(Executive Assistant) Originally from Garland, Texas, Amy studied tap, jazz and ballet as a child and continued to dance throughout her middle, high school and college years. Later, she moved to San Francisco after completing her BA Degree at Hamilton College in upstate New York. In San Francisco she fell in love with swing dancing, and decided to pursue her teaching training certificates in many ballroom/social partner dances, including Argentine Tango. She then taught partner dances professionally from 2000-2009, and continues to take dance class when she is not working as an administrator / bookkeeper for ABA and other local clients.
Erica Hartono has returned home to the Bay Area after performing, teaching and choreographing in NYC for ten years. She received her early dance training at the San Francisco Ballet School, Ballet Arts, and Berkeley Ballet Theater while spending her summers at the schools of Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and Richmond Ballet. She went on to receive her BFA in Ballet from the University of Utah with a departmental scholarship. Performing highlights include: Oakland Ballet, Peninsula Ballet Theater, the 40th Anniversary Tour of Fiddler on the Roof (Chava), Wonderful Town (1st National Tour), CATS (Rumpleteaser), Promises, Promises (Turkey Lurkey Trio) and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She has been on the faculty of The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center, NYU’s Musical Theater Program (CAP 21), The Harkness Dance Center (NYC), Art of Dance (NJ), Berkeley Ballet Theater, The East Bay Center for the Performing Arts and Civic Arts (in affiliation with Diablo Ballet). In 2000 she co-founded COUNTERPOINTe, a dance company that fostered collaboration on new works between local professional SF Bay Area choreographers, composers and dancers. Erica has completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive and is both an ABT® Certified and ABT® Affiliate Teacher. Most recently, Erica was nominated for a Theater Bay Area Award for her choreography in Woodminster Theater’s production of The Producers. What Erica loves the most about teaching dance is sharing her love and passion for movement with dancers of all ages and levels.
(Ballet 5 & Ballet 6) Carolyn began her ballet career in Alameda at the Alameda School of Dance and with the Alameda Chamber Ballet, under the direction of Ms. Victoria Turner Rosas where she quickly made her way from Apprentice to Principal dancer. In 1996, Carolyn moved to Boston, where she continued her training under Elena Solovieva and the faculty of the Boston Ballet. She moved to Las Vegas in 1998 to continue her professional career with the Nevada Ballet Theatre. Carolyn moved back to the Bay Area and graduated from California State University, Hayward with a degree in Business Marketing, and received a Wedding Consultant Certificate. She continues to pursue her other passion – working in the Weddings & Special Events Industry as a Certified Wedding Planner, and owning her own business, Carolyn Wilson ~ Weddings & Events. In 2003, Carolyn joined the newly formed Alameda Civic Ballet as Soloist, and in 2004 was promoted to Principal. No longer performing, Carolyn has dedicated her spare time to teaching for Alameda Ballet Academy and assists the company as Ballet Mistress.
(Adult Ballet) Julie has danced and taught professionally for over 25 years. As a Principal Ballerina with the Oakland Ballet Company, she toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe performing many of the company’s leading roles. She currently serves as Ballet Mistress and Artistic Advisor for the Menlowe Ballet Company, is a Master Teacher for the Ballroom Dance Teachers College, and she teaches public ballroom and social dance classes at Oakland’s Just Dance Ballroom. Through her nurturing and supportive teaching style, Julie provides adult students of all levels, from beginning to professional, the opportunity to pursue their love of dance and enhance their technical and artistic skills.
(Boys Class) Matthew Doolin was born in Jacksonville, FL. He trained with Peter Stark at Orlando Ballet School while dancing in the second and main company. He received a full artistic scholarship to Butler University, and graduated with honors and a BA in Dance Pedagogy. Matthew has trained and performed internationally with Butler Ballet in Hong Zhou China and with Springboard Danse Montreal in Canada. Matthew has worked with Company C, Oakland Ballet, New Mexico Ballet, Menlowe Ballet, and Post:Ballet. Matthew is currently enrolled at the National Holistic Institute for massage therapy in Emeryville.
(Ballet 2 & Ballet 3) Gail McCarty Voss has a BS in physical education with concentration in dance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she was a soloist in the university dance theater. Her early training began with Tatiana Rousseau and Oleg Tupine at the Virginia Ballet School. She performed for several years with the Virginia Ballet Company in the Washington, D.C. Performances. Later she performed with Music ‘n Motion, NYC Opera in Hawaii, and Oakland Ballet. While working with Lois Ellyn go NYCB she developed an intense interest in teaching and transferred to Europe where she studied teaching the teaching methods of the important academies such as English National Ballet and La Scala. Through her experience with Formazione Tersicore under the direction of Mauro de Candia she became a collaborating teacher with the Accademia DI Monte Carlo. Her former students have found success in ballet companies throughout Europe.
Sarah Sophia Pun
(Teaching Assistant) Sarah has performed in Alameda Civic Ballet’s Nutcracker’s party scene since 2005. She has danced and sung in the chorus ensemble of Island City Opera in Alameda, Festival Opera, Oakland Metro Opera, Woodminster Summer Musicals in Oakland, and Pleasanton Playhouse. Sarah started teaching ballet classes for children at Pleasanton Academy of Dance in 1996.
(Ballet 4, 5, 6 and Pas de Deux) Robert is a native of Northern California and has been dancing throughout the U.S. for the past 16 years. He has performed in a number of ballet companies such as Augusta Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theatre and Ballet Idaho. Most recently he has returned to San Francisco as a freelance dancer. Robert teaches throughout the Bay Area and is committed to all of his students. He loves working with students of all ages as teaching offers him the opportunity to pass on the knowledge that has been given him throughout his career. His favorite part of teaching is when students connect to the information he gives and make it their own.
(Dance with Me, Pre-Ballet & Ballet 1) Karin Jensen trained in classical ballet at Oakland Civic Ballet, Oakland Ballet, and Alameda School of Dance. She has performed with Berkeley City Ballet, San Jose Dance Theater, Alameda Chamber Ballet, as well as Alameda Civic Ballet in both corps and soloist roles. Karin is a graduate of Ballroom Dance Teacher’s College and is a staff instructor at Just Dance Ballroom in Oakland. She enjoys performing ballroom dancing for events and also performs modern liturgical dancing with Omega West Dance Company of Berkeley. As a mother of two young daughters, she loves sharing her passion for dance with children.
(Pianist) Sky Tan has over 30 years of experience and training in music and works as an accompanist for San Francisco Ballet, Berkeley Ballet Theatre and ABA. She also recently completed her solo album “Piano Ballet Standards” which was released in the Summer of 2016.