Meet Our Dance Instructors

Kalé Woods // Studio Director

A Bay Area native, Kalé Woods, has been dancing for as long as she can remember. Kalé competed on both jazz and hip-hop competition teams throughout the Bay Area during her childhood. Kalé attended Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, where she was first introduced to Drill/ Majorette Team Dance, a culture shock from her training as a stage dancer. It was on Morehouse College’s “House of Funk” Band dance team, “Mahogany N Motion”, where Kalé developed a love and passion for not only dance but developing “sisterhood and self-awareness” through dance. Kalé served as Captain of Mahogany N Motion from 2003-2005 and after graduating from Spelman, has both served as a coach and consultant to the team. She currently coaches Mahogany N Motion dance team. Kalé also founded the Morehouse College Competition Dance Team while at Spelman College, in an effort to diversify the talents and exposure of  the dancers at Spelman. Kalé has consulted, coached, and choreographed for several high school dance teams in the state of Georgia, as well as danced professionally for hip hop artists. In 2014, Kalé became the coach of the “Jewels” danceline in Oakland,CA, in an effort to expose the West. Coast to HBCU dance style and culture. In 2015, Kalé partnered with Maia Siani, to found Inferno Dance Academy and Heat Majorette Team. Kalé’s mission in dance is to not only train dancers to be excellent technicians, but supply them with the skills and self-confidence to be leaders and positive community members in life. Kalé has her Masters Degree from Mercer University School of Medicine and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice.

Ayanna Robinson // Program Manager

Ayanna Robinson is no stranger to building and sustaining athletic organizations. A former soccer player, Ayanna has been involved in managing several youth organizations most recently for the Pop Warner Berkeley Junior Bears and Inferno Dance Academy. Ayanna’s combination of care and commitment makes her the perfect person for her role as Program Director, as her communication, development, and follow through skills are superb. We look forward to having her as an integral part of our team.

Jalen Preston // Company Director

A San Francisco native, Jalen Preston is no amateur to the spotlight. Mr. Preston began his early training in different companies around the Bay Area, including New Style Motherlode, OSA, and Lines Ballet. He attended Oakland School for The Arts where he further developed his technical training. He has returned to OSA as a featured teacher for their summer intensives and guest choreographer. He is no stranger to the competition and convention world, being chosen as PulseDance Convention Top Elite Protégé in 2014. He was also a member of the act Freckled Sky on America’s Got Talent, which made it to the semi-finals. He currently judges dance competitions nationally and internationally. Jalen choreographs and teaches nationally and internationally for studios in Russia, China, Italy, Mexico and Canada. In 2015, Jalen was a cast member for the Monster’s Show for Monster’s of Hip Hop Dance Convention. Jalen has worked with and assisted for choreographer’s Laurie Ann Gibson, Brian Friedman and Willdabeast. He has filmed commercials with Serena Williams and more. Jalen’s passion for dance has landed him on stages with superstar’s Janet Jackson, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and many other mainstream artists. Jalen is a young, vibrant and consistently working choreographer and dancer, who is knowledgeable and experienced about the new trends in dance and competitions. He has worked with many of the choreographers for the conventions that we have chosen and is passionate about the mission of Heat Dance Company. We our so blessed and happy to have us join our already incredible team and look forward to a winning year.

Bre’Aunna Caro // Tumbling

BreAunna Caro is the Program Director, Head Coach and Co-Owner of Jewels Cheer Gyms, an All-Star Cheerleading and Tumbling Gym located in Richmond, California.  She first discovered her passion for Cheerleading at the age of 9, beginning in a pop warner program, then continuing throughout high school and college. After high school, she continued her love of Cheerleading, Tumbling and Dance, both training and competing at the All-Star Level.  Her talent and passion for the sport landed her a position with JAMZ Cheer and Dance Co., where she was a Camp Instructor during the summer. That eventually led to a six-year partnership with Jewels Cheer Gyms, and inspired BreAunna to share her passion with inner city youth programs all across the Bay Area. Soon after being recognized for her expanding expertise of the sport, other programs began recruiting her for private training.  She was recently apart of Pacific Coast Magic’s IOAG Level 6 Worlds Team, Lady Elegance, where she was voted Most Valuable Cheerleader. Currently, in addition to coaching , she is performing both Cheer and Pom Dance with Capital Cheer Elite’s Coed Level 6 Team, Storm, a Non-Profit Adult Team that fundraises for local communities.

