Welcome to PAW’s Fall Semester 2019

Here you will find all the information you need to continue classes or join us this year. PAW operates as a two semester program.

Each semester is 5 months: September 2019 - January 2020 and February 2020 - June 2020.

It takes time for dancers to develop their strength and skills. Our amazing teachers are committed to helping dancers of all levels learn and appreciate this art form over the course of a 5 month period. When you sign up for classes, we ask that you commit to a full semester. If you are new to PAW, we offer a free trial class so you can take us for a test drive before you enroll. We understand that sometimes life happens. If a student chooses to withdraw before the end of a semester, you will be charged a $50 withdrawal fee.

We also offer drop-in classes for students who cannot commit to a full semester. If you wish to participate on a drop-in basis, please contact the front desk in advance to ensure there is space available. You will be charged a drop-in fee on the day of the class.

Please keep this in mind as you look at the information below!


RE-INTRODUCING STUDIO TRACKS:

Dance is for everyone. Training for a professional dance career may not be. For students ages 9 and up, please read through the following information to decide what approach to classes is best for you.

Pro-Track

Proficiency Track

Recreational Track


At PAW we stand for individual focus, community, and excellence.

These things cannot be fostered without knowledge and engagement.

Here is some suggested reading for parents and dancers from the greater dance community.

 

Our Faculty


Zuri Goldman began his dance training at North Carolina School of the Arts where he studied with Duncan Nobel, Melissa Hayden, Gyula Pandi, and Richard Kuch among others. He also trained at the Hungarian National Ballet School and the Academy of Ballet with Richard Gibson. Zuri began performing with North Carolina Dance under Sal Aiello. From there he worked with Indianapolis Ballet, Ballet Met, Ohio Ballet, and Ballet San Jose. Zuri has also been a guest artist with Ballet Arizona and The Move. Throughout his career, Zuri danced a variety of ballets. Alonzo King created two pieces on Zuri, one of which was the pas de deux “Heaven and Earth”. A highlight of his dance career was dancing the roles of Prince and Maria (Clara) in the Nutcracker with his wife at Ballet Jan Jose. Since retiring in 2006, Zuri has taught at Pasadena Dance Theater and Cal Arts. He recently relocated to Encinitas and is enjoying working with the students at PAW.

Ana Mendoza graduated from Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey (ESMDM), in 2012, with her BFA in Dance Education specialize in Ballet. She also got certified by American Ballet Theater in 2013.

Miss Lozano has worked with numerous important teachers and choreographers, attended courses including Festival de Danza, Córdoba Veracruz, summer intensives with Ballet de Monterrey, intensives Contrology with Seminario del Ballet Del Nuevo Siglo. She performed soloist roles in Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, as well as jazz and contemporary works. Ana currently trains in CSDC and Millennium and choreographs solos for competition girls in San Diego area.

While living in San Diego Ana has performed with San Diego Ballet, City Ballet of San Diego, Celeste’s Lanuza Company in Fringe Festival and perform in Sara Serena’s video chasing dragons. She is very excited to join the PAW family.

Catharine Grow Goldman grew up in Encinitas where she began her training at the age of 7 with Janice Lee’s School of Ballet. She began her professional career in 1995 with the Milwaukee Ballet Company. In 1996, Catharine joined the Cleveland San Jose Ballet Company (now Ballet San Jose) where she performed principal roles such as Long Tall Sally in Dennis Nahat’s Blue Suede Shoes, Maria in The Nutcracker, the Rancher’s Daughter in Agnes de Miles’ Rodeo, and the Lover (An Episode in His Past) in Antony Tutor’s Lilac Garden. She also danced soloist roles in Balanchine’s Who Cares? and Theme and Variations, Dennis Nahat’s Celebrations and Ode, Giselle, Swan Lake, and Twyla Tharp’s Baker’s Dozen. Catharine had the privilege of performing Sylvia throughout Italy, France, and Germany with her husband and fellow dancer, Zuri Goldman. Her film credits include Tango Dancer in the movie “Rent”. In 2004 was certified in the Gyrotonic Expansion System and in 2006 in Gyrokinesis. She loves training clients of all kinds, but especially enjoys working with young dancers. Catharine retired from the stage in 2010.

