Owners

Deirdre Hawkins, the founder and artistic director of Hawkins School, holds an 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.

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Tapping since the age of seven, Luke Hawkins has grown from a three-time national champion to a highly sought-after performer and choreographer. Based out of New York City, Luke performs, choreographs and teaches, sharing his passion for tap around the world.

A string of performing credits began at age 8 and has included stage, screen and television.  Stage highlights include the Broadway production of Xanadu and the Cirque du Soleil productions of Banana Shpeel (NYC) and Joya (Cancun, Mexico), along with the City Center Encore's productions of No, No, Nanette, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and On Your Toes. Dozens of regional performances across the country round out his extensive list of stage productions including starring roles in Footloose, Big River, Mary Poppins, West Side Story, Oklahoma and Gypsy.

He has lit up screens both large and small including tapping alongside Channing Tatum in Hail, Caesar! His television credits include the 2015 Tony Awards, Gossip Girl, One Life to Live, America's Got Talent, The Jerry Lewis Telethon and The Colbert Report.

Luke has tapped around the world including a tour as a soloist with the Manhattan Symphonie Orchestra. Closer to home he was assistant choreographer to Tony Nominee Sergio Trujillo in Chasing The Song at the Lajolla Playhouse.

His boyish charm and contagious enthusiasm mask a killer work ethic and dedication to his craft. When he isn’t performing and choreographing, Luke is on faculty at The Broadway Dance Center, is co-owner of the Hawkins School of Performing Arts in Folsom, California where he is Co-Artistic Director of the Hawkins Tap Company, and is on faculty of the Broadway Dreams Foundation. Luke was named Mr. New York in 2012, is a Capezio Athlete and is a proud member of SAG, AFTRA, AEA and AGVA.

Faculty

  Kendra Barrera  began her dance training many years ago in ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop at several local studios. Kendra has competed in local competitions throughout her dance career receiving various awards. She danced on the Woodcreek High School Dance Team, which she later coached for 7 years. Kendra was also an instructor at El Dorado Dance Academy for 8 years directing and choreographing for the Kaleidoscope Touring Company. She performed as a back up dancer for Weird Al Yankovic and has danced and choreographed for the Miss Teenage California Pageant. While attending the University of California, Davis, she furthered her dance training in the dance program on campus and danced with Elite Dance Company.  Currently, Kendra is the artistic director for the Jazz Troupe at Hawkins School of Performing Arts and precision coach for the Hawkins Contemporary Jazz Company. Kendra also continues to dance as a member of Sacramento Contemporary Dance Theatre. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, and a Single Subject Teaching Credential in English and Dance from Sacramento State University. Additionally, Kendra is a teacher AT Marysville Charter Academy of the Arts teaching Dance and fulfilling the role of arts director overseeing all arts focused programs at the school. Kendra continues to enjoy her many opportunities to share her knowledge and love for dance with students throughout the greater Sacramento area.

Kendra Barrera began her dance training many years ago in ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop at several local studios. Kendra has competed in local competitions throughout her dance career receiving various awards. She danced on the Woodcreek High School Dance Team, which she later coached for 7 years. Kendra was also an instructor at El Dorado Dance Academy for 8 years directing and choreographing for the Kaleidoscope Touring Company. She performed as a back up dancer for Weird Al Yankovic and has danced and choreographed for the Miss Teenage California Pageant. While attending the University of California, Davis, she furthered her dance training in the dance program on campus and danced with Elite Dance Company.

Currently, Kendra is the artistic director for the Jazz Troupe at Hawkins School of Performing Arts and precision coach for the Hawkins Contemporary Jazz Company. Kendra also continues to dance as a member of Sacramento Contemporary Dance Theatre. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, and a Single Subject Teaching Credential in English and Dance from Sacramento State University. Additionally, Kendra is a teacher AT Marysville Charter Academy of the Arts teaching Dance and fulfilling the role of arts director overseeing all arts focused programs at the school. Kendra continues to enjoy her many opportunities to share her knowledge and love for dance with students throughout the greater Sacramento area.

  EMILY LEE CHEW  IS THE CURRENT DIRECTOR OF HAWKINS' JUNIOR HIP HOP COMPETITION TROUPE, DELAYED REACTION, AND CO-DIRECTOR OF SENIOR HIP HOP COMPETITION TROUPE, ADRENALINE RUSH. SHE INITIALLY DISCOVERED HER ENTHUSIASM FOR DANCE AND INSTRUCTION AS A STUDENT DIRECTOR FOR HER HIGH SCHOOL DANCE COMPANY UNDER THE ARTISTIC DIRECTION OF DR. MELISSSA BRAMHAM IN ELK GROVE, CA. EMILEE HAS HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO EXPAND HER HIP-HOP, CONTEMPORARY, MODERN, JAZZ, AND BALLET DANCE HORIZONS BY TRAINING AND PERFORMING WITH RED BUCKET DANCE THEATRE, GREATHOUSE OF DANCE, THE CSU SACRAMENTO DANCE DEPARTMENT, AS WELL AS SEVERAL LOCAL HIP-HOP COMPETITION CREWS.  OUTSIDE OF HAWKINS, EMILEE CO-DIRECTS EARTH KIDS (CONTEMPORARY HIP-HOP PROJECTS) AND PERFORMS WITH TWOPOINT4 DANCE THEATER (MODERN-CONTEMPORARY COMPANY). IN HER FREE TIME, SHE FAVORS SPENDING TIME WITH HER FAMILY AND RESCUED DOG, TAKING DANCE CLASSES, AND TRAVELLING THE WORLD.  MISS EMILEE STRIVES TO INSTILL STRONG WORK ETHIC, POSITIVIY, AND INDIVIDUALITY WITHIN ALL OF HER STUDENTS THROUGH THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE OF DANCE.

