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CSD Staff
 
Our people are among the most talented and passionate in the industry. It would be our pleasure to put our extensive experience to work for you.
 
Courtney Mattheis
Courtney Mattheis
Owner/Director,
Head Ballet/Adult Ballet, Pointe, & Jazz Instructor

As a native of Amarillo, TX., Courtney started her dance career at the early age of 5 years old. It was at that time she was enrolled at Hess School of Dance, Directed by husband and wife Neil and Camille Hess, studying Ballet and Jazz techniques. That same year she was invited to perform in the Lone Star Ballets annual production of The Nutcracker; this is where she would call her "dance home" for the next 14 years. Courtney was fortunate to begin teaching and choreographing for Hess School of Dance at 14 years old. In association with Lone Star Ballet she had many opportunities to perform in various dance productions including the outdoor drama Lone Star Rising. She expanded her dance genres while performing with West Texas A&M University Dance Ensemble which included Lyrical, Flamenco, and Country and Western styles. While in high school Courtney was apart of the dance team and was co-captain for two years. In 2003 Courtney decided to expand her repertoire and enter the Miss Amarillo Pageant; she won and went on to compete for Miss Texas. Courtney also began coaching for All Star Cheer and Dance of Amarillo, headed by Brent Knudtson, where they would compete and take home trophies for first place. Courtney has been a dancer for Arena Football Leagues that include the Amarillo Dusters and after moving to Los Angeles, CA. in late 2004 she became an A-Team dancer for the Los Angeles Avengers. While persuing a degree in Fine Art and Dance at El Camino College she had further instruction in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Ballroom, and Hip Hop. Live event and video credits include: The Pussycat Dolls, The Ying Yang Twins, The Game, Mariah Carey, and Gnarls Barkley. She is currently a member of KPA Fusion Dance Repertoire. Most recently she has embarked and achieved her life long dream of opening her own dance studio. Courtney feels blessed to have found her passion and purpose in life, which has and always will be to inspire through dance, bring joy to those who see her dance, and to just... Dance!!
Kelsey McCowan
Kelsey McCowan
Lead Tap/Adult Tap Instructor

Kelsey took her first tap class at the age of three and immediately fell in love creating music with her feet. She grew up studying ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop at the Peninsula School of Performing Arts in Palos Verdes, Ca. When Kelsey was just 15, she started dancing professionally for the Hot Cotton Candies, under the direction of Dyan Lopez and Tita Boulger. Later that year, she was accepted into the prestigious Jazz/Tap Ensemble-The Caravan Project. The Caravan Project is a tap group for gifted teens that celebrates two of the greatest American traditions, jazz music and tap dancing. Some of her favorite past performances with JTE include the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, The Christmas Spectacular at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion, and A Night with the Jazz/Tap Ensemble at the Ford Theatre. After joining the Caravan Project, Kelsey continued to receive her training from Becky Bloom, Josette Wiggan, and Channing Cook-Holmes. Kelsey has been teaching dance in the South Bay for the past 5 years within the Palos Verdes and Torrance school districts, and at various dance studios. She has also choreographed musicals such as Disney’s Camp Rock, Anything Goes, Alice in Wonderland, and Cinderella. Just last year, Kelsey had the honor of performing at the Duke Ellington Theatre in Washington D.C. for the D.C. Tap Festival, directed by Chloe and Maud Arnold. Through her past 10 year involvement with the LA Tap Festival, held at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy. Kelsey now works under the direction of Jason Samuels-Smith and Chloe Arnold. She was recently invited to join Tap Con Sabor, under the direction of Sarah Reich. Best known as one of L.A.’s hottest tap companies, Tap Con Sabor combines Latin music, tap dancing, and traditional forms of salsa and meringue. As an avid participant of “The Floor”, a monthly dance event held at the King King in Hollywood, Kelsey was recently hand-picked by "So You Think You Can Dance" choreographer Christopher Scott to star in his rendition of “Defying Gravity.” Combining her knowledge of both “Broadway” style and “hard-hitting, rhythmical hoofing”, Kelsey is truly a one-of-a-kind performer, teacher, and choreographer.
Kathy Reyes
Kathy Reyes
Adult Salsa/Bachata Instructor

