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Stacie Craig – Lyrical/Contemporary/Jazz/Tap/Company Choreographer:

SAG-AFTRA, AEA, AGVA

Stacie’s performance credits include: Regional Musical Theatre, Industrials, Commercials, Television, Video/DVD, and voice-overs; including 42nd Street, lead role in a series of videos/DVDs, voice and model/dancer for the lead character in an Animated Feature Film, as well as commercials for McDonald’s, Ralph’s. Stacie’s Choreography credit include: Sr Staff Choreographer and Manager of the Choreography and Staging Department for The Disneyland Resort resulting in over 500 shows, parades, TV specials and Celebrity events. She continues to choreograph and create for many high profile Entertainment Companies within the US, Canada and Australia. She also sits on 3 Dance Advisory Boards enabling Stacie to encourage and share the Love of Dance.


Heather Hoppus - Musical Theatre/Choreographer: AEA, SAG-AFTRA

Heather is a Cum Laude graduate of UCI. Performance credits include: lead singer for Norwegian Cruise Lines, principal in the made for TV movie “Stop the World, I Want To Get Off, first National Tour of Beauty and the Beast “silly girl”, Babe in the West Coast premier of Good News, numerous other national tours and regional theatre productions. Heather is a member of The Musical Theater Guild (MTG) in Los Angeles. Currently Heather choreographs for national champion show choir program at Los Alamitos High School.


Lisa Meisner - Company Choreographer

Received her training in Missouri and Chicago. As a performer, Lisa toured with the Young Americans and has many CLO credits to her name. She choreographs for award-winning show choirs throughout Orange County. Lisa currently choreographs the Broadway Showcase at Valley Christian High School and is a frequent guest clinician and choreographer for groups across the nation working with McQuitty Productions.


Nicole Werner-Sliwa – Voice/Musical Theatre

AEA, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Musical Theatre Educators Alliance

Nicole graduated from Orange County High School of the Arts before

earning a B.A. in Human Development with a secondary emphasis in dance from UC, San Diego (Cum Laude, Phieta Kappa). After training in New York and performing across the country, she continued her education with a M.F.A. in Musical Theatre from San Diego State (Phi Kappa Phi). Nicole’s performing credits include musical theatre and concert work including serving as a returning guest artist for the San Diego Chamber Orchestra and the Cape Cod Symphony and is the vocalist for her jazz trio “Blue Coral”.


Mollie Rae McKinnon – Choreographer/Dance/Certified Rhythm Works Instructor/Pre-school Dance Specialist: SAG-AFTRA

Mollie Rae Holds a BS from APU and has grownup training and performing with OCSD. She is also a Certified Rhythm Works Instructor.  This program uses dance steps and activities in its curriculum to help children with special needs, creating an exciting and encouraging learning environment that has no limits to dancing.  Favorite performing credits include: “Molly” in the original cast of American Girl Revue, Voice-overs/events/special events for The Walt Disney Company, Regional Theatre productions of Sound of Music, Annie, Ragtime, Annie Get your Gun and National Tour of Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Mollie Rae has extensive training in a variety of dance disciplines including jazz/tap/lyrical/ballet/contemporary and is a Dupree dance scholarship recipient. Mollie Rae can be seen dancing in parades at Disneyland including the recent Disney’s Electrical Parades as well as Mickey’s Soundsational, A Christmas Fantasy and Disney’s Paint the Night Parades.  She will be attending Graduate school to purse her Doctorate in Pediatric Occupational Therapy.


Myrona DeLaney - Voice/Musical Theatre

Myrona DeLaney has a BFA in Vocal Performance (Ohio University), an MFA in Drama (UCIrvine) and a Doctorate in Education (UCIrvine). Myrona is a tenured lecturer in Drama at UCIrvine where she is Director of the New York Satellite Program in Musical Theatre.


Susan Neill Spicer – Ballet

Susan is an associate member of the Royal Academy of Dance, London, England. She also holds Technique ARAD, B.A. Whittier College, MA CSULB, California teaching credentials: elementary, secondary and community college. Susan has been on the faculties of Cypress College, Rio Hondo and Mt. San Antonio College as well as junior high school chairman for California Dance. She has performed in many civic light opera musical theater productions as well as a dancer and associate choreographer for Disneyland.


Vicki Wachman – Voice/Musical Theatre

Vicki studied with Maurice Allard and teaches private and class voice lessons. Performing credits include: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, Into the Woods and vocalist with David Foster on Celine Dion’s, “These are the Special Times”.  Musical Direction includes: The Little Princess, Peter Pan, Jungle Book and Bye, Bye Birdie, Everything you Learned in Kindergarten but were Afraid to Ask, Front Rowe Center, Seussical and Beauty & the Beast.


Karie Seasock – Choreographer/Lyrical/Jazz/Tap: AGVA, SAG-AFTRA

Karie is a graduate of UC Irvine with a B.A. in Drama, is a frequent performer at FCLO and MTW in addition to numerous shows at the Disneyland Resort. For the past several years, Karie has performed with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Chicago, Toronto, Costa Mesa, and Nashville. TV credits include: The Suite Life of Zack and Cody


Kerri Fenton – Hip Hop/Tap/Jazz

Kerri’s performing credits include: 42nd St., Disneyland, Mattel, Body Glove, Pepsi, Fila, Coach, and Tap with Gregory Hines. She also was one of the first NBA Clipper Girls. Kerri holds a BA in dance with an emphasis in Education, with teaching credentials in California, Nevada and Arizona.  Kerri created the Dance Dept for Foothill HS and currently heads the Dance Department at Cypress High.


