Staff

Julie Sevier

Beginning my formal dance training at the age of 7 with classical ballet in Tulsa, Oklahoma, I was entranced by the flow of the movement and the ethereal quality of dancers moving seemingly effortlessly across the stage. I looked forward to being in the classroom after school and was delighted to perform my first dance as a duet with my sister when I was 9; I was a beautiful flower in a lovely blue tutu. What a wonderful first stage experience. As a member of the Tulsa Dance Theater and Tulsa Ballet Theater I enjoyed each moment on stage. After teaching jazz, ballet and tap with several dance academies in Tulsa, Edmond and Norman, Oklahoma and graduating with a BBA in Finance from the University of Oklahoma and a certificate in Elementary Education, I moved to Benicia with the dream of owning my own dance studio.

I have been involved with training, performing and teaching dance for over 30 years. To share the love of dance with those who relish it as much as I brings a fulfilling joy within me. I am an instructor, administrator, coach, I laugh with my students and am the disciplinarian, I make them work …hard, I have the unique opportunity to lift their souls and set them upon the wind …I am a teacher of dance. With the love of dance and the enjoyment of working with youth I couldn’t think of a more satisfying career. I now have a beautiful girl of my own who loves dancing and performing and is also a part of our North Bay Performing Arts Dance Companies!

Julie Sevier
Artistic Director & Founder

 

 

 

Carla Farnsworth

 
Carla began her dance training at the age of three at her Mother’s and Aunt’s school of dance.  Dance was definitely in her genes.  She studied Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Gymnastics with many wonderful teachers until going on to Butler, Indiana and Ohio State Universities where she majored in Dance and Music.  After college she took over her mother’s dance school for three years.  During this time she received her Actors Equity card and sang and danced in Summer Stock with John Raitt, Ken Berry, Nanette Fabray, Juliet Prowse, Shirley Jones and Louis Jordan to name a few.
 
Carla moved to New York City when she was 24 and after only two weeks landed her first Broadway show,”Don’t Step on My Olive Branch”.  While rehearsing for opening night she auditioned and was hired by Bob Fosse to play Liz in “Chicago”,with Gwen Verdon, Jerry Orbach and Chita Rivera(who she later went on to understudy in the role of Roxie Hart).  Carla performed in four more Broadway shows and played Sheila in “A Chorus Line” in London’s West End.  Carla toured nationally with the shows:”Oklahoma”, “Ballroom”, “Sugar Babies”, “Gigi”, “Chicago”, “Girl Crazy”, “Al Jolson Tonight”,
“Mame”, “The Five O’Clock Girl”, “No No Nanette”, “Hans Christen Andersen”, “Where’s Charley”, “Showboat” and  “Funny Girl”.  On television she appeared in “Days of Our Lives” and “One Life to Live” and was featured in commercials as an actress and dancer for Avon and Dr.Pepper.  Carla danced live at Radio City on the Grammy Awards with Patti Lupone and Ben Vereen.  Carla’s favorite job was performing in a Broadway Revue for the “I Love New York” campaign spending a year traveling to capitol cities in Europe.
While living in N.Y.C. for 15 years Carla had the opportunity to work and train with some of the greats.  In Jazz: Bob Fosse, Anne Reinking, Susan Stroman, Luigi, Michael Bennett, Tony Stevens, Michael Shawn and Gus Giordano and Lou Conte in Chicago.
Ballet with; Harkness House, Finis Jung, Maggie Black, David Howard, Anton Dolin and Maria Tallchief.
Tap with: Brenda Buffalino, Maurice Hines, Bob Audi and Danny Siretta.
 
Carla has been a certified Pilates instructor for the past nine years bringing Pilates techniques and principles to the dance class to increase body awareness, core strength and the importance of a healthy spine to her dancers.  She continues her Dance education by making yearly trips to New York,  LA, and Tremaine Dance Conventions to participate in all forms of dance classes staying current with new styles and techniques.
Carla has been a part of Stage One and North Bay Performing Arts for the past twelve years, and can say with all honesty, SHE LOVES HER WORK!
 

