OUR TEAM

South Coast Conservatory’s team of faculty and staff members feature the best and most experienced dance professionals in the area. All of our faculty are certified through highly respected, recognized organizations with extensive training in dance, choreography, wellness, and anatomy training. Additionally, teachers are insured and hold certifications in First Aid and CPR.

LEADERSHIP

JENA MINNICK

Owner/Director

Jena has a BS in Marketing from Johnson & Wales University -Summa Cum Laude, awarded "Best Studio" for 8 years in a row, "Woman to Watch" from OC Women of Influence in 2016, and runner-up "Women of the Year" for OC Business Journal...(see more)

RENEE FOX-MOORE

Assistant Director

Renee has an MFA in Dance from UC Irvine and a BFA in Music Theater Dance from OKCU. She is an accomplished professor, instructor and choreographer in many genres of dance. Her certifications include Pilates, Yoga and UCI Arts Management...(see more)

CHRISTINA SOWERS

School Mgr & Costume Mistress

CHRISTINA SOWERS

Miss Chris has been a part of South Coast Conservatory since 2006. With her degree in communications and 25 years of corporate experience, she is a great resource for all SCC clients in all aspects of our school.

CASSIDY N. BREEZE

Competition Manager

Cassidy Breeze has spent the past 15 years developing the award winning competitive program at SCC her love for dance and specialize training in dance and child development has help her evolve SCC and it competition team Cassidy’s teams have ...(see more)

DANIELLE CLAY

Marketing & Business Development

Danielle Clay

JILL PRUNELLA

Human Resources & Finance Mgr

JILL PRUNELLA

Jill has a decade of experience in project and database management with a world-renowned neurological company. She has been a part of the Management team at South Coast Conservatory since September 2014.

SANDY PALENSKE

Store Manager

SANDY PALENSKE

Sandy graduated from Long Beach State University and has many years of experience in education, administration and sales. She has provided superior customer service to the SCC family for the past 15 years.

PAIGE UNDERWOOD

Graphic Designer

PAIGE UNDERWOOD

Paige is a graphic designer with a BFA in Graphic and Interactive Design at CSUF. As a part of SCC’s marketing team, she applies her design knowledge and clean aesthetic to sustain the SCC brand.

JACQUELINE STANLEY

Production Manager & Instructor

JACQUELINE STANLEY

Jacqueline toured the US and Canada for many years as a member of Orange County Song and Dance Company. She continues to foster a life-long love of the performing arts by sharing her passion with our students.

INSTRUCTORS

AMANDA KAY WHITE

Instructor

Amanda is a founding/current member of Orange County, California’s critically acclaimed dance company Backhausdance. She is an alumna of Chapman University with a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Communication Arts with an emphasis in Advertising...(see more)

ASHLEY KORNGOLD

Instructor

Ashley has her AA in Dance and is a certified Speech & Language Pathologist Assistant. She has been teaching and coaching at South Coast Conservatory for 11 years. Ashley's choreography has won numerous awards, such as, Most Entertaining and Best Choreography...(see more)

ENTON HOXHA

Ballet Master

Enton is the Artistic Director of South Coast Conservatory. Born in Tirane, Albania, Enton started his dance education at the National Ballet Academy in Albania. At age 15 Enton was invited by the Russia Embassy to continue his studies at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow...(see more)

MARJI HIMES

Musical Theatre Adviser

Marji graduated with a BA in Dance and MFA in Musical Theatre from UC Irvine. During this time she performed at Disneyland and then went on to perform a season with Ringling Bros., Barnum and Bailey circus in Japan. Marji has performed with one of Orange County's premier...(see more)

MARIA TIKHOMIROVA

Ballet Master

Maria was born in Moscow and was trained at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. In 2006, Ms. Tikhomirova received a PhD degree with high honors from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy as Choreographer/Master Ballet Teacher in Classical Dance...(see more)

SARAH GABB

Instructor

Sarah is a 2018 Industry Dance Award nominated Tap choreographer. She has been dancing for twenty two years and has been teaching for eleven years. She was a part of a touring Tap Company entitled “Here’s II Lyfe”...(see more)

ALI TERRONES

Instructor

ALI TERRONES

Ali has been dancing since the age of three. She fully utilizes her education in Early Childhood Development from Cal State Fullerton to facilitate an encouraging, nurturing and loving environment in all of her classes.

MICHELE GERLACH

Instructor

MICHELE GERLACH

Michele has coached numerous State, Regional, National and International Champions for over 37 years. And at SCC she creates a friendly environment for students to achieve their highest potential.

