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.
DAINA BLOCK (HIP HOP)
Daina currently works as a choreographer, arts educator, performing artist, and certified teacher of the Alexander Technique (AmSAT). A graduate from the VCA, Australia, with a B.A. in Dance and Post Graduate in Choreography, she is a recognized recipient of the Australian 'Emerging Performer' Grant and the Laurel Martyn Scholarship for Choreographic Achievement. She has dance professionally with Australian choreographers Sandra Parker and Shelly Lasica, and in the Bay Area with Loose Change and New Ground Theatre Dance. She has choreographed for the Women on the Way Festival, The Garage, and New Ground Festival. Daina has also diversified her skills for television, having co-created the nationally viewed, locally produced youth improvisational game show KidBytes. Daina has taught outreach programs and workshops in SFPAW, NDNU, Sequoia High School, and continues to work with the San Carlos Children's Theatre.
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.
David's formal training began in college while studying Movement for Actors. From there, he trained in Lyrical, Jazz, and Ballet-Jazz Fusion in London. Upon his return to the States, he resumed ballet classes at DAC, Graham at CCSF, and Improv at ODC. He supplemented this training with summer intensives at Joffrey's Modern Ballet Program. He currently performs as a dancer throughout the Bay Area, and is a continued guest choreographer for Foothill Dance Company. He is so excited to be teaching at DAC
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 (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.
MEGAN IVEY (TAP)
Megan trained at DAC as a teenager and is thrilled to return as part of the teaching staff. She trained in all disciplines of dance, but tap was her emphasis and she has made that her life-long career. Her credits include being a graduate of the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Clown College and performing as "Megan the Clown" for over 10 years. She was stage and dance captain of the Bay Area Rhythm Tapers for 3 years, and has also worked in television and independent films. She has also been part of the San Ramon Valley Dance Academy staff since 2006, and is currently the Artistic Director for their tap company.
LILLIAN KAUTZ (BALLET)
Lillian began her dance training at Ballet Petit. She has performed in such ballets as The Nutcracker, Coppelia, The Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake Act Two. She was trained and performed at summer intensives with ABT, Royal Danish Ballet, and Indiana University. She earned a B.A. in Theatre Arts with a dance emphasis from the Santa Clara University, as well as a degree in Communication. In 2009, Lillian received a special commendation from CA Assembly Majority Leader Albert Torrico for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts. She has also performed in many musicals with Starstruck Theatre.
sandra kurpjuweit (children's 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).
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.
marco ogo (ballet)
Marco Ogo began his professional dance career with the Los Angeles Music Center Opera. He went on to perform with modern dance companies LA Choreographers & Dancers, Katja Biesanz Dance Theatre, Gary Palmer Dance Company and Ney Fonseca Dance Group and has appeared with dancers from San Francisco Ballet in the PBS ballet Blue Lair choreographed by Robert Sund.
Marco began his flamenco career dancing with Rosa Montoya’s Bailes Flamencos. After working with the company for 4 years, his desire to perfect and search deeper into the roots of flamenco led him to Madrid where he has danced, studied, performed and taught for the past 15 years. He has performed in the tablaos Las Carboneras El Juglar and Arte Bar and has appeared in the video “19 Días y 500 Noches” by singer songwriter Joaquin Sabina.
His teachers in Madrid include Ciro, Domingo Ortega, Manuel Liñan, Antonio Reyes Maya and Manuel Reyes Maya who he considers to be his main influence. His greatest inspiration and the reason dance is part of his life today is because of his studies with the legendary dancer/choreographer/performer, Carmelita Maracci.
Marco is currently teaching flamenco and ballet at PBT as well as atSan Mateo Parks & Recreation and is actively performing with various flamenco companies in the SF Bay Area including Carolina Lugo’s Ballet Flamenco.
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'.
DANIELLE SHUB (JAZZ/TUMBLING/FLEX & CORE)
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/MODERN/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.