Coastal Dance and Music Academy | CDMA Staff & Instructors

Meet Our Team

Our esteemed, internationally acclaimed faculty and staff are extensively trained, working professionals and come to you with both national and international company and performance experience, as well as credentialed scholars in dance from Universities across the county. We have hand picked each faculty member for their unique experience and emphases, in order to provide our students with the most diverse training experience while equipping them with an unparalleled professional technical background.

Our Founders

Tara Behnke


TARA has been dancing since the age of three. She fell in love with performing immediately and has loved being on stage ever since.

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Tara Behnke Owner/Director

Kathy Schultz


Kathy was able to fulfill a dream when she opened her own studio, Coastal Dance and Music Academy, in Shell Beach in 2004.

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Kathy Schultz Owner/Director

Staff & Instructors

Natalia Berryman


NATALIA is enjoying her 9 years at CDMA as a teacher and CYT’s Artistic Director.

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Natalia Berryman
Theater Instructor

Lizann Carroll


LIZANN has 35+ years of teaching experience, ranging from beginners to advanced.

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Lizann Carroll
Dance Instructor

Hannah Dailey


HANNAH began dancing since the age of two, and her passion for dance has never wavered.

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Hannah Dailey
Dance Instructor

Brianna Deveraux


BRIANNA started dancing at the age of 4 at Adkins Dance Center in Santa Maria.

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Brianna Deveraux
Dance Instructor

Jamie Douglas


JAMIE is an amazing front desk person.

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Jamie Douglas
Office Admin

Suzanne Eisworth


SUZANNE is the bookkeeper at Coastal Dance and Music Academy.

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Suzanne Eisworth
Bookkeeper

Brianna Foerster


BREE has the honor of being Troupe Director and is beyond blessed to fill the position.

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Brianna Foerster
Dance Instructor

Teresa Gaska-Burk


TERESA has been teaching music and movement to children for 15 years.

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Teresa Gaska-Burk
Dance Instructor

Stephanie Hansen


STEPHANIE started dancing at 4 years old and practices dance and musical theater.

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Stephanie Hansen
Dance Instructor

Brittany Hill


BRITTANY began dancing ballet at the age of six at the Pacific Ballet Academy.

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Brittany Hill
Dance Instructor

Cami Johnson


CAMI attended her first ballet class at the Academy of Dance in SLO at the age of three.

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Cami Johnson
Dance Instructor

Lauren Juarez


LAUREN has been dancing for 15 years and always wants to make sure it is apart of her life.

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Lauren Juarez
Dance Instructor

Bronwyn Keith


From the time Bronwyn could walk and talk Bronwyn wanted to be a ballerina.

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Bronwyn Keith
Dance Instructor

Liz Muguira


LIZ’s love of dance began at the young age of 3 when she took a ballet class at her grandmother’s dance studio.

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Liz Muguira
Dance Instructor

Angela Nelson


ANGELA began singing as soon as she could talk & studied voice for 30 years.

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Angela Nelson
Music Instructor

Alysa Perry


ALYSA was raised on the Central Coast & has been teaching dance for over 8 years.

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Alysa Perry
Dance & Theater Instructor

Klar-Kristan Harder (Picard)


KLAR was just 3 years old when she decided to pursue dance professionally.

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Klar-Kristan Harder (Picard)
Dance Instructor

Ben Reyes


BEN is a jazz, hip hop, boy’s technique and partnering instructor at CDMA.

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Ben Reyes
Dance Instructor

Cynthia Velenzuela


CYNTHIA teaches ballet at Allan Hancock College and CDMA.

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Cynthia Velenzuela
Dance Instructor

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