EMILY LEE CHEW IS THE CURRENT DIRECTOR OF HAWKINS' JUNIOR HIP HOP COMPETITION TROUPE, DELAYED REACTION, AND CO-DIRECTOR OF SENIOR HIP HOP COMPETITION TROUPE, ADRENALINE RUSH. SHE INITIALLY DISCOVERED HER ENTHUSIASM FOR DANCE AND INSTRUCTION AS A STUDENT DIRECTOR FOR HER HIGH SCHOOL DANCE COMPANY UNDER THE ARTISTIC DIRECTION OF DR. MELISSSA BRAMHAM IN ELK GROVE, CA. EMILEE HAS HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO EXPAND HER HIP-HOP, CONTEMPORARY, MODERN, JAZZ, AND BALLET DANCE HORIZONS BY TRAINING AND PERFORMING WITH RED BUCKET DANCE THEATRE, GREATHOUSE OF DANCE, THE CSU SACRAMENTO DANCE DEPARTMENT, AS WELL AS SEVERAL LOCAL HIP-HOP COMPETITION CREWS.

OUTSIDE OF HAWKINS, EMILEE CO-DIRECTS EARTH KIDS (CONTEMPORARY HIP-HOP PROJECTS) AND PERFORMS WITH TWOPOINT4 DANCE THEATER (MODERN-CONTEMPORARY COMPANY). IN HER FREE TIME, SHE FAVORS SPENDING TIME WITH HER FAMILY AND RESCUED DOG, TAKING DANCE CLASSES, AND TRAVELLING THE WORLD.

MISS EMILEE STRIVES TO INSTILL STRONG WORK ETHIC, POSITIVIY, AND INDIVIDUALITY WITHIN ALL OF HER STUDENTS THROUGH THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE OF DANCE.

  NIKI DEAN-PALMER , IS THE COACH AND OWNER OF PALMERS ELITE GYMNASTICS ACADEMY IN RANCHO CORDOVA CALIFORNIA. NIKI IS A FORMER GYMNAST, BASKETBALL, TRACK AND VOLLEYBALL ATHLETE. NIKI HAS ALWAYS BEEN VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT TRAINING AND WAS A FORMER MARTIAL ARTS INSTRUCTOR FOR THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY. SHE IS CURRENTLY A TRAINED AND CERTIFIED MEMBER OF USA GYMNASTICS. NIKI WAS BORN AND RAISED IN IOWA AND ATTENDED SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY ON SCHOLARSHIP WHILE ACQUIRING A BACHELORS DEGREE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE. NIKI IS MARRIED TO BRUCE WHO OWNS AWNING PROS INC. IN FOLSOM. SHE LOVES TO STAY BUSY MANAGING HER DAUGHTERS MODELING CAREER, HER COMPETITIVE GYMNASTICS/ACRO DANCE TRAINING AND HER PERSONAL GYMNASTICS CENTER. NIKI’S DAUGHTER IS CURRENTLY A DANCER FOR CONTEMPORARY JAZZ COMPANY AND BALLET TROUPE AT HAWKINS SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS AND HER OLDEST SON IS CURRENTLY SERVING IN THE MILITARY AND STATIONED IN WASHINGTON.

NIKI DEAN-PALMER, IS THE COACH AND OWNER OF PALMERS ELITE GYMNASTICS ACADEMY IN RANCHO CORDOVA CALIFORNIA. NIKI IS A FORMER GYMNAST, BASKETBALL, TRACK AND VOLLEYBALL ATHLETE. NIKI HAS ALWAYS BEEN VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT TRAINING AND WAS A FORMER MARTIAL ARTS INSTRUCTOR FOR THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY. SHE IS CURRENTLY A TRAINED AND CERTIFIED MEMBER OF USA GYMNASTICS. NIKI WAS BORN AND RAISED IN IOWA AND ATTENDED SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY ON SCHOLARSHIP WHILE ACQUIRING A BACHELORS DEGREE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE. NIKI IS MARRIED TO BRUCE WHO OWNS AWNING PROS INC. IN FOLSOM. SHE LOVES TO STAY BUSY MANAGING HER DAUGHTERS MODELING CAREER, HER COMPETITIVE GYMNASTICS/ACRO DANCE TRAINING AND HER PERSONAL GYMNASTICS CENTER. NIKI’S DAUGHTER IS CURRENTLY A DANCER FOR CONTEMPORARY JAZZ COMPANY AND BALLET TROUPE AT HAWKINS SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS AND HER OLDEST SON IS CURRENTLY SERVING IN THE MILITARY AND STATIONED IN WASHINGTON.

  Elio Gutierrez-Montoya

Elio Gutierrez-Montoya

Madison Hitchcock has been dancing since the age of four when she started at Tricks with a ballet class. She eventually found her love for tap dancing at Hawkins School of the Performing Arts. She proceeded to be on a Hawkins Tap Troupe for 3 years starting in 2009, and then moved up to Hawkins Tap Company Elite level in 2012. She also has been a part of the Hawkins Contemporary Jazz Company under Jacob Gutierrez-Montoya since 2014, and is currently in her second year on the Pre-Professional level. She’s been a teacher’s assistant for Marissa Tidrick, a substitute teacher at Hawkins for two years, and this is her first year as a staff teacher. Outside of Hawkins, she is invested in the theater program at Folsom High School as a technical theater student. She most recently decided to participate in Folsom High School’s Production of Newsieswhere she is a featured dancer and dance captain for the musical.

