Coach Danielle Luna Braithwaite

Danielle Luna Braithwaite began her dance training with some of the industry’s top professionals. She joined Youth America Ballet at age 11 and began competing with local competition teams. She earned her classical ballet training with Victor and Tatiana Kasatsky, former principals of the Moscow Classical Ballet in Russia. After training as a classical and commercial dancer for eight years, Miss Luna began dancing with the SCHS Dance Team, her team earned four national titles. In 2006, Danielle was one of seventy-five dancers selected internationally to study with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City where she continued training in ballet, jazz, contemporary, and modern. Throughout her training, Danielle competed as a soloist at the regional and national level and earned several overall awards and titles. In 2009, she was accepted as 1 of only 25 freshmen into the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) Dance Department, which ranks in the top 10 in North America and has a degree in Communications and Dance. She remains a member of the CSULB National Society of Collegiate Scholars for undergraduate students who academically rank in the top 20%. She has also earned her Master’s Degree in Education from National University, and is currently seeking a teaching credential in Physical Education with an emphasis in Dance. Danielle’s classical and commercial training has inspired her to train well-rounded students who involve themselves in several forms of dance, and continues to produce award-winning pieces of choreography, including choreography for the University of Oregon. She is also a member of the Varsity Dance Cast, where she meets yearly with other high school and collegiate dance team coaches from around the country to provide consultation for all Varsity dance brands in regards to scoresheets, summer camps, event venues, etc. Her students have achieved many overall and special judge’s awards throughout various regional and national competitions. She also continues to win several choreography awards throughout various dance competitions. Danielle continues to produce exceptional dancers and pieces and hopes to continue in her successful career in choreography and dance education.