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The Artists of ArcTangent Dance

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Founder & Artistic Director

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Arielle started dancing at the age of 3. Throughout her life Arielle has trained in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Improvisation, Hip-Hop, Ballroom, Modern and Contemporary. She is currently an MFA in Dance and Masters in Management candidate at Mills College in Oakland, CA where she studies under Abby Crain, Robert Moses, Sheldon Smith, Suhaila Salimpour, Molissa Fenley, Sonya Delwaide, Ann Murphy, and Latanya L'Tigner. She also holds a BFA from University at Buffalo, and has been a member of Dance Masters of America since 2007. At University at Buffalo, Arielle studied under Tom Ralabate, Kerry Ring, Tracy Navarro, Anne Burnidge and John Lehrer and was a member of Zodiaque Studio Dance Ensemble.

Arielle also attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance where in addition to receiving a choreographic residency, she studied Ballet, Modern and Improv under Summer Lee Rhatigan, Alex Ketley, Chris Burns and Thomas McManus. After college, Arielle danced in Israel where she continued training under the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company.

Arielle has danced in several companies including Keshet Dance Company, World Dance Fusion, and Cabaret San Jose. She is the former Artistic Director of Montage Contemporary Company and current Artistic Director of ArcTangent Dance. Currently, Arielle is a member of PERSpectives Dance Company under the direction of Lindsey McLevis. Arielle's choreography has been a finalist in the 2020 International Online Dance Competition, as well as a recipient of the SEED Creation Fund from Li Chiao-Ping Dance Company.

If you’re interested in learning more about Arielle and booking her for private coaching, workshops or choreography, visit her website, ariellecole.com.

Sarah C.


Company Dancer

Sarah Chan began her dance training in classical ballet, pointe, and classical modern at the age of 3. She studied at Eastern Connecticut Ballet under Gloria Govrin, a former New York City Ballet soloist, and Libby Nye, a former Jose Limon dancer. She performed lead roles in multiple ballets here, including The Nutcracker, Interplay, Balanchine’s Raymonda Variations, and Tarantella. Sarah also participated in ABT and Atlanta Ballet Summer Intensive Programs.  She graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Human Nutrition and a minor in Dance, and she is now also a Registered Dietitian. During her time at OSU, Sarah danced and choreographed for Dance Connection, a student-led organization, and also performed in various Dance department shows. Upon graduation, Sarah joined Columbus Modern Dance Company and had the pleasure of performing with them and teaching their open adult ballet class. Sarah currently teaches at various studios and has danced for several dance projects since moving to the Bay area. Along with being one of the original members of ArcTangent Dance, Sarah is also a member of PERSpectives Dance Company.



Company Dancer

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Company Dancer

Casey started her dance training at the age of three in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, contemporary and lyrical. Casey graduated from San Jose State University with a BFA in Dance and was a company member of UDT.  At SJSU, Casey studied under Heather Cooper, Raphael Boumaila, Mark Foehringer, Dominique Serapio, Jill Yager and Chafin Seymour. She also worked with Paul Vickers, Mike Esperanza, Kyle Abraham & Company (AIM), Sean Dorsey Dance, Gallim and Rickey Trip. Casey has danced with several companies in the Bay Area including The Fancy Dancers, Acuity and Cabaret San Jose. In 2017, Casey became a member of PERSpectives Dance Company under the direction of Lindsey McLevis. Casey has been a member of ArcTangent Dance since its inception in 2018. In addition to dancing, Casey also plays basketball and fosters dogs from the Humane Society.

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Company Dancer

Sara Lavalley started her dance career after her mother got
tired of her learning dances from MTV music videos everyday and put her in hip hop classes. From there she was a part of her high school's Co-ed hip hop team. Ms. Lavalley attended Moorpark College for dance, studying under Robert Salas, Beth Megill, Wendi Baity, and Nancy Paradis. While attending Moorpark College, she taught at two dance

studios in Simi Valley, Rosalie's School of Dance and Inspire Dance, where she taught ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and lyrical to all ages. At Moorpark, she choreographed for three modern dance shows and was a member of the Performing Dance Ensemble for two years. Ms. Lavalley also received the Ronald E. Jr. Scholarship for excellence in dance and was a member of the professional company, Megill and Company.

She received her BFA at San
Jose State University where she spent two years as a company member in University Dance Theater at SJSU, directed under Raphael Boumaila, where she has learned repertory works such as Choreographic Offering and Psalm, choreographed by Jose Limon. Ms. Lavalley had the opportunity to work with artist in residence, Holly Johnston, as well as Mike Esperanza and Bare Dance Company. At San Jose State University, Ms. Lavalley has studied Limon technique with Raphael Boumaila, Graham technique with Jeanene Winston, and choreography composition with Fred Mathews. She has also studied ballet with Mark Foehringer, contemporary with Heather Cooper, jazz with Jill Yager and Dominique Lomoljo, and modern with Maria Basil. Upon graduating, she received the Outstanding Senior in Performance award. Ms. Lavalley was also a dance coach for the Cupertino High School Color Guard for three years as well as being a current company member for Cypher Dance Company.

