Owners

Deirdre Hawkins, the Founder and Artistic Director of Hawkins School, holds a MA in Education, with a specialization in Dance, from Stanford University.  Her early training began with William and Harold Christensen and the San Francisco Ballet School.  Deirdre studied modern dance under Frank Shawl and Victor Anderson and was a company member of the Shawl Anderson Modern Dance Center in Berkeley. As a graduate student at Stanford University, Ms. Hawkins was a teaching assistant in ballet and modern dance. She also co-founded “Children’s Dance at Stanford,” a program for children of students and alumni, and established the “Friends of Dance at Stanford,” a fundraising organization.   Owner and director of the Hawkins School of Performing Arts for the past 26 years, Ms. Hawkins has won numerous regional and national awards for her choreography.  She was recognized in 2003 by the City of Folsom for her “outstanding contribution to the performing arts in Folsom,” her third such commendation by the City Council.   Deirdre has had the honor of working with Maestro Michael Neumann and the Folsom Symphony in productions of Peter and the Wolf and The Nutcracker as well as with the Camilla Symphony’s production of Stravinsky’s The Firebird.  Ms. Hawkins is the proud mother of Luke, a dancer/singer/actor currently living in New York City.

Luke Hawkins began his dance training at The Hawkins School of Performing Arts at the age of seven.  Luke landed his first professional job when he played Young Don Lockwood in California Musical Theatre's production of Singin' in the Rain.  With the mentoring of tap master Jerry Burke, Luke won three national dance competition titles. After attending The Boston Conservatory, Luke tapped his way into roles in Xanadu on Broadway, Cirque du Soleil's Banana Shpeel, and New York City Center Encore's productions of No No Nanette, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and On Your Toes.  Regional Theatre:  Oklahoma! Will Parker, (Musical Theatre West); Footloose, Ren, (The Palace Theatre NH); Big River, Huck; Gypsy, Tulsa (Barnstormers Theatre NH); Johnny Guitar, Turkey (Speakeasy Stage Co., Boston); A Grand Night For Singing, Jason (Gloucester Stage Company); Over the Tavern, Rudi Pazinski (Sacramento Theatre Company); Irving Berlin's White Christmas; Sacramento Music Circus, various roles in 15 different shows.  Television credits: Gossip Girl, One Life to Live, America's Got Talent, The Jerry Lewis Telethon, The Colbert Report.  World tour:  West Side Story (Action).  European tour: Magic of the Dance.  China tour with The Manhattan Symphony. Luke performed in Amman Jordan as one of the original members of Noah Racey's New York Song and Dance Company  He is Auxiliary Artistic Director of Hawkins Tap Company in Folsom Ca., Mr. New York 2012; a Capezio athlete and a member of SAG/AFTRA/AEA/AGVA.  www.lukehawkins.com

Luke Hawkins began his dance training at The Hawkins School of Performing Arts at the age of seven.  Luke landed his first professional job when he played Young Don Lockwood in California Musical Theatre's production of Singin' in the Rain.  With the mentoring of tap master Jerry Burke, Luke won three national dance competition titles. After attending The Boston Conservatory, Luke tapped his way into roles in Xanadu on Broadway, Cirque du Soleil's Banana Shpeel, and New York City Center Encore's productions of No No Nanette, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and On Your Toes.  Regional Theatre:  Oklahoma! Will Parker, (Musical Theatre West); Footloose, Ren, (The Palace Theatre NH); Big River, Huck; Gypsy, Tulsa (Barnstormers Theatre NH); Johnny Guitar, Turkey (Speakeasy Stage Co., Boston); A Grand Night For Singing, Jason (Gloucester Stage Company); Over the Tavern, Rudi Pazinski (Sacramento Theatre Company); Irving Berlin's White Christmas; Sacramento Music Circus, various roles in 15 different shows.  Television credits: Gossip Girl, One Life to Live, America's Got Talent, The Jerry Lewis Telethon, The Colbert Report.  World tour:  West Side Story (Action).  European tour: Magic of the Dance.  China tour with The Manhattan Symphony. Luke performed in Amman Jordan as one of the original members of Noah Racey's New York Song and Dance Company  He is Auxiliary Artistic Director of Hawkins Tap Company in Folsom Ca., Mr. New York 2012; a Capezio athlete and a member of SAG/AFTRA/AEA/AGVA.  www.lukehawkins.com

