Faculty Ann Fisher, Director Carlos Carvajal Terese Hoibye Deborah Hurley Bondy Owens Derek Sakakura
Ann Fisher, Director Ann Fisher established Conservatory of Classical Ballet in 2001 after teaching and directing throughout the San Francisco Bay Area since 1988. From 1997 to 2001 she was the Director of Berkeley Ballet Theater and the Founding Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Berkeley Ballet Theater Youth Ensemble. Her students have gone on to have professional careers as dancers, teachers, choreographers and company directors. Ms. Fisher received her early training from Oakland Ballet Academy, and in 1983 she began dancing and touring internationally with the Oakland Ballet Company. During her nine years with the Company she had the wonderful experience of working with some of the great legends of our time, and performing a diverse repertoire of classical, contemporary, Americana and Diaghilev era ballets. Her greatest joy is sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge of dance with her students.
Carlos Carvajal Director Emeritis of Peninsula Ballet Theater and Co-Artistic Director of San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, Mr. Carvajal has been teaching at Conservatory of Classical Ballet since 2006. He is an internationally known choreographer of more than 200 works for ballet, opera and television.
Mr. Carvajal began his dance career with the Christensens of San Francisco Ballet, after which he traveled to Europe. He danced with International Ballet of the Marquis de Duev, Theater der Freine Hansastadt Bremen, Theater de Bordeaux and Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas. After ten years abroad, he returned to the San Francisco Ballet as Ballet Master and Associate Choreographer. In 1970, he founded and directed the San Francisco Dance Spectrum. In 1981, he received the first San Francisco Art Commission Award of Honor for outstanding work in Choreography and Dance. In 1986 he received the Isadora Duncan Award for a Lifetime of Significant Work, and received the Critics Circle Award in 1990.
Ms Hoibye has taught for over 15 years in Norway, New York and the Bay Area. She has been teaching at Conservatory of Classical Ballet since 2006 and also currently teaches at ODC and MoBu in San Francisco. Terese Hoibye holds a BFA in dance education from the Norwegian Ballet College. She continued her dance studies in New York at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and Peridance Center. Ms Hoibye spent 4 years in New York where she danced with Jodi Liss Dance/Ideas and produced Dancing Planet International Dance Festival. Since moving to the Bay Area she danced with Anima Mundi Dance Company, The Lively Foundation, HerPic Performances, and performed and presented her own work at the Norwayday Festival in San Francisco. She performed in Mariposa Studio's Cassandra at Mission Creek, Women on the Way festival with HerPic Performances, and was commissioned to choreograph for Argentina Dances by Tango and More.
Hurley holds an M.F.A. in the Choreography and Performance of Dance from Mills
College . Trained in both classical ballet and modern dance techniques, she has
performed locally for contemporary ballet and modern dance companies. Ms. Hurley
received training in the Vaganova method and also studied the pedagogy of this
method. Her teaching follows these principles and she continues to develop her
teaching syllabus. Ms. Hurley has been teaching and dancing at the Conservatory
of Classical Ballet since 2002.
Bondy Owens Bondy Owens is a dancer and choreographer from Vista, California. In 2006, Ms. Owens joined the newly formed Los Angeles Ballet Company headed by artistic directors, Colleen Neary and Thordal Christensen. At Los Angeles Ballet, she danced in the corps de ballet ofNeary / Christensen’s The Nutcracker, Bournonville’s La Sylphideand several works by George Balanchine including Concerto Barocco, Serenade, Rubies,the “Phlegmatic” section of Four Temperaments, Who Cares?, and Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No.2. Ms. Owens also danced in three original contemporary ballet pieces by Jennifer Backhaus and Melissa Barak. In 2010, she danced at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City for Scrying, a conceptual art piece created by Jen Denike and choreographed by Melissa Barak. Ms. Owens attended University of California Los Angeles and graduated in 2010 with degrees in World Arts and Cultures and European Studies. For her graduate work, she attended University of California Irvine where she presented her thesis concert Corps Concepts, a three movement ballet which explored the corps de ballet through live performance and video projections. In June 2012, Ms. Owens graduated from University of California Irvine with her Master of Fine Arts in dance.
Derek Sakakura Derek Sakakura has been a principal ballet dancer and teacher for over
sixteen years. He has discovered that ballet is not something that is
given exclusively to aspiring professionals, but should be made
accessible to everyone who has a desire to learn dance.
Mr. Sakakura has
worked all over the world with major dance companies, including the
Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, The San Francisco Opera Ballet, Ballet
Hawaii, Ballet Met of Columbus, and Ballet Austin. As a principal
dancer, he has performed the lead roles in many classical as well as
contemporary pieces, including Balanchine's "Stars and Stripes",
"Rubies", and "Who Cares." Some of the illustrious choreographers who
Mr. Sakakura has had the pleasure of working with include Bart Cooke and
Victoria Simon of the Balanchine Trust, Stanton Welch - Director of
Houston Ballet, James Kudelka - former Director of The National Ballet
of Canada. Mr. Sakakura presently dances with Diablo Ballet.