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Faculty

Meet the Team

Nicole Foisy
Owner & Studio Director

Nicole has been dancing for over 35 years. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Santa Clara University, where she studied on scholarship in Dance and Interpersonal Communications. Since 1997, she has taught at several dance studios in the South Bay area, and is most proud of the 22 years she spent training and teaching at Studio 10 Dance under the direction of Keith Banks. Nicole has also worked for the United Spirit Association (USA) since 1997, a renowned organization that specializes in dance camps, clinics, tours and competitions, where she has been an instructor & choreographer to teams throughout the Western United States. For 12 years, Nicole held the position of the USA’s Dance Program Director. She managed a staff of over 45 instructors who she trained to teach at over 50 dance training camps and intensives each summer. Nicole has spent decades serving as a judge at numerous dance competitions at both the State and National level throughout the United States & abroad in Japan, and was also responsible for training all of the USA Dance Program competition judges for over 12 years. Nicole has choreographed and assisted in the production of several NFL and collegiate halftime productions for the 49ers, the East West Shrine Game & the Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii – where she choreographed the numbers for the featured dancers. She has traveled to Tokyo, Japan multiple times to be a master teacher at dance clinics, judge at USA Japan’s Dance Nationals, and also to direct and instruct dance camps to hundreds of students. Nicole has worked extensively for over 20 years as an independent master teacher, and choreographer for several nationally ranked competitive dance teams and soloists throughout California and the Western U.S. She has traveled to dance conventions in Los Angeles, Chicago, Oregon, Dallas & Houston to teach master classes and choreograph for hundreds of the top ranked dancers in the state. Nicole has been interviewed multiple times by Dance Spirit magazine for her expertise related to dance technique and leadership training for dance teams. She has taught jazz, lyrical, contemporary, musical theater and ballet technique for close to two decades, and is invested in drawing out passion, intention and artistry from all of her students. Nicole is so grateful to be dedicating her life to her husband Carl, her son Carson, her daughter Bennett, and to her entire Studio 10 Dance family.

Danny George
Instructor

Dancing since the age of 14, Danny has had extensive training in jazz, ballet, lyrical, modern, musical theatre and hip-hop. He has studied and trained with great teachers such as Keith Banks, Doug Caldwell and, Pamm Drake. In 1999, he graduated from CSU Hayward with degrees in Dance and History. Since 1993, he has been a member of the United Spirit Association (USA) Dance/Drill Instructional Staff, where he choreographs and teaches dance camps through out the United States. Still performing as a professional dancer, he's a 10-year member of the Visual Rhythm Dance Company and danced in the independent film, ``Shut Up and Dance, the Movie``. He’s choreographed the 1998 Paris France New Year's Parade and the 2002 East-West Shrine Game Half-time performance through USA. In addition to Studio 10 he is also a full-time faculty member for the Lincoln High School dance department. At Lincoln, he teaches all levels from beginning to advanced, and is the director of the Championship dance team, the Lincoln Convertibles. Danny is very honored to be a apart of the Studio 10 staff, and really loves to share is passion of dance with his Studio 10 students and dancers.

Izumi Sato
Instructor

A Registered Yoga Teacher in flow/Vinyasa, holds an MA in Dance from the University of Hawai'i and studied Public Speaking at Stanford University. Izumi's first met with yoga in India 20 years ago. During and after her undergraduate study of Cultural Anthropology in Kyoto, Japan, Izumi spent 7 years in India studying culture, philosophy, and dance on an Indian government scholarship. She had the great fortune of learning and teaching Bharatanatyam, a precise Indian classical dance, with Padma Bhushan Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan. On a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship, Izumi graduated the University of Hawai'i with a Master degree in dance with a focus on education. She has taught at University of Hawaii, University of Utah, UC Santa Cruz and Mid-Pacific Institute. She currently teaches yoga to all ages in both English and Japanese: Vinyasa based yoga for adults and children. 25 years of performing dance makes Izumi’s style of yoga an elegant flow of Vinyasa choreographed with breath as the rhythm. For Izumi, yoga practice is universal prayer for peace beyond nations, religions and physical self. Izumi is dedicated to practicing and teaching yoga as a means of cultivating awareness of self, others and community: care, respect, and hope. Her safety first yoga practice, she suggests her students begin with learning their alignment and limitations to make their practice safe and then to take their practice beyond physical awareness.

