Nicole Cohen

Owner and Artistic Director

Nicole brings over 25 years of experience to Rise Academy of Dance.  She has taught and choreographed extensively throughout California for the past 13 years, and she spent 9 seasons coaching the UCLA Dance Team from 2008-2017. 

Nicole has extensive training in a variety of dance styles including Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary and Musical Theater Jazz.  She graduated from UCLA in 2006 with a B.A. in World Arts and Cultures, concentrating on Dance Studies.  While attending UCLA, Nicole spent three years on the Dance Team, serving as Captain and cheering on her fellow Bruins at all of the home football and basketball games. She also worked in the television and film industry, appearing in several movies, a TV series, and commercials for Fox Sports and the Lexus Gauntlet.


Upon graduation, Nicole moved to Boston where she spent a year performing as an inaugural member of the Celtics Dancers.  When she returned to California, Nicole continued her career with the NBA, dancing for the Los Angeles Clippers Spirit for four seasons.  In addition to her five years with the NBA, Nicole has performed with Rihanna, Cee Lo Green, and Lenny Kravitz at the 2011 All-Star Game, as well as taken part in international performances in Hong Kong, Beijing, Xi’an and Mexico City.  Her choreography credits include routines for the UCLA Dance, Cheer, and Mascot Teams, the Los Angeles Clippers Spirit and Jr. Jam Teams, the Laker Girls, the UCI Dance Team, the Anaheim Bolts Dancers and the Tokyo Apache Dance Team to name a few. Many of her students have gone on to dance professionally with the Los Angeles Clippers Spirit, Laker Girls, Rams Cheerleaders, and most recently, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.


In 2015, Nicole founded her own business, Rise Academy of Dance, in Redondo Beach.   This was a long-time dream for Nicole, and she is excited for the journey to come.  


Dance has always played a significant role in Nicole’s life, and she hopes to instill her passion for dance in her students


Arlin Busano 

Arlin Busano, a native from Honolulu, Hawaii started her early dance training at a competitive studio from age 5 studying various styles such as hula, Tahitian, Jazz, tap, ballet/pointe and hip-hop. She was later a member of the Diamond Head Theatre Shooting Stars, a musical theatre repertoire. While involved with Musical Theatre, Busano furthered her training at 24-VII Danceforce where she focused on contemporary, hip-hop, and jazz funk art forms. She was also a company member at 24-VII and trained under many Hawaii dance superstars such as Mark Kanemura, Alicia Vela-Bailey, and Gil Duldulao.


Busano moved to Tyler, Texas in 2007 and trained at Artistic Dance Concepts where she was part of Freedom Company. Throughout the entirety of her dance training, Busano has attended numerous dance competitions and conventions. She was awarded with the Pulse on Tour Protégé scholarship for three non-consecutive years where she was able to assist choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Cris Judd and Brian Friedman. Busano attended Kilgore College where she was a part of the World Famous Kilgore College Rangerettes. She served as a Swingster for two years, and was Right End Lieutenant her sophomore year. Her performances as a Rangerette would include the Cotton Bowl Classic Festivities, Dallas Cowboys Games, 70th Anniversary for Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, and the Black Tie and Boots Ball for the second Inauguration of President Obama in Washington D.C.


After her accomplishments as a Rangerette, Busano finished her studies at Texas State University in San Marcos and graduated in 2016 with a BFA in Performance and Choreography. During her years at Texas State, she was on Merge, a pre-professional dance company, performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with Trey Songz, and has worked with Justin Giles and the Soul Escape Company. Busano currently travels around Texas to choreograph at dance studios and high school drill/dance teams. She is also affiliated with Encore Creative Productions, Spirit of America, and West Coast Elite Dance. Busano is very excited and grateful to be an instructor at Rise Academy of Dance.

Cameron Graham



Born in Los Angeles, CA, Cameron was always an entertainer at heart. Growing up in the Compton area of Los Angeles, he was fascinated with the dance moves of Michael Jackson, Usher and Omarion, and he wanted to move just like they did. After seeing the movie "You Got Served" he took notice of world known choreographer Dave Scott and decided to take hip hop dance more seriously. When he moved to Missouri, he joined a dance crew that formed at his high school. After winning talent shows, dance contests and performing for a local hip hop artist, Cameron decided to take his dance passion to the next level. At the age of 21 he moved to Oklahoma City, OK to learn more about contemporary and hip hop.  He began teaching dance classes, and soon formed the dance crew/company known as Band Of Misfits. Since then,Cameron has traveled the states as well as overseas to China learning, dancing, and teaching.


Cameron has been able to showcase some of his talents in events such as World Of Dance, Chris Brown's F.A.M.E tour as a pre-show act, as a co-choreographer on the "Bad Girl" music video for artist Cameron McBeth, and he has taught for dance conventions such as The Streetz and Soul de Soul.  He is now working on more projects with Band Of Misfits and other personal dance projects and is a member of the MOB Dance Company. He is currently a hip hop instructor and competition choreographer and teaches master classes in different cities around the US. Today, Cameron is still pursuing his passion as a dancer and choreographer as well as an actor and home cook.

Lauren Goodman

Lauren Goodman is a contemporary ballet dancer and instructor from Ohio. She grew up dancing classical ballet but broadened her training while dancing at Wright State University as a dance major. While at Wright State she danced in Dayton Ballet's second company, where she performed alongside the main company. After sophomore year Lauren was invited to be a trainee at Alonzo King Lines Contemporary Ballet Company in San Francisco and danced there for a year. Currently, Lauren has been guest teaching all over the country, as well as studying to become a physical therapist who specializes in working with dancers. Lauren is super excited to join the Rise dance family!

Emilee Iuvara

Emilee grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where she studied ballet, jazz, pointe and contemporary at Broadway Bound Dance Centre. She was accepted to train with Wright State University’s Dance Program and spent two years training extensively in modern, jazz and ballet. Emilee finished her Bachelor of Fine Arts’ degree at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. She worked closely with the Fosse Legacy Company, Koresh Dance Company, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Studio Wayne McGregor. Emilee has also collaborated with well-known dance photographer and videographer, Josh Rose, on multiple collaborations in Los Angeles. Most recently, Emilee has begun teaching at RISE Academy of Dance in Redondo Beach, California. Emilee has also joined Geometry Dance Company’s Second Company and is currently training with them. Emilee is currently living in Long Beach, California!

Mel St. Cyr

Mel St. Cyr is a native from New Hampshire and has been dancing for 19 years. Her training and experience has included Alvin Ailey Summer intensive, Joffrey Ballet School, and consistent training at The Jeannette Neill Dance Studio in Boston, MA. She has also been a part of professional groups such as Boston Community Dance Project, The Concept Artists, Static Noyze Dance Company, IMMABEAST, Rhythm City Ent. and Project Nailz attending major events like World of Dance, NYC Carnival Choreographer's Ball, and Prelude Urban Dance Competition. Her training has also brought her performance opportunities to be involved in Rolling Loud NYC, Rhythm City’s: Cosmological Warriors China Tour, Broadway in Boston: Dirty Dancing, NYC Dance Parade, and National Dance Day broadcasted on FOX's So You Think You Can Dance! Mel has also enjoyed assisting at major dance conventions and teaching at various dance studios around the New York area. working with artists like Chinese Kitty, Lil Mama, Sarah-Katarina "SKooJ", Alonzo Williams, DOMO, Ari B, 4ward Productions, and McCarthy Visuals has brought Mel to where she currently teaches and trains in Los Angeles.


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