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Rubi Calderon

Rubi Calderon

Classical & Hip Hop | Children & Teens

Rubi Calderon began her training with ballroom before making the big switch over to Ballet, Jazz, and Hip Hop. Later on she expanded her dance education into various Modern techniques, Musical Theater and Pom. Rubi began teaching at 15 years old and quickly realized that is was something she wants to do for the rest of her life. She has gone on to manage competition teams, performance teams, and high school vocational education classes in both Gilroy and Hollister. Now Rubi has found a home for her love of teaching at Purdance, where she teaches Tap,Ballet,Tumbling, Jazz, and Hip Hop!

Anthony daste

Anthony daste

Hip Hop | Children & Teens and Adult

Anthony Daste is a Northern California native who currently attends San Jose State University as a Public Health major and a Dance minor. He started off as a street/freestyle dancer and has since trained in multiple styles. In 2016, he joined an urban choreography team called VIP San Jose where he started to compete at different competitions. He is currently on the Academy of Villains, the choreographer and co-founder of Commonality San Jose, and is the president of SJSU’s hip hop club. He has showcased and competed at various dance shows such as World of Dance Finals, Vibe dance competition, Evolution Urban Dance Competition, and had the opportunity to be cast in a dance movie called “No Dance, no life” with the Academy of Villains. He currently teaches street styles, intermediate breakdance, and intermediate Hip Hop at Prudence.

angel barrientos

angel barrientos

Classical & Hip Hop | Adult

Angel Barrientos began dancing in high school at the age of 15. After high school, Angel was accepted as a dance major at San Jose State University where he was able to train in styles such as Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Hip Hop. He is currently working on getting his Associates degree at San Jose City College and has had the opportunity to perform a solo at the American College Dance Association Western Conference. Currently, he loves teaching Sassy Jazz and Commercial Choreography at Purdance.

Diane lee

Diane lee

Hip Hop | Children & Teens and Adult

Diane Lee is a hip hop dancer with experience in Jazz, Modern, and Ballet. She has taken classes and received training from many different highly qualified and experienced instructors in the Bay Area as well as Southern California. She has taught K-pop choreography for the Korean American Student Association for two years at at Cupertino High School. She has been cast in Dance Academy USA’s Production Hip Hop Team, Commonality Team, and has been training with the Academy of Villains for two years and counting. She is currently a dance minor at San Jose State University. Diane enjoys teaching Hip Hop to both children and adults at Purdance!

kristian llanes

kristian llanes

Hip Hop | Children & Teens and Adult

Kristian Llanes was born and raised in San Jose, California. He has been dancing for almost 5 years since 2015. During that time, around June of 2015, Kristian joined the urban youth team Syndikidz. In 2016, was promoted to the adult team, Syndicate, and has been training and competing with them ever since! Currently Kristian teaches Hip Hop to children and adults at Purdance.

jason nguyen

jason nguyen

K-Pop | Children & Teens and Adult

Jason Nguyen is a California Native and has been training in dance for almost a decade. Jason is the director of the award-winning KPOP cover group, Seoullect, and placed 2nd at the Changwon K-POP World Competition. He directed performances for Koncept., Seoullect, and Deanza’s KDC (KPOP Dance Club). He has had the opportunity to make an appearance in a music video by ATEEZ, his favourite K-pop group. Jason is a balanced dancer who always seek to learn and to improve himself as well as his students. He is attending San Jose State University as a Digital Media Art major. Jason currently teaches Intermediate K-pop at Purdance.

jessica reis

jessica reis

Classical | Children & Teens, Elite and Adult

Jessica Reis is a dancer, instructor and choreographer based here in the South Bay. Originally from the east coast, Jessica received her BFA in dance along with a teaching licensure at George Mason University where she had the pleasure of performing works by David Parsons, Doug Varone, Mark Morris and Ohad Naharin. After performing professionally in New York City for 2 years, she made the move out to California along with her husband and cat. Over the past 4 years, Jessica has had the pleasure of performing with numerous Bay Area dance companies including Kaneisee Collective, ArcTangent and Perspectives Dance Company. In addition to dance, Jessica is also a Pilates instructor which has greatly influenced not only her own dancing but how she teaches movement to others. You can find her at Purdance on Mondays and Wednesdays teaching everything from contemporary and ballet to technique and jazz.

audrey richter

audrey richter

Classical | Children & Teens and Elite

Audrey Richter is a dancer, instructor, and choreographer based in the Bay Area. She is originally from Birmingham, Alabama, where she graduated from the Alabama School of Fine Arts Dance Department. Audrey holds a BFA in Dance Performance from the University of South Florida. Her performance credits include Collective Soles Dance Company, Onelight Dance Company, as well as several commercial and freelance works. She has held many teaching positions including adjunct faculty at Southeastern University and Florida Southern College. Audrey is thrilled to join the Purdance family for the 2019-2020 Season teaching Ballet and Leaps and Turns!

SHEILA USUI

SHEILA USUI

Classical | Children & Teens and Adult

Sheila is a multidisciplinary artist who began her dance career at nineteen with the Fercos Manimal Magic Las Vegas review. She was also a circus performer in the Amazing Ricardos’ “Motorcycle Death Globe” act. Later she signed with LVSB productions where she toured Japan as a dancer/singer in “Legends” and “Festival of the World”.Sheila settled in Japan in 1996 where she worked in Japanese commercials,Television shows,and Music Viideos. She received accolades for her work in Kyoe entertainment’s “Karen.” While continuing her work as a choreographer and dance educator, Sheila also made the transition to stunt performer where she trained and worked alongside some of Japan’s finest in the industry. Her favorite stunt being the high fall. Sheila is happy to be back in the studio passing on her knowledge to future generations while teaching Tap, Ballet, Tumbling and Jazz.

Gabriel Sotelo

Gabriel Sotelo

Hip Hop | Children & Teens

Born and raised in San Jose, ca 

Going on 20 years of dancing I started as a young teenager at 15yrs old. As a self taught hip hop freestyle dancer I danced in a few battles and dance competitions. Continuously growing I was motivated to learn different styles of hip hop and Latin styles of dance. Always trying to be different I would love to combine what I have learned and my experiences with different styles. I taught my first choreographed routine in 2008 and have and have not stopped since. Teaching at different events and functions I then gradually worked myself into multiple studios where I have been able to motivate, inspire and show the importance of self confidence within all of my students. Involving the fun, laughter and excitement to the art of dance I am able to show every student and teacher I am a determined, fun, and patient individual who really truly loves this art. Motivated to do anything and everything to change the way it is mentioned in a positive way.