OUR INSTRUCTORS

Miss Charlene, Owner/Director

info@charlenesdance.com

Charlene has been teaching dance and cheer throughout San Diego County for 12 years and began her teaching career teaching for New West Ballet, Coronado Academy of Dance, Little Stars Dance Academy, Dance with Nance, 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. 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 squad 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 9 and 2.

Miss Veronica

Veronica was born in Tijuana, Baja California Mexico in 1983. A natural born dancer, Veronica started dancing before she could walk. A passion for dance erupted early in her life and after moving to San Diego she was able to begin classical training. It was in San Diego that Veronica, at the age of 14, received the opportunity to choose dance class instead of running to receive PE credit in high school. Her first dance love was Jazz. It was in Jazz that Veronica felt free to express herself on the dance floor. Since her beginning Jazz class, Veronica’s passion for dance has grown tremendously. One of her biggest inspirations was her high school dance instructor, Gail Mitchell.  Ms. Mitchell taught Veronica to work hard in what she loved, to believe in herself and to never give up.  It was during these formative years that Veronica learned it was useless to ever say the words “I can’t,” but instead to keep working and eventually you can master any style. She danced and cheered throughout high school and earned the “Best Dancer” title in her class. It was also during her Senior year that she earned the right to dance a solo and choreograph her first show piece. After graduating, Veronica attended California State University, Long Beach and continued receiving an education in Dance. She continued to choreograph and it was during this time that she solidified her goal to teach dance.  Throughout the subsequent years, Veronica has received the opportunity to dance with various dance companies throughout California, such as Heart and Soul Dance Company and the Culture Shock San Diego Dance Troupe-Afta Shock. She has received training in several dance styles including, but not limited to, Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, Tap and Ballroom. Veronica has performed in several student and staff choreography dance shows at SWC and Mesa College, and worked with and continues to learn from incredible dancers, instructors and choreographers that have shown her the real soul and essence of dance. Veronica enjoys being a guest artist in many dance workshops throughout California and absolutely loves being part of the San Diego Dance Community. Her biggest joy is to share her sincere passion for dance and to be an inspiration to other dancers on their journey to continue doing what they love. 

Sara started dancing when she was 3 years old at a studio in Minnesota where she grew up. As a student, she studied: ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, musical theater, bellydancing and acro/tumbling. She was a member of her high school dance team and captain of her high school cheerleading squad. As a teenager, Sara got involved with the Teacher Assistant program at her dance studio, which is where she found her passion for teaching. As an instructor, she has taught students ages Preschool to Adult in various styles. She enjoys teaching to all ages and her favorite style of dance is Tap. Sara also has a B.S. in Justice Studies. She is excited to be a part of CDC sharing her love for dance and cheer with others!

Miss Sara

LeeAnna Hauser was born and raised in North County. She started dancing at the age of 3 at Rhodes Dance Studio. She continued to dance at the now, Dance FX, until she graduated high school. She competed at many competitions and loved to be on stage. She now teaches several classes at the studio there as well. Through her studio, she has had the opportunity to dance alongside Heather Dale Wentworth with her Opus Mixtus Dance Company. She graduated at Cal State San Marcos with a BA in Liberal Studies.  She plans to eventually get her Masters Degree in Administration. LeeAnna has been trained in many dance styles including tap, ballet, hip hop, jazz, lyrical and clogging. She plans to continue to teach and spread her love for dance with everyone. LeeAnna also coached the Junior Varsity Dance Team at Mission Hills High School for 3 years and assisted the varsity dance team who attended the National Dance Team Championship in Orlando, Florida 3 years in a row. She also received a teaching job at the Universal Dance Association (UDA) based in Memphis, Tennessee. She gets the opportunity to travel the country and teach at high school dance camps. Additionally, she is a member of the Pad Squad for the San Diego Padres. She is a brand ambassador for the team as she displays her love of baseball and crowd interaction to all the fans. LeeAnna enjoys pursing her dreams and sharing her passion of dance with dancers of all ages.

