OUR STAFF

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.


Brittnay Baldwin

Beginning Ballet
Intermediate Ballet 1
Intermediate Jazz

Brittnay Baldwin started her training in Seattle, WA at the age of 4 and went on to graduate Cum Laude from Chapman University in Orange, CA with her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Communication Studies. Following her graduation, Brittnay danced for Holland America Line where she performed on the seas of the Mediterranean, Baltic and Caribbean. During her career, she has been featured a soloist in Brian Friedman’s “Capezio Fashion Show”, on the prestigious stages of Irvine’s Barclay Theater and New York’s Miller Theater in Sarah Mann’s award winning “P-noki (Puppet Edit)”, Max’t Out under the direction of Jonni Homsey and numerous Chapman University performances, including the 27th Annual American Celebration. An experienced teacher, award-winning choreographer and master instructor, Brittnay brings her passion and love for dance to all ages and styles.


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
/Monologues

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.


Kennon Hooks

Jazz/Funk
Beginning Jazz

Keenon Hooks, an LA native, began dancing in high school when his mentor Jennifer Infante had him step into his first tap shoe for the musical 'Crazy For You.' From there he found his passion, and his dance career took off. He gains his dance and theatre training from Peninsula School of Performing Arts, South Bay Conservatory, Millennium Dance Complex, Negri Learning Center, Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, and El Camino College. He spent 2 years as a principle/featured dancer with Oui Geometor Dance Company, and then went on to perform in several choreographer showcases including The Carnival Choreographers Ball. Once finished with school, he also went on to work as a regional Actor/Dancer/ Choreographer with companies such as Cabrillo Music Theatre , San Diego Musical Theatre, Long Beach Opera, Performance Riverside, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre, Chance Theatre, Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, and the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival. He is represented for Equity Theatre by Steven Dry at Connor Ankrum & Associates Inc. , and a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.


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.


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.


Christine Negherbon

Beginning Tap
Intermediate Tap

Christine Negherbon has been in 6 National Tours including CHICAGO, CRAZY FOR YOU, MY FAIR LADY and THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS (starring Ann-Margret). Regional theatre: CATS (Jennyanydots) SOUND OF MUSIC (Maria) and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Millie) to name a few. TV: HART OF DIXIE, HAUNTING EVIDENCE. She is co-founder/co-author of The Thriving Artists. She is wife of actor, Joe Abraham and Mom to Cole & Ty.


Shanta' Robinson

Musical Theater Dance
Intermediate Lyrical

Shanta' Marie is a "Tiny Firecracker", she grew up training in ballet and continued to add styles such as jazz and tap along the way. She is a multiple award nominated theatre performer who has performed in numerous musicals and traveled the world as a dancer on Disney Cruiseline. For the past two years she was the Magic Carpet in Disney's Aladdin A Musical Spectacular. As a teacher and choreographer Shanta' has taught at numerous dance studios and schools throughout California, her students have gone one to own their own studios and dance for the NBA. My goal is for my students to leave my class with more confidence believing they can do anything!


Joel Sluyter

Conservatory Co-Director
Performing Group Choreographer
Hip-Hop

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.


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
Acting/Improv
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.