Julianne Spratlin, Artistic Director/Founder
Julianne Spratlin received her training at the Atlanta School of Ballet under the direction of Tom Pazik and Robert Barnett. She continued her studies at both the School of American Ballet and Boston Ballet. Ms. Spratlin danced with the Atlanta Ballet for eight years under the direction of John McFall. She performed principal roles in works by Balanchine, as well as the lead roles in many story ballets. She also worked with many contemporary choreographers and created roles in ballets by John McFall, Michael Pink, Lila York, David Parsons, Donald Byrd and Stanton Welch.
In 2002, Ms. Spratlin joined the Joffrey Ballet. During her time there she danced a wide range of principal roles in the Joffrey repertoire to critical acclaim, including works by Ashton, Cranko, Balanchine, Kylian, Tharp, Joffrey and Arpino. In 2004, she was chosen Chicagoan of the Year by the Chicago Tribune. In 2007, Ms. Spratlin joined the San Francisco Ballet, where she danced principal and soloist roles in ballets by Robbins, Taylor and Balanchine and worked to create ballets with choreographers Caniparoli, Welch, Kudelka, Wheeldon and Adam. In the spring of 2010, she was honored to be a guest artist with the Estonian National Ballet, performing with SFB principal, Tiit Helimets. Ms. Spratlin joined the Milwaukee Ballet in 2010 as a principal dancer. Ms. Spratlin also had the great honor of being named one of 2011's "25 To Watch", by Dance Magazine and fellow artist, Tiit Helimets.
Ms. Spratlin began her teaching career at the Atlanta Ballet Center for Dance Education, teaching and coaching preprofessional division students, many of whom went on to join Atlanta Ballet and other professional companies. During her time in Chicago, she taught at the Lou Conte Dance Studio of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. In San Francisco, Ms. Spratlin taught at The Ballet Studio since 2010 and became TBS Associate Artistic Director.
Sensing the need for a new kind of ballet school in San Francisco, Ms. Spratlin established the Dance Training Center / San Francisco in January of 2014. A school with the highest quality of training, smaller classes and a less competitive environment than some larger schools, DTC/SF strives to give individual attention to students in a healthy, positive atmosphere. DTC/SF is also a place where professional dancers and students from other ballet schools come to tuneup and work on their technique when recovering from injury. Ms. Spratlin regularly teaches company class for Smuin Ballet and Amy Seiwert's Imagery. She is also thrilled to return to the Atlanta Ballet Center for Dance Education since 2016 as a faculty member for both the Advanced and Professional Summer Intensives.
Henry Berg, Master Teacher
Called "one of San Francisco's leading dance teachers", Henry Berg has, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, "carved a strong artistic niche as a teacher". With a career that spans over three decades in dance, film, television, theatre and academia, Mr. Berg has established himself as one of the foremost dance teachers in the country.
His guest teaching engagements now include annual seminars for the Boston Ballet, the Academia Anna Pavlova in Bogata, Columbia, Joffrey Ballet, Dance Educators of America, Oregon Dance Academy, and the Village Dance Arts in Los Angeles. Mr. Berg traveled to Japan where he taught seminars in Tokyo and Nagoya, staging "American Ballet Selections" in 1994 for several companies there. Mr. Berg began his dance career in Hollywood, California, appearing in such films as "State Fair", "How The West Was Won", and "Babes In Toyland".
In 1962, he joined the San Francisco Ballet. Subsequently, he danced for over seven years with the Joffrey Ballet and assisted choreographer Twyla Tharp in New York City. In 1975, Mr. Berg created the Pacific Ballet Company with co-founders John Pasqualetti and Sue Loyd. He also joined the faculty of the San Francisco Ballet.
The list of directors, dancers, and choreographers Mr. Berg has worked with include: George Balanchine, Robert Joffrey, Gerald Arpino, Lew Christensen, Ann Sokolov, Kurt Joos, Jon Hart, and Margaret Jenkins. Additionally he has worked with skaters John Curry and Peggy Fleming, cartoonist Charles Schultz, and has appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Born in Bethesda, Maryland, Ms. McMeekin enjoyed gymnastics, softball, karate, and swimming before starting ballet at the recommendation of family friend and former professional dancer, Jacqueline Crousillat. She began her training at the age of 12 with Claudia Rado of Interdance Ballet, then continued her training at the Academy of the Maryland Youth Ballet under the direction of Hortensia Fonseca and Michelle Lees. She has also trained at the Joffrey Ballet School (NYC), the Boston Ballet School, and graduated with a BFA Magna Cum Laude in Dance Performance from The Boston Conservatory in 2002.
Ms. McMeekin has danced with José Mateo’s Ballet Theatre (JMBT), Zoé Dance, Bowen McCauley Dance Company (BMDC), Oakland Ballet, Ballet San Jose (BSJ), and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet (TSFB). She has performed a wide variety of soloist and featured corps de ballet roles from choreographers including Antony Tudor, Dennis Nahat, George Balanchine, Roland Petit, Frederick Ashton, Bronislava Nijinska, Eugene Loring, and Merce Cunningham.
Ms. McMeekin has experience teaching and coaching children, professionals, and adult levels. She is a certified GYROTONIC®, GYROKINESIS®, and Pilates instructor in San Francisco.
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Yayoi Kambara (Contemporary)
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Sarah Cahuas (Pre-Ballet)
Sarah’s dance training began in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan where she studied ballet with Maria Lascu and Norma Taynton and modern dance with Norma Carter. She earned a BA in psychology with a minor in dance at the University of Michigan and later a Master’s in early childhood education at Bank Street College in New York. While in college, she studied and performed at the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC. Since moving to San Francisco, Sarah has studied ballet with Henry Berg, Julianne Spratlin, and Pascale LeRoy. Outside the ballet studio, Sarah is a school librarian in San Francisco. Sarah seeks to share her love of dance with the youngest dancers in our community through creative and developmentally appropriate classes.