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Meet the New Instructors for 2022 Season 2

Updated: Apr 1, 2022

Spring is here Rae Studios Family! We're super excited to launch our Quarter 2 2022 schedule with a roar!

Let's give a warm welcome to our new instructors joining us in Season 2, 2022. We have some new instructors joining us for the first time. As some may know, most of our teachers have been with us for many years and are ready for new adventures. A few of our local teachers have moved to other cities. Other instructors are continuing to expand in their art/field of wellness by opening up new brick and mortars, expanding their teaching careers, or venturing into other lifestyles. Either way, we are always so excited to watch our teachers in every step of their lives.

We are so thankful for every instructor who's dedicated their time, energy to share their wellness education and artistry over the past 11 years. Let's continue to show our support to our teachers by giving them some extra attention. Try out a class, share an IG story, bring a friend and be prepared to MOVE YOUR BODY. Dance and Fitness for all.

Welcome 2022 Season 2 teachers ❤️ Check out the video reel from our most recent photoshoot by Genevieve Parker and Robbie Gomez. Edited by Robbie.

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Thara Ashley Zulueta Drenched [All Levels] Tuesdays 5:30pm PT Hybrid @tharaashley

Born in the Bay Area, Thara has always had music and movement hold a large part of her life. Her passion for dance started in competing in cheerleading at a young age. She has since been training in other dance styles including hip hop, ballet and jazz. Thara's passion for fitness has also led her to enjoy running, hiking and yoga - where she also received two teacher training certificates from The Yoga Company and Corepower Yoga. Though cardio dance has really united her joy for fitness, love for music and passion for dance. DRENCHED is the embodiment of those three things she holds close.

Drenched [All Levels]

This is a cardio-dance based class featuring top 40 jams from Hip Hop, Reggaeton to Pop music. There are three levels guided in class. Levels 1-2 are easy to follow with Level 3 designed to push choreography retention. Learn routines and perform like a pro to a variety of songs. Be prepared to take this class a few times in order to get the choreography in your body! Suggested footwear: Sneakers.


Calvin Thomas Beginner Ballet [Beginner] Tuesdays 7:45pm PT In-Studio @calthomasjr

Hailing from Maysville, Kentucky, Calvin Thomas received foundational training at the Otto M. Budig Academy of Cincinnati Ballet. He has supplemented his studies at Boston Ballet School, The School of American Ballet, Ballet Austin Academy, and The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre. His career start began with the Cincinnati Ballet and Ballet Austin. Since moving to the Bay Area in 2011 he has performed with Company C Contemporary Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet, Oakland Ballet Company, Dance Theatre of San Francisco, Kiandanda Dance Theater, Mark Foehringer Dance Project, and Garrett Moulton Productions. His repertoire includes works by Thang Dao, Gregory Dawson, Yuri Zhukov, and Maurice Causey among others. When not dancing he still enjoys time in the studio sharing knowledge and teaching the next generation of dancers. He has recently developed a passion for coaching from the inspiration of his mentor, Shannon Bresnahan. Calvin is blessed to join ODC/Dance for the 2019-2020 season.

Beginner Ballet [Beginner]

This ballet class is for all ages and all levels. The goal is to help your body gain better balance, posture, flexibility, and core strength, not to train perfect ballerinas. Learn different terminology and build the various muscles to support your ballet journey.


Danaite Gebremeskel Afro Dance [Int / Adv] Wednesdays 7:30pm PT In-Studio

Danaite is a 25 years old dancer based off of the Bay Area. She moved from Ethiopia at the age of 15 and started pursuing dance right away. After gaining some basic leadership experiences, choreographing for many shows and performing nationally and internationally she now resides in the Bay where she shares her knowledge of Afro Dance. She hopes to provide a positive and safe space for others to express their passion and art. After dealing with many struggles in life, Danaite still continues to push and reach for the stars.

“My weakness my strength, my strength my weakness”

Afro Dance [Intermediate / Advanced]

A choreography-based class with some freestyle elements. Afro dance is a huge umbrella using elements from all over the map. East, west, south and central. Learn the history, foundation, choreography pick up, muscle memory and freestyle.


Belicia Tang Ballroom Dance Fitness [All Levels] Sundays 12:000m PT Hybrid

Belicia was a competitive rhythmic gymnast for 10 years. Growing up, Belicia was heavily trained in ballet and took contortion lessons to supplement her gymnastics. A two-time state champion and member of the 2012 Junior Olympic team, Belicia will always credit gymnastics as her first love. After a knee injury took her out of the sport at 15, she searched for a new passion. In 2015, she discovered Latin Ballroom dancing and fell in love with the performative and expressive nature of the art. She began college at UCLA in 2016, where she explored the prolific commercial dance scene of Los Angeles. In addition to ballroom, she took jazz, jazz funk and heels classes at Playground LA, Edge PAC, and Millennium Dance Complex. After graduating from college in 2019, Belicia returned to her SF Bay Area home and is now dancing, choreographing, and teaching full time. She is certified as a LaBlast Fitness instructor, which is partner-free ballroom dancing formatted for fitness. Belicia has taught this class for the past 3 years and is excited to bring ballroom fitness to Rae Studios.

Ballroom Dance Fitness [All Levels]

Ballroom Dance Fitness is a cardio dance and fitness program based on all of the ballroom dances you see on Dancing with the Stars (cha-cha, samba, rumba, jive, waltz, tango, salsa, and more). Created by DWTS professional Louis Van Amstel, it is partner-free, incorporates fitness elements into ballroom dance figures, and uses music from every era & genre.


Christina Nguyen K-Pop [Beg / Int] Sundays 2:20pm PT In-Studio

Christina Nguyen, a Bay Area native, began her dancing at the age of 14. She dove into her training full-force, indulging in a variety of techniques including ballet, hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, heels, and modern dance. She received her BA in Dance in 2019, from San Francisco State University School of Theatre and Dance. During her time at SF State, Christina had become a company member of San Francisco State’s University Dance Theater for 3 consecutive years, allotting her final senior year as UDT Student Director. Christina had the opportunity of debuting her first professional dance performance with Stabat Mater and Mad Brass as a part of Garrett+Moulton Productions's movement choir in 2018. She’s since then moved on to training with renowned dancer and choreographer, Galen Hooks, and is a Galen Hooks Method Alumni.

Currently, she is dancing with Eclipse K-Pop and regularly rehearses and films public K-Pop dance covers. Working towards crafting her dance identity, Christina aims to pursue a life centered around the importance of dancing, creating, and sharing art with one another.

K-Pop [Beginner / Intermediate]

A Bollywood cardio dance fitness class inspired and driven by the heart-pumping, energetic rhythms of Bollywood. The class embodies dynamic choreography and easy-to-follow dance aerobics. Learn the origins and vocabulary of traditional Bollywood dance steps in this all-level class.



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