RADIANCE SCHOOL of BALLET

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Lindsey Parker

 

- BALLET & TAP INSTRUCTOR -

Lindsey has passionately been dancing since she was 3 years old. She trained at Yoko's Dance and Performing Arts Academy where she was a part of a Nationally award-winning competition team. Her training included ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern and contemporary. While at Yoko's, Lindsey was given the opportunity and privilege to dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Fremont Symphony's The Nutcracker for 5 years. She was also a Dance Ambassador for the sister city of Fremont, Fukaya, Japan, and traveled to Japan twice to perform for the city's mayor and many dignitaries in Japan. 

Pursuing her love for dance throughout college, Lindsey received  her BFA in Dance, emphasis on Ballet, and a Minor in Business Administration from Belhaven University in Jackson, MS. While at Belhaven, she studied under the direction of Caleb Mitchell, and Stephen Wynne, among others. Having had the pleasure to work with many well-known instructors and guest artists, including Charmaine Hunter, Steve Rooks, and Gary Galbraith from Martha Graham Company, only made her more confident and grounded in her passion for dance.  

Lindsey was hired on as a guest performer with Masterworks Performing Arts Festival for 2 years, performing in Swan Lake, as well as leading roles in many new works. 

Lindsey is currently in her eighth year as a company dancer with the Anastasis Ballet Company. During her time with the company, she has performed leading roles in Handel's Messiah Ballet, The Prayer, Testimony, PRISM & The Cobbler's Gift. Lindsey also joined the company on their August 2013 tour to Colorado to benefit an orphanage in Uganda. 

With 15+ years of teaching experience, Lindsey has had extensive experience working with students as young as 3 years old to adult. Lindsey hopes her teaching allows her students to see their great worth and to gain a love and passion for dance, just as her instructors did for her.  


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Sarah Russell

 

- BALLET INSTRUCTOR -

Sarah Russell, a native of Northern California, began dancing seriously during her teenage years, while training with Lorey Conlin at City Dance Center in Yuba City.  She also trained with Barbara Crockett and Allison Deane at Deane Dance Center in Sacramento.  After graduating high school, Sarah moved to Jackson, Mississippi, where she trained in Ballet Magnificat!’s School of the Arts and later became a trainee in their professional company.  While in Mississippi, Sarah trained with Jiri Voborsky, Sol Nazario, Tennille Carver, and International Ballet Competition medalist Kathy Thibodeaux. 

After moving back to the Sacramento area, Sarah began teaching at the Conservatory of Dance, and subsequently purchased the studio in 2007.  While Sarah loves the art of ballet, her true passion is teaching, which she has done for 20 years.  She has staged one-act versions of such famous ballets as Don QuixoteSwan Lake, and Giselle.  Her students have been accepted into summer programs at ABT New York, Marin Dance Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, State Street Ballet, and Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet, to name a few.  Her graduates have been accepted into dance programs at Belhaven University, CSU Long Beach, Texas Christian University, UC Irvine, as well as a fellowship at Atlanta Ballet and Los Angeles Ballet.

Additionally, Sarah has been the director of Ballet Rejoice for the past ten years, and has created several original ballets for the company including Gates of SplendorRedeemed, and Soli Deo Gloria. Sarah loves teaching her students about the discipline and beauty of dance, and enjoys seeing them reach their full potential.

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OLIVIA SHIRLEY

- BALLET INSTRUCTOR -

Olivia’s dance training began at the California Academy of Ballet. From there, her studies took a more serious focus on classical ballet when she joined the Contra Costa Ballet under the directorship of Zola Dishong and Richard Cammack. Olivia also had the opportunity to dance as  an Apprentice of Diablo Ballet under the direction of Tina Kay Bohnstedt. During these years, her training consisted of a strong Vaganova emphasis with influences from many other styles and teachers. After sustaining several injuries early on in her career, Olivia was forced to postpone her dancing. Confronted with many surgeries and decisions that would impact the future of her dancing, Olivia decided to use this time to educate herself on the body and explore how ballet can marry with proper bio-mechanics in the hopes restoring her ability. During this time when she was unable to dance ballet regularly, Olivia spent many hours each week doing aerial arts, contortion, and contemporary dance at local circus centers. Six years later, after a tremendous amount of work and dedication to her Pilates practice and anatomy/physiology studies, she can proudly dance pain free! 

Olivia is a comprehensively trained, PMA certified Pilates teacher through Balanced Body University. She is also currently on track to graduate in Spring 2020 from California Baptist University with a B.S. in Kinesiology. Having taught ballet since 2007, Olivia is passionate about challenging and empowering dancers while educating them on how their bodies were designed to function. This unique perspective allows her students to expand and grow as classical dancers without compromising safety in their movement.

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KRISTIN DELSOLDATO

- BALLET INSTRUCTOR - 

Kristin had taught ballet and pre-school dance in the south and east bay for over thirty years. She trained at Elizabeth Neaumann's Ballet School in Saratoga, Ca., The Los Gatos Academy of Dance, San Jose Dance Theatre, Ballet West and The Boston Ballet. Kristin studied Early Childhood Education. She is married with 3 adult children and is expecting her first grandchild in November.


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Jill Weaver

- ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - 

Jill began her dance training at the age of 5. By the age of 12 she realized she was most passionate about ballet and began to re-direct her focus to training in classical ballet at San Jose Dance Theatre under the direction of Paul E. Curtis and Shawn Stuart. Jill later trained at Western Ballet under Alessandra di Pierro and Mark Foehringer, where she performed leading roles in The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Coppelia, and other various ballet and contemporary pieces. 

