Originally from El Paso, TX, Ada attended University of Texas at El Paso on full scholarship, graduating Cum Laude with a BFA in Ballet Performance, and a concentration in Creative Writing. She was the recipient of the Theater and Dance Department’s award for "Outstanding Major". She continued her higher education at New York University, receiving the Dean's Opportunity Scholarship. She holds an M.A. in Dance Education from ABT/NYU Steinhardt Master’s Degree Program.


Ada has performed at Universita di Roma, the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Italy, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, AMEBA Acrobatic and Aerial Dance, Elements Contemporary Ballet in Chicago, Firebox Dance Theatre from Scotland, DTM2 Improvisation Ensemble from California, Ballet Nacional de Cd. Juarez, Peoria Ballet, Reflections by Collective Essence in Austin, Ballet El Paso/UTEP Ballet, El Paso Opera, El Paso Symphony, El Paso Association for the Performing Arts, and the UTEP Dinner Theater.


Ada is a NDEO member who has taught for The Washington School of Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, National Dance Institute NM, Chicago’s Having a Ball Dance Program, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education, & NYC’s Building Educated Leaders for Life. She is a former faculty member of UTEP’s Department of Theater and Dance, El Paso Community College’s Continuing Education program, and Peoria Ballet Academy.

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Emilia Adcock is a student at Westwood High School where she enjoys theatre, French, piano, and psychology. She participates in leadership positions in organizations such as National French Honor Society and other specialized clubs. Since middle school, she has been volunteering at summer camps and with charitable organizations, including teaching positions in religious school. Outside of school, Emilia also enjoys babysitting, painting, and playing guitar, piano, and the ukulele.

Emilia plans to become a child psychologist. She is moving towards this goal through her work with kids and studying psychology and other sciences. In university, Emilia plans to major in psychology with a focus on clinical work and minor in French.

As a child, Emilia took dance for a couple of years and continued into musical theatre for years after that. She continues to participate in performing arts through her school and she is proud to support the artistic community at DANZA!


Laura Corral was born and raised in far west Texas, where she graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance from the University of Texas at El Paso. She founded and performs with Mountain Movement Dance Company (MMDC) which is based in El Paso, TX, and was invited to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017. Members of MMDC have participated in Theoristfest at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin. Here they collaborated with visual artists Laura Turon and Briseida “Brioch” Ochoa.

In El Paso, Laura received her ballet training from David Duran, Ingeborg Heuser,
and Andree Harper. She has also studied modern dance with the Limón Institute in
New York City where she received training with Alan Danielson, Becky Brown, Risa Steinberg, Kathryn Altar, Belinda McGuire and Ryoko Kudo. She has had the opportunity to perform works by several choreographers; among her favorites: Doris Humphrey, José Limón, Martha Graham, Maxine Steinman, Ila Conoley Paladino, and Emily Morgan. Some favorite ballet performances include: Lilac Fairy, Arabian Coffee, and soloist roles in Carmen, Aida, Swan Lake, and Paquita.


Laura spent several years as a teaching artist for National Dance Institute's affiliate,
Kids Excel El Paso. Her experience teaching movement includes ballet, modern, creative movement, and hatha yoga (200 hr certified through Yoga Alliance).



Marina Garbalena, originally from Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, began her dance training at her local recreation center and later at the Academia Municipal de Artes in Cd Juárez where she immediately fell in love with the arts and dance. As a teenager she continued developing her passion and skill as a member of the first graduating class of Centro Municipal De Las Artes, a foundational arts school in Cd Juárez. Marina received her Associates degree in Dance and become a principal dancer with the institution’s dance company, where she performed weekly shows for six consecutive seasons alongside artists from the region. She then went on to earn her BFA in Dance Performance at The University of Texas at El Paso.


Ms. Garbalena has partnered and collaborated with the National Dance Institute and Pushing Progress Contemporary Dance in New York City, Danza Total in Mexico City, The UTEP Department of Theater & Dance, and Eva Maria Dance. Most recently, she served as Teaching Artist, and Interim Co-Artistic Director with Kids Excel El Paso, a non-profit arts education organization. 

She is currently a member of Mountain Movement Dance Company (MMDC) where she has had the opportunity to perform and choreograph works presented throughout Texas, as well as the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland.



