Léna Alvino is originally from Switzerland. She had the chance to dance in a variety of performances such as Nutcracker, Giselle, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, What a Small World, The Carnival of the Animals, Romeo and Juliette, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, and more. After graduating from an artistic high school, she joined Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program. In August 2017, she danced in Santa Barbara in State Street Ballet’s Professional Track Program. She is very excited to have joined eMotion Arts Dance Co. in March 2018 as a founding member, and Peninsula Ballet Theatre in August 2018. Léna currently teaches at Peninsula Ballet Theater and Petits Pas Studio.
Ashley Burdick is from Gilroy, California. She began her serious ballet training with South Valley Dance Arts in Morgan Hill and Lise La Cour’s LaCademy of Ballet in San Jose under the direction of Lise La Cour, former Royal Danish Ballet Prima Ballerina and over summers, Ask La Cour, current New York City Ballet principal dancer. She has spent her summers training with American Ballet Theatre in Texas and New York. Ashley attended UCSB as a dance major for one year before joining State Street Ballet as a trainee in 2016. She has performed excerpts from classical ballets such as Le Corsaire, Swan Lake, Esmeralda, Paquita, and Giselle among modern and contemporary works, as well as performing with the professional company in their productions of the Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Modern Masters. Since moving back to the Bay Area she has danced for Meghan Horowitz, Spector Dance, and currently dances with eMotion Arts Dance Co. and Flight Dance Collective.
Jessica DeFranco is a Bay Area native and began her dance training with ballet classes in her hometown of Santa Clara under the instruction of former San Francisco Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet dancer Kimberly Davey. She then trained with Pacific Ballet Academy, Western Ballet, and the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Summer Intensive. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Asian American Studies from San Francisco State University. She performed with the University Dance Theater company for three consecutive years, and has traveled to represent the University as a dancer and choreographer at the American College Dance Association conferences. She’s performed in works by Garrett + Moulton Productions, Alma Esperanza Cunningham, Tanya Chianese, Katie Faulkner, Cathleen McCarthy, Ray Tadio, and Alyssa Mitchel. She is currently a ballet instructor for young dancers in the Bay Area. This is her first year dancing with eMotion Arts Dance Co.
Susannah Faulkner is an Erie, Pennsylvania native who started her training in ballet, modern, jazz, and hip-hop at Erie Bayfront Dance (now Erie Dance Theater) and Lake Erie Ballet. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, as a ballet major, and attended various regional intensives and festivals. After performing, teaching, and choreographing for schools and companies in New York, Colorado, and England for a decade, she is now dancing with eMotion Arts Dance Co. in San Francisco and teaching master classes locally and nationally. Her passion for dance blends with her studies and work in public policy, politics, and activism holding a BA in Politics from Ithaca College and an MPA in Social Policy from the London School of Economics.
In addition perform with eMotion Arts Dance Co, she is the newly appointed Assistant Director & Company Manager.
Rachel “Shellie” Jew, a Bay Area native, received her early training at Marin Ballet under the direction of Cynthia Lucas, and attended summer intensives with American Ballet Theatre and Los Angeles Ballet. After graduating from UCLA, she returned to the Bay Area to study at the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program, where she performed works by Sandrine Cassini, David Harvey, Gregory Dawson, Maurya Kerr, and Erik Wagner. Shellie has performed with Alameda Civic Ballet, dawsondancesf, Garrett + Moulton Productions, Peninsula Ballet Theatre, and ZiRu Dance. She joined eMotion Arts in February 2019.
Marinna Kus was born and raised in South Florida. She began her formal ballet training at Ballet Palm Beach under the direction of Colleen Smith. During her training at Ballet Palm Beach, she also received coaching from Ruth C. Petrinovic (Harkness, Richmond Ballet School, and Marin Ballet), Claudia Cravey (Texas Ballet Theater and Ballet Florida), and Marshall Levin. Upon graduating from the trainee program in 2010, Marinna accepted her first company contract with Ballet Palm Beach. During her time at Ballet Palm Beach, she performed many roles. Her favorites include Mazuka Variation from Les Sylphides, Myrtha from Giselle, Dawn from Coppelia, and Flower Girl from Don Quixote. In 2013 Marinna joined Ballet 5:8 in Chicago, where she had the opportunity to perform soloist roles in several original works, collaborate on choreography, teach in the academy, and tour nationally with the company. In 2016 Marinna joined Charlottesville Ballet, where she had the opportunity to expand her classical repertoire by performing in Charlottesville Ballet’s Firebird as well an original work by Maggie Small (Richmond Ballet). In 2017 Marinna moved to California to join City Ballet of San Diego. She participated heavily in the organization’s outreach programs while performing roles in Paquita, Swan Lake Corps, and several original works. She also fulfilled a career dream of performing Balanchine’s Serenade. After nearly ten years of company experience, Marinna most recently moved to San Francisco to pursue a growing interest in freelance work in the San Francisco dance community. This is her first season with eMotion Arts.
Reanne Rene Manship hails from the Pacific Northwest and after graduating from the University of Wyoming in 2016 has been performing professionally in San Francisco. Recently, Manship participated in PUSH Dance Company’s Pathways Program and performed with Kristin Damrow & Company at the Oakland Museum Ca. While completing her BFA in Dance Science, she received the Doug Reeves Grant Award and had opportunities to study with Babs Case, Andre Megerdichian, and Pablo Francisco Ruvalcaba. Other highlights include performing Jose Limon’s, The Winged at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She is grateful and excited to join eMotion Arts Dance Co.
