Each member of our staff at Rhythms has been hand picked for their expertise, positive attitude, love of children, and enthusiasm for their craft. They are all incredibly dedicated and love their jobs!
Company Artistic Director and
A Novato Native and graduate of Chapman University, Kate earned her bachelor’s degree in both dance and primary education. She performed for several years with the Young Americans, a professional non-profit show choir. Kate loves all things Broadway and finds there is nothing more gratifying than belting out a great showtune in her car! When not at Rhythms, you can find her choreographing musicals throughout the Bay Area or possibly glueing rhinestones onto whatever object she can find! She loves her job at Rhythms; each student holds a special place in her heart, and she looks forward to going to work everyday!
Owner and Instructor
Company Logistical Director
Debbie has been teaching throughout the Bay Area for 20 years. She has been invited to be a guest artist at the Next Step Dance Convention and over the past 18 years she has attended over 60 dance conventions throughout California and Nevada. Debbie is known for her emotional and heart-wrenching contemporary pieces, sassy dark jazz numbers, and classic and challenging tap dances! Debbie is an avid fan of the Seattle Seahawks and the Rohnert Park Warriors. She has a loving (and non-dancing) husband, Ron, and two kids, Logan and Kylee, the latter of which is following in her footsteps (literally and figuratively) by dancing at Rhythms herself.
Megan has been dancing in Novato since she was just a little girl. After performing in musicals, show choirs, and dance performances throughout high school and being awarded Outstanding Dancer at San Marin High School, she moved onto more administrative work at Rhythms Performing Arts. Megan also works at aCross Marin Christian Fellowship as the Office Administrator and one of the Sunday School Teachers. When not at work, Megan is usually taking her dog Cali out on walks around the pond. She loves her work at Rhythms and being surrounded by the performing arts. If you join one of our adults classes, you'll also see Megan there, strutting her stuff!
Broadway, Acro, Acting, and Voice Instructor
Amanda Morando is a graduate from UC Santa Barbara in Vocal Performance. After working for four years as Youth Program Director/Conductor of Singers Marin, she now helps direct the performing arts programs and classes at Rhythms. She also teaches private voice lessons, works as choir director for the UUCM Choir, recently directed Little Shop of Horrors for Marin Summer Theater. Amanda keeps busy performing in many local musical theater productions herself in between watching as many Warriors games as she can squeeze in.
Ballet and Modern Instructor
Ashley received her pre-professional training from Marin Ballet and Marin Dance Theatre (Artistic Director, Margaret Swarthout). In 2009, she received her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from California Institute of the Arts (recipient of the Lew & Eddie Wasserman Merit Scholarship). She studied on merit scholarship with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, in Vocal Studies, and has had the wonderful opportunity to lend her voice as a character artist to a variety of animation, commercial, and theater projects!
Bio coming soon!
Hip Hop and Breakdancing Instructor
Dana has been dancing for as long as she can remembering and grew up dancing on competitive and performance teams. She was the co-choreographer/captain for the Feather River College Dance and Cheer Team in 2006 and has instructed classes, workshops and coached competitive teams throughout Marin and Sonoma County ever since. Most recently Dana has been training in breaking with B-Boy Still Roc of Miami, Florida and takes pride in keeping the origin and history of hip hop alive. Her style encompasses a classic feel (touching on breaking, popping, locking and choreographed hip hop) and encourages students to find his/her own style as a dancer and as an individual. Her classes will get you groovin’ with the music and having fun.
Dance Company Assistant Coach
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Acro, Jazz, and Ballet Instructor
Sam grew up dancing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She attended Lehigh Valley Performing Arts High School and later danced for The Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. After college, she proceeded to dance for Fancy Pants Productions at Dorney Park Amusement Park, which is a sister park to California's great America. In 2014, she decided to take a leap of faith and move to California. She has performed with various groups such as Spreckels Theatre and The Butterfly Ship Troupe. Sam is excited to be part of the RPA faculty and to share her love of movement with her students.
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Lisa graduated from Utah Valley State College with an Associates Degree in Office Administration and Communication. Shortly after finishing her degree Lisa
and her small family moved to Novato where her husband, Brad, grew up. Once arriving here and getting settled Lisa decided she wanted to stay home and be a mom. Besides volunteering
at school, Lisa has spent the last 17 years at home with her 3 beautiful daughters and 2 lazy dogs. She enjoys getting to meet our parents and sneaking a peak at some of the dances
as they come together. Lisa has been a Rhythms parent for the last 11 years and loves getting to work there as well.