Jen graduated Magna Cum Laude from Angelo State University with a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Music, Kinesiology and Communications. She then continued on at the university to receive a Master of Education in Coaching, Sport, Recreation, & Fitness Administration. Her vocal performance studies with the ASU music department include musical theater, opera, pops choir, and the concert chorale. Within the community, she received a college student scholarship to sing with First United Methodist Church Choir. 

A diverse background has fueled Jen towards impacting lives in the community by promoting health, wellness, and creative artistry on a large scale. Her vision is to inspire children to awaken their creative artistry.

Jen also received her 200 RYT Yoga Therapy & Yoga Teacher certifications from Paramanand Ashram in Indore, India. Her training is a mix of world dance, yoga, theater arts, musical theater, exercise science, fitness, and vocal performance. Currently you can find her teaching dance, fitness, and yoga.


Melanie began her piano instruction in McKinney, TX with Dr. Mary Humm and continued her education with Dr. Terry Hudson at Baylor University, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance with a secondary emphasis on piano. While at Baylor she taught voice and piano lessons and performed with Baylor Opera. Currently, she plays piano at Providence Church and teaches at her piano studio, Melanie Hebert Music. 


In addition to music, Melanie studied ballet for 10 years in Dallas and McKinney, Texas. A highlight of her dance training was taking classes with live piano, and she has been interested in dance accompaniment ever since. 


Melanie is excited to be a part of the ballet world again as our accompanist.


Jennifer holds a Bachelors degree from The University of Texas at Austin, Associate degree in graphic design from Parsons The New School in New York City, and she most recently completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India. She also has trained and studied another mind body practice of energy movement, ki gong, in Sedona.

Her yoga training was the greatest gift of self love to herself after passing her 1 year post kidney transplant. She loves to share yoga to help others become more aware of themselves and their own potential and power within. She really believes through the practice of yoga the journey "of the self through the self to the self" can be experienced, and with daily practice great personal transformation and benefits can be received. In her class you can discover how movement can be like a form of medicine, a way to unite mind & body, and cultivate more self love and compassion. Her classes have a unique touch, mixing a bit of ki gong with hatha yoga postures, and ending with a Tibetan singing bowls sound healing session.


Cecile Fusco Photography is our official school photographer. Cecile has been published online with Univision, Alcade, and in print with the Austin American Statesman austin360cooks section. Her work can also be seen on the album cover of "Tomar" and the FCs latest album "Heart Attack", and she’s currently working on a couple new covers. She has photographed several music events such as the SXSW Austin Music Awards for the Austin Chronicle & SIMS Foundation events for the Craftbox Agency. 


In addition to us here at DANZA, her clients also include other local women entrepreneurs launching their own businesses, such as The Cook's Nook and the Sneaky Apron, community organizations like El Buen Samaritano and Austin Bakes, several bands and music producers, and countless families across Austin. 


"I've been a fly on the wall for as long as I can remember. My lens is just an extension of my fly-eyes. I like to capture the moments that make experiences and people memorable." Please visit her work at:


Laura-Love Tode is an actress, singer, and sometimes dancer with over 30 years of experience. Ms. Tode is a proud union member of both Actor’s Equity (Stage) and SAG-AFTRA (Film & Television).


Favorite Theatre credits include: Roxie Hart—Chicago, Daisy Hilton—Sideshow, Babette—Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Sylvia—Sylvia, and Snoopy—You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown! Favorite Film/TV credits include: Priceless (Feature Film)—dir. by Ben Smallbone, Stanistan (Pilot)—dir. by Michael Mayer, Alt (Sci-Fi Series on Dust)—dir. by Trevor Stevens and The Night Shift (NBC) dir. by Kevin Dowling. Ms. Tode is also a proud member of the cast of the Frankie and Jude: Star Wars series of short films directed by Lauren Myers-Chavez and Amy Baklini. The final film of the series, Frankie and Jude: Star Wars, The Search for Jude, is currently making the rounds in film festivals across the world, including as Official Selections in the Austin Indie Fest and the Oz Indie Film Festival (Melbourne). She most recently wrapped on When You Finish Saving the World, starring Julianne Moore and directed by Jesse Eisenberg.


Ms. Tode is thrilled and honored to be part of the DANZA Tribe, all the way from Santa Fe, New Mexico.     Laura-Love Tode - IMDb


DANZA is always looking to collaborate with experienced and talented dance, music, and theater teachers for substitute positions, guest teaching, or for our Summer Camps, Children's Program, and Adult Program. Interested candidates may send a resume to:​

Now that you've learned about our staff, go to the 'Gallery' to meet our students!