Our professional faculty brings years of experience as teachers, performers, and choreographers to students.

SADC is a community of lifelong learners; we are teaching artists passionate about the intersection of teaching and art making.


Rudy Appfel



Rudy Apffel began accompanying dance classes as a sideline while in college earning his BA and MFA degrees.  Upon moving to the Bay Area in 1975 he played for Margaret Jenkins Dance Company modern classes and performed as musician in collaboration with his long-time friend, choreographer John Henry (1947-1996).  By 1976 Rudy began to focus on ballet class as a specialty, playing in many schools and studios throughout the Bay Area, but working more and more at Shawl Anderson Dance Center through the 80’s and 90’s (notably with Jenifer Johnson, Debbie Isaacson, and the late Evelyn Schuert).  

Rudy continues to work at Shawl Anderson Dance Center, Contra Costa Ballet, and in the summer program of Summer Rhatigan's San Francisco Conservatory of Dance.

In 2000 Rudy began issuing a series of ballet class cd’s, the 9th and latest of which was issued in 2014.  A Christmas Holiday Class album is scheduled for release in September 2015.  Rudy's cd’s reflect the 40 years of his experience as a ballet class pianist in terms of a traditional but very broad repertory of music tailored to the structure of a typical ballet class and typical barre and centre combinations.  They also reflect Rudy’s deep interest in, and respect for the unique institution that is Ballet Class, an institution that is central to many dancers' earliest training as technicians, and ever-present in those dancers' life-long practice as artists.

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Sky Tan



Sky Tan is a pianist, composer, recording artist, and piano teacher. She earned her Masters in the Performing Arts in China and trained under Russian pianist Dr. Alexander Goncharov for six years. She has performed in multiple concerts in both China and the US including solo concerts, duets, and ensembles. She currently plays for the San Francisco Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, the Berkeley Ballet Theater and the Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. In 2016 she released an album titled ‘Piano Ballet Standards’ that is used in multiple ballet classes throughout the world, available on iTunes and Amazon.

Patricia Banchik


Adult Ballet/Pilates

Patricia Banchik began her training at the age of four in Mexico City where she was born and raised. She attended college at Loretto Heights College in Denver, Colorado where she received a B.A. in Dance and Psychology. She has performed with David Taylor Dance Theater in Denver Colorado, Berkeley Ballet Theater, Dance Brigade's Nutcracker and with independent choreographers in the Bay Area including Dana Lawton, Nina Haft and Aileen Kim. For the past twenty five years, she has also ventured into doing choreography, and in 2003 she formed her own dance company “Kinesis” which performed in several venues including the Dance IS Festival and West Wave Festival. Patricia has been teaching ballet in the Bay Area for over 30 years. 

Suzanne Beahrs


Adult Ballet/Modern

Suzanne Beahrs teaches at ODC and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, and has taught at Elon University, ADF Scripps Studios, Ninth St. Dance (NC); Gibney Dance Center and Mark Morris Dance Center (NY). She has shown work and performed in NY, MA, AZ, and CA. The New York Times said that her movement has a “grounded, silken quality. Suzanne has set work on the Shawl Anderson Youth Ensemble, Branson School, Marin Academy, and Las Positas Community College. Suzanne has also had the opportunity to perform for Garrett Moulton Productions, Chelsea Brown, Mo Miner, Christine Cali, Ishika Seth and Dancers, Brianna Taylor, Mare Nostrum Elements, and others. She holds an MFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and a BA in Geology from UC Berkeley. She is also a consultant with environmental organizations. suzannebeahrs.com.

Crystaldawn Bell


Youth Ballet/Modern

Crystaldawn earned a BFA in dance, composition, and performance from California Institute of the Arts. Since relocating to the Bay Area, she has worked with Labayen Dance/SF, Anne Bluethenthal and Dancers, Stranger Lover Dreamer, and as a guest artist with ODC. She is currently a member of Robert Moses' Kin and, since joining the company, has performed works by Molissa Fenley, Sidra Bell, and Greg Dawson. Outside of the performance community, Crystaldawn is a certified personal trainer and enjoys helping people reach new goals.

Hayley Bowman


Youth & Adult Ballet

Hayley originates from Charlotte, North Carolina where she trained with Charlotte Ballet (formerly known as North Carolina Dance Theatre).  She has attended established schools across the country, including the National Ballet School of Canada. Hayley came to California to earn her degree in Dance with the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program at Dominican University of California in 2014. She is a freelance dancer and teacher in the Bay Area, and currently dancing for The MoveMessenger(s). Hayley is also currently continuing to collaborate through dance film, and teaching abroad through the JUNTOS Collective.  hayleydebockbowman.com


Youth Ballet/Jazz

Rachel Caldwell is delighted to be a member of the youth teaching faculty at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Rachel trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop and Scottish highland dance. She earned her BFA in Dance from the University of North Texas in 2011 and MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Mills College in 2014. Outside of SADC, Rachel is a pre-ballet teacher at Berkeley Ballet Theater and a Contributing Editor for Dance Teacher magazine, for which she writes the History, Technique and K-12 columns.

