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FELICIA SANDERS

Director of the Lower School

Teacher of Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Contemporary, Improvisation & Composition, and Pilates

Felicia was born into the world of dance as her parents were dancing professionally with the Netherlands Dance Theater at the time of her birth in 1960. She made her first stage appearance  at the age of 5 in Anna Sokolow's "Dreams." She received her formal training at the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts, majoring in ballet during junior high and high school. She then went to Holland where she spent two years at the Rotterdam Dance Academy (now Codarts) studying various forms of dance including modern, jazz and flamenco. From 1980-1995 she danced professionally in Switzerland and Holland, performing classical, neoclassical and modern works. She worked with a wide variety of cutting-edge choreographers including Stephen Petronio, Yoshika Chuma, Randy Warshaw, Kathy Gottschalk, Amanda Miller, Job Sanders, Dieter Amman, Ton Simons and Shusaku Takeuchi.

 

Since moving to Eugene in 1995, she's performed with Robin Bryant and Dancers, Dance Theatre of Oregon, LCC Dance Department, Bonnie Simoa, Donna Briggs and Company, and more. She was the lead dancer in LCC's "West Side Story" in 2002. She's choreographed for Dance For A Reason, Swine Dive, Oregon Dance Project, Collaborations, Springfield High School and Dance Umbrella of the South Coast of Oregon. She's taught ballet at the Eugene Ballet Academy and LCC Dance Department.  Ms. Sanders has taught creative movement for the Young Writer's Association and 14 years  or Imagine That Summer Adventures. She became certified to teach Pilates in 2004 and has taught at In Shape and Body Now. She currently teaches at South Lane Ballet Academy, regularly teaches for the Eugene and Springfield Public Libraries and hosts, together with Cara Hakaanson, 40+DANCE, an ongoing class for older people with dance experience. She continues to study the art of dance improvisation with her mentor, Robin Bryant. Felicia has been teaching at the Oregon Ballet Academy since they opened in 2003 and feels eternally grateful to be working for and with John and Megan.