About DancEsteem Teachers
Takami CraddockDance 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.
Marisa CastilloTeaches 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.
Nicole ArchambaultDance 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 MondenGuest 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.
Mallory MarkhamBallet Teacher
Mallory Markham obtained her BFA in Ballet Performance from the University of Oklahoma. During college, Ms. Markham danced with both the Oklahoma Festival Ballet as well as Contemporary Dance Oklahoma where she had the privilege to be under the tutelage of great dancers including 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, 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, Robert Moses Kin, Amy Seiwert’s Sandbox Series, Nina Haft & Dancers, and was a choreographic collaborator in the dance film, Bloom. In addition to dancing, Mallory teaches Ballet and Contemporary dance forms at various studios in the bay area, and is also pursuing her comprehensive Classical Pilates certification via the Pilates Center in Boulder, CO. Mallory looks forward to sharing her love of dance, movement, and technique with the students of Mobu!
Angelina LabateHip Hop Teacher
Angelina Labate is a teaching artist, choreographer, dancer, performer, documentarian and the Founding Director of Snowflake Productions which “celebrates our dance communities and their stories through choreography, videography and photography.” Ms. Angelina teaches Hip Hop and House Dance throughout the Bay Area and beyond. She holds a A.A. and an African Heritage Dance Certificate from CCSF, and a B.A. in World Arts and Cultures/Dance with a Minor in Visual and Performing Arts Education from UCLA. She has been blessed on her journey, traveling to many different places to document, dance with, observe and learn from some of the most inspiring legends and innovators in the street and club dance scenes. Angelina is very passionate about continuing her own education (student for life) while working with youth in order to pass forward the knowledge, history and stories that have been shared with her; she enjoys providing a space where young dancers can refine their craft and fully express themselves in community. Ms. Angelina’s classroom is a balance of technique, freestyle, empowerment through movement, community, joy, self discovery, hard work, history, honoring of our unique gifts…and of course, enjoying the music and letting go!
Changing the landscape begins with one heartbeat, one shudder, one small step. Make your first move…
Alyssandra Katherine WuContemporary Teacher
Alyssandra Katherine Wu received her bachelor’s degree in World Arts & Culture/Dance from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and master’s degree in dance from London Contemporary Dance School. Originally, Wu began her early training in Chinese Ethnic dance under the tutelage of award winning choreographer, Yao Yong, before transitioning to contemporary dance in her later years. Since then, Wu has danced for world renowned artists Victoria Marks, Cheng-Chieh Yu, Michel Kouakou, Ros Warby, Jorge Crecis, Bih-Tau Sung, and Darren Ellis. As an emerging choreographer, Wu has been listed on londondance.comas one of the most promising emerging choreographers of 2015. Her choreography has toured throughout the UK, being presented at platforms such as Resolution!, FRESH-Northeast, Foot Print, and EMERGE, hosted by UK’s Dance Company C-12. After relocating to San Francisco, Wu has presented work in both Los Angeles- and Bay Area-based locations. Her company is the official winner of the audience choice award for PUSHfest 2016 and one of the six companies/choreographers to be selected for ODC’s Pilot 68 program this past year. Wu has received grants from the Fleishhacker Opportunity Fund and Dancers’ Group’s CA$H program.