Instructor's Information

Director of Youth Arts Alive | Gale McNeeley
Gale McNeeley
Director of Youth Arts Alive

Gale McNeeley is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse, the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre and Scuola Internazionale Dell’Attore Comico.


  • In 59 years of performing, Mr. McNeeley has appeared on Broadway, TV and Film, in Circus, Street Theatre and Cabaret. He currently tours the globe with his one-man show, “Archy and Mehitabel.”

  • Gale has taught Commedia dell’ Arte and Theartre Clown in America and Europe for 40 years. He is a poet and creator of Political Satires. His work appears on You Tube and on his site:

Contact Information

Contact Info:  805-406-4997  

Dance Teacher
Marilyn Mercado
Yoga Teacher | Dance Instructor
Dance Instructor for  Salsa, Tango, Merengue, Zumba, Hula, Yoga and many more Latin & Smooth Dances.
Marilyn Mercado graduated from the University of Hawaii and has taught Ballroom and Latin dancing for 15 years. Over the years she taught, choreographed, prepared students for the amateur dance competition, and directed dance showcases. She has also judged local dance competitions. An accomplished instructor, she has edited five instructional dance videos of her own for students practices.

She moved to the Central Coast about 10 years ago and started teaching ballroom and Latin dance, hula, yoga, and fitness classes. She has formed a hula dance group and choreographs dances to perform at luaus (parties) and at various events and locations.

Marilyn has also worked with children for 20 years teaching dance, fitness, art, and study skills. She complimented her dance career by practicing and teaching yoga for children and adults to keep them healthy, flexible, coordinated, strong, and balanced.



  • CALSTATE Teach Los Angeles. Working on obtaining Teaching Credential. Attended 2 semesters and took time off to study for CSET.
  • BS in Recreational Leadership – P.E, University of Hawaii
  • AS in Liberal Studies, Univ. of Hawaii – Maui Com. College extension
  • AS in Accounting, Univ. of Hawaii – Maui Com. College extension


  • PIYO LIVE Certification
  • SLO 200 Hours / Teacher’s training. YOGA ALLIANCE ID# 194769
  • Certificate in Zumba for Kids ZIN# 457792
  • Certificate in Zumba ZIN# 457792
  • Certificate in Yoga for Kids, Santa Barbara Yoga Studio
  • Certificate in Sports Yoga, (NESTA) National Endurance & Sports Trainers Association.
  • Certificate in Fitness & Nutrition, Professional Career Development Institute
  • Certificate in Spanish, University of Hawaii
  • Certificate in Massage Therapy, American Institute of Massage Therapy
Music Teacher  | Youth Arts Alive Program
Joelyn Lutz | Music Teacher

Joelyn Lutz has been singing and performing for over 40 years. From country to jazz and rock she began her career in an all-female rock band called Teazer where she was the lead guitarist and lead singer for over a decade. She has an Associate of Arts degree in music and studied under Seth Riggs in Los Angeles for voice training.

Joelyn started teaching in 2002 with students Tori and Taylor Thompson who were picked out of thousands of kids for the American Jr. Idol in 2004.  In 2011 they were picked as contestants on The Voice.

  • Musical director for a local community theater on several productions.

  • Lead guitarist and featured vocalist in the local college jazz band.

  • Taught traditional and original music to children at local schools through the Children’s Creative Project & WonHeart events

  • Performed for over a decade for many New Thought Centers on the Central Coast.

  • Guitar teacher for CMC-Prison in San Luis Obispo.

  • Created songs with non-violent communication tools built into the music for WonHeart anti-bully programs; grades K-6th.

  • Created a video to a character building song called Stop Breathe Choose Differently.  Available on WonHeart TV YouTube channel.

  • Recorded a CD called Just Breathe and performs on a regular basis at Spiritual Centers, bars, wineries, and house concerts.

  • Joelyn has a video on her Youtube channel to One World off her CD Just Breathe.

Computer Geek | Dance Instructor  | Youth Arts Alive Program
Ricardo Mercado
Computer Geek | Dance Instructor

Ricardo has been in Cal Poly since August 2001. He has a diverse background in Information technology and worked for 25+ years with expertise in Networking, Web Development, and Software deployment. Besides working in Technology, he spends his time coaching soccer and teaching computer classes in the City of Santa Maria.  He also teaches dance and yoga classes in the Santa Maria area for the well-being of the community.

Ricardo earned his bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Hawaii Pacific University in 1997.


Dance Instructor

  • Ricardo enjoys teaching new and intermediate students the solid basics, thereby enhancing their current knowledge and deepening their dancing experience. He helps students develop the ability to dance comfortably on various counts while listening to the music, understanding the rhythm, and keeping time which improves their ability to partners dance with confidence, sensuality and "old school" elegance.
  • Ricardo teaches Cha-Cha, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Tango and other Smooth dances.

Computer Geek

  • Ricardo is dependable, a team player and a quick learner. He works well with other staff and adapts very quickly to new system and processes. He has been in Information Technology for over 25 years working with Windows, MACs, and Linux.  He has different types of responsibilities such as Network Administrator, Tech Support, Web Development, Database Admin, Network Analyst and Information Technology Consultant.
  • He is currently working in Cal Poly for over 16 years and currently working for the University Marketing providing support to Cal Poly main website and the marketing websites, their pc/macs and devices and Linux servers.