Since her retirement from the stage Ms. Acatos has dedicated her time to the teaching and training of future dancers.

Donald Dadey

He founded, along with his wife and co-director, Sibylle Acatos-Dadey, the Scottsdale School of Ballet in 2003 to continue training dancers for future generations.

Donald Dadey

Paola Hartley

A graduate of University of North Carolina School of the Arts she was trained by Melissa Hayden, Duncan Noble, Gyula Pandi, Dianne Markham and Trish Casey.

CeCe Huffman, originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, trained with the Ballet West Conservatory and the University of Utah’s Department of Ballet, where she was a recipient of the prestigious Willam F. Christensen Scholarship.

Cece Huffman

Julia Chacon

Julia began Spanish Dance under Lydia Torea in Phoenix, AZ. She holds a BFA in dance and BS in anthropology from the University of New Mexico where she studied flamenco with Eva Encinias Sandoval and modern dance with Bill Evans.

Julia Chacon


Kelsey is a Chapman University graduate as of May of 2016, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance. During her time there, she had the pleasure of working under instructors/choreographers such as, Sean Green, William Johnston, Liz Maxwell, Amanda White, Jennifer Backhaus, Holly Johnston, Charles Maple, Alicia Guy, Dale Merrill, Lawrence Rosenberg, Brandee Lara, and Melaina 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 dance styles.

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 the International Baccalaureate Dance program at Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix, Arizona. She has been teaching and choreographing at Barry Goldwater for the past 12 years.

In 2016 she founded the Barry Goldwater Alumni Dance Alliance for dancers to continue to train, take classes, and still be inspired by dance even after high school. Kelsey is also a dance instructor at Creative Edge Dance and Cannedy Performing Arts in Phoenix, AZ where she teaches a variety of different styles of dance. Kelsey previously danced with the Phoenix based professional modern dance company, Center Dance Ensemble for 5 years before she got accepted to Chapman University. Kelsey currently dances for three professional dance companies in the valley which include, Center Dance Ensemble, CaZo Dance, and Rosencranz Dance. Scottsdale School of Ballet is happy to have Kelsey on faculty for the 2018-2019 season.

Kelsey Kroll

Contemporary - Jazz
Amanda Hidalgo

Amanda Hidalgo, born in California, was one of the most sought after ballet pianists in Los Angeles, and she has worked extensively with Rosemary Valaire, Yvonne Mounsey, Tania Lichine, John Clifford, Irina Kosmovska, and Stanley Holden Dance Center where Mikhail Baryshnikov was a frequent guest.

Rebecca Boizelle

Junior Ballet