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Welcome to Studio G Slidell. #studiogistheplacetobe

Our Team

Carmen Gutierrez

Owner/Artistic Director

Carmen has been professionally trained in Pointe, Ballet, Jazz, Hip-hop, Tap, Contemporary, Modern, and Lyrical for the past 16 years and continues to train as she believes there is always something new to learn. As a competitive dancer she won numerous high scoring awards, titles, and scholarships, and by age 19 she was teaching her own classes and winning multiple awards for her choreography. In September 2013 she joined a New York based Company,”The Breakthrough Movement”, as one of their original 7 members. Furthermore, in 2015 she became a back-up dancer for local artist, Abigail Duhon. As an educator she is excited to inspire her students and help them reach their dreams along with her husband Ector Gutierrez Jr. and the Studio G staff.

Ector Gutierrez Jr.

Owner/Dance Educator

Ector is a 24 year old Hip-Hop instructor and Choreographer who was raised in Slidell and has been teaching here for over 8 years. At the age of 19, Ector moved to Los Angeles to advance his dance career and learn the intricate style of hip-hop he teaches his students. With his training in Los Angeles, his experience dancing in off-Broadway shows in New York, and his attention to detail when choreographing national tours and music videos, he plans to educate his students in a way they have never experienced. With his supportive wife, Carmen Gutierrez, by his side, he plans on making a large impact on his community and then generations to come.

Christine Morris

Argentine Tango & Salsa Instructor

Christine is one of New Orleans leading “Traditional Argentine Tango” instructor and dancer. Her style of teaching is insightful, engaging and with a touch of humor. She has been deeply intrigued by the Argentine Tango, its music, culture, and the local, national, and international tango community. Determined to better understand the techniques and the emotions of this beautiful dance, Christine has worked diligently with Ector Gutierrez Sr. a leader of the New Orleans tango community. Passionate to improve her skills, Christine has traveled to festivals and workshops in the U.S and abroad pursuing instruction from internationally recognized, professional Argentine Tango competitors and instructors. For the last 4 years she has taught beside and performed with Ector Sr. Incorporating skills and techniques from various instructors from many different countries.

Ector Gutierrez Sr.

Tango and Salsa Instructor

Ector Sr. grew up in Nicaragua and moved to New Orleans at the age of sixteen where he became an active member of the dance community studying and performing Latin and other partner dances. When Ector fell in love with Argentine Tango, he thoroughly studied its evolution, history, and many variations. Traveling all over, from New York to Buenos Aries to Portland. Ector studied with countless world famous instructors. Now, he is one of the most sought after instructors, dancer and performer in the Argentine Tango community, in this region and around the globe. He has been teaching various styles of dancing for more than 15 years, and has taught classes as far as Beijing and Hong Kong. His background in many types of dance and his intense passion for Tango results in a smooth and seductive style, his precise interpretation of the music, and highly advanced lead to follow. Ector feels that dance is the most challenging adventure of his life.

Lynsey Giardina

Dance Educator

Lynsey started her dance career at age 6, training in multiple disciplines at various local studios. After a few years of her training, she was blessed to be accepted into the Ballet Magnificat summer dance program. In 2001, she began teaching and working closely with her students. After 10 dedicated years, she took time off to start her family. Presently, Lynsey is so happy to be once again teaching and showing her students the importance of expressing themselves through the wonderful art of dance. Her goal as a teacher is to be a positive influence on her students and encourage them to use the gifts and talents that God has given them. She enjoys working with all ages, especially her tiny dancers, and she is also blessed with the patience and heart to work with special needs children. Something you will always hear her say is, “don’t look down; everything you need is from above.”

Heidi and Jay Crouch

Secretary

Jay was born in Slidell and lived there his whole life. He graduated from Slidell High. He then studied and graduated from Nashville Auto Diesel College.

Heidi was born in New Orleans, moved to Bay St. Louis, but finally settled in Pearl River over 18 years ago. She graduated from Our Lady Academy. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Jay and Heidi met playing soccer. They married and have 3 kids (Ector, Amelia, and Jay P). They love spending time with the family, playibg sports, and supporting each member of the family in their sports and endeavors.