Jayne Zaban (Co-Owner, Director) Jayne danced professionally with the Atlanta Ballet Company and has instructed many students who now have professional careers in theatre and dance. Jayne has choreographed productions throughout the Bay Area, including Broadway by the Bay, 42nd St. Moon, Bus Barn, Lamplighters, The Aurora Theatre, Diablo Light Opera Company, Hillbarn, Contra Costa Musical Theatre, Peninsula Center Stage, and Morris Bobrow Productions. She received two nominations for the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, has been honored with the Garland Award and received the Dean Goodman Award for "Out Of This World", received the Hillbarn Subscriber Award for "Oklahoma", "Chicago", and "Ragtime"and a Shellie Award for "Anything Goes" for CCMT.
Berle Davis (Founder, Co-Owner & Director Emeritus) Over the years Berle has trained many Broadway and National Touring company performers. He has been nominated numerous times for Bay Area Theatre Critics' Circle Awards for outstanding choreography, and he has won the Award on eight different occasions. As a performer, Berle has performed the choreography of Gower Champion, Jerome Robbins, Onna White, and Carol Haney. Berle has also been honored by the San Mateo County Arts Council as Outstanding Individual Artist; he has received the Hillbarn Bravo! Award for Outstanding Contributions to Performing Arts in the Bay Area and the Barbara Bladen Porter Award for Achievement in Theatre by the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. Berle served many years as resident choreographer for Broadway by the Bay.
Patrick Lahey (Ballet) Patrick is thrilled to be returning to DAC where he first started training. He supplemented his training by attending summer intensives at Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts and Lines Ballet. He joined City Ballet of San Diego in 2009, first as a trainee and then as part of the corps. He performed in such ballets as Giselle, Nutcracker, Balanchine's Rubies and Carmen. In 2012 he left City Ballet to perform for Disneyland as a parade performer and as a soloist at Anaheim Ballet until recently. He is currently on the staff of Hillbarn Conservatory and is working towards his personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Suzanne Springs (Jazz/Modern/Pre-ballet/tap) Suzanne is delighted to be reunited with her dance family at DAC, where she grew up studying ballet and jazz with Jayne and Berle, and performing with their teen dance group "Steppin' Out". While earning her Physical Therapy and Dance degrees in college, she performed as a principal dancer in a professional modern jazz company based in Sacramento. Since then, Suzanne has performed as a guest artist and choreographed for companies throughout Northern California. She danced with the Lamplighter's Opera in Merry Widow, and has choreographed the half time show for the Golden State Warriors. She has shared her love of dance teaching to a variety of ages and abilities for the past eleven years, including individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. It is her honor to be teaching Jazz and Performance classes at DAC.
Win Marcinak (Boys Ballet/ Ballet/Jumps & Turns/Flex & Core/Pre-pointe) Win is a professional songwriter, vocalist and dancer from San Francisco. He has been a member of the Pacific Ballet, Cleveland Ballet, Pittsburg Ballet Theatre and the SF Opera Ballet Company. He was awarded scholarships from the American Ballet Theatre and the Joffery Ballet. He now adds DAC to his teaching resume which includes SF Ballet, and the Sonoma Ballet Conservatory. It is his honor to be teaching at DAC.
Kristine Chambers (Ballet) Kristine began her dance training with Jayne Zaban at Dance Arts Center when she was nine years old. She graduated with a BA in Creative Arts and a second BA in Dance from SJSU. As a member of the University Dance Theatre Company, she performed around the Bay Area in works by Cliff Keuter, Ann Garvin, and Nolan Dennet and also in musicals and dramatic plays. After college, Kristine studied with Berle Davis and joined the casts of many musical theatre productions with Broadway By the Bay. She is a member of New Ground Theatre Dance Company, a contemporary dance company under the direction of Coleen Lorenz. Kristine is featured in the classical role of “The Snow Queen” in the annual production of the City of San Mateo’s Holiday Festival of Dance. She has been enjoying teaching dance technique to children and adults for 15 years and has two inspiring daughters.
Danielle Shub (Jazz/Contemporary/Tumbling/Flex & Core) Danielle is so excited to be teaching at DAC after taking classes from Jayne and Berle when she was younger. Danielle received a degree in Radio,Television and Film with a minor in Musical Theatre from San Jose State. She has been teaching for over 12 years, including dance, gymnastics and voice. She has also choreographed numerous musicals for community theatre companies and schools. One of Danielle’s specialities is to incorporate acrobatics into her choreography from her past years as a competitive gymnast. Danielle has an extremely supportive husband and two incredible children who share her love of dance and theatre.
Megan Ivey (Tap) Megan Ivey joined the San Ramon Valley Dance Academy staff in 2006 and is currently artistic director for their tap company. She has trained in all disciplines of dance, but tap was her emphasis and she has made that a life long career. Her credits include being a Ringling Bros Barnum and Bailey Clown College graduate and performing as "MEGAN the CLOWN" professionally for 10 years. Megan was stage and dance captain of B.A.R.T. (Bay Area Rhythm Tappers) for 3 years and has worked in television and independent films as well. She trained at DAC as a teenager, and is thrilled to return as part of our teaching staff.
