Cabrillo Dance Marathon 2017

Cheryl Baxter

Choreographer: Cabrillo's Evita & Peter Pan

Cheryl Baxter has been in the entertainment business for more than 30 years working in theater, commercials, film and television. She started her career as an assistant choreographer to Gene Kelly and Kenny Ortega in Francis Ford Coppola’s film One From the Heart and went on to work with Meryl Streep in Death Becomes Her. She has worked on more than 20 films including Xanadu, Tap, Pennies From Heaven, 500 Days of Summer and The Muppets. She has danced beside such legends as Gregory Hines, Sammy Davis Jr., the Nicholas Brothers and Donald O’Connor.

Television credits include Glee, General Hospital, How I Met Your Mother, Community, Mike and Molly, the Academy Awards and the Golden Globe Awards. Baxter has performed in the Los Angeles and first national companies of Catsand 42nd Street and was in the Broadway telecast of Sophisticated Ladies. She has directed and choreographed theater productions nationally and internationally and recently directed the Cabrillo Christmas Spectacular starring Shirley Jones and Patrick Cassidy.

Baxter grew up as a dance teacher’s daughter, and began instructing children of all ages when she was 15 years old. She has taught tap for Joe Tremaine conventions and clinics for dance studios around the United States and Japan. She currently teaches at UCLA and AMDA.

Amanda Carr

Amanda Carr is a professional dancer in Los Angeles, with credits in tv, film, theatre, and live stage shows. Amanda has been a part of three Cabrillo shows and she is so happy to be able to participate in the dance marathon. She was in the dance ensemble of "Bye Bye Birdie" and "Oklahoma," and she was the dance captain for "Sister Act," in addition to being in the dance ensemble.  Check out and @smazingsmanda on social media!

Lynne Garvin

Lynne has been teaching group fitness for over 23 years, the last 17 of them at Total Woman in Westlake. She specializes in cardio classes that include hi/lo aerobics, kickboxing, and dance. Her main focus is making sure that everyone in her classes have a safe, effective, and most of all, FUN experience. She teaches women who range in age from 16 to over 80, and is inspired by each and every one of them. This is her second year at the Cabrillo Music Theater dance marathon. She looks forward to seeing everyone on the dance floor!

Idavis Garcia

I am Idavis Garcia and I love to dance! I have a background in Ballet, Jazz, Latin Rhythms, and Drama. I have been dancing all my life. I was born in Puerto Rico, and Latin music rhythms are in my blood. Growing up we celebrated everything around us with music and dancing.  I took my first Zumba® class over nine years ago, and I knew I had found a great, fun way to exercise. When I do Zumba® I feel free, happy, and full of energy. I love sharing my passion with others, and I am involved in my local community with spreading the Zumba® love and in bringing awareness of healthy living and lifestyle change. I’ve had the privilege to teach Zumba® Kids and Folkloric Dancing to children in elementary schools and in centers for children and families for the past ten years.  I also teach Zumba® for Danzar Studio, 24hour Fitness, Fitness 19, the YMCA, Total Woman, and The Bay Club. I have current certifications and licenses in AFAA (Group Exercise Instructor Certification), Zumba® Instructor License, Zumba® Kids & Zumba® Kids Jr. License, Aqua Zumba® License, Pro Skill Oxygen, CPR and First Aid Certified, and I have a BS degree in Social Science.

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