Molly M. Comin specializes in Tap Dance instruction; for over 30 years she has loved teaching all ages and levels in tap as well as pre-dance, intro ballet, and Broadway Jazz. Studying locally since 1990 with Nancy Beckett and Shirley Kirkes-Mar, Molly extended her studies in Los Angeles with Linda Sohl-Ellison at Orange Coast College. Molly’s technique is greatly influenced by the style and methods of her good friends, master tap dancers and music theorists Steve Zee and Aaron Williams. Molly is proud to have auditioned for and participated in Sarah Reich’s tap music project in 2015 and 2016. She also received the Educator Excellence Award at the 2021 Orange County Tap Festival. Molly currently serves as a volunteer board member of Rhapsody In Taps, the longest running tap performance group in the world.
Perhaps her proudest moments have been leading the Advanced Tap Performance Company “SAVAGE” at Artistry in Motion to 3 Tap excellence awards and numerous Gold medals for her a cappella compositions to “Chandelier” “Savage” “Stay True” and “Rain.”
In a quest to create and nurture a community of tap dancers in San Luis Obispo County, Molly founded the “Paso Robles Tap Jam” where musicians and tap dancers come together to compose music inspired by improvisational tap combinations. A true “Southern Belle” born in south-east Alabama, she grew up competing in etiquette, beauty and talent competitions as well as performing in local theatre productions. A member of the Alabama Youth Ballet at age 9, Molly developed a strong appreciation for strict dance technique. Under the tutelage of Diane Clouse and Tom McCauley, Molly developed a passion for tap that compelled her to participate and compete in numerous Dance Educators Conventions in Atlanta, New Orleans and New York.
A true lover of the stage, Molly has been known to sing in, and even direct, choirs and children’s musicals. She was a member of the cast of Pioneer Players’ production of “Annie” in 2003, making lasting friendships with highly respected local directors and artists. Molly offers instruction in etiquette, pageantry, interview, and public speaking; she enjoys dancing West Coast Swing with her husband Giovanni and has often competed and performed in Atascadero’s Friends of the Library fundraiser “Dancing with Our Stars,” acting as Artistic Director in 2019 and 2022.
Adrienn Crowe was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has been dancing since the age of13 and has studied many different styles of dance such as ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, hiphop, Bollywood, and African jazz. During her senior year of high school she was given the opportunity to choreograph for Radio Disney 1640. She has traveled all over the Midwest performing and choreographing for Disney’s Road shows. After high school Adrienn continued to teach in her hometown studio and choreograph for some amazing halftime shows, such as, the Harlem Globe Trotters, Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Wave, Indy 500, BCS bowl games, and 5 different high schools. At the age of 23 she moved to Los Angeles, CA to pursue her love of dance and to be with her soul mate. In L.A. she worked with young children at a children’s gym and she obtained a lot of knowledge about children 6 months to 12 years old. She also taught a Bollywood class in LA for a year.In August of 2012 Adrienn’s husband received a job in Paso Robles in the wine industry, where they are both currently working. Moving out to Paso was such a life changing experience for her but now she gets to work with her two favorite things in life dance and wine
Lauran Callan has over eighteen years of experience as a dance educator, artistic director and live event producer. She specializes in classical and contemporary ballet with a focus on guiding students to improved performance quality through asking the basic question, ‘Why do I dance?’ A former Montessori teacher and homeschooling parent, Lauran guides students by involving them in their own dance education, tapping into their intellect, curiosity and drive.
Lauran trained at Ballet Pacifica in Laguna Beach under the instruction of Lewis Carver and continued her training with Patricia Bristow at Desert Ballet Centre rising to company member and soloist of the Desert Chamber Ballet. She is the former founder and owner of Brilliant Dance Academy as well as its performing company, Ballet Joshua Tree.
Lauran has an advanced certification through Dance Educators of America and is also certified through Progressing Ballet Technique, Acrobatic Arts, USA Gymnastics and RAD Silver Swans. She lives in Morro Bay with her husband where they enjoy biking, hiking and kayaking.
Oscar Gutierrez trained strictly in a junior olympic team in Sacramento with a discipline and understanding of the mobility through air. With a strict schedule at a very young age purposefully kept his energy at an ultimate high. Fast forward a few years later and Oscar’s family moved to Paso Robles in the third grade and made what could with a smaller gym and less rigorous training. Showing an interest in music he was advised to take a dance class and so he did. First learning how to break dance at PRYAF in fourth grade and very quickly made it to an advanced class. In sixth grade he showed up to a ballet audition in jeans and Tony Hawk shirt at a studio his little sister was learning pre-ballet and tap. From there Oscar caught the interest of studios directors and was ushered to apply for a male dancers scholarship. Very fortunate, he was accepted and so his journey began with the Mercer-Sanchez Scholarship Fund which would forever change his life allowing Oscar to train and compete at conventions allowing him to expand his knowledge and push his limits that sometimes a financial barrier could limit of. Taking 20 hours of dance a week training in Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, Modern Techniques and Musical Theatre while balancing school and learning to play a few instruments. Definitely a creative mind, Oscar knew a big city would be where his career would blossom and so his senior year he worked hard to prepare himself for Los Angeles. With the help of many dear friends he made his move as soon as he was able to and trained with many incredible working choreographers in LA and getting to meet all those amazing dancers he always saw in videos in person. Primarily training in Jazz and Contemporary yet due to COVID reasons the smartest choice was to head home for a bit for LA is not what it used to be at this moment. Yet with an optimistic point of view Oscar is more than excited to get to teaching and sharing his love and knowledge for the craft to many others that might share a similar path as his in his hometown.
Hey there, I’m Jenevieve Crossett . I’ve been dancing a total of 15 years but competitively for 9. I’m currently taking childhood development so I can understand why your child is the way they are. I’m interested in making a positive impact in your child’s development through dance. I promise to balance the hard work of learning a new skill with fun and encouragement.
Saundra started singing, dancing and acting in 1975 as a young teen. A native of Denver, she earned her B.A. in Theater with a minor in dance and psychology from the University of
Northern Colorado. There she studied jazz, tap, ballet and modern dance, Greek theater,
Shakespeare, musical theater, drama, comedy and all aspects of theater production.
Saundra had the great honor of working with Debbie Reynolds and Tom Bosley during filming of Perry Mason and Father Dowling in Denver. After her graduate degree in Psychology and singing with the Colorado Mormon Chorale for seven years she moved to California. She has been active teaching at local studios and choreographing for Wine Country Theater and Applause Children’s Theater. Saundra enjoys teaching acting, dance, singing and musical theater to kids of all ages. Teaching is her passion.
Saundra began her training in Ballroom dance in 1984 at Fred Astaire Studios in Denver where she taught for 7 years. The styles included Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Rumba, Cha Cha, Salsa, East Coast and West Coast Swing. She is also trained in Nightclub Two Step, Bolero, Country Two Step and Country Swing. She has been specializing in Wedding dance instruction for the last 15 years. This includes the couple, father/daughter, mother/son and wedding party instruction. She teaches group and private lessons. Students from 6 to 96 with no dance experience to years of training are all welcome. More information can be found at her website www.firststepballroom.com . Like First Step Ballroom on facebook where you can get more information on upcoming events and classes.