Cutting Edge Center Dance
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Patrice Barakat

Patrice grew up training with the industry's top professionals. With this training she has since become one of California's most sought after choreographers. Patrice is in high demand across the country as guest choreographer for various studios and special events including the Orange Bowl and Silicon Valley halftime shows.

Patrice has traveled internationally and her choreography has been seen in Australia as well as Japan. Patrice is the resident choreographer for the National College Dance Team Back to Back Champions, the University of Tennessee. She also is the founder, choreographer, and director of the highly successful intensive, Destination Dance which takes place in Los Angeles, CA.

Patrice was on staff with Showbiz the Class for two seasons, traveling across the country teaching master classes. Patrice's students have been awarded numerous National Titles, appeared in Television, Feature Films, Industrials, Videos, and are currently in Grease on Broadway. Patrice takes great pride in working with all ages, and all levels, and loves to instill confidence and the power of "Believing" in all that study with her.


Marissa Osato

A Southern California native, Marissa graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in Dance and B.A. in Literary Journalism. She is the co-founder of the Boogiezone Contemporary Class as well as Boogiezone’s contemporary dance company, ENTITY. Marissa has danced with modern dance legend Donald McKayle’s repertory company, Etude Ensemble, Boogiezone’s professional hip hop team, BREED Dance Company, Erica Sobol's CollidEdance, and Tessandra Chavez’s Unity LA. Represented by The Movement Talent Agency, she has performed on television shows such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show and FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance, and has worked with musical artists such as Coldplay, Rihanna, Patti LaBelle and Charice. A passionate educator, Marissa has taught master classes across the U.S. and in Europe, Australia, and South America. Her unique and dynamic style fuses elements of jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. Currently, Marissa teaches at EDGE Performing Arts Center in Hollywood, tours with the prestigious national convention, West Coast Dance Explosion as a full-time faculty member, and co-directs ENTITY Dance Company. Marissa is all about positivity, support, and shared inspiration!


Krystal Matsuyama

originally from Long Beach, California, started training in ballet under the direction of Terri & Anthony Sellars at Orange County Dance Center. In 2008, she graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance & minor in Digital Arts from the University of California, Irvine. During her time at UC Irvine she worked extensively with the legendary Donald McKayle, Douglas Becker, and had the honor of assisting former Joffrey Prima Ballerina Jodie Gates on a choreographic commission with the StaatsBallett Berlin. In addition to her training at UC Irvine, Krystal trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre & San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. After graduating from UCI, she moved to New York to work with Complexions Contemporary Ballet under the direction of Dwight Rhoden & Desmond Richardson where she toured both nationally and internationally. Over the past several years she has been a member of Boogiezone’s Contemporary Company ENTiTY, Mike Esperanza’s BARE Dance Company, and guest performed with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker. Since moving back to Los Angeles, Krystal has signed with MSA Agency where she most recently performed for the music, fashion, & dance charity event Macy’s Passport: Glamourama. She is forever indebted to her supportive family & friends who constantly challenge, inspire, & make her laugh daily, and is so happy to be a part of another amazing family at Cutting Edge Dance Center.


Francine Zubiate

Francine started dancing at the age of 7 receiving her training at several local studios in Los Angeles and Orange County. She competed regionally and nationally for ten years and was invited to dance in Spain and Japan. She went on to study dance at Mt. San Antonio college as a member of the Repertory Dance Company later transferring to Cal State Fullerton.

As dance instructor she spends a lot of her time traveling with Kids Artistic Revue as a National Judge. Francine has been teaching along side Patrice and Suzanne Barakat for many years at one of the top studios in Southern California. Due to her well rounded training, she teaches several styles of dance including jazz, lyrical, ballet, tap and hip hop. Her students have won several high point awards and have been featured in music videos, commercials for JC Penny, and the motion picture Dream Girls. With fourteen years of teaching experience under her belt, Francine is excited to call Cutting Edge Dance Center her new home.