Our Teachers

George Jayne began dancing at 10 years old in his hometown of Los Angeles. He went on to study Jazz dance with Roland Dupre, worked at Cal State Fullerton Dance department, and has studied gymnastics at Cal State L.A. He also studied mime with Marcel Marceau. His credits extend over stage, television, and film. He started performing with Bobby Gentry in Las Vegas, then did several Academy Awards shows and television specials. His film credits include Annie, Pennies From Heaven, and To Be Or Not To Be. He taught dance and movement in the L.A. area, worked extensively with ice skaters and gymnasts. Since moving to Nevada City, he has continued teaching as well as choreographing local productions: West Side Story, The Wiz, the community players production of Bye Bye Birdie for which he was nominated for a 1990 Elly Award for Best Choreographer and the Foothill Theater Company's production of Guys and Dolls for which he won the 1990 Elly Award for Best Choreographer. George has choreographed Pump Boys and Dinettes for Off Broad Street, Man of La Mancha, Urine Town, Flower Drum Song and The King and I. He has been working with Sierra Stages on Music Man, The Producers and The Falsettos.
  Myrna Galle, SDI Ballet Instructor, was educated at The School of American Ballet in New York City as a scholarship student. Madame Galle was a soloist with the NYC Ballet, a member of the Radio City Music Hall Corps de Ballet, and a member of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She was the lead dancer in "Music Man" and "Once Upon A Mattress" on Broadway and in the national tours. Myrna choreographed many Broadway productions including "Brigadoon," "Music Man," "Wizard of Oz," "The King & I," and "South Pacific." She also choreographed the televised production of "Coppelia." She taught ballet at the Point Theatre Arts Festival in Texas, the Houston Youth Ballet Company, and the Beverly Hills Dance Academy before joining Sierra Dance Institute ten years ago.
 Julie Lang has been dancing since the age of four. She trained in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary,charactor, aerial and acrobatic dance. She recieved scholarships to First Chamber Dance Company Summer Workshops at ags of 14 and 15 and studied at BYU summer dance programs and portland Ballet Company. She danced professionally in the Pacific Northwest and toured with Funtastics, a branch of the Circus Gatti. She taught ballet and Tap at Kellar Dance Studio in Tacoma Washington. Since moving to the Grass Valley area, Julie has been a dance educator, choreographer and performer.
  Sienna Powell is a Grass valley native where she began dancing at a young age. She started as a toddler with Laura Bishop and began at Sierra Dance Institute around age 7. Her background includes ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and modern. In high school she spent all four years as a member of the Theatrical Dance Department. She then went on to get her BFA in Dance from Cal-ifornia State University, Long Beach in 2009. While at CSULB she trained with professionals such as Keith Johnson, Sophie Monet, Lorin Johnson, Doug Nielsen, Lisa Johnson, Andy Vaca, Hollie Johnston, and Susan McLain. She also performed works for many graduate and undergraduate peers. After college she moved to San Francisco where she performed in local festivals, including West Wave and with the performance group Sara Du Jour. In 2011 Sienna received a 200hr Yoga Teacher Certification from Purusha Yoga in San Francisco. Sienna is currently teach-ing a modern class at Sierra Dance Institute in Grass Valley. She is excited to be back in her home town choreographing for the programs she loves and grew up being apart of.
Lotus Leah is a locally trained dancer who studied the art of Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Contemporary at SDI. She quickly progressed from student to teacher's assistant and substitute teacher. She co-directed the Ballerinas Unbarred dance company in 2013 and has choreographed for the Nevada County Nutcracker. Lotus taught and created original choreography at Center Stage Dance Studio from 21012-15. Returning to SDI in 2015, she hopes to inspire and be inspired by all of her students.

Daisy Hang began taking class at SDI when she was 13 years old, Training in Jazz, Ballet, Point, Tap, Modern, Hip Hop and Contemporary. Her passin has always been Hip Hop. She has had many job opportunities as a dancer for minor league football and basketball teams. She represented the NFL as a cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers. She has been teaching at SDI for the last 5 years. She is a great role model for her students, inspiring them as her instructors inspired her.

Kayci Most has been dancing since she was eight years old, starting with jazz at Dance with Laura Bishop in Nevada City. She continued to take jazz and hip hop dance classes throughout middle school at Sierra Dance Institute. She attended Nevada Union and was dedicated to the Nevada Union Dance Program all fours years of high school under the direction of Yelena Holt in 2009 and then Courtney Wadman in 2010-2013. Along with teaching hip hop, modern, and jazz, she studies jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and ballet at SDI. She is excited to see where dance takes her in the future.

Samantha Zavala was born and raised in Grass Valley, and began her love of dance at the young age of 5. She enjoyed jazz, ballet, hip hop, and tap at Sierra Dance Institute all of the way through high school. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance through CSU Long Beach in 2007. Afterwards Sam danced professionally with dance companies Nugent Dance and Domino Effect Dance Company. She then decided to pursue Physical Therapy as a career, receiving her Doctorate in Physical Therapy through University Nevada Las Vegas in 2014. Sam currently works full time as a physical therapist, and continues to en-joy dancing at SDI as a hobby.
Quin Jennings started dancing at the age of 5 and is trained in ballet, jazz, tap, and some hip hop.  She is also trained in Theater and Musical Theater. She performed in productions such as Little Women, Westside Story, and Romeo and Juliet. Quin is also trained in singing and recently auditioned for The Voice! At the age of 21 she took a break from dance to start her family and then returned to dance at the age of 28. She danced right through the 6th month of her 4th pregnancy and even performed. After her 4th child was born she began teaching dance to children from the age of 19 months to 6 years old. She taught two adult classes as well in jazz and tap. She loves dance and her family has a rich history of dance as well. Her mother and uncle both danced together for years, and her mother even performed in The Birdcage Theater at Knott's Berry Farm. She was in many newspaper articles and always inspired Quin to be in performing arts! Quin is excited to offer her love and dedication to SDI and looks forward to inspiring others!