Katie Collins

Artistic Director and co-owner, has a widespread background in dance. She began her training at the age of 3, and ultimately found a love for dance when she started her extensive dance training in 1999. Katie began student-teaching at the age of 12 and received her first class as a teacher three years later. She teaches ballet, tap, and jazz, specializing in teens and preteens. Katie graduated from San Diego State University in May, 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies and a minor in dance. Her dance degree has expanded her knowledge of dance history, methodology, physiology, choreography technique and improvisation. She is delighted to pass all of this (and more) along to her students at Dance & Company. Specialties: ballet, tap and jazz – for all age groups

Lisa Lewis

Business Director, co-owner and instructor Lisa Lewis has a comprehensive knowledge of dance, having studied ballet for over 20 years in San Diego. Since she began dancing as an adult, Lisa is dedicated to teaching other adults the basics of dance as a creative outlet and as part of a healthy lifestyle. Lisa has taught adult ballet for several years and continues to participate in classes both in San Diego and Broadway Dance Center in NYC. She also attends yoga and pilates classes regularly. specialties: ballet and pilates.

Tyler Barkhimer

Tyler began dancing at the age of 3 in her hometown of San Ramon, CA. After taking some time to pursue competitive gymnastics, she discovered her passion for dance, and has been training and performing ever since. Tyler moved to San Luis Obispo, CA to attend Cal Poly, where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology with minors in Dance and Psychology. While in school, she danced with Orchesis Dance Company, which provided her opportunities to work with choreographers from across the nation in contemporary, jazz, modern, ballet and tap. Her minor and company experience offered her chances to learn more about dance composition, teaching methodology, and arts administration. She had the privilege of choreographing a contemporary piece for the Orchesis’ annual performance and was chosen to direct and produce Cal Poly’s Spring Dance Concert two years in a row. Tyler moved to San Diego in 2013 and is excited to be sharing her love for dance with the Dance & Company family! Specialties: Dance with Me, Combo Classes  & Contemporary.

Tyler is also Dance & Company’s Studio Manager

Torie Baker

Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts; Torie began her dance journey at the age of 4. In 2014 Torie graduated Dean College earning her BA Degree in Kinesiology and Dance Education. While studying at Dean, Torie was given the privilege to perform with Boston based contemporary companies, Urbanity Dance and Luminarium Dance in her sophomore year up until her senior year where she was also invited to perform at ACDFA (American College Dance Association) and BCDF (Boston Contemporary Dance Festival). She was also an apprentice for Boston Ballet II company during her first year at school.  Aside from dancing professionally, Torie also was given the opportunity to explore dance composition and participated generously in choreographing multiple student 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, Torie then moved to San Diego in 2015 where she became a registered vinyassa yoga instructor which led her into the world of acroyoga and aerial dance. As an instructor of various movement art forms, Torie is thrilled to Join the Dance & Company family, encouraging students to explore their own individual dance journey in an enthusiastic and safe environment.

Her specialties: Combo

Melissa Briggs

Melissa began her dance training at 3 with Boston Ballet School. She was promoted to their professional track at 8 years old. She went on to train at Joffrey Ballet in New York with Liz D’Anna, and attended summer ballet programs at Boston Ballet and ABT. When her family relocated to California, she completed her training at Westside Ballet School with Yvonne Mounsey. Melissa studied ballet as a trainee at Joffrey Chicago and Los Angeles Ballet, and is currently an apprentice at CA Ballet in San Diego. In addition to her ballet training, she was a Dance Company member in Modern Dance at Beverly Hills High where she graduated, and is completing an Associate’s degree in Dance at Santa Monica College. Melissa looks forward filling in as a sub when needed and to sharing her love of ballet Dance & Company, students! Specialities: Ballet

Kathleen Bryant

Kathleen began dancing at the age of 3, and knew at an early age dance would play a significant part in her life! After 15 years at a competitive dance studio, she attended the University of New Hampshire, where she earned a Bachelor Degree of Business Administration & a Minor in Dance. Kathleen had the privilege of dancing for the UNH Dance Company – a performance company specializing in Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Musical Theater & Aerial Dance – and was also awarded the Jean Mattox Scholarship for Excellence in Dance. Kathleen has been teaching Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, & Aerial Dance to various age groups since 2008, and loves sharing her passion for dance with her students.

