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.
Robert Costido has lived in Sunny San Diego for over a decade and in this time he has pursued multiple passions including dance, acting, and going to school for Psychology at the University of Phoenix. Robert plans to continue his Master’s degree program in the Science of Psychology and wants combine the world of dance and psychology to create and open a therapeutic dance company. Robert is a hardworking and dedicated person who has worked, danced, and/or choreographed at multiple venues throughout San Diego and has performed at multiple events including Monster Bash in Downtown San Diego, Gay Pride San Diego, The House of Blues in Downtown, The Del Mar Fair, and other popular venues. Robert has also taught choreography for children ages K-third grade. During his free time, he likes to be in nature, travel, sight see, and enjoy good company with great friends and family.
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.
Ivy has been teaching classes all over San Diego since 2010. She began dancing at a very young age, training competitively in the styles of jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary, and hip hop. Ivy enjoyed dancing for the Varsity Dance Team in high school and was honored as a captain her senior year. She also received the award of “Best Choreographer” for two consecutive years.
One of her favorite experiences as a young dancer was being accepted into a rigorous intensive with The Radio City Rockettes. Here she was able to study precision dancing as well as their famous kick line skills. Professional teams she has danced with include Team Rave, The Inland Empire 66ers dance team, and The San Diego Surfettes. Ivy feels lucky to have had the unique experience of dancing for Tsofia Gal, a Creative Arts Therapist and Certified Movement Analyst. In 2012 Ivy danced in her movement theatre production Five at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Summer 2013 she danced in Perah’, a show in which the movement was derived from energy healing sessions experienced by dancers. During this experience Ivy developed a passion for healing and wellness and how it can relate to the expression of dance.
Currently Ivy dances with Get Down/ Pick Up, a modern dance company. She has degrees in Dance and Business and is also a Certified Health Coach. Ivy enjoys creating a space where dancers can express themselves creatively while building their confidence and self esteem.
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.
Kayla Schaffroth, a San Diego native, received her Bachelor of the Fine Arts in Musical Theatre at Central Washington University. She has been dancing since she was three and trained in the styles of ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, and ballroom. She performs professionally in regional theatres across the country and is a featured performer at theme parks such as the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Kayla choreographs for professional theatres in the San Diego area and competition dance. In addition, she has done commercial work, music videos, and multiple award nominated feature films. When she is not on stage or on screen, she loves being in the classroom and sharing her love of dance with her students. Kayla is so thrilled to be part of Stage Door Dance and hopes to see you in class!