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Marie Arts, Artistic Director, Owner

Born with the last name “arts” and passionate about dance for as long as she can remember, Marie Arts brings with her an extensive background in choreography and dance education. Marie has taught ballet, variations, modern, jazz, musical theater, acting, choreography composition and improvisation, extensively throughout the United States, for professionals and students.

Her past achievements include Artistic Director with Ballet Nouveau Colorado; owner and Artistic Director of Arts Academy of Dance in Illinois; visiting Artistic Director with Dance Theater of Iowa; visiting assisting Professor of Dance with Northern Illinois University. 

Marie has danced with Louisville Ballet including “Scheherazade”, “Don Quixote”, “Romeo and Juliet"," Cinderella"; Delta Festival Ballet in New Orleans including "Dracula", Afterimages Modern Dance Company, and as a guest artist at the Saitama International Choreography Conference in Japan.

Most recently, Marie has been teaching and choreographing throughout the Colorado area including Boulder Ballet, Classic Dance Academy, Kim Robards Dance Company and Actors Academy of the Performing Arts where she choreographed and co-directed several musical theater productions. 

Marie has been thrilled to be taking on Del Mar Ballet as owner and director. Her experience with having owned a dance studio and leading dance organizations, and professional dance companies, has brought rich value to the north coast area. 

 

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Amanda Daly - Program Co-Director , Teacher, Choreographer

Ms. Daly began her dance training at age four with the California Ballet School, studying ballet, jazz, and character dancing. She also trained in modern dance with Jean Isaacs' San Diego Dance Theater, as well as summer programs with LINES Ballet of San Francisco. After winning the California Ballet School's prestigious Student of the Year award in 2007, Ms. Daly went on to become a member of the California Ballet Company, performing various corps de ballet and soloist roles, including the Arabian variation in The Nutcracker, the Fairy of Eloquence and the Gold Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, and a Swan Leader in Swan Lake. In addition to her ballet career, Ms. Daly has also danced in the San Diego Trolley Dances for five years, working with such choreographers and Jean Isaacs and Monica Bill Barnes. She has choreographed several works for the California Ballet Company, and was selected as a guest choreographer by Peter Kalivas of the PGK Project, who showcased her work at his San Diego Dances in 2011.  

Amanda has been a wonderful contribution to DMB and has recently been promoted to Program co-Director! She is a co-choreographer for DMB storyline productions including Little Mermaid and Peter Pan.  Amanda is also the main teacher for the Children's Program at DMB.

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Robyn Shifren - adult programs instructor

It was in Yvonne Lakier(S.W.R.B), Robyns mother’s studio, that she began training at the age of 3. She attended the National School of The Arts training in both the R.A.D. (Solo Seal) and Cecchetti methods. Robyn continued her training at The Royal Ballet School in London, before being asked to join Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet Company after just 3 months. Robyn also danced with P.A.C.T. and N.A.P.A.C. companies in South Africa.

Robyn has worked with renowned teachers and choreographers and performed numerous leading roles, including Giselle, Coppelia, Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote and Swan Lake. Robyn was the lead dancer in several Balanchine ballets, including: Four Temperaments, Apollo, Sonantine and Tchaikowsky Pas De Deux . Ballets written for her include Killar’s ‘Miraculous Mandarine’ and ‘Baccus and Ariandne’, and Nierewicz’s ‘Shostakovich Pas De Deux’. A ballet ‘Segel-Suite’ was written and performed in Germany as a dedication to her work.

Robyn’s professional performing career ended abruptly following severe injuries sustained in a car accident. Robyn guest teaches ballet at schools throughout U.S.A.

Perfect technique and training are an integral part of any dancer’s success. An ability to tap into the ‘soul’ and bring out each person’s unique gifts, are skills that I am impassioned to share.

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Diana Nicastro - adult programs instructor

Born in Greece, Diana Nicastro grew up in New York where she studied formal classical ballet technique at the Harkness Ballet School under the direction of her mentor David Howard. She also trained at the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance in Manhattan, the Boston Conservatory of Music and Boston Ballet.

Diana received her Dance Teaching Certification through the University of Surrey (England) in association with the Royal Academy of Dance.

Diana is a dedicated, creative and patient instructor that a special way of connecting with and engaging her students. Over the past 25 years she has shared her passion and extensive knowledge of modern, contemporary and classical ballet with countless students in the San Diego region.

Diana is currently a Teaching Artist for the Malashock Dance School's Educational Out-Reach and In-Reach Creative Dance Programs for Children; specializing in contemporary classes for students of all abilities. She is also on the faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts, where she teaches Adult Ballet and created the Children's Ballet Program. In addition she is also on the faculty of North County Dance Arts where she teaches Adult & Teen Ballet classes & Pointe classes. She was a former faculty member and Branch Manager of the California Ballet School, The Pointe Loma School of Classical Ballet & The Scripps Performing Arts Academy.

Diana was the 2010 recipient of the KIT (Kids Included Together) "Rising Star Award" for her work with inclusion of children with disabilities. She has since presented national Workshops and Webinars for KIT with a focus on creating movement opportunities for children of all ages and abilities. She has also been part of a KIT team that created nationally recognized inclusion standards and benchmarks. Diana has experience in working with the California Public Schools VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts) framework for grades K - 12.