Gayle Greenbrook
Instructor

Gayle Greenbrook had a successful career as a child actress and vocalist. She retired at eighteen and went into competitive roller-skating achieving national status. She hung up her skates and went back to her first love...dance, tap in particular. Gayle has been very fortunate in being able to study with such masters as Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Sam Weber, Dianne Walker, Fred Strickler, Eddie Brown and Fayard Nicholas. Gayle has taught all over the Bay Area and started with Studio 10 in 1992, now calling it her home base. She is the founder and artistic director of ``Tap Explosion`` the south bay's only tap dance company. Gayle and ``Tap Explosion`` have been successful since 1995. An accomplished singer she also teaches voice lessons out of her home and at Studio 10 Dance.

Rory Pete
Instructor

Rory has been dancing for over ten years. Started his dance career with a San Jose based company ran by Krisuan Rosalejos. He has trained with various dance teams and choreographers throughout the bay area. Has performed at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas, Warriors halftime show and various concerts. Dancing is what he loves!!! Everyday he looks forward to sharing it with anyone and everyone around him!

Dana Schwartz
Instructor

Dana Schwartz is a RYT 200 hour teacher and has studied and taught for 15 years. Dana is a certified Hatha Yoga teacher. Dana teaches Vinyasa, as well as Iyengar inspired classes, incorporating her years of study to create a safe environment for any practitioner to cultivate health and well-being. Her grace and humor lead students through a challenging class while serving the individual needs of each practitioner. She hopes that each class will afford students a chance to dive deeper into themselves, creating integration of mind, body, and spirit.

Jocelyn Satterberg (a.k.a Joce)
Instructor

Joce has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She joined a performing company and was involved in competitive dance from ages 7-14. During those years she was extensively trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Modern and Contemporary dance styles. Joce was the Captain of the Los Gatos High School Dance Team, and upon graduation, worked as a Director’s assistant. She began her teaching career at the young age of 15, and is extremely versatile in her ability to teach Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Contemporary. She enjoys performing in all dance styles and loves teaching dancers of all ages. Joce is currently attending Foothill College studying Marketing & Communications, as well as Dance. She is also part of the Foothill College Repertory Dance Company. Joce has experience teaching within dance studios, as well as working with teaching high School dance teams. Her other teaching credentials include: local Theatre Dance Companies as well as private coaching for dancers and competitive figure skaters. Joce is excited to share her passion and love for dance with the Studio 10 Dance community!

Emily Guibert
Instructor

Emily has over 20 years of dance training, which includes ballet, modern, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip-hop, musical theater, and tumbling. She has performed under the direction of Debbie Allen at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, traveled to New York to participate in the Joffrey Ballet School’s Summer Intensive, and went to England to dance in the London New Years’ Parade. She attended California State University, Long Beach on academic and dance scholarships and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.F.A. degree in Dance. Emily is a founding company member of Body Current Dance, a contemporary ballet company lead by Lorin Johnson. Her most current professional work was for Andrew Vaca’s Jazzworks—Long Beach. She was a member of the company for five years and held the position as rehearsal assistant. She has also been featured as a dancer in a music video for The Relay Company and has danced for a music video release party in Hollywood, California with the DJs of LBCK. Now in her 9th year with the United Spirit Association, Emily has been named the 2006 Rookie of the Year, the 2010 Most Valuable Player, and received the 2013 Hardest Working Award. She represented the USA several times in the San Francisco 49ers' Halftime Show and the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York. She serves as a judge and director at regional and national dance competitions, and is a Head Instructor for USA summer dance camps throughout the U.S. Emily offers classes that combine contemporary and traditional techniques. Her classes are age and skill level appropriate, challenging dancers both mentally and physically. While encouraging dancers to explore the organic execution of their own bodies, she also promotes a full commitment to performance and an environment that supports individual improvement. Not only does Emily enjoy watching her students succeed in the classroom, but she is dedicated to teaching them life skills.

Rie Tamaki
Instructor

Rie graduated from Teachers College Columbia University, and went on to teach English and Japanese in Japan and the U.S. for several years. Rie is licensed to teach: Zumba, Zumba Toning, Zumba Kids & Kids Jr, Aqua Zumba. Her passion has been to share happiness, positive energy and health benefits from doing Zumba with many of her students at Studio 10 Dance, and local community programs and gyms in the bay area. Rie strongly believes in effectiveness of the Zumba fitness program which can help people of all ages and shapes get fit and healthy by creating a very open, inclusive, party-like fun and exciting atmosphere. Being a busy parent also working in the office environment, Rie appreciates every moment of sharing Zumba love with her students who inspire and motivate her in many ways.

