A nationally recognized, award winning dancer and choreographer, Ashley Enea earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in performing arts with an emphasis in dance graduating with honors from Saint Mary's College of California. At the age of thirteen, Ashley joined her first competitive dance team and was soon thrust into the limelight when she won a spot in the Fatima Robinson, (choreographer for Michael Jackson and the Backstreet Boys,) Learn How to Dance home video. Over the past decade, she has studied ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip-hop and cheerleading with the most prestigious choreographers on the West Coast. Ashley has performed on stage with Davy Jones, (The Monkees,) was a featured dancer at the opening of The Palms Resort in Las Vegas, the opening ceremony of Disney's California Adventure and the Stars at Sea show for Princess Cruise Lines. Ashley has been teaching her dance curriculum at respected dance academies and studios in the Bay Area for the past eight years. Her passion for teaching has made her one of the studio's most sought after instructors. She loves her student's excitement and enthusiasm about coming to class and thrives on spreading the joy of dance through a safe environment, positive reinforcement, and most of all patience!
Courtney was born and raised studying all dance styles in Massachusetts. Courtney received a Bachelors of Arts in Dance from Point Park University. She has trained dancers of all ages and levels at various studios since 2002. She began dancing at an early age and over the past years she has studied from such notable dancers as Bill T. Jones, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Jason McDole, Judith Leifer-Bentz, Doug Bentz and Gabriel Masson. Since moving to the Bay Area, Courtney has performed for various companies and well known choreographers including Philein Wang, David Herrera, Con Danza and Ziru Productions. She is excited to leverage all forms of dance into her classes!
Marqui’ loves to perform and express herself through movement. She loves being a dancer because it challenges her mentally and physically. It keeps her healthy, engaged and sharp. Dance is something that she would like to continue to study throughout her lifetime as she continues to grow as an individual. Her choreography covers movement from head to toe, incorporating grooves, body isolations and lots of personality. It is a fusion of Jazz, Hip Hop & Contemporary styles. Marqui’ loves to share her experiences training in dance, with her students. She motivates them to be the best that they can be, gaining happiness through their expanding knowledge as a dancer. Marqui’ inspires her students to achieve in every aspect of their life, utilizing the characteristics learned and the confidence they have as a dancer. In her classes, students will challenge the mind and body through coordination, musicality and retaining movement learned. Marqui’ promotes creativity and freedom of movement with a healthy atmosphere for her students to excel in.
Ausjoli began dancing at the age of three. She has studied, performed, taught and choreographed ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, tap and hip-hop in and around New England, where she was born. While in college, she studied under renowned artists including William Evans, Laura Young (Boston Ballet), Gregory King (Lion King on Broadway), Donlin Forman (Martha Graham Company) and many more. Ausjoli performed in numerous showcases at Dean College, as well as the American College Dance Festival and with the Urbanity Contemporary Dance Company of Boston. One of her biggest joys and strengths is choreographing. She had the honor of having one of her pieces chosen and performed at the Southern Vermont Dance Festival. Aside from being an artist, Ausjoli adores teaching. Her students have ranged in age from toddlers to adults. She has instructed her students at Greater Boston dance studios, in a wide range of styles before relocating to the Bay Area. After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance, Ausjoli moved to San Francisco to fulfill her dream of living and teaching in California. Teaching dance comes naturally to her. Seeing her students' love for dance and helping them grow to their fullest potential is her passion. Her motto is: 'Be strong, be beautiful, be you'. Ausjoli is thrilled to be a part of the EBDC community!
Cat Delos Santos has been dancing since she was a sophomore in High School. Since then she's been training in the styles of jazz, modern, hip hop, contemporary, and belly dancing in various places around the East Bay, including at Diablo Valley College and San Francisco State University. Cat is an avid performer in Bay Area theatre; her favorite credits include West Side Story, In the Heights, Grease, and Tarzan. In addition to performing, She has also choreographed many shows such as Little Mermaid, Jesus Christ Superstar, High School Musical, and In the Heights in the Bay Area Theatre community. She has also worked with Kaiser Educational Theatre touring around to various elementary schools in Northern California. Cat continues to enjoy her years teaching at EBDC!
Rhea Speights is a performer, choreographer, and dance educator, specializing in ballet and contemporary dance. She has taught nationally and internationally at universities, festivals, and dance schools, including American Ballet Theatre summer intensives and the Festival de Teatro Santander in Colombia. As a choreographer and dancer, Speights has had the privilege of presenting her work in diverse venues with artists she admires. The San Francisco Chronicle says her choreography "channels an intelligent creativity" and ArtsBHAM describes her work as "a vehicle for vibrant energy and drama." Speights holds an MFA in Dance and a BA in Telecommunication and Film.
Amanda Yonkers grew up in Modesto and began dancing at the age of 5. She has studied Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap and Lyrical styles of dance. Amanda majored in Biology at the University of California, Irvine and since then has moved back to the Bay where works part-time as an Orthoptist at Stanford Children's Hospital working with children. We are so excited to have Ms. Amanda joining us for our 2019-2020
Lelaina Moniz is a Bay Area native who started dancing at the age of 3. She grew up studying Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical and Hip Hop styles of dance and was also a competitive dancer where she not only won countless awards, but also studied under some of the most sought after Teachers in the Dance Industry. Lelaina is a Media Communications Major at Cal State East Bay and she also works for iheartradio in San Francisco for events and promotions. Her favorite style of dance is Tap, she loves Disneyland and most of all loves sharing her passion of dance with her students. We welcome Ms. Lelaina on her first season of dance with EBDC!