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Faculty

Rubi Calderon

Rubi Calderon

Classical & Hip Hop | Children & Teens, Elite, and Adult

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, Elite, 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.

Celine Voskanian

Celine Voskanian

K-Pop | Children & Teens and Adults

Celine Voskanian is a dancer, choreographer, and instructor from Glendale, CA, where she received her Dance Teaching certificate and Choreographic studies and Dance Technique Certificate at Glendale Community College. She recently graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachlors in Dance. She has experience in various different styles including Contemporary, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Latin ballroom, and traditional Armenian dance. In 2017, Celine was introduced to KPOP music and culture. She then combined her passion for dance with her love for KPOP. In 2019, she co-founded a KPOP cover group, GalaxX, in Los Angeles. She helped direct this team in performances and competitions. Celine continues to teach dance to various age groups and is very excited to be teaching KPOP here 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, Elite, and Adult

Audrey Richter is a dancer, choreographer, and instructor based in the Bay Area. She is 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. Audrey’s professional performance credits include dancer and resident choreographer for Collective Soles Dance Company, Diavolo’s Veterans Project, OneLight Dance, DRIP, and Adin & Ferguson Dance Theatre. She has held many teaching positions including adjunct faculty at Southeastern University, Florida Southern College, and Blake High School Theatre Department, summer intensive faculty at Columbus Dance Theatre and Gulf Shore Ballet, and director of the Collective Soles Youth Ensemble. Audrey relocated to California’s Bay Area in 2019, and is enjoying contributing to the already thriving performance art community with Purdance, Starting Arts, and CMT San Jose.

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.

Erika Alvarez

Erika Alvarez

Classical | Children & Teens, Elite, and Adult

Erika has been training at Purdance since 2017 and was on the Purdance Classical Competition Team for 4 years. She found a love for dance and passion in teaching. In 2021, she became an instructor and administrative assistant at Purdance! She is trained in ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip hop, and acrobatics. Currently she teaches both Children and Teens classes, as well as Adult classes. As an administrative assistant, she handles the Children and Teens program and planning for Recital. 

Stella Dang

Stella Dang

Classical | Children & Teens, Elite, and Adult

Stella Dang is a dancer, choreographer, and instructor from San Jose, California. She started dancing at Purdance in 2015, where she trained in contemporary, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical and musical theater. She was a part of multiple elite teams at Purdance which allowed her to perform and compete all across the Bay Area. Stella began working as a teacher assistant at 13 years old. From then she has continued her love for teaching. She adventures in other styles and even found a passion for cheerleading. She cheered all throughout highschool and as captain her senior year was able to lead and choreograph for the team. Stella is studying at Mission College as a Business Management major. She is also currently teaching for both Purdance and CLAP Arts. She hopes to keep dancing all throughout her life and is excited for where it will take her!

Lucero Beas

Lucero Beas

Hip Hop | Children & Teens and Adult

Lucero Beas is a dancer, instructor, and choreographer based in the Bay Area. She is originally from Stockton, California, and a current student at San Jose State University where she spent her first year on SJSU’s competitive dance team, Sirens of Sparta. She is a Criminology major with a minor in Theatre Arts. She also was on her high school’s cheerleading team. She has a strong passion for all forms of performing arts, where she was trained in different dance styles, theatre arts, and cheerleading. She grew up dabbling in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and Modern Dance, and serves her main focus on teaching Hip Hop for our Children, Teens, and Adults! Now she is a current instructor at Purdance and Santa Teresa Academy of Music and Dance, where she shares her love for dance with all of her students! She is excited to continue sharing her love for dance and performing arts for the rest of her life, and excited to be part of the Purdance team! 

Aariyn Pearson

Aariyn Pearson

Classical & Hip Hop | Children & Teens and Adult

Garrett Yuan

Garrett Yuan

K-Pop | Children & Teens and Adult

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