Xtreme Force Dance Instructors
Edilsa grew up in Tijuana, Mexico, and received her early training at the Gloria Campobello Dance School. She later graduated from the National Ballet School in Havana, Cuba. After attending summer intensives in Monterrey, Mexico, Havana, Cuba and the San Francisco Ballet School, her professional experience began with the San Diego Ballet. Edilsa joined Nevada Ballet Theatre for four seasons where she performed works by George Balanchine and lead roles in the Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Giselle and Cinderella. She joined the professional Company C Contemporary Ballet in 2009 where she continued to dance and perform with them for her six seasons. Edilsa was chosen to perform in China in 2015 as Giselle and performed in China for 4 months. She was then chosen July 2015 as the one of the world’s Top 16 Professional Ballet dancers and performed for a showcase of the best ballet dancers in Irvine, Ca. Edilsa was currently a full time dancer for the Bay Pointe Ballet Company until she retired in 2019. Edilsa has been bringing phenomenal ballet training to the dancers of Xtreme Force Dance Company. for over 12 years. She is a valued member of the Xtreme Force Dance Staff and continues to bring us a wonderful ballet program.
Ashley has been dancing for over 25 years in tap, jazz, and ballet. She has focused her dance training in all genres of dance including hip hop, lyrical and contemporary. Growing up she was a competitive dancer performing all styles of dance. At age 16 she began dancing in local shows, musicals, and joined a professional dance team while she continued to train and compete. Once she began college she was selected as a dancer for the NBA Golden State Warriors Dance Team, also known as the Warrior Girls. Ashley trained with choreographers from all over the country and danced at over 50 NBA Games a season as well as at all the Warriors appearances and special events. She would dance for local television shows as well, and appear on local radio spots including dancing most mornings for the Mornings on 2 on Fox and a show called Team Up on CBS. Ashley was also a dancer for the NBA All- Star Games. After performing for so many years, Ashley began teaching dance while still continuing to train including Dance teacher training summits. Her students have won numerous competitive awards including national and international titles, scholarships, and have too gone on to dance professionally in the NBA and NFL. Ashley was awarded the 2018 teacher of the year through KAR dance competition. Ashley is nationally certified in teaching tumbling and acrobatics through Acrobatics Art. She continues to put her heart into making her passion of teaching dance a success. Ashley specializes dance training in all styles of dance as well as all ages. Ashley brings lots of energy and passion to the Xtreme Force Dance Company in Livermore.
Brooke was born and raised in Northern California where she began dancing at the age of two. Brooke studied tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical and ballet under the direction of studio owner and award-winning choreographer, Tamie Slader. Brooke competed at countless regional and national competitions from ages 3-18, and at the age of 13 began assistant teaching. Soon after, she was given her own competitive and recreational dance classes to teach and at the age of 16, Brooke was handed the opportunity to begin choreographing routines for her studios annual dance recital. After graduating High School, Brooke studied for two years at a local Junior College while continuing to teach as well as choreograph top, award-winning, tap routines for multiple studios throughout the Bay Area. She then moved to Southern California to further her education and study under some of the nation’s top tap instructors and choreographers. While living in Southern California and earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at California State University, Long Beach, Brooke began to travel throughout the United States as a guest choreographer and master instructor. Brooke’s routines have won numerous top awards for their choreography and excellence from many different competitions throughout the United States. Brooke was recently awarded The Elite Level Top Choreographer for 2017 at KAR Nationals in LA. Outside of teaching and choreographing, Brooke is a professional working dancer. She just completed her 3rd season as a Professional NFL Cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers. Brooke is currently dancing for the Golden State Warriors team for the 2017-2018 Season! She strives to better her students in a positive and exciting environment and is ready to share her love for rhythm, entertainment and tap with all of you. Brooke teaches Tap, hip hop and Jazz to the dancers of Xtreme Force Dance Company.
Patrisha Yabes is an alumni of Xtreme Force Dance Company. Patrisha started in our Combo classes. Once our studio began its first competition team Patrisha joined the team. She took classes in ballet, hip hop, jazz , tap and pointe classes. She was an award winning dancer on our competition team for 10 years. At age 18 Patrisha auditioned for the Golden State Warriors Dance Team the Warrior Girls! Patrisha danced with the Warriors dance team for 5 seasons! She has danced with the NBA in China and Bismark for the past two summers. Patrisha is the dance captain for her Golden State Warrior Dance team and was training July 2015 at the Proaction in Las Vegas. After 5 season. Patrisha moved to LA and is currently signed with MSA Talent Agency in L.A. In LA Patrisha also Joined the Chargers for a season. As a Choreographer, Patrisha Won Top Choreography Award at Showbiz National Talent Competition in 2016 and Top Choreographer in 2017. Her routines/Choreography has been awarded 1st Overall at Nationals the past two years. Patrisha is now living in Las Vegas as the Coach of the Las Vegas Raiderettes. We are happy to have Patrisha teaching, doing Master classes camps and choreography for the dancers at XFDC.
