MEET OUR FACULTY!
JAYNE ZABAN (OWNER, DIRECTOR)
Jayne danced professionally with the Atlanta Ballet Company and has instructed many students who now have professional careers in theatre and dance. Jayne has choreographed productions throughout the Bay Area, including Broadway By the Bay, 42nd Street Moon, Bus Barn, Lamplighters, The Aurora Theatre, Diablo Light Opera Company, Hillbarn Theatre, Contra Costa Musical Theatre, Peninsula Center Stage, and New Conservatory Theatre. She received three nominations for the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, has been honored with the Garland Award, received the Dean Goodman Award for Out Of This World, received the Hillbarn Subscriber Award for Oklahoma, Chicago, and Ragtime, and a Shellie Award for Anything Goes for CCMT. Jayne is the recipient of the 2017 Bravo Award for dedication and service to the greater Bay Area Arts Community.
PAIGE BENNETT (JAZZ)
Paige feels very blessed to be part of the DAC family. She has been teaching for over 20 years and specializes in teaching children, holding a degree in Early Childhood Education. Paige is a member of Actor's Equity Association (AEA), and was awarded a Bay Area Theatre Critics Award for her portrayal of Lina Lamont in Singin' in the Rain. She is most proud of her role as a Mom.
melissa cheu (tap)
Melissa began dancing as baby ballerina. She started her training in tap, ballet, and jazz under Sabina and Soozi Childers at the Foster City Dance Theatre School. She has continued her training under the guidance of tap virtuoso Sam Weber, as well as attending tap workshops with a variety of tap masters, including Mark Mendonca, Sarah Reich, Dianne Walker, and Terry Brock. She has taught tap for several studios across the Bay Area and is a long-time member of Tap Explosion, a tap dance company based out of San Jose.
KRISTINE CHAMBERS (BALLET)
Kristine began her dance training with Jayne Zaban at DAC when she was 9 years old. She graduated with a B.A. in Creative Arts and a second B.A. in Dance from SJSU. As a member of the University Dance Theatre Company, she performed around the Bay Area in works by Cliff Keuter, Ann Garvin, and Nolan Dennet. After college, Kristine studied with Berle Davis and joined the casts of many musical theatre productions with Broadway By the Bay. She is a member of the New Ground Theatre Dance Company, a contemporary dance company under the direction of Coleen Lorenz. Kristine is featured in the classical role of the Snow Queen in the annual production of San Mateo's Holiday Festival of Dance.
kim dodge (ballet/pre-point/Flex & core)
Kim trained and graduated from Professional Ballet School under directors Carmela Zegarelli Peter & Zoltan Peter. She joined Queen City Ballet Company in 2006 under the director Campbell Midgley and was promoted to soloist in 2008. Upon returning to the Bay Area, she has danced and instructed with Peninsula Ballet Theatre, Western Ballet school and company, and Lisa's Performing Arts school. She holds a degree in Radiologic Science and also continues to dance and instruct as a freelance artist in the Bay Area.
sam ek (Boys ballet/contemporary)
Sam Ek has been a student of DAC since 2007. While most of his focus has been Ballet and Contemporary, he also enjoys Jazz, Modern and Tap. Other training include Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, Summer 2011. A recent graduate of Chapman University, Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music; BM Composition and Education cum laude.
Sam works full time at Gilliad Sciences. In his free time, Sam can be found making music, hiking, taking photos, and attending concerts.
AMANDA FARBSTEIN (TAP)
Amanda is excited to teach at DAC where she studied with Jayne Zaban, Berle Davis, and Robin Tribuzi. She also trained at the San Francisco Dance Center and is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, where she performed in many of the company's musicals. She has performed with Broadway By the Bay, NDNU, Summer Repertory Theatre, and Hillbarn Theatre. She is currently an active performer, with recent roles including Judy Haynes in White Christmas, Ilse in Spring Awakening, and Gower inPericles.
JEANNE HARPER (tap/MUSICAL THEATRE)
As a child, Jeanne started training at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. After coming to California, she continued to train at the Los Ayres Dance Studios, where she would eventually become an instructor. Jeanne also trained at DAC, where she studied Jazz and Tap with Berle Davis, and Ballet with Jayne Zaban. Jeanne was the dance director and resident choreographer at StarStruck Theatre for 14 years, and is currently the Jazz and Tap instructor for the Musical Theatre Department at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts. Jeanne continues to direct and choreograph productions through the Bay Area.
sandra kurpjuweit (children's ballet/BALLET)
Sandra began her dance training in Ballet at the age of six, and at sixteen she joined DAC to pursue Jazz Dance with Berle Davis. She continues to take Ballet and Jazz classes at DAC, and is a demonstrator for our adult beginning jazz class. Sandra is a graduate of SFSU and a California credentialed teacher who has been teaching elementary school for over 15 years. She has shared her love of dance with her school communities by choreographing for many drama productions, directing Christmas pageants, and organizing school talent shows. Sandra strives to instill the same love of dance in her young DAC students.
