Miss Felicia, Artistic Director & Owner
Miss Felicia has been dancing for over 20 years and her training includes SDCYB’s Penny Huffor, Corrine Giddings, and Christy Rube, SDAB, and Ballet Pacifica’s Summer Intensive where she studied under former ABT principals Amanda McKerrow, John Gardner, Lorin Johnson, and Charles Maple. In addition, she has also received training at Ballet Magnificat’s Teacher’s Workshop and choreography courses at UCSD. Main roles Felicia has performed include Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and Aurora in Sleeping Beauty. She was the lead dancer in The King and I with the San Diego Lyric Opera and has performed with classical and contemporary ballet companies throughout Southern California.
Felicia graduated summa cum laude from Liberty University with a degree in business and is a certified personal fitness trainer through San Diego State University. She has been on staff with several classical ballet schools in San Diego County. She is thankful to her Heavenly Father for giving her the gift of dance and teaching. Miss Felicia is excited to bring classical ballet to Chula Vista, her hometown!
Miss Sarah, Instructor
Sarah began her dance training in her home state of Michigan, where she developed her love for dance and decided to pursue it as a career. At age sixteen she moved to Miami to study with the Miami City Ballet School, followed by Ballet Austin, and then the Los Angeles Ballet. All along the way Sarah has had the privilege of working with phenomenal instructors who had a positive influence on her life and her dancing. She also has had the opportunity to perform some of her favorite ballets, including Balanchine’s Swan Lake, Serenade, and La Valse, and most recently, Septime Webre’s Great Gatsby. Sarah currently dances in the corps de ballet of the California Ballet.
Sarah loves working with kids and hopes to be a positive influence on her students and pass on her passion for dance to the next generation. She is thankful for all the opportunities God has given her, and is excited to be joining the faculty at Inspire.
Miss Topaz, Instructor
Topaz began dancing under the direction of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet faculty member, Christina Hampton, and furthered her training at Miami City Ballet School in Miami Beach, Florida. She spent summers studying at Boston Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, and Moxie Contemporary Ballet in Portland. In 2012, she participated in a summer exchange program with the American Russian Foundation, where she traveled to Moscow, Russia to study at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Currently a corp de ballet member with the California Ballet, she hopes to take part in inspiring the next generation of ballerinas.
In addition to her dance background, Topaz is also a 200-hour certified yoga instructor with the International Yoga Alliance. She received her training at the Vinyasa Yoga School in Rishikesh, India, last summer. Since then, she has been teaching Vinyasa and Hatha classes for all levels at various yoga studios throughout San Diego. She is very excited to bring yoga to the Inspire community!
Ms. Lisette, Instructor
Lisette is committed to offering students a solid introduction to dance and performance art. Being born and raised in New York, she knew from a young age that being a professional dancer was a goal in her life. While Living in New York City, she studied with American Ballet Theatre, David Howard, Finis Jung, School of American Ballet (SAB), Martha Graham Studios, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center Scholarship Program, Istvan Rabovsky and Frank Hatchett.
Lisette has performed with Orlando Ballet Company, Classical Ballet of New Jersey, American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey as well as various other productions and reviews. Being a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Guild of Variety Artisits (AGVA), she has worked on many movies and television shows. She has also been featured in many fashion shows.
Having gathered the wealth of professional experience and training, it is Lisette’s goal to pass on to her students what she has learned from the great pioneers of dance who have come in touch with her life and learning experiences.
Lisette’s desire is for the student, regardless of ability or level, to be challenged and inspired by the arts, movement and performing. No matter what the student’s future holds, dance is a great way to start the journey in self-realization along with building self-esteem and great stamina. Her motto: Reach for the Moon and you will always be Amongst the Stars!
Miss Bernadette, Instructor
Bernadette Mirentxu Torres began her ballet training at the age of six at the Ballet Conservatory under Paz Soriano, in Chula Vista, California. She continued her training at the San Diego School of Ballet, San Diego Academy of Ballet under Maxim and Sylvia Tchernychev, and at summer intensives at American Ballet Theatre-New York, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
Professionally, Bernadette has performed with many companies including the San Diego Ballet and the California Ballet performing soloist and principal roles. Her performances and roles with the company include Waltz in Les Sylphides; Principal Couple in Romanian Rhapsody; Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Dewdrop, and Arabian in Maxine Mahon’s The Nutcracker; Medora in Le Corsaire; Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty; Principal in Wayne Davis’ Souvenir; Fairy Godmother in Tony Pimble’s Cinderella; Lucy in Charles Bennett’s Dracula; Pas de Trois and Big Swan in Thor Sutowski’s Swan Lake.
Bernadette has also completed the BASI (Body Arts and Science International) Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training Course under BASI founder, Rael Isacowitz. Furthermore, Bernadette received her BS in Business Administration-Management from SDSU (San Diego State University).