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The lineage of MB professionals is diverse. From faculty who trained with founder Leona Norman…to dancers from around the world who retire from the stage to teach here with us…to actors and musicians…to staff from the worlds of film, fashion, and education…to a board of engaged alumni, parents, and business professionals…all are dedicated to Marin Ballet’s mission of excellent classical ballet training and promoting the art of dance.

We are proud of how our community has come together during
challenging times to connect, support, and create.

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Catherine Hader

A graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School, Catherine began her professional career with The National Ballet of Canada under Artistic Director Erik Bruhn. She went on to a successful commercial/film career in Los Angeles that includes five film industry awards as Co-Producer of the dance documentary An Improbable Dream.  In 2013, she joined the dance faculty at Arizona School for the Arts and The School of Ballet Arizona and is also a certified yoga instructor.  This is Catherine’s third year with Marin Ballet.
Catherine Hader
Acting School Director

Laurie Klein

Laurie celebrates her 50th year of teaching with Marin Ballet this year! Her association with the school started in the 1950’s when she trained with Marin Ballet’s founder, Leona Norman, and was a member of the original Marin Civic Ballet. After graduation, she joined Norbert Vesak’s Western Dance Theatre, performing in Canada and the northwest. Returning home, Laurie began teaching when Marin Ballet opened its new facility at 100 Elm. She currently teaches Level 2 and 3 students, as well as Beginning Ballet for Teens and Adults.

Laurie Klein
Beginning Ballet Faculty

Corinne Jonas

Corinne Jonas received her training at Marin Ballet and danced professionally with the Houston Ballet and Diablo Ballet, performing principal and soloist roles in ballets by George Balanchine, classical and contemporary works, and roles created for her. Ms. Jonas worked with esteemed artists such as Dame Margot Fonteyn, Sir Kenneth Macmillian, Ben Stevenson and Paul Taylor and was featured in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. Ms. Jonas directed Berkeley Ballet Theater until joining Marin Ballet’s faculty in 2006.


Corinne Jonas
Intermediate Ballet Faculty

Julia Adam

Julia trained with the National Ballet School in Toronto, and upon graduation in 1983, spent five years with the National Ballet of Canada, and then joined the San Francisco Ballet in 1988, becoming a principal dancer in 1996. Upon retiring from the stage in 2002, Ms. Adam quickly gained recognition as one of the dance world’s rising talents in choreography. Ms. Adam has been featured in Dance Magazine, received the Isadora Duncan Award for Choreography, and currently directs her own dance company.
Julia Adam

Sandra Jennings


Jennings has taught at schools and companies in the United States and abroad. She was ballet mistress and company teacher for The Pennsylvania Ballet for 9 years and San Francisco Ballet for four years. Jennings is now a full time repetiteur for The George Balanchine Trust and also on staff as a teacher and repetiteur at Marin Ballet.




Sandra Jennings
Advanced Ballet Faculty

Dave Kato

David Kato trained at Marin Ballet and holds a B.A. in Dance from Dominican University.  He danced professionally with Empire State Ballet in New York and has danced as a Guest Artist with many Bay Area companies including Oakland Ballet, Western Ballet, Berkeley Ballet Theater, and Margaret Wingrove Dance Company.  He has taught technique, pas de deux, and boys’ training in schools throughout the Bay Area, and joined the MB faculty in 2003.



Dave Kato
Boys Training Faculty

Casey Lee Thorne

Dancer, educator, choreographer, and scholar, Casey Thorne trained with  American Repertory Ballet’s Princeton Ballet School, Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program, and received her MFA in Dance Studies from Mills College in 2018. Casey is the Artistic Director of Inside Out Contemporary Ballet, a Fulbright Israel Fellow, and served as Assistant Professor of Dance at Southern Utah University 2019-2020. She is thrilled to have served Marin Ballet since 2012.


Casey Thorne
Contemporary Ballet + Culture & Community


Emma Rubinowitz trained at City Ballet School of San Francisco. After competing in Youth American Grand Priz, she won a scholarship to San Francisco Ballet School, where she spent a year as a trainee, before joining the company. Emma danced for eight years with San Francisco Ballet, and retired in 2019 to pursue her Bachelor’s degree. She now continues to freelance, choreograph and teach. This is her first year with Marin Ballet.
Emma Rubinowitz


Xiao was born in city of Changsha in People’s Republic of China. After graduation, she joined Hunan Dance and Music company, and was quickly promoted to Principal Dancer. In 1984, through a national dance audition and national college entrance examination, Xiao was accepted to Beijing Dance Academy’s Ballet Teaching Department. She received her B.A. in Ballet Pedagogy in 1988. After immigrating to the U.S. as a guest artist, Xiao performed the role of Sugar Plum Fairy for Grace Duty’s Nutcracker at Zellerbach Hall for 9 years.  She has performed and taught ballet in the Bay Area for nearly 28 years. She feels blessed to be able to work with some of the best artists, smartest scientists, talented students, and wonderful human beings.
Xiao Liu


Erica received her professional training from North Carolina School of the Arts and the San Francisco Ballet’s Pre Professional Program. She performed in many company productions with SFB, and toured with the company in their production of “Don Quixote”. Erica went on to dance with Colorado Ballet in 2005. She also guested with various companies including Madison Ballet. She joined Ballet Arizona in 2008, and after four seasons with the company she joined Smuin Ballet.  After 7 seasons with Smuin, Erica continues to dance as a freelance artist, and will teach and choreograph.


Erica Felsch


Stephanie Scarpello received her training at Marin Ballet, studying with Svetlana Afanasieva, Leslie Crockett, and Shannon Bresnahan. She danced with the College of Marin Dance Company, and continued her studies at the University of San Francisco, where she graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Performing Arts & Social Justice. Mrs. Scarpello joined the Marin Ballet faculty in 2003.
Stephanie Scarpello

Damon Mahoney began his performing career in the Bay Area in 2005 where he danced with a variety of companies including Savage Jazz Dance, Peninsula Ballet Theatre, Moving Arts Dance, Los Angeles’ Luminario Ballet, San Diego Opera, and principal roles with Oakland Ballet, San Francisco Opera and Menlowe Ballet. Damon has taught ballet and Pilates for over ten years and loves to weave elements of the two together, with an emphasis on healthy technique, form and foundation.
Damon Mahoney

Laura trained with Contra Costa Ballet, California Ballet and Oakland Ballet Academy. At age seventeen she joined the Oakland Ballet Company. After dancing with OBC she earned both a BA in Dance and an ABA-approved post-baccalaureate paralegal
certificate from Saint Mary’s College of California. Laura has taught at Ballet Arts in Oakland and Oakland Ballet Academy. She is honored
to be a part of Marin Ballet’s faculty since 2018.
Laura Skapik
Pre-Ballet / Ballet Prep Faculty

Daniela Aleco-Sima
Michael McCarty
Timothy K. Murphy

Cristine Kelly, Interim Executive Director
Stephanie Taubert, Office Manager & Registrar
Taylor Altieri
Rowan Williams

Nancy Rehkopf, President
Haley Tone, Vice-President
Kathryn Hansen, Treasurer
Jennifer Henerlau
Maria Newman
Mona Steinberg
Sabrina Werby