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Youth Ballet

Marcia has had an extensive international dance career. Her training in Santiago de Chile included such prestigious institutions as the Arts Conservatory of the Universidad de Chile, Ballet de Santiago, and the Centro de Danza Espiral, where she focused on learning dance pedagogy in addition to her continued training in ballet, modern, and choreography. At the age of 22, she was invited to dance with the Compañía de Danza Carabobo and teach at their school in Valencia, Venezuela. In 1996 she moved to Germany, where for four years she danced with Katja Bergmann Contemporary Dance in Hamburg and trained in Pina Bausch's School of Dance at the Folkwang Hochschule. Later she returned to Latin America, teaching at the Universidad Nacional and Academia Superior de Ballet de Costa Rica while dancing with Danza Universitaria. Prior to coming to the United States in the spring of 2003, Marcia was invited to dance with Ballet Ouest, of Montreal, Canada, for their 2002 fall season. During 2003-04 Marcia joined The Peak Ballet Theater in Colorado Springs, as a principal dancer and choreographer, as well as a ballet and modern dance teacher for the youth division of the company. It was there she melded her passions for ballet and modern into a unique approach to teaching and choreographing contemporary ballet on pointe. Marcia moved to the Bay Area in 2005, where she performed with Moving Arts Dance, and worked for Ross Dance Company as a guest choreographer. Presently Marcia is thrilled to be a part of the ballet faculty at Shawl-Anderson.

Maurice Charriere


Youth Modern

Maurice has danced and taught in the Bay Area for over 20 years, including Berkeley City Ballet and Shawl-Anderson. He has performed many duets with his wife, Reenie, and was a member of the RPMs, Jade Dance, Sara McLennan and Rebecca Saltzer Dance Theater and more. His exposure to European Dance theater (Pina Bausch, Maguy Marin & more) has made him a natural fan of that form and infuses his teachings with its energy.  Adept at both classical and modern styles he designs his classes as a laboratory for both technique and improvisation, on the principle that there's only one lesson: to learn how to learn. He is also the drama teacher at Ecole Bilingue.

Sarah Chenowith


Youth Modern

Sarah JG Chenoweth is a dancer, teacher, sometimes dance writer, and proud member of the Shawl-Anderson family.  She holds an MFA in Dance Performance from the University of Iowa and a BA in English Education from Illinois State University.  She is a co-founder of the Mid to West Dance Collective (midtowestdance.org), which seeks to present meaningful work, in large part by forging meaningful relationships.  Sarah currently performs with Nina Haft & Co. and Rogelio Lopez & Dancers.  She writes about improvisation and new dance works.  Sarah has taught dance at multiple colleges, studios, high schools and elementary schools, always cheering her students onward. 

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Youth & Adult Ballet

Mae Chesney is a classically-trained professional ballet dancer and teacher, Mae received her BFA in Ballet from the University of Cincinnati: College-Conservatory of Music. She began teaching dance and fitness in 2010 to clients who range from young ballet budding dancers to adults. 

Mae is certified in STOTT PILATES Mat and Reformer. In 2002, Mae was introduced to Pilates as a method to improve her ballet and support her dancing. She immediately fell in love with Pilates as a way to improve performance, strength, and most importantly prevent and rehab injury. Through the years, her love for the method has continued to grow. You can find Mae teaching Pilates and Ballet in studios throughout the Bay Area. Mae dances professionally with companies around the Bay including Menlowe Ballet, Peninsula Ballet Theatre and smaller projects with SAFEhouse Arts and San Francisco Movement Arts Festival. Most recently Mae toured with Nakissa Art Company based out of Paris. Before moving to the Bay Area, Mae performed with the Columbus Dance Theatre as a Soloist for four years.  

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Youth Modern, Youth & Adult Ballet

Tanya Chianese is the Artistic Director of contemporary dance company ka·nei·see | collective (kaneisee.org). Her choreography has received two audience choice awards, five residencies, twelve festival invitations, four tours, four commissions, and multiple grants. Tanya was named one of Dance Magazine's 2019 "25 to Watch" and one of San Francisco magazine's "100 Artists Putting the East Bay on the Map" in 2018. In addition to her work as a choreographer, Tanya has performed professionally throughout the United States and parts of China as a freelance dancer. She teaches at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, Roco Dance, Ace Dance Academy, and Berkeley Ballet Theater, as well as guest teaches at ODC/Dance, LINES Ballet, San Francisco State University, Dance Mission Theater, and City College of San Francisco. She has worked as an administrator for Oklahoma City Ballet, SF Trolley Dances and Dance Anywhere, and holds a BFA in Modern Dance and BA in Art History from the University of Oklahoma.

Sandra Chinn


Adult Ballet

Sandra Chinn is a ballet teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a teacher for Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Alonzo King Lines Ballet Training Program, ODC Dance Company/SF, Smuin Ballet Company, and returning guest ballet teacher for Paul Taylor Dance Company and Matthew Bourne's New Adventures (Nutcracker!, Swan Lake, and Edward Scissorhands). Most recently she has also conducted company classes for Abraham.In.Motion, Lucinda Childs Dance Company (Einstein on the Beach), Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Body Traffic, Aszure Barton and Dancers, Amy Seiwart's Imagery and Post:Ballet by Robert Dekkers. In New York City, she was a company member of Dennis Wayne's Dancers, Finis Jhung's Chamber Ballet USA and Bob Bowyer's American Ballet Comedy. She was featured in the off-Broadway dance show "Funny Feet," and received a Drama Desk Award nomination as "Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical." She is delighted to be on the faculty at Alonzo King LINES Ballet.

