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Reed Brothers, Ysabel David, Elle Gailey,

Eliza Gilligan, Nina Hall, Orli Hellerstein,

Mia Holtan, Nico Migdal, Lucy Thompson, 

Chloe Tripier, Naledi Wiberg




Tanya Chianese, Wax Poets (Garth Grimball and

Heather Stockton), Talli Jackson, Katie Faulkner,

Kristin Damrow

Previous Choreographers

The Shawl-Anderson Youth Ensemble (SAYE) is a pre-professional modern dance program for ages 14-18. This program is for the dedicated modern dance student who has completed the intermediate or advanced level at SADC or a comparable program, and is interested in learning and performing new choreography. As a participant in SAYE, students have the opportunity to perform in the works of Bay Area choreographers at local festivals, see live dance performances, and take master classes with world class teachers. Students are selected based on level and age via auditions in June.

The program requires a full school year commitment from September to June. Students take class three afternoons per week for a total of three classes and two rehearsals.  This schedule consists of:

Ensemble Modern | Mo Miner

Tues  4:30-6:00 at SADC

Thurs 4:30-6:00 at Temescal Arts Center:

511 48th Street (at Telegraph Ave), Oakland


Ballet Class | SADC Faculty

Members are placed in a teen ballet classes appropriate to the student’s level

Mon 4:30-6:00pm



Ensemble Rehearsal | Guest Choreographers

Mon 6:00-7:30

Thurs 6:00-7:30 at Temescal Arts Center:

511 48th Street (at Telegraph Ave), Oakland



Participation in the Shawl-Anderson Youth Ensemble is by audition. The audition takes place once a year at the end of the Winter/Spring semester in early June. Interested candidates should email for more information.

Ensemble members have been selected for the 2019-20 school year.

The 2020-21 audition date will take place in June 2020




Questions? E-mail Program Director Mo Miner

or call 510-654-5921



2019-20 MEMBERS

Phoebe Aldrich, Emma Backer, Roya Becker,

Stella Della Sala, Stella Fitzsimmons,

Pearl Gauthier, Abby Jo Lynn,

Soizig Senant-Giraud, Phoebe Van Eyck




Ashley Gayle Crockett, Andrew Merrell, Korea Venters, Stacey Yuen, Chelsea Brown, & Kylie Woodward-Sollesnes

Previous Choreographers

YouthCo is a junior performance company for students in grades 7-9. The YouthCo dancer is one who is dedicated to dance, loves to learn new choreography, has experience in ballet or modern style movement and is interested in performing. The work created will be based in modern technique, will be technically and artistically challenging, and will teach performance skills. YouthCo participants have the opportunity to work with local choreographers to gain experience in the creative rehearsal process. Each semester the YouthCo will have the chance perform one or two of their pieces at local festivals or SADC events. The year culminates with a performance at Laney College. This is an application based company. 

YouthCo is a year long commitment that requires two rehearsals per week, and availability for performance opportunities.

YouthCo Rehearsals | Guest Choreographers

Thursdays, 6:00-7:15pm

Saturdays, 12:00-1:30pm



Participation in YouthCo is by application only. Applicants will be given priority based on level and age. If space is available, students are welcome to join YouthCo for the WS semester.

Questions? E-mail Program Director Hannah Westbrook

or call 510-654-5921

Ballet Group



Mia Breidenbach, Carmel Drogin, Margot Keady,

Hannah Kuhns, Rose Levine, Muriel Olivier,

Sumaiya Rahman 



Hayley Bowman, Ruth Olga Sherman​


Ballet Performance Group (BPG) provides a performance opportunity for the ballet dancer currently in level IV through VI at SADC. The group meets once a week in a rehearsal style format. Dancers work with local choreographers to create contemporary and classical ballet dances designed to highlight the dancers technique and performance skills. The BPG dancer is one who is excited about challenges and performing and should demonstrate a focused commitment to the group. BPG will build a repertoire to be performed throughout the year at SADC salons and local festivals. The year will culminate with the end of the semester performance at Laney College. Students must be enrolled in Ballet Level IV to VI to participate.

The program requires a semester-long commitment to one rehearsal per week in addition to students’ weekly technique classes.

Rehearsal | Guest Choreographers

Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30pm


Participation in Ballet Performance Group is by application only. Applicants will be given priority based on level and age. If space is available, students are welcome to join BPG for the WS semester.

Questions? E-mail Program Director Katie Kruger

or call 510-654-5921



2019-20 MEMBERS

Eva Bradman, Maizie Cline, Ella Horn, Isabel Huntzinger, Caroline Jacobs, Elly Rokeach, Josephine Thompson, Sophia Trinidad, Satine Walz



Elena Martins, Rachel Caldwell, Ruth Olga Sherman