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Faculty & Staff

Artistic Directors

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hip Hop Director

Nhan Ho

Nhan Ho, an established artist from Sacramento, California, is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, and director. He is most known for his fusion of dance styles and movements.

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Director of Student Relations and Community Engagement – Ballet

Tamu Ortenzio

Tamu Ortenzio has over 25 years of experience teaching ballet technique, pointe, choreography, and arts management.

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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.

Faculty

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Peggy-Dolkas

Becca Newton

Dacia Biletnikoff

Tessa Buys

Peggy Dolkas

Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary

Contemporary

Children's, Tap, Jazz, Ballet

Ballet

Becca Newton, originally from Sacramento, CA, is a graduate from CSU Long Beach where she obtained her BFA in dance.

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.

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

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Kristy Vang

Hip Hop, Hip Hop Rehearsal Assistant

Administrative & Support Team

Mike Hechtle – Financial & Account Manager

Tanya Lykins – Office Manager

Courtney Hanaway – Social Media Manager

Andra Jamison – Costume Manager

Tamara Plummer – Volunteer Coordinator

Rich Kirlin – Theater Technical Manager

Tim Engle – Studio and Show Photographer