Instructors

Vicki Wang

Ballet, Acrobatics, Chinese Dance

Vicki was born in Alabama and raised in Cupertino, California. She started dancing when she was 5, and trained in competitive gymnastics from age 7 to 8. Vicki started learning Russian style ballet and classical & folk Chinese dance with award-winning dancer and choreographer Bih-tau Sun from Taiwan. After high school, she stopped dancing and focused on academics. She graduated from UCSB with a degree in Business Economics and Sports Management. Vicki then returned and became a principle dancer and soloist with the Dancing Sun Foundation directed by Bih-tau. She also continued studying Chinese dance under Master Yong Yao. At that time she performed Chinese dance with Yao Yong Dance and with Chinese Performing Artists of America. Being trained in both gymnastics and dance makes her versatile and skillful. Her most notable repertoire include principle dancer in Les Sylphides, principle dancer and soloist in Paquita, and soloist in Heavenly Apsara.

Dragon Sun

Kung Fu, Acrobatics, Chinese Dance

Dragon is a highly talented dancer with professional training and experience in classical ballet, contemporary, tap, hip hop, and Classical Chinese styles. He pairs this with his martial arts and acrobatics training to be an athletic, all-around performer. He has immense energy, enthusiasm, and possesses deep feeling for music and creative ability to express emotions through movement. Dragon graduated with a Chinese Classical Dance degree from the prestigious Shenyang Conservatory of Music in China. He became an award-winning and internationally recognized professional dancer who held leading roles in numerous large-scale dance theatre performances. His awards include: Gold medalist, Liaoning division of the Peach and Plum Regional Dance Competition (2002); 1st place winner, Chinese National New Artists Competition (2002, 2003); 2ndplace winner, Lotus Dance Competition (2004); Silver medalist, CCTV’s World of Dance Tap Dance Division (2006); Toronto Dora Award for Best Choreography & Best Costume Design (2006); and Outstanding Performance, Tang Concubines. He was also a principal dancer for Chinese Performing Artists of America from 2008-2011. Dragon has taught ballet, classical Chinese, hip hop, and acrobatics for five years at YaoYong Dance and Chinese Performing Artists of America Arts Center in San Jose, CA. He understands hard work, dedication, and the needs of dancers. His classes are fun yet demanding, as he brings the best out of his students.

 

Hillary Bassoff

Contemporary

Hillary is currently a third year Bachelor of Fine Arts dance major at the University of California in Santa Barbara.  She has over 16 years of training in various forms of dance, including ballet, pointe, modern, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, and aerial silks.  She attended the Orange County High School of the Arts and has trained with State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and the Joffrey Ballet School of Jazz and Contemporary Dance.  She has choreographed multiple routines for her high school dance team and has danced in and choreographed routines for University of California, Santa Barbara dance shows.  In addition to dancing, she is a certified Zumba instructor for the University of California and various fitness facilities in Santa Barbara.

 

Megan Zander

Yoga, Flexibility

Megan Zander, 200hr RYT and BFA in Dance/Choreography, is a recent transplant to Santa Barbara via Brooklyn, NY. She has been practicing Yoga for the last 10 years, though mostly just as a way to balance out her training in dance. It wasn't until 3 years ago, when she randomly stumbled into the OM Yoga Center in Manhattan, that she finally discovered a style that inspired her practice in a new way. She found herself taking class as much as possible and soon began to notice drastic changes happening in her body, mind, awareness, choices, and interactions. As Megan began to realize that bartending and fighting her way in the NYC dance scene were making her miserable, it became crystal clear that her path was to show others how life changing Yoga could be. The universe listened, and within a few weeks an opportunity to study with Cyndi Lee, the creator of the OM style of Yoga, presented itself. Not long after this teacher training, her life took another drastic shift; armed with new skills and a deeper passion for teaching, she made her way to Santa Barbara. Megan invites you to experience the ways in which Yoga can affect the way you think about almost everything in your life, and hopes that she can walk this beautiful path with you.