Students

Dancers come to the Conservatory with various objectives. While many aspire to either dance, choreograph or teach professionally, others are interested in pursuing arts production or management careers or simply wish to continue their dance education for personal enrichment. What they all share in common is a passion for classical/modern/contemporary dance, the attainment of an advanced level of dance ability, inquisitive minds and a sound work ethic.

Students in our Year-Round Program, which runs September through mid-May, generally fall within the age range of 17 through 23. While most have either completed or taken leave from their academic studies, some manage to pursue academic study concurrently at various Bay Area colleges (such as U.C. Berkeley, Stanford University, San Francisco State University, University of San Francisco, St. Mary’s College, Mills College, and City College of San Francisco). A number of enterprising high school seniors from out-of-state have found ways to complete their diploma requirements remotely while studying at the Conservatory.

During our Summer Intensive Program, dancers as young as 14 join the student body. Our summer students come to us from dance schools and college/university dance programs located all over the United States, Canada and beyond. Participants often include apprentices and young professional dancers on summer leave who recognize the program’s potential to help them further advance their technical and artistic development.

While the Conservatory is not driven by the goal of developing professional dancers, the training we provide certainly gives a leg up to those students with the attributes and determination to pursue a professional career. Each year a number of our students (summer and year-round), such as those called out below, go on to dance, teach and/or choreograph professionally. We are also proud to say that those of our former students who have not chosen to pursue a dance-related career are in the process of distinguishing themselves in a variety of other fields.


WHERE MANY OF OUR FORMER STUDENTS HAVE BEEN DANCING SINCE ATTENDING SFCD

Please Note: What follows is not a comprehensive listing. The former students identified below are those we've managed to keep tabs on. We will add others as we discover what they have been up to. As we rely on students and alumni for updates, some of the information below is likely to be out-of-date at any given time. (Please send updates to Caitlin Hafer)

Adam Wile
Adam Wile
From: Milwaukee, WI
At SFCD: Summer 2010
Currently with: Bryn Cohn + Artists
Where: New York, NY
Aidan DeYoung
Aidan DeYoung
From: San Mateo, CA
At SFCD: Summers 2011 & 2012
Currently with: Liss Fain Dance, burnsWORK and Post:ballet
Where: San Francisco, CA
Formerly with: Smuin Ballet and Ballet West
Where: San Francisco, CA and Salt Lake City, UT
Alexandra Freeman
Alexandra Freeman
From: San Jose, CA
At SFCD: Summers 2007 & 2008
Currently with: Le Moulin Rouge
Where: Paris, France
Formerly with: Nevada Ballet Theater
Where: Las Vegas, NV
Alice Klock
Alice Klock
From: Pinckney, MI
At SFCD: Summer 2008
Currently with: Hubbard Street Dance
Where: Chicago, IL
Alicia Delgadillo
Alicia Delgadillo
From: Charlotte, NC
At SFCD: Summer 2007
Currently with: Hubbard Street Dance
Where: Chicago, IL
Formerly with: Hubbard Street 2
Where: Chicago, IL
Allie Papazian
Allie Papazian
From: Calabasas, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2008
Currently with: Compania Nacional de Danza
Where: Madrid, Spain
Amalia Smith
Amalia Smith
From: Vancouver, Canada
At SFCD: Summers 2012 & 2013
Currently with: Batsheva Ensemble
Where: Tel Aviv, Israel
Amy Dressendorfer
Amy Dressendorfer
From: Edmonton, Canada
At SFCD: Full-time 2010-2011; Summers 2010 & 2011
Formerly with: LeeSaar Dance Company
Where: New York, NY
Andrea Parson
Andrea Parson
From: Hillsboro, OR
At SFCD: Summer 2007
Currently with: Northwest Dance Project
Where: Portland, OR
Recipient of: Princess Grace Award
Andrea Thompson
Andrea Thompson
From: Maplewood, NJ
