Faculty & Staff

Steven B. Hyde

Steven B. Hyde

Director, Ballet & Contemporary Dance Conservatory

Teaches: Ballet, Pointe, Men’s Technique, Pas de Deux

steven.hyde@ocsarts.net

Mr. Steven Hyde had a prolific dancing career that spanned more than 20 years before becoming a full-time instructor and Director at Orange County School of the Arts. As a professional, Mr. Hyde danced with world-renowned companies such as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre, working with famous choreographers, coaches, and dancers with many unique backgrounds and specialties. He captured the attention of the judges at the 1991 Varna International Ballet Competition, where he danced as a non-competitor and garnered recognition by earning an Excellence in Partnering Award. In a Dance Magazine review of Mr. Hyde’s debut in Swan Lake, his dancing was declared “comparable to that of a young Fernando Bujones.” 

Mr. Hyde has directed the Ballet & Contemporary Dance Conservatory since 2006. His vision, dedication, and leadership has greatly influenced the success of the conservatory in recent years. Mr. Hyde believes the professional faculty and specified focus of the program is vital for successfully training dancers for professional opportunities. Mr. Hyde earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in performing arts from Saint Mary’s College of California.

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Laura Berg

Laura Berg

Instructor

Laura Berg

Laura Berg received her BFA in Dance from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and trained at London Contemporary Dance School, where she collaborated with international designers and choreographers based in London, including company Dot2Dot.  Until attending CalArts, she studied the Royal Academy of Dance curriculum at Los Angeles Ballet Academy.  She works with Los Angeles based company Acts of Matter and is co-creator of WHYTEBERG, a platform for her collaborative work with Gracie Whyte.  WHYTEBERG creates and performs work for stage and film, as well as teaching a floor work and release class to professionals.  Ms. Berg has taught and set choreography at numerous schools in Los Angeles, including California State University, Los Angeles, Grand Arts, Everybody Dance!, Campbell Hall Episcopal, CHAMPS, and Polytechnic School.

Paul Blackwell

Paul Blackwell

Instructor

paul.blackwell@ocsarts.net

Paul Blackwell is an active performer, collaborator, educator, and composer. Originally from San Diego, he focused on composition and eventually transitioned to piano performance. During his studies at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, he participated in a wide range of performances and received numerous awards for both his performances and academic endeavors. Mr. Blackwell has worked with many other musicians and ensembles, and was the winner of the 2015-2016 BCCM Concerto Competition.

Mr. Blackwell obtained his Master of Music degree from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) in 2017. In addition to teaching piano in the Southern California region, he actively accompanies ballet classes at CSULB, OCSA, and other studios. Mr. Blackwell has studied under Craig Richey, Dr. Shun-Lin Chou, Dr. Diane Snodgrass, and Mary Barranger.

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Andrea Brache

Andrea Brache

Instructor

Teaches: Ballet, Pointe

andrea.brache@ocsarts.net

Andrea Brache was granted a scholarship and earned two bachelor degrees in dance performance and advertising from Chapman University. She was first introduced to modern dance at Chapman University and trained with Sean Greene and Jennifer Backhaus. Ms. Brache continued her ballet training under the direction of Kristen Olson Potts, with whom she worked as a guest artist during seasonal performances. During her tenure at Chapman University, she received many awards and had several opportunities to perform at the esteemed Orange County Performing Arts Center, as well as the world famous Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She has been teaching ballet, modern, contemporary ballet, and pointe in Orange County since 2000.

Ms. Brache is one of the founding company members of Backhausdance; as a former Backhausdance member, she was part of the Orange County Performing Arts Center’s ArtsTeach and ArtsConnect educational programs. She was honored with two Lester Horton Awards for the 2006 season for Outstanding Achievement in Performance, Small Ensemble for Backhaus’ work eXit, and for the 2007 premiere of a duet entitled Push. In 2008, Backhausdance performed at the Orange County Performing Arts Center’s Fall for Dance, a prestigious, invitation only concert of world-wide companies. Ms. Brache worked with Jodie Gates during her time with Backhausdance, as well as with Alonzo King of Lines Ballet in San Francisco, where she participated in an intensive study for professional dancers.