Miss LeeAnna

Miss Elizabeth is excited to be a part of Charlene’s Dance and Cheer program and shares a passion for working with children. Elizabeth joined our Preschool Enrichment Program this year as the Tiny Tots Lead Instructor and has over 5 years of experience working with children in elementary and preschool settings. She enjoys engaging her young learners and encourages a fun learning environment. 

Elizabeth was a member of the Varsity cheerleading squad in High School and served as Co-Captain her senior year. Her squad competed and won 1st place in the United Spirit Association Regional Varsity Competition. She was also invited to join the UCA (United Cheerleader’s Association) cheerleading staff. 

Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with an emphasis on Children, Youth & Families from Cal State San Marcos and served as a Camp Counselor at the Boys & Girls Club of Vista. One of her dreams in college was to mentor youth and guide them in achieving their educational goals and build positive community connections. Elizabeth is thankful to be able to fulfill a part of that dream by investing in her young learners, teaching new skills, and creating memorable experiences for her students while contributing to her North San Diego community. 

She enjoys spending time with her family and 4 year old son. 

 

Miss Elizabeth

Sam was born and raised in Satellite Beach, Florida. She has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She started teaching at her dance studio, Precision Contemporary Dance, at the age of 16. After high school, she continued to teach there (until they closed) and at Dance Art Centre, where she still teaches on occasion. As well as teaching at a few dance studios, Sam has also taught various dance classes through the Brevard Cultural Alliance which offers classes at elementary schools, boys and girls clubs, the Brevard Achievement Center, and in juvenile detention centers around Brevard county. Sam has taught a variety of different dance styles such as: ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, pointe, musical theater, hip-hop and acro. Throughout high school she was a part of her dance studio's company which performed around the county and also put on small productions such as Dracula and Young Frankenstein. Sam's senior year of high school she was accepted into Milwaukee Ballet.

 

In high school, she joined the cheerleading squad sophomore year and was Captain of her Varsity team senior year. Her and her squad did various UCA (United Cheerleader's Association) camps over the summer. Sam was selected to be a part of UCA's Macy's day parade march in New York City her junior and senior year.

 

Sam has her Associate of Art's Degree from Eastern Florida State College and continued her education at the University of Central Florida in Hospitality and Event Management.

Miss Sam

Nicole is 21 years old and is from Carlsbad, California. She is currently a student at San Diego State University where she is majoring in communications and participating in the schools dance team. 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

Savanna has danced since she was 5 and competed since she was 6. She practiced and traveled with Murrieta Dance Project where she trained in jazz, ballet, hip hop, tap, lyrical and contemporary. She was a 4 year member of her high school's dance team and was a captain her junior and senior year. She also participated in one year of college dance team. She is from Corona California and currently is a sophomore San Diego State University.  Her majors are biochem and public health. She plans to go to PA school after attending SDSU to become a Pediatric Physicians Assistant. She has a 5 year old brother and 2 year old sister and works really well with kids. She is very excited to be on staff at CDC. 

Miss Savanna

Coral has been dancing since the age of 3 and began dancing competitively at the age of 7. She trained at Murrieta Dance Project in tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop and was the captain of her high school dance team. She currently attends CSUSM, where she is majoring in Biology with plans to transfer to the Nursing program. She is a member of the CSUSM dance team and loves working with kids!

Miss Coral

Bio coming soon!

Miss Rachel

Bio coming soon!

Miss Hannah

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.

Miss Johanna

Born and raised in San Diego, Johanna grew up training and performing in hip hop and musical theater styles. After graduating high school, she attended UC Santa Cruz, studying Theater Arts and adding various other styles to her repertoire. In college, she began training in Jazz, West African, Afro-Haitian, Afro-Modern, Aerial Arts, Jamaican Dancehall, and Brazilian styles. 

 

In 2012, she began teaching world dance styles in several public schools in Santa Cruz county. She has also traveled to New York, San Francisco, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Jamaica to perform and train with various choreographers, was a featured aerialist and dance performer at ENVISION festival and the Curran theater, and was a featured dancer in several Jamaican music videos.

 

She now teaches Kids Hip Hop and dance, Dancehall choreography, and her own dance fitness style called WORLDANZ since moving back to San Diego in 2018. She has a strong passion for working with children and is excited to work for Charlene's Dance and Cheer!