OUR TEAM

Jennine Dunne

Co-Owner, Studio Director

Jennine is Part Owner and Studio Director here at Flex Performing Arts. She was born and raised in Los Angeles County and moved to the Central Coast after completing college. She holds a degree in Business Management from Woodbury University in Burbank, CA and CA Real Estate License. She began taking ballet at 3 years old and at 6 began cheerleading. She continued to study ballet, jazz, hip-hop and cheer until 18 years old, including being a part of a modern dance conservatory group and dance/cheer squad in high school. She took acting lessons in Beverly Hills and has worked for a casting director in Hollywood. She also has an extensive background in sales, customer service, and marketing. She is now an active local Realtor on the Central Coast where she assists people with one of the most important assets of their lives.  She has a daughter who has been dancing since she was 18 months old and is now eleven. They both have a love and passion for the dance and performing arts industry. Jennine has lived here for over 20 years and has deep ties in our local community and looks forward to having her students call “Flex” their home.

She and her husband, Curtis who is FLEX's CFO, live in Arroyo Grande with their two children, Marcus and Jade, and their two dogs and bunny.

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Brianna Deveraux-Allen

Co-Owner, Artistic Director

From California’s Central Coast, Brianna began her dance education at age 4. She is formally trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop, theatrical and contemporary dance styles. In her youth she was very active in the performance and competition company at Adkin’s Dance Center. Her love of dance has taken her to Southern California, New York and London. And she has had the privilege to work with and learn from such greats as Debbie Allen, Mia Michaels, Anthony Morigerato, Al Blackstone, Mike Minery and many others. She learned early on that she had a passion for teaching and sharing her love of dance. She has 15 years of experience in dance education and is thrilled to begin her career as a studio owner.

 

Her choreographic credits include several of the Allan Hancock College biannual dance concerts (Dimensions in Dance and Dance Spectrum), Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet’s annual production of Babes in Toyland. She served as Performance Troupe Director for the Dance Out Loud program at Coastal Dance and Music Academy. She is the Resident Choreographer for Coastal Performing Arts Foundation and Coastal Youth Theater. For them she has choreographed several shows, including Aladdin, Hairspray, Shrek, West Side Story, Footloose, Thoroughly Modern Millie and more. 

 

She and her husband, Auston, live in Arroyo Grande with their two children, Afton and Viala, and their German Shepherd mix, Edison.

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Michelle McDonald

Administrative Assistant

Michelle was born and raised here on the Central Coast but ventured off to attend The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in both San Diego and Los Angeles where she earned her Associate of Arts degree in Merchandise Marketing.  After getting married, she was thrilled to return to the Central Coast to raise a family.  She currently lives in Grover Beach with her husband, Dennis and daughters Olivia and Penelope.  Michelle loves working at Flex Performing Arts because it allows her to stay connected with her daughters by being involved in their theater and dance lives. She is currently the administrative assistant at Flex.  When she’s not at the studio she loves to travel, spend time with family and hang out with her three cats - Cleo, Giuseppe and Frankie.  And she loves to tap!

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Meet the Staff

Ben Reyes

Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop Teacher

Ben Reyes has been involved in dance at Allan Hancock College since 1983, first as a student and dancer, and later as a choreographer and teacher. He has participated in Dance Ensemble since its beginnings, performed and choreographed for numerous dance concerts, and taught for the Allan Hancock College Youth Dance Company in the College for Kids program. He co-directed the Youth Dance Company’s Magical Moments series in May 2003 and has been a guest choreographer and dancer for Cal Poly's Orchesis dance productions since 1995. He taught jazz, hip hop, and men's jazz at A Class Act dance studio in Paso Robles, Coastal Dance and Music Academy boys ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, and partnering, and the Studio of Performing Arts in Grover Beach he taught tumbling, hip hop, jazz, and tap. He has been the guest choreographer at Fusion Dance Project, in Hayward, CA. since 2010. Ben has worked with Adam Parsons, Jonathan Platero, Doriana Sanchez, Melinda Sullivan and Suzy Miller. He is also the Production Advisor for Jesus Solorio’s, SOL Innovations, the advisor of New Age Dance dance club on the Hancock campus.

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Cynthia Valenzuela

Ballet

Cynthia Valenzuela received her early dance training with Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. Cynthia previously taught, choreographed and performed with Allan Hancock College's Dance Department and youth dance program, as well as Coastal Dance and Music Academy. Cynthia lives in Oceano with her husband and two children.

