Dance at the Dome Teacher Bios

Michelle A’Dair has been living and dancing in Tuolumne County for 40 years. Her certifications are in dance and fitness with Zumba Gold as her next conquest. She has studied Ballet/ Point, Tap, Jazz, and Hip Hop in New York City with top choreographers Charles Kelley, Charles Hughes and Jimmie DeFore in LA. As a teenager, Michelle attended Summer Intensives with Juilliard, Dance Educators of America and Dance Masters. She was the All Around Competitor for Western MA Gymnastics and coached at Sonora High. She has also dabbled in baton twirling, pageant competitions and musical theatre by performing in many plays, parades and directing and choreographing elementary/junior high aged children, all while successfully owning and operating Michelle’s Dance Studio in Soulsbyville, CA.

She has been a large part of installing and opening the new Arts Alliance Dance Studio at KASA which has taken off in the last months as Dance At The Dome. Miss Michelle is also a very busy Real Estate Agent and the CFO of A’Dair to Build Const. Co. Inc. She will be offering Gentle Yoga, Dance and Fitness Classes to both children and adults.

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Bonnett Saussol moved to Sonora in 2013 from the Bay Area where she taught adult tap dance classes at the Campbell and Sunnyvale community centers since 1992. She also danced and choreographed at Bay Area community theaters. Originally from the East Coast, she has been dancing since childhood and studied with tap legends including Al Gilbert, Sam Weber, Savion Glover and Dianne Walker. Bonnett appeared on national TV on Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour.

Adult Tap
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Suzanne Hennessy started to take college dance classes in her 20’s first in San Diego, then at Columbia. In 1978, she became an aerobic dance instructor for California Aerobic Dance, a San Diego company. After moving  to Sonora at the end of 1978, she started classes in the Sonora area, hired new instructors on behalf of California Aerobic Dance, successfully expanding the business into neighboring counties. From 1982 to October 1986 she owned her own business, Aerobic Workout. She decided to return to school to complete a degree in English. She received her credential and began teaching at Oakdale High School. The following year, she was hired by Soulsbyville School, teaching there until she retired in 2010.

Two years ago she discovered Zumba Gold at Catherine Gordon’s Sonora studio.  She has recently completed Zumba basic instructor training and Zumba Gold training, becoming an instructor with Catherine’s studio in July. Geared to mature exercisers, the 45 minute sessions are a great way for beginners to get started and get comfortable with the moves. Fitness goals include aerobic conditioning, developing flexibility and balance, and socializing with like-minded people who love to dance.

Zumba Gold
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Catherine Gordon, ACE-CPT  is well known as an ACE certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist. She has a BA in Theater from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame Indiana. She will be teaching BodyCon: a total body conditioning class that gives you the energy, strength, mobility, and balance you need in order to live life to the fullest. BodyCon stands for body confidence, conditioning, and contour. This 60 minute class begins with a dance based total body warm up, followed by bodyweight intervals and resistance training. Balance and flexibility training come next, with a restorative cool down to complete the session.

Modifications are offered for beginners, and progressions are suggested for advanced exercisers. Comfortable fitness attire and athletic shoes should be worn, and please bring a yoga mat for the restorative portion of the class.
Catherine has helped her clients and readers lose literally thousands of pounds and inches with her training, and she is delighted to be bringing her most effective techniques to you with BodyCon

BodyCon

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Henrietta Plessas

I grew up with the love of dancing starting from a very young age. My mother put me in Ballet classes which I truly enjoyed but I knew something was missing for me. As I endlessly watched Fred Astaire films I longed to be able to dance like THAT!!

At the age of 16 I moved on my own from England to San Francisco and the person I was staying with insisted of two things from me …running each day and learning to ballroom dance Well needless to say I  “walked” every morning (saying I ran!) but fell in LOVE with ballroom dancing. At the age of 18 I started dancing at the Metronome Ballroom San Francisco and at the age of 20 I was teaching there under the instruction of Diane Jarmalow for Ballroom and Latin and Rosemary Zachary for swing. With a long break in between I resumed my career of teaching swing , ballroom and Latin at Dance Arts ballroom San Rafael. And with my passion for West  Coast Swing I have the privilege  and honor to call Kelly Casanova, my Mentor and coach; substituting for her when asked.

I have  now have fulfilled my dreams of living in our Twain Harte cabin which we’ve been coming to for years. I can’t wait to share my love of teaching and dancing with you all and hope you’ll soon join me on the dance floor ..

Ballroom, Latin and Swing

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Nicole Kikugawa

From the time Nicole could remember, she always wanted to dance! She started dancing with Randi Murray’s Dance Studio at the age of 9 and continued her training into adulthood at various schools including; Suzanne Katarsky’s Academy of Classical Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet School in New York City & The San Diego Academy of Ballet. She has experience in both teaching and performing. Her true passionis for ballet and she’s excited to be part of the dance program at TCAA.

Nicole holds a B.S. from San Diego State University and has built a career as a Financial Advisor. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors (running, skiing, golfing, camping) and spending time with her family.

Youth Ballet/Tap Combo (ages 5-9yrs); Open Ballet (Teens/Adults)

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Katryn Weston

Katryn began dancing at the local Randi Murray’s Dance Studio at the age of five.  In high school she joined the Academy of Classical Ballet with Suzanne Katarsky.  She has more than five years of experience teaching ballet and tap to students of all ages.

Katryn has used her dancing skills to perform in many local plays through Columbia Actors Repertory and Sierra Repertory Theatre with shows including Gypsy, Me and My Girl, Crazy for You and Idiot’s Delight.  
 
Previously, Katryn taught mathematics at Sonora High School and Columbia College, but is now focusing her energy on raising a family and helping with her family business, Blue Oak Farm.
Pre-Dance (Ages 3, 4, & 5)