(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.
(Jazz) Lindsay Grey Leonard is a native North Carolinian who recently relocated to the Bay area. She began her ballet studies as a student under Marylin Cloutier and continued her dance training at Ballet Spartanburg, Atlanta Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet School, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, PULSE on Tour, American Dance Festival, and ODC. Lindsay initially studied Luigi jazz technique as a warm-up for ballet with Mrs. Cloutier and later trained under the legendary Francis Roach at both the Joffrey Ballet School NYC. For nearly 8 years, she taught modern jazz at the Ballet School of Chapel Hill before relocating to Oakland with her husband in 2015. In addition to her passion for early childhood education and teaching pre-ballet at Berkeley Ballet Theater, she is also dedicated to teaching contemporary and is currently on faculty in the Youth & Teen Program at ODC. Lindsay holds a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
(West African Dance) Ghanaian performer/composer/educator Paul Ackah, a.k.a. Pope Flynn, is best known as lead vocalist for the legendary Sweet Talks band of Ghana, where he brought the art of highlife music to new heights. When not on stage, he shares his joyful spirit and vast knowledge of African folk music, dancing and percussion with his legions of American students. He joined the Performing Arts Department of Saint Mary’s College in 2001, where he is percussionist/accompanist in dance classes and teaches African dance. He has taught regularly at ABA since 2016.
(Ballet 5) Claire (Stallman) Toner started dancing at age four in Saratoga, California. She studied ballet with Karen Millar before joining the San Francisco Ballet School, where she received training from Gloria Govrin, Pascale Leroy, Shannon Bresnahan, and Jocelyn Vollmar. She also attended summer intensives with the School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. Claire has performed with Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, The Royal Danish Ballet, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, and Diablo Ballet. She has been featured in Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun, Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush, Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Romeo et Juliette, and works by George Balanchine, James Kudelka, Helen Pickett, and Benjamin Millepied. Studying part-time while dancing, she received her bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Georgia Tech, and in the spring of 2017 she and her husband welcomed a baby boy into the world. Claire is on the faculty of the Berkeley Ballet Theater and is excited to join Alameda Ballet Academy’s teaching staff.
(Ballet 5) Calvin Thomas hails from Maysville, Kentucky, and received his foundational training at the Otto M. Budig Academy of Cincinnati Ballet. He has supplemented his studies at Boston Ballet School, The School of American Ballet, Ballet Austin Academy, and The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre. Performing with the Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Austin, Company C Contemporary Ballet and NY Theatre Ballet are among some of the highlights of his career. His repertoire includes works by Thang Dao, Gregory Dawson, Yuri Zhukov, and Maurice Causey among others. When not dancing he still enjoys time in the studio sharing knowledge and teaching the next generation of dancers. He has been on faculty with the Contra Costa Ballet Centre for over three years. Calvin is excited to be part of ABA’s teaching staff.
(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.
(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.
(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.