Classical Ballet Training... Where Strength Meets Beauty and Grace



The Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet Company's mission is to train, inspire and nurture young dancers toward artistic excellence.  It is our goal to bring the art of dance, through professional-quality performances and outreach efforts, to new multi-generational audiences, providing them the opportunity to learn about and gain a greater appreciation for the art of dance. We strive to prepare and present our dancers in works that epitomize the artistry of professional ballet and instill a life-long love of dance, sending them into the future with self-confidence, discipline, creativity and self-respect. 

Learn more about our 2016 Company Dancers below!



Senior Company


Hannah Dailey

Sponsored by Danny & Sally Deveraux

Hannah started dancing at the age of two and her love for dance has not wavered since. She started dancing at Coastal Dance and Music Academy five years ago and is thrilled to be involved with so many wonderful instructors and fellow students. She is currently training in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop. She was a member of Dance Out Loud, the performance troupe at CDMA, for 4 years, and is currently in her second year of performing with Synergy, the CDMA teen dance troupe . She loves assisting in lower level dance classes and is part of the Dance Teacher Training program. Her passion for dance keeps her enthusiastic for the 15 hours of dance she takes each week. Hannah has been en pointe for three years. Some of her favorite roles in Babes in Toyland include: Firefly, Flower Queen, Bo Peep and Forest Queen. She is now a Senior Company member with CCYB, which is a dream come true.“It is so amazing to be a part of a company where there is so much support and encouragement. All of the dancers have become like family. CCYB offers so many great opportunities for us. I am so grateful for Miss Molly, all the other wonderful teachers, and my dance family.”

Lauren Juarez

Sponsored by Wolf Chiropractic 

Lauren began dancing at the age of 2 and has never stopped. She has taken all styles of dance, including Contemporary and Hip Hop. She has been dancing "en pointe" for five years, as well as being in company. This year will mark her 9th performance in the amazing production of Babes in Toyland with Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet. Her past roles have included Elf, Jill, Dutch Doll, French Doll, Firefly, a Blind Mouse, Forest Fairy, The Gypsy Queen, Flower Maid, Raven and now, Mary Contrary (the lead role)! She really enjoys dancing with her friends as a Senior in the Ballet Company this year. CCYB’s shows are always exemplary and an awesome opportunity to create some lasting memories. Lauren’s participation in CDMA’s Synergy group, where they travel all over the central coast to perform, has definitely been a highlight in her dancing career. Lauren enjoys going to Master classes and special events with CCYB and has participated in a Summer Intensive on her own in LA this year. She anticipates many years of memories and amazing experiences as a member of the Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet Company."CCYB has given me the opportunity to find out how far my abilities as a dancer can go! Being a part of such a loving company makes me feel at home every time I step in that building at 9 AM on Saturdays.  I had never felt so compelled to do my very best until I found CCYB.”


Samantha McNeill

Sponsored by Lorraine Spargo

Samantha started dancing when she was three years old in San Luis Obispo. She has studied in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Pointe, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary Pointe and Partnering. As a young dancer, she took classes at the Academy of Dance, and was in a performance dance troop at Central Coast Gymnastics. Samantha took part in two years of competition dance at the Studio of Performing Arts in the Village of Arroyo Grande. After four years with SOPA, she transferred to Coastal Dance and Music Academy. She was thrilled to join the Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet when she was 12 years old. Over the years, she has participated in many spring performances and holiday  shows, including The Grinch That Stole Christmas, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, and Babes In Toyland. In these shows she has danced as Raggedy Andy, the Marionette Doll, a Firefly, a Forest Fairy, a Flower Maid, and one of the Three Blind Mice. She danced the lead role, Mary Contrary in Babes in Toyland in 2015, and performed a solo of variations from Coppelia this past spring at the PAC. Sam is also a member of CDMA's Synergy Dance Company, and she has assisted and performed with the Beyond Boundaries Program. Samantha has taken master classes from the Dance Theater of Harlem, The Edge, Ballet X, and the Moscow Festival Ballet, with the youth company at State Street Ballet, and summer intensives with Ballet Arte, Lisa Deyo, and most recently with New York City Ballet dancer, Jennifer Tinsley-Williams. Samantha  is excited to continue dancing with CCYB."Being a part of the CCYB company has been one of the best things in my dancing journey. It has helped me achieve goals I never thought I could."

