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CCDA Instructors

Professional and qualified instructors deliver strong ballet and overall dance technique with creative artistry in a professional and caring environment. Our instructors develop a nice instructor / friend balance with our students, creating a family atmosphere of mutual trust and respect.

Creative Director / Ballet Prep & Academic Divisions / Contemporary / Senior Company

Reese Larsen

Beginning her ballet training at age 5 at Crockett School of Dance, now Deane Dance Center, where she continued her formal training under the direction of Barbara Crockett, co-founder of the Sacramento Ballet. She later attended Sacramento High School’s Visual and Performing Arts Center and studied under the direction of former American Ballet Theatre guest principle dancer, and master instructor, Stuart Carroll. She has attended several summer intensives, summer session, and Master Classes with the San Francisco Ballet, City Ballet, and Marin Ballet. Reese has studied at the Joffrey Ballet School, in NYC. She has traveled extensively and has trained, studied and dance professionally. Reese's style is encouraging and positive, and she works to build a strong technical foundation and love for dance within her students.

Jazz / Tap / Musical Theatre / Contemporary / Junior Company

Andrea St. Clair

Originally from the Bay Area, Andrea has been dancing for the majority of her life. With a background in tap, ballet, contemporary, jazz and musical theatre, Andrea danced competitively for many years with Schumacher's School of Dance under Dolly Schumacher-James and Wendy James as well as technical training with Dance Arts Center with Berle Davis. It was under Berle where Andrea grew to truly appreciate tap technique and credits his tutelage for her love of the craft. In addition, Andrea has had the privilege of studying both in San Francisco and New York under the likes of Cecelia Marta, Michael Raine, Tony Stevens, Marilyn D'Honau, Sam Weber, Jayne Zaban, Katie James, Frank Hatchery and Janie Scott. Andrea holds her BA in Theatre Arts from San Jose State University and is an alumnus of the CAP21 Summer Professional Intensive.

Ballet Academic Division: Partnering / Progressive Ballet Technique

Austin Crumley

Originally from the Los Angeles area, Austin William Crumley has been involved in the performing arts since he was a young boy. Stemming from a background of musical theater and baseball, Austin started Ballet at the ripe young age of fifteen. Realizing his passion and calling, he then pursued his training at The University of Oklahoma, School of Dance. There he achieved his Ballet Pedagogy degree under the training and direction of Mary Margaret Holt, Clara Cravey Stanley, Ilya Kozadayev, and Jeremy Lindberg—to name a few. While at the university, he was blessed to be able to perform the following (selected few): the Le Corsaire Grande Pas de Deux; Raymonda Pas de Dix; the Grande Pas, Arabian Pas, Dew Cavalier, and Snow Pas in The Nutcracker; and an original ballet entitled Someday Sideways, choreographed by New York City Ballet’s Jock Soto. Currently, Austin is enjoying his first season as a Company Dancer with The Sacramento Ballet.

Street Jazz / Hip-Hop

Jennifer Jastillana

Jennifer is excited to join the team at CCDA as a Hip-Hop Instructor. Initially self-taught, Jennifer studied with Chapter{One} in Washington and has been active within greater Sacramento area community theatres. Most recently, Jennifer was able to show off her hip-hop skills as Graffiti Pete in Green Valley Theatre Company's Elly Award winning production of In The Heights. Her dance skills were also featured as Cha Cha in the Woodland Opera House's production of Grease. Jennifer has also danced her way through CATS, 9 to 5 the Musical, All Shook Up, Annie, and The Wiz. She attributes MTV for getting her hooked onto hip-hop and the dance culture around it and looks forward to sharing this passion with the next generation.

Ballet Academic Division

Michelle Katcher

Michelle Katcher was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. At the age of seven she began classes at Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy where she studied for nine years under Farah and Michelangelo Canale. Michelle then moved to Washington D.C. to train at the Kirov Academy of Ballet. Upon graduating as valedictorian she was invited to study under the legendary American ballerina, Gelsey Kirkland in New York City. Michelle was a founding member of the Gelsey Kirkland Ballet. With GKB Michelle danced many principal and soloist roles including Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Marie in The Nutcracker, and Columbine in Harlequinade. After GKB, Michelle danced for Ballet Arizona where she performed in many classical and neoclassical ballets. This is her first season with the Sacramento Ballet.

Ballet Academic Division

Frances Chae

Frances Chae received her primary training at Uptown Dance Centre in Houston, Texas under the instruction of Beth Gulledge-Brown, Adrian Ciobanu and Alex Pandiscio. Upon graduating from Uptown in 2014, she spent a year as a trainee at BalletMet under the direction of Edwaard Liang followed by a year in the studio company at Ballet Arizona under the direction of Ib Andersen and Carlos Valcarcel. She is now in her second year with the Sacramento Ballet.

Ballet Academic Division

Isabella Velasquez

A native of Orange County, California Ms. Velasquez began her dance training at the Maple Conservatory, under the direction of former ABT dancer Charles Maple in Irvine, CA. She then continued on as a trainee dancer with The Washington Ballet in DC, where she performed alongside the company in works by Septime Webre and Twyla Tharp. She completed her dance studies at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Graduate Program for two years before joining the Sacramento Ballet in 2014. Audiences recall her leaping into the spotlight as the lead ballerina Kitri in Don Quixote, Act I, during the 2016 Sacramento Ballet ‘Latin Nights’ series. Other performance highlights include: Ma Cong’s Blood Rush, Septime Webre’s Juanita y Alicia, Gerald Arpino's Viva Vivaldi (Jumping Soloist), Ron Cunningham’s The Nutcracker (Snow Queen, Rose) & George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco.

Ballet/Tap Combo Classes

Veronica Jarboe

Veronica Jarboe has been teaching dance since 2012. She has trained with the Sacramento Ballet and Deane Dance Center and started dancing at age 5. She has performed in the likes of The Nutcracker many times as well as other ballets and shows. She has also choreographed winning routines for the Headliners competition. She currently is teaching as head tap instructor at Mission Oaks as well.