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Mrs. Erica

Director/Instructor

Originally from Seattle, Wa, Erica Tarassoff received her formal training from Evergreen City Ballet (ECB). Joining the company by age 12, she performed Clara of the Nutcracker, excerpts of Swan Lake and Mid Summer's Night Dream. At ECB, she explored styles of jazz, modern, African tribal and character dance.  At the age of 16, she joined a local Hip Hop group, ND MIX, and performed hip hop for KUBE93 radio station’s promotions, local concerts and summer festivals.

 

As an adult, she developed her training in multiple states and countries such as Millennium Dance Studios in Los Angeles, CA, Colorado ballet of Denver, Colorado,  and Studio Harmonic in Paris, France. Then, she began her teaching career in Valencia, Spain in a small local gym.  "Music and dance are universal.  I didn't speak Spanish, but I ignited fun.", says Erica. 

Here in San Diego, Erica works with The French America School in La Jolla, and is an approved Vendor with Inspire Charter Schools. She has worked with Julian Performing Arts Charter School, Coronado Academy of Dance, and Kids Dance Adventures. Also, she has danced with San Diego’s Rock Steady Dance Ministries and San Diego Dance Theater's Trolley Dances.

Her training continues at studios such as San Diego Dance Theater, San Diego City College, San Diego Ballet, varies teacher training/certifications.

“I dance for the joy that it brings, whether it be to me, a student, and/or the audience.”

Classes: Creative Movements, Dance Improv., Contemporary Dance, Ballet/Tap Combo, Hip Hop, Dance Explorers, & Summer Camps

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Adeja Powell

Dance Instructor

Adeja Powell has been performing and coaching dance and color guard since 2014. They began their color guard career with the Belleville East Marching Lancers Color Guard and the Belleville East Winter Guard.

 

Since then, Adeja Powell has performed with World Class Winter Guard Avidity Independent as a flags and dance performer from 2015-2017. They have taught color guard and dance to all ages from middle school to high school.

 

Beginning in 2017, they taught Wolf Branch Middle School, and most recently served as Director of Color Guard and Choreographer for Central Community High School Marching Band from 2018-2020. 

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Isabel Desmet

Dance Instructor

Isabel Desmet spent most of her childhood in San Diego. She began her dance training at Jibe Studios in El Cajon when she was 13 years old, focusing mainly on jazz, contemporary, and hip hop dance.

 

Isabel fell in love with modern dance during her time at San Diego Mesa College and San Diego City College. During that time she had the opportunity to train with Blythe Barton and Faith Jensen-Ismay. She also danced for Bite Dance Company. Isabel has a bachelor’s degree in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley.

 

She is currently dancing with Mojalet Dance Collective.

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Aubrhe Yruretagoyena

Dance Instructor

Aubrhe Yruretagoyena is a movement artist originally from Redlands, California. Her current practice merges improvisational dance with mixed media and found object set design to curate encapsulated, whimsical environments for dances to exist within. With artist Viktor de la Fuente, she is the co-creator of La RARA Noche, a seasonal performance gathering for the communities of San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico. With Krista Kaye Nelson and Chloë Freeman, if. Dance Theater was born, a trio focusing on site specific, improvisational performance.

 

Aubrhe has studied technique in ballet, jazz and modern dance and has a background in theater, show choir and Latin dance styles. She earned her BFA in Dance from San Diego State University where she studied somatic dance practices, improvisational dance and dance pedagogy. SDSU is where Aubrhe refined her collaboration skills and truly begin to see herself as an artist.

 

She is deeply thankful for all of her teachers and mentors who have supported her and is thrilled for this opportunity to teach with SD Dance with Me.