Leilani Neal Ramos // Ballet

Leilani Neal began her training at “The Dance Network” under her mother Melinda Neal in Fairfield, Ca. She continued to train with schools such as Contra Costa Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Academy of Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and received scholarships with Lines Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Miami City Ballet. She graduated from the dance department at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in San Francisco, and was hired by her high school shortly after, to be the ballet instructor for the musical theatre department.

Leilani has danced professionally with Peninsula Ballet Theatre, Bay Pointe Ballet, and Labayen Dance sf. In addition to dance, she is currently a signed model with Marla Dell Talent Agency  which has given her opportunities to be in commercials with Intel, Nikon, Microsoft, and Visa. She was featured in the Mr.Carmack 2016 Coachella set and danced in the “Romance” music video for island artists CRSB that hit top charts in Hawaii. Leilani shares the love of dance with her students and aspires to give them the tools to succeed in the dance world and industry.

Jazmine Freeman // Majorette and Jazz

Jazmine Freeman is a recent graduate of Spelman College where she majored in Drama and Dance with a Kinesiology Concentration. Upon entering Spelman, Jazmine was selected as a member of the school’s official dance team Mahogany N Motion- becoming the first Freshman in the history of Mahogany N Motion to ever make the team. While on the team, she interned with Physical Therapy N Motion, a physical therapy practice in Georgia, while teaching dance and choreography for Education Through Dance. In the summer of 2017, Jazmine taught and

choreographed for the Precision Band and Auxiliary Summer Camp, and traveled to teach at the Heat Dance Studio Summer Intensive. Jazmine also started her own Dance initiative called Inspire Dance- a program where she travels to Metropolitan Atlanta area schools to teach dance, technique and choreography to dancers whose programs cannot afford professional dance instruction. In the fall of 2019, she will be moving to Oakland as a permanent instructor of Heat.

Christopher Hahn // Contemporary

Christopher Hahn trained at Oakland School for the Arts School of Dance, under the direction of Mr. Reginald Ray-Savage. Through his training at OSA’s School of Dance, he has had the opportunity to work with such teachers and choreographers as: Ms. Endalyn Taylor (former Dance Theatre of Harlem ballerina, The Lion King – Musical Original Cast), Ms. Paunika Jones (Dance Theatre of Harlem ballerina), Mr. Jalen Preston (OSA School of Dance alum, commercial dancer with Janet Jackson, Arianna Grande, Jason Derulo), and Ms. Alison Hurley (SJDC Dance Artist, Ballet & Rehearsal Mistress, Repertory Repetiteur/Stager, and OSA School of Dance Co-Chair & Faculty).Through his training at various SJDC Summer Intensives, he has had the opportunity to work with such teachers as, Ms. Corrine Nagata (former SJDC dancer, Horton teacher at The Ailey School, LINES/Dominican BFA program, Dance Theatre of Harlem School), Ms. Selena Elaine Chau(former dancer with SJDC, Disney’s The Lion King, Mark Morris Dance Group, Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza), Ms. Knia Ward (OSA School of Dance alum, former SJDC dancer, University of California, Irvine BFA Dance Performance graduate), Ms. Haley Jayne Gash (OSA School of Dance alum, former SJDC dancer, London Contemporary Dance School graduate), among others. He made his professional debut with Savage Jazz Dance Company in 2016 and graduated from OSA School of Dance in 2017. Mr. Hahn is currently entering his second year at the Alonzo King LINES Training Program (AKLTP). He has worked with Sidra Bell, Gregory Dolbashian, Robyn Mineko Williams, Rena Butler, and Juel D. Lane. Mr. Hahn is currently pursuing the route of choreography and attended the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Pre-Professional Choreographic Intensive this summer.