Tom Machado
Instructor

Through a lifetime of exploration and dedication to the practice of Yoga, Tom has developed a unique and insightful way of teaching the Art and Science of Yoga. Merging Functional Anatomy, Bio-Mechanics, and Alignment Principles with organic Movement, Breath, and Concentration the practice in its methodology is concise, logical, and cohesive creating a strong foundation for all of life's endeavors. With an original voice and a natural ability, Tom's teaching centers on imparting to each individual a clear, thorough understanding of the principles and wisdom of Yoga and its direct application to life.Tom masterfully balances accuracy with accessibility, depth with clarity, and intellectual integrity with inspiration.

Kirsten Livingston
Instructor

Kirsten was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California. She began training with Santa Cruz Ballet Theater at a very young age and went on to dance as a soloist and principal dancer with the company. She also trained at many prestigious schools around the United States including School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Kirsten has been teaching Ballet for over 20 years at many studios in Carmel, Santa Cruz and the San Francisco Bay area. She has competed in Latin Ballroom and was influential in bringing the Dancing Classrooms program to 5th grade classes in Santa Cruz schools. She now enjoys a career in Musical Theater and has had roles in Gypsy, Oliver, and Oklahoma. She also has three wonderful children.

Nikki Hall
Instructor

Nikki Hall has been dancing for 15 years. Nikki grew up spending much of her time in the dance studio building a deep love for many styles of dance, learning to be encouraging to those around her, and committed to teamwork. She started dancing when she was 3, and was competing by the age of 4. She has trained in jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, hip hop, tumbling, lyrical, contemporary, and cheer/pom.
Nikki recently graduated from Lincoln High School in San Jose where she was captain of the Lincoln Convertibles Dance Team. She has had many opportunities to perform and compete at Regional and National competitions, school / district events, and special events - Santana Row, San Jose’s Christmas in the Park, the Los Gatos and San Jose Holiday Parades, the Bellarmine Fashion Show, and many others. She also attended elite training such as USA dance camps, master classes, and several conventions.
Due to her own personal experience with adversity, Nikki is committed to helping dancers and athletes recover from injuries and is beginning her college career working towards a degree in dance and kinesiology.
Nikki is a current member of Studio 10’s Senior Company, and is excited to share her passion with her students and fellow Studio 10 Dancers.

Paola Medina
Instructor

At the age of two, Paola fell in love with dance and has never looked back. Over the years, dance has evolved into a personal passion for her. This passion was fostered by many years studying a variety of dance styles, including: tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip-hop, contemporary, and musical theater. Her participation in competitive dance teams, and in musical performances enabled her to embrace the value of true commitment, both personally and professionally. Paola feels it is her calling to share her love of dance with others, and is excited to work with all levels of students and help them along their dance journeys. Her primary education inspired her to live by these words: ``To know that someone that has breathed easier because you have lived- that is to have succeeded.`` Paola has had experience working with underprivileged youth and teaching them to dance, which inspired her to pursue becoming a dance instructor. She is committed to continuing her own education in dance, and is currently pursuing a career as a Dance Movement Therapist. Paola is determined to generate a love and enthusiasm for dance in all of her classes!

Additional

Team Members

Annebelle Syrimis

Office Manager

 

Melissa De Mello

Office Manager

 

Paola Medina

Receptionist Extraordinaire

 

Nicki Hall

Receptionist Extraordinaire

 

Carl Foisy

Glorified Janitor & Marketing Guy

Studio 10

Company 10

Company 10 is our competitive performance team based out of Studio 10. The purpose of the Company 10 dance team is to foster the potential for excellence in young dancers through a well-balanced & consistent education in the art of dance. The ultimate goal with our dancers is to create strong, passionate, dedicated members and leaders of the greater community.

 

Tap Explosion

Tap Explosion also resides at Studio 10 Dance.  Under the direction of Ms. Gayle Greenbrook, (who has studied with the likes of Lynn Dally, Gracey Tune, Sam Weber and Eddie Brown) the company’s primary function is to preserve and promote the style and history of Rhythm Tap.