Emily has been turning in circles ever since she learned to walk. After falling in love with classical ballet as a young child, she turned those circles into pirouettes at Performing Arts Workshop in Encinitas. Emily was lucky enough to attend Columbia College Chicago where she earned her BFA in Dancemaking and was supported, shaped, and radically challenged in her training and ideas about what dance was and could be. She has had the immense pleasure and honor of studying under Darrell Jones, Laura Wade, Bonnie Brooks, Carrie Hansen, Peter Carpenter, Dardi McGinley Gallivan, David Dorfman, Larry Rosenberg, Lisa Gonzales, Richard Woodbury, and Kate Corby among others. Emily has since come back to takeover and run Performing Arts Workshop armed with a love for community, a fascination with form/function, and a fervent desire to make as much room for and access to the work as possible. Emily is also the Director of the GETDOWN/PICKUP company, collaborates frequently with the Roger Anderson Chorale Consortium, and is a joyful company member of LITVAKdance

Rebecca Elster Graduated from the University of California Santa Barbra in 2017 with dual degrees in Dance and Education. There she was trained in a wide range of styles including Vaganova technique (ballet) and many forms of modern dance. She has had the opportunity to perform works by Andrea Miller, Anna Halprin, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Yvonne Rainier, Jose Limon and many others. She particularly enjoyed touring internationally and getting to perform in London, Athens, Cypress, and Italy as well as in New York and California. Rebecca is very happy to be back at her ‘childhood dance home,’ teaching Ballet and Modern at the Performing Arts Workshop.

Native to San Diego, Danielle trained at Performing Arts Workshop and San Diego City Ballet with summer intensive training from American Ballet Theater and Anaheim Ballet. After graduating high school, Danielle attended the Anaheim Ballet School, then soon after joined the company in the corps de ballet. She enjoyed dancing in the company’s Nutcracker, fundraising performances and education outreach program. While dancing and teaching ballet classes, Danielle attended Chapman University for her B.S. in Business Administration, and dance minor. With her love of ballet and business degree, Danielle hopes to combine her knowledge in both fields to help further the dance community. Currently, Danielle loves being back with her PAW family, taking classes and teaching ballet and pointe.

Brittany May grew up dancing at Performing Arts Workshop, Encinitas under the Direction of Leslie Craig. Brittany has attended summer intensives at State Street Ballet, Santa Barbra, and taken summer classes from Larry Rosenberg. Brittany’s thirteen years of Ballet training led her to receive her BA in dance from California State University, Fullerton. Under the department direction of Gladys Kares, Brittany began her modern training. She trained in Limon, Horton, and Graham from instructors Debra Noble, Alvin Rangel, and Lisa D Long; as well as keeping up her Ballet training with Muriel Joyce. Brittany May has performed in CSUF’s Fall and Spring Dance Concerts where she danced in contemporary ballet pieces by Muriel Joyce followed by classical repertoire from “Giselle.” Brittany Graduated Magma Cum Laude from the University Honors Program. Her senior thesis involved a research investigation on the style of Horton and how it related to Ballet dancers. She created and completed case studies that led her to acknowledge the benefits of the style on Ballerinas. Throughout her Honors project, she found her passion for teaching. Brittany currently teaches at PAW and hopes to continue dancing and performing into her future.

Jazmyn Phillips began her dance training as a child and her passion for movement has never wavered. In 2004, she was accepted on to the youth hip hop company, Future Shock San Diego. She trained and performed with the Shock family until she moved to Colorado in 2013 to pursue her Bachelor of Arts degree at Colorado Mesa University. After graduating in the spring of 2016, she traveled back home to search for work within her dance degree. Hip hop has a special place in her heart, but she also enjoys contemporary ballet, jazz and tap.

 

Photograph by Bruce R Stanley.

Emily has been turning in circles ever since she learned to walk. After falling in love with classical ballet as a young child, she turned those circles into pirouettes at Performing Arts Workshop in Encinitas. Emily was lucky enough to attend Columbia College Chicago where she earned her BFA in Dancemaking and was supported, shaped, and radically challenged in her training and ideas about what dance was and could be. She has had the immense pleasure and honor of studying under Darrell Jones, Laura Wade, Bonnie Brooks, Carrie Hansen, Peter Carpenter, Dardi McGinley Gallivan, David Dorfman, Larry Rosenberg, Lisa Gonzales, Richard Woodbury, and Kate Corby among others. Emily has since come back to takeover and run Performing Arts Workshop armed with a love for community, a fascination with form/function, and a fervent desire to make as much room for and access to the work as possible. Emily is also the Director of the GETDOWN/PICKUP company, collaborates frequently with the Roger Anderson Chorale Consortium, and is a joyful company member of LITVAKdance under the direction of Sadie Weinberg.

Emily Miller

Director

Currently teaching Ballet and Pointe