Faculty & Staff

Steven B. Hyde

Steven B. Hyde

Director, Classical & Contemporary Dance Conservatory

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

steven.hyde@ocsarts.net

Steven Hyde’s professional career spanned over 20 years, dancing with world-renowned companies, such as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. His experience in these companies gave Mr. Hyde opportunities to work with famous choreographers, coaches, and dancers. He captured the attention of the judges at the 1991 Varna International Ballet Competition, where he danced as a non-competitor and garnered recognition with 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.” He is currently earning a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Saint Mary’s College of California.

Mr. Hyde has directed the Classical & Contemporary Dance Conservatory since 2006. His vision, dedication, and leadership has greatly influenced the success of the conservatory in recent years. The professional faculty and specified focus of the program is what Mr. Hyde believes is vital for successfully training dancers for professional opportunities.

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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.

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. Shereceived 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.

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