Molly M. Comin specializes in Tap Dance instruction; for over 25 years she has loved teaching many 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 has most recently extended her studies in Los Angeles with Linda Sohl-Ellison, Sarah Reich and Greg Poland.
Molly currently serves as a volunteer board member of Rhapsody In Taps and is the founder of NCDPAF’s Mercer-Sanchez Scholarship fund which honors ballroom master Frank Sanchez and the late Vaudevillian Bud Mercer as she supports young talented boys in their pursuit of careers in dance and the performing arts.
In a quest to create and nurture a community of tap dancers in San Luis Obispo County, Molly founded and currently facilitates the “Paso Robles Tap Jam” where members from all studios get together monthly with musicians 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 Diana Shillabeer 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.
Inspired by the choreography and discipline of Debbie Dee, Molly devised her own system of tap instruction. She began teaching at the age of 16 focusing on precision and speed combined with a commitment to use current music that she often found more relative to her young students. 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. 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”. Molly is the proud mother of two children: Vittoria, a member of the Princeton Tap Cats, and Luciano, a student at UC Irvine.
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
Amy Wescom received her AA in dance from Allan Hancock College in 1998 and her BA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine in 2000. After graduation, she moved to New York City and worked as a make-up artist for MAC Cosmetics, while studying dance at Broadway Dance Center. Her work has been showcased at UC Irvine and Allan Hancock College. Giving back to her community is very important to Amy. She has been a guest choreographer for Paso Robles High School for the past 15 years, and had turned her choreography stipend into The Wescom Arts Scholarship which was awarded annually to a Paso Robles High School student who excelled in the Arts Department.
At the age of 4, Amy began her dance career training in Orange County and then onto Pat Jackson’s American Dance in San Luis Obispo. Amy was the Jazz and Performing Companies Director at Class Act Dance as well as the Assistant Director of the Ballet Companies from 2011-2018. Her work has been performed in the NCDPAF’s annual production of EPIC: Emerging Performers In Dance, The Nutcracker Ballet as well as its original production of Let It Be and The Magical Tale of Cinderella. In addition to serving as one of the principal choreographers, Amy was the Artistic Director of EPIC as well as the Assistant Director for the other productions. In 2013 and 2016, she was commissioned to choreograph a piece for the Ballet Company to be presented to Regional Dance America.
Currently, Amy is beyond thrilled to be instructing at Dellos Performing Arts Center (DPAC) in Pismo Beach, Artistry in Motion (AIM) in Paso Robles and CORE Dance in San Luis Obispo. She will be teaching all levels of Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, Contemporary Ballet, Stretch & Conditioning and Hip Hop! In addition, she will be instructing and choreographing for the PreTeen Company at AIM. Amy is grateful for her new dance families and humbled by the love, support and warm welcome from all the owners, dancers and parents! Amy feels blessed every day for her two children, Koby and Kyra! Not only are they the best cheerleaders and supporters, they also share in her passion of dance. She would like to express love & gratitude to them who bring great blessings to her every day. SHINE!
Suzanne Belton was born and raised in Paso Robles, California. She started dancing at the age of three years old, and fell in love with being on stage. Once she was six years old, she started taking multiple classes such as: ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. During those years up until her senior year in high school she danced competitively, danced on the high school advanced dance team, varsity cheerleading squad, balanced school work, and assisted many teachers in their dance classes. Little did she know, that one day she was going to teach her own dance classes, and just fall in love with it. She hopes to continue her dreams in teaching dance as she rounds out her three years at Cuesta College, with receiving her Associates Degree in Business with a specialization in Small Business Management.
Lindsey Caudill began dancing at the young age of seven at Class Act Dance. She got her first agent when she was 15 and has danced for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Holland Americas Cruise Lines and worked on Jamie Lynn Sigler's "Crybaby" music video. Lindsey was a runner-up for Ms. New York Dance Alliance 2001 and Ms. Los Angeles Dance Force 2001. She helped choreograph and performed in DreamWeaver 2010 and 2011. She is the mother of Gage, her four-year-old son, and is currently employed at Heritage Oaks Bank in Paso Robles.
