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Faculty & Staff

Artistic Directors

Founder/Executive Director

Jen Bradford

Jen Bradford began dancing at a very early age in Utah and continued her training in the California Bay Area and New York City. While in NYC she received the Steps on Broadway scholarship and had the opportunity to study and perform repertoire with some of the most innovative choreographers in the city.

Managing Director/Ballet Director

Michael Levine

Michael Levine has been involved with professional dance for over 24 years. He has had the privilege of dancing with companies such as the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theater, and San Francisco Ballet.

Ballet Director

Maia Wilkins

Maia Wilkins has taught and helped with dance workshops and performances at all levels throughout the country. She is honored to continue Gerald Arpino’s legacy as a répétiteur and board member for the Gerald Arpino Foundation.

Robin Barthomolew
Tap Director

Robin Bartholomew

Robin Bartholomew began her training in the bay area at age five, studying ballet, tap, jazz, and acrobatics. She began her professional career by joining the San Francisco Ballet Company to study and perform.

Contemporary Director

Dacia Biletnikoff

Dacia Biletnikoff was born and raised in California, USA. She started her formal training under Jen Bradford and Kelly Archer in Modern dance techniques, at Northern California Dance Conservatory.

Dereka Javier
Hip Hop Director

Dereka Javar

Dereka has been dancing since high school. While Training in multiple styles they fell in love with many street styles such as hip hop, waacking, and jazz-funk.

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ACCESS Director

Lindsey Oester

Lindsey is a native of Southern California where she studied classical ballet under Laurence Blake, Cynthia Young and Kristen Olsen Potts. She went on to attended The School of American Ballet in New York City.


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Contemporary, Jazz, Improv, Ballet

Elke began her pre-professional dance training in the Bay Area which led her to receive her BFA in Dance Performance from Chapman University, and her MFA in Dance & Choreography from UC Irvine.



Children's, Tap, Jazz, Ballet

Tessa Buys has been teaching dance in the Sacramento area for over twenty years. Originally from Utah, she trained extensively in ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, ballroom, tap, and acting


Peggy Dolkas


Peggy Dolkas was born in Auburn, California and studied under Sheila Humphreys, former dancer and Ballet Mistress of The Royal Ballet of London.


Aimee Boucher

Jazz & Contemporary

Lauren Galvez

Lauren Galvez

Hip Hop, Hip Hop Assistant Director

Lauren Galvez is a performer, choreographer, and director born and raised in Sacramento and graduated at Sac State with her degree in dance.

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Dorie Duvall

Children's, Basic Ballet

Dorie Duvall has been teaching dance for over 35 years. Originally from the east coast, she trained in South


Rocky Duvall

Jazz & Contemporary

Rocky Duvall has been performing all his life. He got his start at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and completed his training on full scholarship with Gus Giordano Jazz Dance in Chicago.

Tony Nguyen

Tony Nguyen

Jazz & Contemporary

Tony Nguyen obtained a BA in Dance at CSU, Sacramento. He has furthered his artistic voice and performed throughout the Bay Area and internationally.


Demjuan Julian

Hip Hop

Demjuan started his dance journey at 4 years old. He was trained in Los Angeles and New York beginning with Classic ballet, Jazz, and Tap.


Susan Klein


Born in Pasadena California, Susan began her ballet training at 4 years old.




Katie Post is excited to bring what she has learned from her 15 years of training from around the country to her students. Katie primarily trained at the Northern California Dance Conservatory as well as the School of the Sacramento Ballet.


Jessica Lawrence


Jessica Lawrence holds a master’s degree (MA) in Dance Education from New York University and a bachelor’s degree (BA) in Dance Performance from Saint Mary’s College of California.

Administrative & Support Team

Mike Hechtle – Financial & Account Manager

Aimee Boucher – Office Manager

Carrie Elzea – Front Office

Andra Jamison – Costume Manager

Tamara Plummer – Volunteer Coordinator

Rich Kirlin – Theater Technical Manager

Elke Rios – Community Engagement  and Administration Coordinator

Tony Nguyen – Photographer


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