Ashley Crockett


Youth & Adult Jazz

Since graduating form UC Irvine with a B.F.A in Dance Performance and minor in Business Management in 2012, Ashley Gayle has been busy tackling her many passions.  She spent a year in Los Angeles teaching for a three prominent dance studios, training and auditioning.  She then decided to move back to the Bay Area to develop a strong dance base in her hometown. She was immediately invited to join the Alayo Dance Company, a fusion between Afro-Cuban and modern technique led by Ramon Alayo. She later joined PUSH Dance Company, a contemporary based group led by Raissa Simpson. Most recently she has become apart of LV Dance Collective, a contemporary fusion dance company led by Martha Zepeda and Kao Vey Saephanh and is currently a guest dancer for David Herrera Dance Company. Also, Ashley Gayle teaches for multiple studios and outreach programs throughout the Bay Area. Her current endeavor is to begin building her own dance company as well as, getting her choreography recognized. A long term goal is to open her own Dance Studio.

Julie Crothers


Youth Ballet & Modern

Julie Crothers is a freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Berkeley, CA. Born and raised in Nashville, TN, Julie grew up training in ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary. In 2014, she graduated from Elon University in North Carolina, earning a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography and a BA in Arts Administration. Following graduation, Julie moved to the Bay Area to join AXIS Dance Company, where she worked for 3 years- performing, teaching, and touring nationally and internationally. Professionally, Julie has also danced for Renay Aumiller Dances (RAD) based in Durham, NC, and has presented her choreography on stages throughout the southeast United States. Julie is an energetic and passionate teacher who is dedicated to making dance accessible to all people.

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Jessica Damon is a dancer, choreographer, video artist and teacher of dance and somatic therapies. Her work with young children emphasizes the joy and wonder of movement, encouraging the individual artistry of each child. As a young dancer she had the honor of working with Mel Wong and later performed with a handful of Bay Area companies before pursuing her MFA in Performance and Choreography from CU Boulder.  She now dances regularly around the house with her 5 year old daughter, as well as teaching Pilates in Berkeley to the young and the young at heart.

Wendy Diamond


Adult Ballet

Wendy has trained in the Bay Area, London and New York. She has had a wide range of experience in ballet and modern dance and has performed throughout California, New York, and toured various other states. Her mentors include Sally Streets (ballet) and Terry Sendgraff (aerial modern dance). Her ballet teaching credits include Shawl-Anderson Dance Center since 1988, SFSU Dance Department since 1996, NYU Tisch Dance Summer Intensive, Oakland Ballet Company and school  Summer Bootcamp, Paul Taylor Dance Co company class, BBT, SF SOTA, CSU Summer Arts Festival, Lamorinda Ballet, EB Center for Performing Arts, Cazadero Music and Art Camp. Wendy has also taught modern dance, improvisation, partnering and repertory. She believes that elements of many forms of dance are interconnected and that a breadth of training will improve all dancers.

Marina Eglevsky


Adult Ballet

Marina was born in New York City and is the daughter of Andre Eglevsky, world renowned Danseur Noble, and Leda Anchutina, pupil of Michael Fokine and former soloist with the New York City Ballet. Marina grew up backstage with New York City Ballet, taking George Balanchine's company class and travelled with her father and mother in the United States and abroad. Her formal dance training began in her parent's school and later she studied at the School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre School. At a very young age, Marina performed professionally in New York City Ballet's productions of the Nutcracker, with the Eglevsky Ballet Company and as a guest in various companies and engagements. At the age of fifteen, Marina joined the Rebecca Harkness Ballet Company and launched her own very successful dance career. She later was principal dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Hamburg Staatsoper Ballet, under the direction of John Neumier. She danced with dancers such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Lawrence Rhodes, Helgi Tomasson and skater John Curry, and danced leading roles in ballets such as Giselle, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Rodeo (Agnes de Mille) and Cinderella. Marina was a featured artist in the Broadway revival production of Brigadoon under the direction of Vivian Matalon and Agnes de Mille. Marina's teaching career began with the North Carolina School of the Arts as a faculty member and guest artist. She has also taught all around the United States. In addition to teaching, Marina also coaches professional dancers and stages various ballets for professional companies all around the world including several Balanchine Ballets, which she has exclusive rights to. Marina currently lives in Berkeley, Calif. As well as teaching in the Bay area, Marina teaches and stages ballets with the Diablo Ballet. She also maintains a private practice in bodywork, specializing in medical massage work and the Rosen Method. Her private practice also includes training and instruction on the White Cloud system, an exercise system designed for neuromuscular coordination, flexibility and strength and rehabilitating and preventing injuries.

Melecio Estrella


Adult Modern

Melecio is a Bay Area born and raised artist with a background in dance theater, aerial dance and contact improvisation. Melecio is the co-director of Fog Beast, the Artistic Director of BANDALOOP and a former member of Joe Goode Performance Group. He is thankful to have worked with Scott Wells, Rachael Lincoln, Erika Shuch, Frieda Kipar, Jesse Hewit, Carol Swann, Nancy Stark Smith and others over the years. Melecio is a graduate of the Moving On Center School for participatory arts and research and he relishes in a somatic, community based approach to dynamic embodied practice.

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Adult Ballet

Carolyn has a cumulative experience of 30 years teaching beginning, intermediate and advanced levels for both children and adults. Her earliest influences were Merriam Lanova, Alan Howard and Richard Gibson. Her influences as a professional dancer include Henry Berg, Sue Loyd and Maggie Black. As a Principal Dancer with Oakland Ballet and Ballet Met in Columbus, Ohio her experiences ranged from La Sylphide, Coppelia, Nutcracker, La Boutique Fantasque to Cakewalk. She has worked with choreographers spanning ballet history from Leonide Massine, Eugene Loring and Ruthanna Boris to contemporaries such as Betsy Erickson and Val Caniparolli. As a teacher, it is her desire to do more than demonstrate what dance and technique look like, but rather to Impart an understanding of How to achieve desired results. Her teaching seeks to achieve a blending of artistry, integrity and musicality along with a knowledge of movement, placement and technique.