Faculty

Janae Rosebud is a dancer of fourteen years and an instructor/choreographer of ten years.  Although she has trained in many different styles, hip hop has always been her passion.  She began her dance training at ten years old with Showbiz Productions.  There she was a member of the Hip Hop Crew, with whom she performed at Sacramento Kings and Monarchs games for nearly five years. She debuted as a hip hop instructor for Showbiz in 2004 at the tender age of fourteen.  Within one year, she also began teaching for Step1 Dance and Fitness, where she is still currently working.  Janae went on to co-direct and choreograph her own competitive hip hop dance group, 916 Cliq.  The group performed together for nearly two years and became Jamz National Champions in 2006.  At age seventeen, Janae was recruited and signed to a talent agency known as MSA Talent Group. The agency helped educate her and prepare her for the Los Angeles dance industry, and after graduating high school, she moved to LA to pursue her dance career.  During her stay, she was involved in some amazing projects, such as the remake to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video, featuring and co-produced by Adam Sevani of the movies "Step Up 2" and "Step Up 3D".  Upon her return to Sacramento, Janae began teaching for Hawkins School of Performing Arts in 2009. Five years later, she is now co-director of the Hawkins competitive hip hop team, Adrenaline Rush, along with the talented William McCray. Above all, Janae strives to continue to grow and push herself creatively, stay ambitious and innovative, and always do her best to inspire her peers and students.     

Janae Rosebud is a dancer of fourteen years and an instructor/choreographer of ten years.  Although she has trained in many different styles, hip hop has always been her passion.  She began her dance training at ten years old with Showbiz Productions.  There she was a member of the Hip Hop Crew, with whom she performed at Sacramento Kings and Monarchs games for nearly five years. She debuted as a hip hop instructor for Showbiz in 2004 at the tender age of fourteen.  Within one year, she also began teaching for Step1 Dance and Fitness, where she is still currently working.  Janae went on to co-direct and choreograph her own competitive hip hop dance group, 916 Cliq.  The group performed together for nearly two years and became Jamz National Champions in 2006.  At age seventeen, Janae was recruited and signed to a talent agency known as MSA Talent Group. The agency helped educate her and prepare her for the Los Angeles dance industry, and after graduating high school, she moved to LA to pursue her dance career.  During her stay, she was involved in some amazing projects, such as the remake to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video, featuring and co-produced by Adam Sevani of the movies "Step Up 2" and "Step Up 3D".  Upon her return to Sacramento, Janae began teaching for Hawkins School of Performing Arts in 2009. Five years later, she is now co-director of the Hawkins competitive hip hop team, Adrenaline Rush, along with the talented William McCray. Above all, Janae strives to continue to grow and push herself creatively, stay ambitious and innovative, and always do her best to inspire her peers and students.     

Jacob Montoya grew up in the Sacramento area, training in jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary and hip hop, receiving numerous scholarships at regional conventions. Jacob’s love of dance led him to study at the University of Nevada’s Dance Department where he received extensive training in the Lester Horton technique and become certified in the style of Erick Hawkins, two great pioneers in modern dance. He performed for the University of Arizona’s dance showcase (Richard Havey), was the lead dancer in a piece choreographed by the directors of the Korea National Sport University in Seoul, and another piece by Margot Colbert (Juilliard School).  Jacob grew up performing locally in various musical theatre productions and has been the recipient of Elly Awards for his performances. Jacob is the artistic director for Hawkins Jazz Company. In addition to his full teaching schedule, Jacob is a company dancer with CORE Dance Collective based in Sacramento and guest performs with E:motion dance ensemble.  

Jacob Montoya grew up in the Sacramento area, training in jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary and hip hop, receiving numerous scholarships at regional conventions. Jacob’s love of dance led him to study at the University of Nevada’s Dance Department where he received extensive training in the Lester Horton technique and become certified in the style of Erick Hawkins, two great pioneers in modern dance. He performed for the University of Arizona’s dance showcase (Richard Havey), was the lead dancer in a piece choreographed by the directors of the Korea National Sport University in Seoul, and another piece by Margot Colbert (Juilliard School).  Jacob grew up performing locally in various musical theatre productions and has been the recipient of Elly Awards for his performances. Jacob is the artistic director for Hawkins Jazz Company. In addition to his full teaching schedule, Jacob is a company dancer with CORE Dance Collective based in Sacramento and guest performs with E:motion dance ensemble.

