Naidas then found his love for ballet. Naidas has gone on to work in contemporary, commercial, and Bollywood work later in his dance career. Currently he is in school towards medicine to expand his knowledge on the human body to help future dancers with any ailments that may prevent them from dancing. Dance is Naidas's personal outlet for emotional balance now, and is aiding SoCal Artistry create that outlet for others.

 


News

March 1, 2014 Chromolume Dance/Rehearsal Studio opens!

January 24, 2014 Phase I (Dance/Rehearsal Studio) of the remodel of the Attic Theatre & Film Center begins.

October 4, 2002 Chromolume Theatre becomes the first division of its parent company, Chromolume, Inc.

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FAQ

HOW LONG DO YOU HAVE TO USE THE 11 CLASS DANCE PASS?
Our 11 class dance pass is good the entire month in which it was purchased.

I AM NEW TO DANCE, WHICH CLASSES SHOULD I SIGN UP FOR?
We recommend that you reserve your spot for a free dance trial to see which classes you will enjoy.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO CLASS?
We have a description of the class uniform which can be found in our Student Handbook, check with the office for more info.

IS DANCE JUST FOR GIRLS?
Absolutely not, we have boys in all of our classes!

IF WE MISS A CLASS, IS THERE A WAY TO MAKE-UP A CLASS AT A DIFFERENT TIME?
Unfortunately there are no make-up classes.

WHEN CAN A STUDENT MOVE UP TO THE NEXT LEVEL?
It usually takes 2 years for a student to be moved to the next class level, there are students who can be moved sooner it is completely up to the Dance Director.

HOW DO I KNOW WHEN TUITION IS DUE?
You will receive a statement via email at the end of every month; tuition is due the 1st of every month.

WHY SHOULD I LEARN TO DANCE?
By stepping onto the dance floor, you are improving many areas of your life. It will not only boost your confidence, mood and social skills, but your body tone and posture, too. Learning to dance is more than an investment in technique; it is an investment in a fun and healthier lifestyle. Studies have shown that learning to dance can improve brain function and cognitive ability, while helping prevent or delay Alzheimer’s disease in late adulthood.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO LEARN TO DANCE?
Every person is different, but like with any other skill, it depends on frequency of practice. The more you do it, the faster you’ll learn. We have advanced strategies to make learning fast, easy, and fun. Also, it depends if your goal is to become a professional or a social dancer. If you choose to compete, then you will be entering an exciting yet rigorous period of training. On the other hand, if you want to improve your social dance skills, then completing a basic dance program may be just what you need. Either way, practice makes perfect!

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PRIVATE LESSONS, GROUP CLASSES, AND PARTIES?
Group classes are perfect to learn fundamental elements, patterns, rhythms, and moves. We also offer supplemental group fitness and condition classes. Private lessons are completely customized to your needs, pace, ability, and schedule. Since we make a personalized program for each student, this is the most thorough learning process and guarantees fastest results. Our social parties are ideal settings to practice your newfound skills. We have an amazing community of teachers and students that support each other and grow together. You’ll always have a partner at our parties! In addition, we also have special events such as recitals and competitions where you can take your dancing skill to the next level.

DO YOU ACCEPT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES?
Yes! We believe everyone should dance. We accept and welcome people with disabilities. In fact, we have instructors that have experience teaching people in wheelchairs. We even work with children who have learning disabilities.

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT RENTAL INFORMATION?
To rent our studio or to find out more information, you can check our Rental Page or call us at (323) 510-2688.