2016 Summer Dance Camp

A Partnership Between San Francisco Ballet and
Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco - Don Fisher Clubhouse

San Francisco Ballet Boys and Girls of Clubs of San Francisco

June 6–10, 2016

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco (BGCSF) and San Francisco Ballet are partnering up to offer a free, week-long dance program to promote creative expression and encourage education through the performing arts!

For five consecutive days, BGCSF members will have the opportunity to take classes from professional teaching artists on-site at San Francisco Ballet School. Summer Dance Camp is open to BGCSF members between the ages 6-18.

Summer Dance Camp will be held at San Francisco Ballet School (455 Franklin Street at Fulton) from 11am-4pm on June 6-10, 2016. Summer Dance Camp will culminate with a showcase performance for friends and family on Friday, June 10, at 5:00pm.

Lunch, snacks, before care, and after care will be provided during Summer Dance Camp at Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco – Don Fisher Clubhouse (380 Fulton Street) across the street from SF Ballet. 


Sign up for Summer Dance Camp today!  Space is limited. Current BGCSF members can register online or with a Clubhouse staff member.  You can still register your child for Summer Dance Camp if your child is not a current member of Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco.  Step 1, complete the online Summer Dance Camp registration form.  Step 2, contact the Don Fisher Clubhouse at 415.221.6100 and speak with Administrative Coordinator, Kiki Johnson, to become a new member of BGCSF for Summer 2016.  Summer Dance Camp is FREE for current and new BGCSF members. All Summer Dance Camp participants must be BGCSF members during the week of June 6-10, 2016. Lunch is provided at Don Fisher Clubhouse.

Register Online

BGCSF Club Membership: How to Join

If your child is not a current member, please complete the online Dance Camp registration form. Then contact the Don Fisher Clubhouse at 415.221.6100 and speak with Administrative Coordinator, Kiki Johnson, to complete your membership application for Summer 2016.

2015 Summer Dance Camp

2015 Summer Dance Camp © Chris Hardy

Dance Camp Schedule

  • 10:50amAll campers meet at Don Fisher Clubhouse
  • 11:00- 11 :10amSummer Dance Camp group warm up at SF Ballet
  • 11:10–11:55amClass 1
  • 12:00-12:45pmClass 2
  • 12:45-2:00pmLunch at Don Fisher Clubhouse
  • 2:10-2:55pmClass 3
  • 3:00-3:45pmClass 4
  • 3:45-4:00pmWalk to Don Fisher Clubhouse

Classes offered during Dance Camp: Ballet, Dance Theatre, Hip Hop, Bhangra, West African Dance, Music, and Costume & Prop Creation.

Culminating Showcase Presentation

Friday, June 10, 5-6pm
SF Ballet, 455 Franklin Street

Family and friends are invited to a free culminating showcase presentation by all of the Summer Dance Camp participants on Friday, June 10, at 5pm. Participants will perform dances that they learned during Summer Dance Camp. 

Instructor Biographies

Kristi DeCaminada

Kristi DeCaminada

Ballet: Have you always wanted to dance in the Swan Lake ballet? Now’s your chance! Join this fun class and learn several Swan Lake roles.

Miss Kristi is a faculty member of SF Ballet School and teaches pre-ballet and ballet. Miss Kristi entered SF Ballet School as a pre-ballet student and subsequently completed the School's entire course of study. As a student in the School, she performed roles in SF Ballet's Nutcracker and other Company productions. In 1995, Miss Kristi joined the SF Ballet School faculty. She earned her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley as an Alumni Scholar with a specialization in education, teaching, and early childhood development.

Sammay Dizion

Sammay Dizon

Hip Hop: If you love to dance, move and groove, then the Hip Hop class is for you! Join the fun and experience the creative process of Hip Hop!

Sammay is a Bay Area-based emerging choreographer/producer and interdisciplinary performing artist of Kapampangan, Ilokano, and Bikol descent. Her work has been performed at many prestigious venues in the Bay Area. She has been featured through Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, RAW Artists, and Dance Mission Theater’s D.I.R.T. - Dance In Revolt(ing) Times Festival among others. This past April, Sammay was guest artist through Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU where she taught for DANCES WITH WOLVES: Indigenous Contemporary Dance Master Class Series and performed in the Indigenous Dance Forum directed by Jack Gray. During the day, Sammay leads the first-ever Performing Arts program for Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco where she encourages her students to use art as a vessel for healing, understanding, and remembering. 

Jeffrey Lyons

Jeffrey Lyons

Dance Theatre: The class will explore elements of either Firebird or Peter and the Wolf, and over the course of the week, the students will create a brand new work.

Mr. Lyons is a faculty member of SF Ballet School and teaches ballet. Mr. Jeff began his training at age 11 in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and later trained at the American Ballet Theatre School. He began his professional career as a member of American Ballet Theatre II and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. In 1989, he joined Pennsylvania Ballet where he danced a varied repertory. Upon his retirement in 1996, Mr. Jeff joined the faculty of The Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet, and in 1999, he joined the faculty of SF Ballet School.

