FALL 2019

1 class $275
2 classes $470
3 classes $615
4 classes $770
5 classes $890
6 classes $1005

Any additional classes beyond 6 is $125 per class
Multiple Class Discounts also apply for siblings enrolling in the same semester

Important 2019-2020 Dates

July 8-18: GB Summer Intensive
August 21: Fall Registration Opens
September 9: First Day of Fall Semester
October 14: Indigenous Peoples’ Day (No Classes)
November 11: Veterans Day (No Classes)
November 25-30: Thanksgiving Break (No Classes)
December 14-15: Revolutionary Nutcracker Sweetie at Brava Theater
December 18: Spring Registration Opens
January 8: First Day of Spring Semester

REFUNDS: Refunds are not available after the third week of class. If a student needs to withdraw from the class past the third week, credit will be given for the remainder of classes in the semester from the starting point of notification.

TO TRY A CLASS: There are no ‘drop-ins’, however, if the dancer would like to try taking one class before committing to the whole session, they may do so, once, for $15.00. Note: This does not reserve your space in the class; you must register for the class to reserve your spot.

RETURNING STUDENTS: We do not offer automatic re-enrollment from fall to spring. To enroll in a class, you must pre-register for each semester. Thank you.

Class age restrictions are enforced. When you register for a class, an email confirmation will be sent to you from You will not receive a call from us unless there is a problem with your registration or the class is full.

Asterisk (*): Classes with an asterisk require placement/audition. Students interested in auditioning for Grrrl Brigade or Jr. Grrrl Brigade should contact Areyla at Students interested in auditioning for Ballet should contact Bianca at Note that auditions will be held in the first 2 weeks of the Fall semester.

SATELLITE SPACES: Some classes are located at our new satellite spaces at:
Mission Cultural Center 2868 Mission Street at 24th Street and
Abada Capoeira 3221 22nd Street at Mission Street

Creative Movement

This class explores the joy of movement while improving balance, coordination and motor skills. Children will learn the flow and basics of being in a dance class: warming up, dancing across the floor, focusing and following direction. Each one of our teachers has their own personal approach to teaching this introduction dance class. Children are encouraged to perform in our recital at the end of the semester, but have the option to opt out of this portion of our program.

Modern Ballet

This class is a fusion of Modern dance and ballet. Students will learn the basic positions of ballet, become acquainted with working at the barre, and express themselves through contemporary dance movement.

Modern Jazz

This class teaches Modern technique with Jazz influences. Students will learn the basics of ballet, work toward creating a strong technical Modern base, and learn Modern Jazz choreography. Modern Jazz I & II are the pre-requisite classes for trying out for the Jr. Grrrl Brigade.

Beginning Ballet I & II

Students will learn ballet form and positions, train at the barre, and do across the floor movement. Emphasis is on staying focused and strengthening technique.

Intermediate Ballet III / IV

This class is exclusively for Grrrl Brigade and Jr. Grrrl Brigade members. Students with extensive ballet experience may also audition on the first day of class. This class focuses on strengthening technique and is designed to support and improve student’s dance vocabulary and expression.


Our hip-hop classes are taught through movement across the floor and choreography. Students are also encouraged to create their own choreography in class as well. This class is designed to build confidence, coordination and skill through the art of dance.

Belly Salsa /Belly Dance

These classes teach a fusion of Belly Dance and Salsa, as these forms of dance have some similar isolations and movements of the hips & torso. Students are taught to isolate throughout their entire body, move with fluid and staccato quality, and perform with flare!


Taiko is an expressive form of Japanese drumming. In this class students are taught several powerful rhythms and movements. Taiko I & II are the prerequisite classes to trying out for Jr. Grrrl Brigade Taiko.

Grrrl Brigade & Jr. Grrrl Brigade

Please see the Grrrl Brigade page for more information.


Dance Brigade’s Youth Program’s goals are to provide high quality dance classes to the children of San Francisco in a non-competitive, socially aware environment. We believe that the arts enrich the life of the student and family and builds community through cultural awareness. Our students are encouraged to become technically proficient and at the same time build self-esteem, cooperation, leadership skills AND HAVE FUN! We also provide wonderful performing opportunities and all children are encouraged to perform. In order to achieve these goals we provide financial aide and scholarships to insure the most culturally and economically diverse attendance. We ask the parents to respect the financial aide opportunity and to donate generously to the program if a family is financially able.

