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Daniel Bramlet
Owner

Played baseball, soccer, and basketball throughout his youth, but at 13 was signed up for a Jazz class by his mother, and he's been dancing ever since. Dan quickly became an accomplished dancer in the studios of Phoenix, AZ as he amassed many awards and scholarships both regionally and nationally for his talents. His extensive training in Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, & Contemporary created a well rounded dancer adept in many styles. Early on in AZ Dan performed in award shows, as a Member of the WNBA Phoenix Mercury Hip Hop Squad, and on stage with Dance Theatre West. All the while Dan was teaching at numerous colleges, high schools, and dance studios sharing his passion for dance wherever he went.
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Heather Mattheisen
Owner

started tap dancing in Phoenix, Arizona at the age of three. It wasn't until fifteen that she began to study and train in hip hop, jazz, lyrical, and ballet. Five years later she was accepted into the EDGE Performing Art Center Scholarship Program and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a professional dancer. Signed with MSA talent agency, Heather has performed and worked with many of the industry's leading choreographers, including Gregg Russell, Cindera Che, Mecca Andrews, JT Horenstein, Andre Fuentes, Vino Perez, Rei Aoo, Leslie Scott, and many others. She was a member of Rei Aoo's Dance Planet and is currently in Gregg Russell's Tap Sounds Underground professional tap company. Heather's true passion is choreography and teaching. Along with her business partner Dan Bramlet, Heather owns Wild Card Dance Company, a children's dance studio, in Agoura Hills, CA. In addition, she is currently on faculty at EDGE Performing Arts Center as a tap instructor. She has choreographed for stage productions such as Annie for the young Artists Ensemble as well as several award winning competition routines. Heather has also taught for the California Dance Institute, a non-profit organization that helps underprivileged, inner city kids find hope through dance. She continues to teach master classes in multiple states and aspires to be a mentor to children through art. Her high energy, sense of humor and passion make her class a truly unique experience.
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Charles Wheat
Hip Hop

began his career of over 12 years after assisting backstage during a production of the musical “Fiddler on the Roof”. After realizing that he was destined to perform and create shows of his own he explored his love of dance where he has enjoyed the privilege of dancing with artists such as Celine Dion, T-boz (of T.L.C), Salt N Pepa, and Thelma Houston. He’s appeared on TV shows like American Dreams and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as well as two NBC movies of the week The Little Richard Story and The 60's, even appearing in a National Pepsi commercial. Charles made his acting debut in the feature film Love Don’t Cost a Thing with Nick Cannon and Christina Milian. To add to his experience he performed as a dancer/singer on Royal Caribbean's “Viking Serenade”.

Charles has had the opportunity to work with many great choreographers like Vince Patterson, Troy Christian, Shanda Sawyer, High Hat, Rosero and Jamal, Courtney Miller and even assisting Neisha Folkes. On his own he has choreographed for artists such as Brian Mcknight, Immature (IMX), Smooth and Tony Haris. He’s also choreographed shows which have appeared at the Henry Fonda Theater, Bowers Museum, and L.A.’s Key Club in Hollywood.

Charles has a love for the Hip Hop and Jazz styles of dance, but is very inspired by the works of Alvin Ailey, Bob Fosse, and various cultural styles of dancing. Broadway musicals have also influenced Charles, and his work much like the musicals seek to tell a story. He works best when incorporating all that he has learned and been exposed to over the years into his art, while trying to reach his audiences and inspire them to feel as well as be entertained.
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Wild Card Dance Instructor

Odin Rock
Breaking

An accomplished physical poet, actor, and graphic designer who comes to Wild Card Dance Co from Phoenix, Arizona. Odin has made a name for himself as a member of FURIOUS STYLES CREW & former member of ROCK STEADY CREW performing and competing in England, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Mexico, and across the United States. You can find Odin in music videos for artists such as Christina Aguilera, Keke Palmer, Houston, Nate Dogg, Chingy, Floetry, & Mos def. He has been featured in commercials for McDonald's, Reebok, K-Swiss, & K-Mart as well as industrial commercials for Toyota, Adidias, & Sketchers. Odin Rock has performed along side many of the Breaking community's greatest and most influential artists, and he is now excited to share his talents with all of his students at Wild Card Dance Co.
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Shayan Safar

