• OUSD DANCE TEACHERS

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BA in Dance/French & Francophone Studies, Carleton College; EdM in Arts in Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education; CA Dance Single Subject Credential; NY Teaching Certificate in K-12 Dance

Emily Ban

Schools: EnCompass Academy & REACH Academy

I am a dancer, choreographer, educator, and advocate for the transformative power of movement and dance-making for all humans, especially children. I was born and raised in the Bronx, have developed and taught Dance programs in public elementary schools in Minneapolis and Brooklyn, and am brand new to Oakland and California as of summer 2021. I’m at my happiest when improvising outdoors, singing karaoke in front of strangers, or borrowing movement ideas from four year olds.

I teach Dance for TK-5th graders with a focus on dance literacy, dance-making, and spotlighting dance artists whose identities, cultures, and choreography are relevant to my students. I value collaborative creative process, and use exploration, improvisation, and structured composition tasks to help students recognize their own ideas and learn to create beautiful works of art from their own imaginations.

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MFA in Dance New York University, BA in Theater (Dance Emphasis) UC Santa Cruz, CSUEB; Physical Education CA Single Subject Credential

Carol Kueffer-Moore

 Schools: New Highland Academy and Reach Academy

I am a dance teacher, choreographer and dancer with over thirty years experience. As a choreographer my work has been presented in New York, Brazil and the Bay Area. As a dancer, I toured internationally with the New York based company, David Dorfman Dance for eleven years and in France with The New York Baroque Dance Ensemble. I teach dance to adults and children in OUSD schools and at Shawl Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley.


Dance classes provide safe yet challenging opportunities for students to explore invent, perform, respond and connect. Classroom teachers participate with their students through active participation, guided discovery, and critical reflection. Dance classes progress through a curriculum that integrates grade level academics and dance concepts to develop improvisation and choreographic skills. Classes are playful, inclusive and encourage creative risk-taking.


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B.A. Psychology, M.A. Transpersonal Psychology w/Concentration in Expressive Arts Therapies

Alicia Langlais

School: Elmhurst United Middle School

Alicia Langlais is a Bay Area Dancer, Instructor, and Dance Inspiration Coach. Hailing from Bronx, NY, Hip-Hop and Caribbean culture were apart of her household and community which informed her passion for movement and dance, even as she began ballet training at the age of seven. In addition to over 15 years of dance training, teaching, and performing in New York and the Bay Area, Alicia also has a Master's of Education Degree in School Counseling and Master's of Art Degree in Transpersonal Psychology. Her M.A. degree concentration in Creative Expression with studies and research focused on Dance Therapy allows Alicia to meld her dance training, personal experience with dance trauma, and mental wellness backgrounds to help students slay dance related insecurities or trauma, which she calls "Dance Dragons." Ms. Alicia joined the Elmhurst Unified Middle School community in 2019. She aims to create a safe, collaborative, and exploratory dance class experience where students can learn various dance foundations including Jazz, Hip-Hop, Salsa, and Afro-Caribbean dance styles for the purpose of gaining inspiration for unique self-expression.

Dance, P.E. at Elmhurst United is an Introductory dance class. No experience is necessary! The focus of this class is community, exploration of different styles of dance with an open mind, and creative expression. Students will learn the history of various dance styles including hip-hop, jazz, dancehall, cumbia, contemporary, and afro-pop, as well as their movement fundamentals, for the purpose of strengthening their own unique self-expressions. Students will also gain language for critiquing self and peer performances through the lenses of positivity, community building, confidence reinforcement, and growth mindset. The overall goal is to maintain body and mind wellness applied through culturally connected movement and music in a safe and FUN environment, online or in-person.

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BA in Political Science and minor in Russian Language, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania; Ma. Ed in Creativity in Education San Francisco State University Credentials include: Social Studies Single Subject Credential, San Francisco State University; Dance Credential Supplementary Credential, San Francisco State University; (CTE) Career Tech Ed credential emphasis on Arts, Media and Entertainment, U.C Berkeley

Sonja B. Travick


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Oakland Technical High School

Sonja was born in Pennsylvania where she began dancing at the age of six.l and became the youngest apprentice (13yrs) with the Joseph P. Cooksey Chameleon dance Company. Sonja continued her studies at Lincoln University, Lincoln University Pa, where she became a member of the University Dance ensemble. She graduated with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Russian language in 1988. In 1992 Sonja relocated to the Bay Area. Under the tutelage of bay area dance masters such as Carolyn Himes, Allasane Kane, Molonga Casquerlourd Jacque Barnes and Alseny Soumah Sonja soared in her mastery of dances of the African diaspora. In 1993 Sonja traveled to Brazil for a month long study of the dances of the Orixass, in 1995 she then traveled to Paris for a month long study of modern techniques fused with dances of Senegal and the Conga and most. In 1997 Sonja then traveled to Jamaica to study traditional Caribbean folklore and dance. In 2005, Sonja’s intensive study of West African Dance and culture sent her to Guinea, West Africa for an intensive study with the countries national dance company. Sonja’s goal is to restructure, review, and revive the communities’ connection to traditional African music and dance.

This class is designed to introduce students to basic dance terminology, technique, and dance class etiquette. Through barre and centere floor exerrcise alignment principals, weight shifts, level changes, and the elements of dance such as body, space, time, and energy will be explored. Students will be exposed to Jazz, Modern, Ballet, West African, and other World dance techniques. In addition to their introduction to dance terminology through praxis, student will also read about dance, write about dance, and observe both live and videoed dance performances. Our final goal is to provide students with the tools to integrate what they have learned and compose their own group and individual choreographic works.

Last Modified on November 12, 2021