Mercedes Ross was first introduced to dance at the age of 3 and continued to dance ever since because of the JOY it brings! She is a choreographer, dance instructor, and dancer in Santa Cruz Bay Area. With a BA in Dance from The University of Hawaii at Manoa, she has danced in Hawaii, New York, and locally with Tandy Beal and Company, Empire Dance Company, Stellaria, Circus of Nations and Move, Speak, Spin. Serving as the executive director for Modern Collective Dance Company, providing entertainment to the Bay Area events and productions. Mercedes has the pleasure of sharing the art of movement at Motion Pacific Dance, Pacific Arts Complex, The Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center, Mount Madonna School, and All About Theatre. She has choreographed large local youth musicals such as Lion King Jr, Urinetown, Thirteen, Honk Jr, Fiddler on the Roof, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Mount Madonna’s original “The Ramayana”. Mercedes looks forward to continuing to share the JOY of movement!