Our Talented Staff

 

SARAH CHRISTINE GUZMAN

Co-Owner / Director / Choreographer

 

Sarah Christine Guzman, from Tehachapi, California has an extensive 26 years of  experience in dance. Her training involves many styles such as Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, Gymnastics, and Ballroom. She has also trained in competitive, sideline, and professional Cheerleading. Growing up as a competitive dancer since the age of 7 she holds a number of regional and national titles and trained with well-known dancers, choreographers, and directors such as Michael Pena, Dak Eubanks, Kelly Wade, and Brandy Stiles. At the age of 12 she received the World Champion Title of Junior Miss Starpower at National Talent competition in Orlando, Florida. She traveled with Starpowers Power Pak Tour (2000-2002) having the opportunity to dance on stage with MC Hammer and his dancers. Guzman was chosen to perform her award winning solo at the Disney World stage (2001) with the tour and won the “Most Technical Dancer” of the group. Sarah traveled to Spain, New York City, and Maine with the Dance USA team to represent the USA for the Dance World Cup (2008). Sarah has been teaching dance since the year 2006 beginning in Southern California before she decided to make a change in 2008 to teach at Forever Dance Lake Tahoe and All About Dance. Being a choreographer and teacher at Forever Dance for the competition team she won Choreography Awards, Standing Ovation Award, and Judges Awards for her strong Lyrical style dances. Sarah is now Co-Owner, Director, Teacher, and Choreographer, of All About Dance since the summer of 2014.

 


 PAULA BAKER

Co-Owner & Desk Manager

Paula Baker began dancing at the age of three and continuing through college where she competed in Gymnastics. She took a break to raise her daughter Ginna, who followed her Mom’s passion for dance. Paula and her daughter danced together for several years. Paula took some time off (twenty years) to pursue her career in the auto racing industry, managing National events, running a Professional racing team, as well as dancing with her car behind the wheel, earning five National Championships. When a family move brought her to Carson City she dusted off her shoes and joined us at All About Dance, first as a student, then as Co-Owner and teacher as well as maintaining our front desk.

 

 

JOE GUZMAN

Hip-Hop, Jazz, Tumbling, & Cheer

 Joe Guzman teaches Hip-hop, Cheerleading, Core-strength, and beginning jazz. He started coaching kids in 1995 starting out with inline hockey. In 1996 he choreographed his first dance competition routine, an all-boys Jazz/funk. After High School being introduced to All-Star Cheerleading, Joe Cheered for Studio Del Sol on their College Co-ed All-Star Cheer and Dance Teams. Winning both NCA and UCA titles in Southern California, Joe also Cheered for American Academy of Gymnastics and West Coast Gymstones in Bakersfield Ca. Joe has coached the Foothill High School cheerleading program and West Coast Gymstones Senior, Junior, and Peewee All-Star teams. Currently Joe has been teaching at All About Dance for 3 years along with coaching an All-star cheer team in Virginia City that won the Cheer Xtreme regional championship in Reno NV their first year as a team. 

 

 


WILLOW KNIER  

Ballet & Pointe

Willow began ballet lessons at 2-1/2 years old at a Royal Academy of Dance school ion Half Moon Bay, CA at the Susan Hayward School of Dance. She danced and taught lessons there through age 18. Willow went on to dance at San Francisco State University, performing in showcases and as a member of the dance company. She also performed at Skyline College, Canada College, and several other colleges around the Bay Area. Knier later returned to The Susan Hayward School of Dance as a ballet instructor for several years in addition to assisting  to choreograph musicals at Half Moon Bay High School. 

 


  

CRYSTAL ROWE

Barre

Crystal Rowe took her first dance class at the age of 8 and fell in love with dancing from that day forward. Crystal started taking classes in ballet, tap, and jazz at Sierra Nevada Dance Center in 1987. When the studio closed, Crystal continued on with her ballet teacher Cathy Nelson as she opened All About Dance.  Crystal began taking classes at All About Dance the day it opened in 1994. She continued with ballet, tap, jazz and expanded into assisting, technique, pointe, and hip hop. She continued dancing through high school and earned a spot on the Dance Company team. During that time, the team was given the opportunity to compete and perform at various events throughout Nevada and California.  After high school, Crystal moved to San Diego and took time out from dancing to raise her young daughter. She returned to All About Dance in 2013. All About Dance has always been home for Crystal and she is so happy to be a part of the studio. In October, Crystal became Barre Certified and is now teaching the Barre class.October, Crystal became Barre Certified and is now teaching the Barre class.

  

ALISA MERINO

Musical Theater & Acting

Born in Southern California and raised in our own Minden, Nevada. Alisa has been dancing and acting for over 13 years. All About Dance being her beloved studio seven of those 13. Preforming in multiple recitals, plays and musicals, she found the stage to be her primary outlet. She could leave everything out on the floor. Soon after graduation, Alisa began teaching at All About Dance. It has been a beautiful blessing in her life. The studio is a second home, a place of foundation and peace. While Alisa teaches, she is also attending Western Nevada College to pursue a degree in Social Work. She hopes to open up her own practice as a Crisis Intervention Counselor for teens 13-15.

 

 

Megan Penwell

Beginning Tap/ Teen Tap / K-1 Dance / PreDance

Megan started assisting, teaching, and subbing at All About Dance with the little ones since the fall of 2014. She is a wonderful student instructor. All of the pre/k dancers love her. She has been dancing for many years along with competing in dance with regional and national titles. Megan is a part of the All About Dance performance team with high expectations and great goals for herself. Miss Penwell not only loves to dance but she is an excellent academic student as well.

 

 

Alyssa Guild

PreDance / Teen Ballet / Teen Jazz / Musical Theater