  Erin (Born) hogan  received her primary dance training under the direction of Margurite Phares. At age ten, she joined the Phares Theatre Ballet. During the eight years she was with PTB, Erin trained with many professional choreographers and teachers, spent two summers with the Boston Ballet, and gained an extensive background in ballet, modern, jazz and character dance. At the age of eighteen, Erin began her professional career with Ballet Iowa under the directorship of internationally known and former Bolshoi Ballet dancers, Konstintin Uralsky and Irina Vasssileni-Uralsky. Erin was a principal dancer with the company and danced in several classical and neoclassical ballets such as, Nutcracker, Chopiniana, La Bayadere, Swan Lake and many more. Upon returning to Sacramento, Erin began teaching at Hawkins School of Performing Arts in 1999. Erin has worked as a guest choreographer for The Folsom Lake civic Ballet and now the Hawkins Ballet Company. Erin has taken several Hawkins' dancers to the international ballet competition "Youth America Grand Prix" in San Francisco and New York. The students had an opportunity to work with internationally known teachers and choreographers in workshops at the San Francisco Ballet School and throughout New York City. Erin is currently staying busy with teaching, private instruction and guest work with the Hawkins Ballet Company. Erin is recently married to her husband, Robert and is also a busy mom to her eleven-year-old son, Colin, eight-year-old step-daughter, Haley and is happily expecting her third child at the end of August.

Erin (Born) hogan received her primary dance training under the direction of Margurite Phares. At age ten, she joined the Phares Theatre Ballet. During the eight years she was with PTB, Erin trained with many professional choreographers and teachers, spent two summers with the Boston Ballet, and gained an extensive background in ballet, modern, jazz and character dance. At the age of eighteen, Erin began her professional career with Ballet Iowa under the directorship of internationally known and former Bolshoi Ballet dancers, Konstintin Uralsky and Irina Vasssileni-Uralsky. Erin was a principal dancer with the company and danced in several classical and neoclassical ballets such as, Nutcracker, Chopiniana, La Bayadere, Swan Lake and many more. Upon returning to Sacramento, Erin began teaching at Hawkins School of Performing Arts in 1999. Erin has worked as a guest choreographer for The Folsom Lake civic Ballet and now the Hawkins Ballet Company. Erin has taken several Hawkins' dancers to the international ballet competition "Youth America Grand Prix" in San Francisco and New York. The students had an opportunity to work with internationally known teachers and choreographers in workshops at the San Francisco Ballet School and throughout New York City. Erin is currently staying busy with teaching, private instruction and guest work with the Hawkins Ballet Company. Erin is recently married to her husband, Robert and is also a busy mom to her eleven-year-old son, Colin, eight-year-old step-daughter, Haley and is happily expecting her third child at the end of August.

  Norine Brown  received her early dance training in Vancouver, Canada, and furthered her education at the Hammond School of Dancing in Chester England where she attained diplomas in Modern, National, RAD Ballet, Imperial Ballet, Anatomy, and Ballroom. Eventually she joined a French touring company and traveled extensively throughout Europe and over time, re-settled in Vancouver and began a ballet teaching career.  In 1986 along with husband Jeff, Norine moved to Sacramento, California. Since that time, she has undergone continual training and upgrading in the Cecchetti method, while entering students for exams, and is currently an examiner for CUSA (Cecchetti USA).  Norine travels to workshops and summer schools throughout the USA and Canada where she teaches students and participates in teacher classes. Former students have advanced their careers to become dancers with major Canadian and American companies. Norine enjoys teaching dance to all age groups whether they desire a professional career or are attending classes for pure enjoyment.

Norine Brown received her early dance training in Vancouver, Canada, and furthered her education at the Hammond School of Dancing in Chester England where she attained diplomas in Modern, National, RAD Ballet, Imperial Ballet, Anatomy, and Ballroom. Eventually she joined a French touring company and traveled extensively throughout Europe and over time, re-settled in Vancouver and began a ballet teaching career.

In 1986 along with husband Jeff, Norine moved to Sacramento, California. Since that time, she has undergone continual training and upgrading in the Cecchetti method, while entering students for exams, and is currently an examiner for CUSA (Cecchetti USA).

Norine travels to workshops and summer schools throughout the USA and Canada where she teaches students and participates in teacher classes. Former students have advanced their careers to become dancers with major Canadian and American companies. Norine enjoys teaching dance to all age groups whether they desire a professional career or are attending classes for pure enjoyment.

Tia Costa began her ballet career at age six at the Milpitas Dance Center with Susan Sigrist as her teacher. By the age of 13 she was an apprentice with the Santa Clara Ballet Company, co-directed by Josepha Villanueva and Benjamin Reyes, performing and touring many US states and Canada. Tia also danced at the Academy of Ballet in Placerville taught by Carol Fisher. Ms. Costa has over 20 years of teaching experience. In 1993 she opened her own studio in Georgetown which was in operation for 10 years, choreographing and producing performances annually. Tia also taught for 11 years with the Sacramento Academy of Dance and ran her own ballet program for 3 years at Capital Dance Center. Some of her former students have apprenticed with the Sacramento Ballet, are currently company members with the City Ballet of San Diego and have been on the summer program faculty for BYU. Tia is very excited to now be a part of the Hawkins School of Performing Arts family!

  Samuel Alden Fulk  is a professional ballet dancer currently living in Sacramento. He is experienced in a wide range of dance styles and methodologies, with a focus on classical ballet, modern, and contemporary dance. Born and raised in California, he grew up performing in dance, musical theatre and dramatic productions, later joining the pre-professional company Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, directed by Robert Kelley and Diane Cypher.  Samuel then went on to perform professionally with Utah Regional Ballet for six seasons under the direction of Jacqueline Colledge. During this time, he also attended Utah Valley University, from which he graduated with honors in 2014 with a BFA in Dance. While in Utah, Samuel also taught at Academy of Ballet directed by Lynne Thompson, and served as the Director of their second company Ballet Utah II North.  Since relocating to Sacramento in 2016, Samuel has become a highly sought after dance instructor in the region. In January of 2018 he became a professor of dance at CSU Sacramento, teaching upper division ballet. He teaches master classes and private lessons in classical and contemporary ballet, pas de deux, modern dance and broadway jazz. Samuel choreographs works on dancers with varying levels of experience, from beginning to professional. Samuel also performs as a guest artist for professional and pre-professional companies. He is proud to be a company member with Sacramento Contemporary Dance Theatre, a company which donates all proceeds to charity.

