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, The King and I, Music Man, Falsettos, The Producers and Chicago.
Lotus Jayne is a locally trained dancer who studied the art of jazz, tap, ballet and contemporary at Sierra Dance Institute. 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 2012-15. Returning to SDI in 2015, Lotus 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
Toria Talbott, a Northern California native, has trained in modern, ballet, contemporary, improvisation, jazz, hip-hop, and tap. Toria received her B.F.A. in Dance from California State University, Long Beach. While in school Toria worked with professional choreographers, performing and choreographing numerous pieces that were produced through the CSULB Department of Dance. She was awarded the Ameda J. and Julia M. Bergeron, and Dramatic Allied Arts Guild Scholarships for her academic achievements. Toria had the opportunity to perform Rebecca Bryant’s piece “Manufactured” in the Wave Rising Series in association with the 92Y Harkness Dance Center in New York City. She is currently teaching at various schools in Nevada County including Forest Charter, Twin Ridges, Deer Creek, and Nevada Union High School. She is also a dance instructor at Sierra Dance Institute and an artistic director of Collective Roots Dance Company. As a mover, experimenter, and artist, she deeply values the internal connection between the self and movement and its relationship to creative choice. Through a collaborative process her work investigates these personalized choices and draws upon the individual experience to capture a sense of realism that is relatable to any viewer in witness.
Amber MacLeod began taking dance classes and performing at the age of seventeen. She started dancing at her high school with training in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, and Hip Hop. She continued dancing throughout college with a focus on Ballet, Jazz, and Modern dance, as well as, serving as Vice President of the Sierra College Dance Club in 2014. During that time, she also trained with The Movement Alliance taking Jazz-Fusion and Modern dance classes. However, most of her training has come from Sierra Dance Institute where she found her true passion for Hip Hop style dance. She has been focused in Hip Hop style dance at SDI since 2011. She began instructing Adult Hip Hop classes at SDI in 2014. She enjoys instructing and inspiring all levels of adult dancers, including those that want to start a new dance hobby or continue their dance training.
Rose found her passion for dance in 2009 when she started the Nevada Union dance program her freshman year of high school. By her junior year she was placed in the advanced dance program. While in the advanced program, she choreographed her own piece and gained knowledge on how to teach,, She attended the Ohlone college dance competition (where the program won first place in almost every section) and experienced many styles of dance through guest teachers. After she graduated she went to the National Holistic Institute College of Massage Therapy, and took dance classes at Sierra Dance Institute during the summers. After Rose graduated from the college she started taking more classes at Sierra Dance Institute, studying modern/contemporary, jazz and hip hop. In the more recent months Rose has taken classes from some of the greatest in the industry like, Brian Friedman, Chaz Buzan, Talia Falvia and more. Dance is Roses passion, her expression and it's in her soul. Life is not the same unless dance is apart of it. She had taught and owned E R A Dance Company for three years, spreading her passion and inspiring students to find theirs. Now she is teaching at the talent filled Sierra Dance Institute, where she was inspired, learned so much about dance and her passion. Being a instructor at SDI, she is wanting to do the same for the students that take her class.
Tzoul is a well rounded street dance instructor. All of his training comes from group lessons and social dancing, with over 700 hours of instruction under his belt from over 100 different instructors. Far from any university or formalized training, Tzoul takes his knowledge from the streets and teaches for the sake of social dancing. Full time dance instructor since 2017, he finds his purpose in life bringing people together to experience absolute joy. With everyday research into partner dance history or exploring new dances or higher levels of the dances he teaches, Tzoul never stops learning because his students depend on him to bring them the best of what partner dancing has to offer.