Katy Cortines


How long have you been working with Stagelight?
I began teaching at Stagelight in 2019.
What do you love most about your job?
What I love most about my job is that I get to work with the littlest dancers who say the craziest things! We have the funniest conversations you could ever imagine.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I love to cook and bake, garden, and spend time at the beach.
What are 3 fun facts about you?
1. I was one of the original members of the cast of Disneyland’s Fantasmic.
2. I danced at the Worlds Fair in Brisbane Australia in the United States pavilion.
3. My very favorite thing is spending time with my 2 boys!
Why did you choose to pursue a career in your field?
I feel like dance chose me. I’ve been picking out music and choreographing since I was in third grade. It was meant to be.
If you weren’t a teacher, what other job could you see yourself pursuing?
I love interior design, so maybe I would like to try set design and stage craft.
What’s your favorite musical, movie, and/or show?
So hard to pick a favorite musical but anything choreographed by Fosse I love! for movies, I love the classics… Singing in the rain, my fair Lady, West side story and sound of music.


Combo, Musical Theatre, & HipHop 

Katy has been dancing on stage since the age of five. She has studied jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, lyrical, musical theater, modern, cheerleading, and gymnastics. In college, Katy was a member of the “All American Dance Team” which traveled internationally to Hong Kong, Australia, China, Sweden and Estonia. Katy was a featured dancer in Chill E.B.’s music video “1 Nine Ninety” where she could showcase her love for Hip Hop. Katy was hired by Disney to dance in various parades including “Pardi Gras,” “Celebration USA,” and “A Christmas Fantasy.” She also performed as a special event dancer in “Stars & Stripes,” and was an original cast member of the Disneyland river show “Fantasmic!” Katy segued her years of performing into teaching workshops and mentoring competitive dance teams. She was also a judge on ESPN’s dance show “Venice Beach Breakdown.”  For the next 15 years Katy was an instructor at various dance studios in Orange County and brought many of her teams success in the world of competition dance. She enjoyed choreographing musicals for many theater companies during this time as well. Katy then decided to focus on family and has two wonderful boys who keep her very busy.  Currently, Katy is enjoying doing what she loves most by being in the studio and watching her young students grow and develop into beautiful dancers, people and performers.

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