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Eliana Nunley

Jazz, Hip Hop Teacher

Eliana Nunley is currently a voice teacher and student resident artist with Opera San Luis Obispo. She teaches jazz, hip-hop, and occasionally tap at different studios, and grew up dancing in her mom’s dance troupe (JPO), as well as at the Studio of Performing Arts, where she competed in their hip-hop “squad.” She has performed in multiple productions with Opera SLO, as well as ACT, and SLO Repertory staged readings. Favorite roles include “Mary” in Mary Poppins Jr (ACT), “Ursula” in the Little Mermaid Jr (ACT), “Mrs. Potts” in Beauty and the Beast (NHS), and “Cinderella” in Cinderella (AGHS). Outside of performing, she loves to spend time with her family and two dogs and watch scary movies.

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Horacio Heredia

Modern Teacher

Horacio Heredia currently teaches dance at Allan Hancock College, in Santa Maria and at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  He has been invited to work with local high school and multiple university folklórico groups.  Heredia’s diverse choreography work has been presented at Allan Hancock’s Dance Department, Orchesis Dance Company, the American College Dance Festival’s Baja regional conference and the HH11 Dance Festival in Santa Barbara.  He has performed with dance companies such as Variable Velocity Performance Group, Ballet Theater San Luis Obispo, Deyo Dances, and Civic Ballet San Luis Obispo.   

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Emily Levin

Hip Hop Teacher

Emily found her passion for the art of dance at just 5 years of age. Having performed at numerous recitals and competitions throughout California she loved interacting with new people. Being a person who is shy, dance really helped her become more social. Dance is a wonderful way for coping with things and releasing any emotion. Her favorite thing about it is the story that can be told through the movement of the dancers. Emily continued her dance career throughout high school and college, while graduating in 2017 with her associates degree in dance. She strives to open her own studio one day in hopes to create a safe learning environment for the youth. 

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Jadyn Trevino

Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Preschool Teacher

Jadyn Trevino started her dance training at the age of 4. She graduated from Allan Hancock College with her Associates Degree in Dance in 2020. She was a part of the LA Dance Magic senior company, and travelled to different places to assist their competition and convention. Jadyn has also won top awards for her dances at regional competitions. Now at the age of 20, she continues to train in all genres of dance, and has had the opportunity to teach dance at various places. She is always open to trying new things, and hopes to own a dance studio in the future.

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Kaz Pearson

Musical Theater Teacher

Karen Kahn Pearson, known to most as "Kaz", attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo starting as a voice major under the direction of Dr. Thomas Davies. She earned her degree in Liberal Arts with minors in Music and English. Kaz also trained as a dancer for over 20 years at The Academy of Dance under the direction of Lorilee Silvaggio. She performed for several years with The Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo and The San Luis Jazz Dancers. While teaching elementary school has been her main profession, her true passion lies in musical theater performance which she has been doing for the last 25 years. She has performed in theaters all along the central coast of California and also spent a few years pursuing musical theater in New York City. In addition to being a school teacher, Kaz teaches dance, voice, musical theater, and even restorative yoga to children and adults of all ages. She also serves on the board of directors for Coastal Performing Arts Foundation and is one of the directors for their Coastal Youth Theater program.

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Kerrily Carmichael

Kinder Dance Teacher

Kerrily Carmichael began dancing at age 4. She was classically trained in ballet, tap, and jazz for the next 12 years. She performed in the Nutcracker, as a young child with the Pasadena Dance Theatre, for 3 years. She was a part of a production called Heart Strings, that toured in 1990. Kerrily danced on stage with Christopher Reeves, Judith Light, and many others. At the age of 11 she was put on point and began to dance competitively   As she got older cheerleading, drill team, and school dance teams became a part of her experience too.

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Kimberly Eaton

Ballet Teacher

Kimberly fell in love with dance when, as a pre schooler, she sat through 4 acts of the Swan Lake then announced to her parents that she wanted to be a Ballerina.    She has been involved in the dance community throughout Santa Barbara and SLO counties ever since.

 

As an adult, she has performed with Santa Barbara Ballet Theatre, Valerie Huston Dance Theatre, Allan Hancock College Dance Department, Variable Velocity Performance Group, Gilbert Reed Ballet, and several individual studios. Kim has taught ballet, pointe and    modern    for decades at Adkins Dance Center, and in the past she has taught for VAFB youth center, Allan Hancock youth dance department and Central Coast School of Dance. She has choreographed for many productions for all ages and technical levels of dancers.

 

Kea Dance is Kim’s home business where she has designed and made costumes, dance wear, clothing and accessories for years. She resides in Arroyo Grande, where she is surrounded by her dogs, cats, tortoises, turtles, fish and several sewing machines.