 

Rebecca Henning is a native of Sacramento, California who has received dance training as well as performance and teaching experience from local studios.  Her training in the styles of ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical have enabled her to perform at national and international venues such as Disneyland, Las Vegas, and Rome.  She has had the opportunity to perform with the Russian Ballet Company, guest perform with the former Folsom Lake Civic Ballet, and lead master workshops for California Dance and Movement Workshop for Educators.  She has collaborated with Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake, and American River Colleges in theatre and dance productions, such as What Your Parents Don’t Want You to Know About Fairy Tales, Nickel and Dimed, and An Evening of Dance.  She is a graduate of Sacramento State University with Master’s degrees in Theatre and English.  She teaches barre classes at The Dailey Method in Folsom and Downtown Sacramento and is an Adjunct Professor of Dance and Physical Education for the Los Rios Community College District.

Rebecca Henning is a native of Sacramento, California who has received dance training as well as performance and teaching experience from local studios.  Her training in the styles of ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical have enabled her to perform at national and international venues such as Disneyland, Las Vegas, and Rome.  She has had the opportunity to perform with the Russian Ballet Company, guest perform with the former Folsom Lake Civic Ballet, and lead master workshops for California Dance and Movement Workshop for Educators.  She has collaborated with Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake, and American River Colleges in theatre and dance productions, such as What Your Parents Don’t Want You to Know About Fairy Tales, Nickel and Dimed, and An Evening of Dance.  She is a graduate of Sacramento State University with Master’s degrees in Theatre and English.  She teaches barre classes at The Dailey Method in Folsom and Downtown Sacramento and is an Adjunct Professor of Dance and Physical Education for the Los Rios Community College District.

Kathy Bailey has over 20 years experience developing the dance talents of students of all ages and abilities. A former studio owner and high school dance teacher, she is currently a member of the faculty at Sierra Community College, teaching Jazz, Beginning and Intermediate Ballet, and Modern Dance. Her competition, performing and educational background give her unique ability to teach multiple styles and help dancers reach their full potential. Kathy holds a B.A. in Dance and an M.A. in Adult Education.  

Kathy Bailey has over 20 years experience developing the dance talents of students of all ages and abilities. A former studio owner and high school dance teacher, she is currently a member of the faculty at Sierra Community College, teaching Jazz, Beginning and Intermediate Ballet, and Modern Dance. Her competition, performing and educational background give her unique ability to teach multiple styles and help dancers reach their full potential. Kathy holds a B.A. in Dance and an M.A. in Adult Education.

 

  Anthony Lewis (Ajax) was born and raised in Sacramento, California. Ajax has been teaching for ten years at various dance studios and schools in the Northern California area. Including California Family Fitness and master classes at CSUS. Ajax has performed for the National Basketball Association with the Golden State Warriors and is going into his fourth season with the Sacramento Kings Breakers. He has competed and judged in break dance competitions all over the United States and in Canada, France, Korea, and Denmark. Ajax was chosen to represent for Team USA and compete at IBE an international break dance competition in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Ajax is a passionate dancer with a creative teaching style that helps enlighten his students in a positive way on break dancing and the hip hop culture.  

 

Anthony Lewis (Ajax) was born and raised in Sacramento, California. Ajax has been teaching for ten years at various dance studios and schools in the Northern California area. Including California Family Fitness and master classes at CSUS. Ajax has performed for the National Basketball Association with the Golden State Warriors and is going into his fourth season with the Sacramento Kings Breakers. He has competed and judged in break dance competitions all over the United States and in Canada, France, Korea, and Denmark. Ajax was chosen to represent for Team USA and compete at IBE an international break dance competition in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Ajax is a passionate dancer with a creative teaching style that helps enlighten his students in a positive way on break dancing and the hip hop culture.

 

   
Michael Separovich began his training at the age of 11 in Sacramento with Marguerite Phares. After high school he attended The Juilliard School where he received his BFA in 96. He has danced for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the Sacramento Ballet, Robert Moses’ Kin, the San Francisco Opera and Amy Seiwert’s “im-ij-ré”. Michael teaches dance and performs character based roles with the Sacramento Ballet. Michael joins the staff at Hawkins, teaching the “Pas de Deux” (Partnering) class for Ballet Folsom principal dancers.