Chris Alcanices was born and raised in San Jose. Dance became a passion for this Bay Area native. Alcanices began his journey in the competitive circuit 7 years ago. He started with Future Shock then moved onto other local teams such as GBF, TheOdds, FunkanometrySF, TheCompany, and now leads Chocolate Factory as Co-Director. Chris has been bringing hip hop to Xtreme Force Dance Company for a year now. The dancers highly enjoy Chris’s Classes.
Alexa is a passionate dancer, performer and choreographer. Her 12 years as a competitive dancer drove her into auditioning for the 49er Cheerleaders, called the Gold Rush. She dances in the super bowl, media events and was named Rookie of the year in 2012. IN 2013, she appeared on the Craig Ferguson show, News and good Morning America. She was a captain for the Gold Rush and dances in the 2017 Pro Bowl in Orlando Florida. She has also dances for artists such as Train, Nico, Vinz, Snoop Dog, E40 and Jordin Sparks. Alexa was featured on Trains Video “Mermaid” And did a television pilot called “Friday Night Impossible”. After her time with the 49ers she moved to LA and signed with Movement Talent Agency. In LA she trained in all styles of dance and landed commercials for JustFab Shoes, Gyms, Spas and more. Alexa is Currently the Head coach for the 49ers Gold Rush Cheerleaders for 2019-2020. She is a positive teacher that brings the students of XFDC lots of energy and fun.
Mikaila is a highly trained dancer that joins XFDC. She has trained in the Boise State University Ballet Program, The Royal Academy of Ballet in London to name a few. She has trained all styles of dance, in the US and in London. She has been apart of many dance teams, London Dance Crew, Boise State Main Line dancers, San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush. Mikaila has been working as a competitive judge for dance competitions and coaches many different dance teams. We are enjoying having Mikaila working with the dancers of Xtreme Force Dance Company.
Alexis’ dance career began over 12 years ago at Xtreme Force Dance Company in jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, and lyrical.
After high school, she got a BFA in Dance from San Diego State University. Here she studied modern, post-modern, and ballet, as well as took theory based classes like dance pedagogy, movement anatomy, history of dance, etc. She served as President of the SDSU Dance Club for 2 years and was featured in works at American College Dance Association Conference for 4 years.
Alexis was on the SDSU Dance Team which continually ranks as one of the top 10 best college dance teams in the country. Her senior year, her team won 1st Place at the UDA College Dance Nationals in the D1A Hip Hop Division, which is the highest award you can win as a college dance team. She performed at all SDSU home football games, men’s and women’s basketball games, and even baseball and volleyball!
Alexis is currently professionally for the San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush where she dances for 68,000 people at Levi’s Stadium and represents the 49ers at events around the Bay Area. She is also currently teaching full time at XFDC and assistant coaching for the Granada High School Dance Team.
Teaching dance has become such an incredible joy and passion for Alexis. As a teacher, she hopes to bring a fun and uplifting environment while still maintaining a high caliber of training. Her strength as a teacher is having a positive and motivational style of teaching. Her goal as a teacher is to prepare the dancers for not only college and Pro teams but their future as well by learning how to prioritize your time and work hard at all life challenges.
Tatum was born and raised in Sunnyvale, CA where her love for dance blossomed at the age of 6. She began her training at Dance Attack Studios in a plethora of styles. These include: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, and Hip-Hop. She started competing at the age of 12. Throughout middle school and high school, Tatum competed all over the United States at conventions and competitions. To name a few: NYCDA, JUMP, Nuvo, LADM, Artists Simply Human, Co. Dance, Adrenaline, Hollywood Vibe, West Coast Dance Explosion, and 24/7. She attained numerous scholarships and opportunities over the years. She has worked with well-known choreographers such as Anthony Morigerato, Nick Lazzarini, Melody Lacayanga, Sidra Bell, Chris Jacobson, Karen Chuang, Chantel Aguirre, Mike Esperanza, and Anthony Lomuljo. Tatum assisted mentor, Cheryl Copeland, her sophomore and junior years of high school. She has also assisted mentor, Sarah Schneeweis for the past few years as well. Tatum attended the 3-week BHUMN Summer Forum in Austin, Texas in 2015. She was also accepted into the Peridance Summer Program in New York City. Tatum danced for two years on her college dance team at the California State University, Chico where she was also voted captain by her fellow teammates. Tatum served as a substitute dance teacher and assistant in high school at Dance Attack Studios in Sunnyvale, CA. She continued her instructional career at HYPE Dance Studio in Chico, CA. She educated children from 3 to 18 years old in both a private and group setting. Tatum taught a variety of styles. She served a She has helped set and assist choreography for various court routines for the Sacramento Kings of the NBA as well. Tatum has always had an affinity for movement expression. She adores educating the youth and implementing her knowledge and passion with those around her. We are excited to have Tatum here at Xtreme Force Dance Company in Livermore.
Nicoll is starting her second season as a teacher at XFDC. Nicoll who is a full time college student in childhood development is an alumni of XFDC. Nicoll started her dance career at XFDC as a young girl in all styles of dance. Nicoll joined the Xtreme Competition team and competed in Hip hop, contemporary and jazz. Nicoll was a natural performer. Nicoll along with her XFDC teammates were in finals for casting for World of Dance season 3. The dancers enjoy Nicoll’s classes are we are excited to have her teaching at XFDC.