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
As Business Director, Co-Owner and instructor at Dance & Company, Lisa Lewis brings a comprehensive knowledge of both business and dance. Having studied ballet for over 30 years in San Diego, where she began her training as an adult, Lisa is dedicated to teaching other adults the basics of dance as both a creative outlet and a healthy lifestyle. Lisa was introduced to Pilates about 10 years ago and quickly feel in love with it, realizing the importance of core strength and stability especially as we age. To further her training, she continues to take class in the Pilates and attends workshops in San Diego and NYC to help enhance her skills as an instructor. Specialties: Ballet and Mat Pilates.
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: Combos, Contemporary and lead for Toddler Program
Tyler is also Dance & Company’s Membership Specialist
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: Jazz, Tap and Tricks & Turns
Kathleen is also Dance & Company’s Assistant Artistic Director
Originally from the East coast, Katie began dancing at her home town studio in New York at the age of 2. She continued to expand her training to include many different styles. Starting with ballet and tap, adding on jazz, acro, modern, contemporary, lyrical, pointe, belly dance, Irish step, and African tribal. Dancing with her performance company through high school, Katie performed in many local theaters and at many charity events. She also frequented the workshops offered at Skidmore college, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Radio City Music Hall, and classes at Broadway Dance Center in NYC. Continuing her dance studies through community college, she began coaching gymnastics as well. After two years of gymnastics, Katie began teaching at a studio near her undergraduate school and ran the competition team. After a year injury, Katie has been keeping up with her skills by taking classes at different studios. Moving to San Diego for her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, she has found a home at Dance & Company. Specialties: Acro & Combo
Kevin Belisario is a dancer and choreographer residing in Los Angeles, California. He grew up in San Diego, CA where he trained in all forms of dance. He had the privilege to work with choreographers such as Christopher Huggins, Donald McKayle, SuperDave and Wade Robson. He has also danced in the special features dance segment in the Cat In The Hat feature film DVD and is looking forward to pursuing more opportunities through a talent agency. Kevin recently graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he majored in World Arts & Cultures/Dance and with a minor in education. He is currently the Hip Hop Program Director at Del Mar Ballet in San Diego and teaches at several dance studios in Los Angeles. He is also a current member of Culture Shock Los Angeles and is looking to take dance to new heights in both the performing and teaching realm. Specialties: Hip Hop
Today Courtney has two beautiful children, Maeric and Evelyn, who she works to inspire everyday through the performing arts. Through teaching, Courtney’s goal is to spread her love of the arts, and hopes to foster strength, graciousness, and perseverance to the next generation of dancers. Specialties: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Musical Theatre & Combo
Max is thrilled to be working with Dance & Company, and proud to be choreographing and performing throughout his hometown of San Diego. He has been dancing since he was born and part of the theater community as a proud Coronado School of the Arts Alum. After gaining his BFA in Musial Theatre, he has been choreographing musicals for San Diego Junior Theatre, Canyon Crest Academy and La Jolla High, as well as working with SDSU on their Annual Campus Superstar Fundraiser. He has also worked on the East Coast. Having run and supervised the Performing Arts department at Pinemere Camp in Pennsylvania, and in New York for Mainstage Productions, choreographing and directing Willy Wonka, Wizard of Oz, and Beauty and the Beast. He has performed with The San Diego Opera, Cygnet Theatre, Moonlight Amphitheatre, and San Diego Musical Theatre, most recently seen as Doctor Frankenfurter in Rocky Horror Picture Show. Teaching dance across the nation has been incredible, and the amount of joy and growth he sees from all of the students inspires him even more. Specialties: Musical Theatre
Ana da Costa
Ana da Costa was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and received her ballet training from Centro de Danca Rio under the supervision of Angelica Fiorani. At the age of sixteen she started her professional career by joining Le Jeune Ballet de France (Young Ballet of France), in Paris, touring in Europe and Latin America. Two years later she joined Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro becoming a first soloist. Mr. da Costa is a principal ballerina with California Ballet since 2014.