Michael Separovich began his training at the age of 11 in Sacramento with Marguerite Phares. After high school he attended The Juilliard School where he received his BFA in 96. He has danced for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the Sacramento Ballet, Robert Moses’ Kin, the San Francisco Opera and Amy Seiwert’s “im-ij-ré”. Michael teaches dance and performs character based roles with the Sacramento Ballet. Michael joins the staff at Hawkins, teaching the “Pas de Deux” (Partnering) class for Ballet Folsom principal dancers.

Mary Nguyen first performed and danced while attending Oakmont High School in Roseville, California. There she became active with the cheer squad; with her team taking home two USA National Championships. Her senior year was spent on Oakmont Dance Team, taking third overall at nationals.  While at Sacramento City College she was captain of the hip hop dance team, as well as the jazz dance team, receiving many accolades from both. Since then Mary has had the pleasure of working with many dance troupes within the Sacramento area including j.Leah Modern Dance Company, Xposed Hip Hop Dance Company, and is currently performing with Press P.L.A.Y under the direction of Joe Larot. Ms. Mary brings youth and excitement to her classes coupled with the knowledge of exactly what it takes to be a performer in the real world.

Mary Nguyen first performed and danced while attending Oakmont High School in Roseville, California. There she became active with the cheer squad; with her team taking home two USA National Championships. Her senior year was spent on Oakmont Dance Team, taking third overall at nationals.  While at Sacramento City College she was captain of the hip hop dance team, as well as the jazz dance team, receiving many accolades from both. Since then Mary has had the pleasure of working with many dance troupes within the Sacramento area including j.Leah Modern Dance Company, Xposed Hip Hop Dance Company, and is currently performing with Press P.L.A.Y under the direction of Joe Larot. Ms. Mary brings youth and excitement to her classes coupled with the knowledge of exactly what it takes to be a performer in the real world.

Tung “Tony” Nguyen recently finished California State University, Sacramento with a degree in business general management and in theatre arts with an emphasis on dance and choreography. He has performed with numerous companies including: Joe Goode Performance Group, Red Bucket Dance Theatre, Dancer Investigation Group, Eukinetics, Core Dance Collective, and more. He has taught at Hawkins School of Performing Arts since 2010 and enjoys not only dancing but cooking, photography, and life’s adventures. Tony is staff photographer for Stages-Folsom Dance Arts, a pre-professional dance company housed at Hawkins. www.tony-nguyen.com

Tung “Tony” Nguyen recently finished California State University, Sacramento with a degree in business general management and in theatre arts with an emphasis on dance and choreography. He has performed with numerous companies including: Joe Goode Performance Group, Red Bucket Dance Theatre, Dancer Investigation Group, Eukinetics, Core Dance Collective, and more. He has taught at Hawkins School of Performing Arts since 2010 and enjoys not only dancing but cooking, photography, and life’s adventures.

Tony is staff photographer for Stages-Folsom Dance Arts, a pre-professional dance company housed at Hawkins.

www.tony-nguyen.com

Tessa Buys grew up in Utah where she trained extensively in jazz, hip hop, ballet, contemporary, acting, tap and ballroom with teachers including Derryl Yeager, Rick Robinson, and Garth Peay. As a student she toured the US performing and competing, and spent time during her summers training at prestigious Los Angeles studios. After locating to the Sacramento Area, Tessa began teaching jazz, hip hop, contemporary and children’s classes and was a member of the Ruth Rosenberg Dance Ensemble. When not dancing or teaching, Tessa is a mother to three little boys and an artist in the scrap booking industry. Tessa feels blessed to have been teaching and directing competition troupes at the Hawkins School of Performing Arts since 2001.

Tessa Buys grew up in Utah where she trained extensively in jazz, hip hop, ballet, contemporary, acting, tap and ballroom with teachers including Derryl Yeager, Rick Robinson, and Garth Peay. As a student she toured the US performing and competing, and spent time during her summers training at prestigious Los Angeles studios. After locating to the Sacramento Area, Tessa began teaching jazz, hip hop, contemporary and children’s classes and was a member of the Ruth Rosenberg Dance Ensemble. When not dancing or teaching, Tessa is a mother to three little boys and an artist in the scrap booking industry. Tessa feels blessed to have been teaching and directing competition troupes at the Hawkins School of Performing Arts since 2001.

