OUR TEAM

Cassie McFayden, wife and mother to two wonderful children. Cassie started her Dance career in 1987 when she was a child. Her favorite type of dance is Tap. She danced on a performance Team until 1996, and then she stepped down from the stage and starts to teach. Cassie taught gymnastics, tap, jazz and ballet at The Dance Shop and other local studios. 

Cassie continued to teach by joining San Bernardino County School District as a Special Education Teacher Assistant until 2005. “This was such a rewarding job because you can help kids improve their daily lives and see them grow”.

In 2009 Cassie tried Cross fit and “fell in love with the community”. She was hooked! Her husband and her got Cross fit Level 1 Certified and Cassie also got Cross fit Kids Certified. In 2011 her husband Chris and her opened a Cross fit Gym in Calimesa CA. She operated this gym until 2013. 

Cassie was introduced to Barre in 2016 at a studio in Redlands CA. Cassie was taking classes for 6 months when the owner asked if she’d like to teach. She said “yes” and got certified in October of 2017. Cassie likes teaching Barre because it reminds her of teaching dance but it has low impact fitness to it that she loves. “Love coaching, these ladies inspire me daily”

 

 

Originally from Michigan, Annie Libera has been dancing since the age of five.  She attended Columbia College Chicago where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Dance and minor in Arts Management.  She had her first professional job at 19, where she danced as a Ballerina for Hannibal Buress during his Comedy Camisado tour stops in Chicago. She has also performed at the Taste of Chicago, Corona Chi-Town Rising New Years Eve Party, was a company member of the Midwest Dance Collective, and was a guest dancer with the modern dance company “The Seldoms.” Since moving to Los Angeles in 2017, she has performed in multiple shows, danced in Todrick Hall’s “Dripeesha” music video featuring Tiffany Haddish, as well as teaching at a competitive dance studio.   Annie has also made acting appearances on Empire, Chicago Justice, Chicago Fire, Easy, Best Cover Ever, Dr. Phil, The Doctors, and a Hefty Cups commercial.  
 

 

Carie Rajkumar started dancing at the age of 11. Learning and competing in all genres she became passionate about her love for the arts.  Throughout the years she worked in many aspects of dance and cheer. Coaching Chino High School song and cheer for 4 years. Traveling with Kids Artistic Revue as a judge on their panel for regional and national competitions. Dance and Modeling in the entertainment industry with big names as Whitney Houston and Wyclif John. Some of her other credits are working on the sets of Beverly Hills 90210, ER and doing runway shows for Clairol and Paul Mitchel. 

Carie has worked with many dance studios in So Cal area such as Cammies Dance Company, Southland Ballet and West Coast School of the Arts. Choreographing and teach children of all ages and levels has always been a passion. Her goal is to inspire and motivate each student she teaches and give them a love for the arts as she loves it. 

In 2004 Carie owned The Dance Shop with her mother, in 2011 Carie relocated to Orange County and had her first child to become a full time Mother after her second child in 2014. She explored other career goals closer to home.

In 2017 Carie and the girls moved back to the Inland Empire to be closer to family. Carie in Senior Health Care assisting with Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients.

“I’m very excited to be back at The Dance Shop and looks forward to meeting, teaching and growing with your family and your children”