The Department of Dance is committed to providing student and community populations with a fundamental knowledge of the lifelong benefits of physical exercise and to developing an understanding of physical activity as a part of a total education.

Faculty In Review

Dance Department

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David E Blood

Coordinator, Physical Education Department/Dance & Dance

B.S., University of Washington; M .F.A. ,University of Utah

For 10 years, David Blood was a principle dancer with Oakland Ballet and the San Francisco Moving Company. While with the Oakland Ballet he performed in many famous ballets such as Billy the Kid, La Boutique Fantasque, Les Noces, Rooms, and Sheherazade. He worked with choreographers such as Leonide Massine, Eugene Loring, Anna Sokolow and Frederic Franklin.

David began swing dancing in 1998 and has been trained by Frankie Manning, Sylvia Sykes, Jason Christodoulou, Chad Kubo, Steven Mitchell, Paul Overton, Sharon Ashe, Carla Heiney and others. He has also taken balboa from Steve Garret and Heidi Salerno. He presently teaches beginning, intermediate and advanced swing at CCSF as a full time instructor.

In his leisure time, Mr. Blood enjoys gardening and keeping his lovely wife Ann happy.

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Kathleen L Burick

Physical Education Department/Dance & Dance

B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
M .A. , San Francisco State University

Professor Burick has been teaching at CCSF since 1980.

For the past 14 years her primary focus has been tap, although she still loves her Saturday morning modern dance class and believes that every dance form contributes in a unique way to the development of every very unique dancer. At UCSB she studied Humphrey-Limon technique with Alice Condita and Rona Sande, Laban Wigman with Isa Berghson, and Graham with Cristine Lawson, David Hatch-Walker and Ross Parks. Professor Burick's M.A. in Creative Arts Education focused on dance from multiple cultural perspectives. Her training in tap ranges from study at the Betty Lee Dance Studio in Ohio in the 1950's and 60's to conferences, festivals and master classes with the likes of Camden Richmond, Steve Condos, Brenda Bufalino, Jean Martin, Robert Reed, Diane Walker Jimmy Slide and Arthur Duncan over the past 25 years. She is inspired by and loves taking class from pace-setting contemporary artists such as Savion Glover, Mark Mendoca, Andrew Nemr, Derrick Grant and John Kloss. In the early 80's she performed with tw!

As to modern dance companies: Nancy Karp & Dancers and KADEKA Dances for Kids. In the mid 90's Professor Burick performed with Lynn Jassem's Stepfire Tap Ensemble. She considers myself an ever-aspiring and evolving jazz/rhythm tap dancer who loves to share her passion for tap, in particular, and dance in general.

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Chelsea N Eng

Physical Education Department/Dance & Dance

B.A., M.A., Stanford University

Teaching Argentine Tango at CCSF since the Fall of 2000

Argentine Tango professional with over 20 years of experience in Dance: improvisation, choreography, performance, curriculum development, teaching, writing, and hosting tango travel to Buenos Aires. 21 trips to Argentina since 1994. Extensive training in modern dance and ballet. Venturing also into voiceover and on-camera acting.

Performance: Improvisation & Choreography
Congreso Internacional de Tango Argentino (CITA), Theater Shows 2016 & 2015 at Teatro ND, Opening Night (2016) & Closing Night (2015) at Confitería Ideal/Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
with electrotango band Tanghetto in 2015, 2014 & 2012 Tanghetto shows (Artistic Director: Max Masri) at Teatro ND/ 2016 at Salón Canning/Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
with Orquesta Victoria at Marines' Memorial Theater/San Francisco
Tango Addiction (Donna Sotiropoulos, Producer) mainstage show at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
with Trio Garufa, Seth Asarnow, Marcelo Puig, Joe Powers, Tangonero & Claudio Ortega, Hugo Wainzinger, MonTango, and Tango No. 9
featured performer in Fashion Show by Buenos Aires-based fashion designer Viviana Laguzzi/Mimi Pinzon at USA Tango Championships 2015
Latin Eyes/national television
Diálogos on theatre row/Hollywood, California
Co-founded (in January 2004) the all-woman collaborative dance company Tango Con*Fusión. Choreographer-dancer with TCF for almost 11 years
Highlights with Tango Con*Fusión:
- with electrotango band Tanghetto in 2011 at
- theater Sala Zitarrosa/Montevideo, URUGUAY
- Salón Canning/Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
- Congreso Internacional de Tango Argentino (CITA) 2010 & 2014 at Niño Bien/Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA *as the first all-female company to perform at this long-running event
- Lady's Tango Festival at theater La Usina Del Arte/Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
-Confitería Ideal/Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
- International Dance Festival/New York City
- GlamourTango (Artistic Director: Polly Ferman) at Logan Square Auditorium/Chicago
- Leading Ladies of Tango at Herbst Theatre/San Francisco
- WestWave Dance Festival at YBCA Novellus Theater/San Francisco