After graduating high school, Jill was offered a contract to tour with Oakland Ballet Company for their national tour of The Secret Garden. Jill continued performing with the company in the Corps de Ballet for two seasons, dancing in such ballets as The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Beneath the Wake by San Francisco Ballet's Betsy Erickson, Bolero, and Billy the Kid.

Jill moved to Jackson, Misssissippi and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ballet from Belhaven University in 2003. 

Jill joined Anastasis Ballet Company in 2010 and enjoyed seven seasons dancing with the company. During her time with Anastasis, Jill has performed leading roles in ballets including Handel's Messiah Ballet,The Prayer, TestimonyPRISM & The Cobbler's Gift. She also had the privilege of touring with the company to Colorado in August of 2013.

Since returning to California in 2003, Jill has been teaching ballet throughout the Bay Area, and is now excited to be teaching at Radiance School of Ballet. Jill desires to inspire the next generation of dancers to reach their full potential in the beautiful art of ballet.

Though Jill has a passion for teaching and dancing, Jill most enjoys being mommy to her two sweet boys, Dawson and Evan.


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Rachel Roepke

- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -

Rachel Roepke began her classical ballet training under the direction of Sherida Sullivan in 1986. Under the direction of Mrs. Sullivan, Rachel performed the roles of Carabosse (The Sleeping Beauty), Little Swans and Pas de Trois (Swan Lake), and the Summer Fairy (Cinderella). She continued training with Jolynda Lyon at SONdance Ministries in 1999. She completed grades 1-4 and professional levels 5-6 Ceccetti syllabus examinations, earning certificates from the Cecchetti Council of America. Additionally, she began to teach and choreograph for SONdance Ministries and became a certified teacher in the Cecchetti method grades 1-2. In 2002 Rachel moved to Jackson, MS where she spent two years training professionally with Ballet Magnificat!, and dancing with Ballet Magnificat! Trainee Company. While at Ballet Magnificat!, Mrs. Roepke received instruction from teachers including ballet mistress Sol Nazario, Tennille Carver, Kathy Thibodeaux, Jiri Vaborsky, and National Ballet of Cuba's Laura Alonzo. She performed in Deliver Us!, Unveiled Hope, Burlap to Cashmere, A Christmas Festival, God Gets the Glory, The Mission, and Real Life.

In 2004 she moved to Jackson, MI to teach for the Academy of the Arts, dance for the Jackson Ballet Company and receive additional training from former Ballet Magnificat! Trainee Director Tennille Carver.

In 2005 Rachel returned to California and was asked to assume the position of Artistic Director for Aroma - SONdance Ministry Team. She continued as Artistic Director for Aroma until June of 2009, directing, choreographing, dancing and touring to various events in California including the Southern Baptist Tsunami Youth Convention. She was also on staff with SONdance Christian Dance School teaching ballet technique, pointe, pre-pointe and jazz until June of 2009.

Rachel was fortunate enough to tour to Amsterdam in 2007 and 2008, dancing and presenting public and school performances as well as offering dance workshops. 

Mrs. Roepke holds a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational Leadership and Management and a minor in communication from Regent University. In addition to her ballet certifications, she has been a certified STOTT Pilates instructor since 2008. 

Rachel now acts as the Executive Director of Radiance School of Ballet, overseeing all the functions of the organization and providing vision for the future. She also serves as CEO and Artistic Director for Anastasis Ballet Company. She has a passion for classical ballet and for students and desires for them to have access to the best training possible. She is passionate about equipping young people with the skills they need both to succeed in the dance world and in life.

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CELESTIN TONG

 

 

-  BOOKKEEPING & ADMINISTRATION - 

Before moving to the Bay Area in 2002, Celeste called Los Angeles her home.  She graduated from UCLA in 1997 with a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics and an emphasis in Accounting.  The majority of her career consisted of working as a General Accountant for a major real estate developer, but she also has background in Payroll and Human Resources.  In 2009, she gave birth to her first child, Camryn, and since then she became a full-time stay-at-home mom.  Her second daughter, Lucy, was born in 2012.  Celeste learned of Radiance School of Ballet when she was looking for ballet classes for her oldest daughter in 2013. Then in 2015, she decided to join the studio as Radiance School of Ballet's bookkeeper and part of their office staff.

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LYNN ORELLANA

-  BOOKKEEPING & ADMINISTRATION - 

Ms. Orellana grew up in Rhode Island where she studied nursing and became a Registered Nurse upon completion of her studies at Roger Williams Nursing School. After working for a number of years, she and one of her nursing coworkers decided to travel to the Bay Area on a short term adventure. It was there that she met Jon, who became her husband, and as her mother often says, "stole her away". After a 42-year career as a Registered Nurse, primarily in Intensive Care, she retired in 2012 and began looking for what God had in mind for her. 

Ms. Orellana met Rachel Roepke, Executive Director of the Radiance School of Ballet, while participating in a home group through Cornerstone Fellowship. As she was searching for opportunities to utilize her interpersonal skills, the opportunity presented itself to assist with administrative activities and fundraising for Anastasis Ballet Company. After attending several of the performances, Ms. Orellana felt she was being called to participate in this artistic endeavor. It was around this time that the vision for a ballet school was begin incubated. She felt she could participate in a supportive way and has since had her role expanded in administrative work for Radiance School of Ballet. She works in registration and record keeping for the school as well as being the first contact for parents and students. 

Since her retirement, Ms. Orellana has served in various volunteer capacities including with Kids Against Hunger, homeless outreach support services, volunteer activities with Cornerstone Fellowship, as well as other community volunteer activities. 

Ms. Orellana is married to Jon and they have two adult children, Josh and Abby; and three grandchildren, Haven, Mia and Delia. She is also expecting another grandchild in December 2018. 

Ms. Orellana has always been interested in the arts, including theater, film, symphony and now ballet. 

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