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Derek Sakakura

Derek  has performed in many genres of the performing arts, having been in the Joffrey Ballet's company, "The King and I" Broadway National Tour, Ballet Met, and is currently with Diablo Ballet.  Mr Sakakura can be seen in Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter" and is currently choreographing and performing in a music video tribute to Michael Jackson.   Derek has discovered a great fulfillment in teaching what he has learned (the hard way!) in all of his professional endeavors. He is currently on staff with Fusion Dance Project, Conservatory of Classical Ballet, and Katie's Dance Studio.

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Anton Pankevitch

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Anton started training at Vaganova School before moving to the United States, where he continued training at School of American Ballet, Universal Ballet Academy, and San Francisco Ballet School.  He began his professional career at New York City Ballete, moved to the Dutch National Ballet, the Royal Ballet, and most recently, Pacific Northwest Ballet.  Anton’s classical repertoire includes principle roles in Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Coppelia, Pas de Trois in Swan Lake, and Romeo and Juliet. Anton has also performed with William Forsythe, Hans van Manen, John Cranko, Kenneth MacMillan, Frederick Ashton, Kent Stowell, Twyla Tharp, and Ulysses Dove.  He has taught at the English National Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Stuttgart Ballet, Leipzig Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet.

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Terrin Kelly

Terrin is a native of Antioch,  beginning her classical ballet training at Delta Ballet Academy with Helga Ishikata, Helen Piernik, and Michael Lowe. Afterwards she went on to study with Arlene Newhouse at Ballet Celeste International. Over the last sixteen years, Ms. Kelly has been performing throughout California as well as touring nationally and internationally dancing with various companies including: Theatre Ballet of San Francisco, Oakland Ballet, Peninsula Ballet Theater, Black Diamond Ballet, Moving Arts Dance, and Menlowe Ballet to name a few, and will be performing with the San Francisco Opera over the summer.  She was hired as a featured dancer for the Darren Romeo Magic Show by Siegfried & Roy, and has held numerous titles in the Miss America Program, as well as winning the coveted Leni Arnhym classical performer award.  Ms. Kelly has also recently been featured dancing in web ads, a national commercial, as well as in a global commercial for Sony.

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Ikolo Griffin

Ikolo was born and raised in San Francisco. Ballet found him at the age of eight through San Francisco Ballet’s Dance in Schools outreach program, and he trained for ten years as a scholarship student in the San Francisco Ballet School. Taught in the Vaganova syllabus by renowned master teachers from around the world, this intensive training provided a strong classical basis for Ikolo’s performing career and continues to inform his unique teaching methods. At the age of seventeen, Ikolo became the first outreach student to join the professional company, where he danced for seven years in a corps de ballet and demi soloist roles. In 2001 he joined Dance Theatre of Harlem as a soloist and was quickly promoted to principal dancer, a position that allowed him to fully develop and fine-tune strong technical and artistic skills in a wide range of neoclassical roles. When DTH folded in 2004, Ikolo danced for two seasons as a leading artist with Joffrey Ballet before returning home to join Smuin Ballet. In recent years, Ikolo has transitioned into freelance work, dancing as a member of the San Francisco Opera’s resident dance corps and developing his Just Turns curriculum. He currently resides in Oakland and his wife, fellow dancer and Just Turns executive associate Sarah Griffin.

Sheri Hennings is originally from Houston, Texas. She began training as a gymnast at the age of five and rose quickly up the competition levels. She retired from competition at the age of sixteen and turned fully to dance throughout her high school career. Following high school, she majored in dance and theatre at Lonestar College while joining Uptown Productions dance company. She danced professionally until starting a family in 2003. In addition to this, she has taught gymnastics from the preschool age through competition teams, as well as, dance to gymnasts and competitive ice skaters. Sheri has also been practicing yoga since 1996 and found that it was able to heal much of the residual pain that a lifetime of intense physical movement brought. In 2011, she completed her 200hr RYT training with Yoga West in Katy, Texas and began teaching yoga. Sheri has a passion for helping her students bring their yoga off their mat and into their everyday lives.