Meet the Staff


Shakira Ortiz

Shakira Ortiz, the owner and director of MOVEMENT ELEV8TION DANCE ARTS. She started off as a gymnast for most of her childhood and then transitioned into dance in her early teens. From there, she developed an undeniable passion for dance and competed with Dance Academy USA’s production company for five years. She then went on to establish the Los Altos High School Dance Team which she later returned to coach. Her career as a dancer has taken her all over the Bay Area choreographing and performing with local companies for the last 15 years. She also spent the past ten years focusing on child development as a preschool teacher in Silicon Valley, working most recently for The Harker School in San Jose. Dancing and education are her two passions and she is excited to bring them together and to share them with you and your child.


Rina Ohta

Rina has been dancing for more than 20 years. She first took up dance as a youngster in Japan, where she studied tap, jazz, ballet and hip hop; tap was her favorite style.  Rina later joined a professional dance performance group in Japan, where she performed as a dancer and also an actress on the stage and sometimes on TV.  After performing on a variety of stages in her home country, Rina decided to expand her horizons and move to the U.S to study performing arts and English. 

She moved to CA in 2010 to learn English and American culture, and to practice her performance skills. In 2012, she started teaching tap to kids at Marina Ballet Arts. Rina loves kids and tap dancing, so working with kids has been very enjoyable. From this experience, she learned how kids have fun dancing without fear or thoughts. They reminded her that she still loves performing and dancing on the stage, so she joined Tap Explosion in 2016 directed by Gayle Greenbrook. She is looking forward to teaching tap to everyone at Movement Elev8tion!!


Amrit Kaur Goraya  

-Started dancing at the age of 7

-Learned Bhangra (Traditional Punjabi dance from the Northern Indian State of Punjab)

-Attended University of Nevada, Reno and minored in dance

-Organized a team (Nachda Nevada) to perform Bhangra at competitions 

-Took Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz and Modern dance classes for 3 years

-Performed in various dance shows, including Gallim (NY Dance Company specializing in Gaga Technique) 

-Choreographed multiple performances, many which were Bollywood 

-Moved to San Jose, taking classical Indian dance classes (Kathak) and Bollywood technique.


Alicia Romano W

She started dancing in her late teen age years in México City. She fell in love with ballet from day one. She took classes with Eva de Keijzer at Estudio de Ballet Tecamachalco, Farahilda Sevilla and Francisco Martinez. She taught ballet for 5 years and she joined a Dance company called “Modulo Dancística” (Ballet) and “Grupo Folklórico International”(European Folk dancing) both groups under the direction of Eva de Keijzer. While she was part of these two companies she performed in Theaters, Universities, Private Events, Museums, and Schools. She participated in a tour to Mérida, México to be part of a festival called “Otoño Cultural Yucatán’86. The European Folk Dancing company was the Closing Gala Performance of that festival. She danced for 8 years in México.

In 1987, she came to San José, she joined San Jose Dance Theater under the direction of Paul Curtis and Shawn Stuart. She danced in different productions including The Nutcracker. Later on she took Ballet classes at San Jose City College with Gary Palmer. She took a Summer workshop at San Jose State University with the José Limón Dance Company and Los Lupeños de San José.  While she started raising her family, she taught pre-ballet for 4 years at the South Valley YMCA. Later she took a break to continue raising her family. She is back doing Liturgical Dancing at women's retreats and church functions. She also enjoys Mexican Folk Dancing and takes class at the Mexican Heritage Plaza.


Brandon Alcala

Alaizza Rato

Ilishia Sook-Kyung

Gabriel Sotelo

Romilynne Apruebo

Rachel Su