STAFF

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Kim Harvath started dancing at the age of 8 in Redwood City, CA where she was trained in tap, jazz, ballet, and musical theatre. She has taught throughout the bay area for the last 16 years and is going on her 15th year as Woodside High School’s dance team coach and theatre department choreographer.  Her professional dance experience includes industrials for Hitachi, Google, Ingenix, Genentech, Sislex, The American Cancer Society, as well as Bastille Day at Hotel Sofitel. In 2008 Kim toured and performed with singer Arielle Paige as a backup dancer, performing shows in San Francisco and Las Vegas.  In 2013 Kim had the opportunity to choreograph and perform for Hip Housing and singer, dancer, actress Rita Moreno.  Along with her work at Melodic Remedy and Woodside High Kim has choreographed for various theatre companies including Portola Valley's Theatre Conservatory, Hillbarn Theatre, and Woodside Community Theatre.  

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Jen Harvath has been dancing since the age of 5 and teaching for over 10 years. She is trained in jazz, hip hop, tap, ballet, and musical theatre. Jen was a part of the Woodside High School Dance Team for 4 years, serving as Co-Captain & Captain for 3 years. She was also involved in Woodside's spring musicals including, "A Musical Revue", "The Wiz", and "Seussical: The Musical". From 2008-2010, Jen toured with recording artist Arielle Paige, performing numerous shows in Las Vegas, San Francisco and traveled to Miami for SuperBowl XLIV to perform at FanFest. She was also featured in Arielle’s music video “Money Don’t Make A Difference.” Aside from dance, Jen travels around the country working as a production assistant for an LA based production company. She has had the chance to work with, and produce shows for artists such as Maroon 5, The Black Keys, Joe Jonas, Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Ne-Yo, Pitbull, Weezer and more.

Amy Lee Danya is a passionate dancer and teacher!  She began studying dance at the young age of three. She has trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Musical Theatre and Hip-hop. As a young dancer, Amy performed and traveled around the world, dancing with the "Stars at Sea" cruise performer program, as well as performing in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Ireland. As a teacher, Amy  has 15 years of experience teaching children from ages 2.5 through 18 years old. Her primary teaching styles for toddlers and young children include creative movement, ballet and tap. For young children and teens her primary focus is jazz, tap, contemporary and lyrical. Amy has trained and choreographed many of the top national winning dancers and teams in the bay area. Her most recent award being the “Choreographer of the Year” at the west coast KAR national finals in July of 2016. Amy’s teaching style emphasizes strength, technique and musicality, as well as, self-confidence and discipline. Professionally, Amy is finishing up her degree in Early Childhood Development, with a focus on education. She hopes to some day fuse together her knowledge on the development and education of young children with her love and passion for dance and movement.

Peter Hershey began his dance training at the Seiskaya Ballet Academy in St. James, New York at age eleven.  He attended high school at the Nassau B.O.C.E.S. Cultural Arts Center and went on to attend both the School of American Ballet and The Juilliard School.  Peter also received training and mentorship from New York-based teachers Francis Patrelle and Johan Renvall.

As a member of Ballet San Jose for twelve seasons, Peter was best known for dancing the role of Johnny in Dennis Nahat's Blue Suede Shoes.  His repertoire also included principal roles in The Nutcracker and Rodeo, as well as soloist roles in works by choreographers such as George Balanchine, Merce Cunningham, Jessica Lang, Donald McKayle, Dennis Nahat, Twyla Tharp, and Stanton Welch.  As a member of Company C Contemporary Ballet, he was featured in works by Charles Anderson, Maurice Causey, Susan Jaffe, Charles Moulton, and Yuri Zhukov.  Peter is currently a member of Menlowe Ballet, where he has been featured in works by Val Caniparoli, Gregory Dawson, Michael Lowe, Stefanie Maughan, and Ali McKeon.

As a teacher, Peter has taught ballet for numerous schools and companies throughout the Bay Area, including Ballet San Jose School, Company C, Menlo Park Academy of Dance, Menlowe Ballet, Santa Clara Ballet, and Western Ballet.  He is regarded for his musical sensibility and attention to movement dynamics.  Peter is thrilled to be joining the faculty of Melodic Remedy.

