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Dance Image is one of the leading dance studios in the Whittier, LA County Area. At our studio, we aim to encourage a widespread love of dance, and create an inclusive, welcoming environment for all.

All inclusive, all the time

About Dance Image

In business for over 27 years, Dance Image is one of the most established and respected dance studios in Whittier and has become a second home to many children. When you enroll in classes with Dance Image, you become a member of our family. We are very proud of our incredible staff, many of whom began their careers at Dance Image. Instructors are chosen based on the right combination of training, personality, teaching skills and personal values. We are proud to be members of Cecchetti USA, CLI Studios, RWID and YPAD. Dance Image offers classes for the recreational dancer as well as for the serious dancer, at affordable rates. Our Cecchetti Ballet Academy classes are available to students ages 7 and up, and though training can be challenging and time consuming, these students always come away from their exams with a sense of pride and accomplishment. At Dance Image, we also offer classes for children and adults of all ages and abilities, who we call our Dancing Stars. Our Dancing Stars classes are carefully constructed based off of Rhythm Works Integrative Dance, a ground-breaking rhythm and dance program designed for those with learning differences and special needs. We have watched our Dancing Stars thrive and flourish. All of our dancers and Dancing Stars have brought a new light and love to our dance studio through their compassion and the bonds they have built. Our faculty sees ourselves as so lucky to work with so many amazing children every day. We welcome new families and are so grateful to the families that remain loyal to us year after year.

We are looking forward to meeting you and your child and adding you to our Dance Family!

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Our Vision

Dance Image’s vision is to create a dance studio setting while cultivating each dancer’s love for the art of dance, reverence for the instructors experience and knowledge, and a deep respect for themselves and those around them. 

We want to encourage our dancers to aspire to be the best that they can be and instill that drive and desire into their hearts and minds, no matter what profession they choose. 

We strive on our daily journey to encourage our dancers to achieve their personal best through discipline, perseverance and dedication. 

As a diverse and all inclusive dance studio, we are constantly working to instill faith, strength and value in each students’ abilities and what they have to offer as individuals.

Our Dance Image Team

The Dance Image team of accredited and friendly dance instructors are chosen based on the right combination of training, personality, teaching skills and personal values.  Instructors are constantly taking class and working in the business to provide the most current
styles and techniques to our students.

Dance Instructors Whittier

Debbi D. Miller

Owner, Artistic Director
YPAD Certified
RWID Certified
CPR Certified

Debbi D. Miller is the Owner/Director of Dance Image and has been teaching dance for over 36 years.  She began dancing at the age of 4.  Over her career she has studied numerous styles of dance from various studios and teachers.

Dance Instructors Whittier

Elysse Mendoza

Senior Instructor, Assistant Director, Competition Director
YPAD Certified
CPR Certified

Elysse Mendoza, AKA Miss Elysse, has been dancing since the age of 3 years old.  She began her dance education with ballet and tap at Dance Image and over years received extensive training in additional styles such as jazz, hip hop, lyrical, musical theater, stretch and conditioning.

Dance Instructors Whittier

Nichole Bergaidis

Senior Instructor

Nichole began her dance training at the young age of 3, under the direction of Debbi Miller, at Dance Image. For over 20 years, Nichole has taught ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip hop for all ages and levels at Dance Image and Parks and Recreation Departments.

Dance Instructors Whittier

Kathryn Bravo

Senior Instructor
YPAD Certified
CPR Certified

Kathryn Bravo is a versatile professional dancer and artist from Whittier, CA. She is trained in the Cecchetti Ballet Method and is diverse in other dance styles

Dance Instructors Whittier

Jeanette Flores O’Brien

Senior Instructor
YPAD Certified
CPR Certified
PBT & Flexistretcher Certified

Jeanette began her dance training as a young girl under the direction of Debbi Miller, at Dance Image.

Jerry Hernandez

Jerry Hernandez

Instructor

Jerry began taking part in theater and dance during his high school’s production of The Wiz where he would eventually meet and work with Miss Debbie.

Kayla Lynn

Instructor

Kayla Lynn was born and raised in Minnesota, where her mom owned a dance studio.  She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, BFA in Dance Theater at AMDA College of the Performing Arts

Kasidy Kirah

Instructor

From Miami Florida, Kasidy Kirah started dancing at the age of four at Dance Explosion and Young Contemporary Dance Theatre located in Davie and Liberty City Florida. Kasidy has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree with AMDA College of the Performing Arts

Katie Winans

Instructor

Katie was born and raised in Whittier, Californiawhere she began dancing at the age of 4 at Claylee’s Dance Academy and instantly fell in love with dance.
There she trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, and modern.

Jessica Lujan

Jessica Lujan

Instructor
YPAD Certified
CPR Certified

Jessica has been with Dance Image since she was eight years old. She started with ballet and tap classes, and quickly added in lyrical, jazz, hip hop, acrobatics, pointe, and musical theater.

Vita D'Anna-Silva

Customer Service Representative

Vita first became a part of Dance Image in 2018 when she signed her daughter up for dance classes. She has a background in education teaching preschool and has worked in the fashion industry.

Crystal Garcia

Office Manager

Crystal, our newest team member, is a dedicated business management student and is bringing her expertise in management to the Dance Image Team.

Sylvia Touris

Instructor

Sylvia Touris is Colorado born, but Los Angeles raised by her musical theatre loving mother. At the age of 2 Sylvia was involved in the theater world, on stage and off stage. For the past 5 years she has been performing with Disney in Disneyland Resort Parades and with Disney Cruise Line on the Disney Dream.

Marisa Rivera

Instructor

Marisa began her dance training with Claylee’s Dance Academy in Whittier and has been dancing since she was 7 years old. She has been teaching dance for the past 10 years in various styles such as ballet (Cecchetti), jazz, tap, lyrical, and Polynesian.

Arianna Carson

Arianna Carson

Instructor

Arianna Carson is a proud Dance Image alumni where she danced from 2009 to 2020. During her time at Dance Image she studied Cecchetti ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, acrobatics, lyrical, contemporary, and much more!

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