Valerie Gutwirth



Valerie is a modern dancer and children’s dance teacher. She has practiced Pilates for 30 years and yoga for 12 years, and credits these and her three years of Alexander technique with keeping her dancing open, fulfilling, and injury-free. Valerie discovered dance in music school, began studying alignment techniques as a dance major at Connecticut College, and hasn’t stopped yet. Her movement mentors include Kathy Grant (Pilates), Michael Protzel (Alexander Technique), Martha Myers (Laban), Marcus Schulkind, Christine Wright, Joan Lazarus, Nina Haft, and Randee Paufve, (dance), Ada Lusardi, Gay White and Mary Lou Weprin (yoga). Valerie has been fortunate to work as performing dancer in New York and the Bay Area, most recently with Paufve | dance. She currently performs with MoToR, a dance/singing/body percussion ensemble directed by Evie Ladin, and with Jill Randall. She teaches dance to children in the Berkeley public schools, yoga at Island Yoga in Alameda, and has two teenage daughters.

Nina Haft


Adult Modern

Nina is artistic director of Nina Haft & Company, a contemporary dance performance group based in Oakland. Her choreography has been presented locally as part of summerfest/dance, Dancers' Group Bread and Butter Series, The Bay Area Dance Series, Sundays at Sinai Jewish Culture Series, Festival at the Lake, as well as in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Boston, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Portland and Novosibirsk (Siberia.) Nina's work has been supported by numerous public and private funding sources, including the Alameda County Art Commission, the Clorox Company Foundation, the CA$H Program of Theatre Bay Area, the Zellerbach Family Fund, and numerous generous individuals. She has been honored as a recipient of the City of Oakland Creative Artist Choreographer's Fellowship, and has served as Artist in Residence for the California Arts Council and at the Djerassi Resident Artist Program in Woodside, CA. Recently, Nina became a participating member of CHIME, Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange, a program of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. In addition to teaching modern dance at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, Nina is on the faculty at the University of San Francisco and at Cal State University Hayward.

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Youth Hip-Hop

Chelsea fell into a life of creative movement at age 4, when she pierced her ears and joined ballet, devoting her tiny self to being magnetic, outspoken, and wiggling her body.  Since then, her life has changed drastically, but these aspects of Chelsea remain the same.  Chelsea grew up inside her small dance studio in Northern Michigan, and began teaching when she was only 16.  She trained in ballet, pointe, contemporary, modern, jazz, Celtic, tap, and clogging.  At University, she found a love for Contemporary Movement and studies of Dance History.  Chelsea holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Contemporary Dance from Michigan State University, and her Master’s of Arts in Dance Movement Therapy & Counseling from Columbia.  She began studying yoga in 2013 to heal herself from a severe illness, and understand both the science and philosophy behind the human trinity - body, mind, and soul.  Chelsea has lived in the Bay Area for 5 years, performing with Roxanne Gray, Cat Call Choir, Sarah Bush Dance Project; studying with Bandaloop; and working independently as a coach and artist.  She has studied and presented choreographic work in Michigan, Chicago, New York, and California, including productions with Loft This, One Billion Rising, Chicago School of Ballet, and the TVC Global: Hair Art Fashion Show.  Chelsea has danced with toddlers, elders, alter-abled bodies, prisoners, and ex-convicts in rehabilitative centers.  As a yogi, poet, dancer, and wellness coach, she urges her students not just to sweat and move, but move with passion and purpose. “Dance and other movement practices help establish healthy boundaries, train you to resource internally, and create a community.  Each day I dance, I fall in love with my body and the endless possibilities.  But no matter how strong, energetic, exhausted, or old you are…remember, you are not just a body, you are SOMEbody”

Abigail Hosein


Adult Modern

Abigail is choreographer, teacher and the artistic director of ahdanco, a Bay Area modern dance company founded in 2002.  She has been teaching for over 15 years and has served on faculty at Santa Clara University, College Prep Highschool, and is currently at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. Additionally, Hosein’s work has been commissioned by various universities, high schools, and companies throughout the Bay Area. She holds her MFA in Performance and Choreography from Mills College and has performed locally for Dance Repertory/San Francisco, Hudson Dance, Barely Complete Productions, and Rogelio Lopez & Dancers.



Adult Jazz

A Bay Area native, Antoine  is an award-winning American Deaf and Hard of Hearing choreographer, dancer, dance instructor, actor, poet and deaf advocate. The founder and artistic director of Urban Jazz Dance, Antoine has also performed with Savage Jazz Dance Company, Nuba Dance Theater, Alayo Dance Company, Robert Moses’ KIN, Man Dance, Sins Invalid, Zaccho Dance Theatre, Amara Tabor-Smith, Kim Epifano and many shows produced by the Lorraine Hansberry Theater, performing throughout the Bay Area and the world including, Cuba, Rome and Paris. Antoine is a faculty member at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, Youth in Arts and Dance-A-Vision. He is the founder and co-director of Iron Tri-Angel Urban Ballet in Richmond, and the director and dance captain for Expedia.com commercials. Awards include the 2011 National Bay Area People’s Dancers Choice Award, Margaret Jenkin’s CHIME (2011), and the 2009 VRS Award. He has been featured in Dance Spirit Magazine and Dance Magazine and is currently the president of the Bay Area Black Deaf Advocate and Director at Large for the Northern California chapter of the California Association of the Deaf. In 2013 Antoine founded and directed the first annual Bay Area Deaf Dance Festival. Please visit the website at www.AntoineHunter.com.