Sonja Waitkus

Sponsored by James McKiernan Lawyers 

Sonja has been dancing since the age of 7. She received her training at Coastal Dance and Music Academy in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Contemporary Pointe. Sonja has danced with CDMA’s performance troupes and teen dance company Synergy at local and state-wide venues. She has also been a class assistant at CDMA. Sonja has participated in every performance of Babes In Toyland since the first production and has danced the parts of Toymaker’s Assistant, Sheep, French Doll, Spider, Marionette Doll, Blind Mouse, Firefly, Flower Maid, Raven, Flower Petal, Fairy, Wind-Up Doll, Flower Queen, Forest Queen, and Bo Peep. Additionally, in December 2013, Sonja danced the lead role of Mary Contrary. Sonja also performed in CCYB's Carnival of the Animals as a bird in the Aviary piece and the role of the Mule, and performed in the Monarch Odyssey in 2014. This is Sonja's sixth season dancing with CCYB. Sonja was accepted into the State Street Ballet summer intensive of 2011, and during the summers of 2012 and 2013, had the privilege of taking summer ballet intensives with Juliana Vorkink at CDMA. In the summer of 2014, Sonja was accepted into several of the Joffrey Ballet School’s summer intensives, and attended their San Francisco program. “I love being a part of Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet. Dancing in the company has helped my dancing improve so much, and I love training with all my friends.”



Sarah Vasquez

Sponsored by Central Coast Auto & Diesel 

Sarah's love for dance began in 2008 at the age of 6. Since then, dance has played a huge part in her life.  She has been actively training, dancing six days a week, at Coastal Dance and Music Academy; where she studies Pointe, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary,and Hip Hop. Sarah has been a member of CDMA's performance troupe, Dance Out Loud, since she started dance at CDMA. Performance troupes include, Happy Feet, Razzle Dazzle, Ain’t Misbahavin', Anything Goes, All That Jazz and she is currently a member of Synergy Dance Company. Sarah is also involved in the Dance Teacher Training program and the work study program at CDMA, and is currently assisting teachers in several dance classes. Sarah has performed in Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet's, Babes In Toyland, since its first production in 2008 and has played the roles of Lion, School Child, Floppy Doll, Jill, Flower Garland, Soldier, Russian Dancer, Forest Fairy, and Three Blind Mice, Raven, and Miss Muffet.  In this years production, she will be dancing the roles of Wind-Up Doll and the Cat and the Fiddler. Sarah has also performed in CCYB's, Carnival of the Animals, as the Animal Tamer. Sarah has had the privilege of taking several Ballet Intensives with Juliana Vorkink as well as Master classes with Virginia Johnson of Dance Theatre of Harlem, Moscow Festival Ballet, and Santa Barbara’s State Street Ballet’s Youth Company. She has attended the Laguna Dance Festival with Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet the last 3 years and has participated in the varied Master Classes they offer. She has also participated in Master Tap classes and intensives with Leah Kolb and Marissa Williams. Sarah was accepted into Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet as an apprentice dancer in 2013 and was recently promoted to Senior Company Member. Being a member of this wonderful Company and training under the guidance of Molly McKiernan is a dream come true.


Junior Company


Verity Lai

Sponsored by Michael K. Lai, M.D., Inc.

Verity has been dancing with Coastal Dance and Music Academy for about ten years and has had the honor of joining Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet for four years. She also participated in all nine years of the annual ballet, Babes in Toyland. She has danced several roles, from a little Lion to Wind-Up Doll. She has also had the privilege of taking master classes from Alonzo King, Jennifer Tinsley-Williams, and several other amazing dancers. Verity was previously involved with CDMA's performance troupe, Dance Out Loud, but now is in their teen troupe, Synergy. She hopes to continue dancing for as long a possible. "I feel very honored to be a Company member with the Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet. I admire my teachers and I love my friends and fellow dancers.”