Samuel Alden Fulk is a professional ballet dancer currently living in Sacramento. He is experienced in a wide range of dance styles and methodologies, with a focus on classical ballet, modern, and contemporary dance. Born and raised in California, he grew up performing in dance, musical theatre and dramatic productions, later joining the pre-professional company Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, directed by Robert Kelley and Diane Cypher.

Samuel then went on to perform professionally with Utah Regional Ballet for six seasons under the direction of Jacqueline Colledge. During this time, he also attended Utah Valley University, from which he graduated with honors in 2014 with a BFA in Dance. While in Utah, Samuel also taught at Academy of Ballet directed by Lynne Thompson, and served as the Director of their second company Ballet Utah II North.

Since relocating to Sacramento in 2016, Samuel has become a highly sought after dance instructor in the region. In January of 2018 he became a professor of dance at CSU Sacramento, teaching upper division ballet. He teaches master classes and private lessons in classical and contemporary ballet, pas de deux, modern dance and broadway jazz. Samuel choreographs works on dancers with varying levels of experience, from beginning to professional. Samuel also performs as a guest artist for professional and pre-professional companies. He is proud to be a company member with Sacramento Contemporary Dance Theatre, a company which donates all proceeds to charity.

  Jacob Gutierrez-Montoya  is a highly sought-after teacher and internationally awarded choreographer trained in ballet, modern, tap and jazz. Based in Sacramento, Jacob received his education in dance at the University of Nevada Las Vegas where he was certified in the Erick Hawkins Technique and later received Lester Horton training while dancing with the Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theatre. He has also danced professionally throughout the world at numerous festivals, competitions and shows. Currently, he is the Artistic Director for the award-winning Hawkins Contemporary Jazz Company in Folsom, California, and is the Founder and Artistic Director for Sacramento Contemporary Dance Theatre.  As Artistic Director for the Hawkins Contemporary Jazz Company, Jacob trains over 80 students each year. Focusing on both technique and performance, he was recognized in 2013 as Dance Educator of the Year by Co Dance. He stages a critically acclaimed production each spring and travels throughout the country to competitions where his companies have won hundreds of awards, including a coveted “Judge’s Pick” award at The Dance Awards. His students have been accepted into such prestigious programs as the American Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre to expand their dance training.  Jacob is passionate about furthering his own training to provide the best instruction to his students. He attends workshops across the nation  to gain experience and understanding from as many dance styles as possible. He has been on staff at The Sacramento Ballet, Northern California Dance Conservatory and Sacramento Theatre Company and currently is the Resident Choreographer for the Roseville Unified School District. He also helps other teachers integrate art into their classroom as a Featured Teacher at the Teachers Symposium for Sacramento area teachers.  His choreography has won dozens of awards at national and international conventions and competitions including the Grand Prize at the Palm Desert International Choreographers Festival in both 2015 and 2017, where he has been selected as a finalist for four consecutive years. Jacob has choreographed more than a dozen shows for theaters throughout the region and has been recognized with a Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance Elly Award for both  In the Heights  and  Nevermore . Most recently, his work was recognized by the New York Musical Festival for his choreography for  Generation Me .  In 2015, Jacob founded Sacramento Contemporary Dance Theatre, a non-profit dance company designed to support other local charities and to encourage young dancers and choreographers in the region. In just over 2 year, Sacramento Contemporary Dance Theatre has raised over $30,000 for local programs to benefit cancer research, the deaf and hard of hearing community, and organization that fight human trafficking. Along with the Hawkins Contemporary Jazz Pre-Pro Company who apprentices for SCDT, they are the featured entertainment for saint John’s Party for Change in an effort to help women escape living in crisis. In partnership with the Hawkins School of Performing Arts, they host the Choreographer’s Initiative, providing over $2000 in dance scholarships to the teen winners annually.

Jacob Gutierrez-Montoya is a highly sought-after teacher and internationally awarded choreographer trained in ballet, modern, tap and jazz. Based in Sacramento, Jacob received his education in dance at the University of Nevada Las Vegas where he was certified in the Erick Hawkins Technique and later received Lester Horton training while dancing with the Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theatre. He has also danced professionally throughout the world at numerous festivals, competitions and shows. Currently, he is the Artistic Director for the award-winning Hawkins Contemporary Jazz Company in Folsom, California, and is the Founder and Artistic Director for Sacramento Contemporary Dance Theatre.

As Artistic Director for the Hawkins Contemporary Jazz Company, Jacob trains over 80 students each year. Focusing on both technique and performance, he was recognized in 2013 as Dance Educator of the Year by Co Dance. He stages a critically acclaimed production each spring and travels throughout the country to competitions where his companies have won hundreds of awards, including a coveted “Judge’s Pick” award at The Dance Awards. His students have been accepted into such prestigious programs as the American Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre to expand their dance training.

Jacob is passionate about furthering his own training to provide the best instruction to his students. He attends workshops across the nation

to gain experience and understanding from as many dance styles as possible. He has been on staff at The Sacramento Ballet, Northern California Dance Conservatory and Sacramento Theatre Company and currently is the Resident Choreographer for the Roseville Unified School District. He also helps other teachers integrate art into their classroom as a Featured Teacher at the Teachers Symposium for Sacramento area teachers.

His choreography has won dozens of awards at national and international conventions and competitions including the Grand Prize at the Palm Desert International Choreographers Festival in both 2015 and 2017, where he has been selected as a finalist for four consecutive years. Jacob has choreographed more than a dozen shows for theaters throughout the region and has been recognized with a Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance Elly Award for both In the Heights and Nevermore. Most recently, his work was recognized by the New York Musical Festival for his choreography for Generation Me.

