Coast City Ballet~Pacific Dance Center provides personal attention and professional training that allows each student with opportunity to
develop his or her full potential. The faculty is comprised of highly motivated and skilled instructors, who instill the highest standard of dance
training to each student.    
Clara D’Autilia, Artistic Director
Clara began training age 3 at Ballet Arts Center where she danced until moving to Argentina where she
continued her studies in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, History of dance, Choreography and Musical Theater for five
years. While in Argentina she also trained with Olga Ferri and attended workshops at the Escuela Del
Teatro Colon de Buenos Aires.
In College she furthered her Dance & Musical Theater training as a performer and choreographer in
musicals, thereafter obtaining her Liberal Arts and Fine Arts degrees.  In addition she holds Dance
Certifications from Dance Educators of America, Dance Teacher Web, and others, and continues to attend
seminars, conferences, and workshops to keep abreast of the ever evolving dance world.
Clara is a prolific choreographer and recipient of numerous awards, her repertoire is extensive, her
choreographies have been presented by prestigious companies locally and abroad.  Dancing is a vital part
of her life; teaching, developing new choreographies, and sharing her love for dance with her students are
her passions.  
Danielle McDonell
A  Huntington Beach native, Miss Danielle has been dancing since the age of 4.  She was a member of Edison High
School Dance Team (Lieutenant, Co-captain,and Captain) until her graduation in 2004. She received her dance
training at The Colony, Clifton Dance Project, Southland Ballet Academy and Pacific Dance Center.  In 2003 Miss
Danielle started teaching at Pacific Dance Center, and has been with Coast City Ballet since 2005.  She has danced
principal roles in several ballets, including Coast City Ballet’s The Nutcracker, the award winning Breathe Me and Per
Sempre, and has danced locally and in Barcelona, Spain.  Danielle has been a choreographer and instructor at the
Dance Co Long Beach since 2007, and in 2009/2010 she was the assistant coach for EHS dance team. She is an
imaginative and boundless choreographer, her works have won numerous awards in prestigious competitions,  
including YAGP.
Lyrical Instructor-Coast City Ballet
9596 Hamilton Ave - Huntington Beach, CA  92646
Laura Smith-Mauldin
Born and raised in Thousand Oaks,  Laura began figure skating at the age of four and dancing ballet at the age of
six. During a thirteen-year competitive skating career which took Laura all over the U.S. and to Europe for
competitions, ballet became merely a side line for cross training and was eventually abandoned. Laura returned to
ballet at age eighteen, after retiring from her ice skating career.  She graduated from UCI with her Bachelors in Dance
and with an opportunity to begin a professional career. While studying in school, Laura added the genres of Modern,
Classical Jazz, Tap, and Ballroom to her repertoire, and even had the opportunity to dabble in Spanish dance and
Indian dance. UCI afforded her the opportunity to be taught by such names as Donald McKayle, Jodie Gates, Molly
Lynch, “El” Israel Gabriel, and Loretta Livingston. Since graduating, Laura has been a company member with
California Contemporary Ballet (2009-2011), Anaheim Ballet (2011- 2013), and Kenneth Walker Dance Project (2012-
currrent). She has danced the role of the Sugarplum Fairy  and in 2014 made her  debut as the Dew Drop Fairy in  
Coast City Ballet The Nutcracker and became part of PDC's faculty teaching tot and junior ballet levels.
Faculty - Choreographers
Seasonal Faculty - Guest Instructors
Ballet Instructor-Coast City Ballet
Charity Hauke
Charity began dance training in 1991 at local dance studios, and also attended Cypress College Dance Program.
She has performed for the Metropolitan Ballet Co, Ballet Etudes, and  lead roles in SCDT.  In 2000 she joined Pacific
Dance Center as an instructor, subsequently becoming it’s owner/director until  2004,  thereafter selling the studio to
Dance Center Liaison / Ballet Mistress, and has performed principal roles in Coast City Ballet’s The Nutcracker Ballet.
In addition Charity is Saint John the Baptist Catholic School dance instructor and has resumed her position at PDC as
Ballet instructor.
Ballet-Coast City Ballet
Hi-Hop-Tap Instructor-Coast City Ballet
Artistic Director
Fiona began her ballet training at Alameda Ballet Academy under the direction of Abra Rudisill, former prima
ballerina of Oakland Ballet, and has also trained at the intensives of American Ballet Theatre, The Joffery Ballet
School, The Rock School, and The Kaatsbaan International Dance Center. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in
Dance from the Department of Dance at California State University, Long Beach, where she also trained in lighting
Nutcracker  for several years, dancing the roles of Clara, Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy.  She  joined PDC's
faculty in May of 2017.
Francesca Vuono
Francesca began dancing at Pacific Dance Center in 2002, thereafter continuing her dance studies throughout
Orange County in ballet, jazz, hip hop and tap . Hip hop quickly became her favorite style of dance. Upon entering
high school she was accepted into the Academy for the Performing Arts, and participated in the HBHS Dance Team
for three years, becoming Co-Captain her senior year. She graduated from UCI with Bachelor degrees in Psychology
and Criminology.