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" 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.
Edilsa Armendariz | Guest Faculty, Ballet
Edilsa Armendariz grew up in Tijuana, Mexico and received her early training at the Gloria Campobello Dance School. She later graduated from the National Ballet School in Havana, Cuba. After attending summer intensives in Monterrey, Mexico, Havana, Cuba and the San Francisco Ballet School, her professional experience began with the San Diego Ballet. Edilsa joined Nevada Ballet Theatre for four seasons where she performed works by George Balanchine and lead roles in The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Giselle and Cinderella. She has danced with Company C Contemporary Ballet, Bay Pointe Ballet and as a guest artist for Tianjin Ballet in China.
Elizabeth Anne Bertolino | Ballet, Modern & Adult Program
Born and raised in Sacramento, CA, Elizabeth Anne Bertolino received her classical training from The School of the Sacramento Ballet. After training for over a decade, she was fortunate enough to perform alongside their professional company. She spent her summers training across the country with American Ballet Theatre and Oklahoma City Ballet. Expanding her repertoire, she joined the Alonzo King LINES Bachelor of Fine Arts program to focus on contemporary ballet, where she graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Dance. Elizabeth Anne currently resides in the San Francisco and freelances with Bay Area based contemporary companies including Garrett+Moulton Productions, RAWdance, and Alayo Dance Company. She is also an award winning photographer, and when she's not teaching or dancing she enjoys photographing San Francisco!
Kathleen Bostleman | Ballet
Kathleen is a native of Ohio, and she began her training at the Toledo Ballet and the Toledo School for the Arts. She spent summers at the Joffrey Ballet School, Colorado Ballet, and Cincinnati Ballet, and she later attended the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City on scholarship. She graduated summa cum laude with Honors from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a BFA in Ballet. While completing her degree, she studied ballet and modern at the Beijing Dance Academy and graduated from the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program.
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.
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.
Liza Kroeschell | Ballet
Liza Kroeschell is a Bay Area dancer and dance teacher born and raised in Iowa. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Lines Ballet BFA program at Dominican University of California, and has since performed locally with Bellwether Dance Project, dawsondancesf, .flee dance, and the movement choir of Garrett + Moulton Productions, among others. She has also performed in her hometown as a guest principal dancer in Iowa State Center’s The Nutcracker. Liza discovered a passion for teaching while training under Ms. Corrine Nagata of Nagata Dance, an organization that partners with San Francisco elementary schools to provide recreational dance education. Ms. Nagata's way of inspiring excellence in her students inspired Liza to co-author an essay with Ms. Nagata about her teaching methods, which was published in 2017 as the final chapter of the book, Dance Pedagogy for a Diverse World: Culturally Relevant Theory, Research, and Practice.
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.
Edgar Lepe | Adult Ballet
Trained in Folklorico Ballet throughout his youth, Edgar began studying classical Ballet in 2008 at the San Francisco Academy of Ballet under the direction of ballet masters Richard Gibson and Zory Karah. Edgar has performed in Mexico and the United States with Collage West Ensamble, Compania Mexico Danza, Ensambles Ballet Folklorico of San Francisco as well as Peninsula Ballet Theatre, Presidio Dance Theatre, Bay Pointe Ballet and Oakland Ballet.
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.
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.
Joy Thiesen | Ballet
Ms. Thiesen started her dancing career at the age of 7 in Fresno, CA. Further training had her tutoring under notable Vaganova ballet instructors such as Marat Dukayev, Meelis Pakri and Kee Juan-Han. Ms. Thiesen’s professional career includes dancing with Ballet Arizona under artistic director Ib Anderson and several freelance projects. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts- Dance from University of California, Davis as well as an MFA in Dance Creative Practice from Saint Mary's College of California. She is currently a lecturer at Fresno State University, Fresno City College and Clovis Community College.
Jazmine Vieira | Jazz, 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.