Academy Faculty


Ganna Onipko Anna Onipko

(Academy Ballet, Character, Adult Ballet)




Ms. Onipko is a graduate of the Kiev State Ballet Academy, where she studied with Madame Virikundova, a pupil of Vaganova. Ms. Onipko was a soloist with the National Ballet of Ukraine and toured Europe and the United States.  Among her awards are the First Prize of the International Ballet Festival in Belarus, and the Special Prize at Serge Lifar International Competition in Ukraine, 1994. Ms. Onipko joined Ballet El Paso in 1996 and appeared as the principal dancer in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote and Pulcinella.  Additionally, she was a guest artist at the New Mexico Ballet, Dallas Metropolitan Ballet, El Paso Opera Company and El Paso Symphony Orchestra. In 2002, she received her BFA in Dance and graduated with honors from UTEP. Ms. Onipko’s fifteen years of teaching experience include the University of Texas Ballet Academy, as well as other dance schools in New Mexico, Florida and presently in California. Her choreography credits include Assistant to the Director for the El Paso Ballet and the Children’s Ballet Theatre Project in Fort Lauderdale, where she created the original choreography for Alice in Wonderland, Twelve days of Christmas and staged a Divertissement from The Sleeping Beauty.


Monika Teaching smallMonika Peltz

(Pre-Academy level Ballet, Tap, Academy 1)

Monika Peltz recently relocated with her family to Orange County from Des Moines, Iowa where she was a ballet and tap teacher of 23 years.  She trained at Des Moines Ballet and Ballet Iowa under Kennet Oberly, Lynn Andlauer, Stephan Laurant, and Konstantin Uralsky.  She went on to perform professionally for Ballet Iowa, Iowa Dance Theatre, The Neuman Project, and recently made an appearance with Ballet Des Moines as Auntie Em in the Wizard of Oz.  Monika taught most recently at School of Classical Ballet and Dance, and is the Founder and Co-President of Dance Without Limits, a thriving program in central Iowa providing dance classes for children with disabilities.


Dominique Clemente

(Pre-Academy level Ballet, Tap & Jazz; Academy Ballet, Contemporary and Tap)

Dominique began her training with Dmitri Kulev Ballet at age 4 and later became a Company member of Orange County Ballet Theater. She is a native of Orange County, CA and an Alumni of Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy. Rooted in classical ballet training, Dominique was inspired by and drawn to contemporary dance. Her additional training includes jazz, lyrical, tap, musical theater, hip hop,ballroom and the Balanchine style. Along with performing, her passion is teaching and creating choreography.  She has worked with Choreographers such as Lindsey Matheis, Joseph Kudra, Lillian Rose Barbeito (Body Traffic), Robyn Mineko Williams (Hubbard Street).

Dominique was the 2015 Elite Dance Tournament Joffrey/Complexions Award Winner, and she has received numerous scholarships that include Miami City Ballet, Joffrey Chicago, Bolshoi, and Ballet West.


Krystal Matsuyama

(Academy and Open Academy Ballet, Dance Prehab)


Krystal is a Freelance Performing Artist with the MSA Agency in Los Angeles, California since 2010.
She has taught ballet, movement and Improv workshops to students ages 11+. Krystal was a Guest Artist at Aspen Santa Fe Ballet in Colorado, an Apprentice, Guest Artist with COMPLEXIONS Contemporary Ballet Aug 2008 – Jun 2009 in the Greater New York City Area.



Workshop locations include:
University of California, Irvine | Irvine, CA
Focus Dance Center | Irvine, CA
Walnut High School | Walnut, CA
Taipei American School | Taipei, Taiwan





Rena Kamariotakis

(Adult Ballet)


Rena began her early ballet training with Rosemary McCarter and former Joffrey principal Elizabeth Huebner.  At age 13 she started intensive coaching under Stela Viorica of the Romanian National Ballet, studying the Vaganova method for several years. In addition, she received training from Shao-Pen Wang, Vladimir Kolesnikov, Alexander Greschenko, Alaine Haubert, Stefan Wenta, Larry Rosenberg, Melissa Allen Bowman, Michel Gervais and Maria Sifuentes. Rena performed extensively with the Ballet Montmarte in many ballets including Don QuixotePaquitaAlice in Wonderland, Bluebird pas de deux from Sleeping Beauty, and in a ballet adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, where she performed the roles of Mrs Cratchit and the Ghost of Christmas Past. Afterward, Rena joined the Anaheim Ballet, performing the Arabian Queen in their Nutcracker tour and dancing soloist roles in Hans Christian AndersenMartiniCarnival of the Animals, and Balanchine’s Serenade. Rena now enjoys sharing her passion for ballet through teaching students of all ages and levels.


 Commercial Dance Faculty


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(Lyrical & Contemporary)





Megan Guise is a native of Southern California where she began her training in many movement forms at a young age. Growing up, she studied Commercial Dance at Orange County School of the Arts. After high school, she studied at San Francisco State University and in 2012, trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She holds a BFA from California State University, Long Beach where she received the Susan McLain Dance Scholarship. Her choreography was featured at last years American College Dance Association in Montana. Megan has had the privilege of appearing in works created by Alex Ketley, Becca Lemme, Lorin Johnson, Jessie Riley, Liz Imperio, Christian Burns, Keith Johnson, Sophie Monat, and among others. Recently, she has been performing and co-directing rehearsals for Westside Dance Project, hosting weekly improvisation sessionsand teaching at Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy.


