Tatiana, Studio Director of BBDS started her love of dance at age 10. She attended The Dance Factory as a student and quickly moved into an assistant position until she graduated from Franklin High School. She returned to the studio in 2011 and was lucky to work directly under Mrs. Rita Schaeffer learning the dance studio trade. Tatiana completed her Associate of Arts degree in Psychology and plans to pursue her Masters in Business Administration.
Rita Schaeffer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a Dance minor from the University of Texas at El Paso. She taught dance and health education at Loretto Academy, her almamater, from 1978 - 1983. For the next thirty years, Rita was the owner and artistic director of the Dance Factory, serving El Paso's westside from 1983 - 2013. The Dance Factory offered many dance disciplines to up to 500 students through the years. During that time, she attended many dance education seminars and conventions with her teachers and students including several trips to New York City. In 2013, marking The Dance Factory's 30th anniversary, Rita decided to retire and sold the studio to her former student and teacher, Tatiana Quiambao where now, at Breakin Beats, she is overjoyed to share her love of dance.
Alyssa Donnelly was born and raised in El Paso, TX and is currently a first year Dance major at the University of Texas at El Paso. She began dancing ballet at the age of 3, and has been passionate about it ever since. She has studied at various studios throughout El Paso including Dance Factory, Olga's Russian Ballet School, Ballet Centre and finally Breakin' Beats dance studio where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and hip hop while being a Sr. Company member. In July of 2015 she participated in El Paso Independent School District's summer musical Anything Goes, and fell deeper in love with musical theatre. She is excited about sharing this love with her students and is thrilled to be apart of the Breakin' Beats family!
As one of BBDS' core faculty, Mandy Herrera brings energy, style, and passion to her students. Known for inspiring and technical classes, her choreography focuses on moving beyond the steps to allow each dancer to find their breath, emotion, and movement. Mandy's dance training began in her hometown of El Paso, Tx with the incomparable Andree Harper. She soon discovered the love for all styles of dance and went on to train extensively in ballet, jazz, tap, clogging, hip hop, and contemporary, traveling often to New York City to study at the Broadway Dance Center under world renowned faculty.
Post graduation from the University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree, Mandy moved to Colorado Springs, Co where she became a RYT 200 yoga instructor and is currently seeking her 500hr. She incorporates this fundamental knowledge of the body into all aspects of her dance classes. Mandy is thrilled to be back in El Paso and a member of the Breakin' Beats family. Her versatility as a teacher, choreographer, and performer are testament to the growth and success of her students.