At SFCD: Full-time 2009-2012; Summers 2009-2012
Currently with: Hubbard Street 2
Where: Chicago, IL
Anna Jennings
Anna Jennings
From: Manchester, MO
At SFCD: Summer 2005
Formerly with: Nashville Ballet 2
Where: Nashville, TN
Anna Marra
Anna Marra
From: Great Falls, MT
At SFCD: Summers 2008-2010
Currently with: Bodyvox
Where: Portland, OR
Formerly with: David Taylor Dance Theater
Where: Edgewater, Co
Annie Deitz (nee Christianson)
Annie Deitz (nee Christianson)
From: Marshall, MN
At SFCD: Summers 2006 & 2007
Formerly with: Thodos Dance
Where: Chicago, IL
Arielle Cole
Arielle Cole
From: San Jose, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2010
Currently with: Keshet Dance Company
Where: Albequerque, NM
Arolyn Williams
Arolyn Williams
From: Rowe, MA
At SFCD: Summers 2005, 2006, 2008
Currently with: Ballet West
Where: Salt Lake City, UT
Ashleigh Doede
Ashleigh Doede
From: Whitfish Bay, WI
At SFCD: Summer 2008
Currently with: Nancy Evans Dance Theater (as artistic director) Pasadena Dance Theater
Where: Pasadena, CA
Formerly with: Milwaukee Ballet 2
Where: Milwaukee, WI
Brendan Duggan
Brendan Duggan
From: Amherst, NH
At SFCD: Summers 2009 & 2010
Currently with: LoudHoundMovement (as co-director and choreographer) and Danielle Russo Dance Company (as dancer)
Where: New York, NY
Formerly with: Danaka Dance and Gallim
Where: New York, NY
Brighid Greene
Brighid Greene
From: Carmel, CA
At SFCD: Summers 2007 & 2008
Currently with: Third Rail Projects: then she fell
Where: Brooklyn, NY
Brittanie Brown
Brittanie Brown
From: New York, NY
At SFCD: Summers 2009
Currently with: GöteborgsOperans Danskompani
Where: Göteborg, Sweden
Brittany Penn
Brittany Penn
From: Wasau, WI
At SFCD: Summer 2010
Currently teaching in: Wisconsin
Formerly with: ZiRu Productions and Dance Continuum SF
Where: Mountainview and San Francisco, CA
Bryn Cohn
Bryn Cohn
From: Los Angeles, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2009
Currently with: Bryn Cohn + Artists (as artistic director)
Where: New York, NY
Caitlin Hafer
Caitlin Hafer
From: St Louis, MO
At SFCD: Summers 2008 & 2010; ballet classes 2011 to present
Currently with: Here Now Dance Collective and Cali & Co
Where: San Francisco, CA
Caitlin Sikora
Caitlin Sikora
From: Clarksville, MD
At SFCD: Summer 2009
Formerly with: Hannah Kahn Dance Company
Where: Denver, CO
Cara Seymour
Cara Seymour
From: Ashtabula, OH
At SFCD: Summer 2010
Currently with: Elisa Monte Dance
Where: New York, NY
Carson Stein
Carson Stein
From: Hockessin, DE
At SFCD: Full-time 2007-2011; Summers 2007-2010
Currently with: Liss Fain Dance and Sharp & Fine
Where: San Francisco, CA
Charbel Rohayem
Charbel Rohayem
From: Richmond, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2013
Currently with: Dawson Wallace Dance Project
Where: Edgewater, CO
Chelsea Ainsworth
Chelsea Ainsworth
From: Raleigh, NC
At SFCD: Summers 2006 & 2007
Formerly with: Staatstheater Kassel
Where: Kassel, Germany
Chloe Crade
Chloe Crade
From: Irvine, CA
At SFCD: Summers 2005-2008
Currently with: abc dance company
Where: New York, NY
Chloe Felesina
Chloe Felesina
From: Sacramento, CA
At SFCD: Full-time 2005-2008; Summers 2005-2007
Currently with: Ballet X
Where: Philadelphia, PA
Formerly with: Sacramento Ballet, DanceWorks Chicago and The Foundry
Where: Sacramento, CA, Chicago, IL and San Francisco, CA
Claire Hancock
Claire Hancock
From: Tucson, AZ
At SFCD: Summer 2005
Currently with: Artifact Dance Project (as artistic director)
Where: Tucson, AZ
Formerly with: ODC
Where: San Francisco, CA
Colleen Shaugnessy
Colleen Shaugnessy
From: West Bloomfield, MI
At SFCD: Summer 2009
Currently with: Project 606 Dance
Where: Chicago, IL
Cooper Neely
Cooper Neely
From: Throckmorton, TX
At SFCD: Full-time 2011-2012; Summers 2011 & 2012
Currently with: Dance Theater of San Francisco
Where: San Francisco, CA
Formerly with: BODYTRAFFIC ; guest with LEVYDance
Where: Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA
Courtney Deri
Courtney Deri
From: Agoura Hills, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2012
