Linda Maxwell, Artistic Director
Linda fell in love with dance and ballet at the age of 3 ½. Her earlier training was at a private studio, supplemented by summer ballet programs. She has a BFA and MFA in Dance from UC Irvine.
Linda was program head and taught a variety of classes at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California, including Dance Appreciation, modern, ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, floor-barre, folklorico, performance skills and dance performance.
Currently, Linda teaches ballet, jazz and tap at Humboldt State University where she has taught for the past eight years. Her work is seen regularly on the HSU Spring dance concerts.
In addition to her work at the college level, she has worked with civic ballet companies and had her works adjudicated on gala National Regional Ballet Festivals. She spent several years as John Travolta's private dance instructor. She has choreographed musicals for various venues including PCPA, the American Melodrama Company and locally, the Ferndale Repertory Theater and the Cinco de Mayo Festival in Ferndale.
Professionally, she has performed with Calpulli Danza Mexicana, a folklorico dance company in New York City. In Humboldt County, in addition to Humboldt State, she has taught dance at College of the Redwoods, Ferndale Elementary and High School, and Studio of Dance Arts in Eureka. She is a certified floor-barre instructor.
Linda considers herself to be a continuous student of dance, spending her summers studying dance in New York City.
Debbie brings enthusiasm and a diverse background into her ballroom classes to make the technique-based classes fun. These classes include American style tango, waltz, foxtrot, rumba, cha cha, samba, bolero, merengue, ‘on one’ salsa, East & West coast swing, hustle, and nightclub two-step.
With experience as a dancer, musician, and thespian, she also creates memorable choreography for weddings and other special occasions and thoroughly enjoys the challenge each project brings.
Dance has always been a large part of Beth's life. Whatever path she has taken, dance has been a part of it. She have had the pleasure of performing with the Company, and teaching pre-ballet for the last five years. She has performed Snow Queen, Rose, Butterfly and Lead Flower in NCD's lavish Nutcracker. Beth would like to thank her lovely family, Matthew, Grace, Evan and the rest….for their unending support!
Janet began her ballet training with Lois Ellyn in Fullerton, California. Lois Ellyn trained with Bronislava Nijinska and Maestro Celli and she was also a former soloist with the New York City Ballet, toured Europe with The Marquis de Cuevas Ballet and toured internationally with Mia Slavenska and Frederic Franklin. The Lois Ellyn Dance Studio continues to be one of Orange County’s most respected schools for ballet training.
Janet continued her ballet training and dance studies with Gloria Govrin, New Hope Ballet, Pennsylvania, Nancy Muller Call, Humboldt Dance Academy, Arcata, California, Linda Sievers, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, and Nadine Cole, Academy of Ballet Arts, Arcata, California.
Janet currently teaches Pre Ballet 2, Ballet I and Ballet II at North Coast Dance. She is also the music specialist at Freshwater School, Eureka, CA and Jacoby Creek, Bayside, CA where she teaches voice, music and dance. She has taught at Freshwater School for 21 years and 17 years at Jacoby Creek. Janet recently received the 2015 California Music Educators Association award for Outstanding Music Educator for Humboldt and Del Norte counties.
Gina grew up in San Jose, CA and from 3rd grade to junior high, she took dance classes to include Acro, Street Jazz, and Jazz. Gina took a year off from class at the beginning of high school, missed it, and decided to never go a year without dancing again. At her high school, Gina took a mixed-style dance class, she choreographed for and danced in several musicals, and performed with the Baile Folklorico club. Gina returned to studio classes at the age of 17 to finally take ballet – a style which previously she had seen as too pink and stiff. Ballet quickly turned from a “necessary evil” in Gina’s mind to a style she truly enjoys.
Gina attended Humboldt State University and graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Dance Studies. While at HSU, Gina enjoyed dancing every day of the week with classes in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and various world styles. Gina has danced in several concerts, including a solo in A Day With Rain, a piece she co-choreographed as a trio between a dancer, her shadow, and her imaginary shadow friend. Gina’s original choreography, Off Duty, was a funky rhythm study accompanied by a live beatboxer, and was selected for HSU’s Spring Concert in 2012. Gina has been teaching various styles of dance to various ages since 2011 and is currently teaching at North Coast Dance in Eureka, CA. In 2013, Gina started a worship dance ministry at her church, teaching a mixed-technique class and developing choreography for the Worship Dance Team.
Lisa Drew is a senior at Humboldt State University, double majoring in Communications and Interdisciplinary Dance Studies. She is from Las Vegas, Nevada and has been dancing for eighteen years in styles including: ballet, jazz, tap, modern, contemporary, Middle Eastern and swing. Lisa has performed in choreographic projects and mainstage productions at HSU for the past 4 years, and has choreographed a piece entitled “Passing Through” which was selected to represent HSU at the American College Dance Association Western Region conference in March of 2016. She has loved teaching at North Coast Dance and hopes to one day become a professor of dance at the university level.
Heather started ballet classes at age 7 through a local parks and rec program after seeing a production of Nutcracker. Beginning at 10 she studied at a Cecchetti based school with Lucille McClure in Whittier until she was a senior in high school. Heather came back to ballet as an adult looking for an exercise routine and started dancing at NCD in the spring of 2001, and teaching in 2004. She has performed in 10 of the 11 Nutcrackers, including as Rat Queen in 2008 & 2009. Other roles have included the Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs in Jack and the Beanstalk , and Pluto in To Pluto and Back.
Although she continue to work full-time for the county, Heather’s background as a camp counselor (10+ years) and in Early Childhood Education (8+ years) has been crucial to developing the Munchkin Movement classes and Passport to Dance camps.
Melody started her dance career in 2012 as a young adult after attending a North Coast Dance spring show. Since then, she has taken classes in styles including ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, tap, and swing. She has performed in Humboldt State University's fall dance program multiple times, as well as in a variety of shows at NCD including: The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Les Sylphide, Stars & Stripes, The Wizard of Oz, and Rodeo. She began teaching the beginning adult ballet class and now teaches the Intro to Ballet and Pre-Pointe Ballet classes. Whether teaching or taking class, Melody hopes that dance will continue to be a part of her life for many years.
Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and adopted by an American family at the age of ten. When arriving in America, one of the first things Rebecca asked her parents for was dance classes, so they enrolled her at a local dance studio. Rebecca continues her dance studies at Humboldt State University, and at North Coast Dance, where she performs as a soloist. She has also performed for Humboldt Light Opera Company, contemporary dance company 555, Dancing Stars of Humboldt, attended Dance Theater of Harlem’s summer intensive, and recently performed for, and won a scholarship from the Vienna International Ballet Experience. From the steps of an orphanage, to the classroom today, Rebecca’s love for dance has continued to grow.