Our youth program and the Grrrl Brigade are sponsored in part by The Kimball Foundation, Sam Mazza Foundation, Walter & Elise Haas Fund, The San Francisco Foundation, The Bothin Foundation and Crescent Porter Hale Foundation, our generous families and the in-kind donations of our talented staff.


Youth Program Office: 415-826-KIDS (5437)
Youth Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 11am-5pm

Grrrl Brigade: Areyla,
Youth Program: Bianca,
Creative Movement: Vanessa,
Registration: Fredrika,


Vanessa Sanchez is a dancer, educator, and choreographer who focuses on community arts education and multi-cultural dance forms. A Bay Area native, Vanessa has studied and performed throughout the United States, Brazil, and Mexico, creating culturally rooted work that explores the relationship between rhythm and movement. Dancing since the age of 3, her training has included styles such as Tap, Jazz, Son Jarocho, Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Bhangra and Bollywood . Vanessa holds a B.A. from San Francisco State University in Child Development and Dance and currently teaches children and adult dance classes with local non-profit arts organizations, including Loco Bloco, Dance Mission, and Performing Arts Workshop. She is also an Artist in Residence in the World Dance Department at San Francisco’s School of the Arts. Vanessa has performed with many groups throughout the Bay Area, including Las Bomberas de la Bahia, Arenas Dance Company, Duniya Dance and Drum Company and Aguas da Bahia. She is the Founder and Director of “La Mezcla,” a group that uses rhythmic collaborations to explore cultural traditions and social justice, and has presented work at Bay Area festivals such as CubaCaribe, D.I.R.T and the Xicana Moratorium.
Bianca Stephanie Mendoza was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area where she began her training in classical ballet with Principal dancers of the San Francisco Ballet; Carmela Zegarelli Peter and Zoltan Peter.


Bianca was accepted into the BFA dance program at the California Institute of the Arts which was proclaimed the United States number one art school in 2012. In her time at CalArts Bianca was trained in various dance techniques by various well renowned artist which included Colin Connor; Limon Company director, Andre Tyson; original Alvin Ailey company member, Cynthia Young; of the San Francisco Ballet and more alike. Now Bianca is the artistic director, creator and choreographer of her very own dance company entitled Binki Danz founded in 2013 which focuses on political, economic, racial, and gender subjects that threaten our human rights. A Latin American feminist, Bianca has shown works across United States that personify her views on these topics such as Jonnek’a Nok, a solo which was accepted to go to the American College Dance Festival in Champagne, Illinois in 2010. In 2012 Bianca’s piece Loaded Yoke was chosen to go to Walt Disney’s REDCAT Theater in Los Angeles. In 2015 Colloquy was accepted into Dance Missions D.I.R.T festival in San Francisco. She was also invited to debut her work My Self into West Wave Dance Festival 24 in 2016. Bianca moved to New York in May of 2017- May 2018 to study dance abroad. She performed in New York’s Winter Follies with her piece entitled Clitterfly. Aside from her choreography and performance life, Bianca is a music editor, writer, and videographer which she incorporates into all of her work. Bianca films and edits short films of dance and performance art using and combining all of her expertise and art elements. She creates experimental images mixing old film with new film and creating multi-textural art.



Areyla Moss-Maguire got her start in circus arts and touring with the famous clown, Patch Adams. She earned a B.A. in Theater Arts and Dance Choreography at UC Santa Cruz and continued on to complete her graduate work in Jacques Lecoq Physical Theater in Barcelona, Spain. Lindy Hop and Swing Dance led her to northern Sweden and London where she danced extensively with the members of Syncopated City Dance Company from NYC. Areyla earned a diploma in contemporary dance at the Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School, Denmark. In addition to working with Dance Mission, she has taught movement and dance at the Copenhagen Film and Theater School, The Theater School, Camp Winnarainbow, Swing Shoes, Performing Arts Workshop, California Shakespeare Theater, and is part of the 2017 cohort with Luna Dance Institute. Areyla has performed on stages all over the world, from Latin America to Africa, and is currently dancing with the We Players Epiphany Sonic Dance Theater, Deborah Slater Dance Theater and Dance Brigade.



