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Faculty

Veronica Seca

Hip Hop

Veronica Seca is a Laredo native with over 23 years of dance experience. She has been trained in various styles of dance since the age of 3. Miss Veronica was a member of the award winning United High School Larriettes. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Texas State University. Upon graduation, Miss Veronica began the dance program at Rudder Middle School in NISD where she spent 3 years teaching. She is now the Pep Squad Director at Harlan High School and enjoys teaching at studios in San Antonio.

Kiona Reese

Vocal Coach

Hailing from Tennessee, the home of music, highly accredited teacher, Kiona Reese is so excited to be joining the CAPA family. Kiona is a dynamic powerhouse performer with a background in musical theater and classical training in both drama and vocal studies. Graduating high school, with a concentration in musical theater, in 2012 from the Center for Creative Arts, Kiona then went on to receive her Bachelors of Arts in musical theater and vocal production from Birmingham Southern College in 2016. She has performed in highly sought after regional theaters in Atlanta, toured with children’s theaters all over the west coast, and most recently completed her third contract sailing the high seas as a lead specialty production vocalist with Celebrity Cruises Entertainment. From Tennessee to Atlanta and New York to California, Kiona is so excited to cultivate a new community of artists here in Texas. 

Priscilla Martinez-Gamer

Ballet

Priscilla has taught dance for over 25 years and specializes in classical ballet and lyrical contemporary dance. She is inspired by the talent of the dance community and her students every day. In her classroom, she brings her passion for dance and for teaching young people while sharing her knowledge and experience. She strives to encourage her students to explore the possibility of their talents and push beyond what they think is achievable within themselves as performers, athletes, and artists. In her choreography, she invites her students to bring their thoughts and personalities to the piece to deepen the level of silent dialogue a dancer has with the audience. Through movement and emotional interpretation of the music, her choreography is rooted in pop culture using classical and modern music. Using a current message, she’s able to produce a stimulating dance-art conversation with her audiences that transcends all ages.

Priscilla Martinez began her career as a dancer studying in San Antonio, and later in Boston & New York with some of her memorable teachers being Milton Myers (modern), Michael Vernon (ballet), Elena Kunikova (ballet), Armando Duarte (modern), Danny Sloan (modern/jazz), Sam Kurjikian (ballet), Fleming Halby (ballet), Teresa Champion (flamenco), and Susan Connally (ballet/jazz/modern). In addition to her studies in New York, she added Theatre to her stage experience. There she performed in musicals and straight plays as well as numerous national commercials, voice overs, and print ads. She has performed extensively with various dance companies, including SA Dance Theatre, now known as SA Metropolitan Ballet. She has also choreographed award-winning concert pieces. Fragil and Signs of Life were both performed at Regional Dance America’s Southwest Festival and both received the Monticello Award for Emerging Choreography, and Out of Chaos, also performed at the RDASW Festival, received the Project Tier Award. She has attended several National Craft of Choreography Conferences to further her work in choreography.

Analiese Pena

Contemporary/Assistant

Ms. Ananliese has over 15 years of dance experience. She recently graduated from Holmes High School where she was on the Goldenbelle’s Dance Team for 3 years, and was a Colonel her senior year. She is currently attending Northwest Vista College as a dance major and is part of the Repertory Dance Ensemble. She just became part of the Artisan Oddities Entertainment (AOE) Dance Company.

Karlene Bernal

Folklorico

Karlene began dancing at age 4 with the City of San Antonio parks and recreation. She was part of the pre-professional groups, Fandango and the professional troupe Ballet Folklorico Festival. She studied Flamenco and Folklorico under the direction of Sonya Casillas, Jose Padron, and Bruce Gonzales. She has taken workshops and studied under the guidance of Miguel Vargas, Illeana Gomez, and Pilar Andujar. She is a graduate of UTSA with a bachelor's degree in communication.

Rachel Nine-Olech

Office Manager
Social Media Director

Rachel started dancing at age 8 at Studio 10 Dance Center. She studied all forms of dance for 10 years including ballet/pointe, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, modern, and musical theater. She was a member of Co Motion Dance Company, performing in regional and national competitions. She attended Northwest Vista College on a Las Casas Performing Arts scholarship as a dance major and was part of the NVC Repertory Dance Ensemble.

 

Rachel studied at Paul Mitchell the School, earning her cosmetology license and joined the staff of Salon Intrigue as a stylist in April 2017. After 2 years behind the chair, she was asked to manage social media for the salon.

 

After finding her niche in social media and graphic design she joined the faculty and staff at Class Act Performing Arts in March 2022 as social media director.

Front Desk

Marlena has been dancing since age 3. She has been part of the Kidsville kids organization and has performed all over San Antonio. She has performed half time for the San Antonio Scorpions and has danced competitively for o'connor spirit for four years. she is the co-captain of the o'connor Drill team.

 

she will be majoring in Criminal psychology this fall semester at UTSA!

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