Kathy Reyes grew up developing an incredible passion and talent for dancing. She began her dance training at El Camino College in 2007. It was within this program that she discovered the intensity and adrenaline transmitted through her performance. In 2008 she became a member of Tropical Rhythm Dance Company directed by Luis Aguilar. He assisted Kathy in improving her skills and expanding her ability as a performer. During her involvement as a member of Tropical Rhythm, she had the opportunity to tour for various salsa congresses and competitions. The following year, she began to express herself with the passionate and tender feeling that Bachata transmits throughout her soul. Kathy went full force and began to acquire national attention after winning her first Bachata competition in Los Angeles, and obtaining second place in Bachata at the World Latin Dance, 2010. She truly captivates the hearts of many when she sets foot onto the dance floor and is defined as “Short, Smooth and Sexy” [SSS]! No doubt that her talent is a true gift from God and a blessing for others: dancing with the feet is one thing but dancing with the heart takes one to a whole different level.
Brittany Sindicich
Brittany Sindicich
Assistant Academy Jazz Instructor

Brittany Sindicich has been dancing since the age of nine years old. She has studied various styles such as Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Krump, African and even Pilate’s. She began choreographing as early as middle school where she was involved with the dance and drama departments. A graduate from San Pedro High School, she participated in the Drill Team and Pirate Dancers. She also studied dance at various studios in the South Bay such as: Peninsula School of Performing Arts, San Pedro Ballet, Alva’s, and Fusion Dance Studio. She then went on to El Camino College where she frequently performed with their Advanced Dance Theater Department. She currently attends California State University Long Beach where she is studying Child Development.
Chanelle Summers
Chanelle Summers
Boys Hip Hop Instructor

Chanelle started dancing at the young age of 4 when her mom put her in Jazz, Hip Hop and Tap classes at San Pedro Ballet School and also under Wendy Raquel Robinson Director of All Gods Children Conservatory. Chanelle trained under Chip Fields and Cassie Davis for acting, proceeding to achieve SAG membership due to a number of national and regional commercials such as McDonalds, Crest, Disney and a host of others. In high school she joined Drill Team, and Pirate Dancers which was a fusion of jazz, hip hop, freestyle, and choreography. That same year she tried out and made it onto Future Shock Los Angeles, which is a youth outreach program for dancers under the age of 18 giving hands on experience and the study of styles in Hip Hop under the direction of Culture Shock Los Angeles. Due to being part of these teams, Chanelle was constantly getting critiques. Learning from all the feedback received she eventually got comfortable enough to find her own groove. Since then she has not stopped dancing. Throughout high school Chanelle performed in various dance concerts, competitions, and benefits shows such as “The Color Of We”, “De cypher The Silence”, “A Beautiful Struggle”, World Of Dance, Maxt Out just to name a few. In Chanelle’s Junior year she decided to start her own dance crew called Dope Kids Fresh Crew which is filled with dancers 18-under, her goal is to have an outlet for young people to express themselves through the arts of dance and music. In the summer of 2010, she also started Dope Girlz (tweens) dance crew, and in November Chanelle and her dance partner Mario Woolfolk started K.I.D. “Keepin It Dope” which is a 18+ dance crew. They will be debuting at competitions in the beginning of 2011, with the goal of showing originality, heart & soul. Chanelle’s goal is to teach young dancers what she has learned throughout the years from her mentors. She wants to give them a positive outlook on the dance community and provide an outlet for them to figure out their creativity as a dancer. Chanelle, a FSLA alumni, is a new member of Culture Shock Los Angeles. She is a young, talented choreographer who’s style varies from hard hitting and fast to slow, intricate movements. She is a very versatile dancer who loves learning all types of styles (poppin, lockin, breakin, waackin, house and many others) She is always hungry to learn, educate, and grow with experience. Chanelle has a lot she wants to accomplish and wont stop til she achieves her goals.