Lindsey Salvadalena | Artistic Director
Raised in Louisiana, Lindsey received her classical ballet training from Constantin Apetrei, a graduate of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Kelly Fortier and Jan Miller, as well as time spent at the Washington School of Ballet, Ballet Magnificat!, and on scholarship at the Boston Ballet School. Lindsey is a graduate of New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA/Riverfront) and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from the Conservatory of Dance at State University of New York / Purchase. Over the course of her career, she performed many classical works, including: Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, Coppélia, Raymonda, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Peter Pan and The Nutcracker. Notable roles include the "Pas de Trois" from Paquita, "Swanhilda's Friend" from Coppélia, "Tiger Lily" in Peter Pan, "Flower Couple," "Arabian Soloist," and "Snow Queen" and “Sugar Plum Fairy” from The Nutcracker. Lindsey has danced for Liss Fain Dance, Oakland Ballet, Bay Pointe Ballet as well as freelancing as a guest artist in the San Francisco Bay Area and the New Orleans metropolitan area. Lindsey is also certified in Progressing Ballet Technique.
Michael Dunsmore | Ballet & Character
From Anchorage, Alaska, Michael was trained by world renowned instructors Jian-Min Hao, Andrei Bossov, Suzanne Farrell, and Gennady Seluitsky, and was the first American male accepted to the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet's full program, in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has performed and choreographed for Ballet Tucson, Ballet Idaho, Peninsula Ballet Theatre and Bay Pointe Ballet dancing roles including "Von Rothbart" in Swan Lake, "Blue Boy" in Frederick Ashton's Les Patineurs, Antony Tudor's Continuo, "Franz" in Coppélia and the "Prince" in The Nutcracker.
Valerie Harmon | Ballet
Valerie is from Lompoc, California, where she trained primarily at Lompoc School of dance. She began her professional career with State Street Ballet. She later joined Milwaukee Ballet in 2008 after completing The Milwaukee Ballet II Program. There she performed Odette in Michael Pink’s Swan Lake, Marie in The Nutcracker, Wendy in Peter Pan, Mina in Dracula, and Prayer in Coppélia. She has also enjoyed dancing original works by Cameron McMillan, Mark Godden, Timothy O’Donnell, Mauro de Candia, Darrell Grand Moultrie and Petr Zahradnícek. She danced for Smuin Contemporary Ballet from 2106-2019 where she danced works by Amy Seiwert, Val Caniparoli, Helen Pickett, Garret Ammon, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Trey McIntyre.
Chelsea Hix | Ballet
Chelsea began her ballet training at Sebastopol Ballet School and went on to train at the Academy of International Ballet in Philadelphia. She has had the honor of working extensively with Anastasia Babayeva and Denis Gronostayskiy of the Bolshoi Ballet, and Tamara Statkoun of the Kirov Ballet. She has been a company member with International Ballet Classique, Connecticut Ballet, and Peninsula Ballet Theatre, and has had performance opportunities with Oakland Ballet, Ballet Santa Barbara, and as a guest artist throughout the Bay Area. She has also holds a BA in English and French from Sonoma State University.
Johanna Butterworth | Ballet
Johanna, a professional dancer, has her Bachelors of Fine Arts with honors from the Boston Conservatory. Johanna has 15 years of classical ballet training including Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Alvin Alley American Dance Theatre, and the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company of Israel. In addition to classical ballet, Johanna studied Counter Technique with Anouk ban Dijk and Alexander Technique with Tom Koch. Johanna has extensive classical ballet performance experience including Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Paquita, and Our Town, among others. In Contemporary Dance, Johanna has performed for choreographers including Eva Stone, Allison Cook Beatty, Francesca Harper, Cathy Young and MADBOOTS Dance. Johanna is also a certified yoga instructor and brings her study of mind, body connection to classical ballet.