Originally from the Boston, Massachusetts area, Kathleen relocated to San Diego in 2012, and joined the wonderful team at Dance & Company shortly thereafter. Although she greatly misses her family & friends back East, the staff & students at Dance & Company quickly became a second family to her.

Specialties: Advanced Jazz & Tap and Musical Theatre

Kathleen is also Dance & Company’s Assistant Artistic Director

Mary Joe Duggan

Mary Joe (aka MJ) has been performing professionally for the last fifteen years. After graduating from UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, MJ moved to NYC to pursue her dreams of a career in Musical Theatre. She was lucky enough to work Regionally, Off-Broadway, National and International Tours, and some television work. In 2014, she decided to leave NYC for a more rooted life, in San Diego. A cast member of the World Premiere of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” at La Jolla Playhouse and Papermill Playhouse, she continues to perform. Since living in San Diego, she’s fallen deeper into love with the fitness community and maintained her passion for dance. MJ is a pilates instructor at Wundabar, a spin instructor at Rush Cycle, and LOVES teaching dance at Dance & Company!

Kiara Johnson

Kiara began her training in dance at San Diego Civic Dance with ballet and tap when she was 5 years old. She attended Creative and Performing Media Arts Magnet Middle School (CPMA) where she genuinely fell in love with the artistry of dance through the study of tap, jazz, ballet, and contemporary. After middle school she branched out into hip hop where she began to found herself as a dancer. She has trained in LA with Debbie Allen, Dave Scott, Phlex, Tricia Miranda, Matt Steffanina, Matt Tayao, Tucker Barkley, Brandon Henschel, and more. Around the age of 14, she realized how much she loved spreading positivity to others through dance and began student teaching. By the age of 16 she had her own class. Through dance she hopes to help others recognize and accept their self-worth and the responsibility they have to be themselves. Specialties: Hip Hop

Brittani Kelly

A native of Philadelphia, Brittani began her dance training at the age of three at Pennsport School of Dance. At eight she auditioned for The Rock School where she received a full scholarship under the City Dance Program. While dancing at The Rock, Brittani performed the children’s lead Marie, in Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker for two years, and was featured in the NBC special Degas and the Dance. She also danced with Pennsylvania Ballet in Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Brittani attended summer intensives at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet and at sixteen was invited by SAB to continue her training during their winter session. While at SAB, Brittani danced Tarantella for the school’s outreach program and was featured in Union Jack in the end of the year showcase. In 2005, Brittani decided to go to college full time while still dancing on the side. Graduating in 2009 from Albright College, Brittani moved to Baltimore for a job at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Baltimore provided two dance company opportunities, Kinetics Dance Theatre and Flux/us Dance. In October 2012, Brittani moved back to Philadelphia where she worked at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine doing development and alumni relations. Back in Pennsylvania, she danced professionally with Ballet 180 and taught ballet and pointe at a local studio. In June of 2014 Brittani relocated to sunny San Diego where she continues to do development work at UC San Diego. She is very excited to be joining the Dance & Company family and is very grateful to be teaching such talented students! Specialties: Ballet & Pointe

