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
Dana Budd grew up in Fresno, California dancing under the direction of Sue Sampson-Delena at the Dance Studio of Fresno. She has studied Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, modern, and contemporary at Houston Ballet (Houston, TX), Joffrey Ballet (NY), American Ballet Theatre (NY), and with Chebar Williams (LA). Dana danced for five seasons with the State Street Ballet Company, where she toured the world and performed in a variety of ballets not limited to; Shed Your Skin (Margo Sappington), Texas 4TH (Agnes D'Mille), Ruh Hour (Robert Battle), Midsummer Night’s Dream, Carmen, Le Sylphide, Nutcracker, Napoli, and Swan Lake. She also performed for four years as a principal member of Martha Kelly-Fierro’s Altered Modalities contemporary company where she toured across the county performing new works. She has traveled across the United States assisting Chebar Williams with Nuvo Dance Convention. She has also worked with choreographers such as; Mia Michaels, Stacey Tookey, Ray Leaper, Peter Chu and more. Dana has taught dance classes to young adults for over 15 years. She has trained dancers who have gone on to dance at Julliard, USC, Lines, Ballet BC, and other small regional ballet companies. She won the top choreography prize at The Dance Awards in New York City as well as many other choreography awards throughout California.
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.
Belle Caffee was born and raised in San Luis Obispo. She's been dancing for as long as she can remember and it's become one of the things She's most passionate about! She's trained at Academy of Dance, Momentum Dance studio, Millennium Dance Complex and Westmont College. She is so excited to teach our future dancers and hopes to share her love for dance to all.
Jordan Hall was born and raised in Paso Robles. Her training started at 2.5 years old with a ballet and Tap combo class. She continues to educate her self in dance with jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, lyrical, musical theater, hip hop and contemporary. Her strong passion for dance has continued to grow, Jordan's future goals are to be a professional dancer and studio owner one day. She looks forward to teaching and sharing her passion for dance with others.
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.