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Team Members

Barbara Rinaldo

Studio Director & Dance Instructor

Barbara has taught ballet, modern dance and choreography for over thirty years. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet from the North Carolina School of the Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Michigan. She was Assistant Professor of Dance at Towson University in Maryland for six years where she also served as Chairman of the Dance Department. Barbara has received choreographic grants from the Michigan State Council for the Arts, Towson University, Meet the Composer, Inc and Morningside Festival in New York City. She was a Teaching Artist for the Visual and Performing Arts Department of San Diego for ten years and for Young Audiences of San Diego.

Mikel Weigel

Dance Instructor

Mikel McCurdy Weigel started dancing at the age of three and it’s been a true lifelong passion. She grew up dancing at Classical Ballet Academy and competed with Massay’s Dancestars and Kim Massay Dance Productions, all in Oklahoma. She participated on the Senior Company at dozens of dance conventions and competitions yearly. She was a member and captain of the varsity high school pom squad where they placed in the top of the state and national competitions. She went on to be a member and captain of the University of Oklahoma Pom Squad where she performed at the National Championship Orange Bowl in 2000, the Final Four for both the Oklahoma Men’s and Women’s teams in 2002, and NCA/NDA Collegiate Dance Team competition in Daytona Beach, Florida. She participated in show choir and musicals in both high school and college playing the role of Gloria in the production of Damn Yankees. She also spent years training in acting for theatre and film and appeared in dozens of commercials and independent films.
She began teaching dance in college and spent hours in the studios instilling passion in dancers across Oklahoma. She has choreographed and coached numerous varsity and junior varsity pom squads. She was assistant choreographer and dance instructor for The Rousabouts, a performance group, at Northern Oklahoma College and the musical show at Six Flag’s Frontier City. She has been a judge for high school and college dance team auditions and currently acts as a judge for the Oklahoma State Dance Team Directors Association, which is the premier state competition for Oklahoma dance teams.
She currently works in marketing for a software company and serves as a Public Affairs Officer in the US Navy Reserve.

Bex Walker

Dance Company Coach & Dance Instructor

Bex Walker started dancing when she was 5 years old. She danced her way through school at San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts and graduated with honors in 1997. She went on to minor in dance at San Diego State University while she continued training and performing with Unity Dance Ensemble from 1997-2004 under the direction of Tessandra Chavez. She has also trained with Culture Shock under the direction of Sherman Shoate (2010) and performed in Afta Shock under the direction of Trina Lyons (2009). In 2005, she joined the performing group Eveoke Dance Theatre and became a Master Teaching Artist as well as a concert company member and choreographer. She has performed in multiple shows in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. Becky also toured as a performer in the Dominican Republic.
She had the honor of co-choreographing the hip hop workshop production Refuge with Myriam Lucas in 2011. The choreography was extended into a full production for La Jolla Playhouse titled BREAK in 2012. Break won the 2012 Bravo SD Award. Bex now teaches outreach for La Jolla
Playhouse, is Program Director for Creative Stages of San Diego, and hopes to further grow as a choreographer while creating a group of expressive dancers at San Diego Danceworks.

Lindsay Brzenski

Dance Instructor

Lindsay Brzenski has been dancing since the age of nine. She teaches jazz, contemporary, ballet, ballroom, salsa, lyrical, and tap. A San Diego native, she has studied at various studios throughout the city. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego and received a bachelor’s degrees in both Theatre and Dance. While at school, she studied and performed with Patricia Rincon, Allyson Green, Tony Callahan, and Jean Isaacs. In addition to dancing, Lindsay also works in the San Diego entertainment industry, specializing in lighting, audio and costuming.

Elena Voytilla

Dance Company Coach & Dance Instructor

Elena recently graduated from San Francisco State with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and an emphasis in exercise and movement sciences. While at SFSU she took classes in the dance department training in ballet and modern. She also worked for StretchLab in Burlingame which focuses on one-on-one assisted stretching. Growing up, she trained in tap with Lindsay Brzenski for 8 years and in her senior year competed an award winning tap solo choreographed by Jenna Ingrassia.

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