Lillian Kautz (Ballet) Lillian began her dance training at Ballet Petit. She has performed as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Swanhilda in Coppelia, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, and Odette in Swan Lake Act 2. She has trained and performed at summer intensives with American Ballet Theater, the Royal Danish Ballet, and Indiana University. She earned a BA in Theater Arts with a dance emphasis from Santa Clara University, as well as a degree in Communication. In 2009, Lillian received a special commendation from CA Assembly Majority Leader Albert Torrico for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts. She has also performed in many musicals with Starstruck Theater.
Amanda Farbstein (Tap) Amanda is excited to teach at DAC where she studied with Jayne Zaban, Berle Davis & Robyn Tribuzi. She also trained at the San Francisco Dance Center. Amanda is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts where she danced in many of the professional company’s musicals. She has performed with Broadway by the Bay, NDNU, Summer Repertory Theatre, and Hillbarn Theatre! Recent roles include, Judy Haynes in White Christmas, Ilse in Spring Awakening and Gower in Pericles at PCPA, and Cecily Pigeon in The Odd Couple at SRT.
Lauren Mayer (Tap) Lauren has been dancing at DAC for over 25 years. She studied ballet with Jayne Zaban and tap with Berle Davis. She has taught tap here over the past 3 years. She is also a composer, performer, music director and vocal coach. She has released several albums of comedy song. She is the proud mom of two DAC alums, Ben and David Visini (who is performing professionally).
Judy Rechsteiner (Tap) Judy studied tap for several years in San Francisco before moving to the Peninsula where she discovered DAC and Berle Davis. She has spent the last 25 years as an instructor at Palo Alto and San Mateo Recs, and most currently Reach Fitness and the Veterans Memorial in Redwood City. Through the years she has choreographed for and performed in many local community productions. In 2008, Judy co-wrote her first musical, ‘The Lower Gym’, excerpts of which were performed at the 2009 San Francisco Theatre Festival. Her second collaboration, ‘The House of Sweet Deception’, was produced at NDNU. In 2014 Judy wrote and directed her third musical, ‘Return to Johnson Rock’, which was produced by the Belmont Community Players. Currently, she is a founding director of Sly Foxxe Productions, an organization dedicated to bringing light entertainment to the public in the form of 1940s genre 'whodunits'.
David Eastman (Modern) David’s formal training in dance began in college while studying movement for actors. The class focused on the ability to make conscious physical choices in movement. From there, he picked up where he left off in high school to pursue dance. His training includes Lyrical Jazz and Ballet-Jazz fusion while studying in London. After coming back home, he resumed ballet at DAC and studied Modern (Graham) at CCSF for two years while taking Improv at ODC. David has also taken part in Joffrey’s Modern Ballet summer intensives and is a continued guest choreographer for Foothill Dance Company. David currently performs as a dancer in the Bay Area and SF. He couldn’t be more honored and excited to be teaching a DAC. He asks his students to instill athleticism, self-discipline, and gain the understanding of moving with intention with their dancing.
Daina Block (Hiphop) Daina currently works as choreographer, arts educator, performing artist and certified teacher of the Alexander Technique (AmSAT). A graduate from the VCA, Australia, with a BA in Dance and Post Graduate in Choreography, she is a recognized recipient of the Australian 'Emerging Performer' Grant and the Laurel Martyn scholarship for choreographic achievement. She has professionally danced with Australian choreographers Sandra Parker and Shelly Lasica, and in the Bay Area with companies Loose Change, and New Ground Theatre Dance. She has choreographed for the Women on the Way festival, The Garage, and New Ground festival. Daina has also diversified her skills for television, having co-created the nationally viewed, locally produced youth improvisational game show KidBytes. Daina has taught outreach programs and workshops for the Performing Arts Workshop (San Francisco) Notre Dame de Namur University (Belmont) Sequoia High School (Redwood City) and continues ongoing work with the San Carlos Children's Theatre classes and musical productions. She is thrilled to be teaching at DAC.
Paige Collazo (S.N.A.P.! Dance) Paige is overjoyed to be teaching at DAC! She became interested in musical theater watching her sisters perform, and started taking classes at DAC when she was 11 yrs old. She became involved in the S.N.A.P.! program in 2006. Paige has performed in theater across the Bay Area including Broadway by the Bay, Palo Alto Players, Pacific Coastal Repertory Theater and Hillbarn Theater. She will receive an Associates degree in Psychology from CSM. She is also currently working on her yoga instructor and communications certificates. Paige feels blessed to be able to teach students she has always felt so dear to her heart.
Virginia Musante (Special Needs) has been directing children, teens and adults throughout the Bay Area for over thirty years. She is probably most well known as the Drama teacher at Bowditch Middle School in Foster City,where she directed large school musicals annually. Some of her more recent and noteworthy projects include the Hillbarn Theatre's summer program for kids with "special needs" and a Reader's Theatre project by and for adolescent girls dealing with the topic of bullying. Virginia also teaches Childrens Theatre at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont. She is an avid improvisational actor and has spent many years doing improv in San Francisco.
Special Needs Arts Program (S.N.A.P.!) Faculty:
Virginia Musante, Jayne Zaban, Lauren Mayer, Carol Nicholas,
Paige Collazo, Karina Rosinzonsky, Alyssa Leonard
Lisa Hammond Office Manager
Kevin Low Assistant Office Manager