Instructors

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Sadie Adair 
Youth and Adult Belly Dance
 

Sadie Adair is the founder and co-director of Desert Darlings Belly Dance, and owner at Sirena World Dance Studio (est. 2016). Her passion for belly dance started when she was thirteen years old and her love for it continues to grow. Sadie has a bachelor's degree from UNM in Cinematic Arts and she is known for her flair for theatrics and storytelling in her dancing. Alongside her partner , Lorena Martinez Burr, Sadie has produced several theatrical belly dance shows at South Broadway Cultural Center, with the goal of bringing belly dance to a wider audience in New Mexico.

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Kira Akmajian
Tap Instructor 

Kira Akmajian has been dancing since she was 3. She has trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, and even hip hop, folkloric, flamenco, and swing dance, but tap dance has always been her passion. She has had the opportunity to train with some amazing tappers through the NM Tap Fest and UNM tap program. She is an Albuquerque native, a graduate of UNM, and an elementary school teacher. 

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Amelia Andreoni
Lyrical and Jazz Instructor 
 

Amelia, and has been dancing her entire life! She danced on a competitive all-star dance team in Albuquerque, NM where she developed a passion for jazz, lyrical, and musical theater. Amelia was on staff for the Universal Dance Association for three years in college where where she had the privilege of teaching dancers all over the country.

 

Her teaching philosophy is to empower athletes to bring the best version of themselves to the floor, and to always lead with kindness. Amelia is a community support worker for a mental health agency in New Mexico and is currently working towards her masters in marriage and family therapy. She has a passion for people, and loves getting to connect with others through dance!

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Ryan Blair 
Ballet Instructor  

Ryan started dancing at the age of twelve. His first time attending a dance class was at Rio Rancho Middle School, where he studied dance under Mrs. Christina Daly. From there, his passion was ignited and he was introduced to all kinds of dance styles. Ryan fell in love with ballet! Since then, Ryan has been dancing ballet and continues to love it more and more each and every day. His love for ballet has turned into a passion for teaching the artform. Ryan now teaches multiple ballet classes at Sparrow Dance Productions. He feels joy in seeing children flourish, love, and dance in his ballet classes. His long term goals are to gain enough knowledge about the art of ballet to pass on to his classes, and eventually graduate to teaching higher levels of ballet classes, and older students, at Sparrow Dance Productions.

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Katharine Chaves 
Jazz Instructor 

Katherine Chaves is proud to be an instructor at Sparrow Dance Productions.  She says that she has learned so much from her 'Sparrow family', and continues to grow as both a dancer and a well-rounded young woman.  Katherine says that "through teaching, I've gained a whole new set of experiences and perspective about the world of dance!" She is excited to watch her students grow!
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Pedro Gonzalez
Pilates and Yoga Instructor  

 

Pedro has been dancing for most of his life. Although he didn’t start official training in dance until his late teens, Pedro was involved with many other practices. Pedro’s debut theater role at the age of five was as “Spider” from the Itsy Bitsy Spider. Since then, he’s been involved with theater and the performance arts. Pedro’s work ethic has led him to lead many of his teams as captain. His favorite mantra currently is, “Effort and Intensity enslave the Impossible.” Pedro’s love and enthusiasm for life have led him to many opportunities and many endeavors. He’s been able to dance at remarkable venues, work with industry leaders, and train under many amazing teachers. Pedro’s love for sports, movement and body mechanics have led him to train athletes from all walks of life. He’s trained middle school athletes to take championships, helped rehab injured dancers, and has trained NCAA athletes in mindfulness to gain an edge in competition. Pedro is a self-proclaimed “life enthusiast” and hopes to inspire you to live a life full of magic and wonder. When Pedro isn’t dancing, he loves practicing yoga and his ukulele. Pedro has historically proven to bring out the champions in those around him.

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Danny Harvey
Hip Hop/Break Dance Instructor 

Though originally from Arkansas, Danny Harvey has come to call New Mexico home; where he lives with his loving wife and baby to come. Harvey’s love for dance is infectious to all who step into his Hip-Hop classes. He began dancing Hip-Hop as a rambunctious twelve year old and now dances professionally throughout Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. In addition to guest teaching at Cleveland High School, performing in various productions and music videos, and choreographing, you may also catch him playing the ukulele and singing a sweet tune. He is thrilled to be working with Sparrow and to especially help build a fierce Hip-Hop program.  

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Jennifer Leach
Ballet Instructor 

Jennifer Leach has been dancing as long as she can remember. While dancing with the company at Ballet Repertory Theatre of New Mexico, Leach has had the opportunity to perform in The Nutcracker, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake to name a few. She has also recently performed a lead role in Sparrow's production of "Onward and Upward to Narnia and the North." In addition to earning her BS in Community Health Education from the University of New Mexico, she committed time to earning her Minor Degree in Dance. Teaching ballet over the past decade has helped her to harness what it is to be a skilled and intuitive instructor. As a new mom of two, she is excited to bring her ballet experiences to her growing family and to the community of Rio Rancho as a member of the Sparrow staff.

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Riley Swinney
Hip Hop and Breakdance Instructor 

Riley has been a dancer his whole life, if there is music, even in his head, he is dancing. Riley started dance classes at the age of nine at Veneration dance, taking jazz and hip-hop classes. Riley began dancing at Sparrow Dance Productions at the age of 13. At Sparrow, he was introduced to many different styles, and began to fall in love with the art of dance. Riley is part of Sparrow’s competition team and has competed with the team in ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, and lyrical. Riley now teaches hip-hop and breakdancing at Sparrow Dance Productions. He loves getting to share his love for dance with his students. His love for dance shines through his choreography.  His long term goals are to attend college majoring in dance, and to eventually dance on Broadway, or for a company. He also hopes to continue to teach, and help students fall in love with dance.

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Kendra Williams 
Ballet, Acro, Contemporary, Lyrical and Jazz Instructor 

Kendra began her training in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she danced for Festival Ballet Albuquerque for almost 8 years performing in many ballets such as George Balanchine’s Serenade, Nutcracker, Dracula, Coppélia, and Firebird, to name a few; along with numerous contemporary works.  While in New Mexico, she choreographed original works for Festival Ballet Albuquerque, The University of New Mexico, and several other local studios in Albuquerque.  She has taught at studios all over Albuquerque teaching a wide range of ages and levels in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, and Contemporary.  She graduated with honors from The University of New Mexico with a BFA in Contemporary Dance.  After graduation she moved to New York to continue her dance training with The José Limón Dance Foundation, completing their Professional Studies Program and performing original works by José Limón, Carla Maxwell, and Roxane D’Orleans.  She then went on to train with Jennifer Muller/The Works where she was able to perform her iconic Miserere Nobis.  She enthusiastically took advantage of the opportunity to train all over the city from prestigious dance instructors, training in different styles such as Horton, Graham, Limón, along with numerous contemporary techniques.  She taught for Brighton Ballet Theatre and managed a bicoastal dance company Pony Box Dance Theatre while living in the city.  Since moving back to New Mexico, she has happily joined the Sparrow Dance community and is so excited to see where this new adventure is going to take her.