Our Staff


Mya Mannasse

Orna Edwards has been dancing throughout her life and has performed in many different musical theater productions, as well as a former Alpha Omega Dance Company member and dancer at Sea World. She is recently graduated SDSU with a Teaching Credential in Physical Education/Dance. Orna is very passionate about dance and fitness and teaches many different group exercise formats at 24 Hour Fitness such as Turbo Kick, Zumba, and Boot Camp. In the future, she plans to get her Masters Degree in Special Education and become a Dance Therapist. She is also a proud mother of two and is excited to join the Alpha Omega Summer Camp staff.



Skinny Minnie is our resident clown, she has thrilled thousands of children and young at heart adults. She specializes in fun and is a master face painter.

contact her for parties and more at www.fantasypaintingandmore.com


Randy Reyes, going by the nickname, Rey-S. was born and raised in San Diego. Randy has developed a life revolving around family, friends, dance, and his crews, Dead Breaks Society & The Body Poets. Rey-S has been dancing for 10+ years and still loving every aspect of it. Dancing became more than just hobby, but a lifestyle.



Mya Mannasse

Jeff Mignogna's introduction to golf began as many other youths, following his father around the golf course at the age of ten hoping to hit a few balls along the way. Captivated since that first good shot, Jeff began not only playing constantly but also working at several golf courses to ensure that his next round wasn't far away. After a successful high school golf career, Jeff completed two years in the PGA’s Professional Golf Management Program at Penn State University. Having been an avid golfer now for some twenty-five years, Jeff is excited to share his passion and love for the game to junior golfers throughout Central San Diego.


Mya Mannasse

Mya Mannasse is a mother of a bright 3 year old boy. She began her teaching career in 2001 as a tumbling instructor at the Hollywood YMCA in Los Angeles, CA. Mya has a strong background in Montessori teaching, respects other approaches such as Reggio Emilio, Carl Orff, and believes that overall, children learn through play. Play is therapy that helps the child self regulate and builds self-esteem and enhances decision-making. Currently she is a teacher at Del Mar Hills Nursery School. She holds a California Teaching Permit and has 24 units in Early Childhood Education. She is currently continuing her education in Child Development and Pediatric Nursing.


Staff members at the Recreational Music Center are professional degreed musicians with a wide range of performance experiences ranging from concert halls to symphony orchestras to jazz, rock, and praise bands to musical theatre. A state-of-the art studio allows for the fundamentals of music to be taught through relevant, contemporary musical styles that connect with students’ everyday experiences.  Plug your i-pod directly into our drum kits and play along; record a song on one of our pianos and we’ll print it out for you; or, explore the hundreds of sounds available to you on our Fender Stratocastors and Fender Squire Minis electric guitars and you’ll sound like a rock star with the push of a button.  There’s a whole world of fun just waiting for you at the RMC, whether you’ve never tried music or want to get better at it.


Juliana Smith, having extensive experience as a camp counselor in the Bay Area and Riverside, Smith comes with a knowledge of camp expertise. Camp instructor, Juliana Smith, comes to The Best Camp Ever having played NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball at UC Riverside.

During her tenure at UC Riverside (2000-2003), she led the team to two playoff runs in the Big West tournament. Academically, Smith was recognized on the Big West All Academic Team from 2001-2002. “I hope they are ready for a great summer…campers will build a more solid base of fundamentals for basketball and have a fun time doing it. I’m
excited for this year’s camp” Smith says.


Paulo Batuta formed Capoeira Mandinga San Diego group in the spring of 1999 with the consent of Master Marcelo Caveirinha, founder of Capoeira Mandinga in San Francisco, CA. Capoeira Mandinga of San Diego performs regularly at well-known festivals and events including San Diego's Street Scene, Brazilian Carnaval, Casino Shows, Pacific Beach Fest, Latin Book Festival, and many other multicultural events.

"Mandinga" is a certain way of being, a way of conducting oneself, a way of expression... You either have it, or you don't. Join us and see what this is all about...