Currently with: BoSoma Dance Company
Where: Boston, MA
Courtney Mazeika
Courtney Mazeika
From: Houston, TX
At SFCD: Full-time 2012-2014; Summers 2012 & 2013
Currently with: The Foundry
Where: San Francisco, CA
Dallas McMurray
Dallas McMurray
From: El Cerrito, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2005
Currently with: Mark Morris Dance Group
Where: Brooklyn, NY
Daniel Chenoweth
Daniel Chenoweth
From: El Cerrito, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2010
Currently with: Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater
Where: Chicago, IL
Formerly with: Tulsa Ballet
Where: Tulsa, OK
Darren Devaney
Darren Devaney
From: Edmonton, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2008; and for many workshops & open classes
Currently with: Ballet British Columbia
Where: Vancouver, Canada
Deanna Gooding
Deanna Gooding
From: Londonderry, NH
At SFCD: Full-time 2012-2014; Summers 2012 & 2013
Currently with: James Sewell Ballet
Where: Minneapolis, MN
Formerly with: burnsWORK
Where: San Francisco, CA
Eden Orrick
Eden Orrick
From: Lincoln, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2011
Currently with: Dance Company Nanine Linning / Theater Heidelberg
Where: Heidelberg, Germany
Formerly with: Ate9 Dance Company
Where: Los Angeles, CA
Elise Williams
Elise Williams
From: Griffin, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2005
Formerly with: Nashville Ballet
Where: Nashville, TN
Elissa Butler
Elissa Butler
From: Pleasant Grove, UT
At SFCD: Summers 2012 & 2013
Currently with: SALT Dance Company
Where: Salt Lake City, UT
Ellen Akashi
Ellen Akashi
From: Fountain Valley, CA
At SFCD: Full-time 2012-2013; Summer 2009
Currently with: San Diego Opera
Where: San Diego, CA
Emery Lecrone
Emery Lecrone
From: Greensboro, NC
At SFCD: Summer 2005
Formerly with: New Chamber Ballet and Columbia Ballet Collaborative (as choreographer with both)
Where: New York, NY
Emilie Leriche
Emilie Leriche
From: Santa Fe, NM
At SFCD: Summer 2010
Currently with: Hubbard Street Dance
Where: Chicago, IL
Formerly with: Tinypistol
Where: San Francisco, CA
Emily Hite
Emily Hite
From: Irvine, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2007
Currently with: Margaret Jenkins Dance Company
Where: San Francisco, CA
Emily Jones
Emily Jones
From: Portland, OR
At SFCD: Full-time 2009-2012; Summers 2005, 2007-2009
Currently with: burnsWORK and Project Thrust
Where: San Francisco, CA
Emily Mistretta
Emily Mistretta
From: Upland, CA
At SFCD: Summers 2005 & 2008
Currently with: Boston Ballet
Where: Boston, MA
Formerly with: Boston Ballet 2
Where: Boston, MA
Emmaly Wiederholt
Emmaly Wiederholt
From: Albuquerque, NM
At SFCD: Full-time  2006-2008; Summer 2008
Founding Editor of the blog Stance On Dance and published dance critic
Formerly with: Project Thrust and Cali & Co.
Where: San Francisco, CA
Emma Storey
Emma Storey
From: Claremont, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2005
Currently with: Inland Pacific Ballet
Where: Montclair, CA
Erica Diesl
Erica Diesl
From: Boston, MA
At SFCD: Summers 2008 & 2009
Currently with: Portland Ballet
Where: Portland, ME
Erika Farkvam
Erika Farkvam
From: Chicago, IL
At SFCD: Summers 2006 & 2008
Currently with: The Fly Honey Show
Where: Chicago, IL
Erik Ostrand
Erik Ostrand
From: Highlands Ranch, CO
At SFCD: Summer 2011
Currently with: Big Muddy Dance Company
Where: St. Louis, MO
Evan Rosenblatt
Evan Rosenblatt
From: Los Angeles, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2010
Currently with: Dreamscape Dance Theater
Where: Los Angeles, CA
Faith Prendergast
Faith Prendergast
From: Longmont, CO
At SFCD: Full-time 2008-2010; Summers 2008-2010
Currently with: the theatrical production "Teh Internet is Serious Business" (not misspelled)
Where: London, UK
Fana Fraser
Fana Fraser
From: Trinidad & Tobago
At SFCD: Summer 2008
Currently with: Camille A. Brown & Dancers
Where: Jamaica, NY
Formerly with: Ailey 2 and Lara Wilson Dance
Where: New York, NY
Fausto Rivera
Fausto Rivera
From: Seattle, WA
At SFCD: Summer 2012
Currently with: Anna Conner + Co.
