About DancEsteem Teachers

  • Takami Craddock

    Dance Director

    Takami Craddock was born and raised in Japan. She received her BA in Modern Dance at Nihon University College of Arts. She studied Sanae Hara Modern dance Academy for 17 years until she graduated from college. Now she has an exchanging program with the school in Shizuoka, Japan since 2004.

    After she moved to United States, she began performing and teaching in New York, Baltimore, Washington DC, and San Francisco. She was then the co-founder of San Francisco Butoh Festival 1994 – 1999. Through this festival she worked intensively with Butoh pioneers, Akira Kasai and Setsuko Yamada. She created the performance group “Toumei” (which means clear color) in 2000, now renamed MoBu Dance Group (“MoBu” means true dance in Japanese kanji characters). Mobu Dance is a hybrid contemporary dance style influenced by Japanese butoh and explores concepts of time, space and imagery. The group has collaborated with various artists in the Bay Area and performed many venues. Takami has been invited to lead workshops and perform in Tokyo, Thailand and France.

    She also is passionate about teaching children. She worked with the Performing Arts Workshop for a decade and taught all over in the Bay Area public schools Kindergarten through 5th grade. In 1998 she started a children’s dance program called “DancEsteem” for children 3 to 18 years old.

    Now her first students are adult and pursuing the carrier in dance and beyond.

  • Stephanie Owen

    Hip Hop Teacher

    Born and raised in San Francisco, Stephanie brings over a decade of dance experience as an instructor, choreographer, and performer. Since graduating from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Dance, she’s dedicated her dance career to ignite and sustain dance academia within schools, non­profit organizations, and art centers, such as Stanford University, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Performing Arts Workshop, and TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Primarily a Hip Hop and Latin Dancer, Stephanie has also studied Ballet, Contemporary, Congolese, and Haitian dance. Having a multi cultural dance background and education, Stephanie brings also a fitness aspect to her teachings as a NCSF Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, Registered Zumba Instructor, as well as a RYS 200 and 300 hour Certified Yoga Teacher. Stephanie is excited to continue her Hip Hop dance teaching at DancEsteem Youth Program at Mobu Dance Studio, as well as extend her dance career to new heights.

  • Marisa Castillo

    Teaches Ballet III & Pre-point

    Marisa Castillo is a native Californian and has been involved in the San Francisco Bay Area dance scene for over a decade. She started her teaching career at the ODC Dance Commons in 2006. Other teaching credtis include Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, Brisbane Dance Workshop, Stanford University and the University of San Francisco. Her ballet training included many fine teachers in the Bay Area including Karen Morell with whom she gained her knowledge of the Vaganova Classical Russian Ballet technique. Her years of studying Feldenkrais with Augusta Moore has given her a unique understanding of alignment, movement and artistry. Marisa Castillo has also studied in the professional division of the Ailey School in New York City. Ms. Castillo has worked with local choreographers and has danced with a number of companies including Peninsula Ballet Theatre, Cloumbia City Ballet and Santa Clara Ballet. Marisa enjoys teaching all ages from children to adults.

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    Nicole Archambault

    Dance Teacher

    Nicole grew up in South San Jose and took dance classes at a small family studio for 17 years. The last 5 years of that was teaching and choreographing for their annual professional showcases. She has choreographed for middle school musicals in the Union School District. Her main focus is ballet and pointe, but she also enjoys hip-hop, contemporary, and jazz. Not only does she have a strong passion for the art of dance, but her heart lies with her students and their success. Nothing makes her happier than helping kids grow and learn what they are capable of and to witness first hand their progression of skill and confidence. She is obtaining her BA in dance at SFSU, and her goal is to become a middle and elementary school dance teacher after pursuing her professional career. She moved to South San Francisco summer 2017, and is more than excited to continue teaching at Mobu Dance Studio.

  • Yuko Monden

    Guest Dance Teacher

    Yuko Monden graduated from the Japan Women’s College of Physical Education in Tokyo, Japan. She moved to New York in the summer of 2011. She has performed with groups such as Nimbus Dance Works , LEVYdance,The Next Stage Project, and more. Also She got a Simonson Method Teacher Training Certification in 2012.She moved to San Francisco in the summer of 2013. She has worked with CALI & CO dance ,The Anata Dance Project and Copious Dance Theater more in San Francisco.Also She has taught Hiphop, Jazz and Contemporary classes in San Francisco and Fremont. She has been DancEsteem’s teacher in Mobu Dance Studio since fall 2014.

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    Courtney Hope

    Dance Teacher

    Courtney is a freelance dancer in the Bay Area. She grew up in Southern California, moved to San Francisco and worked towards her bachelors degree in chemistry. She now lives in Oakland and is currently performing with PUSH and fullstop dance and has previously performed with Soulskin dance, David Herrera Performance Company, Sarah Bush Dance Project and Brannigan Dance Works, among others. She explores her own choreography individually and with her collective, ragbag. She has produced a show titled Casual, that brought contemporary dance to an Oakland performance space in a easily digestible, audience participatory event. She in fascinated by the art of dance and the ability for people to think and move so differently with the same given tool of the human body and is excited to share her love of dance with the MoBu family this year.