Calliope Teaching Staff
Candy teaches Monday and Saturday classes; Kelsey teaches Tuesday, Thursday and Friday classes. Kerensa teaches Flamenco for Parent and Child and Adult Flamenco. Maria teaches West African Dance.
DIRECTOR & TEACHER
Rosana Barragan is a dance educator and performing artist. Rosana has been the owner and director of Calliope Dance Studio for children in San Francisco since 2010. She has taught children for over 20 years, and is deeply passionate about studying movement in infants and children. Also, since 2008 Rosana has served as a professor of dance at Saint Mary’s College of California. In 2014 she founded the College’s MFA in Dance program and serves as the Director of the Dance: Creative Practice program.
Originally from Colombia, Rosana has been involved with dance since birth, inheriting the art form from her mother. Rosana earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Social Studies from Universidad Javeriana in Bogota and a Master’s degree in Dance from the Laban Centre, City University in London. She has served as a professor of dance at Universidad Javeriana and Academia Superior de Artes de Bogota in her native Colombia. She has worked as a teacher, guest artist and dancer with the Latin Ballet of Virginia since 1998.
CALLIOPE CLASS TEACHER
Kelsey Bergstrom is an interdisciplinary artist, performer, and educator of dance, music and theatre. She has been performing professionally in plays, musicals, and dance shows since age eleven. She earned her B.A. in Theatre Arts and Literature from Sarah Lawrence College, including rigorous dance training in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and stage-dance. She earned her MFA in Dance from Saint Mary’s College. Since 2014 she has taught at Calliope, and she now loves teaching as much as performing. Supporting the growth of young artists fulfills her life-goal of nurturing the creative spark in all people; creating a healthier, happier, more expressive world.
FLAMENCO & WORLD DANCE TEACHER
Kerensa DeMars was captivated by Flamenco while earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the San Francisco Art Institute. With a background in ethnic dance, her passion for Flamenco led her to Madrid in 1997 where she joined renowned world music group Radio Tarifa and toured with them as a featured dancer through 2003. In those seven years she studied with Spain’s foremost Flamenco artists including the great maestro Toni ‘El Pelao’. She has performed internationally – at London’s Royal Festival Hall, the Teatro Calderón of Madrid and the Tivoli in Barcelona. Kerensa has directed Flamenco productions both in the US and Spain, including at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, and the Flamenco/Moroccan fusion project Zahara at San Francisco’s Cowell Theater. She directs and performs in the weekly ‘Flamenco Room’ show, now in its tenth consecutive year. Kerensa has been appointed to the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards Committee. She teaches at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts and conducts workshops both in the US and abroad. She is thrilled to join Calliope and to share her passion for Flamenco with the children!
INTRO TO SPANISH & SAMBA TEACHER
Abby Jaramillo has over 10 years of experience as a teacher and dancer. She has studied, performed, and taught with Bay Area Brazilian dance groups including Aquarela Brazilian Dance Ensemble and Grupo Samba Rio. Abby has served as a language teacher at Berlitz, and since 2011 she has offered Spanish classes for children using puppet stories, finger plays, rhymes, songs, and playing Latin percussion instruments (read parents’ reviews here). Abby was born in the US but has lived and worked in Latin America. Her husband is Ecuadorian, and they dedicate themselves to raising bilingual children who feel connected to their two cultures. Abby learned to lead songs and stories through her own childhood music education and through the work of Tamara Chubarovksy, a Waldorf educator who trains Spanish-speaking teachers and parents to use language and movement in educational and therapeutic work. She holds a Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco. Abby has been part of the Calliope family since her daughter started dance classes at age 3 — her growth and transformation through dance has been so special for both of them!
CALLIOPE CLASS & BALLET TEACHER (ENGLISH AND SPANISH)
Candy Ramírez recently moved to the US from Spain. She studied Dance at the Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid. She earned her MFA in Performing Arts in 2010, her BFA in Pedagogy of Classical Dance in 2010, and her BFA in Choreography and Interpretation of Classical and Contemporary Dance in 2008. She was taught by renowned dancers including maître Loipa Araujo and maître Lienz Chang of the Cuban National Ballet. She has received scholarships to international courses led by Victor Ullate and Nacho Duato. Candy has classical and contemporary dance performing experience, as a dancer at the Young Ballet of Madrid and other companies. Candy has taught dance since 2008, including ballet and contemporary dance at all levels. Most recently, Candy served as Artistic Director of the Marcelo Gomez Matias Foundation in Avila, Spain, a position she held until she came to the US. Candy has explored other dancing disciplines. She joined the WiTeam company of Hip-Hop in 2010, as a dancer and later as a teacher and artistic advisor. She also enjoys the dances of many latin rhythms such as salsa, bachata, merengue, and cha-cha-cha.
WEST AFRICAN DANCE
Maria Young was introduced to West African drumming at CCSF in 1994. Through this class she first saw the dance that accompanies these rhythms and was captivated and instantly knew that she must learn the drums in order to be a teacher of these dances, and that is what she did. Shortly after, she moved to Santa Cruz, where she trained in several classes weekly for the next seven years. After, she moved to Oregon and began teaching. Since then, she has taught at several dance studios, schools healthclubs and at Sonoma State University. She became a primrary teacher at a biannual drum and dance gathering she attended in Lake County for 13 years and through it, founded a drum and dance camp called “Camp Mandeng.” She has choreographed and performed for shows including for the Health and Harmony Festival. Since returning to San Francisco, she has taught at Loco Bloco, Holistic Underground and the YMCA. She has held weekly classes at The Sunroom Yoga, Quantum Martial Arts, Abada Capoeira, Aceituno Arts and Twinspace. Her true passion lies in sharing the magical joy and healing of these rhythms and dances with as many as she can reach. Maria is excited to be joining Calliope and share her love for Dances from Guinea with our children!