Faculty & Staff  

Artistic Directors

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DEIRDRE HAWKINS
SCHOOL FOUNDER

Artistic Director

Hawkins Classical and Contemporary Ballet Company

Luke Hawkins is a NYC-based entertainer, as well as Co-Artistic Director (Tap), choreographer and instructor at Hawkins.

While Luke has excelled in tap dance, he is also a recognized actor and musician.

LUKE HAWKINS
Co-Artistic Director
Musical Theatre/Tap Company

Jacob is the Artistic Director for Hawkins Contemporary Jazz Company (HCJC), as well as Artistic Director for the Sacramento Contemporary Dance Company.

He teaches jazz and contemporary dance at all levels, and is certified in the Giordano Method. 

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JACOB GUTIÉRREZ-MONTOYA
Artistic Director
Contemporary Jazz Company,
Co-Director Parade Troupe

Kelley is the Artistic Director for Jazz Troupe and Modern Dance Troupe (MODt), as well as Assistant Artistic Director for Hawkins Contemporary Jazz Company 2 and 3s.

She teaches Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Stretch and PBT to all ages

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KELLEY SAIA
Assistant Director, 
Contemporary Jazz Company,
Co-Director Jazz Troupe

Kendra is the Precision Coach for the Contemporary Jazz Company (HCJC).

She teaches Jazz and Contemporary, as well as the  Giordano Method.

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KENDRA BARRERA
Assistant Director
Contemporary Jazz Company,
Co-Director Parade Troupe

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Kelley is Artistic Director for the Jazz Troupe and Co-Artistic Director for the Modern Dance Troupe,  as well as Assistant Artistic Director for the Contemporary Jazz Company. 

She instructs in Jazz, Contemporary and Modern dance for both children and adults.

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Erin is the Assistant Artistic Director for the Ballet Company.

 

She teaches the advanced levels of ballet at Hawkins

Emilee is the Co-Artistic Director for the Hip Hop Troupes.

She teaches hip hop and jazz at all ages levels

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Elio is the Artistic Director of the Musical Theater Company.

 

He is an instructor for musical theater and acting.

Will is the Co-Artistic Director of the Hip Hop Troupes.

 

He is an instructor for hip hop and just an all-around hip guy.

ELIO GUTIERREZ-MONTOYA
Co-Artistic Director
Musical Theatre/Tap Company
ERIN HOGAN
Assistant Director
Ballet Company
EMILEE MERCADO
Co-Artistic Director
Hip Hop Troupe
WILL MCCRAY
Co-Artistic Director
Hip Hop Troupe

Faculty & Staff

Keyla is the Co-Artistic Director of the Tap Company.

 

She teaches all levels of tap dance and is also trained in jazz and ballet as well.

KEYLA PARKER
Artistic Director
Tap Troupe

Instructors

Kamarri Abe

Christi Axelson

Ryan Blanning

Casey Camacho

Alexandra Cunningham

Niki Dean-Palmer

Samuel Fulk

Aly Homen

Kareem Jenkins

Sarah Marshall

Haley Martinez
Malia Murray
Michael Separovich
Tracy Shearer
Franchesca Sonoyama
Michael Vester
Holly Welpott
Ariel Krystyne Wright
Heather Wysong 

Student Instructors

Samantha Axelson
Madison Jones

Isabella Rollins
Madeline Skalet

Administrative Team