Staff & Instructors

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.

Tara Behnke Owner/Director

TARA has been dancing since the age of three. She fell in love with performing immediately and has loved being on stage ever since. As a young artist, she began her study of classical ballet at the Academy of Dance in San Luis Obispo. Her training immediately broadened to include pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, musical theater, contemporary, and hip hop. Along with dance conventions, Tara has trained at West Side Ballet, Zeal Studio, and the Edge in Los Angeles as well as Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria.

Kathy Schultz Owner/Director

KATHY holds a Master’s of Education and a teaching credential from Cal Poly. She has taught in a variety of capacities including the public school setting as a dance specialist for Children’s Creative Project, Bellevue Santa Fe Charter School, and Ocean View Elementary School, and as a guest teacher for the ACE Camps summer program. Kathy studied, taught, and choreographed at the Academy of Dance in San Luis Obispo for 15 years.

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