Alyce Finwall - Director
Alyce (pronounced like Elise) has over 20 years of experience performing professionally in New York, Washington DC, Minneapolis and San Francisco. She is a recognized choreographer and teaches dance to all levels, as well as acrobatics. Alyce is an American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher and holds an MFA in Dance. Please visit www.afdancetheater.com for more information about her choreographic work for Alyce Finwall Dance Theater. Alyce spent most of her youth equally endeavored in both dance and gymnastics, spending countless, glorious hours in both the dance studio and the gym. She was an All-American gymnast, then after an injury, started to focus on dance as a means for expression and her irresistible urge to move.
Alyce is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
She is the proud mother of two young girls who also love to dance and tumble around!
Katie Meyers - Dance
A native of Chicago, Katie trained under Summer Lee Rhatigan at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, she has had the immense pleasure to perform the repertory of Ohad Naharin, Bobbi Jene Smith and Tom Weinberger. Prior to her time at the Conservatory, Katie had the great fortune to train in Portland, Jerusalem and Salt Lake City where she was able to perform work by Andrea Miller, Noa Wherteim, and Ching Ching Wong. Katie dances with Alyce Finwall Dance Theater.
Katie is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Meghan Murphy - Yoga
Meghan started practicing yoga over 10 years ago, loving the challenge of hot power flow. Over the years, the asana led her to discover the balance of physical and spiritual practice. Wanting to share the transformative poser of yoga with others, she completed her 200 RYT training at the Asheville Yoga Center. Join Meghan for a challenging and nourishing Vinyasa flow.
Yana Ibrahim - Yoga
Yana Ibrahim is a certified personal trainer with American Council on Exercise (ACE) and is a certified Level 1 Prenatal Yoga Teacher with MamaTree. She is classically trained in Hatha Yoga and received her 200HR Yoga Instructor certification through SVYASA Yoga Institute. She has a Bachelor Degree in Exercise & Sports Science (Edith Cowan University) and has taught many fitness classes over the years. She started teaching fitness bootcamp classes in 2008 and is passionate in helping her clients move and feel better! Follow her on Instagram: @YogawithYana or @DoulainSF.
Christine Armand - Drama
Christine has been teaching drama to elementary students for more than 15 years. She is a trained performer, published playwright and dynamic instructor, who is dedicated to the arts as a teaching tool. She has a master’s degree in theater from SFSU and has run her own week-long Creative Storytelling camps. She has worked at many diverse schools in the Bay Area, guiding students to wholeheartedly express themselves in the dramatic arts. A well-rounded theatrical artist herself, Christine has performed in many Bay Area shows and has travelled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she starred in an original play. She is most proud of her own troupe, The Momma Drama, where she produces, directs, and performs in a popular play that she co-wrote about motherhood, called “Stretchmarks”. The play has enjoyed many sold-out shows in San Francisco, and has even travelled to the East Coast for a smashing debut. One of her favorite things in life is to help children learn how to be heART-centered and to blossom creatively in this lovely journey called LIFE.
“My goal as a teaching artist s to instill the positive, empowering aspects of theatre arts, so that children can learn to be collaborative, compassionate, and creative in mind and heart.”
Julian Castro - Teaching Assistant
Julian assists in Pre-Primary to Primary B level ballet classes, as well as Acrobatics. She is senior in high school, plays the clarinet, and the students LOVE her!
Rou Rou Hutchinson - Teaching Assistant
Rou Rou is an incoming 10th grader at City Arts and Tech High School. At age 4 Rou Rou began her ballet studies and she is currently studying under Alyce at Moving Arts Studio. In addition to ballet, Rou Rou has studied tap, hip hop, flamenco, jazz and contemporary. Rou Rou loves musical theater, and is a member of the Young Peoples Teen Musical Theater Company. This year she performed in The Addams Family as an ancestor. Past musical theater performances have included The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and The Jewish Nutcracker. Last summer Rou Rou was a counselor in training for 4 weeks at an outdoor adventure camp and is looking forward to supporting Alyce with students this summer.