Throughout her career, Ana had the opportunity to work with choreographers and ballet masters such as Richard Cragun, Marcia Haydee, Natalia Makarova, Pedro Krastchuk, Cecilia Kerche, Olga Evreinoff, Yelena Pankova, Vladimir Vassiliev, Angelica Fiorani, Jacy Jambay, Slawa Mukhamedov, Boris Storojkov, Fabio Matheus, Marcia Pinheiro, Erick Frederick, Septime Weber, Jared Nelson, Denise Dabrowski and Trystan Merrick.
Ana has performed many roles of the classical repertoire as well as new ballets created on her. Some of the most remarkable were Myrtle in The Great Gatsby, the lead role in Giselle, Odette and Odille in Swan Lake, the Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, lead roles in Fluctuating Hemlines and Ruled by Secrecy, Tiger Lily and Ms Darling in Peter Pan. Ana received the California Ballet Company Dancer of the Year award for 2015-2016.
Ana da Costa is also a working actress, actively participating in film productions in San Diego and Los Angeles. Theatricality and character development have been the trademark of her dance, making her characters come to life on the stage. Specialties: Ballet, Pointe
Katey has a huge passion for dance and feels very fortunate to be able to share her love for the art form with others, and hopes that her dancing and teaching will inspire others to pursue their dreams.
Katey was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ where she began her dance training at 2 1/2 years old. She has trained extensively in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap, Musical Theatre, and Hip-Hop. Amongst other teachers, Katey has trained with Nadya Zubkov, Olga Tarasova, Slawomir & Irena Wozniak, Julie Grooters, and Lili Griffiths. She has received many awards in dance including winning first place in the 2011 Arizona Young Artist Competition. At the age of 17 Katey joined her first professional dance company “Center Dance Ensemble” where she performed featured soloist and ensemble roles under the direction of Frances Smith Cohen, and worked closely with CDE’s resident choreographer Diane McNeal Hunt. After moving to San Diego in 2013, Katey began performing at SeaWorld in Madagascar Live: Operation Vacation.Exploring more of the Musical Theatre side of dancing Katey has performed featured soloist and ensemble roles in The Welk Resort Theatre production of The King And I, and in San Diego Musical Theatre productions of Singin’ In The Rain, 42nd Street, The Producers, and White Christmas. Katey has 10 years of teaching experience, and in addition to being a dance instructor, Katey continues to explore all dance career opportunities whether it be Theme Parks, Musical Theatre, Concert Dance, Cruise Ships, or Commercial. Katey is very excited to be joining the staff at Dance & Co., and looks forward to a wonderful dance season. Specialties: Ballet, Jazz & Musical Theatre
Brittany grew up dancing at Performing Arts Workshop, Encinitas under the Direction of Leslie Craig. Brittany has attended summer intensives at State Street Ballet, Santa Barbara, and taken summer classes from Larry Rosenburg. Brittany’s thirteen years of Ballet training led her to receive her BA in dance from California State University, Fullerton. Under the department direction of Gladys Kares, Brittany began her modern training. She trained in Limon, Horton, and Graham from instructors Debra Noble, Alvin Rangel, and Lisa D Long; as well as keeping up her Ballet training with Muriel Joyce. Brittany May has performed in CSUF’s Fall and Spring Dance Concerts where she danced in contemporary ballet pieces by Muriel Joyce followed by classical repertoire from “Giselle.” Brittany Graduated Magma Cum Laude from the University Honors Program. Her senior thesis involved a research investigation on the style of Horton and how it related to Ballet dancers. She created and completed case studies that led her to acknowledge the benefits of the style on Ballerinas. Throughout her Honors project, she found her passion for teaching. Brittany just recently began teaching at Dance & Company in November and is excited to be a part of the family. Specialties: Ballet, Contemporary, & Combo
Originally from Washington State, Laura began dance lessons at the age of 2 years old. Her continuous training through high school included a range of different styles at the Academy of Dance and Performing Arts. She participated in Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Ballet, and Pointe along with several competitive classes that went on to win awards for “Most Creative”, “Cleanest Piece” and number of “Diamonds”. She also pursued several years of theatre, acting, and voice lessons. Laura continued her dance education at the University of Washington in Seattle and earned a Bachelor of Arts with a major in in Dance: Creative Studies, and a minor in American Sign Language. Her dance background extended further in Modern, Contemporary, and African Tribal Dance. She traveled abroad in Brazil and furthered her knowledge through the study of Brazilian dance culture with people with disabilities. After over a year off due to Juvenile Rheumatioid Arthritis and reconstructive surgery, Laura now lives in San Diego, and is pursuing her continued love of movement through Jazzercise and various performances with Culture Shock Dance Center. She is overjoyed to be in dazzling California working with Dance & Company! Specialties: Combo Classes
