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.
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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