PRIVATE DANCE INSTRUCTION
Spindrift offers private lessons in dance. We are available for audition preparation and individual instruction. If you are interested in private lessons, call the office at (650) 738-8648.
Erica Lopez – Director of Dance. All levels of Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap & beg. Hip Hop.Erica graduated from San Francisco State University in May 2016, where she received a B.A. in Dance with a Minor in Political Science. During her time at SFSU, Erica was a member of University Dance Theatre, SFSU’s resident repertory company, from 2013-2015. While in University Dance Theatre, Erica performed works by SFSU dance faculty members Ray Tadio, Cathleen McCarthy, and Wendy Diamond, as well as several works by guest choreographers Raissa Simpson, Kamala Devam, and ODC/Dance’s Brenda Way. She served as Student Director of UDT during the company’s 2014-15 season. As a member of UDT, Erica also had the pleasure of performing at American College Dance Festival, a regional collegiate dance conference, in both 2014 and 2015. In addition to her involvement as a performer at SFSU, Erica also had the opportunity to showcase her own choreography in the New Moves Student Showcase in 2014. Upon graduation from SFSU, Erica was awarded The Dance Service Award for her contributions to the School of Theatre and Dance.
I feel so privileged to be able to teach at SSPA. Not only does the school offer a welcoming and supportive environment for both its students and teaching artists, but it also feels like a second home. After having taken over a decade of classes at Spindrift, I feel as though my life as a dancer has come full circle. After having received a well-rounded dance education at SSPA and beyond, I am inspired to pass that teaching along to younger artists. As Director of Dance I hope to nurture a love of dance and movement in my students. I seek to offer a comprehensive dance education to all our students in order train well-rounded performers—ones that are thoughtful, creative, and confident. I believe that a physical dance education combined with an intellectual one can help prepare dancers for life outside of the studio.
Brianna Anthony – Dance Instructor: for: all levels Ballet, Pointe, Modern, and Jazz dance. Brianna began teaching at SSPA in the Fall of 2006. She has a BA in Dance from CSULB, is a member of RequisiteDance and has studied under dance greats Joe Goode, Bliss Kohlmeyer, Douglas Neilsen, Keith Johnson, Lauren Johnson, Alaine Haubert, Allison Deane and Barbara Crockett.
“Ever since I discovered my love of dance, it has become a lifeline, as necessary as breathing. There is nothing quite so wonderful as being able to share this, to watch something that brings me such great joy become the passion of another.” Email Me
Rachel Epling: Dance instructor: All levels of ballet, jazz, modern, and beginning hip hop.
Rachel Epling completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Bachelor of Arts in Biological Anthropology at UC Santa Barbara in 2017— discovering an enriching, complimentary interplay between the two. While attending UCSB, she had the opportunity to perform works by Anna Halprin, Yvonne Rainer, José Limón, Andrea Miller, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Lilian Manansala, and Gianna Burright, as well as dance faculty choreographers Nancy Colahan and Valerie Huston. Rachel was a member of the UCSB touring dance company, and has performed in England, Greece, Cyprus, Italy and NYC as a part of the UCSB Dance Company. In addition to performing both at UCSB and around the world, Rachel had the opportunity to show her own work as a part of Junior’s Concert 2016 “Dictionary of Obscured Realities” and Spring Concert 2017 “FREE|FALL”.
“I have found myself in my passion for dance. It has unlocked a new world for me, and everything seems more beautiful when I am moving. I could not imagine an existence in which this art is not a driving aspect of my life. It is such an honor to be teaching at SSPA after receiving my dance training as a student at SSPA. I am so excited to get to share my love of dance with students, and to watch them discover their own love of moving.”
Kelsey Gerber – All levels of ballet, jazz, and hip hop, with a focus in contemporary jazz.
Kelsey is a professional contemporary dance artist based in the bay area, and holds a BFA in Dance performance from UC Irvine. She has performed works by Twyla Tharp, Brenda Way, Autumn Eckman, Saleemah E. Knight, and many others. Kelsey specializes in contemporary jazz, and is currently a company member of ka·nei·see | collective and Multiplex Dance.
She educates the students in somatic and kinesiological awareness, while teaching proper technique and encouraging the students to be creative and inspired by movement.
Sarah Escobedo: All levels of Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, and beg. Hip-Hop
Sarah Escobedo is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She received her B.A. in Dance from San Francisco State University and is currently working towards an M.F.A. in Dance at Mills College. During her time at SFSU, she was a member of the University Dance Theatre, from 2013-2015 and worked extensively with ODC/Dance’s Brenda Way performing in her repertory works. She currently is dancing with Mills College’s Repertory Company working with faculty Molissa Fenley and Kara Davis. Sarah has had the opportunity to present her own work at New Moves Dance Showcase in 2014 and will be presenting two new works later this year. Sarah has taught for the San Francisco Unified School District for K-5 and has enjoyed working with the non-profit Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center, bringing dance to after school programs.
“I strive to bring the joy of dance to all my students and give them the confidence and discipline that dance has provided me. I love being able to foster creativity and curiosity in my classes and see the growth in my dancers.“
Lizzie Chapman found her passion for dance 15 years ago when she took a dance class at a summer camp. Since then, she has danced non-stop and dabbled in just about any dance style imaginable. Lizzie’s passion inspired her to study dance in college and she received her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Dance Studies with double-emphases in Dance Education and Choreography from Humboldt State University in 2014. She also received a minor in Theatre, Performance Emphasis. While at Humboldt State, Lizzie was very active in both the Theatre and Dance departments. Her senior Interdisciplinary Project, titled “A Story of a Girl”, was chosen to be performed at both the Transformational Justice Festival (in Arcata, CA) and at the American College Dance Festival in Tempe, Arizona.Before being hired at Spindrift School of Performing Arts, Lizzie also taught Ballroom, Latin, and Swing as a certified instructor at Arthur Murray Dance Center in Millbrae. Lizzie currently also teaches Jazz, Ballet, and Pre-K Dance at Small Fry Dance Club in San Mateo. Lizzie looks forward to a lifetime career as a dance educator and dreams to own her own dance studio one day.
“I highly believe that everyone, no matter what background they come from, has a story to tell. I teach dance and theater because they are extremely intimate art forms where the artist can simply bare all, with the protection of the fourth wall. To express yourself in such a way is a very powerful thing, and that vulnerability can help people understand each other on a higher level. This isn’t just something reserved for the older or advanced students either. Even in a beginning theatre class, you begin to see the foundation of great minds, hearts, and personalities, and that’s a very special thing to see.”