Resident Instructors

KATIE COLLINS, Co-Owner & Creative Director

Specialties: Ballet, Tap, Jazz – for all age groups.
Director of Dance & Company’s Performance Crew

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. Director of Dance & Company’s Performance Crew


Specialty: Ballet & Mat Pilates


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 over 20 years ago and quickly fell in love with it, realizing the importance of core strength and stability especially as we age.  To further her training, she continues to take classes in Pilates and attends workshops in San Diego and NYC to help enhance her skills as an instructor.



Specialties: Jazz, Tap, and Tricks & Turns

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


Specialties: Acro & Combo

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


Specialties: Tap, Musical Theatre & Jazz

Danielle Behrens was born and raised in Visalia, California. She works professionally as a musical theatre performer and dance instructor in both California and New York City. She has been dancing since the age of 3 and teaching and choreographing since the age of 16. While studying dance at Sierra Performing Arts Center, Danielle quickly discovered that she wanted to pursue a career in the arts and began training in voice and acting as well. She continued her training at College of the Sequoias, and then transferred to Marymount Manhattan College in New York City where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre. After graduation, Danielle joined the North American touring cast of The Wizard of Oz working as a swing. She then performed on the Disney Wonder cruise ship where she appeared onstage as Aurora, Cinderella, Belle and more. Danielle has also had the pleasure of performing at many regional theaters around the country. Some of her favorite credits include: Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street, Clara Johnson in The Light in the Piazza, Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain, and Meg Giry in Phantom of the Opera. She has worked as an instructor and choreographer at Broadway Dance Center, Thommie Retter’s NYC Tap Crew, Lopresti Dance Theatre, Sierra Performing Arts Center and College of the Sequoias. She loves sharing her passion for the arts as well as everything she has learned along the way! Specialties: Tap, Musical Theatre & Jazz


Specialties: Ballet, Jazz & Musical Theatre

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


Specialities: Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Combo Classes

Liliana Lizalde began dancing at the age of 4 and has trained in several genres of dance including ballet, contemporary and ballroom. She also trained in rhythmic gymnastics and became a National Champion and won a spot as a Junior Olympic Team Member. Later, Lily decided to follow her heart and put her focus into her ballet training. So, at 13 she moved from San Diego to Arizona to train full-time in a professional program where she danced in several shows with the Phoenix Ballet Company. Lily has competed and placed in the top 3 at the YAGP and was also chosen to compete in the 2018 Beijing IBC. Lily is delighted to share her knowledge and love of dance with Dance & Company. Specialities: Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Combo Classes


Specialties: Ballet, Contemporary, and Combo

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



Specialties: Musical Theatre, Ballet, Jazz


Valerie Salgado is a Choreographer, Performer, and Educator based in San Diego, CA. With an eclectic training background and experience

in theater, television, and concert dance, Valerie brings a unique perspective to the creation process. Her passion for dance and leadership skills motivate and inspire those she works with. Choreographer credits include entertainment for Europa Park (Germany), Playland, and Dorney Park, Hairspray, Footloose, Off-Broadway’s Helen on 86th Street and Transcendence Theater Company’s This Magic Moment.

As an Associate, Valerie contributed to Season One of the Emmy award-winning series, Smash, the world premiere of Frozen on Disney Cruise Line, and the Off-Broadway premiere of Bunty Berman Presents.Valerie received her classical training under the direction of Philip and Chales Fuller in Pasadena, CA and her BA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine. She will complete her Masters in Special Education with an Emphasis on Autism in May 2022 from San Diego State University. Specialties: Musical Theatre, Ballet, Jazz


Specialties: Ballet, Jazz & Lyrical

Maddie started dancing at the age of 8 in Southern California. She received her formal Ballet training from Inspire School of Ballet in Eastlake, CA. Maddie was a competitive dancer on the EHS dance team for several years, under the direction of Kristy Greenway and Natalie Barone. She has instructed Ballet and Lyrical workshops at her alma mater, Eastlake High School. Throughout her competitive dance years, she had the pleasure of training with some great choreographers, such as Ambrose Respicio, Shana Clark, Mikeal Villela, and Kevin Frey. She attended many dance competitions all over California where she competed in groups and solos. She is well trained in Contemporary, Ballet, Lyrical, Technical Jazz, and Fusion Jazz, and has become a certified Progressing Ballet Technique instructor. Maddie has starred in various ballet productions such as Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Beauty, and the Beast, and her favorite role being Clara in The Nutcracker. She has always had a strong passion for teaching and hopes to inspire young children and teens to always do what they love. Specialties: Ballet, Jazz & Lyrical


Specialties: Hip Hop

Tiffany started training in modern and contemporary at 15 before officially training in hip hop at 19 at The BOX Dance Studio in Otay Ranch and moving on to take classes through Culture Shock San Diego and Studio FX.Once she started attending the University of San Diego, California, her journey continued on Ascension, the longest competitive hip-hop dance team at the school and ultimately becoming one of the Artistic Director’s during 2021-2022, leading them to 1st place at the 2021 Maxt Out Dance Competition. Since graduating UCSD with a B.A. in Literatures in English, Tiffany has had the privilege of training under Nami Gallagher and Samuel Moore, members from San Diego’s Choreo Cookies Professional Dance Team and completed the TEMP mentorship program by Tristan Edpao, a Los Angeles based dancer and choreographer represented by the talent agency, Bloc, in Los Angeles.
Currently, Tiffany is on Young Hustle Dance Co., a Black & Brown based hip-hop dance company in San Diego, as an artistic captain and member on the team. She strives to continue to grow in any way she can and is eager to share her knowledge with her future students, as well as learning from both them and Dance & Company. Specialties: Hip Hop