Beverly Stewart started dancing at the age of three. She has had training in ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater, ballroom dance, gymnastics, and singing. She studied at the Orange County Ballet Company, the National Ballet School of Canada, and Broadway Dance Center in New York. At the age of seventeen, she started working for Royal Cruise Line as a lead dancer, company manager, and vocal soloist in the Broadway revue shows. She has worked in Los Angeles, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, as well as on a national tour performing in shows such as “42nd Street”, “George M!”, “Hello Dolly”, “Cinderella”, and “No, No, Nanette”, as well as Best of Broadway here in Sacramento She also worked for Disney Special Events Company for three years. Beverly has been teaching dance for over 15 years. She enjoys being a wife and mother most of all!

Beverly Stewart started dancing at the age of three. She has had training in ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater, ballroom dance, gymnastics, and singing. She studied at the Orange County Ballet Company, the National Ballet School of Canada, and Broadway Dance Center in New York. At the age of seventeen, she started working for Royal Cruise Line as a lead dancer, company manager, and vocal soloist in the Broadway revue shows. She has worked in Los Angeles, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, as well as on a national tour performing in shows such as “42nd Street”, “George M!”, “Hello Dolly”, “Cinderella”, and “No, No, Nanette”, as well as Best of Broadway here in Sacramento She also worked for Disney Special Events Company for three years. Beverly has been teaching dance for over 15 years. She enjoys being a wife and mother most of all!

Emma Vance has been dancing and singing since the age of three and has never looked back.  Not only has Emma trained in ballet, tap, and jazz but she continues her classical voice training as well.  Throughout the years, Emma has been a part of various tap competition teams and dance performing troupes. Emma's true passion is musical theatre, which she ultimately hopes to pursue professionally.  Ever since she was little she has said she wants to be a triple threat on Broadway.  Emma has performed on many of the area's stages at the community and professional level where she has earned the opportunity to be an equity candidate.  In 2013, Emma had the honor of performing in a professional world premiere musical, on the Sacramento Theatre Company Stage called, A Little Princess.   This year, Emma is also very excited as she works toward her certification of becoming a “booty barre” and Pilates instructor.  Emma feels thankful and fortunate to work with such a wonderfully talented staff at Hawkins and can't wait to share her love for dance and performance with her students.

Emma Vance has been dancing and singing since the age of three and has never looked back.  Not only has Emma trained in ballet, tap, and jazz but she continues her classical voice training as well.  Throughout the years, Emma has been a part of various tap competition teams and dance performing troupes. Emma's true passion is musical theatre, which she ultimately hopes to pursue professionally.  Ever since she was little she has said she wants to be a triple threat on Broadway.  Emma has performed on many of the area's stages at the community and professional level where she has earned the opportunity to be an equity candidate.  In 2013, Emma had the honor of performing in a professional world premiere musical, on the Sacramento Theatre Company Stage called, A Little Princess.   This year, Emma is also very excited as she works toward her certification of becoming a “booty barre” and Pilates instructor.  Emma feels thankful and fortunate to work with such a wonderfully talented staff at Hawkins and can't wait to share her love for dance and performance with her students.

Emily Lee Chew initially discovered her passion for dance and instructing during her high school years under the direction of Melissa Bramham. Ms. Emilee has had the privilege to expand her dance experiences with Red Bucket Dance Theatre, Great house of Dance, the CSU Sacramento dance department, and several local hip-hop based dance companies. She currently performs with TwoPoint4 Dance Theatre and Earth Kids where she finds constant motivation and inspiration from all of her fellow insanely talented peers. Ms. Emilee strives to pass along strong work ethic, positive energy, individuality, and the words of Melissa Bramham, "Never say 'I can't'."   

Emily Lee Chew initially discovered her passion for dance and instructing during her high school years under the direction of Melissa Bramham. Ms. Emilee has had the privilege to expand her dance experiences with Red Bucket Dance Theatre, Great house of Dance, the CSU Sacramento dance department, and several local hip-hop based dance companies. She currently performs with TwoPoint4 Dance Theatre and Earth Kids where she finds constant motivation and inspiration from all of her fellow insanely talented peers. Ms. Emilee strives to pass along strong work ethic, positive energy, individuality, and the words of Melissa Bramham, "Never say 'I can't'." 