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Julie Kohno
Jazz

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Heather Phillips
Jazz/Ballet

is originally from the East Coast. Heather began dancing at the age of two at her mother's studio. She studied all forms of dance, and soon branched out to train at various studios including The Rock School for Ballet, Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet, and Broadway Dance Center. After graduating from a performing arts high school, she was accepted into the Edge Performing Arts Center 1 year scholarship Program and made the move to Los Angeles. Heather has since signed with an agent and gone on to make a career in the company world, teaching, and the tv/film side of dance. Some of Heather's credits include: A principle dancer in the movie FAME-The Next Generation, High School Musical 2, The Cheetah Girls 2,Rihanna's SOS music video, an upcoming episode of CBS' The Cleaner, Your Mama Don't Dance on Lifetime, CATS, Philipino Magic World Tour, Aida, and various ballets including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Giselle. She was a member of Odyssey Dance Theater's 2006 to 2007 season in which she toured the US and Germany. Her repertoire includes works by Mia Michaels, Dee Caspary, and Mandy Moore, and full length shows of Let it Be, Thriller, Moulin Rouge and It's A Wonderful Life. In 2008 while living in NY, Heather began teaching advanced contemporary classes at Broadway Dance Center. She is currently back in LA and working with Josie Walsh's contemporary ballet company Myo Kyo, as well as continuing to work in the commercial world.
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Tania Hoyt
Jazz/Ballet

Tania comes from a family of entertainers. Her mother was a trained concert pianist and a singer. Her father was a singer and an actor, on film and on Broadway. Tania has trained in dance, theater, and commercial/film acting. She sang and danced in a performing group called Edwards OnStage Kids for many years. Tania was, most recently, in a commercial for Hilton Hotels. Tania began her dance training more than 35 years ago, in ballet, jazz and tap. She trained extensively in ballet and point with Dan Durrie, of Boston Ballet and Joffrey Ballet. Tania became a member of his company and performed all over the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles areas. Tania’s training also includes, Joe Tremaine, Douglas Caldwell, Barry Lather, Marcea Lane, and Dennon Rawles. Tania has been teaching dance for more than 15 years, all levels, all ages, all genres. Tania choreographed and acted as director for many competing companies throughout the past 15 years. Tania is also twice certified in Pilates Mat, certified in Sport Yoga, and teaches Ballet Barre classes at many gyms throughout the Ventura County and LA County areas for the past 9 years. Tania has also been a member of the adjunct faculty at Cal Lutheran University for the past 11 years and instructs a course in the Exercise Science Department.
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Laurie LeBlanc

Born in upstate New York and raised in Delaware and Central Pennsylvania, Laurie LeBlanc's ballet training included Michael Lopuszanski, Harry Asmus, Chérie Noble, and for her final three years of training, Marcia Dale Weary, director of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. At the age of sixteen, after two summers in American Ballet Theatre's summer scholarship class, Ms. LeBlanc joined Pennsylvania Ballet, where she spent the next 7 years in Philadelphia, under the artistic direction of Benjamin Harkarvy and then Ricky Weiss.

During that time she worked with such notable choreographers as Benjamin Harkarvy, Merce Cunningham, John Butler, Peter Martins, Choo San Goh, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, and Peter Anastos. Ms. LeBlanc was cast in many Balanchine ballets including Concerto Barocco, Allegro Brilliante, Four Temperaments, Serenade, Scotch Symphony, Pas de Dix, Raymonda, Rubies, Western Symphony, Stars and Stripes, and Divertimento #15, dancing featured roles in many of them, as well as in Paul Taylor's Arden Court, David Lichine's Graduation Ball, Merce Cunningham's Arcade and Benjamin Harkarvy's Recital for Cello and Eight Dancers.

After leaving PA Ballet, Ms. LeBlanc joined Pacific Ballet Theatre (which later became Oregon Ballet Theatre) in Portland, Oregon, under the direction of James Canfield. During her four years there she performed soloist and principal roles in José Limon's Moor's Pavane, Charles Bennett's Albinoni Adagio, Joseph Wyatt's Violin Concerto, Phillip Jerry's Cabachon, Dennis Spaight's Gloria and Rhapsody in Blue, James Canfield's Romeo and Juliet and many others, as well as choreographing five ballets for the company. From 1997-1998 she served as the company's Acting Artistic Director and upon James Canfield's return the following season, became the company's Resident Choreographer and taught company class, at the same time serving as a part-time faculty member of Portland State University.