Emily Osburn

Sponsored by Anonymous

Emily began dancing when she was three years old and has loved every second of it. Emily loves the way in which dancers physically capture the very essence of humanity in a single movement and experiences more happiness than she ever felt possible in studying the great dancers of her time and of the past. However, her greatest joy in her dance life was making her way to be a part of the family at Coastal Dance and Music Academy in 2012. At CDMA, Emily takes ballet, contemporary, and jazz classes six day a week, and is a new member of the Synergy performance troupe. Now, Emily has been dancing at CDMA for four years, and has been en pointe for three and a half years. Throughout her dance training, Emily has taken company classes at State Street Ballet, master classes at Ballet Theater SLO and the Laguna Beach Dance Festival, and wants to take many, many more in the future. Emily was one of the original Pre-Company members, and is so excited to be a part of the Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet, as a junior member, this year. Emily has been a Phantom, a Firefly, a Fairy, a Flower Maid, and a Raven in CCYB’s production of Babes in Toyland, and is excited to help create even more amazing shows that have yet to come!“I am, honestly, so happy to have been dancing at CDMA, as I have not only received wonderful training, but have made lifelong friends!”


Apprentice


Abigail Berg

Sponsored by Erick & Patricia Sturcke

Abby started dancing at the age of 3 and has loved it ever since. She began her training in San Luis Obispo at the Academy of Dance and participated in their performance groups.  She also performed in the Civic Ballet production of the Nutcracker.  She has been dancing at CDMA for about two years. Abby has trained in many styles of dance including jazz, contemporary, lyrical, tap, ballet, pointe, and hip hop. She currently dances seven hours a week and loves every second of it. Abby participated in pre-company before joining company which helped her prepare for being a member of the CCYB company. Along with being in the ballet company, Abby was a member of Dance Out Loud for a year.  Abby was thrilled to be a part of “Babes in Toyland” last year dancing the role of a Firefly, and is looking forward to playing many roles in the years to come. She loves being a part of the Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet Company and is excited to continue her dancing with this wonderful group of dancers.“I feel privileged to be a part of CCYB.  I feel like I’ve found a true dance family where I can be myself and really explore dance.”

Kiley Johnson

Sponsored by Danny & Sally Deveraux

Kiley began dancing at CDMA during the summer she turned 10.  She was invited to join the Razzle Dazzle troupe after another dancer moved away, and her first performance in front of an audience was at Great America.  Kiley has taken classes in Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Pointe.  She has danced in three different troupes at CDMA; Razzle Dazze, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and All That Jazz.  Last year Kiley was selected for Pre-Company, and this is her first year being accepted as an apprentice dancer with the Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet.  She has loved being part of “Babes in Toyland”, and has played a Dutch Doll, a Friend, and will be a Fairy and a Flower in this year’s production.  “I appreciate all the time and energy that CDMA teachers and staff have invested in me.  Through them I have learned that it takes passionate commitment to be a dancer.”


Chelsea McNeil 

Sponsored by Anonymous

Chelsea first started dancing at CDMA 2 years ago, at the age of 15. With no prior childhood dance training, Chelsea wanted to try something new and after a few ballet classes she was hooked. Chelsea was accepted into CCYB’s Pre Company last year, and is grateful for the opportunity she had to spend that time building technique and strength as a dancer. Over the summer, Chelsea attended a summer intensive at CDMA with Jennifer Tinsley Williams, a former New York City Ballet Soloist. Chelsea has been dancing en pointe for 7 months. This year will be her second year in CCYB’s Babes In Toyland. Last year she was cast as a soldier and looks forward to her roles this year, a phantom and one of the three blind mice. Chelsea looks forward to the time she will spend in CCYB, and is appreciative of her supportive instructors and friends.“I am so happy to be a part of a company that values dedication and ambition. Being a part of CCYB has challenged me to improve in ways I never thought I could, while allowing me to build friendships and self-confidence.” 


Constantina Pritchett

Sponsored by Anonymous


Pre-Company


Dancers: (left to right)

Back Row: Naomi Tharp, Emma Pasquini, Claire Scattini, Miranda Moses, Catherine Edlebeck

Front Row: Elspeth Lai, Odessa Laurie, Ellie Fuller, Lily Watson, Isabela Mauguira