Carla Garippo has been a dedicated dance teacher and choreographer for various dance studios, companies, and competitive teams throughout the Chicago land area prior to the start of Center Stage Academy of Dance. She has performed in The Chicago Tribune Charities Nutcracker at The Arie Crown Theater and was a principal dancer of Ruth Page’s Civic Ballet Company of Chicago. She is a former company member of Hip Hop ConnXion and The Chicago Honey Bears. In 2006, Carla moved to Los Angeles, California where she became a part of Hip Hop International and also furthered her dance training at Millennium, Debbie Reynolds, and The Edge dance studios. She is currently a dancer and choreographer for The New Invaders Ultimate 60s Flashback Show as well for recording artists Athena Jade and Laylah. Carla was selected to choreograph a Flash Mob for Resound at The Chicago Theater this past April. Her other performance opportunities include The Oprah 24th Anniversary Flash Mob with The Black Eyed Peas, Dirty Dancing, Carnaval at The Victor Hotel, Dance Chicago, MTVs Sweet 16, as well as various music videos and concerts. She has performed and traveled all over and is currently the Dance Coordinator at The Riverside Casino in Iowa. Carla has been a talented emcee and choreographer performing at Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and currently opened The Funk Factory with Roberta where talent is booked for any kind of event. She is recently a new Zumba instructor and is so happy to share her passion for dance with her dancers here at Center Stage Academy of Dance.