LA's Premier Westside Dance Studio

Lauren Elliott grew up in West Chester, PA where she studied dance at the Chester Valley Dance Academy, The Dance Center, and The Rock School West.  After performing for The Brandywine Ballet Company, she joined the Philadelphia based modern company Opus 1 Contemporary.  Following that she continued studying at Koresh Dance Studio and at the University of the Arts.  Lauren went on to perform for the MLL Philadelphia Wings Dance Team while teaching, choreographing, and performing at Mixturez Dance Studio in Honeybrook, PA.  Currently, she is persuing her dream as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer in Los Angeles..

Shannon Gaffneygrew up studying all styles of dance at The Dance Center, The Rock School West, and Harrison Dance Studios in her home town of West Chester, PA.  After performing with the Brandywine Ballet Company, she went on to continue her training at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  In 2005, she performed professionally for the MISL Philadelphia Kixx and The Barrage Dance Team.  In 2008, she moved to Los Angeles where she became a Pure Barre Instructor at the Brentwood location.  Shannon continues to teach, perform, and choreograph in the Los Angeles area.

DLA Youth Faculty

Traci Swartz grew up dancing at Spotlight Studio of Dance in Millersville, MD, under the direction of Winnette McGovern. She trained extensively and competed in all styles of dance including jazz, contemporary, ballet, hip-hop and tap. Traci continued her education at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. She has had the pleasure of training under esteemed industry professionals including Galen Hooks, Travis Wall, Laura Edwards, Desmond Richardson, and Jon Rua. Traci was a dancer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, danced with FKA Twigs on the Radiant Me2 Tour and was most recently cast as the feature dancer in The Band Perry’s new music video “Stay in the Dark”. Traci teaches and choreographs for many studios across the country including Rage Box Contemporary Dance Center, E-Street Dance Academy, Spotlight Studio of Dance and DanceLineLA. She has also choreographed for the nationally ranked Rutgers University Dance Team. Traci adjudicates for Impact Adjudicators and StarQuest International Dance Competition. Currently, Traci resides in Los Angeles, CA and is continuing her professional dance career represented by The Movement Talent Agency.

Daralina KomarA native Jersey Girl, Daralina has been a professional performer and choreographer for over fifteen years. Starting her career in the New York City musical theater scene as a dancer and singer, Daralina has performed on some of the world's most recognizable stages, including Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, and the Paris Opera House. After completing a Masters Degree in Social Science Education from Columbia University, Daralina began competing as a ballroom dancer in the international standard and latin styles. A fateful encounter with a casting director at a competition introduced Daralina to the film and television world and eventually brought her to Los Angeles in 2010 where she continued to professionally perform and teach in both ballroom and commercial style dance.  As a choreographer, Daralina has choreographed for film and television (Gossip Girl, Casey and the Hollow Beat), music videos (Kat Graham, artist), PSA's (The Disney Channel), and musicals (The Producers, Man of La Mancha, Little Shop of Horrors, and Oklahoma! for which she was a 2005 Rising Star Award nominee for Achievement in Choreography). NY and LA film and television performance credits include: Gossip Girl, White Collar, Royal Pains, Dancing With the Stars, the People's Choice Awards, and the film Black Swan (2010). A dance teacher since 2001, Daralina loves to pass on her love and passion for dance to others; she's always made it her priority as a teacher to make students feel confident and comfortable while learning how to dance in a fun, upbeat, positive and supportive environment.