Zeke Nealy

Zeke Nealy

Music Workshop

Zeke Nealy is an accompanist with the SF Ballet Dance in Schools and Communities residency program in SFUSD schools. Mr. Zeke is a percussionist, performer and educator living and working throughout the Bay Area for the past 25 years. Currently, Mr. Zeke is the director of the Haitian Dance & Drum Retreat and Congo Solo and Percussion Festival, two major annual events dedicated to the study, exploration and performance of African derived music and culture. He completed Level III of the Orff Music Educators’ Program, earning him a Music Specialist Certification from Mills College. 

Bongo Sidibé

Bongo Sidibé

Drummer and accompanist

Bongo Sidibé is an accompanist with the SF Ballet Dance in Schools and Communities residency program in SFUSD schools. Alpha Oumar “Bongo” Sidibé is a traditional drummer from Conakry, Guinea in West Africa. He is the Musical Director of Duniya Dance and Drum Company. Bongo studied with Master Drummer Mamady Keita at his school, Tam Tam Mandigue, Guinea, and participated in his workshops in Conakry and Balandougou, Mamady’s village. He performed with Ballet Jah Karlo in Dakar, Senegal, and recorded the CD “N’dguel Fall” and toured with Orchestre Baye Fall. In Guinea, he was co-director of Balandougou Kan, a group of traditional percussionists and dancers. Since arriving in the U.S., Bongo has performed with Rhythm Village, Joan Baez, Mickey Hart, The Grateful Dead, The Dogon Lights, and Black Nature from the Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars. 

Joti Singh

Joti Singh

Bhangra: Hurray for Bhangra! Learn fun and energetic dance steps and dances from India which reflect the cultural traditions of this HUGE Asian country and sub-continent! 

Joti Singh is a dance teaching artist with the SF Ballet Dance in Schools and Communities residency program in SFUSD schools. She is a creator and dance innovator, sprung from the U.S. American south to parents from northern India. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Duniya Dance and Drum Company. She has created works such as “Half and Halves,” about the Punjabi-Mexican communities of California and “The Madness of the Elephant,” about Guinea’s first president, Sekou Toure. Joti has received funding from the Creative Work Fund, the San Francisco Arts Commission, Dancers’ Group, SF Grants for the Arts, and the Alliance for California Traditional Arts. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at CounterPULSE twice, most recently in their Performing Diaspora program. Joti and her husband, musician Bongo Sidibé, lead annual trips to Guinea and recently opened the Duniya Center for Arts and Education in Conakry. Joti holds an MA in South Asian Studies from UC Berkeley and a BA in English from Reed College. 

Danny Sullivan

Danny Sullivan

Pianist and accompanist

Danny has accompanied dance classes at San Francisco Ballet School (SFBS) since 2012. He developed the curriculum for SFBS Music Class for Dancers alongside Jamie Naruschen and performed works by Schubert and Debussy at the SFBS Student Showcase. He gained his ballet chops at Pacific Northwest Ballet, where he played for the School, as well as Company Rehearsals of Swan Lake, Coppélia, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Don Q, Midsummer Night's Dream, West Side Story, and more.  Prior to that, he worked as an accompanist at Boston Ballet School and Boston Conservatory, earning a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music, and studying jazz piano with Bob Winter. Danny has music directed, conducted, or played keyboard for over 30 musical theatre productions in Boston and Seattle; favorites include Chicago, Hello Dolly, White Christmas, Into The Woods, National Tours of The Color Purple, Whistle Down the Wind, Pre-Broadway Engagement of Shrek. Danny is now actively working on composing, loves to surf and mountain bike, and greatly enjoys his role helping young artists develop their musicality at SF Ballet. 

Maura Whelehan

Maura Whelehan

West African Dance: There are so many cultures and peoples in West Africa, and we invite you to explore this rich dance forms through movement and music!

Maura Whelehan is a dance teaching artist with the SF Ballet Dance in Schools and Communities residency program in SFUSD schools. Maura is a native of Rochester, New York, where she danced, performed, and taught children as well as adults for Bushmango Drum and Dance for eight years. She also performed and studied with Akoma Ntoaso, a collective that explored Afro-fusion and modern dance with members of Garth Fagan Dance. After moving to the Bay Area over 5 years ago, she has been honored to study with the many local West African artists both as a dancer and a drummer. She began dancing with Duniya Dance and Drum Company in 2011, with whom she performs and teaches students of all ages.


Chevron, the Diana Dollar Knowles Foundation, and the Flora Family Foundation are the Co-Lead Sponsors of San Francisco Ballet’s Education Programs.

Additional support is provided by Major Sponsor Wells Fargo Foundation and Sponsors Gap Foundation and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.

The Dance in Schools and Communities program is supported by Major Sponsor The Charles Henry Leach, II Fund, an advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.