Alyce Finwall - Director
Alyce (pronounced like Elise) is director of Moving Arts Academy of Dance and director of Alyce Finwall Dance Theater, and is an American Ballet Theatre certified teacher. Alyce spent most of her youth equally endeavored in both dance and gymnastics, spending countless, glorious hours in both the dance studio and the gym. She was an All-American gymnast, then after an injury, started to focus on dance as a means for expression and her irresistible urge to move. Alyce’s wide ranging dance career began after a brief hiatus from dance to study art (with a focus on painting and printmaking) and communications theory at Hamline University. She has worked with the Minneapolis based avant-garde ballet company, Ballet of the Dolls, where she performed in over 20 original ballets in her seven years with the company and was its first ever guest choreographer. She has also danced for Rincones & Company in Washington, DC, performing at the Kennedy Center and regional theaters while also teaching DC area school children creative movement, and in New York City for independent choreographers as well as producing and dancing in her own work. She has studied with the Cullberg Ballet in Sweden (under invitation from artistic director Lena Wennergren-Juras), the Cunningham Dance Company (with a travel/study grant from the Jerome Foundation) and with many teachers of ballet and contemporary techniques in NYC, Minneapolis, DC and San Francisco. Her work has been presented at such venues as P.S. 122, The Joyce SoHo, Dance Theater Workshop (New York Live Arts), Dixon Place, 92nd Street Y on 42nd Street, Cunningham Theater, White Wave Theater, The Cowell Theater, The Southern Theater, The Garage Theater and the American Dance Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Alyce has also taught and choreographed for college and pre-professional programs such as the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Radford University, Cedar Crest College and Mills College. She has an MFA in choreography from Mills College (Liatis Foundation Award), and is the proud mother of two daughters. who also love to dance and tumble around! Please visit www.afdancetheater.com for more information about her choreographic work for Alyce Finwall Dance Theater.
Alyce is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 and Levels 4 and 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Marika Brussel - Ballet Teacher
Marika Brussel has been teaching ballet for over 15 years to people of all ages. She has taught at ODC, Alameda Ballet, Berkeley Ballet, San Francisco Youth Ballet, and at intensives all over the country. She also teaches company class for ODC Company. Born and raised in NYC, she studied on scholarship at Joffrey Ballet and danced with their Concert Group. Marika also attended LaGuardia High School for the Arts.
She is also a contemporary choreographer working in the ballet genre. Informed by her background as a fiction writer, she utilizes storytelling in her dance-making. Whether the story is a classical myth or a contemporary true tale, her work looks at the humanity, passion and compassion in the world. www.marikabrussel.com
Julian Castro - Teaching Assistant
Julian assists in Pre-Primary to Primary B level ballet classes, Acrobatics and camps. She attends San Francisco State University and plays the clarinet.