Dance Instructor Bios
We have dozens of wonderful instructors with a passion for dance. They are not just great dancers, but also great teachers.
David and Nancy Mendoza
Argentine Tango and Salsa Instructors
Nancy started dancing before she was three, while David discovered salsa and tango as an adult, but they both have plenty of experience. David has taught for over a decade, and Nancy has taught for almost two! Together they have studied with prominent tango and salsa teachers and performers, including Alex De Silva, choreographer for “So You Think You Can Dance.” In addition to teaching at Beresford for the last seven years, David and Nancy have taught and performed throughout California.
Hip Hop instructor
Deb has taught dance for over 20 years. Inspired by her high-impact aerobics instructor, Deb took up teaching in 1989, starting with fast-paced, high-energy cardio funk and moving on to high-intensity Hip Hop. She joined the San Mateo Parks and Recreation Dance program in 1993, and greatly enjoys teaching and seeing the thrill students get out of learning new choreography.
Kristine Chambers Miller
Kristine has loved to dance since she started taking ballet at age nine. Since then she has expanded her repertoire to include jazz and tap, and attends performances of all styles to find further inspiration. Kristine has a B.A. in Dance, Ballet Emphasis from San Jose State University, and has taught dance to adults and children for over ten years. She has performed with the University Dance Theatre Company at SJSU, and in many musical theatre productions throughout the Bay Area. She also performs as the Snow Queen in our annual Holiday Festival of Dance.
Line Dancing Instructor
After dancing on television shows in Los Angeles in the 1960’s, and taking ballet and modern dance classes in college, Michael happily returned to dance in the 1990’s after a twenty year hiatus. He has taught throughout the United States for 15 years, and conducted special guest workshops in Australia, Canada, England, France, and Japan. He started teaching with the San Mateo Parks and Recreation Dance program in 1996, and endeavors to help his students find their personal rhythms and develop artistic expression as part of a group.