Dance School Instructor Bios

Simone

Simone van der Meer
Dance Instructor & JCCSF Dance School Administrator

Simone van der Meer started as an acrobatic gymnast and found a love for dance through her competitive gymnastics and dance team. She has competed in styles such as jazz, tap, ballet and modern dance. Simone earned two Bachelor's degrees at San Francisco State University in Dance and Costume Design for the Theater. She has danced professionally with several choreographers in the Bay Area, and designed costumes for Push Dance Company, Requisitedance, University Dance Theater and Carte Blanche's theatrical production of Ophelia. Simone loves sharing her passion for dance with her students.

Angela Yuen Uyeda

Angela Yuen Uyeda
Dance Instructor

Angela Yuen Uyeda trained in ballet, including at City Ballet School in San Francisco, Brooksher Ballet in Arizona and Christine Liao School of Ballet in Hong Kong. Now an instructor and choreographer, she shares her passion for dance with 400 students each year at various public, private and dance schools, her students ranging from toddlers to adults. In addition to teaching, Angela performs Chinese and contemporary dance. Formerly a soloist with Peony Performing Arts, Angela currently performs contemporary and traditional works on national tours with Lily Cai Dance Company. From ballet to contemporary to Chinese dance, Angela is inspired by the power of movement and music.

Anthony Mulesky

Anthony Mulesky
Dance Instructor

In addition to his work as a Dance Instructor with the JCCSF Citywide program, Anthony Mulesky also teaches at Mark Ballas Dance and Performing Arts Center in Pleasanton. While studying at Diablo Valley College, Anthony learned ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, Broadway and Latin ballroom dancing. He also had private lessons from his mom, who was a student at the San Francisco Ballet. Additionally, he had the opportunity to learn hip-hop and jazz funk dancing as well as breakdancing under one of Brian Friedman’s protégés from So You Think You Can Dance. Anthony has taught students ages 2 to 80; with every student, the goals are the same: to learn something new every class and to have fun learning the art of dance.

Christina Stevenson

Christina Stevenson
Dance Instructor

Christina (Stina) Stevenson works as a Dance Instructor with the JCCSF Citywide program and teaches at Mark Ballas Dance and Performing Arts Center in Pleasanton. She studied at Diablo Valley College, where she developed a passion for technical theatre and stage management. It wasn’t until she stage-managed her first dance production that she decided she needed to be onstage instead of backstage. She enrolled in ballet, jazz, modern, swing and salsa, ballroom, tango, hip-hop and choreography classes, and graduated with degrees in Technical and Performance Theatre as well as Dance and Psychology. From there, Stina studied Early Childhood Education at Las Positas College. Following graduation, she had a variety of teaching and performance opportunities, including teaching at New You Dance Center and dancing for MC Hammer. Stina brings a compassionate spirit and a deep knowledge of the dance community to her work with students.

Jenna Monroe

Jenna Monroe
Dance Instructor

Jenna Monroe is currently Co-Director of dance company requisitedance. From 2011 to 2015 she was the Director of Dance for Spindrift School of Performing Arts, and from 2007 to 2014 she was an Artist in Residence at Oceana High School in Pacifica. Previously, Jenna was a member of University Dance Theater at San Francisco State University. Her professional work has been performed at The Garage, Dance Mission Theater, the Santa Cruz Fringe Festival, sjDANCEco's Nation Dance Week, SAFEhouse Arts and ODC Theater. In 2006, Jenna was awarded an Artist in Residence grant by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Michelle Carey
Dance Instructor

Michelle Carey has been dancing for more than 20 years. She studied acting and musical theater, and has experience performing ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical and hip-hop. She is pleased to offer her perspective to the JCCSF Dance School team.