KT MOWER has been dancing since the age of four and is a founding company member of CODA. She has trained with various instructors at Contra Costa Ballet Centre, as well as Pamela Hayes, Kimberly B. Valmore, and Beth Hoge. KT is an administrator at Danspace and will begin teaching lower division classes in beginning fall 2014. She is currently pursuing her Early Education Certificate.
MALVINA BRENIMANis a founding member of COterie DAnce. She began dancing at the age of thirteen. Told this was a ridiculously late age to start, she did not allow herself the luxury of dreaming of a career in the art. Even so, she dove into her training, pointed feet first. She took classes in ballet, jazz, tap, and later, modern, ballroom, and African-Caribbean dance. She was offered her first teaching position after only five years of dancing, and fell in love with working with young children. She earned her Bachelor's degree in dance from CSU Sacramento. She is currently working as an instructor at Center Stage Dance Academy of El Dorado Hills. She is delighted to be so immersed in the world of dance and doesn't plan on leaving the dance floor anytime soon! This season, she is watching her fellow dancers from afar, as she and husband Sam welcomed their daughter, Emily Belle, in June.
BALLESTEROS began dancing at eight years old at The Academy of Arts and Ballet. She has trained in ballet, modern, jazz, lyrical, flamenco, and African dance styles. Cristina later trained at Solad dance school. She has attended intensive dance study programs at Idyllwild Art Academy. This is her second season with Coterie Dance Company and she is thrilled to be dancing with the CODA family.
ASHLEY GAUTHIER-CABRERAhas been dancing since the age of four years old, starting at Academy of Arts and Ballet. She has studied various types of dance including ballet, lyrical, modern, flamenco, and hip-hop under the direction of many instructors and choreographers, including Summer Lee Rhatigan and Viktor Kabaniev. She has been a participant in intensive programs at Alonzo King's Lines Ballet and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She has also been a member of the Diablo Ballet Apprentice Program, and is a graduate of Ballet Celeste International of San Francisco. She continues her dance education under the direction of Kimberly Valmore at Diablo Valley College and is excited to be a member of CODA!
BRIAN CARLSONwas raised in the Bay Area and has always had a great interest in both art and music. He began studying dance at Diablo Valley College with Kimberly Valmore in 2011. After earning an A.A. in Dance in 2013, he transferred to San Francisco State University where he trained with Cathleen McCarthy, Wendy Diamond, Roko Kawai, and Christy Crowley. He recently completed his studies and received a B.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography. His training includes Corvino, SAB, Horton, Limon, Cunningham, and Contact Improvisation. He is a Guest Artist at Benicia Ballet Theatre and has performed various roles including Bluebird from Sleeping Beauty, Toreador in Don Quixote, and Von Rothbart in Swan Lake. In his spare time, he enjoys Pilates, video games, and costume design. This is his third season with COterie DAnce and he is honored to be working with such a talented and thoughtful group.
MONICA CASONbegan dancing at the age of 12 with several hip hip groups throughout Oakland. At 14, she began to train in Ballet, Modern and Jazz at Skyline High school in Oakland. She began training at Diablo Valley College under the instruction of Kimberly Valmore in 2008 and has transformed as a dancer in many ways. This is her first season with the company and she is honored to work and train with such talented and gifted individuals.
DANIELLE FLOREShas been dancing since the age of twelve. She continues her dance education under the direction of Kimberly B. Valmore at Diablo Valley College and is excited to become a member of CODA!
KATIE GWIZDAK started dancing at the age of 4. She trained at Dance Connection Performing Arts Centre for 8 years in ballet, tap, and jazz. While there she was a part of the studio's award winning competitive team for 5 years where she competed all over California and performed in various shows, including one on a cruise ship and many throughout the Bay Area. Katie continued to study dance under the instruction of Kimberly Valmore at Diablo Valley College as well as work towards a B.S. in Kinesiology. In the Fall of 2014 Katie will continue her studies in Kinesiology and dance at San Francisco State University and hopes to go on to complete her masters and doctoral degrees focusing on Physical Therapy. Katie joined COterie DAnce Company in the summer of 2012 and she is extremely excited to train and perform with such accomplished and talented dancers.
HALEY LAMB has been dancing since the age of five years old. In her younger years, she studied at Academy of Arts and Ballet under the direction of Arlene Newhouse and Yvette Del Monte Madrigal. She studied all forms of dance and won many awards at competitions. She was also a member of the Ballet Celeste and The- atre Ballet of San Francisco. In high school, she was an apprentice with Diablo Ballet, under the direction of Viktor Kabanaiev and Tina Kay Bohnstedt. Haley has also been a student of many ballet summer intensive programs. She has attended Contra Costa Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School, Lines Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and the Kirov Ballet Academy, where she received a scholarship to attend full time. Haley graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Biological Sciences. While off at school, she kept dancing with weekly ballet classes and was a founding member of the Davis Ballet Company
OSCAR MENDOZAis currently a student at DVC and studies Ballet, Modern and Jazz dance with Kimberly B. Valmore. .
CASEY MOORHEAD continues her dance education under the direction of Kimberly B. Valmore at Diablo Valley College and is excited to become a member of CODA!
