Meet The Team

Susie Grafte

Owner/Founder

Mrs. Ooh La La, Salsa Susie is a professionally trained and world renowned Salsa and Latin Dancer. She has traveled to countless countries and won National awards and competitions. She began OLLDA back in 2008 as a Ladies Latin Dance Team and has grown the studio into what it is today: Ooh La La Dance Academy, Inc. She continues to tour internationally with the Ooh La La Revue and grow the brand. 

Teacher | ALL Styles

Erica Peterson

Studio Director | Choreographer

Erica began dancing at the age of 2. Growing up in Minnesota she trained in all genres of dance including ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, and hip-hop. When she turned 18 she moved out to San Diego and began dancing with various professional companies and showcases. She has been teaching youth and adults for over 10 years specializing in jazz, musical theatre and heels.  She became a main choreographer and teacher of our adult company, Ooh La La Revue in 2016 and became Ooh La La Dance Academy's Program Director in 2018.

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Brittany Jagoe

Competition Director | Choreographer

Brittany began dancing at the age of three at Hype Dance Studio in Chico, CA. She has trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, and tap. At the age of 14, she signed with Bloc Talent Agency in Los Angeles and also began teaching at Hype Dance Studio. At the age of 17 she moved to San Diego for college where she joined the nationally ranked San Diego State Dance Team. Brittany has been teaching at Ooh La La since June 2017 and she currently teaches jazz, tap, musical theatre, hip hop & contemporary.  

Claudia Brower

Teacher | Intro Program

Claudia has been dancing since she was eight. Born and raised in San Diego County, she has trained in several genres of dance including, ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, musical theater, tap and acro. Fun fact: She was on the first team at San Diego State University to win a National Championship. She has been with Ooh La La since October 2017 and she currently teaches jazz, tap, musical theatre, hip hop & contemporary. 

Lynne Rae

Teacher | Turns & Technique

Lynne started her training at the age of three and always dreamed of having her own dance studio. She received her BA from San Diego State University and is a graduate of the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts.

She has trained in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and modern with San Diego Ballet, City Ballet, San Diego Dance Centre, Academy of Performing Arts, San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts and two years at the Boston Ballet Summer Dance Program. She also trained and competed at the International Latin Ballroom with Champion Ballroom for two years.  Lynne was a member of the Corp de Ballet for City Ballet of San Diego and The Westwood Dance Center in Los Angeles. Lynne started her teaching career at the age of fifteen. She has won numerous awards for her choreography and dancing at regional and national competitions. 

 

Lynne loves to share her knowledge and passion of dance with all her students.

Teacher | Choreographer

Gio Castillo

Giovanny is a dancer and choreographer with more than 10 years of experience in the dance industry with training in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Musical Theater, Hip-Hop and more. He studied at Broadway Dance Center in New York, The Edge Performing Arts Center and Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles. Castillo has worked as a Choreographer for XOLOS cheer team Xologirls 2014-2018 in Mexico, Southwestern & Mesa College in San Diego, Mexicana Universal in Mexico, and also in Yanis Marshall World Tour 2018 in Australia as an assistant choreographer.

Gio currently teaches jazz, heels and technique.  He is also a choreographer for Ooh La La Dance Company and our adult program Ooh La La Revue. 

Dafne Krasovsky

PreSchool Director | Teacher

Dafne began dancing at the age of 2. Born in San Diego and trained in Mexico, New York & LA in Ballet , Jazz, Lyrical , Musical Theater , Hip Hop and more. Krasovsky has worked as a choreographer with all ages in private schools in San Diego and Mexico for cheer and dance team. Krasovsky was a cast member in Mamma Mia the musical in Mexico 2016. Also choreographed concerts and TV performances of singer Ricky Lov 2016-2017, performing life as Shirlene Quigley backup dancer in 2017.

Odessa Uno

Ballet Director | Choreographer

Odessa began studying ballet at the age of 9. She eventually branched out to train in modern, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, and tap at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. From there she studied at CalArts in Los Angeles where she earned her BFA in Dance and Choreography. She is an active performer and artist, and is currently a finalist for San Diego Dance Theater’s Young Choreographers Showcase.

She currently teaches ballet, contemporary, jazz and is one of our main choreographers for Ooh La La Dance Company.  She is also our Ballet Program Director and teaches ballet to Preschool all the way through high school levels. 

Brittania Daniella

Teacher | Tap & Adult Barre

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