JOSH KING

Instructor

Joshua King has been a company member of Backhausdance and Anaheim Ballet. He began dancing in his hometown of Palm Springs and continued his education at California State University, Long Beach as a dance major...(see more)

DARIN DANTICE

Instructor

DARIN DANTICE

Darin has worked professionally as a dancer and instructor for more than 25 years. His teaching method infuses his extensive knowledge of the body with a highly developed technical background.

CAITLIN BARFIELD

Instructor

Caitlin has been training in multiple styles of dance since the age of 3. With a BFA degree in Dance from Cal State Long Beach and two ABT Teacher Certifications, she continues to create a positive and encouraging environment for her students...(see more)

JACQUELYN SUTKOWI

Instructor

JACQUELYN SUTKOWI

Jacquelyn received her BFA from Chapman University in Dance Performance. Her focus is on training, preparing and motivating dancers during their transition into professional careers and college.

KRISTAL WIOSKOWSKI

Instructor

Kristal grew up as a competitive dancer in Michigan receiving regional titles at Hollywood Connection, JUMP, NUVO, Tremaine, and Hall of Fame. She jump started her career in Los Angeles after being accepted into the Edge Performing Arts Center Scholarship Program ...(see more)

MELANIE LASTRINA

Instructor

 Melanie holds an MFA Dance degree from UCI, a BFA Acting degree from Elon University, and is BASI Pilates Certified. Melanie has performed professionally in the Broadway tours of Oliver! and Showboat, and opened for Britney Spears as a dancer in the Radio Disney Tune Troupe ...(see more)

NYQUITA WILSON

Instructor

NYQUITA WILSON

Nyquita studied acting and performed on the stages of Louisiana State University. Here at SCC, she has been an acting teacher/coach, recital cast member, showcase production manager and make up artist.

SARA SANDERS

Instructor

 Sara Sanders is a graduate of the Commercial Dance Conservatory at OCSA and UCIrvine with a BA in Dance. Sara has taught across the country for the United Spirit Association and at the prestigious Orange County High School of the Arts. Sara is a certified pilates instructor and loves sharing her love of dance with her students.

ARACELI SEVILLA

Aerial Instructor

Araceli is a professional aerial arts performer and instructor. She has performed for several entertainment companies and currently performs weekly for Pirates Dinner Adventure in Buena Park. She graduated from CSU Fullerton in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology.

SERENITY HARRY

Instructor

Serenity is currently finishing her senior year in High School and will be attending school next year for nursing. She is an active performer for SOCSA’s Dance Production Team. She is also the current President of the National Honors Society for Dance Arts, and has been involved in SCC for 15 years...(see more)

SPENCER JENSEN

Instructor

Spencer received his BFA in Dance at California State University, Long Beach, and has continued to perform as a freelance dancer in both Los Angeles and Orange County. Spencer received his formal dance education from Keith Johnson, Rebecca Lemme, Lorin Johnson, Summer Brown, Rebecca Bryant, and Alicia Head...(see more)

DAWN COSTELLO

Instructor

Dawn Costello

LORI RENÉE DEVEY

Instructor

Lori has a BA in Music and Vocal Performance from Oregon State University and studied Opera at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Masters Program where she also studied vocal pedagogy. Lori has taught voice and piano for 24 years and is a member of Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC)...(see more)

BRANDON HENSCHEL

Instructor

Brandon Henschel is a Creative Director and Choreographer in the Los Angeles entertainment industry, and is known for his powerful, athletic, hard hitting movement and musicality. Brandon is one of the most versatile choreographers utilizing various genres of choreography for his clients including styles that range from Broadway and Busby Berkley, to rapid fire Hip Hop, Jazz and Classical Ballet...(see more)

DAWN COSTELLO

Instructor

Dawn Costello

EMI TAKAHATA

Instructor

Emi is currently a student at CSU Fullerton studying Graphic Design. She has been dancing since four years old under various styles of dance. For the past nine years, she had been focusing on Hip Hop. She started out at Focus Dance Center in Irvine and joined a Hip Hop crew called Kaba Kids...(see more)

ADMINISTRATION

LULU PULIDO

Front Desk Advisor

LULU PULIDO

Lulu is studying to become a Registered Nurse at Saddleback College and hopes to transfer to get a Bachelors degree at Cal State Fullerton. She enjoys working and providing great customer service for SCC.

CHARI CASSIDY

Front Desk Advisor

CHARI CASSIDY

KYLIE GERLACH

Front Desk Advisor

KYLIE GERLACH