In 2015, Jacob founded Sacramento Contemporary Dance Theatre, a non-profit dance company designed to support other local charities and to encourage young dancers and choreographers in the region. In just over 2 year, Sacramento Contemporary Dance Theatre has raised over $30,000 for local programs to benefit cancer research, the deaf and hard of hearing community, and organization that fight human trafficking. Along with the Hawkins Contemporary Jazz Pre-Pro Company who apprentices for SCDT, they are the featured entertainment for saint John’s Party for Change in an effort to help women escape living in crisis. In partnership with the Hawkins School of Performing Arts, they host the Choreographer’s Initiative, providing over $2000 in dance scholarships to the teen winners annually.

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 This is  Shannon Mahoney's  fourth year of teaching at Hawkins School of Performing Arts. She comes from both a strong dance and theatre background. She has danced with Colorado Ballet, receive her Bachelors in Fine Arts from the University of Wyoming, and her Masters in Fine Arts with an concentration in acting from California State University, Fullerton. Upon graduating, she performed at the Kennedy Center, helped to co-found Six Chairs and a Couple Artists Theatre Company in Long Beach, and danced for Synthesis Dance Company in Los Angeles. After moving to Sacramento, Shannon and her husband co-founded Big Idea Theatre where she held the position of Managing Director from 2008-2014. She is proud that Big Idea Theatre is entering its tenth season, and is recognized as one of the best places to see theatre in Sacramento according Sacramento Magazine and Sacramento News and Review.  In the past 5 years Shannon has choreographed Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play, Anna Karenina, Uncanny Valley, and ENRON at Capital Stage Theatre Company, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Grapes of Wrath at Sacramento Theatre Company, and Not Medea and Spinning Into Light at B Street Theatre Company. She directed Rapture Blister Burn at Capital Stage, Sense and Sensibility at Sacramento Theatre Company, and New Jerusalem at Big Idea Theatre (where she received an Ely Award for Best Direction 2013).  She has taught dance at The Dance Factory in Los Angeles and locally at Lines School of Performing Arts and Impulse Dance Studio in Roseville. As an artist and educator, she believes the role of dance is to inspire, communicate, educate and build a sense of community. She approaches her work with the belief that the best creative environments are those that embrace a well-organized process, collaboration, communication, respect, and fun. Shannon is thrilled to be a part of the Hawkins family.

This is Shannon Mahoney's fourth year of teaching at Hawkins School of Performing Arts. She comes from both a strong dance and theatre background. She has danced with Colorado Ballet, receive her Bachelors in Fine Arts from the University of Wyoming, and her Masters in Fine Arts with an concentration in acting from California State University, Fullerton. Upon graduating, she performed at the Kennedy Center, helped to co-found Six Chairs and a Couple Artists Theatre Company in Long Beach, and danced for Synthesis Dance Company in Los Angeles. After moving to Sacramento, Shannon and her husband co-founded Big Idea Theatre where she held the position of Managing Director from 2008-2014. She is proud that Big Idea Theatre is entering its tenth season, and is recognized as one of the best places to see theatre in Sacramento according Sacramento Magazine and Sacramento News and Review.

In the past 5 years Shannon has choreographed Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play, Anna Karenina, Uncanny Valley, and ENRON at Capital Stage Theatre Company, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Grapes of Wrath at Sacramento Theatre Company, and Not Medea and Spinning Into Light at B Street Theatre Company. She directed Rapture Blister Burn at Capital Stage, Sense and Sensibility at Sacramento Theatre Company, and New Jerusalem at Big Idea Theatre (where she received an Ely Award for Best Direction 2013).

She has taught dance at The Dance Factory in Los Angeles and locally at Lines School of Performing Arts and Impulse Dance Studio in Roseville. As an artist and educator, she believes the role of dance is to inspire, communicate, educate and build a sense of community. She approaches her work with the belief that the best creative environments are those that embrace a well-organized process, collaboration, communication, respect, and fun. Shannon is thrilled to be a part of the Hawkins family.

  Ralph Moyco  began dancing in 2006. His focus started in breakin' and eventually moved into other hip-hop styles such as popping & locking. He has participated in crews such as Elev8ted, Academy of Thugs/Kings & Huemen during his time as a dancer. In 2012 he co-founded a youth team called Anbu which competed in various northern California urban dance competitions. During his time with Anbu, he coordinated fundraisers, battles, shows, and other various events to finance the teams competitions; and even ended up placing at Collaboration in 2016. Now in his 4th year with Hawkins, he co-directs A-Rush with fellow Hawkins teacher Emily. With his big interest for all types of dance, Ralph is also pursuing further training in competitive International Latin Ballroom.

Ralph Moyco began dancing in 2006. His focus started in breakin' and eventually moved into other hip-hop styles such as popping & locking. He has participated in crews such as Elev8ted, Academy of Thugs/Kings & Huemen during his time as a dancer. In 2012 he co-founded a youth team called Anbu which competed in various northern California urban dance competitions. During his time with Anbu, he coordinated fundraisers, battles, shows, and other various events to finance the teams competitions; and even ended up placing at Collaboration in 2016. Now in his 4th year with Hawkins, he co-directs A-Rush with fellow Hawkins teacher Emily. With his big interest for all types of dance, Ralph is also pursuing further training in competitive International Latin Ballroom.

  Julia Neal  has been dancing since the age of three at various dance academies, and finally found a home at Hawkins School of Performing Arts in 2011. Since then she has embraced the kind but rigorous environment that Hawkins is known for, which helped her find her way to the Hawkins Ballet Company where she has spent the last four years perfecting the art of ballet. She has developed a passion for the beauty and grace of ballet, and it has influenced many aspects of her life. Because of both her love for dance and her love for children, she can’t wait to embark on her third year of teaching at Hawkins. In her time when she is not teaching or dancing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, babysitting, working out, being outdoors, and dancing around the house. She is so excited to be back for another amazing year at Hawkins.

