SHAWL-ANDERSON DANCE CENTER
2704 Alcatraz Ave | Berkeley, CA 94705
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.
Artistic Director | Jill Randall (she/her)
Executive Director | Rebecca Johnson (she/her)
ADMIN TEAM - SEE BIOS/PHOTOS
Communications & Marketing Manager | April C Taylor (she/her)
Youth Program Manager | Ting Makinta (all pronouns)
Adult Registrar | Clarissa Dyas (she/they)
Youth Registrar | Abigail Hinson (she/her)
Office & Facilities Manager |Frankie Gomez (he/him)
Administrative Associate | Johnny Cox (he/they)
Administrative Associate | Vivi Gonzalez (she/her)
Administrative Associate | Laya Cooperman (she/her)
Financial Assistant | Deneka Siu (they)
Staff Support (HR) Consultant | Kimberly Mebane (she/her)
PROGRAM MANAGERS - SEE BIOS/PHOTOS
Summer Camps/Intensives | Tanya Chianese
Shawl-Anderson Youth Ensemble | Crystaldawn Bell
Ballet Performance Group | Crystaldawn Bell
Jazz Performance Group | Elena Martins
YouthCo | Jill Randall
Chair | Laura Marlin
Secretary | Ann DiFruscia
Board Member | Rogelio Lopez
Board Member | Joslynn Mathis Reed
Board Member | SNJV
Vice Chair | Shaunna Vella
Treasurer | Maya Woodson Turman
Board Member | Ashley Gayle
SADC OUTDOORS (Weekends) are held at:
EAST BAY GERMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
1075 43rd St, Emeryville, CA 94608
(enter 43rd Street to playground & astroturf; main school entrance is on 41st Street)
We use the following space as satellite locations for a few of our youth program classes:
1201 University Ave | Berkeley, CA 94702
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.
Jill Randall (she/her) has been a part of the Shawl-Anderson Dance Center community since 1998. During the past 23 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. Jill currently writes for Dance Teacher and her own sites, Life as a Modern Dancer and Dancing Words (about children’s books on dance). Jill received her BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah and her MFA in Creative Practice: Dance at Saint Mary’s College.
Staff Support (Human Resources) Consultant
Kimberly comes to us from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles as the Senior Director of Human Resources| Payroll and Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI). She has over 15 years of experience in the Non-profit, Human Resources and Operations specter. During that time, she served as the Director of Human Resources for Santa Teresita Medical Center in Duarte, CA; Assistant General Manager- Human Resources for Paradies Shops, Los Angeles; Manager of Human Resources for Charles R. Drew University of Science & Medicine in Watts, CA; and Director of Human Resources for Burbank Community YMCA. Kimberly brings a wealth of practical knowledge, skills and employee/employer engagement expertise to SADC. She acquired her Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelor of Management-HRM from the University of Phoenix, an Associate of Arts-Interior (Workplace/ Ergonomics) Design- Brooks College, and Associate of Science-Sociology from El Camino College. Kimberly also holds certifications in Human Resources Management from California State University Dominguez Hills and is also a Certified Notary Public.
APRIL C TAYLOR
Communications & Marketing Manager
Movement, breath and flow are three things that inspire APRIL C. TAYLOR, a Bay Area transplant from Los Angeles who graduated from Mills College with a BA in Women's Studies and Dance. A performing and ritual artist, as well as a trained actor/singer/dancer, she has been performing her entire life and working in a variety of artistic and event areans. Her passion for the expressive arts and education have led her to teach children and adults for the past twelve years at Bay Area schools and studios. April is glad to be serving as part of the administrative team as SADC emerges from 2020 and 2021. She looks forward to more dancing and creativity while always supporting the mission of the Center where she has been an active community member since 1997.
Find out more about April at enchantedacts.com
Youth Program Manager
A Dance Practitioner, Healer, and Artist, Ting uses their art as a form of visual and oral storytelling like ancestors before them have done, and instills a holistic and spiritual approach to all forms of dance. With a long history of involvement in the ancestral arts, as well as fine arts, Ting's goal is to create a safe space for all artists and ancestral practitioners. After a brief hiatus from the dance community in their 20's Ting re-entered the dance world with the belief that youth should have safe spaces to create, move, and thrive. Ting is currently finishing their last year as an undergrad with a double major in zoology & dance and minor in music with the hopes of bridging the gap between science, the spiritual world, nature, and movement.
