Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year In Dance!
We are excited about working with you and experiencing the wonderful world of dance together! Dance empowers students of all cultures, abilities and learning styles to know themselves and to know their world. It cultivates the whole child by developing critical and divergent thinking, self-awareness and personal voice. Bridging the verbal and the non-verbal together, dance provides multiple opportunities to explore the basic human need for creativity and reflection.
It is our mission to provide da Vinci students with a unique dance experience focusing on quality education in dance. Nurturing creative talents in a positive environment, building confidence, promoting leadership, reinforcing moral values and enhancing self-esteem are the cornerstones of our mission as dance educators.
-The daVinci Dance Staff
da Vinci's Dance Department Staff
Sara Martins (Dance Director/Tap Teacher): firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara is an alumna of the Jefferson Dancers, and holds a BA in Dance from UCLA. An experienced dance educator, Sara served as the Associate Director of Dance at The Buckley School in LA, ran the dance program at the Northwest Academy, and is an award-winning theatre choreographer here in Portland. This is Sara's sixth year at da Vinci.
Anna Cushman (Jazz Teacher): email@example.com
Anna started her dance training as a student at da Vinci with Kristen Brayson and Elena Carter! She continued on to train at Jefferson High School and followed her passion to New York City where she trained in a variety of styles and started her teaching career. Anna performs, choreographs and teaches all over the Portland area and is so excited to be at da Vinci!
Andrea Thompson (Ballet Teacher): firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea Thompson has been teaching classical ballet throughout Portland and southwest Washington for over 25 years. As a student she studied at Jefferson High School, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and the Joffrey Ballet. Some of her performance experience includes performing with the Jefferson Dancers in high school, and then continuing on to perform with Oregon Ballet Theatre. This is Andrea’s third year at da Vinci.
Claire Olberding (Jazz Dance Teacher): *on leave of absence 2019-2020*
Claire began her dance training under Tracey Durbin, in Portland, OR. She graduated from NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts with a BFA in Dance. After several years dancing professionally in New York City, she returned to Portland to pursue dance education and youth outreach to give back to the community she loves.