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Adult Improv, Youth Modern

Audrey‌ ‌Johnson‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌movement‌ ‌artist‌ ‌with‌ ‌roots‌ ‌from‌ ‌Detroit,‌ MI, ‌currently‌ ‌living‌ ‌in‌ ‌Berkeley, CA.‌  Her‌ work sources black feminist metaphysics, afrofuturism, time travel, geology, and joy as embodied resilience practices and survival strategies. Audrey‌ ‌currently dances with GERALDCASELDANCE, was‌ ‌a‌ ‌collaborator‌ ‌for three years with‌ ‌Harge Dance‌ ‌Stories‌ ‌under the artistic direction of Jennifer Harge (Detroit),‌ ‌and‌ ‌has‌ also‌ ‌worked‌ ‌with‌ ‌choreographers‌ ‌Biba‌ ‌Bell (Detroit),‌ ‌Dafi‌ ‌Altabeb (American Dance Festival),‌ ‌and‌ ‌Stephanie‌ ‌Hewett (San Francisco), among others.‌ Audrey‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌co-founder‌ ‌of‌ Collective Sweat Detroit and holds‌ ‌a‌ ‌BFA‌ ‌in‌ ‌Dance‌ ‌with‌ ‌Honors‌ ‌from‌ ‌Wayne‌ ‌State‌ ‌University.‌

Carol Kueffer


Youth Modern

​Carol is a professional dancer and choreographer teaching in the Bay Area. She holds an MFA in dance from New York University (Tisch School for the arts) and a BA in Theater with a Dance Emphasis from UC Santa Cruz. She was a founding member of the New York based modern company David Dorfman Dance and toured internationally with the company for eleven years. Carol also performed in France with the New York Baroque Dance Ensemble. She has been dancing in the Bay Area with Nina Haft and Company.

Dana Lawton


Adult Modern

Dana Lawton is the Artistic Director of Dana Lawton Dances (DLD), founded in 2007, in addition to being a tenured faculty member at Saint Mary's College in the Performing Arts Department, a faculty member at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center and Co-Director of the Enchanted Ridge Dance Retreat. A founding member of Bay Area's acclaimed dance company, Janice Garrett & Dancers,(now Garrett+Moulton), Dana has had the honor of performing works by Joe Goode, Randee Paufve, Nina Haft, and Cathy Davalos. Lawton was awarded Outstanding Performer in the 2000 Vision Series, for her own solo choreographic performance, and nominated for an Isadora Duncan Award (Izzy) for her performance in Garrett’s Wayfarers in 2002. DLD was Artist in Residence at the Flight Deck (Oakland) in 2014-15 and is a permanent Company in Residence at Shawl-Anderson. Lawton holds an MFA in Choreography from Mills College and a BFA in Dance from California Institute of the Arts.

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Adult Ballet

JOAN LAZARUS has served as Executive Director of Oakland Ballet, General Manger of the Cowell Theater at Fort Mason, Executive Director of WestWave Dance Festival, and Executive Director of Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp. She is the former President of Dance Bay Area and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, A Contemporary Ballet Company. Joan has performed with or in the works of many local and national choreographers, including Alonzo King, Cliff Keuter, Ellen Bromberg, Victoria Morgan, Krissy Keefer, Frank Shawl, Bill DeYoung, Toni Pimble, Richard Colton and Alan Ptashek. She has taught at the University of Oregon, Mills College, San Francisco Ballet, Dance Circle of Boston, The Princeton Ballet, RoCo Dance & Fitness, and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center.  Joan is co-author of the Dance Curriculum Guide adopted by the San Francisco Unified School District. She holds a BA in psycholinguistics from Indiana University, a MA in Dance from the University of Oregon, and a MA in Arts Administration from Golden Gate University.

Rogelio Lopez


Adult Modern

Rogelio is a dancer, dance instructor, choreographer, costume, lighting, and scenic designer. He earned his MFA in dance at California State University Long Beach where he graduated with honors in 2005. Presently he is on faculty at Saint Mary’s College of Moraga, and teaches regularly at Shawl Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley.  He is currently producing his own work. 

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Youth & Adult Ballet

My name is Coral Martin and I am joining the Shawl Anderson team for the 2019/20 school year. I couldn't be more excited to share my love of ballet with my students, after many years as a student at Shawl Anderson myself. I am a Berkeley native, I have danced for Oakland Ballet, Capacitor, City Ballet of Boston, Mark Foehringer, Marika Brussel, and PUSH Dance, among others. Currently, I am performing with Sacramento Ballet. I hold a degree in social anthropology and visual art from Harvard University.

Elena Martins


Youth Ballet/Jazz

Elena Martins grew up in Massachusetts and received her early training at Donna Miceli Dance Center and The Academy of Ballet Arts. She went on to graduate magna cum laude from the University at Buffalo with a BA in dance and a minor in speech and hearing science. After graduation Elena moved to Boston where she taught dance at many prestigious schools including The School of Classical Ballet, Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, Dana Hall Upper School, and Boston Dance Company, among others. She was a long time member of Prometheus Dance, as well as performing with Lorraine Chapman The Company, Luminarium Dance, Hyperbole Dance, and as a dancer in W.B. Mason television commercials. She relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2015 and has since had the privilege of working with LEVYdance, Sarah Berges Dance, Robert Moses' Kin, RAWdance, West Edge Opera, Axis Dance Company and CALI & CO dance. Elena continues to create, innovate and educate using dance as a means of expression for herself and her students. She is thrilled to be on faculty at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center.

