Alyce Finwall - Director

Alyce is the director of Moving Arts Academy of Dance and is an American Ballet Theatre certified teacher. She has danced professionally with Ballet of the Dolls in Minneapolis 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 with 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, the Cunningham Dance Company and with many teachers of ballet and contemporary techniques in NYC, Minneapolis, DC and San Francisco.

Her choreographic work has been presented around the country and in Europe, and she has taught in many college and pre-professional programs such as the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Radford University, Cedar Crest College and Mills College. She is currently on faculty at Santa Rosa Junior College, teaching in the theater and dance departments. She has an MFA in dance from Mills College.

Please visit 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, SOTA, 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.

Theresa Knudson - Ballet Teacher

Theresa is from Orange County, CA and received her ballet training from Lois Ellyn. She has danced professionally with Nouveau Chamber Ballet, Diablo Ballet, Wonderbound, Mark Foehringer Dance Project, Oakland Ballet, ARC Dance, Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet, and for Marika Brussel. She studied at summer intensive programs with American Ballet Theatre in New York City, Boston Ballet, Jose Límon West, and Ballet Austin.

Theresa has been teaching for over 10 years. She has been on faculty at the Lois Ellyn Ballet Studio, Academy of American Ballet in Redwood City, and Van der Zwaan Dance Studio, and has been a guest teacher at schools across California including Orinda Ballet Academy and San Francisco Youth Ballet Academy.

Julian Castro - Ballet Teacher and Teaching Assistant

Julian Teaches Pre Primary A and Pre Primary B and assists for Pre-Primary to Primary B level ballet classes, as well as for summer and holiday camps. She attends San Francisco State University and plays the clarinet.