Angela Holmes – Artistic Director
Angela Holmes has been teaching dance and performing professionally for over fifteen years. Her award winning choreography has been recognized nationally. Angela’s love of dance started at a young age when she started taking class at the age of 5. Continuing her training through childhood, she was accepted to the prestigious High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas where she studied ballet, modern, jazz, tap, musical theatre and dance composition. After high school, she was awarded a scholarship to train at the University of Arizona School of Dance under the instruction of the world renowned James Clouser, Amy Earnst, Melissa Lowe, Susan Quinn, Sam Watson, and Michael Williams. Angela was awarded “Most Outstanding Senior” and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelors of fine arts in dance. She has also studied dance at The Juilliard School, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, School of Pennsylvania Ballet, The Limón School and Broadway Theatre Project. Angela’s performing credits include It’s a Wonderful Life, Chicago, Evita, and Grease with Theatre Under the Stars and J & D Entertainment in Houston, Texas. She has performed as a back up dancer for Clay Walker and has been featured in national commercials for the WNBA. Combined with her extensive experience, Angela’s infectious energy and passion for dance make her an admired teacher amongst her students.
Sharon Anzora started dancing at the age of three. As a Bay Area native, she grew up performing and competing locally in tap, ballet, hip hop, and jazz. She also trained and performed extensively with Nicaraguan folklore dance groups all over Northern California. She was thrilled by the opportunity to join the faculty at West Coast Dance Conservatory. Her favorite thing about dancing is that it is all about self expression and confidence and she hopes to instill that in all her students. The biggest reward for Sharon as a dance teacher is seeing her students step out of their comfort zones and see them get inspired.
Corie Brickman grew up dancing in the Bay Area where she began taking classes at the age of three. She can still remember the pink ballet box that she carried her ballet slippers and tap shoes to class in. After many years of studying ballet, tap, and hip-hop, and competing in both jazz and lyrical, she went on to study ballet at the University of California, Riverside. After graduating, she moved back to the Bay Area and quickly found her love for teaching. Corie roots her teaching in technique while instilling a deep sense of self-confidence and positivity in all of her students.
JC has been teaching HipHop since the age of seventeen but has been dancing since the age of 6. He started with ballroom dancing, popping, and strutting and now trains himself in housing, locking, waacking, and breakdancing. JC likes to embrace all styles of dance by incorporating them into his choreography. He has been a team member of HipHop dance teams all around the Bay Area as well as a few outside the country. He founded Str8jacket, a competitive HipHop dance team located in the Bay Area. Aside from teaching HipHop, JC is Program Director for an afterschool program in Millbrae. He has taught at studios all around the Bay Area as well as several different high schools and elementary schools. His enthusiastic yet stern teaching style makes his classes very engaging for his students.
Brittany is originally from San Jose, California, where she began dancing at the age of three. She was asked to join a studio’s Competition Team, then began to train under Kelly Velasquez and danced with a.k.a. Dance Co for 8 years. Brittany received her BA in Dance from San Francisco State University. While attending San Francisco State University, she danced and performed with the University Dance Theater for 3 years. With UDT, she worked with many SF choreographers like Brenda Way and KT Nelson from ODC Dance Co, Ray Tadio and Cathleen McCarthy. After graduating she went on to a program at San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She was blessed to work and learn repertoire from Bobbi Jene Smith and Tom Weinberger, company dancers of Batsheva Dance Company from Tel Aviv, Israel. Brittany currently dances professionally with David Herrera Performance Company. She is in her third season with the company. Loving to move everyday, it has become Brittany’s passion to share her love of movement through fitness. She enjoys her life of a teaching Pilates, Barre, and of course DANCE!
Noah Kopp began dancing at the age of 5. He was trained in Fairfax California at Dance Theatre 7 under Jody White. After graduating from the professional program, he went on to dance with Ballet Austin, American Repertory Ballet, and Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre. Since returning to the Bay Area, he has taught ballet, men’s class, and partnering at San Francisco Youth Ballet Academy, Petaluma School of Ballet, and Sebastopol Ballet. It is Mr. Kopp’s philosophy that everyone should dance, regardless of age, shape, or natural ability. Dance is the purest expression of joy, through honest and organic movement we discover our whole selves.
Megan Kurashige is a San Francisco based dancer and choreographer. She co-directs Sharp & Fine with her sister, Shannon Kurashige, and has been a member of Liss Fain Dance since 2010. Megan studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance under the direction of Summer Lee Rhatigan and the Academy of Ballet under the direction of Richard Gibson. She has previously worked with Alex Ketley (The Foundry), Christian Burns (burnsWORK), Ballet Pacifica, and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal. Megan is also a writer. Her short fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies. www.sharpandfine.com
Christine is a California native, fitness professional, wife, and mom. Before becoming a fitness professional, she was a professional ballet/modern dancer with a small company in San Francisco. Christine has always had a love of movement and expression. As a child she looked up to gymnasts and dancers. She admired their grace, athletic ability, and determination. Inspired, she would get up early to workout before school, and begged her mom for dance lessons. She started out with tap, and never looked back. As a teen, she attended a Performing Arts High school, where she would focus on dance, musical theater, and performing. In college, she wanted to do nothing more than dance professionally. She focused all her energy on ballet and modern dance, teaching classes, and mentoring. Dance not only put a smile on her face, but taught her how to work hard, have discipline, and set goals. Christine loves nothing more than sharing this passion with others. Encouraging and patient, she loves teaching children, and seeing that love of dance come to life in them.
Lara Jean Mummert
Lara Jean Mummert (Actress/Producer/Choreographer/Dance Teacher) – Graduated Summa Cum Laude, with a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase Conservatory. Lara is originally from San Francisco, CA where she trained with the San Francisco Ballet, and the American Conservatory Theatre. She has performed works by Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Bill T. Jones Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and has performed the role of Elmo in the national tour of Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing. In 2012 Lara was invited to be a choreographer by Oxygen Network for the glee project press events in NYC, there she met with director Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri where she acted as director of choreography. Her project “Lady White Snake” (Alexander Mcqueens tribute video) with Indrani won numerous awards across the globe and their second project “Till Human Voices” staring Lindsey Lohan, just premiered in LA, NYC, London, and Canada. During her free time she works with Joe Travolta’s “Future Explored” as an improv teacher helping disabled adults learn how to write, direct, and act in their own films. For more updated information on Lara Jean please visit her website at LaraJeanMummert.com and IMDB.