Coronado Academy of Dance – a place to dance . . . a place to grow

What makes us your best choice?

Here's what the students and families think


Helping to build self-confidence, poise, and self-esteem
A star danced, and under that was I born

Coronado Academy of Dance has been providing quality dance education to our community since 1998. Our studio represents a positive learning environment where dancers can have fun, be creative, and experience the incredible world of dance.

We strive to achieve the best in all of our students and showcase all of their talents and abilities. We hope to not only build a solid dance foundation, but also to provide our students with priceless and memorable life experiences and friendships.

The best education starts with the best teachers, which is why CAD employs instructors with a well-rounded background of training, performance, and teaching experience. Our teachers are passionate about the art and discipline of dance and we appreciate the opportunity to share our love of dance with each student.

  • Our teachers are passionate about the art and discipline of dance

  • Dancers take the disciplines of dance into their everyday lives

  • Inspire students with the love of dance and an appreciation for the arts

  • A wholesome activity that contributes to the growth and development of their ability and personality


The best education starts with the best teachers

Dawn Tyler

Dawn Tyler was born and raised in Coronado, CA. Over the last 20 years, Dawn has shared her love of dance with thousands of Coronado children, many of whom returned as CAD alumni to teach or enroll their children at her studio!

Kristen Howarth

Instructor (tap)
Kristen’s love for dance began at a very early age (before she could walk!) while dancing along to Michael Jackson as she pulled herself up in her playpen! Kristen has been with Coronado Academy of Dance since 1998.

Trevor Van Orden

Instructor (hip-hop/jazz)
Trevor Van Orden graduated from SUNY Potsdam with a Bachelors in Dance and was part of the Hip Hop dance teams Team NV, Caridanco Dance Company and FuturPointe II. He co-created the Unidentified Dance company in San Diego and actively produces and performs.

Madeleine Schoch

Instructor (ballet/pointe)
Classically trained in ballet, Madeleine graduated summa cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she studied contemporary dance and choreography. She has a distinguished career as a professional dancer and instructor.

Emily Dietz

Instructor (contemporary)
While attending Butler University, Emily performed in many contemporary works in addition to the classical ballets put on by Butler Ballet. Emily is currently a dancer with City Ballet of San Diego.

Rachel Keener

Instructor (kinder combo, boogie babies, twinkle toes)
After dancing all her life, Rachel moved to California, and was hired by Chula Vista’s Park and Recreations to develop their dance program. From The Museum School to the San Diego County YMCAs to co-owning Adagio Dance, Rachel has enjoyed seeing dancers thrive and embrace all forms of dance.

Natasha Archer

Office Manager
Whether she is planning special events, educational programming, coordinating volunteers or designing monthly newsletters; communication and coordination are key elements that Natasha brings to our organization

Leasa Thernes

Instructor (tap, kinder combo)
Teaching Artist and an award-winning Filmmaker and Choreographer, Leasa can be found teaching at several companies and studios in and around San Diego

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