Where: Seattle, WA
Felice Ana De Ni Aodagain
Felice Ana De Ni Aodagain
From: San Francisco, CA
At SFCD: Full-time 2005-2006; Summer 2005
Currently with: Denia Dance (artistic director)
Where: San Francisco, CA
Formerly with: Dance Theater Oregon
Where: Eugene, OR
Gabrielle Zucker
Gabrielle Zucker
From: New York, NY
At SFCD: Full-time 2005-2007; Summer 2005
Formerly with: San Francisco Opera Ballet and San Diego Opera Ballet
Where: San Francisco, CA and San Diego, CA
Genna Moroni
Genna Moroni
From: Los Angeles, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2010
Currently with: Ate9 Dance Company
Where: Los Angeles, CA
Hadar Ahuvia
Hadar Ahuvia
From: Hawaii
At SFCD: Full-time 2005-2006; Summers 2005 & 2006
Formerly with: The Foundry
Where: San Francisco, CA
Hallie Hunt
Hallie Hunt
From: Redwood City, CA
At SFCD: Full-time 2005-2007; Summers 2005 & 2007
Currently with: Adaptations Dance Company
Where: Makawao, HI
Formerly with: Tilt Dance Company and The Foundry
Where: Haiku, HI and San Francisco, CA
Holly Curran
Holly Curran
From: Lambertsville, NJ
At SFCD: Summer 2009
Currently with: New Chamber Ballet
Where: New York, NY
Formerly with: Ballet Austin 2
Where: Austin, TX
Ilana Jonas
Ilana Jonas
From: Irvine, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2009
Formerly with: California Ballet
Where: San Diego, CA
Isabel Umali
Isabel Umali
From: El Cerrito, CA
At SFCD: Summers 2007 & 2010
Currently with: LeeSaar Dance Company
Where: New York, NY
Jacob Melczer
Jacob Melczer
From: Evanston, IL
At SFCD: Summer 2010
Currently with: Mathew Janczewski's Arena Dances
Where: Minneapolis, MN
Jacqueline Burnett
Jacqueline Burnett
From: Pocatello, ID
At SFCD: Summer 2007
Currently with: Hubbard Street Dance
Where: Chicago, IL
Jamie Melaragno
Jamie Melaragno
From: Pittsburgh, PA
At SFCD: Summer 2007
Currently with: New Breed Dance
Where: Boulder, CA
Formerly with: Tallahassee Ballet & Bodiography Contemporary Ballet
Where: Tallahassee, FL and Pittsburgh, PA
Janelle Junio
Janelle Junio
From: Riverside, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2007
Formerly with: "Moving Out" (the Broadway musical)
Where: New York, NY
Jeff Sykes
Jeff Sykes
From: Lansdale, PA
At SFCD: Summer 2008
Currently with: Brian Brooks Moving Company
Where: New York, NY
Jennie Begley
Jennie Begley
From: Aurora, CO
At SFCD: Summer 2006
Currently with: Complexions
Where: New York, NY
Formerly with: Ballet Ariel
Where: Denver, CO
Jennifer Radcliffe
Jennifer Radcliffe
From: Columbia, MD
At SFCD: Summer 2007
Currently with: Inclined Dance Project
Where: Brooklyn, NY
Jenny Winton
Jenny Winton
From: San Francisco, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2013
Starring as Penny Johnson in the North American tour of Dirty Dancing
Formerly with: Joffrey Ballet
Where: Chicago, IL
Jessica Fry
Jessica Fry
From: Atherton, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2011
Formerly with: Dance Masters of California
Where: Los Altos, CA
Recipient of: Miss Dance 2014
Jessica Shahinian
Jessica Shahinian
From: Ann Arbor, MI
At SFCD: Summers 2006-2008
Formerly with: Royal Carribean and Carnival Cruise Line
Where: on cruise ships at sea
Joel Hathaway
Joel Hathaway
From: Seattle, WA
At SFCD: Summers 2005 & 2007
Currently with: Missouri Contemporary Ballet
Where: Columbia, MO
Formerly with: Milwaukee Ballet 2
Where: Milwaukee, WI
Joni Tuttle McDonald
Joni Tuttle McDonald
From: Holden, UT
At SFCD: Summer 2009
Currently with: SALT Contemporary Dance
Where: Salt Lake City, UT
Formerly with: Northwest Dance Project and Utah Regional Ballet
Where: Portland, OR and Lindon, UT
Joseph Hernandez
Joseph Hernandez
From: Rolling Meadows, IL
At SFCD: Summer 2012
Currently with: ODC
Where: San Francisco, CA
Josianne Fleming
Josianne Fleming
From: New York, NY
At SFCD: Full-time 2010-2011; Summers 2010 & 2011
Formerly with: LevyDance
Where: San Francisco, CA
Joy Prendergast
Joy Prendergast
From: Longmont, CO
At SFCD: Full-time 2006-2008; Summers 2006-2008
