Laura P Wexler (Director/Founder/Instructor) has been teaching Ballet, Jazz and Modern dance for 20 years. Her passion for dance started in Miami, FL at Maria Verdeja School of the Arts. Her training includes : The American Dance Festival, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and New World School of the Arts. In 2001, she graduated with honors from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance performance. She has had the opportunity to study, and perform with ODC/San Francisco, Les Ballet Africains, Dance Brazil, Dance Alive!, and Garth Fagan Dance. In 2005 she was a featured dancer in Rent, directed by Christopher Columbus. Laura's choreography has been showcased throughout Florida and the bay area and in 2001 her piece Something for Everybody was selected for presentation at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Beyond the dance studio, she has her certification in Dance Healing from Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL where she worked as an artist in residence. Laura is also on faculty at Sacred Heart Cathedral High School in San Francisco where she is the Director of Dance.
Nicole Bridgens has been teaching, performing and choreographing since receiving her B.A. in Dance from California State University, Long Beach in 2008. During her studies , Nicole's work represented CSULB at the 2007 American College Dance Festival and was re-commissioned fro Utah Valley University that same year. Upon graduating Nicole participated in the Choreographic Residency program at San Francisco Conservatory of Dance under the mentorship of Alex Ketley. In 2009 she participated in an intensive summer study at Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, Israel. Her work has been shown in New York at the first Young Choreographers Festival in 2010., in San Francisco at West Wave Dance Festival 2011, and The Garage Resident Artist Workshop (RAW) 2012. In addition to her work on stage, Nicole was co-creator and editor of SARA DU|JOUR, where she remixed Contemporary dance, pop culture and dance history through a satirical lens. This is Nicole's 6th year with San Francisco Dance Space.
Sophia Rumasuglia is originally from Santa Cruz and began dancing at age four,. She has trained with Ballet San Jose, Los Gatos Ballet, Boston Ballet and the American Ballet Theater. She has performed lead roles in The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland and La Bayadere. Her professional career began as a trainee for the Joffrey Ballet, and NY where she trained under the direction of Gelsey Kirkland. She continued her dancing career with Ballet Austin and eventually made it back to her home on the West Coast. Presently, she is performing with Berkeley based company Danse Lumiere as well as other local choreographers. Miss Sophia has enjoyed sharing her love of of dance and Yoga teaching students across the Bay Area and is excited to be joining the SFDS family. This is Ms. Sophia's 2nd year with San Francisco Dance Space.
Allegra Bautista graduated from Saint Mary's College of California with a double major in Dance and Liberal & Civic Studies. A San Francisco native, she trained in classical ballet at San Francisco Ballet and City Ballet School. She has performed with Garrett + Moulton Produtions, Davalos Dance Company and Emote Dance Theater and continues to perform professionally throughout the Bay Area. Most recently, she studied with Sidra Bell in New York. In addition to dance, Ms. Allegra also shares a love for yoga and music. She graduated from the S.F. Conservatory of Music Prepartory Division where she trained in classical guitar and is a certified yoga instructor. This is Ms. Allegra's 2nd year with San Francisco Dance Space .
SF Dance Space Welcomes Ms. Broklyn Gretsch to our staff!
Broklyn Gretsch grew up in St. George, Utah where she was taught by teachers who inspired her to pursue dance in higher education. Staying true to her dream she relocated to Provo, UT to attend Utah Valley University where she received her BFA in Dance with an emphasis on Ballet Performance. While at UVU, Ms. Broklyn drew upon her training in ballet, jazz, modern and contemporary to become a member of Synergy Dance Company, and later, Repertory Ballet Ensemble. In 2014 she was able to further her dance education and teaching skills when she became an American Ballet Theater certified teacher in pre-primary level through Level 3. Ms. Broklyn also has a passion for choreography. Prior to relocating to San Francisco, she spent a year in Valencia, Spain where she had the privilege to collaborate and perform with singer Merel Moekler during Berklee Presents Innovations: ¡En Vivo! Ms. Broklyn feels fortunate to be able to cultivate her love of dance and is excited to be joining SF Dance Space!