Nicole Mathis-Burman

Nicole Mathis-Berman is the Founder/Artistic Director of White Crane Dance Theatre with the mission to create environments that inspire and nurture the human being. She holds a MFA in Choreography, a M.ED in cross-cultural diverse learning, and a BFA in Dance and Performance. Nicole has built a successful curriculum for over 20 private/public dance programs. She is a certified Conscious Yoga teacher, the Lead Instructor for the yoga/mindfulness program at SAGE, (Social and Gender Equity) Magnet and Multi-Cultural Dance Specialist at Millikan Performing Arts Magnet in Sherman Oaks, CA. Additionally, she is a member of Halau Hula ‘O Hoaloha with Kumu Maile Frauchiger and performs with Mosaique Directed by Stefanya the owner of L.A. Bellydance Academy. Her professional dance and choreography career also includes working with: La Danserie, Media City Ballet, City Ballet of Los Angeles, Ballet Pacifica, Ballet Theatre International, and Pacific American Ballet Theater to name a few. Nicole’s awards include National Artist Teacher Fellowship, Arts School’s Network Outstanding Arts School Alumni Award, and Honored Teacher’s Award.

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L. A. Bellydance Academy
5.0
Based on 33 reviews
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Dorna Sakurai
Dorna Sakurai
01:22 04 Sep 20
Best dance school. Great teachers
Karen Elias
Karen Elias
16:22 14 Mar 20
They have really good dance teachers. And a Belly Dance Boutique !! I much prefer shopping for costume pieces in... person rather than online !!!read more
Mary Hart
Mary Hart
23:42 02 Mar 20
This place is amazing! The instructors are not only super-talented, but they pick you up where you’re at, whether... you’re experienced or a beginner. Instructor “Sarah Alma” is amazing, and really helps you understand the moves.Great studio & central location. Only setback, is that you really have to allow yourself enough time to find street parking, when you go. Great pricing, too! Go try this place out!read more
Gisel A Costa
Gisel A Costa
23:12 08 Dec 19
Had my first beginner bellydance level 1 class and thought it was so much fun. They had an actual percussionist... performing while we were learning. Instructor incorporated the importance of posture with feet alignment and broke down the moves. It was an amazing experience that I signed up for the intro classes beginning in January. Would love to learn more and can't wait to start. They also have a cute boutique upstairs. read more
Olivia Soofi
Olivia Soofi
23:38 29 Jan 19
I came here for Arabic style dance classes and was pleased to find that LABA also offers Persian dance classes. I'm... half Persian, so I have an idea of what Persian dance is but definitely wanted to learn more. To be honest, I was a little bit nervous going to this class but I had the best time there. The class had a mixture of all sorts of people, other Iranians and people from other cultures who didn't have a background in Persian dance. The teacher was so nice and kept everyone on the same page. She kept the class moving a lot and I felt like I got a workout as well. These classes were a blast and I definitely got better over time. The teacher also provided nice choreography at the end of the class. Would recommend to anyone who is interested in Persian dance.read more
Sam Benjamin
Sam Benjamin
17:07 06 Aug 18
Corina is the best. If we can give her 6 stars, we would. She showed up right on time, was beautifully dressed, her... music was terrific and she wowed the crowd. She was an infusion of joy, energy and fun into our Baby's party. Everyone absolutely loved her. Even the shyest of people got up and danced with her. She will be our regular entertainer for all parties to come.Hire this lady, it would be your best party decision ever. Thank you so very much Corina !!!read more
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