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.

(Photos Courtesy of Tracy Waitkus Photography)

Learn more about our 2017 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 six 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, and Contemporary. She was a member of Dance Out Loud, the performance troupe at CDMA, for 4 years, and is currently in her third year of performing with Synergy, the CDMA teen dance troupe. After completing three years of CDMA's "Dance Teacher Training" program, Hannah received her certificate of completion and is now a student teacher at CDMA. She has recently started teaching dance classes and loves teaching the younger students. Her passion for dance keeps her enthusiastic for the many hours of dance she participates in each week. Hannah has been en pointe for four years. Some of her favorite roles in Babes in Toyland include: Firefly, Flower Queen, Bo Peep, Forest Queen and most recently Mary. 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 and teachers have become like family. CCYB offers so many great opportunities for us. I am so grateful for all the wonderful teachers and for 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.”

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.”




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."

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 five days a week, at Coastal Dance and Music Academy; where she studies Pointe, Ballet, Tap, 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 Misbehavin', Anything Goes and All that Jazz. Sarah is currently a member of CDMA's Dance Company, Synergy. Sarah was also involved in the Dance Teacher Training program and the work study program at CDMA and graduated in June as a certified student teacher and is currently employed with CDMA as a student instructor. Sarah was accepted into Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet as an apprentice dancer in 2013 and is currently a Senior Member. Sarah has performed in Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet's Babes in Toyland, since it's first production in 2008. Her roles have included Lion, School Child, Floppy Doll, Jill, Flower Garland, Soldier, Russian Dancer, Forest Fairy, Three Blind Mice, Raven, Miss Muffet, Wind up Doll and the Cat and the Fiddler. In this years 10th Anniversay of Babes in Toyland, Sarah will be dancing the new role of Goldilocks, Raven and Flower Maid, Sarah also performed in CCYB's Carnival of the Animals, as the Animal Tamer. Sarah has also had the privilege of taking several ballet intensives with Julianna Vorkink as well as Master classes with Virginia Johnson of Dance Theater of Harlem, Moscow Festival Ballet, and Santa Barbara's State Street Ballet's Youth Company. She has also participated in Master Tap classes and intensives with Leah Kolb and Marissa Williams.
"My friends and instructors at CDMA are my family. I love to dance and I know the commitment and effort I put into it now will continue to benefit me for the rest of my life”


Junior Company


Isabella Muguira

Emily Osburn

Sponsored by Anonymous

Emily love of dance began when she was three years old, but didn’t start training in ballet until she was eleven. And although her dance journey didn’t start there, 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 loves taking ballet classes and learning what it means to not only be a dancer, but a performer and lover of the arts. Now, Emily has been dancing at CDMA for five years, and has been en pointe for four 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 Blind Mouse, a Flower Maid, a Raven, and the Big Bad Wolf 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 so excited to be dancing at CDMA! I feel like it’s changed my life, for the better!”


Apprentice


Catherine Edlebeck

Ellie Fuller

Ellie began dancing in 2014, at the age of 10. She truly fell in love with ballet whenshe got en pointe in 2015. Ellie was accepted in to Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet as a Pre-Company dancer in 2016 and then this year, she was accepted in to CCYB Company as an Apprentice dancer. Ellie loves that dance helps her in expressing who she is as a young lady, and she couldn’t be happier with how much she’s learned about herself and her capabilities. She has participated in several ballet master classes including the ballet intensives with former New York City Ballet soloist, Jennifer Tinsley Williams. Ellie has performed in Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet’s Babes In Toyland since 2015 and has enjoyed all her roles – Soldier, Mary’s friend, and now, a Fairy and Flower Maid.

“Dance has shown me so many new sides to life and all the doors that open with hard work and a positive, self driven mindset. I look back on how far I’ve come in my 3 years of dance at CDMA and see that I would never be the person I am today if it weren’t for our wonderful studio filled with wonderful instructors. They push me to greater heights so that I may strive for the better, whenever I step foot into the studio.”

