Get to know the talented professionals who teach performing arts and martial arts at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley’s Clubhouse Academy.
Allison began dancing at the age of 5 when she took her first ballet class. Her professional career in dance began at age 16 when she joined the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. She has danced with other companies that include American Ballet Ensemble, Ballet Austin and Staatstheatre Darmstadt in Germany. While living and dancing in Germany, Allison had the opportunity to perform in operas and musicals as well as ballets.
Although she has retired from her career as a ballet dancer, Allison remains focused on dance, sharing her love for the art as a teacher and choreographer. She has choreographed numerous productions in the United States and Europe and our very own Clubhouse Theatre. Allison has taught various forms of dance in the United States and Europe has been teaching dance and overseeing the dance program at ClubHouse Academy for over 12 years.
Sensei Tanya Baeza holds a 5th degree black belt in Shito-ryu Karate-Do and has been teaching karate for the past 16 years. She is a former member of the USA Karate National Team from 2004 through 2016. Tanya is a 6-time USA National Champion, 3-time USA Open Champion, and a Pan American Championships Bronze Medalist.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from (CSUDH). Her students have competed across the country and placed at prestigious events, including the USA Open and Junior Olympics and National Championships.
Amanda Hay began training with the Clubhouse Academy of Performing Arts in 2008. Her dance training includes Ballet, Musical Theater, Jazz, Pointe, Lyrical, and Tap. While at the Academy, Amanda received the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Scholarship for her achievement in performing arts and was named the Boys and Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley’s Youth of the Year for 2018. In addition to Clubhouse, she has trained with the Fountain Valley High School Dance Team, Maple Conservatory of Dance, and Vanguard University. Amanda is currently studying Musical Theatre and Psychology at Vanguard University of Southern California in Costa Mesa. Amanda has a passion for teaching dance and exposing children to the arts. Amanda became a teacher and choreographer at the Clubhouse Academy in 2017 and has experience teaching the styles of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, and Strength and Stretch to a variety of ages and levels.
Originally from Maryland, Jennifer started training at 3 years old in Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Tap. She has performed nationally and internationally throughout her youth and later obtained a BFA in Dance Performance, a minor in Business Administration, and a Masters in Education. Her professional accolades include performing with numerous companies in the LA area, appearing on national commercials and television shows such as “Dance Moms”, and performing at Knott’s Berry Farm, Tokyo Disney and Disneyland (for over 10 years)! In addition to her passion for performing, she also shares a great love for teaching and coaching. Jennifer has dedicated 8 years working in Dance Education at Sunny Hills High School and is most recently a College Professor at The Young Americans College of the Arts. She finds great fulfillment in sharing her knowledge and love for dance with her students. She is thrilled to join the ClubHouse Academy to continue her work in encouraging young performers to find purpose through their own unique gifts and talents.
Justin Goei (He/Him) is an OC based performing artist, actor, choreographer, dance teacher, and fitness instructor. Justin obtained his BA in Theatre from CSUF and has continued to perform with various companies around Southern California and all over the country, including the National Tour of Mamma Mia!, 3D Theatricals, Performance Riverside, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Musical Theatre West, Moonlight Amphitheater, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Honda Center, Disneyland Resort, & Knott’s Berry Farm. In addition to teaching dance and choreographing with theatre at the Clubhouse Academy, Justin has also had the chance to choreograph shows with Mater Dei HS and Broadway On Tour. He also is a certified AKT trainer, teaching dance cardio fitness classes to some fierce women of Yorba Linda. Whether performing on stage, choreographing, or teaching dance, Justin hopes to continue sharing his passion for dance and theatre with others. He is so grateful to be a part of this Clubhouse community where he not only gets to inspire the next generation of artists, but most importantly, provides a safe welcoming place for all students to be themselves where mistakes are highly encouraged. “Love Just Love”
Robert Wells grew up in Burbank, California, where he graduated from Burbank High School in 2012. Getting his start in performing arts such as; Dance Team, Show Choir, Musicals, and Gymnastics. After High School Robert got his BA in Dance at Cal State University of Long Beach in 2018. His preferred styles of Dance are Hip-Hop, Breakin’, Contemporary, Acro, and floor work. He has done Dance Industry work such as: Disney XD, Kids Bop, Just Dance, and “Big Love.” Robert loves teaching many dance techniques and challenges his students‘ creativity and physicality during class.
Sydney Horner is a recent graduate of Chapman University with a BA in History and a BA in Integrated Educational Studies. A former student at the Clubhouse Academy, she has trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, musical theatre dance, and tap for nearly twenty years. While at the Clubhouse Academy, Sydney was given many opportunities to grow in the arts. She received the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Scholarship for her achievement in the performing arts and was named the Boys and Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley’s Youth of the Year. She was also given the opportunity to sing and dance at several Boys and Girls Club of America events throughout the country. Sydney graduated from the Orange County School of the Arts where she studied acting, musical theatre, and dance. She has performed in professional musical theatre and dance productions throughout Southern California. Sydney is passionate about teaching youth in an inclusive environment and believes in the transformative power of arts education. She teaches Musical Theatre, Tap, Lyrical, and more, has directed several productions, and has written several original shows for the ClubHouse Theatre including Fairytale Follies.
Tessa Nease received her Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Educational Studies, Multiple Subjects Credential and her Master of Arts in Teaching at Chapman University. After graduating from Orange County School of the Arts in the Musical Theatre Conservatory, Tessa began working as a dance teacher, vocal instructor, and choir director. Collectively, she has been teaching in the arts for 12 years. In addition to working at the club, she has been teaching first grade for 7 years. Working at the Clubhouse Academy combines her two greatest passions in life, teaching and the arts! Tessa enjoys doing yoga and drinking coffee with her two sisters, traveling whenever she can, going to live theatre with her husband, and spending time with her family. Tessa is a proud mom to her son, Owen. She has been a ClubHouse Academy dance instructor since 2011 and vocal director since 2015.
Valerie began her dance training at the age of five. She is highly trained in the areas of Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Clogging, Contemporary styles, Conditioning and many others. Valerie studied at a small performing arts high school in Arizona and continued studying dance at Brigham Young University Idaho and received her Bachelors’ Degree and an Associates degree in dance thereafter. She has worked with some of the dance world’s biggest names. Some of which include: Akram Khan, Ryan Heffington and Mike Esperanza. She attended The BODYTRAFFIC, Szalt and FUSE Dance Company intensives. She danced professionally in Seattle, Los Angeles, and Orange County with The Assembly Dance Company, LA Unbound Dance Company, The Bastette Group, Dacha Theatre and The Carpool Dance Collective. She is currently a seasonal performer with The Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group and a member of 7th Street Dance Company. Dance isn’t her only passion. With a love and vast knowledge of Kinesiology, Valerie strongly believes in the importance of proper technique to promote safety and avoid injury. She also incorporates various aspects from her Yoga practice into her curriculum. Valerie is very enthusiastic regarding her work and believes in building up self-esteem in a positive and uplifting environment.