Teachers

Get to Know Us

Based on the belief that students learn best through experience, dance classes are dynamic and action oriented. We want dancers to enjoy what they are doing to ensure good attendance and years of participation at Dancin’ Feet.

Susana Irigoyen - Owner & Director (Ballet, Modern, Tap, & Jazz Teacher)

Miss Susana started dancing at the age of 4 at Dancin’ Feet in ballet and later added tap, jazz, and modern. In high school, she participated in the SAVAPA Dance program at Southwest High School for 3 years where she expanded her dance portfolio by learning hip hop, lyrical, and contemporary. After high school, Miss Susana attended Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri and graduated with her BA in Business Administration-Management and AFA in Dance in May of 2019. Three months after graduating from college, she purchased Dancin' Feet and began her new career. Miss Susana began teaching and choreographing in 2011 in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, contemporary, and musical theatre. Some of her most notable performances and competitions include the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (2011), Disneyland (2013), Disney World (2015), and The American College Theatre Festival Region V (Des Moines, Iowa - 2017 & Sioux Falls, South Dakota - 2019). She is excited to share her passion of dance with all of her students and help them grow not only as dancers, but as individuals!

Cierra Allen - Ballet Teacher

Miss Cierra started her dancing career at Dancin' Feet when she was 5 years old. She continued her dancing career at another studio for the next 10 years and focused on ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. Due to some injuries, Miss Cierra had to retire from dance but found a new love of teaching! She has taught ballet to young students for over 5 years now! During the day, she works as a program coordinator for a Women in Ag leadership program at Western Growers. Miss Cierra is excited to continue teaching ballet and looking forward to each year!

Maclaine Anchondo - Acro/Stretching Teacher

Miss Maclaine started dancing at Dancin' Feet at a young age and continued dancing there for 16 years. She always tells her students that the studio is her second home! Miss Maclaine fell in love with acro/stretching in high school and fell in love with teaching after graduating from high school. She is so excited to teach her students something she loves and can't wait to have a lot of fun with them!

Patty Beach-Avalos - Tap Teacher

Mrs. Patty has been teaching tap and jazz at Dancin’ Feet since 2000. Prior to her time at Dancin’ Feet, she was a dance teacher at MGM Dance Studios in El Centro, Calexico, and Holtville. She studied Dance in San Diego and is a Stage 7 certified teacher and was also a member of the Hoctor Dance Caravan. Mrs. Patty is excited for another year at Dancin’ Feet and can’t wait to teach her students and have many laughs with them!

Celeste Cardona - Ballet Teacher

Miss Celeste has been dancing since the age of 7 in ballet. Later on, she started taking jazz, modern, and tap. Throughout her dance career, she continues to fall in love with dance over and over again. Her dance teachers have taught her so much not only in dance but in life as well. Miss Celeste is beyond thankful to now be teaching others to do what she loves the most!

Maritza Estrada - Ballet Teacher

Miss Maritza have been dancing with Dancin' Feet since she was 4 years old. She dance jazz, tap, modern, and hip hop, but absolutely fell in love with ballet. The first time she was taught by Miss Susana (Dancin' Feet's owner & director), she was instantly amazed and knew she could not leave ballet behind. Miss Maritza is currently going to school for nursing in the valley so she can keep in touch with her hometown and dance studio! Ever since the first ballet class she taught, she knew this is what she wanted to do. Teaching at the studio feels like a dream come true and she can't wait to meet and share her passion with all of her students!

Kayla Finnell-Vogel - Modern Teacher

Mrs. Kayla is a Dancin’ Feet alumni and began dancing at the studio when she was just 3 ½ years old in ballet and later added tap, jazz, and modern. She was also part of the local SAVAPA Dance program for 3 years. She has experience teaching a variety of styles, ages, and abilities. During the day, Mrs. Kayla works as a Speech Language Pathologist for Heber Elementary School District. She loves designing creative choreography for any dance class she teaches and looks forward to this dance year with enthusiasm!

Jaelene Izaguirre - Ballet Teacher

Miss Jaelene has been dancing at Dancin' Feet since she was 4 years old! She started dancing in ballet and later added jazz and modern. She is currently a senior in high school and continues to dance not only with Dancin' Feet, but also with the SAVAPA Dance program at Southwest High School. This is her 3rd and final year with SAVAPA Dance. Miss Jaelene is so excited to teach her students and even more excited to help them grow in ballet!

Emma Maring - Ballet Teacher

Miss Emma is 16 years old and a junior in high school. She has been dancing at Dancin' Feet since she was 3 years old. She has trained in multiple different dance styles including; ballet, pointe, tap, and modern. She is beyond excited that she gets to teach at her second home! Miss Emma can't wait to share her love of dance with all of her students!

Lisa Pierce - Belly Dance Fitness (RakasaFit) Teacher

Lisa has had a lifelong love and obsession with dance in all its forms, including her study of various forms of belly dance for over 10 years. From her start as a baby ballerina to her studies of hula, belly dance is the dance form that has captured her heart for life. In an effort to hone her belly dance skills further, and experience a fun and effective workout, Lisa became a belly dance fitness RakasaFit instructor. She is excited to bring her dance skills and the RakasaFit experience to her local community with belly dance fitness classes. As a former yoga instructor, Lisa shared physical and mental health fitness strategies with her students and is now excited to share belly dance fitness for the same reasons. Lisa believes that dance brings both physical and mental wellness and is thrilled to teach and share with the community at Dancin' Feet!

Cailee Roper - Jazz Teacher

Miss Cailee graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Marketing! She moved back to the Imperial Valley and is so excited to have the opportunity to step back into the dance world! She danced for 14 years taking tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, and pom. Miss Cailee taught at Ooh La La Dance Studio in Brawley for 2 years. She is thrilled to be teaching at Dancin' Feet and can't wait to share her infectious bubbly energy with all her students!

Selena Tapia - Hip Hop & Jazz Teacher

Miss Selena began dancing and performing at the age of 7 in her school talent shows. She auditioned for SAVAPA Dance in high school where she developed her love for dance, performing and creating choreography. Miss Selena danced with SAVAPA for 3 years and learned different styles of dance including lyrical ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary dance. During her time in SAVAPA, she was able to be part of dance productions that fueled her passion for performing. She had many great performing opportunities including school events, SAVAPA Dance productions, Disneyland, and New York. After graduating high school, she worked at her local Disney Store as a Cast Member where she would create events for the children, including choreographing and teaching dance routines. Miss Selena loves to create choreography and started teaching dance at Heber School’s after school program. She loves learning all styles of dance but has a special love and passion for hip-hop dance. Miss Selena is so excited to be able to share her gift and love of dance with the next generation of dancers!

Maddie Tuttle - Ballet & Modern Teacher

Miss Maddie has been dancing since she was 3 years old at Dancin' Feet! She started in ballet then later added tap, modern, hip hop, and jazz. She has experience dancing and teaching different dance styles. Teaching has made her more passionate about dance and making sure her students love dance as much as she does! She has been teaching since 2021 and is always looking forward to teaching kids and teens new skills and dance moves!