What makes The Dance Shop stand out from others! Our team of teachers. Our teachers are talented, friendly, experienced, and passionate about the art of dance. Our team is driven to help your kids achieve their dance goals, but most of all have fun!!!
Cassie McFayden, Owner of The Dance Shop wife and mother to two wonderful children. Cassie started her Dance career in 1987 when she was a child. Her favorite type of dance is Tap. She danced on a performance Team until 1996, and then she stepped down from the stage and starts to teach. Cassie taught gymnastics, tap, jazz and ballet at The Dance Shop and other local studios.
Cassie continued to teach by joining San Bernardino County School District as a Special Education Teacher Assistant until 2005. “This was such a rewarding job because you can help kids improve their daily lives and see them grow”.
In 2009 Cassie tried Cross fit and “fell in love with the community”. She was hooked! Her husband and her got Cross fit Level 1 Certified and Cassie also got Cross fit Kids Certified. In 2011 her husband Chris and her opened a Cross fit Gym in Calimesa CA. She operated this gym until 2013.
Cassie was introduced to Barre in 2016 at a studio in Redlands CA. Cassie was taking classes for 6 months when the owner asked if she’d like to teach. She said “yes” and got certified in October of 2017. Cassie likes teaching Barre because it reminds her of teaching dance but it has low impact fitness to it that she loves. “Love coaching, these ladies inspire me daily”
Kaylyn is a student studying to become a Special Education Teacher. She has spent time volunteering at Choc Hospital Education and supporting kids with Tpe one diabetes.
On her free time she enjoys the outdoors with her dog.
Kris Kniseley was technically and artistically trained for 18 years in ballet, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary; competing for 6 years with a local dance studio Dance Creations. Additionally, she was trained for 3 years in modern acrobatics, hip-hop, and jazz funk. Kris has worked with prestigious LA choreographers: Michael Nickerson-Rossi, Wendi Baity, Ken Datugan, Heather Castillo, Beth Megill, Jeremy Hahn, Michael Williams, and former Diavolo Dance Theatre members David and Crystal Zibalese. She performed at professional venues: LA Culture Collide, Ruban Rouge’s Dance Co. Awakenings and Beginnings, Movement Theater CoLab New Work’s Project, and ACDFA Annual Dance Festival. Kris was invited to study with KCDC Dance Journey in Israel. She received her AA in Dance at Moorpark College (2015) while teaching as a part-time faculty for a-5-6-7-8 Dance Company. With a goal to graduate with her BFA in Dance, Kris studied at the University of California Santa Barbara. After teaching and choreographing for three years in Colorado, Kris moved back to her LA hometown to continue her work in the LA dance industry.
Kaylin Schloepp dancing at The Dance Shop since she was 9 years old. She took class in jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop and lyrical dance. Kaylin was accepted into the dance team that season and absolutely loved it! The following year Kaylin was at The Dance Shop every day dancing and on multiple teams. Kaylin has competed in numerous dance competitions winning various awards. She started assisting teaching classes when she was 13 years old. She loves the children and teaching them how to dance! Now she has her own classes full of wonderful children.
Fun fact she did judo for 3-4 years and ended being an orange-green belt.
Hello, my name is Justin aka Juju, I’ve been for 13 yrs training in multiple styles of dance. I had to choose between dance and P.E when I attended Fairgrove Academy Performing Arts school in 2007..06 and with my background in Martial Arts dance seemed exciting and I fell in-love. After I went to La Puente HS training all 4yrs of dance as my focus, later then graduated from Mt Sac with a AA in Dance in 2018-19. In between all that I would learn off of YouTube to just learn more because I didn’t start where children usually start.. at the age of 5, so I had to catch up. Now I am teaching at the Dance Shop, doing freelance work here and there, been on a couple traveling Hiphop teams, and apart of “Breed” a professional Hiphop team based at Boogiezone Dance Studio in Torrence, & also apart of Developing the Next Artist program based also at Boogiezone.
Carolyn Tellez has been dancing since she was 13, on Don Lugo high school dance team her freshman year. She continued the dance team throughout all 4 years and danced jazz, lyrical, hip-hop and pom. After graduating she went to Mt. SAC where she was on the competitive dance team for 2 years. They did jazz and hip-hop and went to NDA nationals in Daytona, Florida. They won 1st place both years in the hip-hop division. While being at Mt. SAC, Carolyn trained in ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, and commercial dance. She also was in two repertory dance concerts, had been to ACDA twice, and performed at the Palm Desert Choreography Festival. In 2019, she began to coach the dance team at Don logo high school alongside two other coaches as well. Carolyn also has been dancing Folklorico for 14 years and in 2016 she performed at the Ford Theatre with the Ballet Folklorico Ollin and she also performed a contemporary solo as well. Recently, she joined an urban/hip-hop team called NST8 and has already learn so much. She has a huge passion for dance, loves to teach and help students grow not only as dancers, but people too.