Janelle Sebren, Owner, Director and Teacher, is a Licentiate of the Cecchetti Council of America, and in 1985 was honored with the “Young Teacher of the Year” award from the Council. During her 15 year professional career, she danced with the Tulsa Ballet and at La Scala (Barcelona), and was prima ballerina for the Nevada Dance Theater. She operated successful schools in Colorado Springs, Anaheim, and Reno during an 18 year period prior to opening the Sacramento Academy of Dance in 1992. She has coached hundreds of students through the Cecchetti examinations. Ms. Sebren counts among her former students dancers in the New York City Ballet, Joffery Ballet, Broadway Theatre, Moulin Rouge (Paris), the Sacramento Ballet, and other major companies.
Maia Wilkins danced featured roles that showcased her artistic range and physical versatility during her history with the Joffrey Ballet. She is honored to continue Gerald Arpino’s legacy as a repetiteur for his works and the Arpino Foundation. Arpino created his final duet, “Ruth, Ricordi per Due” for Maia. She has performed more Joffrey and Arpino ballets than any other ballerina. In 2006 Ms. Wilkins was named Chicagoan of the year and received the Ruth Page Dance Achievement Award in 1999 and again in 2001. She has been one of the Dance Magazine's “25 to Watch” and has graced the cover many times. Maia Wilkins was born and raised in Truckee, California and was a young student at Janelle’s school in Reno, Nevada. She is married to fellow artist Michael Levine.
Michael Levine has danced professionally for over 17 years. Formerly a principal with the Joffrey Ballet, Levine has had the pleasure of dancing numerous leading and principal roles. He has danced as Romeo in Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, Death in Joos’s The Green Table, Iago in Limone’s The Moor’s Pavane, The Lover in Tudor’s Lilac Garden, Albrecht in Freddy Franklin’s staging of Giselle, and The Prince in Ashton’s Cinderella. Levine has performed numerous Arpino and Joffrey works, including: Arthur St. Leon in Pas de Déesses, A Round of Angels, Sea Shadow, and Light Rain. Other leading roles include choreography by Kylian, Balanchine, and Pilobolus.