In 2020, Ms. Lavalley earned her MFA in Dance at Mills College in Oakland, CA. During her time at Mills, she had the pleasure of studying under Kara Davis, Molissa Fenley, Robert Moses, Sheldon Smith, and Ann Murphy. She taught the elementary modern class in Fall of 2019 and upon graduating, received an award for Inspirational Teaching Across Genres. Future goals include: performing in professional dance companies in New York or California and becoming a professor at a university.



Company Dancer

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Company Dancer

Jersey-Girl Jessica began her dance training at Kathryn Barnett School of Dance and New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble. While attending George Mason University to pursue a B.F.A. in Dance and Dance Education, Jessica had the opportunity to perform the works of Doug Varone, David Parsons, Mark Morris, Robert Battle, and Kate Skarpatowska. In 2012, Jessica moved to Brooklyn, NY where she performed with contemporary companies including Community Dance Project NYC. While in New York, she also taught dance at The School at Columbia and other local studios. In 2015, Jessica made the move to California with her husband and cat. While on the west coast, she has had many wonderful opportunities performing and teaching all over the Bay Area, including dancing with Kaneisee Collective in San Francisco and PERSpectives Dance Company in San Jose, CA. Jessica is excited to be pursuing dance on a different coast, and she’s thrilled to be performing alongside the talented dancers of ArcTangent Dance. If you are interested in taking Jessica’s adult dance classes, check out her schedule here.



Company Dancer

Heather grew up in Santa Cruz County, CA and received her early training at Santa Cruz Ballet Theater. Heather was also a company member of TDC of the Bay Area, where she performed pieces set by esteemed choreographers such as Mark Foehringer, Heather Cooper, and Jason Parsons. After graduating high school at 15 years old and gaining an AA degree in Music, Heather went on to receive her BA in Philosophy (with a Theater/Dance minor) from UC Berkeley at age 20. Heather then moved to LA where she danced professionally with both MKM Bollystars and Daurden Contemporary Dance Theater. She also lived in Israel for several months, participating in the Vertigo International Dance Program. 

As an actress, Heather has appeared in several films, commercials, voiceovers, and theater performances. She completed the two year training program at The Meisner Technique Studio in San Francisco under Sanford Meisner’s last teaching protege, Jim Jarrett. Heather’s credits are extensive and you can learn more at her website: www.heathershaw.us. Heather is passionate about sharing her love of dance and movement. She has taught Barre and group fitness classes for prestigious gyms and studios such as Equinox, Plus One, ElliptiFit, Pure Barre and Art of Pilates. 

Heather currently works as the Performing Arts Manager at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, where she curates world-class arts experiences for a broad audience. Additionally, Heather serves as the Co-Curator for TEDxPaloAlto, an independently organized TED event. In her spare time, Heather loves choreography, hiking, yoga, reading, and going on adventure backpacking trips around the world.



Guest Artist

Allyson grew up dancing at No Limits Dance and Performing Arts in Santa Cruz, CA.  She then went on to get her BFA in Dance Performance from UC Irvine. She was then a dancer in DOMA Theater's production of Xanadu before working as a performer with Holland America Cruise Line.  Since then she has been dancing where she can find it and teaching at Pacific Arts Complex, a local studio.

Jazmine Freeman


Guest Artist

Jazmine is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. She recently graduated from Spelman College with her BFA in Dance and is currently earning her MFA in Dance from Mills College in Oakland, CA. Dance is the universal language and she truly believes it can change the world, with one willing person at a time.



Guest Artist

Alicia spent most of her early dance training at South Bay Dance Center in San Jose, CA studying ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, and modern under Kit Dean for twelve years. She attended the Boston Conservatory at Berklee Summer Intensive in 2018 where she had the opportunity to train under artists such as Kurt Douglas, Elizabeth Roxas, Elisa Clarke, Iyun Ashani Harrison, and perform Alvin Ailey’s “Night Creatures” and many other works/improvisations by Parsons, Limón, and Harrison in the dance theatre at BoCo. She has also participated in intensives with LaCademy under Lisé and Ask la Cour, Pacific Ballet Academy, and masterclasses with San Francisco Ballet and Alonzo King Lines Center. In winter 2019, she had the opportunity to perform Yvonne Rainer’s improvisation score “Diagonal” at REDCAT. During the summer of 2020, she participated in Alonzo King Lines Online Pre-Professional summer intensive where she worked with Alonzo King and alumni company members Keelan Whitmore and Bret Conway to perform Alonzo’s iconic solos “Refraction” and “Sand.” Alicia is currently working on her BFA in Dance at California Institute of the Arts.

Taeylor White


Guest Artist

Taeylor White is an exceptional performer who obtained a BFA in Dance at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia and a MFA in Choreography and Performance at Mills College in Oakland, California. She is currently signed to RAE Talent Agency in San Francisco, CA working in the commercial talent industry. Miss White has  danced for about 12 years training in a variety of styles such as Modern/Contemporary, Heels, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Tap, Ballet, and several others genres. Throughout her journey, she has worked with numerous artists all over the East Coast like Megan Thompson, Victoria Fink, Katie Thompson, Cara Goodwin, and more. Taeylor also has had the opportunity to work with extraordinary artists on the West Coast such as Molissa Fenley, Latanya Tigner, and Victor Talledos during her studies at Mills College. Miss White is currently living in Los Angelos, California to further pursue her dreams as a performing artist and become an inspirational role model to the community.