FACULTY
Bruce SteivelBruce Steivel
School Director
Bruce Steivel is an internationally recognized choreographer and teacher. Previously, Mr. Steivel served as the Artistic Director of Bern Stadt Theatre in Switzerland, the Hong Kong Ballet, the Universal Ballet of Korea and Nevada Ballet Theatre. Graduating from the North Carolina School of the Arts, Mr. Steivel continued his studies on full scholarship with the American School of Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and the Harkness House for Ballet Arts. He continues to be a widely sought teacher and coach throughout the world including guest engagements in Tokyo, Japan, Vienna State Ballet, Interlochen School of the Arts, Het National Ballet, Cuba Ballet, Hungarian National Ballet, Berlin Staatsoper, Nederlands Dans Theatre, among others.

YOUTH PROGRAMS

Jen BakaneJen Bakane
Ballet, Creative Movement
Jennifer Bakane grew up dancing in North Carolina, studying ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and musical theatre. She received formal training in Classical Dance from Infinity Ballet Conservatory in Apex, NC under the direction of Debra Sayles-Senchak, Lori Christman-Bourtasenkov, and Timour Bourtasenkov while having the opportunity to train with various master teachers such as Marina Medvetskaya, Luba Gulyaeva, Alaine Haubert, and Valery Lantratov. Ms. Bakane has enjoyed opportunities to dance professionally with ballet and contemporary companies in North Carolina, Colorado and here in the Bay Area. Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Meredith College, a Masters of Liberal Studies in Arts Development and Program Management from the University of Denver and formal pedagogy training in the Complete Teaching Method of Classical Dance developed by Vera Kostrovitskaya and based on the work of Agrippina Vaganova at the Imperial Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia, taught by Professor Peggy Willis-Aarnio. Ms. Bakane was formerly on faculty at Infinity Ballet Conservatory, The Ballet School of Chapel Hill, The Academy of Colorado Ballet and Charlotte Ballet and is excited to join the faculty of Bay Pointe Ballet. She particularly enjoys teaching young dancers with a strong focus on imagination and musicality in addition to a solid foundation in dance.

Michael DunsmoreMichael Dunsmore
Ballet, Character
From Anchorage, Alaska, Michael was trained by world renowned instructors Jian-Min Hao, Andrei Bossov, Suzanne Farrell, and Gennady Seluitsky, and was the first American male accepted to the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet's full program, in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has performed and choreographed for Ballet Tucson, Ballet Idaho, and Peninsula Ballet Theatre dancing roles including Von Rothbart in Swan Lake, Blue Boy in Frederick Ashton's Les Patineurs, Antony Tudor's Continuo, and the Prince in Nutcracker.
Chelsea HixChelsea Hix
Ballet
Chelsea began her ballet training at Sebastopol Ballet School and went on to train at the Academy of International Ballet in Philadelphia. She has had the honor of working extensively with Anastasia Babayeva and Denis Gronostayskiy of the Bolshoi Ballet, and Tamara Statkoun of the Kirov Ballet. She has been a company member with International Ballet Classique, Connecticut Ballet, and Peninsula Ballet Theatre, and has had performance opportunities with Oakland Ballet, Ballet Santa Barbara, and as a guest artist throughout the Bay Area. She has also recently completed her BA in English and French at Sonoma State University.
Melinda NealMelinda Neal
Ballet
Melinda, a Bay Area native, received her training from Ronn Guidi, founder of Oakland Ballet. She earned her BFA in dance from Saint Mary’s College LEAP program and she is a certified Pilates Instructor. A founding member and soloist with Napoles Ballet, Melinda also performed with Oakland Ballet, Solano Civic Ballet, Peninsula Ballet, and as a Guest with California Youth Ballet. Melinda co-owned “The Dance Network” and was Artistic Director of the youth ballet company. She served as Ballet Mistress for children and teens at State Street Ballet and Peninsula Ballet Theatre. Having a passion for training the next generation, she has taught at numerous schools throughout the Bay Area for the last 15 years.
Ana RoblesAna Robles
Ballet, Creative Movement
Ana Robles trained at the School of Ballet of Camara de Jalisco, and the Catedra of the National Ballet of Cuba. She was an apprentice with the National Ballet of Cuba, and has danced professionally with Cuban Classical Ballet in Miami as well as South Florida Ballet as a guest artist. In 2007 Ana joined the Ballet de Monterrey in Mexico. Ana has been awarded a Fellowship for Artistic Development from the State of Jalisco. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from the University of Guadalajara. Ana has also danced with Bay Pointe Ballet, Mudita Arts for Peace, Labayen Dance SF, Napoles Ballet, and Dance Theatre of San Francisco.
Lindsey SalvadalenaLindsey Salvadalena
Ballet
A native of New Orleans, Lindsey received her Vaganova style classical ballet training from Apetrei Dancenter, as well as studying at the Washington School of Ballet, Ballet Magnificat, and on scholarship at Boston Ballet School. Lindsey is a graduate of New Orleans Center for Creative Arts/Riverfront, studying under the tutelage of Jan Miller and Miguel Lopez. She has danced professionally throughout the United States and internationally, and has performed with Peninsula Ballet Theatre, Liss Fain Dance and Oakland Ballet. Carrying over a decade of teaching experience, Lindsey also holds a BFA in Dance Performance from State University of New York/Purchase College.
Kristina SutherlandKristina Sutherland
Ballet, Creative Movement
Kristina Sutherland Grew up in Lafayette CA. She danced with California Academy of Performing Arts, in Moraga California where she received instruction from Yoko Young, Jennifer Jaffe, Dalyn Chew, and Alexei Badrak in Ballet; Lynn Brilhante, Annie Barrett in Jazz; and Joan Robinson, Bruce Biada in Tap. In 2001 she attended college at NYU Tische dance department, and in 2003 she transferred to Emerson College in Boston where she received a degree in Dance and Theatre Education in 2005. She moved home in 2006, and has been teaching and dancing through out the Bay Area Since, 2007.
Jennifer TorranoJennifer Torrano
Ballet, Mommy & Me Program
Jennifer received her training from Carmela Zegerelli and Zoltan Peter. She joined Peninsula Ballet Theatre at age 15 and spent four years dancing professionally for local companies. After a hiatus from dance in which she earned a BS in Psychobiology from UC Davis, she retrained for a year with Bruce Steivel, and rejoined Peninsula Ballet in 2011. Jennifer has taught throughout the Bay Area, including Peninsula Ballet Theatre Conservatory and the Nueva After School Program.
Jasmin VieiraJasmin Vieira
Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz
Jasmine started at a early age training at Mission Dance and Performing Arts in Fremont, CA. She trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. While training at Mission Dance and Performing Arts, she also danced competitively for five years with a main focus in hip hop, jazz, and tap. She also spent a year performing with the Sacramento Kings Jr. Jam Hip Hop Squad. As for her professional career, she continued her technique training in the San Jose State University dance major program. She was later introduced to the Urban Hip Hop circuit by becoming a company dance member and choreographer for Ladies of Silhouette. Since then, she was a teacher and competition director at Allegro Performing Arts for the genres of jazz and contemporary. Currently, she works along side local artist as a dancer and choreographer. She looks forward to sharing her years of experience to help mold the future artist to inspire the dance industry.

