MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS
Studio Director- Yvette Tario
Yvette received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Theatre from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Yvette began her teaching career in 2010 teaching in all dance styles but specializing in Tumbling and Acrobatics. She is best known for touring with Grammy award-winning singer Miguelito, dancing professionally for Norwegian Cruise Line, dancing for Cristina Quinones and opening for recording artist Tyga at the BET Pre-Party Show. Yvette's most recent acting job was with Telemundo in the telenovela Terapia De Amor. Performed at the House of Blues, Universal City Walk and the Staples Center. Her experiences in the industry only make her more motivated to share all of her knowledge and experience with the new upcoming generation of performers! She plans to teach her students as many tools as she can to help shape them into their best selves!
Derrique Daniels- Crew Director
Derrique Daniels is an up and coming choreographer/creative director and dancer. Derrique has traveled to many countries such as China, Switzerland, Amsterdam, Ukraine and Russia to dance and/or teach. He has trained with Chapkis dance for 13 years and was an assistant director before he moved to Los Angeles to further Pursue his dance career. Within his career Derrique has danced on NBC world of dance, America’s got talent, the Late Late show with James Cordan, Coachella with Childish Gambino and many more. Derrique wants to have every job he can with dance such as dancing/creative directing /choreographing for tours, music videos, award shows, movies and even Broadway as well as owning his own dance studio one day. With his success Derrique will lift all financial burdens off of his mother so she is able to retire soon
Bridget Wilson- Company Director
Bridget began dancing at the age of 2. Growing up training in styles such as: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Modern, and Contemporary. She’s been teaching for 13+ years and is so passionate about helping her students grow! She’s traveled all over the world studying and teaching all these forms of dance. From performing at Disneyland, to dancing on shows such as New Girl, to choreographing and dancing in commercials, music videos, and live stage performances, Bridget has a heart and a drive for creating beautiful pieces of work to share with the world. She believes in helping each individual student grow into the artist they’re meant to be!
Desmond Allen-LAS Crew Director
A native of a Chicago, Illinois, Desmond Allen moved to Los Angeles in 2016 Pursuing his dream of dance. Soon after his move, he booked his first industry job as a dancer for Mariah Carey in her Las Vegas Residency. Since then, he has performed with Nicki Minaj, Megan Thee Stallion, Teyana Taylor, Fox’s Empire, Fifth Harmony, Pattie Labelle, Gladys Knight, and Sharaya J. Desmond has years of company and competition experience as well, having joined groups like “Academy of Villains” & “The Puzzle League.” He continues his legacy of inspiration, integrity, and development by being a teacher at LYTE Dance Academy, where he has taught and coached almost 4 years!--
Upon moving out to Los Angeles, she signed with Go2Talent agency under dance and commercial division. Through hard-work and perseverance, Crystal has already accomplished a few of her dreams by working with some great artists in the industry such as Cardi B, Chris Brown, J. Cole, Remy Ma, Busta Rhymes, Shawn Wayans, and more. She made one of her biggest appearances on television working for a tribute to Michael Jackson on Lip Sync Battle on Paramount network. Crystal takes each step with gratitude and only sees this as the beginning of the many accomplishments she will achieve!
From Auburn, AL., MaryKate moved to Atlanta in 2014 to pursue a dancing and acting career. That year she was accepted into Gotta Dance Atlanta’s scholarship program where she trained intensely at over 30 hours a week. During this time she became the youngest member of the prestigious Project 7 dance company under the direction of Cherrise Wakeham. As a Project 7 member, MaryKate performed in an award winning piece at the Capezio A.C.E. Awards in NYC, the show "S.H.E" in Long Beach, CA, and “There Will Be Time” in Atlanta, GA. In 2015 MaryKate discovered a passion for teaching and choreographing. She has had the honor of teaching/choreographing for many dance studios in the east and west coast. MaryKate specializes in jazz, contemporary, stretch/strengthening, hip hop, and improv. In 2017 MaryKate was offered a dance assistant job for Force Dance Tour where she worked along side Blake McGrath, Ricky Palomino,and Chehon Wespi-Tschopp. During her time in Atlanta she studied acting and trained at The Robert Mello Studio. MaryKate was cast in several short films such as "Untapped- With You","KUDZU," Faces, & "The Door". MaryKate moved to Los Angeles in 2019 and since was accepted into Dana Foglia’s 6 week and 3 month program. She also performed at “Carnival” with Dana Foglia Dance. MaryKate is excited to continue pursuing film, dance, fitness, and working as a teacher/choreographer.
Grace is originally from Reno, NV and moved to California to pursue an academic career as well as study dance. Her ballroom experience and training comes from Arthur Murray Ballroom Dance Studios. After teaching there for a year she has begun to further enhance her skills by working towards a major in dance from California Institute of the Arts. She also has training in couples lessons such as wedding dances, group classes, and more. Grace has a passion for learning and while teaching ballroom, has also been practicing yoga since 2013. She specializes in yoga for dancers and vinyasa style classes. With an undying love for movement, she is always enhancing her craft.
Asia Carlton - Vocals
Asia Monae Carlton is a Singer/Songwriter from Chester, PA. Her passion for music started at the age of 3, when she had her first solo in choir. Her gospel choir background gave her an appreciation for music and harmonies. After singing for 12 years in choir, she began writing and recording her own music with Team MAC; a mentor music group in her hometown that focused on spreading positive messages to the youth. Throughout high-school, she served as a mentor and a camp counselor to youth ages 5-13. She majored in Music at Essex County College in Newark, NJ for 3 years and later graduated from AMDA Los Angeles with a BFA in acting. Asia continues to create music and is excited to share her love of music with LYTE Dance Academy.
Marina began her dance training at the age of five. Growing up she trained in ballet, contemporary, modern, lyrical, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop and jazz funk. She has taken part in competition teams as well as a performance teams. At the age of 17, she decided to challenge her love for dance as a choreographer in multiple studios around the San Fernando Valley and has continued to do so for the past six years. She got the opportunity to coach a performance team for 4 years which gave her the experience to work with students of all ages. Marina continued her passion as a dancer by joining the Cal State Northridge Hip Hop team where she now is entering her second year on the team. She strongly believes in using dance as an outlet to express oneself while providing your aspiring dancer with the foundation to grow!