Elinor brings a lifetime of dance experience to Cute Moves. She began dancing as a toddler, studying with Linda MacArthur (Miele), a veteran of the New York City Ballet Co., protegé of George Balanchine and repetiteur for the Balanchine Trust. At the age of 14, Elinor began performing with the Maine State Ballet company.
She graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a BFA in Dance Education, and relocated to the West Coast. After teaching dance at several Los Angeles area schools and launching the JAG Gym dance program, she went on to found Cute Moves.
Elinor continues to perform regularly, and is Co-Founder of Sababa Dance Company, one of LA's most succesful Middle Eastern and World Dance companies. She has appeared in Films, Music Videos, Television, and at venues including Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Hollywood Bowl, Ford Theater and countless events in North America, the Middle East and Europe.
John has an eclectic movement background: he is a professional
breakdancer, a long-time capoerista and martial artist, a skilled gymnast, freerunner/traceur, downhill longboarder, and experienced yogi
(RYT-200 Hatha Yoga Certified).
He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology with philosophy and dance minors from Loyola Marymount University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.
John appreciates dance not only because of its physical challenges, but also because he knows that dance encourages people to thrive and flourish. He has been teaching dance to children and adults since 2009, and has demonstrated his impressive and unique style of movement in dance competitions worldwide.
A California native, Lauren began to dance when she was 6 years old. In addition to years of dance training, she has been part of in Dance Teams and competitions throughout high school and College
Lauren is currently studying at the University of California Los Angeles majoring in World Arts and Culture, Dance and Political Science. She hopes her love and passion for this art form will inspire the spirits of young dancers.
Lauren believes that dance training allows personal growth in ones life and is also a tool that can help her students realize the best versions of themselves.
As a professional dancer and aspiring choreographer, Crystal Ruelas believes dance instruction is about more than just movement. She strives to build strong individuals both in, and out of the dance studio.
Through dance, she teaches her students how to think and create for themselves. She fosters not only athletic grace and strength, but personal growth and self confidence.
In addition to teaching and performing, Crystal is also persuing her dance degree at UCLA.