2704 Alcatraz Ave  |  Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 654-5921


AC Transit: We are located on the #51 AC Transit line.

BART:  6 blocks north of the Rockridge BART station.


Parking: Both metered and non-metered street parking is available throughout the neighborhood surrounding Shawl-Anderson Dance Center.

Note: neighborhood parking restrictions may apply: read all signs carefully.

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Artistic Director |  Jill Randall


Executive Director |  Rebecca Johnson


Administrative Associate | Ashley Gayle


Administrative Associate | April Taylor


Administrative Associate | Lisa Tenorio

Shawl-Anderson Youth Ensemble Director |  Mo Miner


Summer Dance Lab Manager | Tanya Chianese




Chair | Steve Siegelman


Vice Chair | Laura Marlin


Secretary | Ann DiFruscia

Board Member | Rogelio Lopez


Board Member | Joslynn Mathis Reed

Board Member | SNJV

Board Member | Shaunna Vella

Board Member | Jessica Waggoner

Guest Member | Ashley Gayle

will join as regular board member summer 2021



Some youth classes and workshops are held at Temescal Arts Center (TAC) and Shotgun Studios

511 48th Street  |  Oakland, CA 94609
1201 University Ave | Berkeley, CA 94702
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Executive Director

Rebecca Johnson had her early dance training on the East Coast in a Royal Academy of Dance ballet school near Boston. She discovered modern dance in 1985 and began performing professionally with Moving West Dance Company at the age of 14. Rebecca earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Dance and English Literature from Rutgers University. While in residence in New Jersey and New York City she performed in companies directed by Michael Gary and Val Suarez. Rebecca completed her Master of Education degree from the University of New Hampshire in 2001. Rebecca migrated west to California in 1999 and since then has performed with Nina Haft & Company, Paufve Dance, Abigail Hosein’s ahdanco, Rogelio Lopez & Dancers and Dana Lawton Dances amongst others. She was the Managing Director of Shawl-Anderson Dance Center from 2008-2014 after seven years of teaching modern for teens and adults at the Center as well as serving on the board. Rebecca became the Executive Director of Shawl-Anderson in January 2015. Rebecca’s administration background includes work with a range of non-profit organizations, both in social services and the arts, as well as private consulting work for numerous individuals and companies in the areas of fundraising, marketing, event production, publicity and graphic design. She also serves as adjunct faculty at Saint Mary’s College in Orinda, CA for the Master of Fine Arts program in Dance.

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Artistic Director

Jill Randall has been a part of the Shawl-Anderson Dance Center community since 1998. During the past 20 years in the Bay Area, she has worked as a performer, teaching artist, arts administrator, and writer. Her experience in dance is wide and varied, from teaching dance in public schools to directing festivals. Jill is passionate about the many ways that dance can be a part of the East Bay community and what dance can offer youth and adults alike.As a performer, she has worked extensively with Nina Haft & Company, Paufve Dance, Martt Lawrence, and Dana Lawton. As a teaching artist, she has worked in K-12 public and independent schools and at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. She received the Herbst Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013 for her work at The Hamlin School in San Francisco. With Bridget Frederick, Jill co-founded and co-directed the Dance IS Festival for 7 years in Berkeley. The festival brought together professional artists, college departments, and high school students to dialogue and perform together, involving nearly 100 artists each year.Jill was the Director of Education for the Lincoln Center Institute affiliate in Berkeley from 2004-2006 and then became the first Assistant Director of Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in 2006. From 2006-2010, Jill expanded the Center’s offerings and enrollment for both youth and adults, restarted the master class program with visiting artists, and created the Dance Up Close/East Bay performance series.Jill’s writing covers a variety of topics including careers in dance, dance education, and arts integration. Her writing has been published in Dance Studio Life Magazine, DIY Dancer, and Teaching Artist Journal. Jill also currently writes the monthly news content for Dance Teacher Magazine.


View her writing online:

Life as a Modern Dancer Blog (artist profiles and career paths in dance)

Dancing Words Blog (children’s books on dance)

MFA Dance in ReviewBay Area High School Dance


Jill received her BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah in 1997 and her MFA in Creative Practice at Saint Mary’s College in 2016.