Shelly Nichols – Musical Theatre/ Choreographer: AGVA, AEA, SAG-AFTRA

Shelly has been seen in numerous Disneyland productions including “Hunchback of Notre Dame”, “Show Biz Is”, “Fantasy Follies”,” Pecos Bill Wild West Revue” (Calamity Jane) ,“Golden Horseshoe” can-can dancer/lead singer. Shelly is choreographer/show director for “The All American College Band” at Disneyland and part of the “Magic Music Days” staff. Shelly is Creative Director and owner for “Overture Productions” which provides entertainment for corporate and holiday events.


Nicole Manly – Tap/Jazz/Choreographer

Nicole is a graduate of UC Irvine with a B.A. in Drama and Literary Journalism. Nicole has spent a good portion of last year in New York as an assistant director for an Off-Broadway production, and touring with Camp Broadway as a teaching artist and performer as “Sandy” in Grease. In addition to teaching at the studio, Nicole is can be seen in CLO productions around Southern California. She recently finished her Education Specialist credential at CSULB and will begin teaching in the Los Alamitos School District.


Jim Whitson – Musical Theater/Acting: SAG-AFTRA, AEA

Jim's theatre credits include: Magaldi in Evita (Broadway), Rooster in Annie (National Tour), Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar (Fullerton CLO and Long Beach CLO) and Archie in Secret Garden (Laguna Beach Playhouse). Television credits include: Frazier, Becker, Wings, and The District as well as multiple National commercials. Jim has his Bachelors Degree in Education from Cal State Long Beach and teaches Drama at Crean Lutheran High School in Irvine.


Suzanne McElderry -Voice

Suzanne has a B.S. from San Diego Christian College, M.A. from CSULB in Music Education. Suzanne plays several instruments, directed children’s choirs and toured throughout high school and college with performing groups. After directing the choirs of Kennedy High School for seven years, she now teaches music at both McGaugh and Lee Elementary Schools in the Los Alamitos School District.


Kim Arnett - Ballet: AEA

Kim Arnett started off her career as a ballet dancer.  She performed with Hartford Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet right out of high school.  After 3 years, she transitioned into musical theater.  Kim was in the Broadway production of Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby, as well as the Las Vegas and 1st National Tour of Mamma Mia! She also toured through Europe with productions of 42nd Street and My Fair Lady.  She continues to work in regional theaters throughout the United States.


Charla Irish – Tap/Jazz

Charla is a graduate of Chapman University and University of LaVerne where she received her Master’s Degree. Charla is an elementary teacher for ABC Unified in addition to her continued work as a dance instructor at the studio. She has also performed in many parades at Disneyland.


Aubrey Wilkinson – Jazz/Tap

Aubrey held the title as Head Instructor for the Universal Dance Association (UCA/UDA) teaching high school and college dance camps across the country. She has also lead competitive dance teams to national titles at PACE Performing Arts, West Coast Performing Arts, and Dance Inc. Aubrey has won several national championships performing with California State Fullerton and Orange Coast College Dance Teams. Other performing credits include: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat/Long Beach Civic Light Opera, International Children’s Choir and national commercials including Barbie, Burger King, M & M’s, and Charmin.


Kristin Whittaker – Tap/Jazz

Kristin holds a B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development from CSUF and full time elementary school teacher in Los Alamitos Unified School District. Kristin has worked for many years at the Disneyland Resort in parades and shows.


Cynthia Kastner - Ballet

Cynthia has a BA in Dance with an Education Minor from UCI. Her most recent credits include numerous performances with the UCI Dance Dept. as well as Precision Ball Passing with Charles Moulton at OCPAC. Film credits include “Gotta Kick It Up” and “Hip Hop with Heidi Ho V”. Disney Parades, Knott’s Tree Lighting, and various industrial shows add to her credits. Cynthia currently heads the Dance Dept at Costa Mesa High School.


Laura Rea - Ballet

Laura holds a BS in Psychology – College of Osarks, Missouri and a MFW in Clinical Social Work, Hunter Graduate School, NY. Her performance credits include “Johanna Boyce and the Calf Woman” at the Lincoln Center, NY and dancer/ co-choreographer at the Manhattan Vineyard. Laura attended the National Academy of the Arts High School, Champaign, Ill., as well as the “Center de Danse International”, Cannes, France and The Goodman School of Drama, Chicago.


Kim Patteri – Ballet

Kim performing credits include: International tour Les Ballet Jazz, Toronto’s Beauty

and the Beast w/Celine Dion, CONNEXION,  Viva Rock Vegas, Wasp Woman, MonkeyBone and over 50 television shows and commercials. Choreography credits include: opening ceremonies of the 1986 Special Olympics, Guys and Dolls, Anne Of Green Gables and Ben Hur: The Musical. Kim has taught at New York University and master classes throughout Europe and North America.


Katie Simko – Ballet/Choreographer

Katie holds a BFA in Dance from Cal State Long Beach and has also trained at NYU.Her performance credits include many regional Musical Theatre productions as well as Disney Productions.


Stacy Schmitz – Pre-school Dance Specialist

Stacy has a B.A. from CSUF in Child Development and holds her Masters Degree in School Counseling from University of La Verne. She is a full time kindergarten teacher in Los Alamitos Unified. Stacy has appeared in many productions, including stage shows and parades, for the Disneyland Resort.