North Coast Dance mounts three major productions a year at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts, including a new spring production every year, our annual Zombie Ballet, and the Nutcracker.

North Coast Dance Company Members

(Additional photos and bios coming soon!)

Mark Hapgood first danced in the local Redwood Concert Ballet's Nutcracker production with Virginia Niekrasz-Laurent in 1990 as a 1st Act Parent, and has danced in each Nutcracker since then. In 2002 Mark began studying ballet under Danny Furlong at North Coast Dance, and has been dancing in company performances since then. Over the years Mark has also danced with other local ballet productions including Hansel & Gretel with Victor Temple's New World Ballet, and Swan Lake (Von Rothbart), Coppelia (Dr. Coppelia), The Nutcracker (Drosselmeyer) and Midsummer Night's Dream (Bottom) with Heather Sorter's Bayside Ballet. Mark loves the artistic and  physical satisfaction that comes from ballet and continues to perform as a Company Character Dancer with North Coast Dance.   

Heather Walker 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 every Nutcracker since 2001 (except 2005, due to an injury); roles have included Rat Queen and Mrs. Silberhaus multiple times, the Governess, Chinese Empress, and most recently the Head Baker. 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 continues 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 Creative Movement classes and Passport to Dance camps. You can find her in the studio every Saturday morning, passing on her love of dance to young students, many of whom she has watched grow up and become assistants and teachers at NCD.

Andrea Williams started in ballet at the age of 9 and has been dancing for 8 years. She has attended the TCDA international ballet festival and American ballet theater summer intensives. school and enjoys dedicating her time to North Coast Dance. Andrea’s favorite roles she has danced at North Cost Dance include Alice in Alice in Wonderland and Rose Queen in the Nutcracker. 

Elizabeth (Beth) Poston has always been dancing.  She began ballet at the age of 8 and continued on with many other forms of dance including: tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, belly dance and African!  It has been a pleasure to be a part of the North Coast Dance company and staff for the past 10 years.  During this time Beth has taught many levels of ballet: pre-ballet through ballet 3 and has taken over the position of North Coast Dance’s Bookkeeper.


Beth has had the privilege of performing many challenging roles in the annual North Coast Dance Nutcracker and Spring performance: Rose Queen, Snow Queen, Butterfly, Glinda (the good witch), The Fairy Godmother in (Cinderella) to name a few…  Beth would like to thank North Coast Dance for the many opportunities and support they have provided her and her family for over a decade.  She would also like to thank her family for their love, encouragement and support!

Jenna Stevens love for ballet began at North Coast Dance at age 4. She is now a senior in high school and has danced in 11 local performances of the Nutcracker. She has enjoyed all her roles from baby flower and fairy to most recently, Angel Queen and Chinese Empress. Jenna has danced in every spring show with NCD since 2009 and has attended many local workshops and intensives.  Her out-of-area training includes summer intensives with American Ballet Theatre in 2018 and State Street Ballet in 2019. Jenna’s passion for ballet continues to grow and she remains dedicated to furthering her growth. In the last couple of years, Jenna began teaching and assisting with Ballet 1, Kinder Ballet and Creative Movement classes and she enjoys sharing her love for dance with the younger students.

Jenica Huddleston has been dancing for 9 years at North Coast Dance. She has enjoyed learning a variety of dance styles and has discovered her love for classical ballet. She ’ s currently assisting in multiple ballet levels. Jenica hopes to teach soon and share her love of ballet with her future students. She has attended Pacific Northwest Ballet ’ s summer intensive for the past 2 years and is excited to be attending Boston Ballet ’ s summer course this year. She has danced many roles in North Coast Dance ’ s Nutcracker production such as Clara, the Byzantine Doll, and Arabian Princess. This role was one of her favorites she has done in the Nutcracker and she thrived on learning the challenging choreography. She also starred as the Dormouse in the 2018 production of Alice in Wonderland. This role pushed her beyond her comfort zone, and quickly became one of her favorite roles.   She dreams of becoming a professional dancer with a ballet company one day. Jenica ’ s honored to be part of the North Coast Dance Company and is excited for what her future holds there.  

Kate Plumley has been dancing since she was 4 years old. She started taking classes at North Coast Dance and has since danced with multiple studios in Humboldt County. In 2015, Kate attended an ABT Summer Intensive in San Jose. One of her favorite roles was performing Russian in the Nutcracker this past year.

Catherine Cataldo (bio coming soon)

North Coast Dance

Company Apprentices

Rowan Dick began dancing at age 9 after attending a Schools to Dance performance and was inspired to be in the Nutcracker. She has danced for 6 years at North Coast Dance, and has been in 11 major NCD productions, including 6 Nutcrackers. Rowan has had many roles over the years, but her favorites so far include Clara and the Angel Queen. Rowan has attended summer ballet programs with American Ballet Theatre in 2019, and State Street Ballet in 2020. She enjoys both classical ballet and jazz, and has performed in the Dancing Stars of Humboldt competition for the last 2 years. Rowan is honored to be an apprentice with North Coast Dance, and is excited to see what the future of dance has in store! 

Emma Wiegandt has loved ballet since she was three years old and has been dancing at North Coast Dance since the age of nine.  Some of her favorite Nutcracker roles include Marzipan, Snow, and Chinese Empress.  Aside from dance, Emma also enjoys reading, playing viola, and spending time with her friends and family.  Emma is so grateful for the opportunities that NCD has offered her.  

Bizou Rader started ballet when she was just 2 years old and has been dancing ever since.  She has attended 2 Youth America Grand Prix's (YAGP), in 2019 and 2020. She performed a variation and a solo at each one. She was awarded top 12 classical for the 2020 YAGP.  Bizou loves ballet and she also enjoys contemporary, hip hop and acrobatics.