Tanya Lebedeva | Ballet, Adult Ballet
Tanya was born in Moscow, Russia and began her training at Nadezhda Ballet under Natalia Andreevna Aksenova, a noted Honored Cultural Worker of the Russian Federation. At age 7, Tanya was accepted into the School of Classical Ballet, Ledyah College, and trained under the tutelage of teacher Larisa Ledyh. Additional training includes Alisa Tarasova of the Bolshoi Ballet. Tanya has a passion for dance education and founded the CINQBALLET YouTube channel for classical ballet technique. She is also a Co-Founder and former teacher at Studio Fouette in Moscow.
Leilani Neal | Ballet
Leilani began her training at “The Dance Network” under her mother Melinda Neal in Fairfield, Ca. She continued to train with schools such as Contra Costa Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Academy of Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and received scholarships with Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Miami City Ballet. She graduated from the dance department at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in San Francisco, and was hired by her high school shortly after to be the ballet instructor for the musical theatre department. Leilani has danced professionally with Peninsula Ballet Theatre, Bay Pointe Ballet, Labayen Dance sf, and most recently Oakland Ballet. In addition to dance, she is currently a signed model with Marla Dell Talent Agency SF and Clear Talent Group in Los Angeles which has given her opportunities to be in commercials with Intel, Nikon, Microsoft, Grub Hub,Visa, and Ford Go Bikes. She was featured in the Mr. Carmack 2016 Coachella set and danced in the “Romance” music video for island artists CRSB that hit #1 on top charts in Hawaii. Leilani shares the love of dance with her students and aspires to give them the tools to succeed in the dance world and commercial industry.
Melinda Neal | Ballet & Pilates
A Bay Area native, Melinda Neal received her early ballet training from Yanina Cwyinska and furthered her training under the tutelage of Ronn Guidi, founder of Oakland Ballet Company. She earned her BA from St. Mary's College of California LEAP program for professional dancers. She is also a certified Pilates Instructor. Melinda danced professionally for 16 years with companies such as Oakland Ballet Company, Peninsula Ballet Theatre, was a founding member and Soloist with Napoles Ballet Theatre as well as Bay Pointe Ballet. She has also performed as a guest artist with California Youth Ballet and Milissa Payne Project. As a dancer, Melinda danced many classical and contemporary roles as a Corps de Ballet member and as a Soloist. She has served as Children's Ballet Mistress for State Street Ballet, Peninsula Ballet Theatre, and Bay Pointe Ballet. Melinda has taught in the Bay Area for 19 years with various schools including Alonzo King Lines Dance Center, Alameda Civic Ballet, SF Arts Education Project, Peninsula Ballet Conservatory, Bay Pointe Ballet, as well as served as Ballet Director and teacher at Roco Dance.
Andrea Salazar | Ballet & Modern/Contemporary
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Tamara Shuttle | Adult Jazz
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Tamara began dancing at the age of four and later trained with the renowned Berle Davis and Ann Barrett. During her collegiate years, Tamara was heavily involved in both theatre and musical theatre, performing in Evita, Godspell, The Robber Bridegroom and Jesus Christ Superstar, to name a few. She holds a degree in Dance and a credential in elementary school education from San Francisco State University. Tamara toured with a five star cruise line, performing on multiple ships around the world. As an educator, Tamara teaches Jazz to both children and adults, teaching throughout the Bay Area. Tamara loves to choreograph to a variety of music, infusing a multitude of jazz styles - from classic, to funk, to lyrical. She uses her fitness background to incorporate muscular strength, endurance and flexibility training in to her classes. She continues to take class and perform locally. Tamara believes in fostering the love of movement for dancers of all ages and levels.
Jazmine Vieira | Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Contemporary
Jazmine began her training at Mission Dance and Performing Arts at an early age, studying ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop. While at Mission Dance and Performing Arts, she danced competitively for five years, with a focus in hip-hop, jazz, and tap. She also spent a year performing with the Sacramento Kings Jr. Jam Hip-Hop Squad, and continued her dance studies at San Jose State University. Professionally, Jazmine dances for various dance within the urban hip-hop circuit and is a sought after teacher and choreographer in the Bay Area.