Seaside Arts Center's teachers lead with enthusiasm, pedagogical expertise, passion, and fun, keeping students engaged and excited to learn.
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Elyssa Dru Rosenberg (she/her) holds a Master’s degree in Dance and Dance Education from New York University and a B.A. from Tufts University. As a dance educator, she brings her passion for historical context and artistic development to her students in her Isadora Duncan technique, Ballet, and Creative Movement classes. Elyssa is a world-renowned expert in the legacy of Isadora Duncan and has presented her research, choreography and historical restorations at dance education and dance history conferences and in numerous venues around the United States. She has also taught Master classes and workshops at universities including UCSD, Tufts University, NYU, and SUNY Purchase. As a performer and choreographer, Elyssa’s work has been presented at various venues in New York City, San Diego and Boston. Elyssa founded Seaside Arts Center as a creative space for children of all ages and means to express themselves and gain confidence through art.
Hollie delaMontaigne (she/her) is a Southern California native and graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara. She studied Art History and Early Childhood Education and has worked for various non-profit organizations in communications and development. She also has more than a decade of experience working with children, which taught her how essential it is for children to have a creative outlet and to find their own voices. As Director of Operations at Seaside, Hollie oversees everything from tuition and billing to scheduling and communications. When not at the Seaside studio, Hollie can be found with her energetic toddler, James, her husband, Brian, and their rambunctious boxer dog, Rudi.
Lucia Padilla (she/her/they) was born and raised in National City, California, and began her dance training at transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project. From there she practiced a variety of dance styles such as modern, afro-cuban, and improvisation. She attended San Francisco State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Minor in Women's Studies. After moving back to San Diego, she reconnected with transcenDANCE as a Teaching Artist, and has been teaching special needs students of all ages through their off-site Artist in Residency program. In addition, she spread her passion for the arts in other communities such as Malashock Dance School and Sesame Place's Entertainment Department. Lucia's current purpose is to spread the joy and importance of dance education to San Diego communities.
Christine Rudy-Reed (she/her) is a certified dance educator in public PK-12 education. In addition to her work at Seaside Arts Center, Christine serves as the Magnet Schools Assistance Program Arts Resource Teacher at Creative, Performing, Media Arts (CPMA) Magnet Middle School, guiding and supporting teacher professional learning and curriculum development for the San Diego Unified School District. Christine has been an active member of several organizations, including the Illinois Dance Education Organization (founding Board of Directors), Prismatic Movement (founding Board of Directors), and the National Dance Education Organization (Development Committee, K-12 Teaching Mentorship Committee). Christine holds a Masters in Teaching, with a focus in Elementary Education, from Columbia College Chicago, as well as a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in General Business Administration, Dance, and Arts Management, from Bowling Green State University.
Justine Elise Banal (they/she) is a passionate performing artist and educator with a heart for her community. She cultivated her love of dance in middle school when she started taking hip-hop classes at her community center and is proof that accessible arts education can change a person's life for the better. A few of Justine’s professional performing credits include Insomniac Entertainment, Legoland California Resort, Anime Expo, and Teatro San Diego. As an instructor, Justine believes that everyone, regardless of experience, has valuable knowledge to bring a class. She is passionate about honoring the historical and cultural context behind different dance forms and empowering her students to use this knowledge to inspire their own creative expression.
Olesya Antonio (she/her) (Mezzo Soprano) is a graduate of the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she studied with Sergey Aleksashkin, an internationally renowned singer with the Mariinsky theatre. After graduation, she moved to Vienna, Austria, where she made her debut with Neue Oper Wien, in a production of Orpheus by Check-Monteverdi. In 2008, Olesya moved to Lisbon, Portugal, where she continued her carrier as an opera soloist in the Theatre Nacional de Sao Carlos. Olesya is a laureate of several international Opera competitions in Spain, Italy, and Bulgaria. She works with voice students of all ages, and her specialties include breathing, tone creation and placement, diaphragm support, resonance, performance and much more. In 2014, Olesya moved from Lisbon to San Diego, where she currently resides with her family, including three young children.
Danielle Behrens (she/her) was born and raised in Visalia, California. She works professionally as a musical theatre performer and dance instructor in both California and New York City. She has been dancing since the age of 3 and teaching and choreographing since the age of 16. While studying dance at Sierra Performing Arts Center, Danielle quickly discovered that she wanted to pursue a career in the arts and began training in voice and acting as well. She continued her training at College of the Sequoias, and then transferred to Marymount Manhattan College in New York City where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre. After graduation, Danielle joined the North American touring cast of The Wizard of Oz working as a swing. She then performed on the Disney Wonder cruise ship where she appeared onstage as Aurora, Cinderella, Belle and more. Danielle has also had the pleasure of performing at many regional theaters around the country. Some of her favorite credits include: Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street, Clara Johnson in The Light in the Piazza, Kathy Selden in Singin' in the Rain, and Meg Giry in Phantom of the Opera. She has worked as an instructor and choreographer at Broadway Dance Center, Thommie Retter’s NYC Tap Crew, Lopresti Dance Theatre, Sierra Performing Arts Center and College of the Sequoias. She loves sharing her passion for the arts as well as everything she has learned along the way!
