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.


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 Jazz
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

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.


Tamra Glaser

Private Voice Instruction

Tamra has performed in Broadway shows and world-class operas internationally. She is best known for starring as Christine Daae in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera opposite Sir Michael Crawford. She is a graduate of the prestigious University of Michigan School of Music, having studied Musical Theatre and Opera. Mrs. Glaser’s innovative vocal techniques are based upon science fused with Old World Training. These techniques produce enormous vocal power and stamina, help safely increase range, and produce beautiful tone quality and timbre in the voice. From the more rock-inspired student to classically trained singers, Mrs. Glaser’s beneficial techniques span a range of genres.


Jenny Graham

Girls' Pop Ensemble
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.


Adrianne Hampton

Beginning Dance & Creative Movement
Ballet, Tap & Tumble
Beginning Ballet
Intro to Musical Theatre Dance
Beginning Jazz

Adrianne has extensive experience teaching dance in New York and Los Angeles. She recently won an ITL Award for her work as Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday. She also worked with a Mini group that won several awards for her choreography. She was the first dancer in the United States to debut the original Cassie choreography for the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line. She earned rave review for her performance as Val in A Chorus Line. She is the recipient of two Scenie Awards: Best Female Lead in a musical for her performance in Chicago and a Memorable Performance in a Comedy a Lead Actress Award for Born Yesterday. She has danced professionally in New York and has numerous regional theatre credits under AEA contracts.


Heather Horn

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.


Evie Hutton

In-School Teaching Artist

Evie Hutton hails from Austin, Texas and has her BFA from the University of Oklahoma in Musical Theatre Performance. After graduation, Evie and her husband Ian moved to New York where she spent the next few years touring all over the world performing in numerous musicals including the Broadway tour of Hairspray! Over the past five years she has had the privilege to choreograph and direct numerous children’s musicals, helping instill a passion for the theatre in this new generation. Evie is currently taking a break from performing as she has been cast in her grandest and most challenging role to date - that of “Mama”!


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
Intermediate Musical Theatre Dance
Lyrical/Modern Dance

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.


Angelica Roque

Singin', Jammin' & Movin'
Sing Out


Amy Ryerson

Jazz Technique
Advanced Technique
Advanced Ballet

Amy Ryerson grew up training in all styles at Broadway Dance Center in NYC. She got her professional start at 17 in an Off Broadway show called Red Hot Broadway. She eventually made it to Broadway as an original cast member in the 2009 revival of West Side Story. Her other credits include: Rock of Ages (Las Vegas), Knicks City Dancer, 63rd Annual Tony Awards, Kanye West’s performance on SNL, Smurfs Movie, Comedy Central, MTV, reoccurring dancer on NBC’s Smash, commercials for iPod, Kia and Shoe Carnival. Her choreography has been seen in Diesel commercials, at Madison Square Garden. She has a passion for teaching and helping young dancers improve their technique and break out of their shell as a performer.


Joel Sluyter

Performing Groups Choreographer
Jazz/Funk Dance
Intermediate Hip-Hop
Advanced Hip-Hop
Dance Audition
Beginning 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.


Daniel Thomas

Private Voice Instruction

Daniel has been singing professionally in musical theatre, chamber choirs, large choruses and jazz and barbershop groups for over twenty years, and is one of the top music directors for theatre in Southern California. Daniel specializes in developing healthy technique for beginning and intermediate singers, focusing on relaxation and breath support to build a firm foundation for any style of singing. As someone who is often “behind the table” at auditions, Daniel specializes in coachings for auditions and performances for singers at all levels, developing performance and acting technique and developing singers’ repertoires for musical theatre. Daniel also focuses on musicianship, including pitch and music reading skills.


Larry Walker

Performing Groups Vocal Coach
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

Fairytale Ballet
Curtain Call Academy
Storybook Theatre
Imagination Theatre
Acting/Improv
Advanced Acting/Improv
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.