Currently with: Project Thrust
Where: San Francisco
Formerly with: The Foundry
Where: San Francisco, CA
Julia Hollas
Julia Hollas
From: Los Alamos, NM
At SFCD: Full-time 2006-2007; Summers 2005, 2006, 2008
Formerly with: Project Thrust and Dandelion Dance Theater
Where: San Francisco, CA
Julia Stiefel
Julia Stiefel
From: Portland, OR
At SFCD: Summer 2008
Formerly with: Ate9 Dance Company and Company E
Where: Los Angeles, CA and Washington, DC
Julie Eicher
Julie Eicher
From: West Hartford, CN
At SFCD: Summer 2011
Formerly with: Houston Grand Opera Ballet
Where: Houston, TX
Justin Keats
Justin Keats
From: Moreno Valley, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2009
Currently with: Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company
Where: New York, NY
Kaitlyn Ebert
Kaitlyn Ebert
From: San Francisco, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2005
Currently with: Garrett + Moulton Productions
Where: San Francisco, CA
Formerly with: Janice Garrett + Dancers
Where: San Francisco, CA
Katharine Hawthorne
Katharine Hawthorne
From: Wayzata, MN
At SFCD: Summer 2007; Ballet classes 2007 - present
Currently with: Liss Fain Dance and Sharp & Fine
Where: San Francisco, CA
Formerly with: Hope Mohr Dance, Thodos Dance and James Sewell Ballet
Where: San Francisco, CA, Chicago, IL and Minneapolis, MN
Katharine Larson
Katharine Larson
From: Kingwood, TX
At SFCD: Summer 2011
Currently with: Eisenhower Dance
Where: Rochester, MI
Formerly with: Thodos Dance
Where: Chicago, IL
Katie Cassady
Katie Cassady
From: Edmonton, Canada
At SFCD: Full-time 2011-2012; Summers 2011-2013
Currently with: Donald Sales/Project 20
Where: Vancouver, Canada
Formerly with: Sharp & Fine
Where: San Francisco, CA
Katie Gaydos
Katie Gaydos
From: Santa Monica, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2011; Ballet class 2011-2012
Currently with: Robert Moses' KIN and Tanya Bello's Project B
Where: San Francisco
Formerly with: Kunst-Stoff SF
Where: San Francisco, CA
Kelsey Johnson
Kelsey Johnson
From: Green Bay, WI
At SFCD: Summer 2010
Currently with: Vibe Dance Center (as owner/director)
Where: Green Bay, WI
Kelvin Vu
Kelvin Vu
From: New Haven, CN
At SFCD: Full-time 2012-2013; Summers 2012 & 2013
Currently with: Batsheva Ensemble
Where: Tel Aviv, Israel
Formerly with: Project Thrust and Sharp & Fine
Where: San Francisco, CA
Kimberly Van Woesik
Kimberly Van Woesik
From: Plano, TX
At SFCD: Summer 2009
Currently with: Ballet Hispanico
Where: New York, NY
 Kristin Brown
Kristin Brown
From: Provo, UT
At SFCD: Summer 2013
Currently with: SALT Contemporary Dance
Where: Salt Lake City, UT
Krystal Matsuyama
Krystal Matsuyama
From: Long Beach, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2007
Formerly with: Bare Dance Company and Complexions Contemporary Ballet
Where: New York, NY
Kyle Hadenfeldt
Kyle Hadenfeldt
From: Benicia, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2010
Currently with: Thodos Dance
Where: Chicago, IL
Lara Wilson
Lara Wilson
From: Los Angeles, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2008
Currently with: Lara Wilson Dance Project (as director)
Where: New York, NY
Formerly with: Rani Welch/Tribe of Human and Animal Mechanical Dance Company and Lane + Co
Where: New York, NY
Laura Alexich
Laura Alexich
From: Rancho Cucamonga, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2005
Formerly with: Inland Pacific Ballet
Where: Montclair, CA
Lena Thieme
Lena Thieme
From: Northridge, CA
At SFCD: Summers 2007, 2008, 2010
Currently with: Dreamscape Dance Theater
Where: Los Angeles, CA
Liane Aung
Liane Aung
From: La Habra, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2007
Currently with: backhausdance
Where: Orange, CA
Lindsey Derry
Lindsey Derry
From: Clayton, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2011
Currently with: Hope Mohr Dance
Where: San Francisco, CA
Formerly with: Kunst-Stoff SF
Where: San Francisco, CA
Linnea Snyderman
Linnea Snyderman