The San Diego Unicycle Society which has over 50 members county-wide, and growing.  SDuni visits schools to give demonstrations, as well as hold weekly rides all around exciting places in San Diego.  The sport of Unicycling is a very fun and very cool full-body workout which boasts a variety of riding styles and health benefits such as fine-tuning balance, speed, endurance, agility, reflex, strength, and cardio. 


Joseph "Dyno Rock" Corrales has been dancing, primarily b-boying, for 7 years. He’s been known to be a very passionate person when it comes to dance. “I teach with the up most fervency in the hopes that I will inspire others to fall in love with dance the same way I have” Joseph states. His goal as an educator, is to have the student surpass the teacher.Through his teaching, he correlates dance to everyday life. He educate students how to practice, persevere, and succeed.


Fun-B the Clown has delighted and entertained many thousands of children and adults throughout the greater San Diego County area in her 15 year career. She is an excellent face painter and balloon artist featuring over 60 different sculptures from which to choose. Her silly magic show is a belly laugh a minute where the kids are always playing tricks on her and doing the magic better than she can. We miss you Fun B.


Omeed Simantob  began dance training under the apprenticeship of Junior Boogaloo, and Kevin Brewer(of Jabbawockeez fame). Under their expert tutelage, Simantob began his Career as a freestyle dancer, where became an important standout in the local hip hop dance scene. With that experience,  He joined as one of the original members of the Super Galactic Beat Manipulators and  began teaching and choreographing for such groups as Culture Shock San Diego.

In 2005 he formed the Body Poets,  a hip hop and popping team. In 2008 Omeed won the Zulu Nation’s 1 on 1 popping battle, and the Aerosoul’s 1 on 1 locking competition as well as numerous other accolades. He was most recently featured in the World renowned Cirque De Soleil Artist Bank. Simantob currently is choreographing, teaching, and directing the Body Poets.


Kate Thompson has practiced yoga for over ten years. She began practicing in Dallas, Texas where she took many workshops on yoga instruction, but her true love of teaching yoga to children developed when she moved to San Diego. Kate began teaching kids and family yoga at So Childish in South Park.  Since her start she has also taught at elementary schools, Yoga One, The Little Yoga Studio, Radiance Yoga, and The Children's Museum.  Kate loves for the imagination, as well as the body, to be stretched in her classes. She combines music, dancing, games and stories to engage all the different elements of yoga.  


Peter Polk is somewhat of a renaissance man. Peter recently moved to San Diego from Los Angeles. He holds Associate's degrees in liberal arts and in culinary arts and hospitality. He loves to express himself through the love of food and the art of cuisine.  He is glad to be able to share his gifts with campers in the summer camp. Still cooking, he is currently working on his first bachelor's degree in computer science. 


Tony Arashiro has been practicing karate for 14 years. Tony learned the beautiful art of karate from his father Tomohiro Arashiro, a respected and well known teacher in Okinawa, Japan. Tomohiro Arashiro has taught for over 30 years. He has been an assistant instructor for the past 7 years for the UCSD Karate competition team. He is a current member of the U.S. National Kata Team and a national and worldwide karate champion.  He received his first shodan (first degree black belt) in 2001 and nidan (second degree black belt) in January of 2009. He is currently training while teaching karate for kids at UCSD, where he has been for the past 2 years.


Nutara Hatef

Summer Briggs is a locally based dance instructor from Moreno Valley, CA. She is receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in dance from San Diego State University. Her dance background includes extensive training in Tap, Jazz Hip Hop and Modern as well as training in choreography and dance for children. She has spent several years performing and competing with various dance companies including SDSU dance department and Power House Dance Center. She currently teaches dance at Culture Shock Dance Center in San Diego.


Anthony "Kid Nasty" Mazon has been dancing for well over 5 years. He is exceptionally known in the b-boy community for his charisma, character, and crowd pleasing moves. As an instructor at Culture Shock Dance Studio in San Diego, he is very popular with the youth classes. Anthony loves to teach, his classes are very fun and entertaining. His classes include productive yet exciting activities. Every class is different and you are guaranteed to see his students have fun as well as progress as dancers.

And many volunteers help make this happen!