INSTRUCTORS

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Artistic Director & Principal Instructor

Heba Fayed

Heba joined the Academy of Arts Ballet Institute in Cairo, Egypt, at age 8. She graduated when she was 17 with a final mark of “Excellent”. Upon graduation from the Academy, she danced with the Corps de Ballet in the Cairo Opera Ballet Company.

Heba became a principal dancer with the Cairo Opera Modern Dance Company, a contemporary dance company that performed in Europe, Asia and the United States. She has participated in many choreography workshops abroad by well-known dancers and choreographers including Maurice Bejart, Kwami Ross, Wim Wan Dekapus, Bud Blumenthal, Renato Greco, and Tony Rizzi.

Heba has taught in Egypt, Italy and California. She is a soloist with Bay Pointe Ballet.

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Lyrical-Jazz & Competition Instructor

Joyce Kushner

Joyce Lien Kushner grew up dancing in Del Mar, Calif. She later moved to Los Angeles to earn her B.A. in Economics/Business at UCLA, while also pursuing a professional dance career.

Joyce soon joined Modern City Repertoire Dance Company, with whom she danced for 8 years. During this time, she also taught modern and contemporary at California Dance Center (Culver City). Now a resident of Pacifica, Joyce is currently a dancer, choreographer and teacher in the Bay Area. She has taught contemporary, modern and jazz at City College of San Francisco, OMpower Yoga & Cycling (SF), and Geary Dance Center (SF). Joyce is also the founder and artistic director of TILTshift Dance Theater & Choreographers’ Collective.

Joyce’s training includes contemporary, modern (Graham, Limon and Horton techniques), jazz, ballet and tap. Her work has been presented in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Diego.

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General Manager

Matthew A. De Bellis

Matthew manages the business side of the studio, from finance to marketing. After completing his undergraduate studies, he began his career as a crime reporter for a daily newspaper in Visalia, Calif. He finished his journalism career as a reporter for Red Herring, where he covered early-stage venture capital. Since then he been a freelance writer, a marketing consultant, a tourism consultant, a translator, and an English teacher.

Matthew grew up in San Mateo, Calif., and has lived in Visalia, Florence, San Francisco, Rome, Cairo, and Alexandria. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a minor in Italian from San Francisco State University, and he’s an alumnus of the California State University, International Programs, Florence, Italy, campus. Matthew speaks fluent Italian and beginner Arabic.

He has a Masters in Business Administration from Santa Clara University, and a Masters Certificate in the Essentials of Hospitality Management from eCornell, the online education arm of Cornell University’s School of Hospitality Management.

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Instructor

Monique Brown

Monique started dancing at age 3 and went on to complete the ballet training program in the pre-professional division of the San Francisco Ballet School. She danced with the San Francisco Ballet in Nutcracker and other productions through her teen years.

She then danced professionally for San Francisco Theater Ballet for 8 years. Monique danced as a soloist and Principal in productions of Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Giselle, and Paquita. Afterward, she performed as a freelance dancer, including a part in the musical theater production of "A class Act," which had a successful run in San Francisco.

Monique founded the Adult Ballet program at the YMCA in the Richmond District of San Francisco. She also founded the Richmond District Dance Collective, a student-level adult ballet group, where she instructs and leads rehearsals. Monique produces several shows that the Dance Collective performs every year at community events in San Francisco. Monique was a Classical Ballet Instructors at the Shan-Yee Poon Ballet School in San Francisco for almost 20 years.