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.

Lindsey SalvadalenaLindsey Salvadalena
School Principal
A native of New Orleans, Lindsey received her classical ballet training from Constantin Apetrei, a graduate of Moscow State Academy of Choreography, Kelly Fortier and Jan Miller, 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 and holds a BFA in Dance Performance from State University of New York Purchase College. She has danced professionally throughout the United States and internationally and has performed with Liss Fain Dance, Oakland Ballet, and as a soloist with Bay Pointe Ballet.

FACULTY

Edilsa ArmendarizEdilsa Armendariz
Curriculum Division, Ballet
Edilsa grew up in Tijuana, Mexico and received her training at the National Ballet School in Havana, Cuba. She has danced with San Diego Ballet and Nevada Ballet Theatre, where she was invited to represent the company at the Vail International Dance Festival in 2005. In 2009 she joined Company C Contemporary Ballet, performing roles in works by Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch, Val Caniparoli, Dennis Nehat, Susan Jaffe, Yuri Zukov, among others.
Jen BakaneJen Bakane
Primary Division, Ballet
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.
Rodolphe CassandRodolphe Cassand
Adult Program, 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.
Michael DunsmoreMichael Dunsmore
Curriculum Division, Character & Men's Program
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.
Claire EnglemannClaire Englemann
Primary Division, Ballet
Claire grew up in the Bay Area where she trained with Richard Cammack and Zola Dishong at Contra Costa Ballet School. She continued her training in summer programs with American Ballet Theatre in California and New York. Claire received a B.A. in dance from UC Irvine, as well as exploring a wide breadth of interests including chemistry and socio-political critical issues. She studied contemporary and modern dance in summer workshops with Robert Dekkers’ Post:Ballet in SF and Jose Limon Dance Company in Southern California. Claire enjoys reading, playing piano, and camping in her free time.
Chelsea HixChelsea Hix
Curriculum Division, 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.
Tanya LebedovaTanya Lebedova
Primary Division, Ballet
Tanya's bio coming soon!
Edgar LepeEdgar Lepe
Adult Program, 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.
Kavita Master Kavita Master
Adult Program, Ballet
A Bay Area native, Kavita trained at San Francisco Ballet School, Contra Costa Ballet Centre, and Alonzo King LINES Dance Center. While obtaining her BA from ASU, she studied with Constance Stine, Kee-Juan Han, and Yen-Li Chen. Kavita also cites Alonzo King, Arturo Fernandez, Svetlana Afanasieva, and Alexi Zubiria as influential teachers. She performed soloist roles with Santa Clara Ballet and American Repertory Theatre Ballet, and danced the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy as a guest artist with Ballet America and California Youth Ballet. She also performed with Copious Dance Theater and in works by Michael Kruzich for West Wave Dance Festival. Recently, Kavita choreographed for Chanticleers Theatre and Ross Valley Players. She has taught ballet in the Bay Area since 2000.
Alyssa MitchelAlyssa Mitchel
Primary & General Division, Ballet
Alyssa Mitchel grew up in San Francisco and received her ballet and contemporary training at Marin Dance Theatre, where she also had the unique opportunity of being a student choreographer. She earned a BA in Liberal Studies/Teacher Preparation with a minor in mathematics from the Dominican University of California, graduating Summa Cum Laude with Honors in 2015. She currently dances with SpectorDance and Peter & Co. Professional experience also includes Garrett+Moulton Productions, Labayen Dance, SOULSKIN Dance and Polaris Dance Theatre. In addition, Alyssa is a passionate choreographer and has presented her work throughout the Bay Area, Santa Barbara, Monterey and Mississippi. Alyssa teaches all levels of contemporary dance, ballet and core strength at dance schools throughout the Bay Area.
Constanza MurphyConstanza Murphy
Curriculum Division, Children's Ballet Mistress
Constanza began dancing with Bay Pointe Ballet in 2014 after working as a freelance dancer with several classical, modern, and contemporary companies. She received her BFA in Ballet Performance from the University of Utah and has taught students of all ages. She worked as children's ballet mistress for Oakland Ballet's Nutcracker and is very excited to take on this role at Bay Pointe Ballet.
Melinda NealMelinda Neal
Adult, Primary & General Division, 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.
Jazmine VieiraJazmine 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.