Studio Owner and Director, AZDD Company Teams Director


Office Manager and Studio Accounting


Studio Manager and AZDD Company Teams Assistant Director


Front Desk, Social Media Director and AZDD Company Teams Assistant Director


AZDD Company Teams & Production Director, In-Studio Graphic Designer



Joseph Cavanaugh pursued his professional training at the Virginia School of the Arts & later graduated with honors from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Professional Division.  He worked with & performed for such choreographers as Jose` Garant, Dwight Rhoden & and Jordan Morris.  Since joining Ballet Arizona in 2001, Joseph has originated featured roles in Ib Anderson's Elevations, Mosaik and 2B, Vladimir Angelov's Interplays.  He also danced featured roles in Ib Anderson's Amoroso, Indigio Rhapsody, & the Nutcracker and Dwight Rhoden's Ave Maria and George Balanchine's Agon & Seranade.  Joseph has performed in many other ballets including Giselle, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Ib Anderson's Coppelia.  Joseph joined the Cannedy Faculty in 2006 teaching all levels of Ballet & Pointe, as well as technique classes in Jazz & Lyrical.


DeAnna is a Phoenix native and has been dancing since she was six years old. She has trained in a variety of styles, including: ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, acro and hip hop. While dancing in the studio, she was taught ballet from the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet syllabus and has tested well in multiple RAD exams. She has also earned a teaching certification with the Acrobatic Arts Program. She began student teaching at a young age and has loved teaching ever since. Her love for children has inspired her to become a school teacher so she can help positively shape the minds and bodies of children and their futures.  She is super excited to be a part of the AZ Dance District faculty and looking forward to sharing her joy of the art.

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Hailey grew up dancing at a studio in a small town near Portland, Oregon. Since the age of 12, she attended competitions and conventions all around the PNW and trained around 20 hours a week in all different styles including jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, tap, Acro, and hip hop. A large part of her training included Kinstretch and Functional Range Conditioning, which are joint mobility conditioning and injury prevention systems developed entirely through scientific research. Her passion for teaching began while she was an assistant dance instructor, where she realized that she loved helping kids discover their love for dance. By the time she was graduating, she assisted in just about as many classes at her home studio as she took. When she was 18, she moved to Phoenix where it there is less rain and a bigger dance community. There, she explore her love for the non-technical, contemporary movement side of dance to supplement her technical training. After subbing all around the Phoenix area, Hailey found a home at AZDD in 2019, a studio that shared all of her teaching values. She is a big believer that dance skills are directly translated into life skills, and her teaching methods are based on building strong technical foundations and using positive affirmations to guide students through challenges so that they believe in their capabilities. Hailey teaches all ages from our combo classes, up to the teens, runs the social media, and is Miss Rendee’s assistant. She is so grateful to be a part of the AZDD family!



Tanya was born & raised in Phoenix, AZ.  She has resided in LA where she assists choreographer, Robert Schultz, & works for Flash Mob America helping spread joy around the country.  Tanya has appeared in TV shows Modern Family, Major Crimes, Heartbeat, 90210, Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane, & The Bachelorette.  She’s worked with artists Diana Ross, Lisette Bustamante, This Is She, & Rogue Romeo.  Tanya worked for Royal Caribbean as a dancer & has helped put on halftime performances for the Liberty, Holiday, & Champs Bowl.  Tanya has been fortunate to work with choreographers Jamie King, Brian Friedman, Ryan Heffington, Andre Fuentes, Chebar Williams, & Michael Taylor.


Native of Arizona, Velaine has been a lover of dance for as long as she can remember. She began her training at the age of 3 and hasn’t stopped since. She’s traveled and performed with many dance companies for over a decade, including G.C.C.’s Physical Graffiti, Dance FX, Encore Productions, Twilight Productions and Nebellen Dance Company. With over 25 years of teaching, performing and sharing her passion of dance with others, she has had the title of Artistic Director at numerous valley dance studios and has been awarded various choreographic and judge’s awards throughout the competitive dance circuit.  Miss Velaine has been Acrobatic Arts Certified and loves working with dancers who like to tumble.  Although her training is very broad and diverse with strong technical foundations, she now specializes in acrobatic tumbling and foundational hip hop as well as lyrical, jazz and contemporary styling. A true artist in all facets of life, she spends her “spare time” doing graphic design for valley corporations as well as many local dance studios. Velaine is excited to join the AZ Dance District family and to share her love and joy of the art of dance with all of her students.

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Taylor is an Arizona native and is currently a junior pursuing her degree in Biomedical Science at Arizona State University. Taylor has been dancing here in the Phoenix area since the age of six. She was a competitive dancer for twelve years; receiving numerous awards and scholarships during her time in the dance competitive circuit. At the age of 18, she went on to dance for the Arizona State University Hip Hop Coalition. During her time with the ASU Hip Hop Coalition, she trained with a few notable choreographers including Wil-da-beast, Trisha Miranda and Alexander Chung. Taylor soon moved on to begin teaching and sharing her love for dance with her students across the valley. She is extremely excited to start her new journey here at AZ Dance District.

