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Meet our
Dance Instructors

Director / Ballet Divisions / Contemporary

Reese Larsen

Beginning her ballet training at age five 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. While training at DDC she also attended Sacramento High School’s Visual and Performing Arts Center and studied under the direction of former American Ballet Theatre guest principal dancer, and master instructors, Stuart Carroll and Sharon Newton. She has attended several summer intensives, summer session, and Master Classes with the San Francisco Ballet, City Ballet, Marin Ballet, and State Street Ballet. Reese has studied at the Joffrey Ballet School and Broadway Dance Center in NYC. She has traveled extensively and has trained, studied, under some of ballet’s most influential teachers specializing in the Russian Vaganova Method such as Natalya Stavro, Olga Dvorovenko, and Maxim Beloserkovsky. Reese’s style is encouraging and positive, and she works to build a strong technical foundation and love for dance within her students.

Musical Theatre / Jazz / Tap

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 appreciate tap technique and credits his tutelage for her love of the craft. Also, 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 & Variations

Bella 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 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 Academic

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 fourth year with the Sacramento Ballet.

Ballet Academic

Dominique Wendt

Born in San Francisco, California and raised in the East Bay, Dominique Wendt began dancing at the Contra Costa Ballet Centre and at the age of 13 continued her training at the San Francisco Ballet School. She spent one year as a trainee with BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio, and two years in Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Graduate Program in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has performed in productions with the San Francisco Ballet, BalletMet, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre before joining the Sacramento Ballet. This is Dominique’s second year dancing with the Sacramento Ballet.

Ballet Preparatory & Combo Classes

Cat Harrison - Student Teacher

Cat Harrison began dancing at the age of 11 at Capitol City Dance Academy under the direction of Ms. Reese Larsen. She fell in love with Ballet and dancing, and decided she wanted to set her sights on becoming a professional ballet dancer. Focusing all of her energy on taking as many classes as she can, she works to improve her technique and skills daily. Now, at 15, Cat has won countless scholarships, awards, and invitations to national dance competitions. In 2019, Cat placed in the Top 12 at Youth America Grand Prix in San Francisco.