 

Oriana Castro is from northern California and has been dancing most of her life in area studios. While attending Woodcreek High School she was part of their dance team, serving as captain in 2011. Oriana has had the privilege of working for the Disney Company at Disneyland in the Spectacular Holiday Parade. She is currently a sophomore at Sierra College majoring in Business Management and will soon transfer to Sacramento State University double majoring in Business Management and Dance. She was also a student at Barbizon school of Modeling and Graduated June 23rd, 2013 with an emphasis in Modeling and Acting.

Oriana Castro is from northern California and has been dancing most of her life in area studios. While attending Woodcreek High School she was part of their dance team, serving as captain in 2011. Oriana has had the privilege of working for the Disney Company at Disneyland in the Spectacular Holiday Parade. She is currently a sophomore at Sierra College majoring in Business Management and will soon transfer to Sacramento State University double majoring in Business Management and Dance. She was also a student at Barbizon school of Modeling and Graduated June 23rd, 2013 with an emphasis in Modeling and Acting.

Ralph Moyco began his dance training 2006 Roseville in breakin' in a local studio under Dominic "D-Trix" Sandoval, leading into his time on So You Think You Can Dance; and Hip-hop from Brandon "Knowbody" Greathouse.  He has a well rounded understanding of the urban dance styles as well as formal training in ballet and jazz.  He began teaching jazz, tap, and hip-hop in 2009 with younger dancers at Dance Gallery 2 as well as The Greathouse of Dance in 2011.  Ralph attended Sierra College and obtained an A.S. degree in Physical Education and Liberal Arts as well as becoming a certified Fitness Trainer through N.A.S.M. and working independently for 2 years.  He has performed with numerous dance teams including Elev8ted, Academy of Thugs/Kings, & Huemen.  In 2012 he was hired as an enrichment teacher of dance for Yav Pem Suab Academy (YPSA) Elementary School where he taught all of 2nd and 3rd - 118 scholars foundational hip-hop dance moves and choreography.  With another dance teacher of YPSA, he started an after school competitive dance team.  Now a non-profit organization,  Anbu Dance Company offers the youth of the community to be a part of a positive and enriching team that has danced in  many local shows and competed at competitions such as Collaboration and Starbound.  Ralph loves to have fun with dance, share it with his dancers, and encourages them to do the same.  Always setting goals and aiming to grow helps Ralph get up everyday and push himself and those around him to expect nothing but the best from their lives.  

Ralph Moyco began his dance training 2006 Roseville in breakin' in a local studio under Dominic "D-Trix" Sandoval, leading into his time on So You Think You Can Dance; and Hip-hop from Brandon "Knowbody" Greathouse.  He has a well rounded understanding of the urban dance styles as well as formal training in ballet and jazz.  He began teaching jazz, tap, and hip-hop in 2009 with younger dancers at Dance Gallery 2 as well as The Greathouse of Dance in 2011.  Ralph attended Sierra College and obtained an A.S. degree in Physical Education and Liberal Arts as well as becoming a certified Fitness Trainer through N.A.S.M. and working independently for 2 years.  He has performed with numerous dance teams including Elev8ted, Academy of Thugs/Kings, & Huemen.  In 2012 he was hired as an enrichment teacher of dance for Yav Pem Suab Academy (YPSA) Elementary School where he taught all of 2nd and 3rd - 118 scholars foundational hip-hop dance moves and choreography.  With another dance teacher of YPSA, he started an after school competitive dance team.  Now a non-profit organization,  Anbu Dance Company offers the youth of the community to be a part of a positive and enriching team that has danced in  many local shows and competed at competitions such as Collaboration and Starbound.  Ralph loves to have fun with dance, share it with his dancers, and encourages them to do the same.  Always setting goals and aiming to grow helps Ralph get up everyday and push himself and those around him to expect nothing but the best from their lives.