Julia Neal has been dancing since the age of three at various dance academies, and finally found a home at Hawkins School of Performing Arts in 2011. Since then she has embraced the kind but rigorous environment that Hawkins is known for, which helped her find her way to the Hawkins Ballet Company where she has spent the last four years perfecting the art of ballet. She has developed a passion for the beauty and grace of ballet, and it has influenced many aspects of her life. Because of both her love for dance and her love for children, she can’t wait to embark on her third year of teaching at Hawkins. In her time when she is not teaching or dancing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, babysitting, working out, being outdoors, and dancing around the house. She is so excited to be back for another amazing year at Hawkins.

allie roe has been dancing since the age of three, starting at Hartin Dance Company in Palm Desert, CA before moving to Northern California and finding her home at Hawkins 4 years ago. Since coming to Hawkins, she has been dancing under Jacob Gutierrez-Montoya on the Hawkins Contemporary Jazz Company starting in jr elite and now dancing on the pre-professional level. Out of her 4 years being at Hawkins, 3 have been spent as a teaching assistant for Carly Snyder and. This is her first year officially on staff. A high school senior, Allie is excited to continue her love of dance teaching children while she in college.

Amy Scott is happy to return to the Hawkins staff. She has been teaching dance for over 20 years. She has professional dance experience as a former Kings Royal Court Dancer as well as performing in several shows with Music Circus. As an elementary school teacher, she designed a dance program for K-8th graders at Creative Connections Arts Academy, a performing arts charter school within Twin Rivers Unified School District. Currently, she is working as director for the Kids Fine Arts program at Sun River Church. There, she directs the annual Spring musical for 1st -5th graders. When Amy started tapping at the age of 11, she never knew what the world of dance had in store for her. She is extremely grateful for the opportunities that have come her way and the amazing people she has met throughout the journey. With the help of her children, she hosts an annual talent show in her neighborhood to raise money for charities. This group is called Creative Change (changing lives one performance at a time). Thus far, Creative Change has raised over $5,000 for charities and she hopes to inspire others to start a Creative Change group in their neighborhood. It is extremely fulfilling to use one's time and talents to save lives!

Tracy Shearer has been a Hawkins instructor for more than 20 years and is also on the faculty of the American River College Theatre Arts Department. At ARC she teaches acting, theatre and film classes and serves at the Vocal Director for the college's musicals. She also directs both mainstage and children's touring shows for the college. In the community, Tracy has vocal directed for Stage Right Productions and the Fair Oaks Theatre Festival, and most recently directed for Left Coast Theatre Company in San Francisco. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Music from the Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific, and a Master of Arts in Directing from California State University, Sacramento. When Tracy's not teaching, she's thoroughly enjoying her two wonderful daughters, both of whom have been involved in Hawkins’ dance, acting and vocals classes since they were old enough to show an interest!

  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.

This is Ashton Titus’s 14th season dancing at Hawkins, and second year as a teacher. In her time here, she has studied in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, hip-hop, musical theater, and other genres. She has been on the highest level of the Hawkins Contemporary Jazz Company for five years, and was a part of multiple HSPA Performing Troupes four years prior to her time on company. Ashton has studied under renowned teacher and choreographer, Jacob
Gutierrez-Montoya, for seven years. Under him, she and HCJC have received top scores at countless competitions and have made their presence known in the competition dance world with inspiring pieces, such as “Juliet” (2014-16), and “Glory” (2016-2017), which were both awarded the grand prize at the McCallum Choreography Festival. For the last four years, she has worked with Montoya as a teacher’s assistant, working on teaching and choreographic techniques with young company members. Most recently, her choreography has received awards at regional competitions, and she was awarded the grand prize at the Choreographers Initiative (2018) for her piece, “The Out-Crowd.” Outside of Hawkins, Ashton has trained with the Joffrey Ballet School, attending their summer intensives for two years, and performs with Sutter Street Theater Company, most recently in “In the Heights.”

  Kim Miles  began dancing at the age of three and has received training in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, acrobatics and musical theatre in the Sacramento Region. She danced competitively throughout high school as well as attending many dance conventions. She taught dance for 10 years at Foothills Dance Studio in Shingle Springs and also at CF Dance Academy in Orange County. Kim graduated from Sacramento State with a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development. During her college years Kim received dance training at Fullerton College and Sacramento State. Kim currently works for Diamond Dance Company teaching in preschools and elementary schools. Her enthusiastic and gentle nature has helped her success with teaching preschool age children. She also enjoys being a role model to the older dancers as well. Kim is extremely passionate about teaching and she is very focused on creating an atmosphere in which her students can develop a love for dance. Creating an environment that is filled with energy, positivity, support, and confidence is very important to Kim. Her goal is to instill confidence and passion in each dancer she teaches.

Kim Miles began dancing at the age of three and has received training in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, acrobatics and musical theatre in the Sacramento Region. She danced competitively throughout high school as well as attending many dance conventions. She taught dance for 10 years at Foothills Dance Studio in Shingle Springs and also at CF Dance Academy in Orange County. Kim graduated from Sacramento State with a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development. During her college years Kim received dance training at Fullerton College and Sacramento State. Kim currently works for Diamond Dance Company teaching in preschools and elementary schools. Her enthusiastic and gentle nature has helped her success with teaching preschool age children. She also enjoys being a role model to the older dancers as well. Kim is extremely passionate about teaching and she is very focused on creating an atmosphere in which her students can develop a love for dance. Creating an environment that is filled with energy, positivity, support, and confidence is very important to Kim. Her goal is to instill confidence and passion in each dancer she teaches.

