OUR FACULTY

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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 Tylla, Office Manager

Tylla is a graduate of University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in Business/Finance.

She has been part of the Inspire School of Ballet staff since 2016.  Tylla stays very active by being involved in her two children’s activities, which include, being Eastlake High Schools Band Booster president and being a dance mom.  Working at Inspire allows Tylla to see the children dance and progress in their skills by doing what they love to do-dance!

 Miss Leah, Instructor & Receptionist

Leah is a fourth year student at San Diego State University pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Development with a specialization in Family. After graduating she plans on going to graduate school to become a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst. She was been working with children for seven years across many settings and has a passion for helping families and children who have behavioral challenges.  Leah grew up with a passion for dance and loves to share that with her young students. She has been with Inspire Ballet since 2016. She is excited to keep working with the families and students of ISB!

 

 

 

 Miss Sarah, Instructor Sarah Headshot

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 Bernadette, Instructor

Bernadette Mirentxu Torres received her ballet training at the Ballet Conservatory, San Diego School of Ballet, and San Diego Academy of Ballet. Ms. Torres also trained at American Ballet Theatre-New York, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Houston Ballet where she was offered a year-round scholarship, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.  Additionally, she was offered a spot in the trainee program with the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. Ms. Torres also competed in the Youth America Grand Prix Finals-New York and the World Ballet Competition Finals-Orlando, coached by her mentor, Ahita Ardalan, of Les Ballets de Monte Carlo and the Paris Opera Ballet.  Ms. Torres received her first company contract at age 17 and quickly rose through the ranks to Principal by the age of 22. She danced and toured with San Diego Ballet, Malashock Dance, Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater, The Garage, SampleDance, and California Ballet. She has performed lead roles in The Nutcracker, Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Flower Festival of Genzano, La Bayadere, Joplinesque, Don Quixote, Grand Pas Classique, Les Sylphides, Romanian Rhapsody, Le Corsaire, The Sleeping Beauty, Souvenir, Dracula, and Swan Lake. In addition, she has had multiple original works created on her by several different choreographers.  Ms. Torres has been a dancer with the San Diego Opera for over 10 years and was an Assistant Choreographer in 2016 for the opera La Cenerentola. Additionally, she has been a guest judge in Italy and the USA, and a guest dancer in several international galas within the United States and Europe, receiving the “Riconoscimento al Talento” and the “Riconoscimento alla Carriera” awards in Italy, Europe. Ms. Torres is a sought-after guest dancer, master teacher, private coach, and choreographer. She has had the pleasure of working with Yoel Carreno, Yolanda Correa Frias, Cory Stearns, Gennadi Saveliev, Maia Makhateli, Artur Shesterikov, Alen Bottaini, Adeline Pastor, and many others. She has choreographed for several school and company performances as well as competitions. Her students have been accepted to and studied at Ballet West, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Houston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Julliard, and the Gelsey Kirkland Academy. Ms. Torres has and continues to work with many of today’s top dancers, teachers, choreographers, and directors. In addition, she completed the BASI (Body Arts and Science International) Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training Course under BASI founder, Rael Isacowitz, and is a certified Progressive Ballet Technique (PBT) teacher. Furthermore, Ms. Torres received her AA in Accounting with Honors from
Southwestern College and her BS in Business Administration-Management from SDSU (San Diego State University).

Miss Nicole, Instructor

 

Miss Andrea, Instructor

Miss Miranda, Instructor

Miss Olivia, Instructor

Miss Geni, Instructor

Mr. Carlo, Instructor