Calliope Teaching Staff
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
Carol Acevedo is a dancer and dance educator, and she moved to the US in 2017. She has 10 years of experience as a teacher working with children and youth through playful experimentation, movement, physical expression and gymnastics. She has trained in Contemporary Dance, Ballet, Colombian Folklore, and Pilates, also enjoys dancing other rhythms learned throughout her life. She earned her Bachelor of Dance from the Academia Superior de Artes de Bogota in Colombia in 2005, and her Specialist Degree in Contemporary Dance Tendencies from the Universidad Nacional del Arte in Argentina in 2013. She is committed to strengthening the integrated development of children in this community.
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!
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.
FLAMENCO & CALLIOPE CLASS TEACHER
Mizuho Sato was born in Japan and started classical ballet at the age of three. She performed on stage, won balletic competitions, and participated in summer school in the Royal Ballet Academy of England. She studied at Sophia (Jouchi) University in Tokyo where she first encountered flamenco, which led her to study Flamenco with the great masters in Spain. In 2004 she relocated to Los Angeles to join Guitarist Jose Tanaka’s Soniquete Flamenco and continued teaching and performing. Mizuho moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 2015 and dances at local venues, including presenting her own choreography at the San Francisco Movement Arts Festival at Grace Cathedral. She has trained from the ground up and loves to educate, inspire, and lead any ensemble of performers into a new world of dance.
CALLIOPE CLASS TEACHER
Jesse Wiener is a teaching and performing artist. She spent her early years in Minneapolis, MN exploring modern dance, musical theater and aerial arts. She got her BA in Environmental Studies at Oberlin College where she minored in Dance and studied taiko drumming. Jesse currently performs with Nina Haft and Company and Molly Rose-Williams and Company, and is a co-artistic director and performing member of Jiten Daiko, a Bay Area based taiko ensemble. Her passion for child development and the performing arts informs the ways she cultivates encouraging and explorative environments for children. When Jesse is not dancing or drumming she teaches creative movement and artistic literacy to preschool and elementary age children and works with pregnant families as a labor doula where she continues to learn about the power of bodies, movement, and play.