LAUREN MAYER (TAP/S.N.A.P.!)
Lauren has been dancing at DAC for over 25 years. She studied ballet with Jayne Zaban and tap with Berle Davis. She is also a composer, performer, music director, and vocal coach. she has released several albums of comedy songs. She is the proud mom of two DAC alums, Ben and David Visini (who is performing professionally).
gabriel "sen" medina (HIP HOp)
Gabriel "Sen" Medina began dancing at the age of 16. He soon found a passion for the art and decided to train more diligently. He has trained in many styles of Hip-hop and was part of several renowned, competitive Hip-hop teams across the Bay Area. He has performed for many corporate shows and choreographed for showcases.
VIRGINIA MUSANTE (S.N.A.P.!)
Virginia has been directing children, teens, and adults throughout the Bay Area for over 30 years. She is probably most well known as the Drama Teacher at Bowditch Middle School in Foster City, where she directed large school musicals annually. Some of her more recent and noteworthy projects include the Hillbarn Theatre's summer program for kids with "special needs" and a Reader's Theatre project by and for adolescent girls dealing with the topic of bullying. virginia also teaches Children's Theatre and Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont. She is an avid improvisational actor and has spent many years doing improv in San Francisco.
CAROL NICHOLAS (S.N.A.P.!)
Carols has been involved with dance her entire life - first as a student in her youth, as a dance major at U.C. Irvine, a student for over 25 years, and a former instructor of Creative Dance and Ballet at DAC, and currently as a co-creator, coordinator, and instructor of S.N.A.P.!. Carol's inspiration to work with special needs students originates with a family friend who, in 2008, was one of the first students in the program, and who is now one of the S.N.A.P.! assistants.
JUDY RECHSTEINER (TAP)
Judy studied tap for several years in San Francisco before moving to the Peninsula where she discovered DAC and Berle Davis. She has spent the last 25 years as an instructor at Palo Alto and San Mateo Recs, and most currently at Reach Fitness and the Veterans Memorial in Redwood City. Through the years she has choreographed for and performed in many local community productions. Since 2008 she has written 3 musicals, performed throughout the Bay Area. Currently, she is a founding director of Sly Foxxe Productions, an organization dedicated to bringing light entertainment to the public, in the form of the 1940s genre 'whodunits'.
Jenny Seto (tumbling for dancers)
Jenny began gymnastics at the age of 6. She trained competitively up to Elite level and won various competitions such as Regionals. Simultaneously, she trained in martial arts and ice skating, and has taught pre-teen summer camps. She later expanded her interest to dance. She was part of Bay Area hip-hop companies and participated and coordinated stunt acts within the choreography. Jenny has also choreographed and performed as a back-up dancer for several celebrities from Asia.
DANIELLE SHUB (JAZz/jumps and turns/intro to jazz)
Danielle is so excited to be teaching at DAC after taking classes from Jayne Zaban and Berle Davis when she was younger. Danielle received a degree in Radio, Television, and Film with a minor in Musical Theatre from San Jose State. She has been teaching for over 12 years, including dance, gymnastics, and voice. She has also choreographed numerous musicals for community theatre companies and schools. One of Danielle's specialties is to incorporate acrobatics into her choreography, using her past years as a competitive gymnast as inspiration. Danielle has an extremely supportive husband and two incredible children who share her love of dance and theatre.
SUZANNE SPRINGS (JAZZ/CREATIVE DANCE)
Suzanne is delighted to be reunited with her dance family at DAC, where she grew up studying ballet and jazz with Jayne Zaban and Berle Davis, and performing with their teen dance group "Steppin' Out". while earning her Physical Therapy and Dance degrees in college, she performed as a principal dancer in a professional modern jazz company based in Sacramento. Since then, Suzanne has performed as a guest artist and choreographed for companies throughout Northern California. She danced with Lamplighter's Opera in Merry Widow, and has choreographed the half time show for the Golden State Warriors. She has shared her love of dance, teaching to a variety of ages and abilities for the past 11 years, including individuals with physical and developmental disabilities.