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, Chicago and The Falsettos.
Lotus Jayne 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.
   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.
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.