From: Berkeley, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2007
Formerly with: Napoles Ballet
Where: San Francisco, CA
Liz Towles
Liz Towles
From: Atlanta, GA
At SFCD: Summer 2006
Currently with: Staatstheater Bremerhaven
Where: Bremerhaven, Germany
Formerly with: Ballet Nouveau Colorado
Where: Broomfield, CO
Lydia Basquill
Lydia Basquill
From: Boise, ID
At SFCD: Full-time 2010-2011; Summer 2010
Currently with: Ballet Idaho Academy (as outreach coordinator)
Where: Boise, ID
Maddie Groh
Maddie Groh
From: Portland, OR
At SFCD: Summer 2011
Formerly with: American Dance Awards, Female Dancer of 2013 & 2014 runner-up
Where: Portland OR (2013) and Vancouver, WA (2014)
Madelyn Biven
Madelyn Biven
From: Waimanaio, HI
At SFCD: Summers 2007 & 2008; Ballet class 2007-2014
Formerly with: Project Thrust and Ziru Productions
Where: San Francisco, CA
Madison Hoke
Madison Hoke
From: Walnut Creek, CA
At SFCD: Full-time 2011-2013; Summers 2011-2013
Currently with: Batsheva Ensemble
Where: Tel Aviv, Israel
Maggie Stack
Maggie Stack
From: Pittsburgh, PA
At SFCD: Full-time 2009-2011; Summer 2009; Ballet classes 2011 to present
Formerly with: ODC , Cali&Co. , Project Thrust, FACT/SF and Little Seismic Dance Company
Where: San Francisco, CA
Maia Dunlop
Maia Dunlop
From: Boston, MA
At SFCD: Summer 2010
Currently with: Juntos Collective
Where: New York, NY
Malinda LaVelle
Malinda LaVelle
From: Castle Rock, CO
At SFCD: Full-time 2008-2010; Summers 2005, 2006, 2008
Currently with: Project Thrust (as Artistic Director)
Where: San Francisco, CA
Formerly with: The Foundry and Shift>>>Physical Theater
Where: San Francisco, CA
Marlie Couto
Marlie Couto
From: San Diego, CA
At SFCD: Full-time 2013-2014; Summers 2011-2013
Currently with: The Foundry
Where: San Francisco, CA
Max Capelli-King
Max Capelli-King
From: Madison, WI
At SFCD: Summer 2007
Currently with: Mark Morris Dance Group
Where: New York, NY
Formerly with: Peridance Contemporary Dance Company
Where: New York, NY
Maya Tenzer
Maya Tenzer
From: Vancouver, Canada
At SFCD: Summers 2011 & 2013
Currently with: Ballet British Columbia
Where: Vancouver, Canada
Megan Kurashige
Megan Kurashige
From: San Mateo, CA
At SFCD: Full-time 2005-2010; Summers 2005-2010
Currently with: Liss Fain Dance Co and Sharp & Fine (as co-artistic director)
Where: San Francisco, CA
Formerly with: Ballet Pacifica and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal
Where: Fountain Valley, CA and Montreal, Canada
Megan Wright
Megan Wright
From: Chicago, IL
At SFCD: Summer 2005
Currently with: Tinypistol
Where: San Francisco, CA
Formerly with: Los Angeles Ballet
Where: Los Angeles, CA
Mei-Ling Murray
Mei-Ling Murray
From: Walnut Creek, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2006
Currently with: Tanya Bello's Project B
Where: San Francisco, CA
Formerly with: Project Thrust
Where: San Francisco, CA
Michelle Galbraith
Michelle Galbraith
From: Provo, UT
At SFCD: Full-time 2012-2013; Summer 2012
Currently with: Tinypistol
Where: San Francisco, CA
Miguele de Quadros
Miguele de Quadros
From: Seattle, WA
At SFCD: Full-time 2005-2008; Summers 2005-2008
Formerly with: Shift>>>Physical Theater
Where: San Francisco, CA
Moo Kim
Moo Kim
From: Lomita, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2007
Formerly with: Sidra Bell
Where: New York, NY
Nichole Beaks
Nichole Beaks
From: Long Beach, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2007
Currently with: Kenneth Walker Dance Project
Where: Lomita, CA
Nicole Corwin
Nicole Corwin
From: Chino, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2005
Formerly with: Inland Pacific Ballet
Where: Montclair, CA
Nicole Johnson
Nicole Johnson
From: Atlanta, GA
At SFCD: Summer 2008
Formerly with: Atlanta Ballet
Where: Atlanta, GA
Nicole Von Arx
Nicole Von Arx
From: Geneva, Switzerland
At SFCD: Summer 2006
Formerly with: Carte Blanche/Norway
Where: Bergen, Norway
Norma Fong
Norma Fong
From: Sunnyvale, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2006
