Zheila Pouraghabagher has taught at numerous studios and colleges across the country including American Dance, Steps On Broadway in New York, Cal Poly, & Allan Hancock College.
As a dancer, Zheila performed nationally and internationally. As a member and Director of Pat Jackson’s American Dance Company, she performed in Debbie Reynolds Showcases, at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, and also worked with Kalinka ballet in Russia. She studied in LA and NYC, and was a scholarship student at Broadway Dance Center in NYC.
Zheila moved back to the central coast in 2009 and was blessed to re-connect with her talented Co-Directors, resulting in the formation of CORE Dance. She founded the adult dance program at CORE Dance, and in 2011 she co-wrote, co-directed, and starred in Confessions of a Love Junkie which returned for sold out encore performances in 2012. More recently, in 2016, she received a “Best Direction Award” at Hollywood Vibe Dance Convention & Competition.
She also has a Masters degree in Education from Cal Poly and is a Senior Consultant at Collaboration Business Consulting, specializing in Leadership and Management methodologies.
Currently, Zheila works with both adult dancers and youth company members, directing and teaching both tap and jazz. She strives to continue the legacy of her mentor, Pat Jackson, by providing quality dance instruction to students on the Central Coast. She is continually inspired by the passion and commitment of the dancers at Core, and by the love of her family, her husband, and her son Jovan.