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. Learn more about our amazing dance instructor teacher apprentice program.

DANCE LEADERSHIP

JENA MINNICK

Owner/Director

Jena Minnick, Owner/Director for 17 years, earning "Best Dance School in Laguna Niguel" for the past 12 years. She has a BS in Marketing, over 25 years of teaching/choreography, and Awarded Woman Business Owner by OC Business Journal. [more]

RENEE FOX-MOORE

Assistant Director

Renee holds a BFA in Musical Theatre Dance from OKCU, an MFA in Dance from UCI and Certifications in Arts Management, Online Teaching, Pilates and Yoga. She is a Professor, national and international performer, instructor and choreographer. [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 over 20 years of teaching,choreography and coaching experience. She has spent the last 14 years at SCC helping to develop its award winning competitive and training programs.

DANIELLE CLAY

Marketing & Business Development

Danielle Clay

Nationally acclaimed as a client relations expert, Danielle joins us with over 18 years experience. With a Business Degree from WSU in Digital Technology and Culture, she loves to build relationships and keep them.

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 Cal State Fullerton. 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.

DANCE 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 Korngold has been teaching and inspiring dancers at SCC for over 11 years. She is a certified SLPA and an award winning choreographer that currently holds the 2018 Countdown National Title. [more]

ENTON HOXHA

Ballet Master

Born in Albania, Enton studied at the National Ballet Academy in Albania and earned a Master's degree from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. He has performed in many ballet companies as a principal and first soloist. [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 born in Moscow, trained and received a PhD Degree from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy as Choreographer/Master Ballet Teacher. She has toured internationally with ballet companies and has been a judge for ballet competitions. [more]

SARAH GABB

Instructor

Sarah Gabb is a 2018 Industry Dance Award nominated Tap choreographer. She was a part of a Tap Company and has trained with renowned Tap dancers. Sarah hopes to guide her students to become great dancers and great people. [more]

ALI TERRONES

Instructor

ALI TERRONES

Ali has been a dance educator for over 15 years. 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

Josh King danced professionally with Anaheim Ballet, Backhausdance, and Alvin Ailey. He is on faculty at SCC and Orange County School of the Arts (both Dance Conservatories) connecting his students with the joy of dance. [more]

DARIN DANTICE

Instructor

DARIN DANTICE

Darin Jon Dantice has been a teacher and choreographer for over 30 years. Darin also works for Disney Live Entertainment in the Choreography and Staging department.

CAITLIN BARFIELD

Instructor

Caitlin has been training in multiple styles of dance for over 20 years. She holds a BFA degree in Dance from CSU Long Beach and 2 teaching certifications from the National Training Curriculum with The American Ballet Theatre.(more)

JACQUELYN SUTKOWI

Instructor

JACQUELYN SUTKOWI

Jacquelyn Sutkowi, International Dance Educator. BFA Chapman University. Faculty on Hollywood Connection Dance Convention. As a former Dance Agent, her focus is training dancers that have entertainment industry career goals!

KRISTAL WIOSKOWSKI

Instructor

Kristal grew up as a competitive dancer from receiving regional titles at many competitions/conventions. She is an Edge Scholarship 2010-11 Alumni and received professional training that shaped her teaching styles today.

MELANIE LASTRINA

Instructor

Melanie Lastrina holds an MFA in Dance from UCI, a BFA in Acting, and a BASI Pilates certification. She has performed professionally in Broadway tours, music videos, and dance companies in Los Angeles.  [more]

NYQUITA WILSON

Instructor

NYQUITA WILSON

LSU Alumnae, Nyquita has been performer, acting coach, and teacher for over 25 years. Her bio includes television, film, on and behind the stage. She has been with SCC for the past 6 years as a mom, instructor and performer.

SARA SANDERS

Instructor

Sara Sanders is a Commercial Dance graduate from OCSA with a BA in Dance from UC Irvine. Sara taught for the United Spirit Association and Orange County High School of the Arts. Sara is a certified pilates instructor and loves sharing her love of dance.

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 a 3rd year teacher, TA graduate, and National Honor Society of Dance Arts member. She has 13 years of training in all dance styles, gymnastics, and cheer, is certified in sports injury medicine, and earning her BSN. [more]

BRANDON HENSCHEL

Instructor

Brandon is a 22 year Veteran of film and television. His clients include celebrities like Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift, Beyonce and Carrie Underwood. He is also a series regular on the tv show Lip Sync Battle. [more]

DAWN COSTELLO

Instructor

Dawn Costello

Dawn taught at Fern Adair Conservatory of The Arts for 12 years in Las Vegas. In 2007, she moved to Orange County where she began teaching at Focus Dance Center, Kyne Dance Academy and West Coast School of the Arts.

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) [more]

JUSTICE FRANGIPANE

Dance Instructor

JUSTICE FRANGIPANE

Competed in two Olympic trials in gymnastics and tied two world records for most difficult skill. Was a dance major at the university of Iowa. Performed in multiple dance companies.

STORMY CALLOWAY

Dance Instructor

STORMY CALLOWAY

Recognized for her unique dance choreography with Mindless Behavior, Diggy Simons, and Rising Stars Music Awards, Stormy was awarded two scholarships from Debbie Allen and Chris Brown. She studies at Long Beach College to complete her Bachelors degree.

EMI TAKAHATA

Instructor

Emi has trained in many different dance style throughout her life, from traditional Hula dancing to Hip Hop. She was a part of a well known Hip Hop crew, Kaba Kids, and has competed and won many competitions against others around the world. [more]

SAKINA IBRAHIM

Instructor

SAKINA IBRAHIM

Sakina holds a MFA from the UC Irvine, she serves as faculty at Long Beach City College and various other educational institutions. Sakina’s worked with Anthony Burrell, the late Donald McKayle, and Rennie Harris.

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.

SPENCER JENSEN

Training Specialist/Accelerated Accounts Advisor

Spencer has a BFA in Dance from CSU Long Beach and is a BASI certified pilates instructor. He currently dances for various LA based companies, artists, and projects. Dance educator and administrator for past 6 years. [more]

KYLIE GERLACH

Front Desk Advisor

KYLIE GERLACH

Kylie is an SCC Alumni from the Ballet Conservatory and Competitive Program. She is integral to the marketing communications at the Front Desk. She has great patience and creativity for our SCC families.

MADY DESMET

Front Desk Advisor

MADY DESMET

CHARI CASSIDY

Front Desk Advisor

CHARI CASSIDY

MINA COURTNEY

Front Desk Advisor

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