Currently with: Robert Moses' KIN and Tanya Bello's Project B
Where: San Francisco, CA
Formerly with: Margaret Jenkins Dance Company
Where: San Francisco, CA
Preston Dalton
Preston Dalton
From: Phoenix, AZ
At SFCD: Summer 2008
Currently with: Ballet Tucson
Where: Tucson, AZ
Rachel Berman
Rachel Berman
From: Kula, HI
At SFCD: Summers 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009
Currently with: Third Rail Projects: then she fell dance company
Where: Brooklyn, NY
Rachel Meyer
Rachel Meyer
From: Collinsville, IL
At SFCD: Summers 2006, 2007, 2008
Currently with: Ballet British Columbia
Where: Vancouver, Canada
Formerly with: Dominic Walsh Dance Theater
Where: Houston, TX
Recipient of: Princess Grace Award
Rachel Schatz
Rachel Schatz
From: Princeton, NJ
At SFCD: Summer 2012
Formerly with: Lustig Dance Theater and Oakland Ballet
Where: New Brunswick, NJ and Oakland, CA
Raychel Wiener
Raychel Wiener
From: Huntington Beach, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2005
Currently with: Post:ballet
Where: San Francisco, CA
Formerly with: Ballet Arizona and St. Louis Ballet
Where: Phoenix, AZ and St. Louis, MO
Rebecah Goldstone
Rebecah Goldstone
From: Santa Fe, NM
At SFCD: Summer 2008
Currently with: Ate 9 Dance Company
Where: Los Angeles, CA
Rebecca McManis
Rebecca McManis
From: Flower Mound, TX
At SFCD: Summer 2008
Formerly with: Texas Dance Theater
Where: Fort Worth, TX
Robin Bangert
Robin Bangert
From: Boston, MA
At SFCD: Summer 2008
Currently with: Texas Ballet Theater
Where: Fort Worth, TX
Russ Lepley
Russ Lepley
From: Hilliard, OH
At SFCD: Summer 2008
Currently with: Hessiches Staatstheater Wiesbaden
Where: Wiesbaden, Germany
Samantha Schilke
Samantha Schilke
From: Ventura, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2012
Currently with: State Street Ballet
Where: Santa Barbara, CA
Sarah Butler
Sarah Butler
From: Belvedere, CA
At SFCD: Summers 2010
Currently with: Ate9 Dance Company
Where: Los Angeles, CA
Sarah Genovese-Sylvan
Sarah Genovese-Sylvan
From: New York, NY
At SFCD: Summer 2008
Formerly with: Lara Wilson Dance
Where: New York, NY
Sarah Lyman
Sarah Lyman
From: Dallas, TX
At SFCD: Full-time 2009-2012; Summers 2009-2012
Currently with: Ate9 Dance Company
Where: Los Angeles, CA
Sara Hoenes
Sara Hoenes
From: Portland, OR
At SFCD: Full-time 2004-2006; Summer 2005
Currently with: The Rockettes
Where: New York, NY
Formerly with: James Sewell Ballet
Where: Minneapolis, MN
Sarah Schori
Sarah Schori
From: Moraga, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2006
Formerly with: Sierra Repertory Theater
Where: Sonora, CA
Sarah Woods
Sarah Woods
From: Los Angeles, CA
At SFCD: Full-time 2010-2011; Summer 2010
Currently with: The Foundry
Where: San Francisco, CA
Formerly with: LevyDance
Where: San Francisco, CA
Savanna Heineken
Savanna Heineken
From: Nimy, Belgium
At SFCD: Summer 2013
Currently with: the New York Jets (as cheerleader)
Formerly with: Ballet Theatre de Wallonie
Where: Wallonie, Belgium
Sayoko Knode
Sayoko Knode
From: Seattle, WA
At SFCD: Summer 2008
Currently with: Idaho Dance Theatre
Where: Boise, ID
Serenella Argueta
Serenella Argueta
From: Calgary, Canada
At SFCD: Summer 2011
Currently with: La Caravan Dance Theater
Where: Calgary, Canada
Shane Scopatz
Shane Scopatz
From: Santa Barbara, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2009
Currently with: Batsheva Ensemble
Where: Tel Aviv, Israel
Shannon Kurashige
Shannon Kurashige
From: San Mateo, CA
At SFCD: Summers 2005, 2006, 2008; Ballet classes 2008 - present
Currently with: Liss Fain Dance and Sharp & Fine (as co-artistic director)
Where: San Francisco, CA
Shannon Leypoldt
Shannon Leypoldt
From: San Clemente, CA
At SFCD: Full-time 2008-2011; Summer 2008; Ballet classes 2011 - 2014
Currently with: Wee Dance Company
Where: Görlitz, Germany
Formerly with: burnsWORK and Fact SF
Where: San Francisco, CA
Stacy Aung
Stacy Aung
