Our amazing teachers have multiple professional credits, including Broadway, Hollywood, and regionally across the country. They are dedicated to our mission of creating not only better performers, but better people, teaching life skills like discipline, teamwork, creativity and social interaction through training in the performing arts.

Wesley Alfvin

Beginning Tap
Intermediate Tap
Advanced Tap

Born and raised in Manhattan Beach, California, Wesley holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The University of Michigan. He took a leave of absence from U of M to appear in the National Tour of 42nd Street, following in the footsteps of his tap teacher and mentor, Jon Engstrom. A song and dance man at heart, Wesley has been fortunate enough take on the role of Don Lockwood in three different productions of Singin’ In the Rain. Other favorite credits include The Music Man (Harold Hill), The Drowsy Chaperone (Robert Martin), Crazy for You (Bobby Child), 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor), and Dames at Sea (Dick). Wesley can be seen singing barbershop with the Dapper Dans of Disneyland, and is a proud member of AEA, AGVA, and SAG-AFTRA. www.WesleyAlfvin.com

Liz Cantine

Adult Tap
Ready, Willing & Able

Liz began her dance training with Burch Mann and later joined his professional dance company, American Folk Ballet. As a child, Liz was cast as an extra and dancer in several movies. As a teen, she competed and won TV talent contests. After graduating from UCLA, Liz became a classroom and dance educator. She has choreographed and performed with the South Bay Ballet, Dance Peninsula Ballet, Peninsula School of Performing Arts, the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, the Norris Center for the Performing Arts, Prime Time Players, the ACT II Community Show, Los Cancioneros Master Chorale, and her own Tap Happy troupe. Liz choreographed the Norris professional production of Big Bang and performed in the professional production of Singin’ in the Rain. Liz currently mentors dance educators in the district. She believes everyone can dance, so get those dancin’ shoes on.

Abby Carlson

Private Voice Instruction

Abby has has worked with students of all ages as a private instructor, choir director, and classroom teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Education and Vocal Jazz Performance and a K-12 Teaching Credential from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. Abby currently teaches Musical Theatre Voice at the Orange County School of the Arts and directs the choirs at Shepherd’s Grove Academy & High School. She also directs the children’s choir at her church, and vocally coaches at Los Alamitos High School. Abby is an active performer and choreographer in the Southern California musical theatre scene, and she sings with two professional a cappella groups, four rock bands, and regularly performs as a classical and jazz vocalist. She has toured the US and Europe with various performing groups, and has shared the stage with some of the greats.

Jasmine DeMain

Character Development
Acting Technique

Jasmin De Main studied acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and has since worked in theater, film, and television in Australia, the UK, Germany and the States. She also works as a host, has recorded audio books and writes travel articles for the online womens website Dirty and Thirty.com. Jasmin also received her teaching and educational degree for drama and ESL classes at Charles Sturt University. She coaches students privately and teaches voice, accent reduction, and movement at The Los Angeles Performing Arts Conservatory in Santa Monica.

Jenny Graham

Performing Group Music Director
Private Voice Instruction

Jenny believes if a singer has a strong classic foundation, they can sing ANY style of music! She makes learning technique fun and creative and is comfortable working in any style of music from pop to jazz to musical theatre. Jenny is a working SAG-AFTRA singer. To date, you can hear her voice in over 80 movies, including Van Helsing, Spiderman 2 and 3, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Simpsons Movie, Wall - E, The Smurfs, Avatar, Gangster Squad, After Earth, Oblivion, and Despicable Me 2. She has performed on the television shows Glee and Family Guy. She has worked for Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Hugh Jackman, and Kristin Chenoweth. She currently has students singing on Broadway and in national tours.

