Piper has always had a passion for dance. She has trained in various studios across the USA as well as England. Piper loves all styles of dance including ballet, tap, modern, jazz and lyrical. As a child she won several awards in dance competitions; and as a teenager she was accepted to study with the San Francisco Ballet School and performed in The Nutcracker and Circus Polka with the company.
Piper continued her education at Diablo Valley College and UC Davis in Dance and Choreography. She has consistently taken master classes with accomplished dancers in modern dance styles and ballet. Piper was invited to join and perform with CODA Dance Company in Oakland which can be described as a modern dance company with a ballet foundation.
Piper has taught in a variety of settings from private lessons in homes, to studios for children and peer group classes. She has worked with children ages 3 and up through adult. She is very excited to share her passion and knowledge of dance with Mendocino Ballet students!
Emily is an alumnus of the Mendocino Ballet Company. She has fond memories of performing in The Nutcracker, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and many other Mendocino Ballet productions. In 2005 she had the opportunity to travel to France to participate in the French Cultural Exchange program between Mendocino Ballet and ballet companies from southern France.
Emily has also studied Hip Hop dance and Early Childhood Education at Mendocino College. Her teaching experience includes early childhood music and movement, and Pilates.
Emily is looking forward to returning to Mendocino Ballet and her first love of teaching ballet to children.