Director/Founder/ Lead Counselor
With her MEd in Child Development and over 20 years of experience, Rachel has worked with children of all ages, cultures, and languages. Through organizing service projects within schools and experience traveling within a variety of cultures, Rachel realizes the importance of kindness, community, and teaching children about the rest of the world. With her background in dance, she found a powerful way to bring culture and connection to children through music and dance in the outdoors. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in children.
Denmis Bain Savigne
Cuban Rhythm and Dance Teacher
From Santiago, Cuba, Denmis Bain Savigne is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, singer, and performer with experience in AfroCuban dance, folklore, ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, tap, and hip hop. Among many other performances, he performed around the world with Havana Nightclub and choreographed such works as the Latin Grammys, Emilio Estefan, Kenny Ortega, Siegfried & Roy, and Cirque du Soleil. Denmis has taught in a variety of venues including festivals, schools, and studios both nationally and internationally. Denmis is currently the owner of Cuban Rhythm and Rumba Dance Studio located in Vallejo, California.
Anna Grace earned her BA in Child Development from Mills College. She is a RCYT (Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher), a RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher), is trained in Trauma Informed Yoga and earned a Certificate in Wholebeing Positive Psychology. She has been working with youth with the full range of developmental and physical abilities for over 10 years in schools, homes, and community centers.
West African Dance Teacher
Naby Bangoura learned traditional West African dance during village ceremonies and celebrations in Guinée, West Africa. At the young age of fifteen, Naby started dancing professionally with Les Merveilles de Guinée. In 1998, Les Merveilles brought him to perform in major venues throughout the United States. Known for his energetic and fluid dance style and soaring spirit, master dance teacher Naby Bangoura has been performing and teaching high energy West African dance, Guinée style, in dance studios and dance workshops all over the United States, as well as Japan, Australia, and Guinée.
Brooke Mitschang is a dedicated educator with a lifelong passion for learning. She has herMultiple Subject Teaching Credential, an MA in Education, as well as a Child Development Site Supervisor Permit and has worked within various schools and camps throughout the Bay Area. Brooke's passion is nurturing children’s curiosity and development through meaningful connections with nature. She fosters a mindful community that is both kind and safe, to nourish the development of lifelong, empathetic learners who have the tools and resources to problem-solve.
Body Percussionist/ Step Teacher
Antwan Davis is a multi-percussionist that co-founded the performance arts company Molodi, performed with the Las Vegas and North American production of Stomp, and toured nationally with Step Afrika. He has been engaging audiences for 14 years with body percussion and stepping. As a teacher, he is enthused by creating community through body music, giving people a different outlet of expression. He actively performs and teaches workshops and residencies in the U.S and internationally.
Peter (Ye) has been working in education and with children for over 3 years, including at several prominent after school clubs. From China originally, he speaks Mandarin and loves to share about his Chinese culture. With an appreciation for farming and gardening, he loves cultivating growth, including that of children. With encouragement and kind words, he believes all children can thrive.
Mestre Recruta, Chris Montiel, began Capoeira at the age of 19. In 2005, he graduated as a “Formado” by the United Capoeira Association (UCA), an internationally recognized capoeira school. In 2016, in recognition of his work, Recruta earned the title of “Mestre,”. In 2009, he realize his dream of opening his own academy in Hayward. Since 2000, he has had the privilege of being a part of the teaching collective at UCA, where he continues to regularly teach classes. He regularly teaches classes and workshops around the Bay Area, the US and abroad.
Meet Our Teachers
Anna LeFevre Harris
Assistant Director/ Lead Counselor
Mohamed Lamine Bangoura
W. African DrumTeacher
Lamine Bangoura is a master drummer and musician from Guinea, West Africa. He is a djembe fola, an expert in African percussion, and has been lead percussionist and musical director for African ballets across Western Africa and the San Francisco Bay Area. He moved to the United States in April 2011 and has been teaching and directing classes and events since. Lamine carries the true spirit of Africa in his appreciation of the drum as a tool for human connection and language.