Heather Horn

Ready, Willing & Able
Family Fitness

Heather, a University of Redlands graduate with a B.A. in Dance, Theatre Production, and Business, went on to earn her teaching credential in physical education. She has attended and participated in several dance festivals and intensives including the Boulder Jazz Dance Festival, the American College Dance Festival, the American Dance Festival ‘06, L.A Contemporary Dance Company’s Summer Intensive and has presented work at the 2014 Courageous Creativity Conference. Heather was a member of Intersect Dance Theatre, a modern dance company based in Riverside, CA, and has choreographed pieces at the collegiate level for Riverside Community College and Antelope Valley Community College. Currently, Heather is teaching dance at Ridgecrest Intermediate School and is in her fourth year coaching Peninsula High School’s award winning Co-ed Choreo Hip hop team.

Vanja Katrinov

Ballet Tap and Tumble
Beginning Ballet
Intro to Musical Theater
Beginning Jazz
Jazz Funk

Vanja Katrinov is an innovative, multitalented choreographer and director. Born in Europe, she brings a vibrant flare to the LA dance market. From ballet to cutting-edge styles, her talents bring out the very best in all who learn under her. As a young girl, Ms. Vanja fell in love with dance immediately and gained notoriety appearing on television, as well as competitions both nationally and internationally. From 2002-2006, Vanja was instrumental in coaching both national and international elite dance teams earning many of them top dance awards. As a testimony to her leadership and teaching abilities, her students were both European and World Gold Medalists in Hip Hop, Show Dance and Jazz categories. While visiting Los Angeles, Ms. Vanja was introduced to the diversity, opportunity, and creativity the city had to offer and decided very quickly that this was ideal place to continue her dance education and pursue her dreams.

Carrie Kinsey

Acro/Tumbling I
Acro/Tumbling II

Carrie has been involved in the art of gymnastics for over forty years either as a competitor or a coach. She has held certifications in coaching, skill evaluator, safety and first aid. Continuing education in a diverse variety of areas is one of her every day commitments. She is a licensed Montessori teacher and a Minister Practitioner. She is a wife and mother of five. Her greatest love is supporting young people in realizing their greatness, physically, mentally, and emotionally in a healthy positive way. “What we model for our youth is who they will become so I strive to always come from respect and love.”

Emily Loftiss

Intermediate Ballet
Lyrical/Modern Dance
Performing Group Choreographer

After graduating from the University of Alabama (Roll Tide), Emily moved straight to New York City to try her hand at being a dancer. For 8 years, she worked non-stop as a professional in the industry. A few of her credits include Radio City Rockette, Broadway National Tour of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Broadway workshops of Josephine, Leap of Faith, and numerous regional shows across the US. On television, she has danced on every major station from VHI, MTV, CMT, NBC, ABC, to David Letterman and national commercials. She has worked with brands like DKNY, Ferrari, Lexus, Nexxus, Mattel, Lucille Roberts, ERIOS Vodka, Hard Rock, Bowlmor Bowling and Knockout Abs Infomercials. She has won national choreography awards, her routines have been performed on national television by pageant winners, and she has choreographed for Ralph Lauren’s campaign & for Lisa Lampanelli at Radio City Music Hall. Emily is now a working TV Host + Style and Beauty Expert. For more information (videos, press, blog) go to www.emilyloftiss.com.

Allie Meixner

Flexibility and Conditioning
Intermediate/Advanced Ballet
Jumps, Leans & Turns
Contemporary Dance

Allie is from Pittsburgh and at 17 moved to New York City where she was cast as the lead in the Tony Award winning musical, Contact, as the “girl in the yellow dress.” Credits include touring with Toni Braxton, Saturday Night Live, head cheerleader in Across the Universe, and dancing with Beyonce on VH1 Fashion Rocks, MTV Video Music Awards, a L’oreal Commercial, the Dereon print campaign, and creating the role of “Lady Cross” in Tony award winning director, Jerry Mitchell’s, production of Peep Show, featuring Mel B, Kelly Monaco, Holly Madison. Allie can be seen in Katy Perry’s California Gurls music video and 98 Degrees comeback video, Microphone. Other credits include commercials for Sony and GM and sketch performer on the Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno. She played “young groupie” in the Las Vegas Production of ROCK of AGES is featured in the new Step Up 5 movie.

