Marat Daukayev

received his professional training at the Vaganova and Perm Ballet Schools. In 1972, he won the Bronze Medal at the Varna International Ballet Competition. He was subsequently invited to join the Kirov as a soloist where he was quickly promoted to principal dancer. During his 20 year career he danced the leading male roles in the complete repertoire of classical ballets with numerous international ballet tours. He has also performed in both film and television. St. Petersburg audiences loved him for the brilliant technique and exceptional dramatic ability that he brought to his roles.

Gabrielle Epifano

began her training under the direction of Bretislav Weidlich, former soloist with the National Ballet Theater in Prague and graduate of the Rimsky Korsakov Conservatory. Gabrielle has performed as a guest artist with a number of local companies in such productions as Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Paquita, and Les Sylphides. She has also taken several courses on music theory, kinesiology, pedagogy, and ballet history at the University of Utah. Gabrielle has been studying under Marat Daukayev and dancing at MDSB since 2011 and is very excited to now be a part of the faculty.

Sarah Hay

is a native of New Jersey and began dancing at 5 years old. At age 7, her training at the School of American Ballet began and she later attended the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of Ballet at the American Ballet Theatre. She has worked with Steps on Broadway, Pennsylvania Ballet, and most recently as a soloist at the Dresden Semperoper Ballett in Germany. While in Dresden, she was featured in both classical and contemporary ballets, including William Forsythe’s full-length ballet, Impressing the Czar. You might also recognize Sarah as the lead in the ballet-based TV mini-series FLESH AND BONE as well as HBO’s ROOM 104.

Alison Hickey

was introduced to Classical Ballet in Chile at age 6 at the Virginia Bezanilla Dance School. Her passion for dance expanded into a variety of dance techniques, such as Afro- Brazilian, Jazz, Modern, and Contemporary dance. She attended the Izidor Hundler Conservatory in Chile and also the Broadway Dance Center in NYC. At age 18 she began training in Occupational Therapy School to work with children with special needs. Her education in childhood development has given her the tools to create and implement dance programs that allow children to engage in dance of all kinds.

Regina Park

is a graduate of Kirov Academy of Ballet, where she studied under the close guidance of Alla Sizova and Yelena Vinogradova.  She was also recognized as Honor Student for two consecutive years at Regional Dance America/Pacific Festival, where she was awarded a full scholarship to Orlando Ballet School and Washington Ballet School. Regina’s professional career began as she joined Sacramento Ballet as a guest artist in George Balanchine’s Serenade and Ron Cunningham’s Nutcracker. She was also a founding member of American Contemporary Ballet in Los Angeles. Regina received a B.A. in World Arts and Cultures-Dance from UCLA and is also a certified Pilates instructor.

Wendy Quinn

is a native of Oklahoma and has been dancing since the age of 4. She won the title of Miss Dance Oklahoma and received full scholarships to San Francisco Ballet, Dallas-Irving Ballet, and Ballet West, among others. Wendy has performed across the United States and in 1986 received a scholarship to study with Joe Tremaine and moved to Los Angeles. She discovered Pilates in 2000 and became a trained and certified Pilates instructor soon after. Her many clients include Olympic Gold Medalists, celebrities, and dancers. She joined the faculty of Marat Daukayev School of Ballet in 2010.

Nazgul Shinn

received her training from the Almaty Ballet Academy in Kazakhstan. Upon graduation, she was invited to work at the Kyrgyz National Ballet Theater as a demi-soloist. She was soon awarded the opportunity to study at the Kirov Ballet Academy in Washington D.C.; whereupon she was recruited to work at the Universal Ballet Company in Seoul, Korea. Her professional repertoire includes La Sylphide, Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, La Bayadere, The Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty. Nazgul comes to Marat Daukayev School of Ballet from Southland Ballet Academy, where she has taught for the past 4 years.

Sara Silkin

has been an assistant choreographer to Barak Marshall and Sarah Elgart. She performed with Heidi Duckler Dance Theater, Hysterica Dance Company, Los Angeles Movement Arts, Invertigo Dance Theatre, IN/EX Dance Project, and AXIOM.  Sara taught at Le Centre de Danse du Marais in France and the Joffrey San Francisco Summer Intensives.  She also teaches at the EDGE Performing Arts Center.  Her classes are a combination of contemporary techniques focusing on performance and improvisation. Sara earned her BA from UCLA and her MFA from USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Dendrie Taylor

earned her BFA in Drama from NYU’s TISCH School of The Arts and began her professional acting career in New York, Regional and Los Angeles theatre. In film, Dendrie has worked with some of the most accomplished directors: David O Russell, Steven Spielberg, Sam Mendes, Oliver Stone, and Ivan Reitman amongst others. Just a few of her film and TV credits include: SAVING MR BANKS, THE FIGHTER, HOLLYWOODLAND, JARHEAD, WAR OF THE WORLDS, STAR TREK-GENERATIONS, THE VANISHING, HBO’s ROOM 104, BUNHEADS, TRUE BLOOD and most notably as Luann Delaney on SONS OF ANARCHY.

Daphne Zneimer

is a native of Los Angeles where she trained with Los Angeles Classical Ballet and Marat Daukayev School of Ballet. Daphne graduated with a B.F.A in Ballet Pedagogy from the The Hartt School, University of Hartford. While there, she was featured in La Bayadere, Sleeping Beauty, works by Martha Graham, and as Juliet in Jean Grand-Maitre’s Romeo and Juliet. Daphne also studied with ABT, the Kirov Academy, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School and LINES Ballet. While living in LA, she performed with Royal Danish Ballet, had the feature role of Clara in The Nutcracker with Los Angeles Classical Ballet.  She has spent the last decade in San Francisco dancing and teaching.