 

 

 

Juliet Farnsworth-Henry

 

Juliet Farnsworth-Henry began her dancing with Stage One at age 6. Her dance training includes Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Ballet (Cecchetti, Russian, and Royal), and Modern (Graham, Horton).  The next year Juliet was invited onto Company and every year after, she was promoted to a higher Company level. She continued her dancing with the BHS Advanced Dance Program from freshman to senior year. She began teaching and choreographing at age 15 and it has become one of her greatest passions. Throughout the years Juliet has attended summer intensives including Contra Costa ballet and the Tremaine Dance intensive. Juliet is also a member of the Tremaine Performance Company, as an alumni.  Juliet attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles as a dance major, has choreographed educational music videos for the International “Steve and Kate’s Camp”, an educational camp for youth utilizing dance and music and won the 2014 Solano County Arty award for best choreography for a youth musical. Along with dance, acting is a huge part of Juliet’s life and continues to train and further her knowledge. When teaching she believes not only in training her students technically and artistically but also making sure they understand the importance of dance history. Juliet is constantly taking classes in the Bay Area, LA and New York to further her training and to grow as a dancer and teacher by bringing fresh ideas and motivation to her students.

 

 

 

 

Jenalynn Beard

 

Jenalynn began her dance training at Stage One Dance Center at the age of 7 with ballet and jazz technique.  The following year joining North Bay Performing Arts Companies and continuing her training and performing with contemporary, lyrical, musical theater, character, modern, hip-hop and tap.  Also a member of North Bay Athletics Association, Jenalynn began her gymnastics training at the age of 9 and entered into competing on the Xcel Gold Team in 2012. Jenalynn was accepted into Benicia High school’s Advance Dance Class as a freshman and was a Finalist with the Tremaine National Dance Scholarships.

Jenalynn is a gentle young lady with a positive and uplifting approach to her teaching.  She shares her joy of dance with her students and creates a caring nurturing environment within her classroom. 
 
 
 

 

 

Terrin Kelly

 

Terrin began dancing at the age of 5. She began studying jazz and tap, and later fell in love with ballet as well. At the age of 15, Terrin began dancing professionally with Theater Ballet of San Francisco. There, she danced the role of the Snow Queen in the Nutcracker at age 16, and later performed other principal roles such as Sugar Plum, and Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty. Terrin was asked to join the Joffrey Ballet as an apprentice, after high school graduation, but decided to stay in California, and dance for Oakland Ballet instead. Later, Terrin went on to dance for Ballet Magnificat!, America’s premier Christian Ballet Company.

Terrin is currently a principal dancer for Peninsula Ballet, and Moving Arts Dance, with whom she has performed extensively and toured internationally. She is also completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at Saint Mary’s College. Terrin has been teaching dance for 10 years, she has won several preliminary awards to the Miss America Pageant.

 

 

 

Kiana LeGro

Kiana LeGro began her dance training at age 2 ½ at Stage One Dance Center in the year 2000.  She displayed early love for dance and has continuously taken variety of jazz, ballet and tap dance classes for 14 years.  In 2004 Kiana joined our Stage One Dance Tap and North Bay Performing Arts Dance Companies.  She was selected as the studio’s Dancer of the Month in 2009 and was awarded a Tremaine Dance Convention Scholarship.

Kiana was offered a spot in the Benicia High School’s advance dance class during her freshman year, an opportunity normally allowed for only sophomores and older. In 2012, her solo routine of “Life and Death” garnered for her the accolade of Miss Teen PrimeTime along with Platinum and top scoring awards at other competitions.  During the summer of 2012 Kiana was offered a partial scholarship to train with Adam Aicher at the Parthenon Dance studio.

Kiana’s experience as mentor and teacher of youth includes not only dance students but she is also a black-belt in Tae Kwon Do. Kiana loves dance and the freedom of expression it allows and is a cherished teacher at Stage One.

 

 

 

Damon Mahoney

Damon Mahoney

 

Damon Mahoney began his dance training in Santa Barbara and then Los Angeles, studying ballet, lyrical jazz, modern and hip hop. He began his performing career with Oakland Ballet in 2005. He has since worked with a variety of companies including Savage Jazz Dance, Peninsula Ballet Theatre, Moving Arts Dance, Los Angeles’ Luminario Ballet and San Diego Opera. He has danced as a soloist with San Francisco Opera and is currently dancing with Menlowe Ballet. In addition to dancing, Damon is a Pilates Instructor, Acrobat and Fire Performer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emily Margolati

 
 

Emily began her dance training at Stage One Dance Center at the age of 4 in ballet and tap technique. Two years later Emily joined our NBPA Mini Company and has been a company member for over 10 years. Training in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, musical theater as well as character, modern and pointe. Along with NBPA membership, Emily has been a part of our Stage One Tap companies. 

In 2011 Emily was selected as the studio’s Dancer of the Month and in 2012 was offered a scholarship to train with Adam Aicher, taking part in ballet, contemporary, and pilates. She was an integral part of encouraging the establishment of a dance program as part of the curriculum to her school in American Canyon. Emily began as an assistant teacher with Stage One for 2 years and is thrilled to be a part of our dynamic staff.