Andrew Merrell


Adult Modern

Andrew graduated from California State University Long Beach with a BA in Dance in 2008. From there, he completed a 200hr yoga certification through Laughing Lotus in San Francisco. Andrew has danced professionally with Keith Johnson and Dancers as well as Holly Johnston’s Ledges and Bones. He shares a Lester Horton Award for Best Group Ensemble for his part in Keith’s piece Presence of Absence. He has also been commissioned to choreograph works for Santa Ana College and Cerritos College. Since moving to Oakland in 2010 he has had the privilege to work with bay are choreographers such as Rogelio Lopez, Catherine Galasso, Abigail Hosein , Cathy Davalos, and Nina Haft.

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Adult Modern, Director of SAYE

Mo Miner came to the Bay Area from Illinois where she was an Assistant Professor of Dance at Illinois State University.  She received her B.S. in Psychology from Western Illinois University and then went on to get her MFA in Dance Performance at the University of Iowa. Last year, Mo became a certified MELT Method Hand and Foot instructor, and completed a week-long Human Anatomy Intensive Dissection Lab with Gil Hedley. She also has been studying experiential anatomy, restorative movement, and other somatic practices that are weaving their way into her modern dance technique classes. In the Bay Area she has performed with Nina Haft & Company, Nichele Van Portfleet, Rogelio Lopez, Fog Beast, Randee Paufve, little seismic dance company/Katie Faulkner, Rebecca Chun, Jessica Damon, Deborah Karp, and Bandaloop. Mo currently teaches at USF, UC Berkeley, and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, where she also directs the Shawl-Anderson Youth Ensemble. mominer.com




Juliana took her first modern class at Shawl-Anderson and is thrilled to be here combining her loves of movement and community. After graduating magna cum laude from Amherst College with a BA in psychology, she danced professionally in NYC, before leaving to teach yoga in Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. In the Bay Area she has danced for Mo Miner, Nina Haft, Randee Paufve, Lizz Roman, and Chris Black, and performed works by David Dorfman, Marc Brew, Yvonne Rainer, and Alex Ketley as a dancer with AXIS Dance Company. She currently heads up the dance program at Bentley Upper School in Lafayette teaching a mix of modern/postmodern/contemporary dance. Here at the Center, her yoga classes emphasize breath and embodiment. She wants all of her students to delight in their simultaneous strength and softness.

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Adult Modern

Robin Nasatir started dancing at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center as a child and has been performing and teaching modern dance on and off since 1980. In her earlier career, she was a founding member of Mobius Dance Company and then worked with various choreographers in the Bay Area and New York City. She has been performing Dana Lawton Dances, a resident company at Shawl-Anderson, since 2010. In recent years she has also had the pleasure of working with Nina Haft, Kate Mitchell, Carol Kueffer, Mira Katz, Risa Jaroslow, and AXIS Dance Company, among others.

Kaori Ogasawara


Adult Ballet

Kaori was born in Japan where she studied ballet with her grandmother, Kazue Ogasawara and Takao Hisamitsu. In 1993, she came to the US to train at the Boston Ballet school and later danced at Boston Ballet before joining Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in 1999 with her husband, Christopher Rendall-Jackson. She was promoted to soloist in 2004. She has performed in several galas and appeared as a guest artist in roles of Swanilda in Copperia, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Sylph in La Sylphide, and balcony pas de duex from John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet. She has performed many featured roles including the Sugar Plum Fairy and Marie in Terrence S. Orr's The Nutcracker, Myrtha in Giselle, and Mercedes in Don Quixote, Russian girl in Balanchine's Serenade. She and her husband retired from the stage in 2009, and they are the proud parents of two children, Emiya and Hana.

Sky Palacios


Youth Ballet

Sky Palacios is a multifaceted performing artist and teacher who sings, acts, plays ukulele, and writes when she is not dancing. She is a passionate all around educator who also substitute teaches in public k-12 schools around the Bay Area. Sky is a guest performer with Savage Jazz Dance Company, led by Reginald Savage, Oakland School of the Arts director of dance. She has also performed with Bay Area based dance company PUSH led by Raissa Simpson. She is a Bay Area native from Sonoma County who first fell in love with movement as a gymnast and cheerleader before beginning her technical dance training at age 17 while attending college. She later graduated cum laude from Sonoma State University, obtaining her B.A. in Liberal Studies concentrated in Performing Arts. After graduation she had the distinguished honor of attending the Dance Theatre of Harlem summer intensive program In New York where she studied ballet, contemporary, African dance, and hip-hop. Most recently, Sky has been developing her passion for dance on screen. She is a commercial dance model having worked with brands such as FitBit and Daroo Activewear, in addition to working on an MFA thesis dance film with Academy of Art University. The film should be circulating festivals in the coming year. Sky feels blessed to be apart of the dance community at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. In addition to SADC, she concurrently works at BBT and Fullout Studios in the East Bay.