Katie Scofield began her training in San Luis Obispo more than 30 years ago. She has danced with the Gilbert Reed Ballet, Pat Jackson's American Dancers, and Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo. She began teaching 10 years ago, and since then has taught and choreographed all over the central coast. She is currently dancing as a principal member of Ballet Theatre San Luis Obispo.
I have been dancing for 14 years and have been a competitive dancer for 10 of those years. I have trained in many styles of dance including ballet, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, tap, and hip hop. I have received training from many top choreographers and performers including the AIM staff, Shamar Phillips, Heidi Asefvaziri, and Allie Giroux. I am currently a Senior at Templeton High School and have been on the Varsity Cheer Team for all four years. Two of my four years being Cheer Captain has taught me many leadership skills as well as how to work well with others. I am so excited to share my love for dance with everyone at AIM!
Katie is 19 years old and is a dance major at the University of California, Irvine. She has been dancing for 8 years and has trained in many styles of dance. Katie has attended many ballet summer intensives including Ballet West in Salt Lake City, Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, and the Long Beach Ballet. She has also been a company member with Dance League USA, a competition/convention that travels the country. Katie has performed in multiple productions of The Nutcracker Ballet with North County Dance and Performing Arts Foundation, The Civic Ballet, and Maple Youth Ballet in Irvine, California. In her future, Katie aspires to dance with a professional company.
Kerri Frederick was born in Lompoc, CA and raised in beautiful Paso
Robles, CA. She started her dance training at the age of 13. In her
adolescence Kerri was highly intrigued by the "Pop" culture and
absolutely loved music. It wasn't until a friend invited her to a local
hip-hop class that she found dance was definitely for her. Armed with
inspiration from her instructors and a strong work ethic from her
family, Kerri quickly progressed to become a skilled young dancer. Her
training at Class Act dance studio in Paso Robles, CA allowed her to
train with some of the most creative and skilled instructors on the west
coast, including Emmy nominated and world renowned
choreographers. She also spent summers training in Aspen,CO, San
Francisco,CA and Santa Barbara,CA as well as New York City. After
high school, she was accepted as a scholarship student to the
prestigious Edge Performing Arts studio in West Hollywood, CA, where
she was able to dance and train with elite choreographers working in
the entertainment industry. She performed professionally throughout
the U.S. with recording artists Mya, KC & JoJo, Weird Al Yankovic, Ruff
Endz, Nu Flavor, and Brenton Wood.
In 2001, Kerri was invited to teach within the Dance Department at
her alma mater, Paso Robles High School. In 2002 she transferred to
Atascadero High School, her Father's alma mater, where she
established the school's first dance team. In just their second year,
Kerri's team took home a Bronze medal in a statewide band
competition for Auxiliary. During her time at Atascadero High School,
Kerri had the opportunity to work with Band Director, Brian Wallace,
the past saxophone player for the famous band, Sublime.
In 2005, she acted as a publicist, manager and choreographer with
rising artists in the music industry.
In 2007, Kerri relocated to San Diego where she began teaching for
Culture Shock dance studio. In mid 2008 she started instructing at
Carlsbad Dance Centre. Carlsbad Dance Centre has been her home for
instruction over the last 12.5 years. She enjoys the amazing studentteacher
relationships that have been built while watching them reach
personal dance goals through her assistance. Her most recent
endeavor has been teaching ballet to the SDSU Dance Team.
Alongside teaching and doing choreography for Ballet, Lyrical,
Contemporary and Jazz, she also has a background in Ballroom. In
2008, she created her own business in the Wedding Industry as a
dance professional from First Dances to Flashmobs. Most recently she
has tapped into other Event shows too.
Kerri has also been affiliated with the special needs population since
she was 15. In 2015 she taught a special needs dance class at the San
Diego Academy of Ballet. She will continue her compassion and love
for individuals with special needs this 2018-2019 school year at an
Elementary School with a moderate-severe leveled special need
classroom to not only dance but work on other movement and skills. It
will always be her biggest heart-warmer.
Trained strictly in a junior olympic team in Sacramento forced Oscar 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.