Faculty

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!

Kate Kenyon

Owner, Instructor, Company Coach and

Musical Co-Director

 

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! 

Debbie Ogden

Owner and Instructor

and Company Coach

 

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 Fountain

Office Manager 

 

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!

Amanda Morando

Broadway, Acro, Acting, and Voice Instructor

Musical Co-Director, Bookkeeper

 

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.  

Stephanie Morgan

Ballet and Modern Instructor

 

Stephanie Morgan began dancing at the age of three  in Columbus, OH.  After graduating high school, Stephanie attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she majored in Recreational Therapy and minored in both Dance and American Sign Language. While in college, Stephanie decided to expand her love of dance to those with disabilities and started an Adaptive Dance class at Encore School of Performing Arts in Sanford, NC. After college Stephanie moved to Pittsburgh, PA where she completed an internship in Recreational Therapy at The Children’s Institute. She has since taught pointe, modern, ballet, jazz and tap and started adaptive dance classes at several studios.  Now, Stephanie lives in Rohnert Park and works for Kreative Community Services as a Recreational Therapist for adults with developmental disabilities. Stephanie has always been a believer that dance can be for anybody and she is excited to continue to share this passion at Rhythms Performing Arts! 

 


Dana Soto

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. 

 

Cristina Ghirardo

Competition Coach

     

Cristina Ghirardo has loved dancing at Rhythms since the very beginning. After high school, she brought her RPA background to UC Berkeley, where she was able to perform in and lead dance teams of all shapes, sizes, and genres. Not only did she dance, but also she fell in love with the study of psychology and all things science. Since her graduation, she has become a researcher by day and dance coach by night. She couldn’t be more excited to lead our competition teams and give back to the RPA community that started her love of dance all those years ago! 

Sam Martyn

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.

 



Maia Adler

Jr Instructor

 

Maia is currently a senior at Marin School of the Arts where she is in the vocal music program.  Maia has grown up in a musical family and could sing before she could talk!  She's been dancing since she was four years old.  She started at Marin Ballet before coming to Rhythms in 5th grade.  She's been in multiple musical productions and takes many dance classes each week. She has assisted in a number of classes and was a Company Coach for Rhythms last year.  Maia is very excited to share her love of dancing and singing with students and can't wait to see what her senior has in store!

 

Camilla Rossi

Jr Instructor

     

Camilla has been dancing at Rhythms since the age of 5, training in many styles like tap, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary. All of her hard work paid off when she won performer of the year last year. Currently a junior at Marin Academy, Camilla dances in school and loves that she can do what she loves everyday. Camilla enjoys her busy life juggling dance, homework, and her other job at Three Twins(come in for some ice cream!). In her free time, you can find Camilla with her friends or rewatching Glee. She aims to inspire whenever she dances and she can’t wait to get to know each and everyone of the kids!