Patti Weinberg, Studio Director
Patti Weinberg, was born in the Los Angeles area in 1970 where she began a rich and fulfilling career in the world of dance. First dancing at the age of 5, she trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Spanish, Hawaiian, and acrobatics at Annette’s School of Dance. She learned dance techniques there as well as the joy of teaching and sharing her dance knowledge with others. After training there for 10 years she started dancing with Rikki Lugo, a renowned choreographer and dance teacher. She then began touring with Rikki Lugo’s Jazz Company in the Southern California area. During this time she also embarked on her acting career doing extra work on Beverly Hills 90210 and Doogie Houser. Patti then fell in love with the musical theater world, took voice lessons and hit the stage, performing professionally in many musical productions such as, Peter Pan, The King and I, No, No Nanette, Carousel, Brigadoon, Annie Get Your Gun and Gypsy with Joanne Worley.
She then took a break from dance to get a degree in Interior Design and worked in that field for a few years only to realize that her true calling was to teach dance and has been doing so professionally for the past 20 years.
In 1997 Patti opened Stage Door to share her love of dance to the Encinitas community. Her passion is to not only teach children to dance, but to teach life skills such as self-discipline and commitment. Dance is an amazing opportunity and can open many doors for a child now and for a lifetime.
Dana Rosado Campbell
Dana is a native San Diegan who returned after studying dance, performance and teaching , and raising her family in Utah and the Chicago, Illinois areas. She has been teaching ballet at all levels in the North County area and principally at Stage Door since 1993. She also teaches Flamenco.
Dana has a B.A. in physical education (Dance Emphasis) and also minored in Drama. She was president of Orchesis, a member of Theta Alpha Phi, and founding member and president of The Elgin Area Performing Arts. She has extensive experience with choreography and theatrical production in community adult and children performances. She is very excited to be part of the inaugural production of The Nutcracker Suite at Stage Door, a production she was involved with on many levels for seventeen years in Elgin, Illinois.
Dana has found a philosophical home at Stage Door where children are cherished and accepted. She deeply believes In the discipline of dance studies, that beyond the grace and elegant carriage associated with dancers, students benefit from the focus, coordination, group cooperation and discipline that helps them in all facets of life.
Danielle has been dancing for 22 years. She studied ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, pointe, and hip hop and started competing nationally at the age of nine. She started her training in Long Island, New York where she studied under top teachers from the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC. While in New York, Danielle danced two consecutive seasons with the New York Knicks City Kids dancing every game at Madison Square Garden, she has also performed on Regis and Kathy Lee with Paula Abdul, and danced alongside Bette Midler at the Waldorf Astoria.
Danielle has been teaching at Stage Door for three years she could not be happier. Danielle’s classes include Jazz/Hip Hop, Tap I, II, III, Lyrical, and the Stage Door Dance Kids, our performance troop. This is Danielle’s third year leading the Stage Door Dance Kids who perform all over San Diego including, The Del Mar Fair, Encinitas Street Fair, and Disneyland! She is very excited to be a member of the Stage Door team where she can continue to share her love of dance with her young students. Danielle teaches a high energy, personalized, fun class which is sure to leave a smile on everyone’s faces.
I have been dancing for the last 15 years in Maui and California. I have performed with Maui’s own Koa Blue Dance Theater, the Palomar Dance Ensemble in Southern California, New York’s Jana Hicks in a special Maui performance, Trebel a Theatrical/Dance company, Oahu’s Ballet Hawaii’s Nutcracker production, Maui Academy of Performing Arts, Visions Conservatory, and Maui Onstage Theater performing an original musical. I have been teaching since 2003 at Stage Door and then continued on to Maui where I taught island wide. This is my first year back at Stage Door from Maui and I’m thrilled to be back where I feel at home. I care deeply about my job, my students, and their families.
Dancing is a very important part of my life and I continue to take classes and perform. I’m happy that I am able to share my love and joy of dance with all of my students. I have a 3 year old daughter who also takes dance at Stage Door and loves it! She gets so excited to go to class and every time class is over her first words are “ Mommy I had so much fun!” I am so excited to be a part of Stage Door, my home away from home! This year I will be teaching Starlets, Little Stars, Twinkle Tots, Dazzlers, Kinderstars, Mini Hop, and Ballet I/II.
I have been dancing for over 10 years in the styles of jazz, ballet, contemporary, modern, tap, and hip hop. My dance training began in competitive studios and on school teams. I was also able to participate in conventions and intensive programs such as The Pulse and The Rockettes Summer Intensive. My professional experience includes dancing for Team Rave, The Inland Empire 66ers dance team, and The San Diego Surfettes.
Recently I had the opportunity to dance for Tsofia Gal, a Creative Arts Therapist and Certified Movement Analyst. In 2012 I danced in her movement theatre production Five at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Summer 2013 I danced in Perah’, a show in which the movement was derived from energy healing sessions experienced by dancers. We performed this show at the White Box Theatre in San Diego.
I am always seeking opportunities to expand my knowledge and experience. Spring 2013 I will receive two A.A. degrees in Dance and Entrepreneurship. I plan to continue my education by studying Holistic Health practices.
Teaching for Stage Door is a tremendous joy! I love my students and enjoy encouraging them to improve their skills in a fun and safe
Katie started her dance training as a child in Libertyville, il. She performed with Forum Jazz Dance Theater through high school, under the direction of Eddy Ocampo.
Katie continued her dance training at Columbia College Chicago, and received her BA in 2004, focusing on modern and ballet. Since then, she has taught at many Chicago area dance studios and park districts.
Katie relocated to the San Diego area in 2014.