Michelle started dancing at the age of 3 at a local studio in San Francisco. After taking many different styles of dance including ballet, jazz, and tap, Michelle was introduced to hip-hop and fell in love. When Michelle graduated high school she moved down to San Diego to be in Southern California dance scene and continue her training. In 2016 she joined the professional team Choreo Cookies and through them, she found a love for choreographing and teaching. Michelle is super excited to join the Dance & Company Family! Specialities: Hip Hop & Boppin Tots
Hannah fell in love with all things dance after her first ballet class at the age of 3. She trained in ballet and pointe at a local studio in Japan until relocating to San Diego, where she was exposed to modern, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, and tap. During her time at San Diego School for the Creative and Performing Arts, she had the opportunity to dance works by Donald McKayle, Jose Limon, Anna Sokolow, Fred Benjamin, Tong Wang, and Christopher Huggins. She has spent a season as a member of Philadanco 2 (Philadelphia Dance Company) under the direction of Donald Lunsford where she danced works by Daniel Ezralow and Fransisco Gella. Hannah is also the recipient of “Most Compelling Dancer” at San Diego Dance Theater’s Young Choreographer’s Showcase 2016 and the recipient of “Audience Favorite Choreography” at the showcase in 2018. A firm believer in using movement as a form of individual self expression, leading from the heart, and always treating others with kindness, Hannah is thrilled to be joining the Dance & Company team and can’t wait for this upcoming season! Specialties: Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz & Combo
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 and Contemporary
Caitlyn began dancing at the age of 2 and grew up training all genres of dance including ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, and hip-hop. When she turned 9 years old she realized her true love classical ballet and began to focus on training intensely for a professional career. Caitlyn’s year round training was provided by some of the leading ballet schools in Southern California and her technique and artistry was cultivated by Terri Russell, Lori-Michelle & Ben Houk, Dana Nelson, and Jose Chavez. Along with serious instruction during the year her training was supplemented by summer intensives with world renowned schools and companies such as American Ballet Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet West, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. Caitlyn began her career dancing with professional ballet companies at the age of 17 and has danced for the professional companies City Ballet of San Diego, State Street Ballet, and The PGK Project. Teaching the next generation of dancers is something she is extremely passionate about and is so happy to help students grow in their technique, artistry, and love for dance! Specialties: Ballet & Combo
Jacob has been dancing for most of his life but most of all, his passion is teaching students of all ages. Starting with tap dancing at the early age of 6, it took Jacob a while to finally branch off to all other genres at the age of 13. Since then, Jacob has become a self-taught choreographer, gaining notoriety and recognition throughout the dance community.
Jacob’s work has been featured in The San Diego Fringe Festival, San Diego Dance Theatre’s Young Choreographers Showcase and Prize 2018, as well as receiving prestigious choreography awards at national dance competitions for his dances and/or dancers. In the future, Jacob hopes to choreograph and create pieces for music artists and dance conventions around the globe. This is Jacob’s first season with Dance & Company and he is so happy and grateful to be part of the staff and is ready to share his choreography and energy with the Dance & Company family. Specialties: Contemporary & Tap
Sydney Suter is a teacher, choreographer, and actor in San Diego. Most recently being the Artistic Director for GCDC’s production of Beauty and the Beast. Past productions that Sydney has a part of, as a creative team member includes, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, Alice In Wonderland, and many Nutcrackers. With over a decade of training in musical theatre, Sydney has been an actor, dancer and singer since she was 7 years old. She has been in numerous productions such as Disneyland’s Fantasmic, Chicago’s Death and the Kings Horseman, and Perry Mansfield’s world premier Failure a Love Story. Growing up as a dance studio owners daughter, Sydney has watched and been around many dancers, teachers and has been trained in ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, and musical theatre. Whether a student is training for Broadway one day or just wants to land that perfect pirouette, Sydney wants to create a safe and joyful space for all kids to discover their love for dance! Specialties: Combo Classes & Musical Theatre