Each member of our staff is specialized in their field.
With professional backgrounds, our teachers bring the latest trends, with strong training as their foundations. We utilize monthly curriculums to ensure the step by step progress needed for a dancer to grow.
She has been dancing since she was 5. She opened Dance Street West in 1987. Having danced with the California Ballet Company, touring with a group called “The Entourage”, they combined Jazz with Pointe ! She also performed in many Company Ballets , her favorites being, Coppelia, Don Quixote and Giselle. She studied voice and modeling as she put herself through San Diego State University with a major in education with a special emphasis on special education/early childhood development and a Minor in Dance. Because of her love for dance, children and teaching, her future was a given.
She has choreographed many musicals for both adult and youth productions, to name a few....Man of La Mancha, Mame, Stepping Out, Peter Pan, Beauty and The Beast and Nunsense. Her love of writing, creates an original story for each year’s annual show. Her choreography has won Platinums for her dancers and Choreography awards from some of the biggest competitions in the Nation. As Director, having taught all styles (except Hip Hop) for many years, she now enjoys teaching ballet, and of course, the young ones. They will always hold a special place in her heart. A warm-friendly and family oriented environment are as important to her as strong technique followed by performance skills and above all…passion for the art
Katy Bugenhagen, originally from Buffalo, NY, has been teaching dance for twelve years. She grew up dancing in The Future Dance Center’s Next Generation Dance Company, where she learned tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary and hip hop. Since the age of eight, Katy has competed in many dance competitions both locally and nationwide. Besides competing, she has also had a chance to perform in various events including Walt Disney World Orlando, Six Flags Darien Lake, and the annual Halloween “Thriller” performance in Hamburg, NY.
In 2009, Katy graduated from Medaille College in Buffalo, New York with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a concentration in Sports Management. She has choreographed La Luna nightclub’s “Full Moon” show for two years and “The Carnival Show” which benefited The Food Bank of Western New York. Besides teaching at dance studios, Katy also was a ballet and arms coach for the Skating Club of Western New York, where she choreographed arm work for various ice skater’s long and short programs.
Katy moved to Los Angeles several years ago and has been teaching with Dance Street West for years. Her passion for teaching dance is an part of her life. She loves helping students grow as a dancer and will help them as much as she can to achieve their goals. She choreographs for the Company dancers and has received numerous choreography awards. She has created routines that have placed highest overall scores in many competitions. Her soloists achieve Platinums as well and the competitions have recognized her work as being a leader in the industry.
Honey is a British dancer. Before arriving in the U.S. she danced for a number of charity benefits. Since arriving here she has built a career dancing as a soloist/principle with companies such as Sinay Ballet, State Street Ballet, National Ballet to name a few spanning 26 years.
She started teaching at "A Place Called Home" and from there taught for Westside Ballet, Dance East UK, where she was recognized for her teaching abilities. In 2006 she was asked to be Artistic Coach to a new ballet company SMCB, which then produced an opportunity to choreograph. Honey choreographed over 11 ballets for the company, then was asked to become principle dancer and Artistic Director. She led the company tour's in Southern California, New York, San Francisco in this capacity. Upon its closing in 2013 she took it to its re-opening in the near future under Seasons Contemporary Ballet Theatre.
She has danced as a guest artist for Sarah Berges Dance regaining some of her modern training. She studied Proprioception which added to her unique ability to pinpoint dancers areas of weakness and help them strengthen, while making them go beyond their comfort zone to reach their true dancing capacities and artistry.
Melissa Rash Verlingo
Currently attending CSUF and working towards a double major in dance. She has trained in many studios throughout Southern California and Hollywood. She started her dance career in a Ballet studio and then moved on to competitive dance. She competed in Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, and Tap. She scored 1st with her dance teams as well as high scores in her solos and trios. During high school she participated in MVHS Dance Team and Dance Production. During her college years she was able to perform with a touring assemble in Southern California. Melissa has a strong passion for teaching all genres of dance. She began teaching at age 16. She teaches all levels from dance beginnings to adult. Her award-winning choreography is innovative, current, exciting and creative.
Melissa has been with Dance Street West for over 10 years and has choreographed numerous award winning numbers.
Audrey is currently enrolled at Citrus College in their Citrus Singers Program. She plans on transferring to a local University in the next couple of years to pursue a career in teaching. In the meantime, she enjoys performing and teaching Musical theater at Cucamonga Middle School. She recently traveled around the world (China, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and London) performing both Broadway and Classical material. some of her favorite credits include: Violet (Willy Wonka), Lilly St. Regis (Annie), Fanny (Mary Poppins), Marta Spring Awakening) and Olive Ostrovsky (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee).
Sonny is a former circus acrobat, choreographer, director (Stage) who has worked on numerous movie sets and television shows as both performer and consultant throughout his career. He uses his wealth of knowledge and experience in acrobatic and entertainment along with his love of gymnastics to create innovative lesson plans and creative training techniques for all of his classes. Sonny is a USAG (USA Gymnastics) Certified Director of Recreation Gymnastics and Junior Olympic Developmental Coach.
Ryan began training in San Diego at Formality Dance Academy in 2005 under Erik Saradpon and Phillip Geniza. After training at established hip hop studios such as Culture Shock SD, Studio FX and Studio429, he studied movement and choreography at UCR. Here he got a taste for other dance forms and participated in the GLUCK Contemporary Ensemble. Throughout his dancing experience he has contributed and competed in various hip hop teams in the Southern California area such as Team Millenium, Academie of Swag, and Soul. He also directed UCR's competitive hip hop team 909 Hip Hop Dance Troupe for multiple seasons. He now teaches at studios in Orange County, LA County and the High Desert. He is also a member of Boogiezone's Developing Next Artist program, and the 2018 Los Angeles Sparks Crew.