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Kathleen Jenkins

Kathleen Jenkins

Instructor

Teaches: Ballet, Pointe

kathleen.jenkins@ocsarts.net

Ms. Kathleen Jenkins received full scholarships to the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Pennsylvania Ballet, and Harkness Ballet. She went on to study intensively with the San Francisco Ballet School and The Joffrey Ballet School. She began her professional career with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, under the direction of Kent Stowell and Francia Russell, performing corps and soloist roles. Ms. Jenkins later joined the Los Angeles Ballet as a soloist under the direction of John Clifford. Most recently she performed and created roles as a character artist with the Anaheim Ballet, under the direction of Larry and Sarma Rosenberg. Her professional repertoire includes Nutcracker, Coppelia, Cinderella, The Four Temperaments, Serenade, Concerto Barocco, Filling Station, Mobile, Alice in Wonderland, and Graduation Ball, as well as other original works.

Joshua King

Joshua King

Instructor

joshua.king@ocsarts.net

Joshua King holds a bachelor’s degree in dance from the California State University, Long Beach. He is currently a company member with both Backhausdance and Anaheim Ballet. His dancing career took off when he competed at the New York City finals of Youth America Grand Prix and was awarded a fellowship to the school at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. There, he was a member of the student performance group and performed works by Robert Battle, Christopher Huggins, Camille A. Brown, Sidra Bell, and Earl Mosley. 

Mr. King has had the pleasure of traveling across the United States and internationally to perform and teach. He has also performed for Nike, Dance For Life, The Choreography Festival at The McCallum Theatre, Anaheim International Dance Festival, and Celebrate Dance in Los Angeles.

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Bondy Juarez

Bondy Juarez

Instructor

Bondy Owens Juarez is from Vista, California. She received her first training with New West Ballet School and then went on to study with San Elijo Danceand Music Academy. She attended Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s Summer Intensive Programs in 2004, 2005, and 2006. In the Fall of 2006, she began her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and joined the newly formed Los Angeles Ballet Company, led by Colleen Neary and Thordal Christensen. At Los Angeles Ballet, she danced in Neary/Christensen’s The Nutcracker, Bournonville’s La Sylphide and several works by George Balanchine including Concerto Barocco, Serenade, Rubies, Four Temperaments, Who Cares?, and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.2.

Ms. Juarez also danced in Jennifer Backhaus’s he said/she said and American Camelot and Melissa Barak’s Lost in Transition. She graduated from UCLA in 2010 with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in World Arts and Cultures and European Studies. In 2012, she completed her MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine where she presented her thesis concert, Corps Concepts. Most recently, Ms. Juarez performed in the San Francisco Bay Area as a freelance dance artist and danced with Peninsula Ballet Theatre, Menlowe Ballet, and No Strings Attached Dance Company. She has taught and choreographed for several schools and programs in Northern and Southern California and loves sharing her passion for ballet with her students.

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Satomi Kanazawa

Satomi Kanazawa

Accompanist: Ballet

Satomi Kanazawa is a sought after piano accompanist throughout Southern California. She is on staff for the dance department at Chapman University, California State University, American Ballet Theatre Gillespie School, and the Lauridsen Ballet Center. Her previous work experience includes the American Ballet Theatre Young Dancer’s Program, American Ballet Theatre: Orange County, the Joffrey Ballet: Chicago, Regional Dance of America (RDA), and as a rehearsal pianist for the American Ballet Theatre’s Sleeping Beauty.

Almaliis Lauridsen

Almaliis Lauridsen

Instructor

Teaches: Ballet, Pointe, Pilate

almaliis.lauridsen@ocsarts.net

Ms. Almaliis Lauridsen began her training with Diane Lauridsen and studied Diane Lauridsen's unique approach to healthy dancing. Ms. Lauridsen danced with South Bay Ballet and went on to become a certified pilates teacher, studying with Marie Jose Blom at Long Beach Dance Conditioning; she also studied pilates with Mette Hansen, Erin Haffner, Carin Lenox, and Alicia Head. She attends the Pilates Method Alliance conference annually and recently completed a secondary pilates training with Brent Anderson at Polestar Pilates. Ms. Lauridsen studies yoga, gyrotonic, and gyrokineases. She also holds certifications in Yogafit, Zhealth, and TRX.