was one half of the first all-female pair and the first American pair, to teach (and to present Lead-Follow Exchange as a topic - in 2010, 2014, 2015 & 2016) at the Congreso Internacional de Tango Argentino (CITA)/Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
founder/creator (in 2000) of the popular Argentine Tango Program at City College of San Francisco; regularly teaches semester-length credit courses in Argentine Tango through CCSF's Izzy award-winning Dance Department:
has substitute-taught Intermediate Ballet, Dance Conditioning and Yoga at City College of SF
since the mid-1990s - has taught at workshops & festivals in many U.S. cities {Portland (7 TangoFests), Las Vegas, Seattle, Philadelphia, Honolulu, San Diego, Los Angeles}, and at multiple international festivals in Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA

wrote and voiced the voiceovers for Trading Places, a DVD on lead-follow exchange released by Tango Con*Fusión in celebration of the company's 10-year anniversary
writing has been published in The Queer Tango Book: Ideas, Images and Inspiration in the 21st Century; and in IN DANCE, San Francisco's long-running dance newsletter
training (past & present) in voiceover & on-camera at Voice One/San Francisco

Recipient of a CA$H Grant in Dance (a grants program of Theatre Bay Area, in partnership with Dancers' Group) for a collaborative project to be presented in San Francisco in 2016-17

Master of Arts Curriculum Studies & Teacher Education - Dance Specialization
Stanford Graduate School of Education Stanford, CA, USA

Bachelor of Arts French, Dance Minor
Stanford University Stanford, CA, USA

CPR/AED/First Aid certified



Chelsea regularly collaborates with her CCSF Tango Production on an all-new 10-minute tango-themed choreography for the Fall Semester Low Tech, and for the annual CCSF Dance Concert (held in May) in the Diego Rivera Theater.

Chelsea hosts a CCSF Fall Harvest Milonga (Argentine Tango Party) every September, usually on the last (or 2nd to last) Saturday of the month.

As a former transfer student (from Pomona College/ Claremont, CA to Stanford University), a Stanford University alum (B.A. and M.A.), and a City College faculty member, Chelsea enjoys voluntarily representing Stanford University at the CCSF College Transfer Fair each October. (She has done this for 9 years.) Throughout the school year she mentors CCSF students applying to transfer to Stanford.

In December Chelsea holds an annual Winter Drive for (new, or gently pre-owned & freshly laundered) Coats & (new only) Socks for the HARTS (for Homeless and Transitioning Students) Clothing Closet at CCSF.


Chelsea hosts a Valentine's Milonga (Argentine Tango Party) every February (on a Saturday night bordering Valentine's Day).

A fan of the CCSF Culinary Dept, Chelsea has previously collaborated with Chef Instructor Jennifer Rudd & the students of Chef Rudd's Catering Class on a Sold-Out Tango-themed Afternoon Tea at the Pierre Coste Dining Room.

An animal lover/advocate and longtime vegetarian, Chelsea co-coordinates - together with David Blood & Annie Roake - an Annual CCSF Dance Dept Fundraiser for Animal Rescue each May. Past focal points of this fundraiser include: Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue & Support, Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue/SF, and a local group helping community cats.

Chelsea held a 'Dog Days of Summer' Práctica (a "fun"-raiser for Muttville Senior Dog Rescue/SF) in June of 2015.

Stay tuned for a future 'Hop-a-Longa' to "fun"-raise for House Rabbit Society bunny rescue/Richmond, CA.

Updates/Details for all future events will be posted at:

American Federation of Teachers (AFT) 2121
Dancers' Group
Theatre Bay Area

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Theresa M Gensler

Coordinator, Physical Education Department/Dance & Dance

B.A., M.S., San Francisco State University

Ms. Gensler has over 20 years of combined experience teaching at the collegiate level and at professional dance schools. Her areas of expertise are ballet, having studied the pedagogy of various ballet styles both classical and contemporary, yoga, and dance conditioning. She has performed ballet, modern and jazz dance for local Bay Area dance companies and has performed yoga dance with the Yoga Garden Dancers. She is certified in pilates, and adaptive physical education. Presently she teaches all levels of ballet, pointe technique, yoga, dance conditioning, and restorative movement for people with special needs. She integrates her knowledge of mind body disciplines and technique to promote self awarenesss, focus, skill development, and artistry.

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Jeanne M Hughes

Physical Education Department/Dance & Dance

Ph.D. Education, Capella University
M.F.A., Mills College
B.A. Dance, Mills College

Professor Hughes has been teaching at CCSF since 1989. Courses taught include Modern Dance, Jazz Dance, Ballet, Ballroom Dance, Salsa and Latin American Dances, International Folk Dance, European Folk Dance, CCSF Dance Repertory Company, Dance Production (Modern, Ballroom), Folk Dance Production, Salsa Dance Production, Dance History, Analysis of Folk, Social and Ballroom Dance, Teaching Movement ( A lecture class for future dance, PE, and yoga teachers), Yoga, Intensive Yoga, Yoga Movement, Aerobics, Resistance Training, Body Sculpting and long-term substitute for Dance Composition.