Elspeth Lai

Elspeth started dancing at the age of 3 in Kathy’s garage. She got into dancing when her sister started, and has loved it ever since. Elspeth was in Dance Out Loud, CDMA’s performance troupe, for 8 years and is now in CDMA’s teen performance troupe, Synergy. She has also been in the Dance Teacher Training program for 2 years and hopes to continue for another year. Elspeth has been recently accepted into Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet as an apprentice in company. She has also performed in all of the annual productions of Babes In Toyland, which started in 2008. Her roles included Story Hour Child, Sheep, Lion, Floppy Doll, Ghoul, Toymaker’s Assistant, Hansel, Rodrigo, Soldier, and this year she is a Forest Nymph, and a Flower Maid. Elspeth is excited to be starting off a new decade of Babes In Toyland’s with her ballet family. She aspires to continue dancing for as long as possible, for dance will give her many wonderful opportunities in her lifetime.

“I have had such an amazing time dancing with my friends, who are close enough that I may call them family. Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet has provided me with strength and support since I was young, and I would hope that I have the chance to keep dancing for a long time."

Odessa Laurie

Odessa Laurie started dancing when she was 10 in October 2014. Now it has been three whole years. Since then, she has performed in three studio showcases, Coastal Youth Theatre’s Alice in Wonderland, Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet’s Babes in Toyland in 2015 and 2016, playing a Dutch Doll and a Friend, and danced in CCYB’s showcase as a pre-company member in the spring of 2017, as well as and many local venues with Dance Out Loud. She has taken a week long workshop with former New York City Ballet soloist Jennifer Tinsley Williams, and class at San Luis Obispo Movement Arts Center and at Steps on Broadway in New York City. She trains regularly under Bryhanna Cross, Rachel Dodson, Brianna Deveraux, and Tara Behnke, and has taken class from many other instructors like Chie Evans and Molly Mckiernan. Now she is in DOL’s performance troupe All That Jazz, and is an Apprentice in Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet, playing the parts of a Fairy and a Flower Maid in Babes in Toyland 2017. She loves how strong of connections people make through CDMA and CPAF, and the unique camaraderie that forms from taking part in the safe and friendly environment at the studio. Even though she started later than many dancers her age and class level, she has felt so welcomed into the dance community and studio home, and feels very happy with the direction that Coastal Dance and Music Academy is going, with making classes and companies more skill based, rather than age or years, so that more dancers can feel accepted and be able to learn at their own pace.

“Over time, I've dedicated so much of myself to dancing, performing, and doing other activities related to dance that I hadn't even stopped to notice how awesome it is to be training seriously, but not too intensely, so that I can still have other hobbies and passions, with very knowledgeable teachers, and a diversity of fellow dancers at an amazing facility with a highly respectable mission. I'm just very grateful for everything CDMA has done for me and it pushes me to work very hard and give back.”

Emma Pasquini

Emma began dance in 2006 right before her 3rd birthday. She started out on this journey in Kathy's garage. Emma has taken ballet, tap and jazz and has been a part of CDMA's Performance Troupe, Dance Out Loud, for 7 seasons. She danced with Happy Feet, Razzle Dazzle, Aint Misbehavin, All that Jazz and Anything Goes. For the past two years, Emma has been a teacher assistant for beginning ballet and tap classes. Emma has performed in every production of CCYB’s Babes in Toyland since it’s inaugural performance in 2008. Her roles have includeda a Story Hour Child, Sheep, Lion, Spider, Floppy Doll, Ghoul, Gretel, Dutch Doll, Soldier, Phantom, and this year she will be dancing as a Fairy and Flower Maid. Over the years at CDMA Emma has been a part of several ballet master classes, including the ballet intensives with Jennifer Tinsley Williams the past two summers. Emma has spent 11 years dancing at CDMA and is honored to be a part of CCYB this year.


Pre-Company


Dancers: (left to right)

Back Row: Sedona Fugitt, Jayme Dunn, Ashlynn Pierce, Maddie Kaiser, Danielle Watkins, Morgan McTighe

Front Row: Jessica McNeill, Lauren Neff, Elena Gonzalez, Jamison Steil, Samantha Murphy