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.

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.