Marc Lombardino

Marc Lombardino

Instructor

marc.lombardino@ocsarts.net

Marc Lombardino is an alumnus of the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in music, and is currently working on a Master of Music in piano performance at the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University, Long Beach.

Mr. Lombardino has worked as a rehearsal pianist for musical theatre groups and instrumentalists preparing for concerto. He is able to accompany with several instruments, including standard pianos, electric keyboards, and period instruments like the fortepiano or harpsichord. Mr. Lombardino has accompanied vocalists in catholic masses, recitals, concerts, and masterclasses. He is familiar with reading jazz chord charts and lead sheets, and is also a very capable sight-reader.

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Jobel Medina

Jobel Medina

Instructor

jobel.medina@ocsarts.net

Jobel Medina is a Los Angeles based creative and performer. Born and raised in the Philippines, Mr. Medina migrated to the U.S. at the age of 12. He received a Master of Fine Arts in choreography at California Institute of the Arts and Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in dance at California State University, Long Beach.

Mr. Medina has been a member of Ate9 Dance Company since 2017, where he works closely with Danielle Agami and performs works by Shahar Binyamini and Tom Weinberger. Early in 2020, he performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall as an actor and dancer for Simon McBurney's Weimar Nightfall: The Seven Deadly Sins. In 2018, he was one of six interpreters to perform Tino Sehgal’s Selling Out (2002) at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Calif. As a freelancer, Mr. Medina has worked with choreographers such as Christopher Bordenave of No1 Art House, Kate Wallich and The YC, Ania Catherine & Dehja Ti, Whyteberg, Rebecca Lemme, Keith Johnson and dancers, Andrew Winghart, and has appeared in multiple music videos with artists including: Perfume Genius, Noah Cyrus, Trevor Daniel, Anderson Pak, Watsky, Raveena, Ezra Furman, and Jarina De Marco.

Mr. Medina has shown his work at Navel (LA), Human Resources Los Angeles, Highways Performance Space and has been commissioned to choreograph for The Assembly, PGK Dance Project, and CSULA Department of Theatre and Dance. Additionally, he’s taught dance workshops at various universities such as CSULB, CSUF, CSULA, and in multiple high schools including Huntington Beach Academy of Arts, AB Miller Conservatory of Dance and Laguna Beach High School. 

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Rukako Takahashi

Rukako Takahashi

Instructor

rukako.takahashi@ocsarts.net

Rukako Takahashi is from Japan, but her ballet studies and performances have taken her all over the world. She received scholarships to train with Elmhurst Ballet School in England, Association with Birmingham Royal Ballet, and Washington School of Ballet.

Ms. Takahashi has attended the summer intensives at American Ballet Theater and School of American Ballet in New York, and the Houston Ballet in Texas. She furthered her skills as a Trainee at Washing Ballet Company before she joined State Street Ballet Company. Ms. Takahashi has placed in the "Top 12" at the Youth American Grand Prix in Japan, and competed in the Final Youth American Grand Prix in New York. She also placed first in the All Japan Ballet Competition. Ms. Takahashi earned a Bachelor of Arts in dance and graduated with honors from California State University, Long Beach.

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Gracelynn Whyte

Gracelynn Whyte

Instructor

Teaches: Modern, Choreography and Composition

gracelynn.whyte@ocsarts.net

Gracie Whyte received her professional training from the London Contemporary Dance School, earning a master’s degree with merit in contemporary dance. She is also a registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance. Ms. Whyte teaches modern dance at the University of California, Los Angeles, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy: College of the Performing Arts, and the Conservatory of the Performing Arts. While in Europe, Ms. Whyte toured internationally and danced throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. 

When Ms. Whyte relocated to Los Angeles in 2014, she co-founded WHYTEBERG — a collaborative choreographic duo with Laura Berg. The duo performed at REDCAT, Electric Lodge, Los Angeles Ballet Academy, and Brockus Project Studios. The company teaches at venues around the Los Angeles area and self-produces dance films in a series called Crumbs, which features one-take dances highlighting Los Angeles. In addition to dancing for Los Angeles-based choreographers, Ms. Whyte is a sought after teacher and commissioned choreographer for companies, festivals, collectives, and universities in the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Advisory Board

Jodie Gates

Jodie Gates

Vice Dean and Director

Glorya Kaufman School of Dance

University of Southern California