OUR INSTRUCTORS

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Charlene has been teaching dance and cheer throughout San Diego County for over 13 years and began her teaching career teaching for New West Ballet in San Marcos, Coronado Academy of Dance in Coronado, Little Stars Dance Academy in Poway, Dance with Nance in Encinitas, and the City of Fallbrook Recreation. Later, she began her recreational and after school dance and cheer program, Charlene's Dance N Cheer (CDC) in 2010, so she could share her experience and love of dance and cheer to children. She always strives to give her students the highest quality, studio type classes, that are affordable in an atmosphere that promotes self confidence and FUN!!!

 

Charlene began dancing at the age of five in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, doing tap, ballet, cheer, and hula. When she moved back to her hometown of San Diego, she focused on classical ballet, studying at New West Ballet under the direction of Eugenia Keefer. Highlighted roles with New West include the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland, the Dew Drop Fairy, Spanish Chocolate, Dancing Doll, and Merliton in the Nutcracker, and Odile, the Black Swan in Swan Lake. 

 

Charlene was a member of the varsity cheerleading team in high school and earned the UCA (United Cheerleader's Association) title "All-Star." In college, she was a member of the California State University San Marcos Women's Dance team. In 2008, Charlene performed at Copley Symphony Hall with California Ballet Company and the San Diego Symphony for their Holiday Pops Concert in the Nutcracker roles of "Chinese Tea," and the "Waltz of the Flowers." Charlene has also danced with Del Mar Ballet in San Diego (now known as Pacific Arts). 

 

Charlene earned her B.A. in Criminology in 2006 and her M.A. in Sociology in 2008 from California State University San Marcos. She has nearly 15 years of experience working with and teaching infants, children, and adults in both the performing arts setting and preschool setting, with units in Child Development. She also two boys, age 10 and 4.

Miss Charlene

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Veronica is a dedicated and passionate Art Instructor with over 3 years of experience working with youth to develop their creativity. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors in Psychology and Minor in Religion. She started dancing when she was 3 and performed with Royal Dance works and Center Stage out in Phoenix Arizona for competitions. She then moved onto cheer where she trained under April Hoffner (The head cheer coach at Arizona State University, and sister of Heather Morris from Dancing from the stars and Glee). At 16 she became the head Cheer coach at the Boys & Girls Clubs Greater Scottsdale Branches. Her cheerleaders have performed at the Cardinals stadium, and Suns Arena for many years. Veronica also has been in some plays in her adult life including the "Rocky Horror Picture show" with the Phoenix theater performers. 

Miss Veronica

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Raised on a farm in Chelsea, Oklahoma, Cierra has always been active, even starting her own dance group with her friends in 4th grade. After being involved in cheer and sports all through her childhood, she began dancing at her local studio at age 12. She continued dancing and assistant teaching at the studio until she graduated High School. After High School, Cierra went to Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, majoring in Dance Performance. Throughout her college education, Cierra choreographed and performed on Pre-Professional and Professional stages but her passion for teaching dance to kids began as a summer job teaching dance, theatre, and music at the YMCA of Greater Tulsa. After graduating in 2020, Cierra moved to San Diego with her family and is excited to share her passion for dance.  

Miss Cierra

Nicole is from Carlsbad, California. She graduated from San Diego State University where she majored in Communications and was on the school's nationally ranked competitive dance team. She is currently a second year NFL cheerleader on the LA Rams. She has been dancing since she was 2 years old and teaching dance since she was 16 years old. She loves kids and is very passionate about dance! 

Miss Nicole

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Cecilia Fridge is a senior at University of California, San Diego and is working towards her bachelor's degree in Clinical Psychology. From first to sixth grade, she was involved with musical theater and fell in love with dance! She took hip hop at Neisha's Dance and Music Academy for 2 years then continued her dance journey by joining her high school dance team. Currently, she is entering her 3rd year as an advisor on her college's women's dance team, 4N01! Outside of dance, Cecilia has worked with kids for almost 3 years and has a passion for helping kids grow and discover themselves. 

Miss Cecilia

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Miss ALEXIS

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Miss Torie

Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts; Victoria began her dance journey at the age of 4 which progressed to her more professional training at the age of 10. In 2014 Victoria graduated Dean College earning her BA Degree in Kinesiology and Dance Education. While studying at Dean, Victoria was given the privilege to perform and train with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre as well as Boston based contemporary companies, Urbanity Dance and Luminarium Dance. She was also invited to perform at ACDFA (American College Dance Association) and BCDF (Boston Contemporary Dance Festival); Where she was given the opportunity to explore dance composition and participated generously in choreographing multiple performances throughout all 4 years of school. After graduation, she decided to study abroad and moved to Costa Rica to further her relationship to movement, as well as to connect the art of dance and kinesiology to create a therapeutic movement program for low budget dance schools around the city of San Jose, Costa Rica. Inspired to dive even further after moving back to the States, Victoria moved to San Diego in 2015 where she became a registered vinyassa yoga instructor, and continues to teach and train dancers in kinesiology, ballet, contemporary and creative movement. As an instructor of various movement art forms, Victoria encourages her students to explore their passion and love for dance while maintaining a positive and safe environment.

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Miss KAYLA

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Miss PAIGE

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Miss TALIA

Talia is a fourth year student at UC San Diego where she is pursuing her BA in Communications and minoring in Theater and Film. She started performing at a very young age through CYT Riverside, where she gained musical theater experience and found her passion for dance and performance. She continued dancing as she grew up, training in tap and jazz. She then cheered for three years in high school, where she was captain of her team. After graduating, Talia went on to choreograph and teach classes for CYT, focusing on tap and jazz instruction. She also worked as a musical theater summer camp counselor, where she discovered her love of teaching! In the past year Talia worked as a dance instructor at the Julia Lee Performing Arts Academy, where she taught all styles of dance to grades K-7, and also worked as an assistant coach for a local cheer team. Talia is very passionate about performance, dance, and cheer, and is so excited to be sharing that passion through teaching!

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MISS MARY

A San Diego native, Mary graduated from Our Lady of Peach High School and then earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English from San Diego State University where she was the captain of the cheer squad and team choreographer. 

While in college, she taught tap, jazz, and hip hop with San Diego Civic Dance Arts for 7 years, where she was also a student from the age of 3. She has taught all levels and all age groups. In fact, one of her most memorable students was a gentleman of 80 years taking tap for the very first time when she taught at Southwestern College, a nearby community college in Chula Vista, CA.

Additionally, Mary was an Instructor with Championship Cheerleading for three years, while also coaching gymnastics at the Mira Mesa Recreation Center where she later became Program Director.

After 7 years of teaching and coaching, Mary made the decision to join the 9-5:00 workforce and became an Executive Assistant, a career she enjoyed for 20 years.

It was during the pandemic that she started dancing again, and the more she danced, the more she realized how much she missed it, and missed teaching. On a whim, she wrote an email to a local dance studio who happened to be looking for a sub hip hop teacher with special needs experience. With a sister with Down’s Syndrome, Mary took that as a sign and felt if it worked out, it was meant to be. Sure enough, she started subbing there that very next day, and hasn’t looked back since.

Mary now splits her time coaching gymnastics and teaching hip hop, tap, ballet, and cheerleading six days a week. “I am excited about creating something good through healthy activities that make fitness fun!”

In her spare time, Mary enjoys neighborhood runs with her chocolate lab Willy, trying new recipes in the kitchen, and baking sweet desserts from scratch. When not in the kitchen, she enjoys cartooning, card making, sewing, and painting with watercolors.