Sergia began dancing and performing at a young age in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and Theater. After receiving scholarships from New York City Dance Alliance and Tremaine Dance Conventions she was accepted for study at the Alvin Ailey School in New York City, where she focused most intently on Martha Graham technique and classical ballet.
At 17, she started dancing professionally and choreographing for Interweave Dance Company based out of Boulder, Colorado, and continued to be faculty for the next 5 years.
In 2007, Sergia turned her focus to salsa, latin hustle and partner dance, and began competing professionally in Theater Arts, Hustle, Cabaret, Salsa, Just Hustle, and Triple-Threat Dance Divisions.In her first year of professional competition in hustle and salsa she took home over 10 titles, including 5th place in the On-2 division at the 2007 ESPN World Salsa Competition in Orlando, Florida. In 2008 she relocated to Los Angeles from New York, and days later took 2nd Place in the 2008 Mayan World Salsa Competition. In 2008 she was honored to be a featured artist in Miami City Ballet's tribute to dance legends Augie and Margo Rodriguez. Sergia can be seen as Julianne Hough’s back-up dancer in her fitness video “Just Dance.”
In 2010, Sergia was introduced to Pole Fitness. When she realized the incredible mix of strength and artistry it displayed, she was mesmerized. She got the bug to conquer the challenge. She began her training at BeSpun in Hollywood with Leigh-Ann Orsi, Amy Guion, and Tiffany Hayden, and got her pole fitness certification with Cat Gennaro at Poleates in Westlake Village. She was inspired to use her dance background in different ways, and taking it to the air was an exciting new frontier. She was determined to share this method of fitness with others. “After years of dancing it took pole fitness for me to not worry about what my body looks like, but appreciate what it will do for me.”
Sergia has a BFA in Drama from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, where she studied at Stella Adler Studio of Acting, the Experimental Theatre Wing and Musical Theatre at Collaborative Arts Project 21. Her New York Theatre credits are far reaching including working with Broadway director Jerry Zaks in City Center Encores! Bye Bye Birdie, and working with Theatre company the PossEble Theater in Den of Thieves. She has also appeared in numerous national commercials including spots for Verizon, Cascade, Chrysler and has co-starred in TV shows 3 lbs. and ABC's The Forgotten, as well as acting in the re-ocurring roles "Aurelia" and "Nell" on CBS's Guiding Light. Her recent films include Tony Tango and The Company We Keep.
Sergia has a pole fitness certification through Poleates (an affiliate and member of the International Pole Fitness Federation and the American Pole Fitness Federation), and a Pilates Mat Certification through Tone Pilates Dance and Yoga Studio, as well as a BFA in Drama from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
Sergia Professional Latin Dance Titles:
2008 New York Hustle Congress: Open Hustle Competition - 1st Place, Triple Threat - 1st Place, Just Hustle - 1st Place, Cabaret Competition - 1st Place
2008 House Dance International - 1st Place
2008 Mayan Salsa Competition - 2nd Place
2008 International Hustle & Salsa Competition: World Hustle Comp - 2nd Place, Triple Threat - 1st Place, ESPN Salsa qualifying comp - 1st Place
2008 Hooray for Hollywood: Hustle Competition - 2nd Place Just Hustle - 3rd Place
2007 IHDA Competition Champions
2007 New York Hustle Congress: Theater Arts Hustle - 1st Place, Just Salsa - 1st Place, Just Hustle - 1st Place, Triple Threat - 1st Place, Cabaret - 2nd Place
2007 ESPN World Salsa "On-2" - 5th Place
2007 Discoamerica -1st Place
2007 World Hustle Dance Championship - 2nd place
2007 House Dance International - 1st Place
2007 IHSC World Hustle - 2nd Place
2007 Big Easy Dance Classic: Theater Arts Hustle - 2nd Place, Triple Threat - 3rd Place
The Vertitude is the only studio in Los Angeles, California to offer unlimited classes in the latest and most popular forms of dance, fitness and self defense all under the same monthly membership. Classes include; Krav Maga self defense, Salsa, Pole Fitness, Pilates Mat and Zumba.
‘Vertitude’ was created by combining the words vertical and attitude. These two words resonate strongly through out the dance, fitness and self-defense industry. To be vertical in dance means to be up right, fully engaged in the movement and to have a confident fluid bearing or presence. To be vertical in fitness and self-defense means to stand tall, confidently taking charge of your personal well being. Attitude in dance, fitness and self-defense means maintaining a positive outlook by being physically and mentally strong.
The Vertitude’s goal is to instill these qualities in all our students.
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