Following a short period of time in Phoenix, AZ dancing with Ballet Arizona, she moved to New York and landed a position in the touring company of Andrew Lloyd Weber's Phantom of the Opera, continuing as a swing with the show on Broadway and both of the touring companies after leaving the road. She also worked at Paper Mill Playhouse as a Dance Captain and dancer in Brigadoon, and in Nicholas Hytner's National Tour of Carousel.

Ms. LeBlanc has called southern California her home for the last 16 years and has been teaching in the San Fernando Valley for most of that time.
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Caroline Kautzman

Caroline began dancing at the age of three in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was immediately hooked. Upon moving to Southern California at age 10, Caroline began training in Russian technique with Eva Pokorny at Ballet Arts. In middle school Caroline was accepted via national audition tour to the summer program at the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet. At the summer intensive in Philadelphia, Caroline had the opportunity to train with many former and current New York City Ballet dancers, and fell in love with Balanchine choreography and methodology. Although she performed and competed in other styles of dance, including jazz and lyrical, her eventual decision to focus on ballet and Balanchine technique led her to Westside Ballet in Santa Monica, where she was taught by Yvonne Mounsey, Rosemary Valaire, and Nader Hamed.

As a member of Westside Ballet, Caroline enjoyed performing principal and soloist roles in many ballets, including The Nutcracker, Valse Fantasie, Serenade, and Paquita. Caroline was accepted with scholarship offers to various summer programs, including San Francisco Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballet West, and the Kirov Ballet's program in Washington, D.C. . At 17, Caroline was invited to remain with Pennsylvania Ballet to pursue a career in ballet, but chose the college experience instead, heading to Stanford University.

While at Stanford, Caroline spent 2 years with Stanford Ballet Repertory, under the direction of Kristine Elliot, and had the pleasure of performing around the Bay Area, dancing principal roles in classical works, Balanchine ballets, and pieces by international guest choreographers. While working post-college and attending business school at the University of Notre Dame, Caroline continued to take class regularly. Her teaching career began with Carmel Academy of Performing Arts in Carmel, CA, where she taught pre-professional ballet and adult ballet classes. Caroline enjoys sharing the beauty, expression, and musicality of ballet with all ages, and is excited to join the faculty of Wildcard Dance Company.
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Wild Card Dance Instructor

Ali Rosenstein
Tap

Originally hailing from New Jersey, Ali was raised for the latter part of her life in Oldsmar, FL. She began her dance training at the age of 9, and has since become well versed in various idioms, including jazz, tap, hip hop, ballet, musical theater and contemporary. Her training has led her to work with many inspiring choreographers and teachers, and she has had the opportunity to train at some remarkable venues including the NYSO Tap Kids Summer Intensive, the prestigious Broadway Theater Project and as a summer intern at Broadway Dance Center, where she studied intensively with members of the esteemed faculty. 

Ali has established herself as an inspiring master teacher and upcoming choreographer throughout the country, having taught and choreographed works for various studios in New York, New Jersey, Florida and even Oklahoma City University.

She  received her B.S. in American Dance Pedagogy from Oklahoma City University, where she performed as a member of the American Spirit Dance Co., as well as in various stage productions throughout her time there. She recently became a member of Gregg Russell's Tapsounds Underground, and her professional credits include both theatrical and commercial venues, including "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition", a promotional video for the film "Step Up 3D", the modern company "Body Threads" in NYC, "Good Day Tampa Bay", several showcases and variety stage shows including "Home for the Holidays" and the "Bound For Broadway Singers Showcase" in NYC, as a featured tap dancer on the new FOX TV show, "Mobbed", and most recently as a "Sophisticated Lady" at the legendary Cotton Club in NYC with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, which gave her the opportunity to perform with other tap greats Jason Samuel Smith and Chloe Arnold at the 23rd Annual Tap Extravaganza.

In addition,Ali has recently moved to LA from NYC to pursue a career in dancing, singing and acting,  and continues to explore her passion for performing and the joy of dance education, striving to bring a unique and fun philosophy into her classroom.
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Debi Poppen

Debi has been a part of the Conejo Valley’s dance community for over twenty years. Growing up in Conejo, she was a member of the Thousand Oaks High School dance and drill team. When her daughter entered the world of dance almost as soon as she could walk, Debi became an active dance parent, and later managed several local studios. Seeking to pass on her knowledge and experience to a new generation, Debi founded the Agoura High School Competition Dance Team in 2007. Serving as team director for five years, she led the girls and boys to countless victories at numerous dance competitions, as well as putting on successful showcases. Debi is extremely passionate about dance, and loves to contribute to the talented artists in the community.