teaching faculty

Shawl-Anderson is known for its intimate classes and excellent teaching staff. Our faculy brings years of experience as performers, choreographers, and teachers. Many of our staff members are active as artistic directors, choreographers, and performers in the Bay Area Dance Community.

Mary Armentrout began dancing at age three and sampled just about every form of ballet and modern before getting a degree from Sarah Lawrence College.  She is primarily a choreographer and directs the Mary Armentrout Dance Theater.  In this guise she creates performance installations, incorporating elements of theater, voice, video, and visual arts, as well as movement of many varieties, in her work.  Her work has been seen at many Bay Area venues including ODC Theater, the LAB, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, as well as in Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Berlin, and Paris.  She has also taught movement and dance of many varieties to people from age 4 to age 60+, for the last 25 years.  Her understanding of movement and the human body is informed by her study of Cunningham, Limon, Release, Contact Improv, Corvino ballet, Butoh, Aikido, Authentic Movement, Alexander, Mahler-Klein, and of course Feldenkrais. She is pursuing her certification in the Feldenkrais Method and is thrilled to start envisioning and embodying a Feldenkrais practice designed specifically for dancers and movers.

Crystaldawn Bell 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.




Hally Bellah-Guther started dancing at the age of 16. Inspired by her Berkeley High School dance teacher to choreograph and take modern and jazz classes, she auditioned for The San Francisco Ballet School on a whim and was accepted. After studying and performing there her senior year she went to the The North Carolina School of the Arts where she earned her BFA in ballet with a minor in modern.

After graduating she danced in the Bay Area and then for four years in NYC Some of the companies she danced with are: Deborah Slater and Friends, The Ruth Langridge Dance Company, and the San Francisco Opera Ballet. In New York: The Rebecca Kelly Dance Co, New York Theater Ballet, The Eglevsky Ballet and The Armitage Ballet. With these companies she toured nationally and internationally including two European tours, a State Department tour to Central America and a televised performance in France in the work of Karole Armitage. She also toured North America for 6 months as the lead dancer in the musical "The King and I."

In 1991 she joined the Komische Oper in Berlin, Germany where she danced for 5 years, in neoclassical productions of Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, and Cinderella as well as modern works of choreographers from around Europe. She also performed as a guest artist with The Tanz Fabrik, a modern company in Berlin. Besides teaching the Beginning Adult's ballet class at Shawl-Anderson, she works as a Certified Personal Trainer and has been teaching dance and movement for 7 years at her three children's schools. In the February '05 Dance Magazine she was interviewed and pictured in an article about dancing in Europe. She has recently completed work in 3 yoga videos in which she is a featured demonstrator.

Liz Boubion , MFA, RSMT is the Artistic Director of the Piñata Dance Collective and a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist. She has been a dance-theater artist for over 20 years, holds a BA in Dance From CSU Long Beach, an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from California Institute of Integral Studies(CIIS) and is a certified Tamalpa Life-Art Practitioner. Liz has performed Experimental Contemporary dance in the U.S., Germany and Mexico, while traversing environmental landscape, alternative gallery spaces, and the proscenium stage. She has taught dance at local Bay Area universities and at the Central Cultural de Arte en Guadalajara. She has held 6 choreographers residencies including Jon Sims Center for the Arts, The Garage, THEOFFCENTER, Green Valley Village, 360 Xochi Quetzal, and has created multi-media dance productions including Piñata Dances, Maclovia’s Birds, Green, Echo & Narcissus, Sombra, Cosmic Drag, and Yellow Shirt. Liz currently teaches Modern Release Technique, Contact Improvisation, Tamalpa Life-Art Process and Motivational Movement classes for elders.

Andrea Brosnan received her training at Berkeley Ballet Theatre, Shawl Anderson and U. C. Santa Barbara. She graduated with honors from St. Mary’s LEAP (Liberal Education for Arts Professional) Program in 2004. She danced professionally for Berkeley Ballet Theatre, Santa Clara Ballet Company and Nguyen Dance Company has been teaching in the Bay Area for over ten years. She taught, choreographed and performed in Germany and has worked with local choreographers including Patricia Banchik’s Kinesis and Aileen Kim.

