Our Dance Staff
Kaita Lepore Mrazek received degrees in Dance and Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point before discovering yoga and Pilates as vehicles for her continued exploration of the relationship between body and mind. She has been teaching since 2007. She became a certified Pilates instructor through Body Arts and Science International, and has worked closely with BASI faculty member, Sarah Bertucelli, hosting certification courses since 2008. She constantly strives to learn more about the body--most recently, she and her new husband spent their honeymoon in a 200-hour Joyful Yoga teacher training in Costa Rica. She is currently dancing with Nebula Dance Lab (www.nebuladancelab.org) and Robin Bisio in Santa Barbara.
My study of classical ballet began when I was 6 ½ years old. Upon moving to Burbank, CA, I was fortunate to find a teacher Patrice McCoy, who was trained at the “Metropolitan Opera Ballet School” in New York. She was also trained privately by internationally famous ballet artists such as Nina Youshkevitch, Nann Gollner, Alexandra Danilova, Anthony Tukar and others. As a child I was privileged to take a few “Master classes” from a famed Russian ballerina Madame Alexandra Kosloff. By the time I was 10 years old I was talking classes 6 times a week and rehearsing for our performances as well. After I moved on from the school in Burbank, I found another wonderful Russian Teacher at Debbie Reynolds studio in North Hollywood, named Vladimir Luppov. I began teaching 34 years ago in North Hollywood and have been teaching in Santa Barbara for 14 years. I was instilled with the love of ballet and enjoy importing what I learned and am still learning to my students.