Fredrika is a Hip Hop, Ballet, Contemporary and Traditional Japanese Taiko drumming teacher. She is currently a member of Dance Brigade And Alayo Dance company. Born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission district, Fredrika started her dance training at age 5. When she was 14 years old, she started her hip-hop dance training with the well-renowned choreographer and Mind Over Matter’s director, Allan Frias. She proceeded to dance with his company for 6 years. Since then, she has worked with choreographers such as Kim Epifano, Anne Bluethenthal, Christy Funch, Krissy Keefer, Ramon Ramos Alayo, just to name a few. Fredrika’s broaden experiences have brought her to travel to teach and perform nationally and internationally (Ukiah, Oregon, New York, Cuba, Lebanon, Egypt, and St. Maarteen).



Jessica Maria Recinos is a proud latina choreographer  and dancer born and raised in  San Francisco Excelsior District. She has been studying and teaching for 8 years around the Bay Area and has partnered with various Arts organizations such as Handful Players, Loco Bloco Dance and Drum Ensemble, Leap Arts In education, SF Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Dance Center, Dance Mission Theater and Mission Cultural Center. She has  trained in various world dance styles such as Afro Brazilian, afro Cuban, vogue, hip hop and more and has performed in prestigious events at the SFMoma, MoAD, Asian Art Museum, Cal academy of Sciences Nightlife and SF Opera House. Teaching  is Jessica’s passion and has dedicated her recent years to teaching, performing, and directing as creator of  Rising Rhythm Project, a professional adult and youth performance dance company that incorporates live music, spoken word and meaningful dance performance pieces that tell stories of struggles and victories that we face in this city. Founded in 2014, Rising Rhythm has participated in festivals such as Carnaval SF  Mardi Gras celebration and 40th anniversary Stage show, Paseo Artistico, Baile en La Calle produced by Brava! Women in The Arts, Dance Mission choreographers festival, Youth Speaks Life is Living Festival, and the most recent PUSH fest 2018. She believes that all people of all ages have the capability to explore and express their movement on and off the stage no matter what limitations or obstacles they encounter.


Debbie Taylor moves in the whirld as a dancer, taiko drummer, teacher, ASL interpreter and activist. She currently teaches dance improvisation and composition as a faculty member of the Lines Ballet School. She has taught modern dance in San Francisco, Berlin, Santa Fe and around the U.S. She has both taught and performed with the National Theater of the Deaf. Debbie choreographs her own work, and has danced with Bay Area choreographers Sara Shelton Mann, Kim Epifano, Dance Brigade, Scott Wells and Dancers, Company Chaddick, and others. Nationally and internationally she has toured with David Rousseve/Reality, and with Dance Berlin. She trained extensively in taiko with Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka of the San Francisco Taiko Dojo and with Jimi Nakagawa. She apprenticed with Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble and has performed with Taiko Ren for the last 16 years. Debbie teaches and composes taiko/dance pieces for the Dance Brigade’s youth programs.



Marivel Mendoza began her dance career 13 years ago at Dance Mission, graduating from the GRRRL Brigade program in 2014. Following graduation from School of the Arts San Francisco with a dance discipline, she is continuing her training at SF State, working towards a B.A. in Dance with an education minor. She has been working most recently with Dance Brigade, as has performed withe then at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and at Summer Feast in Dos Rios. She currently teaches Modern Jazz in the Dance Mission youth program, focusing on girl empowerment within the classroom; teaching self confidence through movement.



Brandie is a dancer, Hip Hop teacher and San Francisco Native. She trained as a gymnast in her youth, inspiring her to be the dancer she is today, and found the courage to perform in front of large crowds as a High School Cheerleader. Brandie teaches youth dance classes at Dance Mission, TruDance and private Hip Hop lessons in San Francisco. She has danced in various music videos and has performed with many choreographers, including the Sarah Bush Dance Project. Currently, Brandie performs with Allan Frias’ ‘Mind Over Matter,’ is an honorary member of the Bay Area house of Vogue ‘House of Prolific’ and takes classes at the Community Music Center. She believes that the more you involve yourself in your art form, the more you become one with the Universe.



Mallory Markham grew up dancing around the South East before obtaining her BFA in Ballet Performance from the University of Oklahoma where she danced for the Oklahoma Festival Ballet as well as Contemporary Dance Oklahoma. While attending Oklahoma, she had the privilege to be under the tutelage of great dancers like Violette Verdy, Dudley Williams, Frederic Franklin, Helen Simoneau, and many others. Mallory also had the opportunity to perform in George Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15 as well as Merce Cunningham’s Inlets II. After graduation, she relocated to Columbus Ohio where she danced with contemporary ballet company, Columbus Dance Theatre, for a season before moving to the West Coast. Since moving to the Bay Area, Mallory has danced for and collaborated with various local companies and choreographers including Kristin Damrow and Company, Blind Tiger Society, Inside Out Contemporary Ballet, Garrett + Moulton Productions, Twisted Oak Dance Theater, The Anata Project, Ka.nei.see|Collective, Amy Seiwert, and Robert Moses. Mallory is currently studying to become a certified Pilates instructor and enjoys sharing her love of dance at studios around the Bay.