Bianca Cabrera is a dance maker, teacher and performer. Since her relocation to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2010, Ms. Cabrera has performed with Kim Epifano and LEVYdance, presented her choreography at various showcases, and continues to teach weekly classes at Project Bandaloop in Oakland and ODC in San Francisco. Her work was curated into ODC's Pilot program twice, where she was invited to return as the facilitator of the second round. Bianca was also Artist in Residence at Studio Gracia (SF), where she taught weekly and cultivated MayDay! MayDay! MayDay!, a month long cabaret style performance series. In 2010, she was the Artistic Director of CLUTCH, producing an eponymous evening length work at The Nomad Theater in Boulder, CO, and at Project Bandaloop. Formerly of Seattle, Bianca danced nationally with KT Niehoff's Lingo Dance from 2003-2011, and worked on projects with Paige Barnes, Amii LeGendre, Ricki Mason, and Kristen Tsiatsios. She made dances under the moniker Bluish and performed improvisation with Puree, while also being a showgirl with Seattle’s queer burlesque troupe, Burly Q and The Launchettes. She has taught at multiple universities nationally, and holds a BFA in dance from Cornish College of the Arts.

Marcia Cantillana Marcia Cantillana 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 in her second year with Shawl-Anderson as part of the ballet faculty.

Tanya Chianese grew up in Los Angeles, where she started her dance career as an apprentice with a local ballet company. She obtained a B.F.A. in Modern Dance and a B.A. in Art History from the University of Oklahoma, before her professional career took her dancing across the United States and parts of China. She has created art with Paufve | Dance, Blind Tiger Society, dNaga, Kristin Damrow & Company, Clawson Dance Initiative, Sarah Bush Dance Project, and Contemporary Dance Oklahoma, among others. Ms. Chianese teaches movement at primarily Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, Danspace, Ace Dance Academy, and Berkeley Ballet Theater. She has also worked as an administrator for Oklahoma City Ballet, Epiphany Productions, and dance anywhere®. Tanya was awarded a 2014 Artist-in-Residence at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, where she debuted her company ka.nei.see | collective.

Maurice Charrière 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 among others. Adept at both Ballet and Modern dance, he strives to infuse his classes with both technique and improvisation.





Afterearning her BA at Point Park University, Tammy Cheney began her professional career in Chicago and has been performing, teaching and choreographing in the Bay Area since 1993. She danced for ODC/San Francisco (1996-2003) as well as for Janice Garrett & Dancers, Robert Moses' Kin, Lizz Roman & Dancers, Charles Moulton, Sonya Delwaide, and Li Chiao-Ping. She was a featured dancer in the film The Matrix Reloaded. Ms. Cheney has been on faculty at the University of California at Berkeley in both the Physical Education and the Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Department. She has also been a visiting artist at Mills College and served as the director of the dance program and the Dance Ensemble at The Katherine Branson High School located in Ross, CA. She teaches dance at the Shawl Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley where she is currently Artist In Residence. Ms. Cheney has choreographed for the U.C. Berkeley Dance Company, BARD, the Mills College Repertory Company, A Wing and A Prayer Dance Company in Reno, Nevada and for Alonzo King LINES Summer Dance program. Ms. Cheney’s work has been presented at the Spring Salon at the Shawl Anderson Dance Center, the Dance IS Festival, and the Vision Series dance festival.  In the fall of 2010 her work was presented as part of the 2nd Sunday series at CounterPULSE and at the WestWave Festival at the Cowell Theater. 
Sandra Chinn is a ballet teacher for ODC Dance Company/SF, Smuin Ballet, SF Dance Center (Lines Ballet), Shawl-Anderson Dance Center and guest ballet teacher for touring companies Paul Taylor and Matthew Bourne's New Adventures (Nutcracker!, Swan Lake, and Edward Scissorhands). 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," for which she received a Drama Desk Award nomination as "Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical." She is a graduate of the National Academy of Arts (Champaign, Ill.), and she continued her studies at the Joffrey Ballet School and intensively with Maggie Black. Teacher training includes seminars in Vaganova technique with Karen Morell. She is a native of Berkeley, CA, and has a BA in Computer Science from Mills College.
Wendy Diamondhas 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, 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 was born in New York City and is the daughter of Andre Eglevsky, world reknowned 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 Julliet, Rodeo (Agnes de Mille) and Cinderella. Marina was a featured artist in the Broadway revival production of Brigaddon 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 exercize system designed for neuro-muscular coordination, flexibility and strength and rehabilitating and preventing injuries.

