MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS
Browse below and learn a little more about your instructors here at Kitty Kompound
Nicole Kirkland is a professional dancer, choreographer and instructor in LA. Originally from the Bay Area, she received her training in studios, dance companies, and conventions.
On the industry side, Nicole has choreographed for Prince, Chris Brown, Iggy Azalea, Daddy Yankee, Nicole Scherzinger, Gwen Stefani, Mario, Neyo, NBC World of Dance, Rubi Rose, Hyolyn & more.
Nicole’s versatile, story-driven style keeps her classes packed and her work schedule filled as she travels worldwide to provide her expertise to dance students, studios and artists alike.
Learn with Nicole here
Destiny Vaughan is from Nashville Tennessee where she begin dancing at a very young age. She took her talents to the DMV where she started her brand “Fulfill Your Destiny”. Now residing in LA, she has worked among amazing artists like Ciara, Chris Brown, A Boogie, YG, PartyNextDoor, Da Baby, & many more.
Melissa Barlow is the creator and founder of her own heels class BaddieLanguage. Melissa has trained heavily in ballet, jazz and contemporary which shows through in her heels choreography.
From turns, to flexibility and tricks she continues to push the boundaries of what can be done in a heel. She travels the world teaching BaddieLanduage to all dancers who want to embrace themselves, push their limits and love their bodies.
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Adison Briana specializes in flexibility training and floorwork-style dance. Here at Kitty Kompound, you’ll be able to learn floorwork-based heels choreography and stretch your splits and backbends with her. She is here to help you tune into your femininity and feel sexy and free!
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Janeeva Pettway is twenty-thique years old! She’s been a professional dancer since 2017 and has toured with Jason Derulo for 5 years. Her other credits include dancing for Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Saweetie, Tyga, Quavo, Ludacris, Meghan Trainor, City Girls, Karol G and more.
She’s also choreographed for Jason Derulo, Nicki Minaj and Kanye West!
She specializes in grooves, hip isolations, body rolls, confidence and just overall vibes… and that’s what this queen will be teaching all of you on Kitty Kompound!
Learn with Janeeva here
Ariyana Galindo is a NorCal native from the small town of Stockton, California! Ariyana began her dance journey at the age of 7 and grew up learning ballet, jazz, hip-hop, jazz funk, contemporary, lyrical and more at her local dance studios. In 2021, Ariyana was signed to the talent agency MSA and within that same year she booked her first professional dance job. Since then she’s danced on Jimmy Kimmel, at Coachella with Shenseea, and has hit the big stage at the VMA’S for Nicki Minaj’s Vangaurd Performance. Ariyana currently resides in Los Angeles, pursuing her dream life she has always imagined living. Ariyana lives by the words “It’s not about where you come from it’s about how hard and determined you are to work for it!”
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This is Deja Carter, professional dancer, choreographer and CEO of Love N Artistry. She was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA before migrating to Los Angeles, CA to build her dream career.
She’s worked with some of the biggest names in the game from Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj, Lil Baby, City Girls, Megan Thee Stallion, Chris Brown, plus more.
Over the years she’s built a name for herself on social media based on content creation, teaching and touring.
Learn with Deja here
From New Jersey to LA, Deanna Leggett has worked with a number of prominent artists from Mario, Cardi B, Daddy Yankee, Becky G, Hyolyn & many more!
Her tutorials specialize in stage presence & camera performance quality. Deanna lights the dance floor on fire… & now you can too!
Learn with Deanna here
Natalie Kirkland is a professional cheer team choreographer and former NFL cheerleader. She’s choreographed for teams and organizations like San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush, Clippers Spirit Dance Team, Nike, Pro Action Dance, UCLA, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and the United Spirit Association. Her mission is to cultivate the bridge between traditional pro cheer programs & mindset with the ever-evolving entertainment industry standards and style. You can find her teaching her bi-weekly class in Los Angeles, PRO CHEER LA!
Learn with Natalie here
Claudia Renee is an international pole artist who started her career in 2009. Her first experience was love at first sight.
Claudia has trained celebrity clients including, Victoria’s Secret Model, Bianca Balti, and actresses, Lily Rose Depp & Constance Wu. She was also a hired pole trainer on the film Hustlers, starring Jennifer Lopez. From working on movie sets, choreographing pole pieces for various Hollywood music videos, and traveling to over 15 countries to teach her craft, Claudia has made a name for herself in the community.
Aside from all of her accomplishments, she has a true passion for teaching Basework, which involves dancing around the base of the pole with fluidity and precision.
Learn with Claudia here
Ivan Marić is a professional dancer & teacher from Amsterdam. He has worked with A-list artists like Chris Brown, The weeknd, Xtina, Mariah Carey and many more.
Ivan has also been an active fitness enthusiast for over a decade and is a multiple certified NASM Coach. He builds his workout routines around sports he has actively trained in; like dance and boxing.
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Alissa began her photography career 10 years ago. She now runs a successful photo studio in Los Angeles where she specializes in head shots and portraits for artists. She gained her Bachelor of Fines Arts in both Dance and Photography in 2016 from Chapman University. Her love of and knowledge in both fields has gained her much acclaim in the industry where she is sought out by LA’s top artists. Her credits include: inStyle Magazine, ELLE, Dance Magazine, i-D, MALVIE and others.