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Lizann Burch

Ballet/Tap Combo Teacher

Miss Lizann comes to Flex Performing Arts, with 35+ years of teaching experience, ranging from pre-school, Beginners (3 years) to advanced, in ballet, tap and jazz. Although now, she is partial to the little ones. With a strong emphasis on “perfect placement” and precise technique, she gives her dancers important tools to execute all elements involved in becoming an accomplished dancer. With a major in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Fine Arts, she has choreographed Jr. Miss Pageants and a musical production of “Godspell”. While teaching ballet, tap and jazz at VAFB for many years, she was instrumental in staging and choreographing numerous productions, including “Mary Poppins”, “Cinderella”, “Alice in Wonderland”, “Wizard of Oz”, and “Babes in Toyland”. Lizann has readied girls with the Long Beach Baton Twirling Academy for national competition at Notre Dame. She has taught dance technique and ballet at AGA (American Gymnastics Academy) in Long Beach, New Hope Gymnastics in Fountain Valley, Santa Maria YMCA Gymnastics, the former Dreams and Paradise Gymnastics in Nipomo and Performance Gymnastics in SLO. She also began the dance program for Long Beach Parks and Recreation at Silverado Park.

Lizann’s dance training began at the age of 5 with Majorie Hall, Ann Smithberg and Cheryl Utsuniamyia, all in Santa Maria: Paula Morgan in Lynwood, CA: and Francisco Martinez of the Long Beach Dance Academy. She has performed in uncountable dance recitals and with the Allan Hancock Dance Department. “Teaching is my passion and with patience and guidance, I try to give my students the knowledge and tools to succeed- not only in dance but in everyday life”.

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Michael Vargas

Hip-Hop

Michael has been a professional dancer for over 13 years in Los Angeles.  He has been an instructor at Millenium Dance Complex and Debbie Reynolds Dance studio for many years.  He has worked with artists such as Missy Elliott, Fergie, Omarion, Justin Bieber, Jacob Latimore and many others. He started out as a B-Boy and moved into hip hop and jazz funk. He also transitioned into Production in 2013 and has been Stage Manager and Show Caller for Justin Bieber Believe World Tour, Chris Brown Between the Sheets and One Hell of a Night Tour, Paula Abdul , Beyonce Formation World Tour, On the Run ll World Tour, and Kanye West Listening Party Chicago Show. 

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Natalia Noriega

Acting Teacher

Natalia graduated from PCPA in 1996 and has a BA in Theatre from Cal Poly. She is an award winning actress from the film "Trusting Chloe."

“Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances.”

-Sanford Meisner

 

To act is to study human behavior. My mission is to teach children the fundamental tools of innovation, memorization, improv, team work, salesmanship, communication, public speaking and projection while observing and understanding the depths of human behavior.

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Odessa Laurie

Preschool Dance, Jazz, Contemporary Teacher

Odessa started dancing when she was 10 at Coastal Dance and Music Academy under the instruction of Brianna Deveraux, among others. Since then, Odessa has been in countless performances onstage as well at urban street venues. She currently trains at SLO Movement Arts Center in the conservatory program focusing on ballet, modern, and contemporary, but she has a passion for all styles of dance, especially musical theater. Odessa is excited to be part of the Flex Family because she hopes to learn a lot along the way and get the chance to see young minds exploring their passions.

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Sarah Vasquez

Ballet, Hip-Hop Teacher

Dance has always been a huge part of Sarah's life. She began dancing 14 years ago at Coastal Dance & Music Academy where she trained in jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop and contemporary, but really fell in love with contemporary. While at CDMA she graduated from the dance teacher training program and has been teaching ever since. She was in performance troupes throughout elementary and high school, performing at venues around California. She was also a member of the Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet Company. She has a deep passion for this beautiful form of art, and enjoys every aspect of it. Sarah is beyond excited to be a part of the FLEX family and share the love of dance in the studio. 

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Stacy Millard

Jazz, Conditioning

Born and raised on the Central Coast, Stacy Millard has danced almost her entire life.  Growing up, Stacy danced with the American Dance Company at the former Pat Jackson’s American Dance studio. Stacy spent years training, traveling, competing and auditioning. After college, Stacy returned to her hometown studio and began to teach dance and choreograph. In 2010, Stacy became co-owner and director of CORE Dance in San Luis Obispo. Stacy’s choreography has won her and her students multiple awards including Best Choreography & First Overall at both Regional & National dance competitions. Above all, Stacy thrives in the studio watching students have small victories & grow to become strong, confident dancers. Stacy’s favorite dance move is a head-roll (just ask her chiropractor)! Shine!

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Teresa Gasca

Sing and Dance, Preschool Teacher

Teresa Gasca has been teaching dance to children for 25 years. Her dancers love the many props she uses to inspire dance, including scarves, instruments, a parachute and more. Through her classes children gain a lifelong love for movement and music.

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