KINDANCE FACULTY

Mary Carbonara (Contemporary) began teaching dance in the Bay Area in 1988 following years of technical and pedagogical training from master teacher Lynn Simonson in New York.  Mary has taught locally, nationally, and internationally, including New York, Chicago, Tallahassee, Tokyo and Calcutta. She has taught on the faculties of San Francisco Ballet School, East Carolina University, San Jose State University, UC Davis Saint Mary’s College, Mills College, LINES Dance Center, ODC School and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. Mary is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Studio 200 with Robert Moses, Founder and Artistic Director of Mary Carbonara Dances, and is formerly a member of Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Robert Moses' Kin, Project Bandaloop, and Liss Fain Dance. 

Cora Cliburn (Contemporary) grew up in Santa Fe, NM, and has danced with ODC/Dance, Post:Ballet, Liv Schaffer, and ARCOS Dance, among others. She was chosen by DANCE Magazine as one of “25 to Watch” and her ensemble work with Post:Ballet in Robert Dekkers’ Yours is Mine was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award in 2016. Cora graduated from Stanford University with honors in Environmental Anthropology and minors in Theater and Performance Studies and East Asian Studies in 2019. While at Stanford, she worked closely with Alex Ketley and Diane Frank, for whom she was a Teaching Assistant for Advanced Contemporary Technique. Cora has danced with Robert Moses’ Kin since 2016.

Amy Foley (Contemporary) is a performer, teaching-artist, and the Artistic Director of Bellwether Dance Project. She has worked with numerous San Francisco Bay Area companies and independent choreographers including Nol Simonse, ODC/Dance, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, KAMBARA+DANCERS, Garrett+Moulton Productions, RAWdance, project b., Shift Physical Theater, and for over a decade, Robert Moses’ Kin. She teaches regularly at ODC Dance Commons and Ruth Asawa School of the Arts (SOTA) and has led master classes at Axis Dance Company, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, Colorado College, Stanford University, Slippery Rock University, and Colorado State University. In 2017 Amy co-created the concert and program SEAM (Support and Elevate Artist Mothers), to support women’s leadership in the fields of choreography and dance. She is a 2018 recipient of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company’s CHIME mentorship award and recipient of an Opportunity Fund Grant from ODC and the Rainin Foundation in support of Bellwether's 2019 home season at ODC Theater.

ArVejon Jones (Jazz) is originally from Los Angeles, CA. As an alum of San Francisco State University, ArVejon has worked with RMK, Sean Dorsey Dance, PUSH Dance, Copious Dance Theater, Prometheus Dance, Jean Appolon Dance, and has been a Student Apprentice and Guest Artist for ODC Dance/SF, among others. He has toured nationally and internationally as a performer. In his teaching career, ArVejon has taught for many after school programs, including the Boston Ballet as a Lead Teaching Artist for their “Education and Outreach Initiative”. He has taught at LINES/ SF Dance Center, Shawl-Anderson, and HEAT Dance Line. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Advanced Jazz at SFSU.

Bliss Kohlmyer (Contemporary) is the Co-Artistic Director of project agora. Her choreographic work has been commissioned by a number of universities and companies and her tutorial on “Dance Making and Watching” will be published by Human Kinetics in 2020. In New York City, she danced and toured internationally with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and the Sean Curran Company. In San Francisco, she danced with Janice Garrett and Dancers, Robert Moses’ Kin, and the San Francisco Opera Ballet, among others. She received her MFA in Dance from the University of Washington in 2011 and is currently an Associate Professor of Dance at the University of South Florida.

Yeni Lucero (Afrofusion) was born in Chalchuapa, El Salvador and began her training in West African dance at the age of 15. She graduated with a BA in Dance and Choreography from San Francisco State University, studying Haitian Dance, Dunham, Limon, Ballet, Congolese, and Jazz, and received further training at the Ailey School. Yeni has performed with Ron K. Brown/Evidence, Robert Moses' Kin, Kendra Kimbrough Dance Ensemble, Diamanou Coura, Paco Gomes, Alayo Dance Company, and Annie Rosental & Delina Patrice. She has also appeared in multiple music videos and in video shoots with Kev Choice and the San Francisco Symphony. Yeni has taught at many schools and organizations in the Bay Area and internationally, including Sonoma State University, Pixar Animation Studios, Lines Dance Center, Adobe, Bottle Rock Festival, Elmhurst Community Prep Middle School, Cox Academy, San Francisco Salsa Rueda Festival, and The National Dance Company of Mozambique.

Jenna Marie (Ballet)  is a Philadelphia native who trained at the Creative and Performing Arts High School in Philadelphia, Olga Kresin Ballet School, and on scholarship at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She has danced with Ailey II, Nai Ni Chen Dance Company, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, MOMIX, Metropolitan Opera, Ballet Hispanico, Post:Ballet and Robert Moses’ Kin.

Elena Martins (Contemporary) hails from Boston, MA and graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a BA in dance and a minor in speech and hearing science. She has taught at many prestigious schools in Boston, MA and the San Francisco Bay Area including The School of Classical Ballet, Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, Boston Dance Company, Dana Hall Upper School, and Berkeley City Ballet, among others. She is currently on faculty at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley, CA. Elena has had the privilege of performing with Prometheus Dance, LEVYdance, RAWdance, West Edge Opera, Axis Dance Company, Bellwether Dance Project, and more. She joined Robert Moses' Kin in 2018.

Victor Talledos (Contemporary) is an international artist based in San Francisco. He began his dance training at Conservatorio de Danza in Mexico City, graduated from Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, and received additional training from the Ailey School. Victor has performed for Proyectos en Movimiento dance company and Ballet Moderno de México-Las Bestias in Mexico. In 2010, Victor moved to San Francisco, where he has danced with Robert Moses’ Kin, Copious Dance Theater, Labayen Dance San Francisco, Alayo Dance Company, The Anata Project, RAWDance SF, amongst others. As a choreographer, Victor has shown his work at organizations including Ailey Citigroup Theater, Dance New Amsterdam, Dance Mission Theater, Safe House Arts, Cowell Theater, Labayen Dance, Copious Dance Theater and Emote Dance Theater. Victor is currently on faculty at Alonzo King LINES Ballet and Berkeley Ballet Theater and has taught at ODC Dance Commons, Shawl Anderson Dance Center, Stanford University, Mills College, The Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts (SOTA), and City College of San Francisco. 

Katherine Wells (Contemporary) grew up in Sunnyvale, CA and danced with Mark Foehringer Dance Project, Colorado Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Diablo Ballet, Tanya Bello's Project B, Amy Seiwert's Imagery, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Post:Ballet, Zaccho Dance Theater, Dance Through Time, Los All Stars de Santiago de Cuba, ODC/Dance and Robert Kin. Her performance of Moses' Helen was named Top 10 of 2012 by SF Chronicle and she received an Isadora Duncan Award for her performance of Seiwert's Devil Ties My Tongue. Katherine is a certified STOTT Pilates instructor with an emphasis on post-rehab work. She is on faculty at Western Ballet, ODC School, and LINES Ballet/LINES Dance Center and has taught master classes across the country while on tour with Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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