Lindsay Leonard

(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 … Read More

Pope Flynn

(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 … Read More

Claire Toner

(Ballet 4, 5, & 6) 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. … Read More

Calvin Thomas

(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 … Read More

Emilie Skinner

(Director of Operations & Ballet 4, 5, & 6 Instructor) Born in Houston, TX, Emilie Skinner┬ábegan her classical training at the age of six with Gilbert Rome and Victoria Vittum, performing with their company Houston Repertoire Ballet until graduating High School. She has attended summer intensives at the Joffrey Ballet, Austin Ballet and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. In the summer of 2011, she also attended the SIBA international training program in Salzburg, Austria and upon relocating to the Bay Area … Read More

Jiyoung Lee

(Registration and Backstage Assistant) Previously Jiyoung had a long relationship with Airline Industry as a customer service specialist. She entered the dance world when her daughter Mina began taking classes at age five. The more her daughter danced, the more involved she became! Jiyoung brings her fabulous attention to detail and organization expertise to the ABA/ACB to ensure customer satisfaction with the highest level of customer service. She will answer your questions about your account, help you with processing payments, … Read More

Julie Lowe

(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 … Read More

Gail Voss

(Ballet 3) Gail McCarty Voss has a BS in physical education with a 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 … Read More

Robert Greer

(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 … Read More

Karin Jensen

(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 … Read More