Kevin Belisario – Guest Hip Hop Instructor

Kevin Belisario is a dancer/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.

Shawn Burgess – Guest Ballet and Contemporary Instructor

Shawn is native to San Diego & an alumni from UC Riverside. In 2000, he began studying classical ballet from a small school after several years of sports & martial arts. While training, he worked regionally for Welk Resort Theater and Moonlight Amphitheater, then joined Tokyo DisneySea in 2004 with Mystic Rhythms. Afterward he settled in New York, danced in the film Across The Universe, inspired by music from The Beatles, and then joined Universal Studios Japan in their company production Wicked in Osaka. He’s also very fortunate to have performed on Broadway in the revival of West Side Story by late Arthur Laurents, as well as in Paris, London, Amsterdam, Vienna, Kuala Lumpur, and other cities for three years as Pepe in the 50th Anniversary International Co. of West Side Story. In 2011, Shawn went on hiatus from performance abroad, returned to his hometown to rest, then joined Southern California Ballet as a resident artist. Since then, he has also performed locally with San Diego Ballet in Seven Beauties, The Nutcracker, Sweet Synergy, & A Midsummer Nights’s Dream as Bottom; in The Great Gatsby with California Ballet; and in Great Scott with San Diego Opera. He gives regular instruction in ballet, music theory & pas de deux, and currently trains in piano accompaniment for ballet in San Diego.

Vanessa Byrne – Guest Contemporary & Jazz Instructor

Vanessa was born and raised in San Jose, CA. Her biggest influencers were Sonya Tayeh and Chris Jacobsen, they shaped her movement as well as her world when she entered their dance company at the age of 15. Over the years Vanessa has found her passion working with dancers to harness their personal strengths, both mentally and physically. She uses technique and movement to explore their individuality and challenge the way they look at themselves and the world around them. When they walk out of the classroom they not only have more of a sense of self but also accomplishment as a dancer.

Maddie Campisano – Guest Ballet and Contemporary Instructor

“My mission is to find all the possible ways to use dance to help nourish young and old minds and hearts alike. I will strive to use my knowledge of dance and creative movement to help better communities by exposing people to the beneficial, thriving qualities that dance naturally brings.”

Madeline Campisano is a graduate of the Alvin Ailey and Fordham University BFA program in New York City. She has performed in San Francisco, New York City, Houston, and San Diego in works by Katerina Wester, Hope Boykin, Nicholas Villeneuve, Kate Skarpetowska, Lara Segura, & John Malashock. She specializes in teaching Ballet, Graham-based Modern, Contemporary, and early childhood creative dance. Madeline is also furthering her passion of teaching & movement through her current, intensive STOTT Pilates certification training.

Madeline is also a New York-trained, professional dance photographer. Her portfolio includes The Martha Graham Dance Company, Abraham.In.Motion, The Alvin Ailey School, Ballet Hispánico, & Malashock Dance.

Caroline Courtney

Caroline began her training with the Coronado Academy of Dance at the age of 6. When she reached the advanced level with the academy she moved studios and joined the prestigious California Ballet School directed by Maxine Mahon. With the school Caroline trained rigorously under the direction of teachers such as Prima Ballerina Denise Dabrowski. At the age of 15 she was accepted into the Coronado School of the Arts. Within the program she began her serious training in modern dance, concert jazz, and contemporary ballet. She choreographed an immense number of works for the schools productions and even had one of her pieces featured in a professional show with the California Ballet Company. She received national recognition for her role as Peter Pan in CoSA’s production ofFlight to Neverland and was a competitor in the Youth America Grand Prix just before suffering a severe ankle injury after the semi finals. She was accepted into the University of California Irvine’s Dance Program where her professional training began. She was featured in performances such as Eugene Loring’s, “Billy the Kid,” as well as many others before receiving her bachelor’s degree in Dance Performance in June 2015, graduating a year earlier than expected. She is currently an apprentice with the contemporary dance company, The PGK Dance Project, directed by Peter Kalivas, in San Diego, as well as an instructor with California Ballet School and pursuing her Pilates certification.

Christina Fuschetto – Guest Lyrical and Ballet Instructor

Christina Fuschetto is a graduate of Pace University and holds a B.A. in Psychology and minor in dance. Her training includes attending on scholarship the Pre-Professional Program at Steps on Broadway in NYC. In the past she has had the opportunity to assist the Rockette Summer Intensive at Radio City, Intern at Broadway Dance Center, and workshop brand new shows for Holland America Cruise Lines. Recent credits include Dancing Queen, Christmas On Ice, Legends in Concert and Norwegian Cruise Lines. When Christina is not performing, she teaches all styles of dance, levels, and ages. She has won numerous choreography and special awards for contemporary, ballet, and musical theatre dances. Christina is also a Registered 200 hour yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and incorporates into her warm up how to build strength and safely stretch.

She has a passion for dance that she hopes to share with her students, while teaching them to execute proper technique and exposing them to new styles of dance.

Neha Jaitpal – Bollywood Master Trainer

Neha began dancing at the age of 3 in Mumbai, India. She was fortunate to learn from mentors like Sumeet Nagdev (Modern Contemporary),Guru Lata Surendra (Bharatanatyam) ,Guru Sonia Parchure (Kathak), Miss Ava Bharucha (Classical Ballet),Preeti and Shannon (Salsa),Tripura Kashyap (Creative dance and Dance Therapy),Vijay Tiwari (Indian Folk Dance),Vipin Kazhipurath (Kalaripayatu), Gregory Hancock, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre (Dance Theatre),Steve Rooks, Ex-Principal dancer from Maratha Graham Dance Company (Contemporary), Liz Lea (Bharatanatyam Contemporary), James Morrow (Modern and Hip hop). She was the Project Manager and Trainer for Project Ahsas (A non-profit organization) started by Sumeet Nagdev Dance Arts in Mumbai, India. The objective of the project was to heal children with special needs by a culmination of music, dance and rhythm.
Neha has a degree in Electronics Engineering and currently pursuing Business Management at UCSD.

Jacob Soble – Guest Tap Instructor

Jacob has been dancing for most of his life but most of all, his passion is teaching students of all ages. Jacob’s purpose in life is choreographing and dancing and, sharing it with other individuals is his passion.  Jacob currently teaches and choreographs around San Diego county all while maintaining grades as a full-time student. In addition, he dances at  Malashock Dance and drops in on classes throughout San Diego and Los Angeles.

Justin Viernes – Guest Contemporary Instructor

Justin Viernes has been entertaining audiences nationally and internationally since the age of five. Since starting his professional dance career at the age of 16, he has danced for Fusion Dance Company, Sound Dance Company, The Patricia Rincon Dance Collective, iMago Moves, The PGK Dance Project, Khamla Somphanh and Dancers, The Southern California Ballet, Compulsion Dance and Theater and various artists across the nation. Internationally her has performed in Kazakhstan and Belize as a US Cultural Envoy representing American Modern Dance, San Miguel de Allende and Buenos Aires to name a few. Justin is currently dancing and residing in Philadelphia and is also a senior company dancer for Malashock Dance Company, modern dance faculty at The California State Summmer School for the Arts program at CalArts University and is artistic director for brown paper bag dance co. Justin started as a resident instructor with Dance & Company back in 2009 when they opened and is thrilled to be back as a guest instructor when he is in town.