 

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Will McCray's passion for hip hop dance began in high school. While serving in the United States Air Force, he has choreographed for local artists and shared the stage with mainstream artists such as Rick Ross. At the end of his military enlistment, he returned to Sacramento and was immediately taken into the Press P.L.A.Y. dance company. During this time, he worked on music videos for artists such as E-40. After two years, he moved on to work under Brandon Great house with the Academy of THUGS. This was also the beginning of William’s teacher career. With extensive training in various hip hop techniques, he became an instructor The Great house of Dance and the Precision Dance Center. After a year, he found a home here at the Hawkins School of Performing Arts. He has become the Director of the Competitive Hip Hop troupe Adrenaline Rush alongside Janae Rosebud. As an instructor he still spends much of his time learning so that he may continue to push his students to greater heights.

Will McCray's passion for hip hop dance began in high school. While serving in the United States Air Force, he has choreographed for local artists and shared the stage with mainstream artists such as Rick Ross. At the end of his military enlistment, he returned to Sacramento and was immediately taken into the Press P.L.A.Y. dance company. During this time, he worked on music videos for artists such as E-40. After two years, he moved on to work under Brandon Great house with the Academy of THUGS. This was also the beginning of William’s teacher career. With extensive training in various hip hop techniques, he became an instructor The Great house of Dance and the Precision Dance Center. After a year, he found a home here at the Hawkins School of Performing Arts. He has become the Director of the Competitive Hip Hop troupe Adrenaline Rush alongside Janae Rosebud. As an instructor he still spends much of his time learning so that he may continue to push his students to greater heights.

Carly Snyder stepped foot into her first ballet class at the age of three and hasn’t stopped dancing since. She began training at The Hawkins School of Performing Arts at age 7, where she dedicated her study to the art of ballet. She became one of the first members of the former, Folsom Lake Civic Ballet Company, under the direction of Deirdre Hawkins. She also studied jazz and musical theatre with Beverly Stewart-Short. In addition, Carly was active in the theatre.  Her favorite performance to date was Sacramento Theatre Company’s “Cinderella”. Carly attended Sac State where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations. She spent three seasons dancing for the NBA as a Sacramento Kings Dancer and one season as a Charger Girl dancing for the NFL. All of her wonderful training and performance experience have led her to become a versatile and proud dance teacher.She teaches ballet, jazz and musical theatre classes. Her excitement and passion for dance and self expression is contagious! She loves the opportunity to mold students of all ages.

Carly Snyder stepped foot into her first ballet class at the age of three and hasn’t stopped dancing since. She began training at The Hawkins School of Performing Arts at age 7, where she dedicated her study to the art of ballet. She became one of the first members of the former, Folsom Lake Civic Ballet Company, under the direction of Deirdre Hawkins. She also studied jazz and musical theatre with Beverly Stewart-Short. In addition, Carly was active in the theatre.  Her favorite performance to date was Sacramento Theatre Company’s “Cinderella”. Carly attended Sac State where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations. She spent three seasons dancing for the NBA as a Sacramento Kings Dancer and one season as a Charger Girl dancing for the NFL. All of her wonderful training and performance experience have led her to become a versatile and proud dance teacher.She teaches ballet, jazz and musical theatre classes. Her excitement and passion for dance and self expression is contagious! She loves the opportunity to mold students of all ages.

 A Los Angeles native, Jeanne Jacobson received her classical ballet training from Westside Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre School, and Miami City Ballet School.   In 2002, she joined The Sacramento Ballet, quickly garnering soloist roles in George Balanchine’s Stars & Stripes, Ron Cunningham’s The Nutcracker and Romeo & Juliet and the role of “Mischeivous Girl” in David Lichine’s Graduation Ball.  A proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, her professional credits also include productions of The Wizard of Oz, Hello, Dolly!, and Hairspray with Sacramento Music Circus as well as work with Melody Films and Universal Pictures.  Jeanne is a founding member of the Folsom-based E:motion Dance Ensemble and currently serves as its Assistant Director. She has taught professionally since 2003 and continually lends her support to dance events throughout the Northern California area.