Elke Calvert began her dance training in the Bay Area and studied with Teen Dance Company until she was 17. There she had the opportunity to train and work with Mia Michaels, Paula Morgan, Napolean & Tabitha D'umo, Jenny Backhaus, Jason Parsons, Mandy Moore, Heather Cooper, Jen Bradford, Carlos Jones and many more. She continued her education and received her BFA in Dance from Chapman University in 2011, and her MFA in Dance & Choreography from UC Irvine in 2015. In between her studies she worked and performed professionally for “The S Agency” in Los Angeles and for world renowned Choreographer and creator of “Club Jete”, Tiffany Billings. Elke is also a contemporary modern choreographer and Artistic Director of the “The Fyber Vision”; an artist / dance collective which she most recently relocated back to her native roots in Northern California. She is currently using her thesis research to refurbish the dance company business model in order to create new opportunities for dancers and artists for the future. Her work as been commissioned multiple times in California and is most notably known for her piece “Framed” that has been reset over 6 times, and won the Grand Prize Division II Choreography award in 2012 for the “Dancing Under the Stars” Choreography Festival in Palm Desert. Elke is currently in the process of attaining her certification in the Language of Dance® Movement Notation methodology. Her passion lies in teaching dancer’s to become well-rounded and anatomically aware technicians in collaboration with the LOD movement vocabulary. 

Corie Brickman grew up in the Bay Area where she began taking dance classes at the age of three. She can still remember the pink plastic box that she carried her ballet slippers and tap shoes to class in. After many years of studying ballet and tap, and competing in both jazz and lyrical, she went on to study ballet at the University of California, Riverside.  After graduating, she moved back to the Bay Area and quickly found her love for teaching. Corie roots her teaching in technique while instilling a deep sense of self-confidence and positivity in all of her students.

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Mary Robles began dancing at the age of 5 in Redwood City, CA.  Her training includes jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, musical theatre, ballet, and pointe.  For 4 years Mary was a member of the award winning Woodside High School Dance Team and where she served as a Co-Captain and Captain for 2 years. During her time at Woodside she participated in many of their Spring musicals including playing Pilar in "Legally Blonde".  Mary currently attends Fotthill College in Los Altos.  We are thrilled to have her as part of our staff here at Melodic Remedy!

Myles Mitchell began dancing at the age of 7 where he trained in jazz, hip hop, lyrical, and contemporary.  He has competed in multiple competitions and won several scholarships and awards over the last few years.  He was part of the sequoia dance team for 4 years where he served as co- captain &  captain of the team. His professional experience includes dancing for LinkedIn and dancing and choreographing for Relay for life. He is currently attending Canada college in Redwood City where he hopes to transfer from and persue a major in Dance.

Gaby Franco started dancing at the age of 3 in San Mateo, CA.  For the last 21 years, she has been training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern and Hip Hop and teaching locally for the last 4 years.  She has performed in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and several other parades in the Bay Area.  Gaby has performed at the halftime show for the Golden State Warriors.  Previously, she studied at Foothill College where she was co-captain of the Foothill dance team and later became a principal dancer for Foothill's Dance Company.  She is currently a dance major at College of San Mateo and she cannot wait to continue to expand her knowledge and bring it to all of her classes here at Melodic Remedy! 

Lexi Viernes began dancing with the Shely Pack Dancers in Half Moon Bay, CA, where she trained intensively in the styles of Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, and Tap for 12 years. She continued her studies at the University of California, Irvine, graduating with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Literary Journalism. During her time at UC Irvine, Lexi took two years off of school to tour across the United States and Canada with the National production of Broadway musical "Billy Elliot". Upon returning to UC Irvine after tour, she worked closely with prestigious choreographers such as Donald Mckayle, Sheron Wray, and Lisa Naugle. In the summer of 2014, she traveled to Rome, Italy where she performed improvisation and choreographed works as a member of Lisa Naugle's DTM2 Ensemble. Currently, she is a dancer in Fyber, a dance company formed by UCI MFA student Elke Calvert. Lexi is thrilled to be teaching Lyrical and can’t wait to share her passion for dance with the students of Melodic Remedy!