Sara Mitteer

Sara has danced with five different dance companies in Southern California and has trained in various styles including ballet, tap, hip-hop, jazz, ballroom, contemporary, lyrical, and modern. Sara has worked with young dancers in both pre-professional and recreational studios. Currently, Sara trains with Culture Shock Dance Center and is a choreographer and performer for various entertainment and music companies. Outside of the dance world, Sara is a Registered Yoga Teacher and the owner/founder of San Diego Chair Yoga. Her appreciation for the art of movement and her knowledge of proper alignment and body mechanics has deepened from practicing and teaching yoga. In 2014, Sara graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in psychology and a minor in women’s studies, focusing intensively on positive psychological development and behavioral pattern change. As a dance instructor, Sara strives to instill creativity, confidence, and positivity in a nurturing and friendly environment. Specialties: Combo classes & hip hop

Annika Mossberg

Miss Annika began training in dance at age two in San Diego, CA at local dance studios, studying ballet, jazz, tap, and acrobatics. As an adolescent Annika focused heavily on classical ballet study, and by age 17 had completed all three Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Graded Vocational Ballet Examinations. Annika attended Cal State University, Long Beach as a Dance Major where she learned the fundamentals of anatomy and body placement, improvisation, dance composition, and dance history. Over the last ten years Miss Annika has taught thousands of students in the Southern CA area in dance studios, local YMCAs, and in academic settings. Miss Annika is always continuing her personal dance education and is particularly interested in how dance movement increases cognitive capacity, and is currently working to receive her Certificate in Dance Education through the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). Miss Annika loves sharing her passion for dance with her students of all ages and abilities, and loves working at Dance & Company! Specialties: Ballet, creative movement, pre-pointe, pointe, jazz, combo classes, and contemporary

Nicole Oga

Nicole’s movement training began with gymnastics at the age of 2. She continued with gymnastics and participated at a competitive level. She started her dance training in 2005 in her home town of Novato, California. After only 2 years of dance experience, Nicole entered college and took dance classes for fun. Through taking these classes she found her true passion for dance and received a B.A. in Dance from the University of California, San Diego in June 2012.  She currently dances with Visionary Dance Theater and the Movement Initiative.  Nicole specializes in teaching children ages 3 to 18 in jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, and ballet. She has a true passion for dance and hopes to educate and inspire children through her teaching. Specialties: Tap, acro, jazz, contemporary

Nancy Tello

Nancy began dancing in High School at the age of 14 where joined the dance team and became a Dance captain. She trained in  Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, & Lyrical . After graduating she attended Long Beach City college and studied dance and Musical Theater. Nancy was selected to attend The American College Dance Festival twice where she was given the opportunity to take master classes and work with professional company members from all over the country learning a little bit of Bollywood and Tango. After living in Long Beach a few years she had the opportunity to move Sitka Alaska and lived there for 3 years with her husband. In Alaska she taught Hip Hop and lyrical at the only local dance studio and some kickboxing at a fitness center. Nancy is now back in California living in San Diego and is very excited to be apart of the Dance & Company Dance family. Nancy has a passion for teaching dance and is experienced in teaching all ages. She loves watching her students grow and loves seeing them smile and having a good time. Specialties: Musical Theatre & Contemporary

Jeremy Zapanta

Born in the Philippines, Jeremy moved to the United States at the age of one. He began his dance training at age 13 at Burbank School of the Ballet under the instruction of Elizabeth Sutton. He continued his training at the University of California Irvine, studying under faculty members Jodie Gates, Tong Wang, Molly Lynch, Diane Diefenderfer, Michel Gervais (ballet) and Loretta Livingston and Donald Mckayle (modern). Here he studied ballet, modern, and jazz. At UCI he was a William J. Gillespie scholar for ballet studies, as well as a Glorya Kaufman scholar for dance performance. He graduated from UCI with a BFA in dance performance. Jeremy has trained at a number of summer intensives including: the American Academy of Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, LINES Ballet, and Los Angeles Ballet Academy. He has danced professionally as a freelance dancer and is one of the founding dancers of the Traverse City Dance Project. He is currently dancing for California Ballet as a Corps de Ballet member. Aside from dancing he enjoys choreographing and teaching. Jeremy is very excited to be teaching at Dance & Company.

specialties: ballet and contemporary