 A Los Angeles native, Jeanne Jacobson received her classical ballet training from Westside Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre School, and Miami City Ballet School.   In 2002, she joined The Sacramento Ballet, quickly garnering soloist roles in George Balanchine’s Stars & Stripes, Ron Cunningham’s The Nutcracker and Romeo & Juliet and the role of “Mischeivous Girl” in David Lichine’s Graduation Ball.  A proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, her professional credits also include productions of The Wizard of Oz, Hello, Dolly!, and Hairspray with Sacramento Music Circus as well as work with Melody Films and Universal Pictures.  Jeanne is a founding member of the Folsom-based E:motion Dance Ensemble and currently serves as its Assistant Director. She has taught professionally since 2003 and continually lends her support to dance events throughout the Northern California area.

Greta Smith received her Bachelors degree from Colorado State University in Business Administration-Marketing with a minor in Dance. Greta took her love for dance and began her own studio upon graduation. While running Diamond Dance Studio for two years she trained her staff to work with preschool age children. Greta brings to Hawkins School of Performing Arts is a strong desire to provide a fun, energetic and nurturing environment where students develop dance skills as well as self esteem. Her natural ability of working with preschool aged children is astounding. She herself has been trained in ballet, acrobatics, tap, jazz, lyrical and modern. Greta brings an energetic and versatile approach to her instruction and her choreography.

Greta Smith received her Bachelors degree from Colorado State University in Business Administration-Marketing with a minor in Dance. Greta took her love for dance and began her own studio upon graduation. While running Diamond Dance Studio for two years she trained her staff to work with preschool age children. Greta brings to Hawkins School of Performing Arts is a strong desire to provide a fun, energetic and nurturing environment where students develop dance skills as well as self esteem. Her natural ability of working with preschool aged children is astounding. She herself has been trained in ballet, acrobatics, tap, jazz, lyrical and modern. Greta brings an energetic and versatile approach to her instruction and her choreography.

Marissa Tidrick is a coach, choreographer, and instructor to dancers of all ages as well as the proud director to Hawkins' Tap Troupe, "Happy Feet." Although she teaches primarily tap she has an eclectic background including Cecchetti Ballet, classic, stylized, and modern jazz, and perhaps her favorite being musical theatre. Some of her favorite musical appearances included, "Chicago," "Cabaret", "La cage aux folles", "The Drowsy Chaperone" and "The Broccoli Club" where she met fellow floret, Tap Company Director, Miss Beverly Stewart. Because of Ms. Marissa's draw to theatrics her choreography lends itself to creative story telling making class fun and engaging for all. 

Marissa Tidrick is a coach, choreographer, and instructor to dancers of all ages as well as the proud director to Hawkins' Tap Troupe, "Happy Feet." Although she teaches primarily tap she has an eclectic background including Cecchetti Ballet, classic, stylized, and modern jazz, and perhaps her favorite being musical theatre. Some of her favorite musical appearances included, "Chicago," "Cabaret", "La cage aux folles", "The Drowsy Chaperone" and "The Broccoli Club" where she met fellow floret, Tap Company Director, Miss Beverly Stewart. Because of Ms. Marissa's draw to theatrics her choreography lends itself to creative story telling making class fun and engaging for all. 

The Staff

Monica Watts, Assistant Director, received her early Ballet training with the Bolf Dance Academy in Ottawa, Canada.  After moving to California, she earned a degree in Physical Education with a Dance emphasis from California State University, San Jose. She then furthered her dance training with the Los Gatos Academy of Dance under the direction of Gloria Mohrs, formerly with George Balanchine and the New York City Ballet.  Monica brings management skills to the school with a background in business as a troubleshooter for Crocker National Bank and office manager and real estate agent for LADEVCO (Land Development Corporation).  While managing Hawkins' business affairs for the last 25 years, Monica has also raised three children all of which have received Hawkins’ training; including her daughter, Melinda, who has used her training to pursue a career in musical theatre.

Monica Watts, Assistant Director, received her early Ballet training with the Bolf Dance Academy in Ottawa, Canada.  After moving to California, she earned a degree in Physical Education with a Dance emphasis from California State University, San Jose. She then furthered her dance training with the Los Gatos Academy of Dance under the direction of Gloria Mohrs, formerly with George Balanchine and the New York City Ballet.  Monica brings management skills to the school with a background in business as a troubleshooter for Crocker National Bank and office manager and real estate agent for LADEVCO (Land Development Corporation).  While managing Hawkins' business affairs for the last 25 years, Monica has also raised three children all of which have received Hawkins’ training; including her daughter, Melinda, who has used her training to pursue a career in musical theatre.