Laura P Wexler (Director/Founder/Instructor) has been teaching Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Contemporary dance for almost 25 years. In 2006, Ms. Wexler opened Noe Valley Dance Space and in 2016 moved the growing program to its current location where it was reborn as San Francisco Dance Space. 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 the movie Rent, directed by Christopher Columbus. Her choreography has been showcased throughout Florida and the bay area. 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. Ms. Wexler is also the Director of the Dance at Sacred Heart Cathedral High School in San Francisco, where she has been been on faculty since 2008.
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 in New York 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 looking forward to another wonderful year with San Francisco Dance Space. Ms. Sophia joined the faculty of SF Dance Space in 2014.
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. Ms. Allegra's joined the faculty of SF Dance Space in 2015.
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 joined the faculty of SF Dance Space in 2016 and feels fortunate to be able to continue to cultivate her love of dance!
Nika started taking dance classes in her hometown of Los Gatos at the age of 4. She studied ballet, pointe, contemporary, modern, jazz, at the Ballet San Jose School and Dance Theater International. In 2015, she graduated high school from The Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, a classical ballet boarding school specializing in Vaganova technique. She then studied with the Pacific Northwest Ballet School in the Professional Division program, where she had the opportunity to perform roles with the company in ballets such as George Balanchine’s Coppelia, Symphony in C, and The Nutcracker. It was during her time as PD that she first developed a passion for teaching and choreographing. She is currently studying contemporary and ballet in the Alonzo King Lines Ballet Training Program in San Francisco.
Cosette Gagnon began her training at City Ballet School and the San Francisco Ballet School where she studied with Tina Leblanc and Anita Paciotti. While a student at SFB, she was selected to perform in their annual Nutcracker performing the roles of party girl, ladybug and soldier. In 2017, Cosette began training at SF Dance Space where she continues to train in Ballet, pointe and Contemporary and has performed the roles of Cinderella in Cinderella, and most recently Bert in Poppins the Ballet. In 2017, she was accepted into ODC/San Francisco's summer intensive program and worked with Christine Cali. She is currently a student at Sacred Heart Cathedral where she is a member of their student Ballet and Hip Hop Dance companies. Ms. Cosette was invited to join the staff in 2017 and works with our introductory level students.
Reanne Rasmusson is a Pacific Northwest native who began her dance training at Issaquah Dance Theatre at the age of eight. She graduated in 2016 from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Science. During her undergraduate studies, she pursued her passion for dancer wellness by completing her prerequisites for physical therapy school, conducting undergraduate research, and being active in the dancer wellness community at the university. Over the years, Reanne had the privilege of performing in many classical ballets as well as modern and contemporary works. In 2014 her work, False Dichotomy, premiered at the American College Dance Association Northwest conference. Reanne was also cast in a reconstruction of Jose Limon’s, The Winged, which was selected to performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in 2016. After graduating from the University of Wyoming, she relocated to San Francisco to pursue dance. Along with dance and wellness, Reanne is also passionate about sharing her love and knowledge of movement and kinesiology through teaching dance.