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Meet Leonardo Antonio Caudillo. 22 years old and finding his way through the adult life. Leo, for short, was born and raised here in Phoenix, Arizona. He began dancing at the age of 16. Before dance, his life revolved around baseball, playing since he was 3 years old. Tee ball to High school, he lived and breathed baseball with one day hoping to play professionally. 

Leo got introduced to dance and was in his high school dance company. Knowing that he started at a later age than others, he felt behind in his technique and flexibility. He pushed himself and made himself goals to reach so that he can better himself. His senior year was when he fell in love with teaching & that was when he made the decision to push baseball aside and pursue his dance teaching career 

After graduation in 2016, Leo attended Arizona State University to pursue his dance degree. Training under Mary Fitzgerald, Carly Conder, Marcus white and Melissa Britt just time name a few. In Leo’s free time he choreographs quinceañeras, weddings, and sweet 16’s to make the family’s day just extra special! Leo also danced with numerous professional dance companies around the valley such as Scorpius Dance theatre, Cazo Dance Theatre (currently in), Epoche Dance Company, Valiant Dance company and the newest addition Emergence dance company. He has also taught at numerous Studios such as F.A.D.A.M.A, Kodigho, Arazando and Phoenix Dance Academy. He now attends Glendale Community College and is now teaching here at AZ Dance District! 

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Laura Costa grew up in Phoenix and has been dancing since the age of four.  She has had extensive training and education through local dance studios in all styles of dance; mostly Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Modern Dance through the Arizona State University dance program.  In addition Laura is a certified Mat Pilates trainer through Mindbody and Kids/Family Yoga instructor through Rainbow Kids Yoga.

Laura was employed by Cannedy Performing Arts Centre from 2001-2017.  Her role was Studio Manager and member of the well respected Dance Faculty within our North Central community.  As director and mentor of the Student Teaching Apprenticeship Program Laura helped to develop many dance teachers and professionals.  Throughout her 16 years at Cannedy Laura worked with dancers of all ages and skill sets; from toddlers in creative movement, to adult beginner Tap, to teen advanced competitive Jazz and everything in between.  She created the Tiny Dancers program allowing children to participate in dance at the age of two (some still in diapers and using pacifiers)!  The program allowed for easy transition into the already developed Pre-School program making for more successful and productive Pre-School dance classes. 

In addition to being a dance educator, Laura’s professional work has included; both performing in and choreographing TV commercials for ABC Family Channel 3 News. In addition, judging dance and figure skating competitions in the Valley and performing with a Disney affiliated production company in Musical Theatre Jazz.

 Laura’s mission is to inspire the love of dance at an early age.  Her mantra is : Safe, Healthy, Happy and Free. 

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Cleopatra Avery , from Carlisle, Pennsylvania, began her training at
the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under Marcia Dale Weary. She
originated roles by Sherry Morray and Alan Hineline. She continued
training at Pacific Northwest Ballet School summer intensive in 2006
and 2007. Cleopatra then joined The Richmond Ballet in 2008, and
then The Suzanne Farrell Ballet in 2010. She danced roles in The
Nutcracker, Coppelia, La Bayadere, Giselle, and Sleeping Beauty.
Cleopatra's Balanchine repertoire includes The Nutcracker, Who
Cares?, Raymonda Variations, Divertimento No. 15, Valse Fantisies,
La Source, Walpurgisnacht, Danses Concertantes, Diamonds,
Concerto Barocco, Agon, Pithoprakta, Serenade and Stars and
Stripes. Cleopatra has been teaching in Arizona since 2014, sharing
her love and passion for dance.


Kelsey Kroll is a Chapman University graduate. She graduated in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance. During her time at Chapman, Kelsey had the pleasure of working under instructors/ choreographers such as Seth Green, William Johnston, Liz Maxwell, Amanda White, Jennifer Backhaus, Holly Johnston, Charles Maple, Alicia Guy, Dale Merrill, Lawrence Rosenberg, Brandee Lara, and Melanie Larson among many other great teachers. In her 2 years at Chapman, she trained extensively in modern, ballet, jazz, tap, ballroom, hip hop, and west coast swing. In 2015, Kelsey was inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts through the National Dance Education Organization and graduated with honors through NDEO. Kelsey is currently the resident choreographer for for the International Baccalaureate Dance program at Barry Goldwater High School. She has been teaching and choreographing at Barry Goldwater for the past 10 years. In 2016, she founded the Barry Goldwater Alumni Dance Alliance for dancers to train, take classes, and still be inspired by dance even after high school. Kelsey previously danced with the Phoenix based professional modern dance company, Center Dance Ensemble for 5 years. She has been asked to come back to the company after her two year break to attend Chapman. Kelsey hopes to get into a graduate program to receive her Masters of Fine Arts as she hopes to one day become a college dance professor.

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