Brittany Bond Braatz - Brittany began dancing at the age of four after watching the San Francisco Ballet’s “Nutcracker.” Determined to be part of her own performances, Brittany started taking classes exclusively in ballet. As soon as Livermore School of Dance opened, she expanded her technique to include Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap, and Musical Theater. Unable to give up on her passion after graduating high school, Brittany majored in English and Dance at San José State University. She was a part of SJSU’s contemporary dance company, UDT (University Dance Theater) for two years, and choreographed many pieces for the student concerts. Brittany went on to earn her BFA in Dance, as well as the award of “Outstanding Graduating Senior.” For the past eight years, Brittany has loved getting the chance to share her love of dance with her students at Livermore School of Dance! 

Brittany Bond-Braatz photo: kerrihamilton.com

Brittany Bond-Braatz

photo: kerrihamilton.com

Alaina Braatz - Alaina has trained in many different styles of dance. She began her early training in creative movement and ballet at the age of 4, and quickly added jazz and tap. As well as those styles, she has studied acrobatics and gymnastics. In addition to being a teacher Alaina continues to study Ballet, Pointe, Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, and Acrobatics. She has enriched her dance repertoire with classes from Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, and annually attends the Pulse Dance Convention. Her solo roles include the Autumn Fairy in Cinderella, the Beast in Beauty and the Beast, and King Kastchei in the Firebird excerpts, all with Livermore School of Dance. She refers to dance as her “everyday slice of Zen”, and is so happy that she has the ability to share this passion of hers with her students.

Alaina Braatz photo: kerrihamilton.com

Alaina Braatz

photo: kerrihamilton.com

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. 

 

Chloe Shapiro has held a great love and passion for dance ever since she was a little girl. She began dancing at Livermore School of Dance at age 10. Since then, she has trained in ballet, pointe, hip-hop, jazz, musical theater, and lyrical. She has further enriched her training by attending the Dance Teacher Summit in 2016 and the Pulse Dance Convention for 5 consecutive years in 2009-2013. Chloe has danced with Livermore School of Dance’s Ballet Company, Le Tableau Magnifique, since its inaugural year in 2009. As a performer, Chloe has taken the stage in the roles of Princess Odette, Coppelia, Dr. Coppelius, the Nocturne Fairy, the Sad Clown, and others for Livermore School of Dance. She was also a part of Livermore School of Dance’s Hip Hop Company for 3 years. Chloe began assisting in classes in 2008 and teaching in 2011. Chloe will be attending San Francisco State University beginning in spring 2017 to pursue her bachelor’s degree in dance. Her favorite part about dance is the ability it gives you to execute precision and control as well as freedom of expression at the same time. Chloe has a passion for sharing and fostering a love of dance with her students. She enjoys challenging her students while helping them to grow in their technique in an encouraging and supportive environment.

 

Brenna Richards began dancing in 1988 at Pam Gibson’s Dance Studio in Pleasanton, California. During her time at Pam Gibson’s she had the privilege of taking ballet, jazz, and tap dance lessons as well as participating in competitive dance for thirteen years.  She started teaching and choreographing in 2001, in which she discovered her deepest passion within dance and since then attended teaching seminars at Tremaine and Pacific Northwest Ballet Company. Brenna enjoys teaching ballet and tap to children and adults of all ages. Brenna considers herself a conceptual artist and highly values organization, education, and the art world.  Brenna’s class motto is to work hard, have fun, and practice.

 

La Tonya Watts has trained at Julliard in New York as well as the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Her training and work with many famous choreographers has helped her to pursue her passion.  She has Directed and Choreographed many theatrical performances for some of the Bay Area’s most popular theatrical companies.  La Tonya just won this year’s Shellie Award for 2016 for Best Choreographer.   A Shellie Award is the Bay Area’s version of the Toni’s Awards. 

 

Sheri Hennings

Sheri Hennings

 

 

 

Chloe Shapiro Photography by Kerri Hamilton      

Chloe Shapiro

Photography by Kerri Hamilton