CHELSEA ORTIZhas had a passion for dance all her life, but did not begin exploring options in dance until high school when she was captain of the dance team. In 2010 she attended Diablo Valley College where she began to study ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop and acting. She continues her dance education under the direction of Kimberly B. Valmore and as a Dance Major at Mills College.
TAWNI PIZZAGONI first started her dance training at the Clayton School of Dance when she was 5 years old. There, she trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and even pointe technique. She took her training further at Dance Connection Performing Arts Centre where she joined the company teams in jazz, lyrical and contemporary. Seeing dance as her passion, she continued her training at Diablo Valley College where she met Kimberly Valmore and many other CODA dancers in 2012. She is currently pursuing a double major in mathematics and dance as well as teaching jazz at Stage 1 Dance Center in Benicia. This is her first summer with COterie DAnce, and she is very excited to be back on stage and working with a wonderfully talented company.
RIGALIwas born and raised in Danville, CA. She began dancing at the age of 6 years old at San Ramon Dance Academy. She took more of an interest in ballet and has done some of her later training at Oakland Ballet and Contra Costa Ballet Centre. Lindsay took a break from technical training and was with the Oakland Warriors for 2 years. After taking time away from dance in her early 20's, Lindsay is so happy to have dance be part of her life again and has been greatly inspired by training with Kimberly Valmore. This is her second year with CODA and considers working with CODA to be a privilege.
JULIUS SALANGAhasn't been dancing for very long. He started at the very late age of 19 when he joined an independent winterguard group, Deviation, which he competed for two seasons, performing the productions "Abducted Eyes," "The Unwanted Card," and “Christine.” He currently instructs the winterguard group from Springstowne Middle School, as well as the movement co-captain for Infinitus Winterguard. While working with Deviation, he enrolled in Modern Dance classes at Diablo Valley College, instructed by Kimberly Valmore. Julius immersed himself in the world of dance at a quick pace, and fell in love with performing. This rapid dive into dance brought him to appreciate performance over virtuosity; now under CODA and Ms. Valmore, he is learning to balance his growth as a dancer.
ONG TRANhas been dancing since he was 16 years old when he started getting into the entertainment business at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. He performed in various shows that ranged from being an announcer, an actor, and a dancer. He realized his passion in dance and continued to learn more about it in college. He started his training at Solano Community College and then at Diablo Valley College under the instruction of Kimberly B. Valmore. Currently, he is pursuing his B.A. degree at Sacramento State University. His goal for the future is to become a teacher for both Dance and American Sign Language. He is very jubilant to be part of COterie DAnce Company and perform with magnificent and talented dancers. As he continues to grow and learn, he wants to fulfill his dreams and share the beautiful art of dance to the world.
DANIELLE TUCKERstarted dancing with Benicia Ballet at the age of four. In high school she also studied modern and jazz with Benicia High's Advanced Dance. She continued dancing at Diablo Valley College and with CODA under the instruction of Kimberly Valmore. This year she graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Molecular and Cell Biology-Immunology and a minor in Dance and Performance Studies.
SHANNEN ZUVELLAstarted dancing at Deer Valley High School in 2002, studying jazz, ballet, and lyrical and, later, competed on their award winning dance team. After graduating, she continued dancing at Diablo Valley College taking jazz and modern. It was there that she met choreographer Kimberly Valmore and has been with CODA ever since! This year Shannen started her first year of grad school at Samuel Merritt University in the Occupational Therapy program. She hopes to one day find ways to incorporate her dance training into her career as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist. Shannen has been with CODA for eight amazing years and is excited for what’s to come!
ZACK RAMICONE has been dancing since the age of 16, beginning training in ballet and jazz at Clayton Valley Dance Academy. He has danced with CODA since 2012 while training with Kimberly Valmore in Modern and Ballet at Diablo Valley College. His training also includes swing and various styles of Latin dance, and he is honored and excited to dance in his second repertory show with CODA!
APRIL KLASSENbegan dancing at the age of six training in forms of ballet, tap and jazz. It was love at first ballet shoe. she continued to dance recreationally until the age of fourteen when she joined Studio A's award winning competitive dance team, under the direction of Aggie Eidson. While she continued her dance education for herself she began to student teach and soon go on to teach her own dance classes in: children combination classes, tap, ballet, and jazz from ages three to adult. After graduating High School April joined COterie DAnce, under the direction of Kimberly B. Valmore. April continued to train within the company as well as at the dance division at Diablo Valley College. Today, april attends Saint Mary's College of California where she is studying Liberal and Civic Studies with an emphasis on Education and a minor in Performing Arts Dance. She also continues to teach at several dance studios in the Bay Area.
KATIE TAYLORis a founding member of CODA and after taking time off to go to college is excited to be back with CODA! She just completed her Bachelors of Arts in Public Policy and Spanish and Hispanic Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Ecstatic to be back in the Bay Area, Katie is the Manager of the Rhythm Room Dance and Movement Center in Lafayette. Katie has been dancing since she was in Kindergarten and enjoys a variety of styles from modern, ballet, hip hop, jazz and many more. She hopes to one day be the little old lady in the back of a tap class dancing up a storm.