ADULT PROGRAMS

Tiffany BrandTiffany Brand
Ballet
Tiffany began her training in Wilmington, NC. She has studied with Melissa Hayden, Tatiana Legat, Alla Osipenko and Madame Amparo and trained on full scholarships at Bossov Ballet Theater and with Miami City Ballet’s Trainee program before being chosen by Altynai Asylmuratova to attend the Vaganova Academy in St Petersburg, Russia. In 2012 Tiffany became a Finalist at the Cape Town International Ballet Competition. Tiffany was a Principal dancer with Peninsula Ballet Theater and Morag Productions in Japan.
Rodolphe CassandRodolphe Cassand
Ballet
Rodolphe Cassand was born in Dijon, France. He started ballet at age 7 with his mother Monique Dornier, principal dancer at Grand Theatre de Dijon. He then joined Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, studying with Paris Opera ballet masters Daniel Franck, Roger Ritz, Serge Golovine, and graduated with honors in Technique and Theory. From the Conservatoire, Rodolphe was invited to join Ballet National de Marseille directed by legendary Roland Petit, who offered him his first contract at age 17. He then rapidly rose to the rank of soloist and was featured in Petit's TV special Ma Pavlova as The Black Swan. In a span of 22 years, Rodolphe had danced in over 1,000 performances worldwide, including productions led by such stars of ballet as Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova, Patrick Dupont, Carla Fracci, Alessandra Ferri, Peter Shaufuss, Vladimir Vassiliev, Ekaterina Maximova.
Edgar LepeEdgar Lepe
Ballet
Trained in Folklorico Ballet throughout his youth, Edgar began studying classical Ballet in 2008 at the San Francisco Academy of Ballet under the direction of ballet masters Richard Gibson and Zory Karah. Edgar has performed in Mexico and the United States with various companies including Presidio Dance Theater, Collage West Ensamble, Compania Mexico Danza, Peninsula Ballet Theater and Ensambles Ballet Folklorico of San Francisco.
Melinda NealMelinda Neal
Ballet
Melinda, a Bay Area native, received her training from Ronn Guidi, founder of Oakland Ballet. She earned her BFA in dance from Saint Mary’s College LEAP program and she is a certified Pilates Instructor. A founding member and soloist with Napoles Ballet, Melinda also performed with Oakland Ballet, Solano Civic Ballet, Peninsula Ballet, and as a Guest with California Youth Ballet. Melinda co-owned “The Dance Network” and was Artistic Director of the youth ballet company. She served as Ballet Mistress for children and teens at State Street Ballet and Peninsula Ballet Theatre. Having a passion for training the next generation, she has taught at numerous schools throughout the Bay Area for the last 15 years.