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(Contemporary and Westside Dance Project)



Jessie Riley trained with Alicia Head, Paula Morgan, Reid Olson, Stanley Holden and trained across the U.S. and Europe. Commercially Jessie has worked for Disney, Nickelodeon, MTV, and Sony. She assisted Sonya Tayeh for everything from SYTYCD to international workshops from 2006-2010. Jessie has performed works by Peter Chu, Sonya Tayeh, Mike Esperanza, Lauren Adams, Billy Bell, Helen Blackburn, Mia Michaels, and many others. Jessie was a member of Sonya Tayeh’s “Tayeh Dance”, and Mike Esperanza’s BARE Dance Company. She has also previously been in companies for Dee Caspary, Liz Imperio, and Donna Sternberg. Jessie teaches Contemporary/Ballet and Contemporary for various conventions, intensives, and workshops, currently working with Justin Giles on SoulEscape. She has also hosted her own intensives in Englad, and Italy.

In 2009 Jessie Formed her own company, WESTSIDE Dance Project, which is geared towards young dancers training for a career in contemporary concert dance.



Rochone Anderson Rochone Anderson

(Guest Instructor: Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theater)




Mr. Anderson started out in Musical Theater and at the age of 12, was introduced to  dance by his best friend’s sister.  This spiraled into a wide interest in the performing arts. Mr. Anderson attended the Orange County High School of the Performing Arts as well as West Coast School of the Arts. He also attended Dance Precisions during his final year in high school, where he was one of the top senior soloists of the season. Mr. Anderson’s professional credits include Stiletto Entertainment (Holland America Cruise Line), Fame, Aida, Dreamgirls (the movie), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat (Judah), and his most inspiring role as Mr. Misstoffelees in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats. Mr. Anderson is also the Artistic Director of Atlantis Dance Theater, a contemporary dance company which is in residence at the Maple Conservatory, and has recently taught at the American Ballet Theatre’s Orange County Summer Intensive program. Mr. Anderson is passionate about the arts and enjoys sharing his love of dance with his students. He feels that being a part of the arts has truly shaped his life as well as his dancing.




Kristi Ganulin – Goldstein, CPT


  • Certified Pilates Instructor Reformer, Trap-Table, Chair and Mat
  • Licensed Gyrotonic® Instructor; Archway, Tower, and Leg Extension units
  • Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • Certified Adventure Bootcamp Instructor
  • Schwinn® Certified Cycle Instructor

Kristi has been a personal trainer in the Health and Fitness industry for 15 years. She began her career with the Sports Club LA/OC where she was named “Personal Trainer of the Year in 1998”. Since then she has trained Pilates and Gyrotonic® clients one-on-one, and in group settings at Body Design in Newport Beach, and Equinox Irvine.  She also ran her own OC Adventure Bootcamp location in Tustin Ranch.

While working under Master Gyrotonic  Instructor, Donna Place, Kristi continues her education of movement patterns weekly. Over the past 5 years Kristi has incorporated working with dancers of all ages into her training. With her background in gymnastics and fitness, she has built a unique dancer-specific training program. This program incorporates dynamic movement patterns and helps dancers increase flexibility, turn out, strengthens feet, ankles, knees, hips, core and shoulders, all of which help prevent injury.

In 2014, Kristi completed the Gyrotonic® for dancer’s course, facilitated by Alicia Head and has since been certified in other Gyrotonic® equipment including Archway and Leg Extension Unit.

Kristi works with dancers of every genre from many dance studios in the Orange County area. She also continues her body movement education weekly under the direction of Donna Place, Master trainer for Gyrotonic®. She continues her love for Health and Fitness by continually taking classes to keep current with industry trends including; Pilates Mat, Pilates Equipment, Gyrotonic®, Gyrokensis®, Garuda, Foam Roller, Body Rolling, Thera–Band, Yoga, Tai Yoga Massage, Nutrition, Spin, Bootcamp, Bar Method, and Essential Oil Classes.

Kristi’s diverse background, holistic approach and understanding of body movement patterns give her the ability to individualize each dancer’s program both privately and in a class setting. She helps keep strength and balance in dancer’s bodies to aid in injury prevention and help their performance quality on a daily basis.

Kristi has a passion for teaching movement, and loves to work with people of all ages and abilities. She lives in Irvine with her husband and their three children. You can read more about Kristi’s background here.


Company Instructors:

Robert Raney

Robert Raney has had over twenty years of experience in classical ballet. He danced professionally with State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, California, under the direction of Rodney Gustafson, touring within the United States and performing on the Jerry Lewis Telethon. Robert also danced professionally with Ballet San Jose in the California Bay Area, under the direction of Dennis Nahat.  Repertoire includes: Coppelia, Giselle, Nutcracker, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, and Swan Lake.  He also toured abroad throughout China with the Ballet San Jose company. He has been with Orange County Ballet Theater since 2015 and continues training with Dmitri & Jennifer Kulev, former principal dancers with Pittsburgh Ballet.  Robert has worked with Viktor Kabaniaev, former dancer with the Kirov Ballet and was featured in the documentary First Position; Lise la Cour, former dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet, and danced lead roles in original works by Miss la Cour; Michele Gifford, former dancer with New York City Ballet; Raymond Rodriguez, former principal dancer and ballet master of Ballet San Jose; and Karen Gabay, former principal dancer with Ballet San Jose.

Hayley Seitz

Hayley Seitz graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in biology and minor in dance. After graduation, Hayley danced with Richmond Ballet. A lifelong lover of all things musical, Hayley also plays the harp, piano, and violin.  Hayley has attended Lines Ballet’s summer intensive, Tanya Durbin, Christy McNeil, Michelle Walters, Steven Innskeep, Michel Gervais, Danielle Pignieri, Theresa Slobodnik, and Erika Waters. Hayley is grateful and excited to be welcomed back into the DKCBA family.