Ancestral Lineage: Ilokano, Cebuano/Visayan, Mindanaoan, Nigerian, Congolese/Cameroonian, Southern Chinese, Portuguese
From the East Coast of Florida to the West Coast of California, Abigail Hinson has been pursuing Dance since she was twelve. With a strong passion for education, Abigail has been teaching ages 2-adults for over eight years in styles including ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, contemporary, improvisation, and yoga. Her classes revolve around themes of awareness, dependence, and energy. Alongside her teaching work at local studios, Abigail also enjoys choreographing for stage and film work. Her primary styles of interest are Modern, Hip-hop, and Contemporary. Her current work and training experiments with combining Western Post-Modern techniques, and texture components of Hip-hop. Abigail earned Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from the University of Florida, and an Associate of Arts degree with a focus in Dance from Florida State College at Jacksonville.
Clarissa Dyas is a movement and visual artist with roots in the SF Bay Area, Ohlone Land. She centers her artistic practice through the truthfulness of improvisation and the intersection of identities-- investigating her Black & Asian lineage, queerness and the belief that movement is a spiritual practice and a conduit of change.
Clarissa graduated from San Francisco State University in 2017 with a B.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Health Education. They have had the honor to be a company member of Robert Moses’ Kin and ka·nei·see | collective and have performed in works by OYSTERKNIFE, Cynthia Ling Lee and many others.
Clarissa is most recently in collaboration with Flyaway Productions and Zaccho Dance Theatre as a company member since 2019 and with Lenora Lee Dance and Sara Shelton Mann since 2020. She is also working as a collective member with jose e. abad, Styles Alexander, Gabriele Christian and Stephanie Hewett, creating a multimedia, queer, Black, performance called &theruptureisnow.
She has presented work in CounterPulse’s SEED Residency and REYES Dance, Dance Thrill Fest in 2021 and in the Black Choreographers Festival in 2020. In collaboration with Jakob Pek, they received the 2022 Dresher Ensemble Artist Residency and are opening an art performance studio in San Francisco soon.
Office & Facilities Manager
First generation Mexican-American, Frankie moved to the east bay about seven years ago from South Lake Tahoe. He enjoys anything dance, or art related for that matter. He loves being surrounded by artists so is excited to join the amazing SADC team in February 2022.
Johnny graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a B.F.A in Dance in 2019. After college, he completed Dance Education Laboratory’s Summer Institute in NYC, then adventurously moved to Portland, Oregon where he became an apprentice with Shaun Keylock Company, an LGBTQ+ affirming contemporary dance company. Missing California, he returned to Occidental to live amongst redwoods with his sister where he learned what it took to care for a 2-year-old niece! Little did he know many of his future students would be toddlers. In addition to his work with Shawl, Johnny serves as the only male ballet teacher with East Bay Tutu Schools. He is just beginning his offerings of private dance instruction and solo performance for special events.
See him dance at vimeo.com/jcdancing
Originally from California’s Central Coast, Vivi (she/her) graduated from UC Berkeley in 2020 with a B.A. in Anthropology. Her career experience primarily consists of museum curation, California archaeology, and customer service but she’s been a life-long lover and occasional creator of art in all its forms- painting, ceramics, performance, literature, etc. Currently, Vivi doubles as an Admin Associate at Shawl-Anderson and a “Hot Dog Tender” at a local Berkeley restaurant. She hopes to one day attend graduate school for Museum Studies but is greatly enjoying just being a working adult in the mean time. Vivi is eager to help SADC provide a creative, nurturing environment for all dancers!
Originally from the East coast, Laya moved to the Bay Area in 2015. She started taking dance classes as an adult, her first ever at Shawl-Anderson, and developed a passion for movement arts. In addition to dancing and her work in the field of public health, Laya is a collage artist and baker. In her free time she can be found listening to music and practicing improvisational movement in her living room.
Deneka graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2019–earning her BA in Literature and Theater Studies. Now she spends her time honing a number of personal crafts like writing poetry, playing the ukulele, and dancing. Her passion for community-building and art has set her on a lifelong investigation of how these worlds co-create such invaluable and rich social experiences. Additionally, she is a parrot enthusiast.