Haley Codoni- Artistic Director/Instructor

Contemporary, Jazz, Character, Tap, Ballet

Haley started dancing when she was two years old. Both her parents were dancers, which means she grew up in a house full of music and movement. Haley started competing in dance at the age of 11 and stopped at the age of 17 to teach. Haley then went to college at San Jose State University to study dance, and after a year of being in school, she realized while she loved to perform, her true passion was teaching. When she came back from school, Haley dove right back into teaching and began coaching competitive team, along with teaching technique classes. She wanted to take her passion and career a step further with Artistic Movement Center and help create a space for people who want experience the joy and freedom of movement. Haley loves the art of dance and is excited to take on this new adventure and share her passion with anyone who wants to join her.

Beckie Almirol

Ballet Director

Beckie Almirol has performed most of her life, but really loves studying and teaching ballet. She is continually studying under ballet and technique masters in order to further her knowledge and apply them to her classical studies. Beckie feels that everything she has been doing to advance her knowledge in teaching is much more important than the other education she has had, and the performance work she has done. Teaching is Beckie’s main focus, and though some already say she is, becoming a master is what she is ultimately striving for.

Sophia Tessum – Instructor

Ballet, Tap & Jazz

Sophia began her dance career in ballet, tap, and jazz at 6 years old, adding a variety of dance styles through high school. She spent 8 years on competitive dance teams, traveling around the Bay Area to  attend competitions and conventions where she was fortunate to be able  to take classes from some of the greatest-known choreographers in the dance industry. Most recently, Sophia spent 6 years teaching ballet,  tap, and jazz to students of all ages at a local studio in Rohnert  Park. Outside the dance world, Sophia is the Human Resources Manager for a travel technology company in San Francisco and a proud dog mom
to her miniature schnauzer, Captain. She enjoys working with others and is excited for the opportunity to introduce movement and musicality to the minis, as well as share her love for dance at Artistic Movement Center.

Niki Marchione – Instructor

Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Tumbling and Hip Hop

Niki began dancing at the age of three and has never stopped. She trained in classical ballet by our ballet director, Beckie Almirol. She has years of ballet experience in pointe and pas de deux as well as other genres such as contemporary, lyrical, jazz, acrobatics, tap and hip hop. She spent 6 years on a competitive dance team competing all over the state. She is passionate about dance and excited to join our studio and help us build a competitive team of our own.

Megan Holland – Instructor

Jazz

Megan Holland began her training in dance at the age of three in Petaluma, California. She has performed in such roles as Clara in the Nutcracker, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, and Odette in Swan Lake. She competed for three years with VEM Dance Academy under Elena Martinez and Natalie Makardish. She then studied in Los Angeles at AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts where she graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre. She’s incredibly excited to be back in NorCal and to work with the students of AMC.

Ben Donner – Instructor

Ben Donner is a local, Santa Rosa hip hop choreographer/dancer who has been dancing for over 4 years and is involved with Santa Rosa’s local hip hop dance community. Ben is also a main choreographer for Auxiliary Adult Dance Team and has competed in Norcal Bridge 2018 and helped choreograph for their exhibition showcase at World of Dance Bay Area 2019. Ben practices street styles of hip hop such as Animation, Tutting, Popping, and Krumping. Growing up as a street performer since 2015, Ben has been participating in freestyle dance battles in Sacramento, San Jose, Oakland, and in Vallejo, and he helps the local freestyle community by hosting his own sessions called “Next Gen Sessions”. With his passion, Ben drives to help others experience hip hop dance in an exciting way through performances or by teaching others.