Miss Charlene, Owner/Director
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 9 and 2.
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.
Jordyn grew up in Seattle, Washington and currently attends San Diego State University, majoring in Hospitality & Tourism Management with an emphasis in meetings & event planning. She have been in love with dancing since the age of 3. She grew up training at Allegro Performing Arts Academy in Washington. She also did competitive gymnastics for 5 years. Miss Jordyn joined the competitive team at her dance studio for 3 years and then transitioned to her high school dance team. She attended Kentwood High School, where her team took home first place in the Hip Hop and Show categories in 2015. Miss Jordyn was captain of her high school team her sophomore through senior years. Since then, she have been choreographing for various middle schools, high schools, and colleges. She was also a part of the SDSU dance team 2017-2018. Jordyn has choreographed for the Seattle Storms WNBA dance troupe for 3 years including the year that the basketball team took the national title. She is passionate about teaching kids, as she has two younger sisters of her own. Jordyn's favorite styles of dance are contemporary and hip hop. She really enjoys time with her family, friends, and trying new restaurants.
Izzi Brattesani is a sophomore at San Diego State working towards her elementary school teacher credentials. She danced for 5 years in high school with a focus in street jazz, hip hop, and acro. She was on the Woodside High School dance team in the Bay area and was also the captain her senior year. As a captain, she ran practices, created the choreography, set formations and roll offs, and provided her teammates with tips, support, and love. Dance and performance has always been her passion and she can not wait to share that with her students!
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.
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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!
Originally from Los Angeles, Miss Chloe got her start dancing at Carousel Dance Studio. From ballet to tap to jazz to contemporary, she danced there for sixteen years. In addition, she also danced on Calabasas High School dance team for four years. After she graduated high school and Carousel, she was asked to come back and teach ballet in summer sessions but later moved to San Diego to go attend San Diego State University. At SDSU, Miss Chloe is studying Physical Therapy. After her first year of schooling, she decided to get her pilates license and as of January 2020 is now a licenses instructor. She finds joy in teaching the children of Charlene’s Dance and Cheer and each day is filled with happiness.
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!
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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.
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 Kimberly is a San Francisco State Graduate of their Dance, and Drama programs. Prior to her time in university dance and theatre, she was a member of Christian Community Theatre (CYT) from the age of twelve. Within CYT she performed in many lead, ensemble, crew, and artistic team roles. Her time as a dancer feels never ending as she began at the early age of three and to this day utilizes what she has learned over the years through dance and movement in her daily life. Most recently, she has been managing, teaching, and leading programs as a yoga instructor. Finding out that staying mobile is something she inherently values, Miss Kimberly focuses most of her time studying towards her doctorate in physical therapy as well as working in Stretch Therapy - in addition to her passions for dance, performing, and yoga. She views ability and capacity to accomplish goals as " I'm - possible", rather than "impossible"; there is always space for growth!