Amanda Tanigawa – Director: Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Jazz & “Dance Technique” Teacher

Amanda grew up as a classically trained ballerina and at the age of 16 she received a full scholarship to dance at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City for the summer. After graduating high school, Amanda immediately began her career as a professional dancer and continued her dance training with world renowned choreographers. Some of her major accomplishments as a dancer and performer include, performing in shows at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, dancing on Celebrity Cruise Lines, being an NBA Dancer for the Orlando Magic, dancing in a broadway produced show in Las Vegas, dancing in multiple commercials and advertisements, as well as performing at the Latin Grammy’s. Upon moving to Kauai in 2016 with her husband and daughter, Amanda began spreading her love and passion for dance by teaching Lyrical, Contemporary, and Musical Theater classes. She is also a certified pilates and barre instructor, as well as a certified personal trainer. She began working with the Hawaii Children’s Theatre in 2022 as the choreographer for the show “Once On This Island”. When she’s not teaching, you can see her performing in the role of Ka Uhane in the Luau Kalamaku at the Kilohana Plantation.


Kellie Hatto – Assistant Director: Ballet & Pointe Teacher 

Kellie began her dance training at 5 years old and was lucky enough to be trained by a well-known Russian ballerina, who danced with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She also trained with a Balanchine trained teacher from New York City. As a teen she danced with what is now known as the Conejo Civic Ballet Company. Her passion and love of ballet has stayed with her for her entire life and eventually shifted into teaching ballet. She began introducing her choreography as an outlet for her creativity and soon was teaching ballet classes to all ages. Kellie loves to create ballet choreography to music that an audience would least suspect. Led Zeppelin has been one of her favorites. In 2019 Kellie acquired her Progressive Ballet Technique Certification, which is a training that focuses on core stability, weight placement, and alignment for dancers and non-dancers as well. She also loves to mountain bike and hike the beautiful trails of Kauai, scuba dive in our clear blue seas and snuggle up with a long Russian novel.


Megan Posas – Contortion & Flexibility Teacher

Megan is professionally trained in the art of Mongolian contortion & hand balancing and has over 20 years’ experience in movement-based performance arts (cheerleading, gymnastics, dance, and yoga). Megan has been privileged to train under one of the most world renowned contortion coaches, Serchmaa Byamba (known as “The Golden Girl” of contortion), for the past 5 years. She started performing professionally 10 months into her training and was hand selected to come train and perform with several other master coaches in Mongolia two summers ago. She was the first student invited to complete Mongolian Contortion Center’s teacher training/ artistic choreography program in San Francisco this past fall. More recently, Megan has picked up hula hoop dance and is now infusing it with her contortion practice. She is honored to get to share these beautiful art forms with the island of Kauai through teaching and performance.


Sean Cubar – Hip Hop Dance Teacher

Sean’s love for dancing began at an early age. He grew up in Las Vegas as a self taught individual, but later throughout his life he had the privilege of dancing and battling with world renowned choreographers and dancers. Sean frequently traveled to Los Angeles for open style battles to expand his dancing skills. Dance quickly became a safe place for Sean to express himself and he loves being able to share that same feeling now with his students. Upon moving to Kauai 2 years ago, Sean was able to connect with the local dance community and continue sharing his passion for dance and learning through his peers. Sean loves inspiring young children to confidently express their abilities and create their own unique style through the fundamentals of hip hop and the basics of breakdancing.


Shasta Marina Behling-Camero – Hip Hop & Heels Teacher

Shasta was professionally certified as a commercial dancer at the world renowned studio, Millennium Dance Complex in, Los Angeles, California. Her success is based on her participation in numerous artistic projects, and some highlights of her career are performing with Diana Ross, Eminem, OT genesis, Jojo Siwa , 21 Pilots and Polo G. Shasta started her dance career in Hawaii booking her first professional job on a “GoPro” commercial when she was 17, then participated on numerous live productions and TV shows with Kauai Dance Center, & Excel Dance Studios. After two years, she became a well known dance instructor and with the purpose of creating a safe space for people to find their own unique styles and explore different rhythms she inspired many around her to pursue a dance career. Shasta specializes in choreography and freestyle in dance styles such as Hip Hop, Salsa, and House. Her passion and dedication continues to inspire her building opportunities for her community and creating her mark in the world as a movement artist.

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