ArVejon Jones // Contemporary

ArVejon Jones (Ar-Vé-yon) is a Bay Area freelance artist. Beginning his formal training in Los Angeles as a Tap  and Hip hop dancer, ArVejon enjoys training in many different forms of dance; from Afro-Haitian to Vaganova Classical Ballet, he respects all aspects of dance equally. He has performed works by Sean Dorsey, Robert Moses, Kat Roman, Brenda Way, KT Nelson, Diane Arvanites, DarVejon Jones, and Raissa Simpson,  and has been a Guest Artist for ODC Dance/SF, among others. ArVejon teaches Zumba at the Federal Court House, AfroContemporary at LINES/ SF Dance Center, and Modern Jazz at HEAT Dance Line. He has been a requested Lead teaching Artist for the Boston Ballet “Outreach and Education Initiative” and is currently a lecturer of Jazz and Modern Dance at San Francisco State University, his alma mater. ArVejon has performed in Canada, Sweden, as well as studied Afro-Brazilian dance in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. He has had the opportunity to perform at the prestigious Joyce Theater in NYC in 2018, as well as New York “Live Arts.” He has also been nominated for an equally prestigious “Isadora Duncan Dance Award” three times for his work as a performer in the Bay Area. Along with teaching dance technique, ArVejon loves to challenge his students to perform at all times and hopes to impart his first hand experience as a working contemporary dancer. He is a believer in kindness, hard work, and joyful dancing!

His training background includes:

Tap, Hip Hop, West African, Dunham Technique, Jazz, Horton Technique, Limón Technique, Ballet, Contemporary Dance Aesthetics, Afro-Haitian, Afro-Brazilian, House, Vogue, and Improvisation. 

Tamara Taves // Ballet and Leaps & Turns

Tamara is a California native with a passion and understanding for dance education that stems from 30 years of teaching experience. She studied dance and education at Brigham Young University and performed with their Ballet Department as well as the renowned International Folk Dance Ensemble. Tamara was named KAR’s Director of the Year in 2012. She has successfully coached dancers for Youth America Grand Prix and teaches aspiring young dancers throughout Northern California. Tamara is privileged to serve on the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards Committee, which celebrates excellence and diversity in dance throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She truly believes in the magic of movement and the inner strength and power that can come from loving the body that you’re in. Tamara is honored and excited to be working with the amazing team of The Heat.

Janique Blair // Majorette

Janique started her passion for movement when she was a little girl. At the age of 3 became a mighty might cheerleader later moving on to an all star team called B.A.D. With her mom, aunt and uncle as her coaches she had it hard and it was always expected of her to be the best. When she got to High school she discovered her love for dance at Oakland Tech soon joining Inferno Dance Academy and leading off as captain of the majorette team. From Inferno she transitioned to Heat Danceline and got a valuable amount of training. With so much love for the kids we now know and love her as our assistant coach.

Tatiana Headd

I am a 19 year old, Oakland native whose dance training began, as most teens do, in classes at school. My freshman year of high school (2014), I was apart of the performing arts program at Saint Mary’s College High School in Berkeley, Ca and I transferred to Oakland Technical High School in Oakland,Ca where I was apart of the performing arts program as well as the first captain of their majorette team, The Bullettes. I joined Heat Danceline in my junior year of high school, where I began my more structured training. I was a member of the senior competitive majorette team at Heat. This, and The Bullettes,  fostered a love for majorette dancing and encouraged me to audition for Spelman College’s team, Mahogany-n-Motion. Returning to Spelman College in the Spring of 2020, I will continue to pursue dance training and return to dancing with Mahogany-n-Motion.

Bio’s coming soon…

Mario Ponce // Hip Hop

Tatiana Headd

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