Originally from Colorado, Stacie Birky Greene (she/her) received degrees in Art and Art History from the University of Kentucky. She also studied in Florence, Italy, and at the Art Institute of Chicago. Although painting was the focus of her training, she has explored her art in a wide variety of media, including drawing, installation and mixed media work. Since 1998 Stacie has been teaching art to children and adults throughout San Diego county, though non-profit organizations, private studios and private lessons. Stacie believes in providing a warm and open classroom environment where students learn the fundamentals of art, for example, portraiture, still life, landscape, color theory and art history. These subjects are explored while fostering a sense of creativity and personal expression. She feels the visual arts open doors that can empower a student, helping them to develop confidence and individuality by embracing both the intuitive and the rational, and providing a framework for creative thinking that is applicable to a broad variety of study.
Uriah Brown (he/him) (Bass-Baritone) is a graduate of San Diego State University where he earned a BM in Music Education and a BA in Spanish for Education. He is a classically trained Singer and has performed in a few operas, but is deeply rooted in Gospel and R&B as he grew up and learned to sing at church. Uriah has an extensive background in musical theater both on-stage and behind the scenes. Some of his favorite leading roles were in The Wizard of Oz, Rent, and The Music Man. Although he loves to be on stage, Uriah’s true passions are Education and Advocacy for the Music and Dramatic Arts. He has served as an ambassador and mentor for Youth Entertainment Stage Company (Y.E.S. Co.), a Musical Theater Arts Education program of the Stanislaus County Office of Education in partnership with Gallo Center for the Arts and is annual lead performer for UC Merced’s Children’s Opera, an outreach program servicing the neighboring schools and districts.
Uriah is originally from the San Fransisco Bay-Area, but spent his most important and formative years in Turlock, California. Uriah is thrilled to share his passion for the stage and music with the children of Seaside Arts Center and it’s community.
Hannah Cook (she/her) graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCSD with a BA in Dance. She has taught dance for children of all ages for the past 8 years all over San Diego County, including enrichment programs in academic settings. Ms. Cook enjoys introducing kids to rhythm and creative movement as well as developing their gross motor skills, emotional expression, and technique.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Selena (she/her) trained as a classical ballet dancer. At age 19, after performing and touring with local companies (Robert Moses & Robert Henry Johnson), Selena moved to NYC, where she discovered Pilates. She found it was the perfect rehab/cross training for Ballet dancers and quickly saw how it would benefit anyone. For 20 years Selena has taught all levels of Pilates, tailoring her teaching to meet the needs from her clients.Selena is certified in both Mat & Equipment Pilates.
After training in Ballet from the age of 4 at the Performing Arts Workshop in Encinitas, Rebecca Elster (she/her) graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2017 with dual degrees in Dance and Education. Upon graduation she was named in the Santa Barbara Independent’s “young artists to watch” list, and awarded the “Emerging Dance Artist 2017” prize. She was also awarded the DEL Scholarship to receive training at the Dance Education Laboratory in New York. She particularly enjoyed touring internationally and getting to perform in London, Athens, Cypress, and Italy as well as in New York and California. Rebecca is very happy to be back at her “childhood dance home” teaching dance in North County!
Rose Holliday (she/they), a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, is a competitive ballroom dancer with over a decade of experience. Throughout her career, she has received regional and national placements while also being able to train all over the world in places such as Prague, London, New York City, and Los Angeles to hone her skills in both Latin and Ballroom styles. Alongside their dance pursuits, she has had the privilege of teaching and working with people of all ages and backgrounds, including adults and children with disabilities. Rose has a passion for teaching movement and expression to people of all abilities and is very excited to join the Art & Heart team at Seaside to further this goal! On her off days, you can probably find her scouring thrift stores for deals or roaming the library for a new book.
Megan McBrian (she/her) is a San Diego-based dance professional, choreographer, and teacher. Originally from San Jose, CA, Megan began her dance training at the age of two and has studied extensively in the styles of ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and modern throughout her career. In 2016, she received a B.F.A. in Dance from San Diego State University and was a member of the SDSU Dance Company where she continued to perform and adapt her personal movement aesthetic. She has attended programs including the American Dance Festival and the American Dance Festival Winter Intensive. In 2016, Megan spent a year furthering her dance career in New York City. While in NYC, Megan performed as a company member on Bryce Dance Company, collaborated and performed in work by Sandra Kramerova, and danced in multiple music videos for various music artists. Since moving back to San Diego, Megan has performed and collaborated in dance shows throughout San Diego, as well as choreographed and produced work herself. Megan teaches dance styles including ballet, hip hop, jazz, and musical theater and is excited to start a new teaching journey with Seaside Arts Center!
Shiri Ramras (she/her) was born and raised in Mexico City where she received her BA in Communication Science at the Universidad Anáhuac de Mexico. After moving to San Diego in 2001, she continued her studies in Early Childhood Development. Shiri has been working in education for more than 25 years, 15 of those as a preschool teacher. She worked as a Music Together teacher for over 10 years bringing music and movement to infants, toddlers and preschool children. In her spare time, Shiri enjoys listening to music and going to the theater with her husband and two daughters. Shiri is excited to be part of the Seaside Arts team and sharing her love for music with children.
Wen Song (she/her) has developed a great passion for the arts through the years. She is arecent graduate of the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts (SDSCPA) where she trained in numerous dance styles which include, ballet, Horton, Limon, Graham, jazz, tap, Fosse, and Bennett. Along with dance, she has trained in acting and voice, as well as design and visual arts. She plans to work toward her teaching credential to help youth grow their
passion for the arts as her teachers have done for her. She is currently pursuing a B.A. in dance and is excited to begin her teaching journey at Seaside Arts Center.
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