Bhumi Patel


Youth Ballet

Bhumi B. Patel is a dancer, choreographer, administrator, educator, writer, and historian. Her choreographic work holds the focus of listening to individual bodies and in conversation with the assemblage of identities that she embodies and has been presented at SAFEhouse Arts and as part of RAWdance's Concept Series in San Francisco. Bhumi earned her Master of Arts in American Dance Studies from Florida State University and Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Mills College. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and English Literature - Creative Writing from Agnes Scott College. In 2017, Bhumi founded pateldanceworks, a queer, feminist dance company.  Bhumi was selected as a 2018 Fellow with the Emerging Arts Professionals and as a Lead Artist with SAFEhouse Arts in San Francisco. She is currently the Program Coordinator with Hope Mohr Dance, Administrative Assistant for Nancy Karp and Dancers, and teaches with the Youth Program at Shawl Anderson Dance Center. Bhumi creates choreographic work for both stage and screen. 

Randee Paufve


Adult Modern

RANDEE PAUFVE is the Artistic Director of Paufve Dance. Randee is a 2019-2020 Fulbright Senior Scholar Grantee, and was named one of five dance artists in San Francisco Magazine’s 2017 “100 Artists Putting the East Bay On The Map.” Randee received the 2015 Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Outstanding Individual Performance; previous works have received 7 nominations total.  Paufve Dance has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, and Randee was awarded the inaugural Della Davidson Prize for Innovations in Dance-Theater. A two-time recipient of the E.E. Ford award for dance research in Europe, Paufve’s choreography has also been supported by residencies at Ucross Foundation, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and Red Cinder Creativity Center. Randee’s choreography has been commissioned and produced by (select list) ODC Theater, SummerfestDance and The West Wave Dance Festival, University of San Francisco, the Mondavi Performing Arts Center, The Joyce SoHo Theater in Manhattan, Portland Institute for Contemporary Arts, On The Boards/Seattle, Max10 in Los Angeles, the Dance Complex in Boston, Phantom Theater in Vermont and the Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival.

Anne-Rene Petrarca


Adult Modern

Anne-René is the artistic director of sculpted motion, a dance company creating choreographic works that stimulate the viewer viscerally, emotionally and kinesthetically with an athletic and sensuous aesthetic. She is currently an adjunct professor at Mills College, Dominican University and on faculty with the LINES Ballet Training Program, LINES Ballet Summer Program and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. In New York City she was on the faculty at DNA (Dance Space), assistant faculty at The Juilliard School and guest artist at Sarah Lawrence College, Long Island University/Brooklyn, The Next Stage Project and Joffrey Jazz Summer Intensive. Anne-René is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and has maintained a private practice since 2001.Class work will incorporate the principles of the Alexander Technique along with influences from various modern techniques, yoga and the work of Irene Dowd and Bartenieff Fundamentals. Movement qualities have organic undertones and rich details, strong circular shapes, seamless transitions, complex floor work and powerful locomotor movements. Class will focus on resiliency, expansion, risk taking, momentum and the freedom to explore the range of motion and expression in the body. This class facilitates an atmosphere that allows the dancer to experience the joy in his/her dancing.Anne-René is a native of Pennsylvania. She did her undergraduate work at Point Park University, received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Alexander Technique certification from The American Center for the Alexander Technique (NYC) and her yoga certification from the White Lotus Foundation.

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Adult Ballet

Elizebeth grew up dancing in Santa Cruz and has been a part of the Bay Area dance community for many years. She earned her BA in Dance from SF State, and her MFA in Dance Performance & Choreography from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied on full scholarship. Elizebeth has had the pleasure of teaching students of all ages at Boston Ballet School, Endicott College, SF State, as well as in numerous dance studios and public schools. She has performed with professional modern dance companies on both coasts and internationally, and is currently choreographing and performing with the Oakland-based collective Stranger Lover Dreamer. In addition to SADC, Elizebeth is honored to be on faculty in the dance program at St. Mary's College. She believes in dance education as a collaborative experience of personal and artistic growth, joy, and transformation.

Jill Randall


Youth Modern

Jill Randall began teaching at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in 2000. At SADC, she has taught a wide range of classes and ages in modern dance, from preschoolers through adults. Her 20 years of teaching experience includes work in K-12 public and independent schools, dance studios, summer programs, preschools, and teacher training programs through the Lincoln Center Institute. As a performer in the Bay Area for 18 years, Jill worked with Nina Haft and Company, Paufve Dance, Dana Lawton, and Martt Lawrence. As a dance writer, Jill maintains several websites and blogs about professional dance in the United States, arts education, books on dance, and service-learning, and also writes for publications like Dance Studio Life Magazine. Jill holds a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah and an MFA in Creative Practice from Saint Mary’s College. In 2013, she received the Herbst Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence for her middle school dance work at The Hamlin School in San Francisco.

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Adult Ballet

Neela Reed received her ballet training from the Petaluma School of Ballet with Ann Derby and Robert Nichols. Her teaching is influenced by her years of work in special education classrooms, degrees in French language and Sculpture, and a passion for increasing body, racial and gender diversity in ballet. This combination of influences gives her an egalitarian and compositional approach to Ballet. Her classes emphasize clean, musical technique and artistry through the cultivation of presence and self acceptance. In the summer of 2018 Neela studied Vaganova pedagogy at the Hartt school with Carol Roderick. Neela has danced locally with Ballet Afsaneh, Ruth Botchan, Joan Lazarus, Lisa Rosario, and Chingchi Yu. She is currently the owner and artistic director of Piedmont Ballet Academy.