Katherine Patangco received classical ballet training under the direction of Josefa Villanueva-Reyes at the Santa Clara Ballet School. At ages 11 and 12, she trained for two summers at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. She is in her second season performing with Kularts, where she performed in SF Legacy Artist Awardee, Alleluia Panis’ In the Belly of the Eagle: Man@ng is Deity— a multimedia dance experience inspired by the lives of Filipino migrant laborers from the 1910-1940s. Katherine dances regularly at Alonzo King LINES Dance Center and also volunteers with Filipinx-American youth as an instructor at the American Center for Philippine Arts in Oakland, CA. Katherine graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Sociology at the University of San Francisco. She currently serves as Deputy Director of Immigration Services for the Office of U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris. This is Katherine's first season with eMotion Arts.
Jocelyn Satterberg is a San Francisco based dance professional. She has a B.A. in Dance from San Francisco State and is continuing her training in Exercise Therapy. She will soon be adding Yoga and Pilates to her credentials.
Growing up in Los Gatos she has taught throughout the Bay Area and made many valuable connections. Presently she teaches at Studio10Dance, SA Studios, SVCAA, and Lynbrook High School. She also provides private coaching in competitive dance and body rehabilitation. Her other teaching credentials include: Local Theater Dance Companies, district lectures in Sports Medicine, and strength training for competitive figure skaters.
Dancing from the age of three Joce has professional training in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, and modern dance. She spent her time dancing competitively and started her career at Studio10Dance at the age of fifteen.
Joce has performed with several different dance companies in the Bay Area and has solo experience performing at charity and community events. Her professional dance experience also includes performance with UDT, KANEISEE Collective, AyanaDanceArts, and Garrett Moulton Productions.
Joce’s passion is just to move and be involved in all creative aspects of dance. She is excited to work with professionals and her many students to see where this journey will lead them all.
Joce is very excited to be performing with eMotion Arts and is also working with her own FLIGHT Dance Collective.
Angelica Velez is a current Honors student at the University of San Francisco, earning her BA in Performing Arts/Social Justice and a minor in Mathematics. She has performed works by Kara Davis, Hien Huynh/Courtney Hope, Nicole Klaymoon, Jennifer Polyocan, Dexandro Montalvo, Byb Chanel Bibene, Kao Vey Sebastian Saephanh, Eli Nelson, and Curtis Speck. She started her dance training as a young student at Albuquerque Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she also studied at Marshall Performing Arts Center and Keshet Center for the Arts. Angelica is a versatile mover with performing experience in ballet and contemporary styles, as well as jazz, hip-hop styles, and Philippine cultural dance. Her passion for somatic exploration and desire to learn about the human experience through movement shapes her choreographic work, colors her identity as an artist, and influences her as a world citizen. Angelica is one of eMotion Arts' founding members.
Haley Friend Wilson is a San Francisco Bay Area multidisciplinary performance artist. As a Choreographer, Haley has produced six original pieces of choreography with Dance Mission, Little oxes Theater, Beloved Festival, Pranam, Portland RawArtist Event, and Dance for a Change. She has performed at the San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral, SF How Weird, and SafeHouse Arts. In 2017 Haley was selected as an Emerging choreographer at Dance Mission’s Emerging Choreographers Showcase. Also in 2017, Haley co-directed, produced and performed in Dive, a Dance Film chosen for the 2017 SF Dance film festival. Haley received a BA in Dance from the University of Oregon. Haley is one of eMotion Arts' founding members.
Katie Zeller is originally from Southern California where she started dancing at the age of eight. Her first introduction to dance began with Chinese folk dance, and soon thereafter she began studying classical ballet under Jana Faustino-Watkins. She spent her summers training at The Joffrey Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre in New York City, and has danced with Southern California companies such as the Nouveau Chamber Ballet and LA Unbound. Here in the Bay Area, she has performed in events such as HeART on Market (part of Bay Area Dance Week) and Silicon Valley’s Best Dance Crew. As a certified yoga instructor with a BA in Geography/Environmental Studies from UCLA, Katie is particularly interested in the intersection between movement arts and science. She is excited to be joining eMotion Arts Dance Company for her first season.
John Bridenbeck (Musician) bio coming soon
Peter Colclasure (Composer) is from Merrill, Wisconsin. He studied music at the Wausau Conservatory of Music, and graduated with a degree in piano performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After college Pete spent a decade touring with various rock bands and recording albums, before shifting to teaching and ballet accompaniment. From 2007 to 2012 he lived in Seattle where he played for Dance Fremont, Spectrum, and Evergreen Ballet, providing live music for dance rehearsals, as well as composing and arranging original music for choreography.
He currently teaches piano at Evergreen Studio of Music and the Arts, and plays piano for The New Ballet School in San Jose.
In 2017 he released at album of instrumental compositions entitled “Antigo.” In 2019 he released his second album, "Long Form."
John Ligda (Visual Arts) is a California native who supports himself with information technology and data science. His drawings win local juried awards, are currently shown in several European galleries, and can be found in private collections across the globe. His only formal art training came in Taiwan from an intimate collaboration with Chinese painting master Liang Dan Fong.
He also studied Mandarin and Chinese art history at the National Palace Museum. Recently, John has performed socially conscious live mark-making in London and California. He successfully funded, performed and exhibited the conceptual artwork, A Mark for Peace in Palestine, Israel, Egypt, London, and Poland. This is John’s second year collaborating with eMotion Arts.