Rachelle Feldman grew up studying and performing ballet at Maryland Youth Ballet with national acclaimed teacher Hortensia Fonseca, and modern dance with Anne Waugh Allan among others. She also served as Ballet Mistress for Columbia Dance Theater and taught creative movement and beginning ballet to children. She earned a bachelor's degree in Dramatic Arts - Dance at the University of California, Berkeley where she received the Julia Payne Award for Dance Scholarship and Choreography.
James Graham, originally from Columbus, Ohio, is based in San Francisco. In 2007, he went to Israel to study Gaga, made possible by the Kathryn Karipides Scholarship in Modern Dance, and has returned many times since then. He was chosen by Ohad Naharin to be a certified Gaga teacher and to take part in his pilot training program of international dancers/ teachers. In 2010, Graham received an M.F.A. in Dance from The Ohio State University, focusing on performance, choreography, and video. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 2005 with a B.A. in Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. He has recently worked with Tino Sehgal, Hope Mohr, Sara du Jour, Nol Simonse, Joe Goode, Heather Baer, Lisa Wymore, Lizz Roman, FACT/SF, Bebe Miller, Nik Haffner, and Amy Raymond. His own choreographic work, James Graham Dance Theatre, has recently been presented at the National Queer Arts Festival, Kunst-Stoff Arts, Too Much! Festival, Movement Research at Judson Church, Joe Goode Annex, The Ohio State University, and in the Golden Gate Park National A.I.D.S. Memorial Grove. He is thrilled to be sharing this language.
Carolyn Goto has a cumulative experience of 20 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.
Nina Otis Haft 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.
Joanna Harris After many years of dance training as a child and teen-ager in NY with the Duncan Dance Guild, The New Dance Group, Graham, Limon and Cunningham, Joanna arrived in the Bay Area in 1957. She came to study at Mills College with Marian Van Tuyl, and Eleanor Lauer. As a graduate student she worked with Van Tuyl on IMPULSE, the annual of dance, and upon graduation taught at UC Berkeley where she choreographed and performed for the Department of Drama and Music, 1959-69. She formed her own company, the Monday Night Group, toured California, founded the Department of Performing Arts at UC Santa Cruz and the Creative Arts Therapy program at Lone Mountain College. Currently, Dr.Harris is on the faculty of the Osher Life Long Learning Institute, Berkeley, an instructor at the Modern Dance Center, Berkeley, and a teacher of special classes for seniors. She also writes essays and reviews for various publications and lectures on "Jewish dance pioneers, Tamaris, Sokolow and Maslow" as well as on her forthcoming book "Beyond Isadora: Bay Area Dancing, 1915-1965.

Abigail Hosein is the Artistic director of ahdanco, a modern dance company, presenting work at a variety of venues throughout the Bay Area. Hosein holds her MFA in Performance and Choreography from Mills College and currently teaches at Santa Clara University and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. She has performed locally for Dance Repertory/San Francisco, Hudson Dance, and Barely Complete Productions. Additionally, Hosein’s work has been commissioned by College Prep High School, Berkeley High School, the Shawl-Anderson Youth Ensemble, and San Francisco Performances’ Dance Mentor Program. More at


A Bay Area native, Antoine Hunter 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 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

Kate Jordan is an Oakland-based dance artist. In 2004 she received her M.F.A. in Dance from the State University of New York at Brockport. Since then she has toured the United States and international communities as a performer, choreographer, teacher and arts facilitator. Kate is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Arts & Above. She also teaches ballet and modern at Shawl-Anderson, and is a 2014





Julie Kane is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, performer, and explorer of movement and beauty. A native of Oakland, her early movement experiences included gymnastics and acrobatics. Later she trained at the Pacific Ballet Institute in Palo Alto. Julie earned a BFA and 14 years later an MFA in the University of Utah’s Dance Department where she was on scholarship/ teaching assistantship. Upon returning to the Bay Area, she danced in the acclaimed CONTRABAND - an award winning collective of interdisciplinary artists. She continues to perform with Dandelion Dance Theater and Navarette x Kajiyama. Julie has taught, choreographed and performed both in the US and abroad. She currently teaches dance at various colleges and dance institutions round the Bay Area and is building a private practice in Pilates. Julie recently returned to school to earn a degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant.
Ashlie Kirby is originally from Davis, California where she studied ballet from a young age under the instruction of Hanneke Lohse. She holds a BFA in Dance from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Masters in Dance Education from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Prior to returning to her native California, Ashlie lived in New York City for nine years, where she was on faculty as dance specialist at The Brearley School in Manhattan and Pierrepont School in Westport, CT. While in New York, Ashlie danced with Jessica Gaynor Dance and Pam Tanowitz Dance, among other companies, and performed in venues such as Jacob's Pillow, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, and Dance Theater Workshop. In 2010 she was awarded a New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award for her performance in Pam Tanowitz's Be in the Grey with Me. Upon returning to California, she was a Teaching Artist at Luna Dance Institute. Ashlie Kirby is currently on faculty as K-8 Dance Educator at Bentley School in Oakland.

