​Artistic Director


​Guest Director / Performance Coach

Tamara Statkoun was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She graduated from the Vaganova Professional Ballet School (other graduates include Nuryev, Baryshnikov, Balanchine) and danced professionally for 20 years. Ms. Statkoun was a principal dancer of the Maly Ballet Theater in St. Petersburg; she danced and toured with the Kirov Ballet and the Kremlin Ballet of Moscow. Honored Artist of Russia, Ms. Statkoun danced leading roles including Swan Lake, Giselle, Paquita, La Sylphide and Esmeralda. After her dancing career, Ms. Statkoun earned a Masters Degree in Choreography and Ballet Technique from St. Petersburg State Conservatory. Ms. Statkoun has restaged full ballets for various professional ballet companies throughout Russia. These ballets included La Sylphide, Giselle and Sleeping Beauty. She is an international master teacher conducting classes for professional companies from Manchester, England, to Souel, South Korea. She is a guest Master teacher at the Kirov Ballet School in Washington D.C. and the Salt Creek Ballet Company in Chicago. Along with teaching at the Santa Rosa Dance Theater, she was on the faculty at Santa Rosa Junior College. Ms. Statkoun is dedicated to sharing her professional knowledge and experience as a Master teacher and choreographer.


Adele’s professional life includes over thirty years of teaching experience. She has taught at the elementary, middle school, high school and college levels. She began her career as a full-time dance teacher at Montgomery High School. There, she choreographed and directed annual dance performances incorporating the styles of ballet, modern, tap and jazz. Adele also coached Varsity Swimming and Track and Field at the High School. Her theatrical choreography included West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me Kate, and South Pacific. After thirteen years as an art teacher at Lawrence Cook Middle School, Adele became a founding faculty member of Maria Carrillo High School, where she developed the visual art program in drawing and painting. Her career has also included guest teaching at Sequoia Elementary School as well as part-time teaching at Ursuline High School and Santa Rosa Junior College. Adele’s awards include the California State Senate Award for Youth Service; the Concerned Citizens Community Service Award, recognition at a Congressional Forum hosted by Representative Lynn Woolsey and the Excellence in Education Award presented by the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce. Adele is the founder and executive director of Santa Rosa Dance Theater. Adele is also currently teaching Art at Maria Carrillo High School.

Stephanie Barclay received her early ballet training from Joan Edgerton Gabert, alumni of San Francisco Ballet. She later attended San Francisco Ballet School and Oakland Ballet Academy. As a professional, Stephanie danced with Oakland Ballet under the direction of Ronn Guidi, Eglevsky Ballet and several local ballet companies. Her diverse training in Jazz, Tap, Ballroom and Folk dance enabled her to appear in theater productions with Marin Mountain Play Assoc. and Woodminister summer stock. She was hired as a lead dancer for Royal Viking Cruise Line and performed overseas in shows in Taiwan, and Seoul, Korea. Stephanie received her teaching certification with American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum.


Born in San Francisco, Joshua Trader completed his training at the Academy Of Ballet. After completing his training he joined Eugene ballet for two years, where he danced leading roles in both classical and contemporary ballets. He then joined Tulsa Ballet for eight years expanding his contemporary repertoire to include major works by Jiri Kylian, Nacho Duato, Val Caniparoli, Hans van Manen, George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Christopher Wheeldon, Stanton Welch, and Jerome Robbins as well as originating roles in ballets by Niccolo Fonte, Young-Soon Hue, Lucianno Cannito, and Ma Cong.

His teaching credits include guest engagements at The Ballet Idaho Academy, Joffrey Ballet Summer Workshop, and the Tulsa Ballet School among others. He has also choreographed for Tulsa Ballet II, Chamberdance, Ballet Idaho Academy and The Joffrey Ballet Summer Workshop.


Executive Director, Founder​ & Producer

Gina Ness, a San Francisco native, received her early training with Merriem Lanova, Penelope Lagios Coberly, and Benjamin Reyes in San Francisco, performing and touring with Ballet Celeste. At 15, she was awarded a Ford Foundation Scholarship to study at San Francisco Ballet School with Anatole Vilzak and Ludmilla Shollar of the famed Diaghilev Ballets Russes. Ms. Ness also studied under scholarship at Harkness House in New York City . She rejoined San Francisco Ballet as a full company member in 1972. Ms. Ness was promoted to soloist in 1974 and became a principal dancer in 1976. During her 13-year career at SFB, Ms. Ness was privileged to take classes from many wonderful guest instructors in addition to her directors, Lew Christensen and Michael Smuin. She has danced the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Snow Queen, and the Rose in Lew Christensen’s The Nutcracker, lead in Lew Christensen’s “Airs de Ballet”, Lise in Sir Frederick Ashton’s La Fille Mal Gardee, and Cinderella in Lew Christensen’s and Michael Smuin’s Cinderella as well as principal roles in George Balanchine’s Serenade, Symphony in C, Concerto Barocco, Divertimento No. 15 and The Four Temperaments. After teaching at Sonoma Ballet Conservatory for 14 years, Ms. Ness is now on the faculty at Santa Rosa Dance Theater. She has served as a regisseur for Smuin Ballet in San Francisco and is also a moderator for CriticalDance.com. She is married to former SFB dancer Gardner Carlson.