From: La Habra, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2006
Currently with: Saarländisches Staatstheater
Where: Saarbrücken, Germany
Formerly with: Norrdans, Luna Negra Dance Theater and Hubbard Street 2
Where: Härnösand, Sweden and Chicago, IL
Stephanie Castro
Stephanie Castro
From: Fullerton, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2005
Formerly with: Inland Pacific Ballet
Where: Montclair, CA
Stephanie Salts
Stephanie Salts
From: Berkly, WV
At SFCD: Full-time 2009-2011; Summers 2009 & 2012
Currently with: Lustig Dance Theatre and Oakland Ballet
Where: New Brunswick, NJ and Oakland, CA
Stephen DiBiase
Stephen DiBiase
From: Irvine, CA
At SFCD: Summer 2011
Currently with: Tinypistol
Where: San Francisco, CA
Tenley Dorrill
Tenley Dorrill
From: Dallas, TX
At SFCD: Summers 2010 & 2011
Currently with: Thodos Dance
Where: Chicago, IL
Tessa Peterson
Tessa Peterson
From: Albuquerque, NM
At SFCD: Summer 2008
Currently with: Connecticut Ballet Company
Where: Stamford, CN
Thibaut Eiferman
Thibaut Eiferman
From: Paris, France
At SFCD: Full-time 2011-2012; Summer 2011
Currently with: Ate9 Dance Company
Where: Los Angeles, CA
Formerly with: Ballet British Columbia
Where: Vancouver, Canada
Tiffany Armijo
Tiffany Armijo
From: Alamogordo, NM
At SFCD: Summers 2007 & 2008
Formerly with: San Antonio Ballet Company
Where: San Antonio, TX
Toni Lum
Toni Lum
From: Portland, OR
At SFCD: Full-time 2005-2007; Summers 2005-2007
Formerly with: Project Thrust, DanceWorks Chicago and Mark Foehringer Dance Project
Where: San Francisco, CA and Chicago, IL
Victoria Canelos
Victoria Canelos
From: Tucson, AZ
At SFCD: Summer 2008
Formerly with: Complexions and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Where: New York, NY, Aspen, CO and Santa Fe, NM


Former Conservatory students are currently dancing, or have danced, with the following companies:

Ailey II Complexions New Chamber Ballet
Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement DanceWorks Chicago NWPDP Company
Alyce Finwall Dance Theater Dandelion Dancetheater Oakland Ballet
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Dominic Walsh Dance Theater ODC Dance
Ate9 FACT/SF Oregon Ballet Theater
Atlanta Ballet Hope Mohr Dance Peninsula Ballet Theater
Backhausdance Houston Ballet II Philein/ZiRu Productions
Ballet British Columbia Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Post:Ballet
Ballet Memphis Hubbard Street Dance Chicago II Project THRUST
Ballet MetBallet Nouveau Colorado Inland Pacific Ballet Robert Moses' KIN
Ballet Nouveau Colorado James Sewell Ballet Royal Danish Ballet
Ballet Pacifica Janice Garrett & Dancers Sacramento Ballet
Ballet West Le Moulin Rouge San Antonio Ballet Company
Ballet West II Lee Saar The Company San Diego Opera Ballet
Bally's Las Vegas Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal San Francisco Opera Ballet
Baltimore Opera Ballet Lines Ballet Sharp & Fine
BARE Dance Company Liss Fain Dance Shift >>> Physical Theater
Batsheva Dance Company little seismic dance company Stadttheater Bremerhaven
Batsheva Ensemble Los Angeles Ballet St. Louis Ballet
Bodiography Contemporary Ballet Luna Negra Dance Theater Texas Ballet Theater
BODYTRAFFIC lustigdancetheatre Texas Dance Theater
Boston Ballet I Mark Foehringer Dance Company The Foundry
Boston Ballet II Mark Morris Dance Group The Metropolitan Opera
burns-work Miami City Ballet The Rockettes
Cali & Co. Milwaukee Ballet 2 Tilt Dance Company
Carnival Cruise Lines Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company Utah Regional Ballet
Chattanooga Ballet Movin Out (Musical Touring Company) Zhukov Dance Theater
Compania Nacional de Danza Nashville Ballet Zorro The Musical
Company C Nashville Ballet II  
Company E Nevada Ballet Theater  

A number of other former students are actively teaching or choreographing in dance schools across the country, while others are working in various arts administration positions.

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