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Amanda Daly - program co-director , Teacher, Choreographer

Niara was born and raised in Brussels, Belgium and studied classical ballet at the Conservatory of Brussels before relocating to the U.S to attend Boston University.

After earning her B.A in Psychology, she spent time living and working in Paris and Hawaii before settling in NYC. It was there that she resumed her dance training at Broadway Dance Center and Manhattan Motion. Niara soon relocated to Boulder, Colorado, where she continued her training at Motion Underground Dance Studio under the direction of Kenny Jimenez.

Colorado's thriving dance community offered many performance opportunities. Niara joined Mob Squad, the Denver Nuggets hip hop dance team led by Kenny Jimenez. She also performed nationally with Jimenez' dance company Elements of Motion. As a member of F.E.M, Niara danced at the esteemed San Francisco Hip Hop Festival, and as the founder and artistic director of Boom Unit, she performed at the Colorado Hip Hop Festival and Colorado's Best Dance Crew. She was also fortunate to have toured nationally and abroad with Gary Kendell's Monster Shop Bumpin' Tour. The opportunity to work with the legendary Jabbawockeez founder has had a lasting impact on her.

Niara's next venture was as a founder and co-owner of StreetSide Studios – a performance based dance studio in Boulder. She spent 2 years managing the studio, directing hip hop performance troupes, and teaching a mix of dance styles for youth and teen students. In 2010, Niara refocused her energy towards the development of Niara Dance, an adult dance program specializing in urban and contemporary movement.

Niara currently teaches a variety of classes throughout San Diego including hip hop, contemporary, street jazz and heels. She is excited to reach new students and share with them her passion for authentic and organic driven movement. Niara encourages her students to step outside their comfort zone, to strive for maximum growth, and to always move with purpose. 

Patricia Haskel Freund - vocal teacher

Trish was born singing, or that is what she was always told. Her earliest memories are of singing and dancing in front of anyone who would listen. Her love for music fueled her throughout her younger years, followed by 25 years of voice, theater and dance study. Trish attended Northwestern University’s School of Speech for two and half years and then graduated from the Acting Program at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, studying at The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute.  During and after her years at school she studied voice and acting independently from such well known NYC and Los Angeles, CA teachers as: Dee Marquit, Deborah Lapidus, Colin Romoff, Larry Moss, Craig Carnelia, Joanna Gleason and many other noted artists. 

Trish has also studied Opera at the Scola dei Musica di Fiesole, in Italia and furthered her study with noted opera teachers Franco Pagliazzi and Sarina Raussa in Florence, Italy. 

Trish performed in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles theaters and many others stages around the country. Her most memorable roles were in touring productions of ‘Pump Boys and Dinnettes’ as Rhetta Cupp, and ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ as both daughters Hodel and Tzeitel. She has performed in cabaret rooms in NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles, Rome and Florence. She also spent two summers on the Cabaret Stage at the famous Williamstown Theater Festival in Williamstown, MA.

Trish started teaching voice at Bernstein School of Musical Theater in Bologna, Italy. She loved it from the first moment, being able to share and inspire with her years of professional experience. She then began privately coaching in Florence, Italy and then in Regensburg and Hamburg, Germany during her years abroad.
Since moving to San Diego seven years ago Trish has primarily been musically raising her 10 year old twins Lilith and Oliver who coach with her and passionately love singing and performing as much as their Mom. She is more than delighted to join Marie Arts at Del Mar Ballet helping to expand another medium of performing arts and hopes to assist in inspiring and shaping another generation of talented young performers. 

NIARA EUSTACE - contemporary jazz instructor

Niara was born and raised in Brussels, Belgium and studied classical ballet at the Conservatory of Brussels before relocating to the U.S to attend Boston University.

After earning her B.A in Psychology, she spent time living and working in Paris and Hawaii before settling in NYC. It was there that she resumed her dance training at Broadway Dance Center and Manhattan Motion. Niara soon relocated to Boulder, Colorado, where she continued her training at Motion Underground Dance Studio under the direction of Kenny Jimenez.

Colorado's thriving dance community offered many performance opportunities. Niara joined Mob Squad, the Denver Nuggets hip hop dance team led by Kenny Jimenez. She also performed nationally with Jimenez' dance company Elements of Motion. As a member of F.E.M, Niara danced at the esteemed San Francisco Hip Hop Festival, and as the founder and artistic director of Boom Unit, she performed at the Colorado Hip Hop Festival and Colorado's Best Dance Crew. She was also fortunate to have toured nationally and abroad with Gary Kendell's Monster Shop Bumpin' Tour. The opportunity to work with the legendary Jabbawockeez founder has had a lasting impact on her.

Niara's next venture was as a founder and co-owner of StreetSide Studios – a performance based dance studio in Boulder. She spent 2 years managing the studio, directing hip hop performance troupes, and teaching a mix of dance styles for youth and teen students. In 2010, Niara refocused her energy towards the development of Niara Dance, an adult dance program specializing in urban and contemporary movement.

Niara currently teaches a variety of classes throughout San Diego including hip hop, contemporary, street jazz and heels. She is excited to reach new students and share with them her passion for authentic and organic driven movement. Niara encourages her students to step outside their comfort zone, to strive for maximum growth, and to always move with purpose.