Katie Kruger has been teaching and dancing professionally in the bay area for the past 15 years. She received her early training from UC Santa Barbara, as well as various schools in New York and San Francisco. Her modern training is influenced by Limon technique, and ballet has been inspired through the lens of Feldenkrais Awareness. She has had a wide range of performing experiences: including dancing for Donald McKayle, Pickle Family Circus, Rebecca Johnson, Patricia Banchik, Tammy Chenney, and most recently Paufve Dance, adhanco, and Nancy Karp. She has taught modern technique, composition, creative movement, and ballet technique to all ages. She is inspired by the joy expressed in children, teens, and adults as they discover freedom through movement and strength through personal growth. She is currently the Youth Program Director at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center.

Dana Lawton is the director of Dance at St. Mary's College Dance Department, a faculty member at Shawl-Anderson Dance Studios in Berkeley and is a certified yoga instructor. She is a former member of Janice Garrett and Dancers based in San Francisco. Awarded Outstanding Performer in the 2000 Vision Series, she was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Award for her performance in Garrett's Wayfarers. Dana holds an MFA in Choreography from Mills College and a BFA in Dance from California Institute of the Arts. She is a 2006 Artist-in-Residence at Shawl-Anderson.



Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Nicole ‘Coco’ Liboiron is an educational consultant and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Education in Language & Literacy.

Coco became a member of the Royal Academy of Dancing in 1972. At age 15 she demonstrated for Dame Ninette de Valois’ teacher-training courses at the Royal Academy, London England. Her extensive training inlcudes classical ballet, jazz, modern ballet and mime and studied with Julia Faron and David Blair, Royal Ballet ; Rochelle Zide-Booth and Richard Gibson, Joffrey Ballet, Finis Jung, Harkness Ballet,Eva von Gensky, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Edward Desoto, Limon Company and received a full scholarship at Harkness Ballet in NYC. Coco danced at Les Ballets Russes de Montreal under the direction of Misch Berkut and became an independent dancer and choreographer in 1980. She has extensive teaching experience locally, nationally and internationally including Canada, China and Peru.

Coco’s classes are based on Royal Academy of Dance comprehensive examination syllabi. The underlying philosophy of these levels is to expand upon embodied knowledge and understanding of ballet technique. The ethos is to provide a ballet syllabus that challenges and inspires students technically, artistically, musically and creatively with exercises and variations that encourages critical thinking and physical fitness while developing a sense of theatre, movement dynamics and musical interpretation; and to uphold all the elements of traditional ballet as well as including ballet movement aligned with the changing styles of today.

Rogelio Lopez earned his BA in Theater Arts and Dance from CSU Fresno and his MFA in dance at CSU Long Beach. Rogelio has had the pleasure of working with wonderful choreographers such as David Dorfman, Bill Young, Joe Goode, Terry O’Connor, and Andrea Woods, among others. Besides dance, Rogelio studied theatrical scenic, lighting, and costume design and enjoys drawing and painting. He has won two Lester Horton awards for best performance in a small ensemble and set design for Girl Falling Toward the Sky, choreographed by Keith Johnson. Rogelio is presently in Keith Johnson Dance Company, and currently a faculty member at Cerritos Community College and Loyola Marymount University.

Suzanne Martin PT, DPT, CP is a doctor of physical therapy and a gold-certified Pilates expert, as well as an award-winning author and DVD-producer. She has 25 years of experience in the health and movement fields, blending art and science into her instruction. She is a Master ACE and ASCM trainer (with a specialty in exercise for cancer rehabilitation), and maintains a private Pilates/physical therapy practice, Total Body Development in Alameda, California.  As a performing arts specialist, she conducts nutrition seminars for the School of the San Francisco Ballet, and is the lead physical therapist for Smuin Ballet in San Francisco. Through Pilates Therapeutics®, she provides instructional DVD’s (available for CE credit), and courses in the therapeutic application of the Pilates Method and nutrition. For further information and to see her teaching schedule, go to

Jenna McClintock, Artist/Mentor, is ecstatic to be back with the Shawl-Anderson Family! She began her career at 14 with the Oakland Ballet as an apprentice, becoming a principal dancer and teacher. Jenna joined the Richmond Ballet, spending 5 seasons with the company. She taught at the Richmond Ballet School for 4 years and one year with their outreach program, Minds In Motion. Jenna returned to California to freelance, becoming a dance regisseur to Oakland Ballet and stepping in as their interim Artistic Director in 2009. Jenna won an Isadora Duncan award for her portrayal of Swanhilda in Diablo Ballet's production of Coppellia. Her most recent project was with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, playing their 'Dream Laurie' in the original Agnes de Mille version of Oklahoma!.


