Chauncey began his dance career at the ripe age of eighteen in the Bay Area. A very diversified background as with training that starts in Afro American jazz under the direction of Danny Duncan. Later in modern jazz with notables like Raymond Sawyer, Ed Mock, Claude Thompson, and Michael Peters. He has danced in Various Dance companies throughout the US, and Europe. Musical Productions, stage, television and film including Blues Brothers. Chauncey’s experience and versatility as Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher brings a unique form of movement and training that will motivate students of all ages, nationalities, and cultural backgrounds.
A native San Franciscan from the Mission District, Christiane has developed her own style and technique by blending street and club moves with formal training studied since age 5. She was a member of Culture Shock and the director / choreographer for her own company, Rare Form. Christiane teaches Hip Hop at ODC Dance Commons in San Francisco and The Beat in Berkeley.
Daniel Peters and Pier Voulkos
Daniel and Pier discovered Argentine Tango in 1997. As former professional modern dancers they immediately became immersed in the improvisation and creative possibilities with this social dance. Learning about the dance, the rich social culture, its history and its music have kept them exploring and learning. They perform Argentine Tango as soloists and work with collaborative Tango performance groups.
Erick Barberia, Cuban dancer, singer and percussionist, graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Artes (ENA) in Habana, Cuba. He began his professional career in the Artistic Community Company, Korimakao as a dancer, drummer and actor. subsequently, he became a master teacher of dancing, singing and Afro-Cuban percussion in both the ENA and the Escuela Internacional de las Artes (CENCEA) in Havana, Cuba.
Adrian Chaves is an intuitive massage and energy therapist certified by Esalen Institute, California and NSW School of Massage, Sydney, Australia. He has worked alongside of personal trainers, physician and nutritionists to achieve the best physical results possible to athletics clients, performers, dancers and people from all walks of life. His nurturing style of bodywork has been shaped by the healing arts of therapeutic and sports massage, deep tissue, aromatherapy, shiatsu and the subtle yet powerful modality of Reiki. Your session is an invitation into a sanctuary where your physical and energetic blockages will be effectively and safely released. 20% OFF in your first session!
Emmeline Gonzalez-Beban is a recent addition to the Berkeley dance community. She discovered her love for dance at the age of four when she began studying Ballet Folklórico Mexicano from Maestra Elena Robles in San Jose. Since then, she has studied a diverse range of dance forms including Contemporary, West African, Modern, Ballet, Jazz, and Tap. In 2010, she was awarded by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts as a YoungArts scholar in the World Dance category for Ballet Folklórico (featuring traditional Son Jarocho dance of Veracruz). In May of 2014, Emmeline received a B.F.A. in Dance from The Ohio State University with a joint focus in Performance and Dance Education. Throughout her studies, Emmeline has maintained a passion for discovering and spreading the different ways we can learn about diverse cultural values through dance.
Lisa Lee & Dana DeSimone
Dana has taught Cajun and Zydeco dance classes at the Beat dance studio in Berkeley for over 30 years. He is a serious dance teacher who primarily emphasizes rhythm, coordination, and lots of practice as a foundation for everything in dance. He is an expert at syncopated footwork, advanced hand-moves and complicated dance patterns.
Lisa Lee has been Zydeco dancing for over 15 years. She first began dance in Dana DeSimone’s basic Zydeco dance class at the Beat in 1999 and has been dancing regularly ever since. Lisa’s goal is to make everyone a better dancer so they will gain skill and confidence as dancers and have more fun at the dances.
Phiroozeh teaches dance, yoga and writing across the Bay Area. A teacher for over fifteen years, Phiroozeh believes in accessibility and her classes are easy to follow and are welcoming to people of all backgrounds and physical mobilities. As a dance teacher, Phiroozeh loves the infectious energy of Bollywood music and designs her dance classes to be playful and amusing. As a yoga teacher, she believes in the power of yoga as healing and designs classes that are restful and restorative.
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Lynn Brilhante’s dancing and choreography is often described as dynamic, fluid, and gutsy. She brings a fresh and innovative approach to the world of jazz and shows a unique ability to merge and update various elements, in the process creating her own trademark style. These talents have recently earned her a nomination for the Theatre LA Ovation Award for Choreography. Lynn has also received the Dance Masters of American Choreographer’s Award and the Robbi Award for Choreography. Her acclaim reaches internationally to the jazz workshop, Die Werkstatt, in Dusseldorf, Germany, where she continues to be invited as a guest artist.
Jennifer has been a professional belly dancer for over 13 years, performing and teaching both in the US and internationally. She started dancing at the age of 4 with ballet and jazz and began her studies in Middle Eastern dance in 1997. With a background in health and wellness as an acupuncturist and a personal trainer, she sees dance as a powerful modality to help us heal on all levels- physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.