Joel Sluyter

Performing Group
and Voltage Director/Choreographer
Studio Manager

Joel began his dance training at Ball State University in Indiana. He then moved to New York City and continued his education at New York University as a dance performance major. He has been choreographing dance for the last ten years. He has taught at Kings Academy High School, Ball State University, Torrance and West High Schools, and several high schools throughout Indiana. His work has won Grand Championships at Show Choir competitions. He has choreographed musicals including West Side Story, Back to the ‘80s, Camp Rock and Nunsense. He also teaches Hip Hop dance during the summer program at the Professional School of the Arts.

Krystyn Spratt

On-Camera Acting
Acting for Teens
Young Actors Workshop

Krystyn Spratt is a quadruple threat. She can sing, dance, act and sign – as in Sign Language. Her debut was in The Gift of the Magi, a show performed entirely in Sign Language. She is a state and national champion in the National Forensics League, a competitive acting event. Krystyn has starred in many regional theater productions such as Footloose (Urleen), Cabaret (Frau Kost), Cinderella (Portia), Show Boat, A Christmas Carol, Steel Magnolias, The Wizard of Oz, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Wiz, Urinetown, and Kiss Me Kate. For the past three years, Krystyn has performed in Debbie Allen’s Hot Chocolate Nutcracker.This year, Krystyn performed as the Wicked Witch in El Segundo’s Broadway in the Park production of The Wizard of Oz. Splitting her time between L.A. and New York, Krystyn has also starred in films such as Café Lulu and Forced Entry.

Natalie Vilos

Jazz Technique
Advanced Technique
Advanced Ballet

Natalie Vilos began teaching at the young age of 14. She trained intensely with Utah’s Ballet West Conservatory and after High School she immediately began her dancing career as a NBA “Utah Jazz Dancer.” In 2003, she moved to the beautiful island of Oahu to study at Brigham Young University. Under the direction of Marcelo Pacleb she performed, choreographed and directed concerts for 24/7 Danceforce Hawaii, University of Hawaii, Norwegian Cruise Line, NFL Pro Bowl, Backstreet Boys and Tokyo Disney. After leaving the island, she has danced and choreographed for Unity Dance Ensemble, and Dancing With The Stars, China under the direction of Tessandra Chavez. Other credits include choreography for Lindsey Stirling, America’s Got Talent, and Miss America Scholarship Pageant. She is currently the Director of 24/7 Danceforce San Diego.

Larry Walker

Private Voice Instruction

Larry is a classically trained vocal powerhouse and an anointed contemporary worship leader who has performed for audiences all over the world. Larry’s voice has been featured on both domestic and international music releases and he has held principle roles in choral, musical theatre, and operatic productions. He has shared the musical stage with Alicia Keys, Will.i.AM, The Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Faith Hill, Estelle, Israel Houghton, and the dynamic Kirk Franklin. His most recent projects include vocal production work for The Disney Channel’s hit show Jessie, behind the scenes vocal work on T.D. Jakes’ feature film Not Easily Broken, and co-writing and producing the One Church International’s Inspirational Musical Drama, The Red Scarf.

Emilee Yaakola

Storybook Theater
Curtain Call Academy
Singin’ Jammin’ & Movin’
Sing Out
Stage One Stars

Emilee is originally from Portland, Oregon and is a graduate of The Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts. She has preformed up and down the West Coast with many regional theaters and has had the joy of originating leading roles in three new works. However, her true passion is sharing her love of musical theater with young actors. She has taught throughout Oregon, Washington, California, and New York. For over five years, the educational department at PVPA Conservatory has been her home away from home and she is thrilled to be making an impact on so many young lives in the South Bay area.