Gia Waxman and Myrta George, bring years of experience as professional dancers, teachers and choreographers with regional, national and international dance studios and performing companies. Now, both have teamed up to share their expertise in the dance field with a new generation of dance students at the Elite Dance Academy.
Academy Director and Elite Company Artistic Director
Moving to Arizona in 1978 from Puerto Rico, she joined the Mesa Civic Ballet and was a soloist with the Young People’s Ballet of Mesa/Tempe. She later joined Ballet Concerto of Fort Worth, TX. Back in Arizona, she was principal dancer and Ballet Mistress of the Youth Ballet of Phoenix, sponsored by the Library, Parks and Recreation of the City of Phoenix. Her first dance school was Gia’s Dance Studio in Phoenix. This grew into the Northwest Ballet and Dance Center and later developed into North Phoenix Dance School and Performing Group. Gia has also taught at various dance studios in Mesa, Tempe and Phoenix. Co-Founder of Northwest Youth Ballet.
CEO, Ballet Mistress and Master Teacher
Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Myrta started her dance training at age 5 with Navas Dance Academy and continued her advance studies with Lottie Tisher. After graduating from high school, she auditioned and was accepted at the prestigious School of American Ballet, Balanchine’s school for the New York City Ballet. Her first professional appearance, while still a student there, was with the Corps de Ballet at Radio City Music Hall. During her professional career she danced with ballet companies in Puerto Rico, New York and London. She later owned and managed ballet schools in Puerto Rico and Phoenix, AZ. and also taught at various dance studios in Mesa, Tempe and Phoenix . She was the founder and Artistic Director of the Youth Ballet of Phoenix, a program sponsored by the Library, Parks and Recreation of the City of Phoenix. As a member of the Dance Educators of America, she assisted her teacher, Joseph Levinoff, during the preparation of his ballet curriculum for that entity.
Myrta moved to Houston where she joined the teaching staff of Houston Ballet Academy and held the position of Ballet Mistress for the Clear Lake Metropolitan Ballet, now Bay Area Ballet of Houston. Co-Founder of Northwest Youth Ballet.