Emma is a San Francisco native who began dancing at Dance Mission at the age of 3. She is a graduate of the Grrrl Brigade program and attended the Dance program at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts. Before becoming a teacher, she trained as a youth program teaching assistant for four years. Currently, Emma attends the University of San Francisco where she is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Performing Arts and Social Justice with a focus in Dance. She has performed in dance festivals including CubaCaribe and Summer Feast, and continues to perform with Dance Brigade.



Ramón is a Cuban-born dancer, teacher, choreographer, is well known for his forceful performances and bold choreographic vision. Well versed in both Afro-Cuban modern and folkloric genres, Ramos is fearless in both his dance and choreographic style. At the age of eleven, Ramos was selected by the Cuban government to study dance in Santiago de Cuba and later earned a master’s degree in contemporary and folkloric dance and dance education from Havana’s National School of Art. He was the principal dancer with Compa–’a Teatro de la Danza del Caribe in Santiago de Cuba and Narciso Medina Contemporary Dance Company in Havana, where he was ranked one of the top modern dancers and toured throughout Cuba, Europe, Canada, Belize and the U.S. Since leaving Cuba 1997, he has performed with some of the most respected choreographers in the Bay Area, including Robert Henry Johnson, Kim Epifano, Sara Shelton Mann, Joanna Haigood, Robert Moses and Krissy Keefer. Ramón Ramos Alayo has directed and produced seven full-length performances including Anora–za de Una Epoca (1999), Mis Sue–os, Mis Ideas (2003, 2004); A Piece of White Cloth (2004, 2005, 2009); La Madre (2005); After Rain (2006); Three Threes & Traces (2007); and his latest full-length choreography, Blood + Sugar (2008). Ramón Ramos Alayo has received grants including: CASH (2005); Zellerbach Family Foundation (2005, 2006, 2007); LEF Foundation (2005); and San Francisco Arts Commission (2008). Ramos was also awarded the prestigious Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation’s “Emerging Choreographer Award” (2005). In 2003 Ramos co-founded and became artistic director of the renowned annual CubaCaribe Festival of Dance and Music. Since 2004 he continues to teach and choreograph for the Grrrl Brigade, Dance Mission’s program for dance, self-empowerment and leadership for girls 9 – 18.



Bruce earned a degree in Modern Dance/Choreography from California Institute of the Arts in 1990 and went on to perform with notable dance and theater companies such as Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co. and Berkeley Repertory Theater. He began his study of Taiko under Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka in 1993, where as a principal member of the San Francisco Taiko Dojo he toured internationally and performed with some of the great masters of Traditional Japanese Folk Music. Currently, he serves as resident Taiko Instructor/Composer at Dance Mission for Grrrl Brigade, and Dance Brigade for whom his work was nominated for a 2000-2001 Isadora Duncan Award. In October 2010 he will curate the 3rd annual Harvest Moon Taiko Festival at Dance Mission Theater.

The GRRRL Brigade  is an intensive dance/leadership development program designed to provide high quality dance training, performance opportunities, and a sense of self-empowerment for San Francisco’s girls ages 9 to 18. Our goal is to give the girls, their parents, and our audience the inspiration, magic, and hope only evocative dance theater can spark in creating a just and peaceful world.

The girls are instructed by some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s leading dance and taiko artists. They take weekly classes in Modern-Jazz, Afro-Cuban Modern, Hip Hop and Taiko (Japanese drumming) from September to May and are encouraged to create their own choreography. The GRRRL Brigade performs around the Bay Area each year including “The Revolutionary Nutcracker Sweetie: The Kidz Version”, an alternative take on the holiday classic & “Peace On Earth and Justice For All”, our new winter show presented at Brava Theater; and a spring show at Dance Mission Theater written and choreographed by Dance Brigade staff and the girls, focusing on issues facing girls today and honoring great women past and present.

The GRRRL Brigade gets chosen for “Best of the Bay 2012! – SF Bay Guardian – July 25, 2012

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