For over 25 years, Professor Hughes has organized and hosted several multicultural dance performances, parties, workshops, and festivals each year. Examples of these events include The Blossom International Folk Dance Festival, The San Francisco Free Folk Festival, The SF Kolo Dance Festival, AXIS Dance Company Workshop, Colombian Ethnic Dance Workshops, Romanian Dance Workshops, Dances for All Ages Workshop, Filipino Dance Workshop, CCSF Salsa and Ballroom Dance Parties each semester, and the CCSF Low-Tech. Dance Performance, an informal performance featuring dance work by CCSF faculty and students each semester. Ms. Hughes directed Working, an ongoing dance performance series presenting the work of CCSF dance students, alumni, and other local choreographers. She was the Faculty Advisor of Shall We Dance, a CCSF partner social dance club.

In response to student interest, Professor Hughes authored the CCSF Certificate of Accomplishment in Yoga Instruction and directed the program as a volunteer for 2 years. For this certificate program she created a new course, Teaching Movement, designed to help future dance, yoga and PE teachers gain a foundation in the theory and practice of teaching movement to students of all ages. She sponsored a series of studend-led yoga workshops for students in Teaching Movement that included: Yoga taught in Spanish, Family Yoga, Yoga Taught in Italian, and Restorative Yoga.

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Coordinator, Physical Education Department/Dance & Dance

B.A., College of Saint Teresa; M.A., Mills College, Oakland

Luana has taught at CCSF since 1989.

She has trained with the Martha Graham Studio and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre studio.

In her own words: "Each student has a brilliance, a genius so to speak, and I encourage the student to apply his/her own brand of intelligence to the subject I am teaching (history, choreography, dance technique, or performance). Therefore I teach to the "internal teacher" which resides inside the student. I find students understand quicker, retain information longer and can aptly apply the information in a multiplicity of situations. Additionally, I am a systems theorist, so I believe in an interconnectedness of all subjects which demands from me multidimensional teaching and contextual presentation. Finally, each class is a learning experience for me because the students are teaching me how to teach them - it's very exciting! At the beginning of each semester I say to the students that ALL of us should be transformed in some way (physically, intellectually, emotionally, or spiritually) BECAUSE of the experiences created in my classes."

She is on the board of directors of several arts education organizations and involved in the mentorship program at Mills College. Luana also is a conference lecturer on the subjects: "Using the Arts in K-12 Education", "The African American Aesthetic in Education", "Teaching the Three R's Through Dance".

Luana is a member of the California Dance Educators Association and the National research group- subject: African American aesthetic

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Anne Marie Roake

Physical Education Department/Dance & Dance

B.A., San Francisco State University; M.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills

Ms. Roake has taught at CCSF since 1996.

She believes that varied and innovative classes and teaching procedures reflecting changing times and attitudes are a must! Student projects and involvement in classroom activities are encouraged as well as group interaction, especially in dance classes. Ms. Roake also uses video to tape dance programs.

She is an advisor for the CCSF Cheer/Dance Squad and is the Student Activities/Rams Club representative ICC. She has written the curriculum for hip-hop dance, boxercise and cheer classes.

Ms. Roake is involved in St. Anthony's Center, San Francisco, Little Brother - San Francisco, NITA Law Workshops, College of San Mateo-Teacher, Chabot College, Hayward-Teacher and Children's Miracle Network.

In her leisure time, Ms. Roake enjoys travel, equestrian, swimming, archery, softball, music and drama classes.

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Kirstin E Williams

Physical Education Department/Dance & Dance

B.A., San Diego State University; M.F.A., Mills College, Oakland

Ms. Williams strives to create a positive and energetic learning environment. Her goal is to build stamina, strong technique and stage presence in her students.

She is the founder, artistic director, producer and choreographer for the Kirstin E. Williams Strong Current Dance Company & Strong Pulse Dance Crew fusing contemporary, hip hop, modern dance, spoken word and music to create social change. Ms. Williams has lived, produced work, danced professionally in San Diego, Hawaii & New York City. She continues to go to NYC about 3x a year to enhance her teaching at CCSF.

Her hobbies are surfing, scuba diving, swimming, pilates, yoga & spending time with her hubby and two boys. She also is club advisor to the break dancing club on campus and produces dance productions on campus fall and spring semester featuring her Strong Pulse Dance Crew, Bay Area & NYC guest artists.

Go to for more info
Hold Auditions for Strong Pulse Dance Crew first & Second Fridays of Fall & Spring Semester @2-4pm @CCSF Wellness Center Performance Studio/theater rm 301

Teaches at USF, Crunch Fitness and Western Athletic Clubs

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