Juliana Monin took her first modern class at Shawl-Anderson and is thrilled to be here combining her loves of children and dance. 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. She has performed with Mo Miner and currently is working with Nina Haft and Facing East Dance and Music. In her classes, students are introduced to the elements of dance such as space, time, and force. Through playful explorations students not only gain a mastery of movement but also learn the artistry of bodily expression.

Andrew Merrell 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.

Maureen "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 and then went on to get her MFA in Dance Performance at the University of Iowa. She has performed with Jennifer Kayle and Company, Shelter Repertory Dance Theatre, Charlotte Adams and Dancers, Duarte Dance Works, Sara Semonis, and in works by Miguel Gutierrez and Lucas Crandall. In the Bay Area she has worked with Project Bandaloop and is currently dancing with Nina Haft and Company and Katie Faulkner’s little seismic dance company. Mo’s own choreography has been seen at 2nd Sundays, the DanceIS Festival in Berkeley, Watchword Press presents The Whole Story, Bare Bones, and at the Shotwell Studios in San Francisco. She was one of the Artists-In-Residence at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in 2009. Mo currently teaches at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center and University of San Francisco.

Kaori Ogasawara 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.

Marjorie Ortiz is a Bay Area native born in San Leandro, CA. She is the Hip Hop Assistant Youth Instructor at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center and has been apprenticing under the teachings of Jessica Wolf since January 2013. She got her start coaching dance teams with the Team Up for Youth program in San Leandro where she learned her gift and great passion for teaching dance to youth. Marjorie has developed the dance program at The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Leandro for the past six years, fostering the growth of students in the after school programs including Bancroft Middle School, John Muir Middle School, Hillside Elementary School and McKinley Elementary School. She has also taught ballet, modern, jazz and Hip Hop at The Next Step Dance Studio in Danville, CA. In 2008, Marjorie received her minor in Theater & Dance from Cal State East Bay where some of her work included performing with the CSUEB Dance Touring Company, in works choreography by Nina Haft, Eric Kupers, as well as in the musicals "Cabaret" and "Guys & Dolls". She is also one of the founding members of the Eclectic Pulse Dance Team at Cal State East Bay, established in 2005. Marjorie is currently a member of MEnD Dance Theater Company of the San Francisco Bay Area, under the direction of Grace Alvarez.

Randee Paufve is a choreographer, dancer and educator with extensive commissioning, teaching and performing credits on both coasts.  She is the artistic director of Paufve Dance, an acclaimed Oakland based dance ensemble. Randee’s work has been nominated for several Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, and has been supported by numerous, generous funding bodies and individual supporters. Randee has been awarded multiple choreography residencies in California, Hawaii and Wyoming.  She has served on the faculties of UC Davis, Reed College, Lewis & Clark College, University of San Francisco, Cal State East Bay, and Saint Mary’s College, and has taught workshops and master classes for organizations including SF Dancer’s Group, Axis Dance and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. Randee is currently an assistant professor of dance at Cal State Sacramento. Please see for upcoming performances, workshops and information about the popular PD performance series 8x8x8 and Bare Bones.


Anne-René Petrarca modern dancer, choreographer and Alexander Technique teacher and the founder and artist-director of the dance company Sculpted Motion. She received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee. Since re-locating to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2009 after 20 years in New York City Anne-René teaches modern technique at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center and Alonzo King LINES Dance Center and Alexander for the LINES Ballet Training Program and the Mills College Dance Department. In New York she was on the faculty of DNA (formerly Dance Space Center) and assistant faculty at The Juilliard School. Anne-René's approach to teaching modern dance integrates the Alexander Technique along with influences from various modern techniques,the work of Irene Dowd, Bartenieff fundamentals and Yoga. Movement qualities have organic undertones and contain rich details, strong circular shapes, seamless transitions and complex floor work. This class is designed to challenge the dancer technically and artistically, movement can range from athletic and percussive to lyrical and sensual.This class facilitates an atmosphere that allows the dancer to heighten his/her physical awareness and the expression in the body while experiencing the joy in his/her dancing. Sculpted Motion will be Artist-In-Residence at Shawl-Anderson in 2012.