 This is  Mary Quilici’ s first year as a teacher at Hawkins School of Performing Arts. Mary has been dancing since she was three years old, learning and growing as she progressed through different levels with different teachers. A little more than six years ago, she transferred to Hawkins to continue her education in dance; however, she felt almost as if she was coming home. Hawkins not only provided an amazing community for Mary, it provided her challenging and difficult courses where she was able to push herself. Hawkins provided Mary a welcoming environment where she learned to feel confident in her abilities and talents.  Mary has taken part in the LA tap fest and taken classes from amazing teachers, such as Dormeshia Edwards, Joseph Wiggan, and Jason Samuel Smith. She has performed in numerous performances as well as competed throughout her tap career as a student, and she is ecstatic to continue her career as a teacher. Mary believes that the true gift of dance is the ability to spread happiness and joy to others through movement. She has subbed numerous classes in the past at Hawkins and has loved connecting with her students. Mary enjoys pushing her students and challenging them in order to further their growth. Mary created a tap program her junior and senior year of high school, called Feel the Beat. This program provided free lessons for children with Down Syndrome and brought a lot of happiness into Mary’s life. She loves taking part in this wonderful community that gave her such a welcoming and joyful environment and looks forward to an incredible first year of teaching

This is Mary Quilici’s first year as a teacher at Hawkins School of Performing Arts. Mary has been dancing since she was three years old, learning and growing as she progressed through different levels with different teachers. A little more than six years ago, she transferred to Hawkins to continue her education in dance; however, she felt almost as if she was coming home. Hawkins not only provided an amazing community for Mary, it provided her challenging and difficult courses where she was able to push herself. Hawkins provided Mary a welcoming environment where she learned to feel confident in her abilities and talents.

Mary has taken part in the LA tap fest and taken classes from amazing teachers, such as Dormeshia Edwards, Joseph Wiggan, and Jason Samuel Smith. She has performed in numerous performances as well as competed throughout her tap career as a student, and she is ecstatic to continue her career as a teacher. Mary believes that the true gift of dance is the ability to spread happiness and joy to others through movement. She has subbed numerous classes in the past at Hawkins and has loved connecting with her students. Mary enjoys pushing her students and challenging them in order to further their growth. Mary created a tap program her junior and senior year of high school, called Feel the Beat. This program provided free lessons for children with Down Syndrome and brought a lot of happiness into Mary’s life. She loves taking part in this wonderful community that gave her such a welcoming and joyful environment and looks forward to an incredible first year of teaching

    Tony Nguyen  obtained a BA in Dance at CSU, Sacramento. He has furthered his artistic and performance voice locally in the Sacramento Community and in the Bay Area performing with Project Bandaloop, Paufve Dance, Mid to West Dance, Joe Goode Performance Group, Nolan T'Sani, Lisa Ross, Red Bucket Dance Theatre, DIG, Lori Bryhni, Felipe Barrueto, Shakiri and many other movers and shakers. He recently finished touring with Project Bandaloop to NCSU, Taiwan and Shanghai for the fall tour season hanging from ropes and dancing vertically. He is enjoying the adventure directing and dancing with TwoPoint4 as they work with choreographers locally and abroad. He loves his wife, his two cats, teaching dance, cooking pizza, eating pizza and holding a camera against his right eye. You can see his beautiful photography throughout our website and on the walls at the studio. www.tony-nguyen.com.

Tony Nguyen obtained a BA in Dance at CSU, Sacramento. He has furthered his artistic and performance voice locally in the Sacramento Community and in the Bay Area performing with Project Bandaloop, Paufve Dance, Mid to West Dance, Joe Goode Performance Group, Nolan T'Sani, Lisa Ross, Red Bucket Dance Theatre, DIG, Lori Bryhni, Felipe Barrueto, Shakiri and many other movers and shakers. He recently finished touring with Project Bandaloop to NCSU, Taiwan and Shanghai for the fall tour season hanging from ropes and dancing vertically. He is enjoying the adventure directing and dancing with TwoPoint4 as they work with choreographers locally and abroad. He loves his wife, his two cats, teaching dance, cooking pizza, eating pizza and holding a camera against his right eye. You can see his beautiful photography throughout our website and on the walls at the studio. www.tony-nguyen.com.

  Kelley Saia  is thrilled to be back "home" teaching at Hawkins, where she grew up dancing! Kelley was a former principal dancer with the Folsom Lake Civic Ballet Theater under the direction of Dierdre Hawkins. During her time with the ballet company, she was also a member of the jazz company through which she was awarded Dance Spirit Magazine's technical skill award and KAR Kids New York City Scholarship for her solo work. She went on to earn her BA in both English and Dance from Sacramento State. Kelley had the opportunity to perform for faculty, student, and guest choreographers at Sac State and was privileged to be an ArtsBridge Scholarship recipient and a performer at two American College Dance Festivals. Upon graduation, Kelley realized her passion for teaching and began her career as a founding teacher at a now thriving charter school where she taught 7th grade Language Arts and 9th grade Performing Arts. When Kelley is not teaching, she can be found spending time with her husband and two kids.

Kelley Saia is thrilled to be back "home" teaching at Hawkins, where she grew up dancing! Kelley was a former principal dancer with the Folsom Lake Civic Ballet Theater under the direction of Dierdre Hawkins. During her time with the ballet company, she was also a member of the jazz company through which she was awarded Dance Spirit Magazine's technical skill award and KAR Kids New York City Scholarship for her solo work. She went on to earn her BA in both English and Dance from Sacramento State. Kelley had the opportunity to perform for faculty, student, and guest choreographers at Sac State and was privileged to be an ArtsBridge Scholarship recipient and a performer at two American College Dance Festivals. Upon graduation, Kelley realized her passion for teaching and began her career as a founding teacher at a now thriving charter school where she taught 7th grade Language Arts and 9th grade Performing Arts. When Kelley is not teaching, she can be found spending time with her husband and two kids.

