Paula Kessinger

Owner/Artistic Director

Paula has been a renowned choreographer, dance instructor, and personal manager for more than 35 years. She holds a Degree in Theater Arts and has studied all genres of dance in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New York. Paula performed on stage, as an actress, dancer, and ice skater for many years. After being an artistic director for several years, she decided to open her own studio “West Coast School of the Arts” in 2006. Her students come from all over Southern California to train with her. Her dancers receive high awards at dance competitions and conventions, and many are signed with talent agencies. Several of her students have gone on to pursue careers as professional dancers in the industry. They have performed on Broadway in productions of “Billy Elliot” “Hairspray,” “42nd Street”, “Wicked” and the “Lion King,” to name a few. Students of Paula’s have performed on, “So You Think You Can Dance”, Star Search, and have toured with Taylor Swift. She has proudly seen many of her dancers be accepted into some of the country’s most competitive colleges as dance majors such as, Julliard, UCLA, Chapman University, USC, Pace University, and NYU.

Along with dance, Paula is a top choreographer for both national and international competing figure skaters. She has also choreographed for members of the U.S. Gymnastics Team. Paula has received top choreography awards at many dance competitions in the U.S, and Australia.

Danielle Dodds Stewart

Director of Childrens Program

Danielle holds a BFA and MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine. She has an extensive background as a professional choreographer, dancer, actress, and model in Washington D.C., New York, Los Angeles, and Europe. With her versatility, Danielle’s career has included major magazine ads in Glamour and International Vogue, dancing in the Washington Ballet, as well as work in films and commercials. She has taught at the University of California, Irvine, Rancho Santiago College, and Orange Coast College and has been a faculty member of West Coast School of the Arts since 1984. Danielle teaches many levels of ballet including Creative Ballet, Pre-Ballet and is a teacher/choreographer for our expanding Dance Club competition group at West Coast School of the Arts.

Anna Kelsey

Dance Club Manager/Choreographer

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Alex Kessinger


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We also have numerous talented choreographers at our studio. Contact us for more information.


Leanne Baca

Office Manager

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