Elizebeth Randall 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.

Neela Reed received her Ballet training at Petaluma School of Ballet with Ann Derby and Robert Nichols. She holds a BA in French from SF State and a BFA in Sculpture from the U of Texas at Austin. Neela has performed with Diverse Space Dance Theater, Jazz Ballet of Austin, Renee Davis' Sister Moses. Neela has 20 years experience with children of a wide range of ages and abilities. She is dedicated to a nurturing, diverse and joyful classroom and loves the challenge of teaching a classical art form with these values in mind.

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 (now 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 produces his own work with Todd Eckert for the 'Shared Space' series, and has had residencies at Dance Mission and Studio 210. He has set work on the Lines summer program, ODC's Dance Jam and Dance Brigade's Grrrl Brigade. Nol teaches modern at the Alonzo King's Lines Dance Center and Shawl-Anderson, and youth ballet at Dance Mission. 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. Nol loves labyrinths.
Isabelle Sjahsam is a performer, director, teacher and creator in works ranging from traditional ballets to interdisciplinary public performance installations. She received her early dance training with Bay Area Royal Academy of Dance teacher, Connie Vaughan, and later completed her BA in Dance at Mills College. She has presented her own work in numerous venues including Temescal Arts Center, CounterPULSE, Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival, and Cal Arts Electronic Music Festival. In 2008, she received a new work commission by Middlebury College Dance Company. Currently Isabelle co-directs ArtFace, an Oakland based dance-theater troupe with Malinda Trimble. Isabelle has also danced with Leyya Tawil's Dance Elixir since 2005.

April Taylor has been teaching and working with children since 2000. Currently she teaches at the New Conservatory Theater and Thornhill Elementary School. She is a graduate of Mills College with a BA in Women's Studies and Dance. She has been performing for most of her life and working in a variety of artistic areas. Her Child Modern classes are full of movement, improvisation, and fun. This class will explore dance technique, choreography, and personal creativity. Suitable for all levels of young dancers. Join the FUN!




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.

Janet Welsh anet Welsh—dancer, choreographer, educator—is the creator of Core Flow™, a unique fitness system blending elements of Dance, Pilates, Yoga and Bodywork.

She received her Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Mills College in 2000 and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from California Institute of the Arts in 1982. Janet has also worked closely with chiropractors and Feldenkrais practitioner Pauline Sugine. Engaged with fitness for the last twenty years, Welsh served as Director of Wellness and Fitness for the Mauna Kea Resort in Hawaii, where she developed programming to bridge the gap between the healing arts and fitness. In the 1980’s she built an extensive clientle in Los Angeles, working with the film industry, Elite Models, dancers and at-risk youth. She has danced and choreographed in Los Angeles and the Bay Area, appearing with Donald Byrd, Molissa Feneley and on MTV and other commercial television projects. Her choreography was also featured in the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival.

Janet views the body from an architectural perspective, looking always towards an increased capacity for precision, range of motion, spatial awareness, core initiation of movement, efficiency and overall ease and balance. Currently, she teaches Core Flow™ at Mills College and at the Montclair Women’s Cultural Arts Center in Oakland. Janet also works as a Somatic Arts practitioner at the Claremont Resort and Spa in Berkeley.



Amanda Whitehead trained primarily in ballet at The Washington School of Ballet in Washington, DC. She danced professionally with The Washington Ballet from 1994-1996, before leaving to pursue her bachelor's degree in Spanish with a minor in dance at Princeton University. She choreographed for the drama program at The Pennington School in Pennington, New Jersey, for nine years. She has been a dedicated teacher of ballet and modern dance for all ages since moving to the Bay Area in 2006, and she recently became a Music Together teacher. She currently performs with ahdanco (Abigail Hosein Dance Company), FACT/SF, and Nina Haft & Company, and has also performed with Tammy Cheney and Mo Miner.




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.



Jessica Wolf has been working with bodies, in diverse communities, for over 10 years. She is a Hip Hop Fusion dancer, educator, and choreographer. Her movement includes many styles and techniques: hip hop, funk and b.girl styles, tap, contemporary modern, Latin Rhythms, Afro-Folkloric,Yoga, Viewpoints, Printz Dance Fusion and Body-Mind Centering. Please join Jessica as she experiments with all of this in her very unique Hip Hop dance class.

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