Liv Schaffer


Adult Ballet

Liv is a multidisciplinary artist and educator based in the Bay Area. Liv graduated from Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program at Dominican University of California in 2013, and spent subsequent seasons dancing with DanceWorks Chicago and AXIS Dance Company. Currently, you can spot Liv performing with Robert Moses' Kin, and embracing employment opportunity nationwide; developing integrative arts curriculum, educating dancers, and creating choreographic commissions with organizations such as Jacob's Pillow, Shawl Anderson Dance Center, Youth Art Exchange and Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA & Summer Programs.

Nol Simonse


Adult Modern

Nol Simonse grew up in Washington, D.C., and trained at the Boston Conservatory of Music. He moved to San Francisco in 1997 and is a founding member of Kunst-Stoff, Janice Garrett and Dancers, Garrett+Moulton Productions, and Sean Dorsey Dance. He is also a long time collaborator/performer of Sue Roginski, Eric Kupers, Christie Funsch, Stephen Pelton, and Kara Davis. He produced his own work with fellow choreographer Todd Eckert at Dance Mission Theater for eight home seasons in the 'Shared Space' series, from 2007-2016, and has had residencies at Dance Mission and Studio 210. He has set work on the Lines summer program, ODC's Dance Jam, Dance Brigade's Grrrl Brigade, students at USF, and the Shawl-Anderson Youth Ensemble. Nol teaches modern at the Alonzo King's Lines Dance Center and Shawl-Anderson. He has taught technique, repertory, and choreography workshops for adults and teens. In 2009 he received a 'Goldie' (Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery) in dance, and in 2011 an 'Izzy' (Isadora Duncan Bay Area Dance Award) for individual performance. He was the first to win Luna Dance Institute's Choreofund prize.

April Taylor


Youth Modern, Dance with Me

Movement, breath and flow are three things that inspire April C. Taylor. A Bay Area transplant from Los Angeles she 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, April has been performing her entire life and working in a variety of artistic areas. Her passion for the expressive arts, and education have led her to teach children and adults for the past ten years at local schools and studios. The focus of her teaching is Dance For All, a program she is developing that emphasizes awareness, acceptance and expression for all bodies and all ages. Currently she is a company member of the butoh-based, Bad Unkl Sista under the direction of Anastazia Louise Aranaga and Goyo Aranaga (whose wedding April officiated in 2014). She has worked extensively with the Dandelion Dancetheatre, Mary Armentrout Dancetheater, and Dana Lawton and Dancers. April has guest lectured/taught at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, St. Mary’s College, and the University of San Francisco. A graduate of CIIS's Sound, Voice and Music Healing Certification program, April is adding the magik of sound to her love of dance and theater. She is a teacher and facilitator within the Reclaiming Community and a fifteen veteran performer and participant of the Burning Man festival. For the past six years, April can be seen (and heard) emceeing large-scale performance events.



Adult Modern

Shaunna Vella is a choreographer, dancer, and teacher who explores the unseen layers of the world through movement, and the ritual of performance. She has been teaching in the Bay Area for over ten years, and currently teaches at St. Mary's College, Shawl-Anderson, and ACE Dance Academy. Her movement invention and classes are influenced by her study of Limon, Cunningham, Ballet, Bartenieff fundamentals, Release,Yoga, Jazz, Hip-Hop, African, and Butoh styles of moving, while incorporating playful experiences for authentic movement investigation. As a dancer, she continues to dance for local companies such as with Davalos Dance Company, Anne Bluethenthal and Dancers, Liss Fain Dance, Paufve Dance, Agora Dance Project, Dance Ceres and Deborah Slater Dance Theater, and with them has had exciting adventures touring the states and abroad. Her choreography and performance installations have been seen at ODC Theater, Counterpulse, Dance Mission Theater, The Garage, Studio 210, and The Ashby Stage. Shaunna is curious and expansive. She is inspired by the many teachers, artists and students she has the pleasure to be around daily.

Korea Venters


Youth Hip-Hop

Originally from Oakland, California Korea's love for dance started in middle school while attending Oakland School for the Arts. Korea Venters graduated at the University of San Francisco, majoring in Performing Arts and Social Justice with a concentration in Dance. She is a current dance instructor at both Destiny Arts Center and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in the Bay Area. As a current member of Oakland based See Through Soul Dance Company, she now hopes to continue using her art as a platform for community healing and uplifting.

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Youth Modern/Ballet

Hannah is a dance artist based in Oakland, CA. She began her modern dance training at Mt. San Jacinto College, and followed that dream to UC Berkeley and the Bay Area, where she earned BA degrees in Theater, Dance & Performance Studies. Hannah is a company member of Tim Rubel Human Shakes, and has been privileged to dance in works by Tim Rubel, Katie Faulkner, Lisa Wymore, Sue Roginski, Julie Freeman, Catherine Liu, The Defiance Project, Unfinished People, and more. She’s also an improviser & dance contributor to the Oakland band, Portrait Maker.

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Youth Ballet

Amanda grew up in The Washington Ballet school and company, then began studying modern dance while getting her bachelor's degree at Princeton University.  She has been teaching ballet, modern dance, and creative movement at Shawl-Anderson, in the Berkeley Unified School District, and at other locations since 2007.  She currently performs with ahdanco and FACT/SF.

Susan Williams


Adult Ballet

Susan Edgren Williams trained and danced with the San Francisco Ballet, Oakland Ballet (soloist), Royal Academy of Dance London, Palazzo Brancaccio Rome, Alexandra Daniloua New York, and San Francisco Opera. She has taught at Berkeley Ballet Theater, St. Mary's College, Oakland Ballet, The Ballet School Walnut Creek, California Theater Arts, California Ballet, and the Orinda Ballet.