     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 OSES’ 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 the HAWKING classical and contemporary BALLET company 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 OSES’ 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 the HAWKING classical and contemporary BALLET company PRINCIPAL DANCERS.

  Jany Slay  discovered her passion for yoga in 2013 and dove into teaching studio Vinyasa Yoga immediately upon completing her first teacher training. She has since been certified with a level two advanced training focused on yogic philosophy and sequencing, a yoga assist training to incorporate hands on alignment adjustments, and a Sculpt Yoga training to incorporate hand weight drills for strength building. She currently teaches at Solfire Yoga, The Well at California State University, Sacramento, and is a board member and teacher for Yoga Moves Us - a non-for-profit organization dedicated to offering free classes to communities in Sacramento, Davis, Roseville, and Folsom. Jany strives to provide a welcoming space for students to feel the benefits of a focused attention, various breath techniques, and sequences designed to allow the body to expand and release tension. Her second passion to yoga is traveling abroad and she hopes to visit the one continent she has yet to explore, Antarctica, before her 40th birthday.

Jany Slay discovered her passion for yoga in 2013 and dove into teaching studio Vinyasa Yoga immediately upon completing her first teacher training. She has since been certified with a level two advanced training focused on yogic philosophy and sequencing, a yoga assist training to incorporate hands on alignment adjustments, and a Sculpt Yoga training to incorporate hand weight drills for strength building. She currently teaches at Solfire Yoga, The Well at California State University, Sacramento, and is a board member and teacher for Yoga Moves Us - a non-for-profit organization dedicated to offering free classes to communities in Sacramento, Davis, Roseville, and Folsom. Jany strives to provide a welcoming space for students to feel the benefits of a focused attention, various breath techniques, and sequences designed to allow the body to expand and release tension. Her second passion to yoga is traveling abroad and she hopes to visit the one continent she has yet to explore, Antarctica, before her 40th birthday.

    Marissa Tidrick  is a teacher, coach and choreographer to dancers of all ages in the greater Sacramento area. She is trained in the classic styles of Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, and certified in Cecchetti (Italian style) Ballet. Growing up in a military family Marissa moved frequently, and was exposed to an eclectic array of inspiring instructors.   Today she proudly acts as Artistic Director to five thriving dance troupes, including the new Dancing in Disneyland Troupe. Three of these five troupes belong to the Hawkins School of Performing Arts in Folsom, CA, and two in Yuba City, CA at the Studio B Academy of Ballet. While instructing at Studio B over the last three years, she has constructed an enriching tap program focused on enhancing musicality in ballet dancers. During the competition season, Marissa’s teams regularly receive high marks and additional recognition for their performances. Some of her favorite judges’ awards include, “Most Original Choreography” (Rainbow Competition 2018), “Best Musicality” (Headliners Competition 2016), “Tapping Divas” (Rainbow Competition 2017), “Best Costumes” (Rainbow Competition 2017), and the “Pure Joy to Watch” Award (Headliners Competition 2015). Her choreography has successfully assisted dancers gain access into both Alvin Ailey and The Joffery Ballet dance programs.  She frequently strives for personal excellence and regularly partakes in teacher workshops and weekly drum lessons to continue growing as an educator, artist, and musician. Marissa still loves to perform and will occasionally take to the stage for a musical theatre production. Some of her most memorable include, Chicago, Cabaret, Wild Party, Curtains, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Boxed Up the Musical.   As she steps forward into the coming year, she is confident it will be one of success, growth, and lots of fun. She strongly feels her program not only teaches dancing but also that it helps dancers learn to believe they can accomplish anything.  She is proud to call Hawkins her home and honored to be announced as the hawkins Tap Company Artistic Director for 2018-19!.

Marissa Tidrick is a teacher, coach and choreographer to dancers of all ages in the greater Sacramento area. She is trained in the classic styles of Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, and certified in Cecchetti (Italian style) Ballet. Growing up in a military family Marissa moved frequently, and was exposed to an eclectic array of inspiring instructors.

Today she proudly acts as Artistic Director to five thriving dance troupes, including the new Dancing in Disneyland Troupe. Three of these five troupes belong to the Hawkins School of Performing Arts in Folsom, CA, and two in Yuba City, CA at the Studio B Academy of Ballet. While instructing at Studio B over the last three years, she has constructed an enriching tap program focused on enhancing musicality in ballet dancers. During the competition season, Marissa’s teams regularly receive high marks and additional recognition for their performances. Some of her favorite judges’ awards include, “Most Original Choreography” (Rainbow Competition 2018), “Best Musicality” (Headliners Competition 2016), “Tapping Divas” (Rainbow Competition 2017), “Best Costumes” (Rainbow Competition 2017), and the “Pure Joy to Watch” Award (Headliners Competition 2015). Her choreography has successfully assisted dancers gain access into both Alvin Ailey and The Joffery Ballet dance programs.
She frequently strives for personal excellence and regularly partakes in teacher workshops and weekly drum lessons to continue growing as an educator, artist, and musician. Marissa still loves to perform and will occasionally take to the stage for a musical theatre production. Some of her most memorable include, Chicago, Cabaret, Wild Party, Curtains, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Boxed Up the Musical.

As she steps forward into the coming year, she is confident it will be one of success, growth, and lots of fun. She strongly feels her program not only teaches dancing but also that it helps dancers learn to believe they can accomplish anything.

She is proud to call Hawkins her home and honored to be announced as the hawkins Tap Company Artistic Director for 2018-19!.

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 working for Hawkins 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 working for Hawkins 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.

  Karen Slattery

Karen Slattery

  julie Blakeney

julie Blakeney

  Kristin Rost

Kristin Rost

Photos by Tony Nguyen Photography