Originally from Ukraine, Anastasia fell in love with dance at age of 7. Since then, she has studied and performed with various styles of dance such as folk, stage dance, ballet, and lyrical. In 2012, Anastasia obtained her Master’s degree in Choreography and graduated from State Academy of Culture and Arts like a dance artist, choreographer and dance teacher. For 9 years she has been studying and teaching Russian Ballet School, the world-famous Vaganova style. Anastasia practiced dance in Regional Drama and Music Theater in Luhansk, Ukraine and has shared her knowledge and passion to dance with students of various dance schools in Dubai, UAE, as well as showcased choreography for several projects.
If she needed to describe her dance work, the next expression would do it the best,
Dancing is an art.
The floor is my canvas.
And I am the brush.
And whatever I create
Comes from the heart.
Malia started dancing at the age of 3, where she studied classical ballet at Tuzer Ballet for 14 years. She also performs as a guest artist with the Tuzer's in their annual production of ‘The Nutcracker'.
When she graduated from being homeschooled and attended Collin College, she joined the Collin Dance Ensemble and discovered her love for many different styles of dance. Malia was also a member of Dallas Dance Company, where she was able to train and perform around DFW.
Malia graduated from a one-year intensive program in Performing Arts at Tiffany Theatre College in London, England when she was 20. She studied Ballet and Lyrical Jazz with Dilly Greasley, choreographer for the award winning, best selling, West End Show, Billy Elliott and Contemporary and Modern Dance under Matt Flint, recent winner of Britain's Got Talent. Malia's dance experience in London includes opening for the F.A. Cup at Wembley Stadium and Move It! at Olympia in Earl's Court.
She has traveled all over the world dancing for several months professionally on a cruise ship, Ibero's Grand Mistral. As well as performing every night, she was able to travel through northern Europe and explore the islands of the Mediterranean. Her dancing took her to places of the world she never thought she would get to experience, including Morocco, Russia, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, and Amsterdam, to name a few.
Malia was blessed enough to be given the opportunity to spread her love and passion for dance to children of all ages, and has been enjoying every day she is able to teach her love and knowledge of all things dance. She could not do it without the love and support of her wonderful husband, her family and friends. She is grateful everyday that God blessed her with her talents.
Chere Gafney's twirling career began at the age of 8 years old in Crescent, OK. She joined the local twirl and dance studio at the age of 9 where she took ballet, tap, jazz, tumbling, and twirling until graduating from high school.
Chere was a 6 year member of the United States Twirling Association (USTA) registered Orange Blossom Twirl Team under the instruction of Adana Bryant, a former feature twirler for The University of Texas and a USTA judge. She participated in numerous USTA and National Baton Twirling Association (NBTA) twirling competitions and won various awards. Chere has performed locally and statewide at various events and parades. She was the feature twirler for Crescent High School and took private lessons to prepare for solo competitions in one and two baton events for 7 years. Through the years, Chere competed in twirling competitions and pageants winning various individual and team awards. Chere began teaching beginning twirlers at the age of 16 until she graduated high school. Her other activities and interests were head cheerleader, drum major, band member (playing the Flute and French Horn), choir member, and homecoming queen. Chere participated in the Miss Black Oklahoma State University Pageant her sophomore year in college, performing a combination twirl/dance routine for the talent portion of the competition.
Chere started McKinney All Star Twirlers in October 2011 and taught baton twirling at McKinney Dance Academy for 4 years. For 3 years she taught the Pre-Combo classes at MDA as well as the Heart and Sole dance class. This is her 6th year teaching the Cornerstone Dancers.
She is married to Chris Gafney and has two beautiful children, Jordan and Cherra.
Chere is excited to be to be teaching at DT Dance PAC to continue the development of successful and self-confident dancers.
Originally from Orange County, CA, Makala Marty moved to Los Angeles in 2015 to pursue a professional career in dance. Growing up as a competitive dancer, she is diverse in many styles of dance including contemporary, jazz funk, hip hop, jazz, ballet, and more. In the beginning of 2016, Makala signed with Go 2 Talent Agency. Since signing, she has appeared in a number of videos and has had the chance to work with some of the industry's top choreographers. Her favorite job to date was representing the United States at Dance2Dance in Zurich, Switzerland under the direction of Jerome Alexander.
After two years in Los Angeles, Makala moved back to her hometown of Orange County to further pursue her passion for teaching and choreographing. She taught at various studios and showcased choreography at high schools across the Southern California area. She also had the opportunity to travel the past few summers, teaching at intensives across Canada and the Austin Texas area.
Makala just recently relocated to the Dallas area. She is excited to continue pursuing her passion of teaching and educating the next generation of dancers. She is really looking forward to starting her first season at DT Dance PAC.