Lisa Applegate- Zimanyi
Director/ Teacher/ Choreographer
Lisa is the director of Applegate Dance Studio. She has taught, choreographed and directed dance performances in the area for over 25 years. Lisa’s warm, optimistic nature can be seen in the classroom. Lisa strives to form strong relationships with her students. Her aim is to both inspire and draw out the special talents of each dancer. Lisa is very passionate about dancing and teaching, always eager and enthusiastic to pass on her knowledge. As Artistic Director of Applegate Dance Company, she stages one or two dance performances for the community of Davis a year
Lisa has taken regional amateur dance theater to a new level . Her ability to provide exceptional performance experiences for her dancers and high quality theater for the community is undeniable. Lisa trained and performed with the Phares Theater Ballet and the Sacramento Ballet. She has taken classes with renowned teacher Finis Jung. She has also attended teacher's training courses at the National Ballet School of Canada. Lisa continues to dance in the Bay Area at various Berkeley and San Francisco Dance Schools.
Teacher/ Costume Designer
Stephanie has been dancing and performing for most of her life, taking a break at one point to get married and start her own family. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History from Mills College and brings to Applegate Dance Studio both a passion for the ballet as well as knowledge of history and costume. She began her training with the Collenette School of Ballet in San Marino, CA and continued on with the Pacific Foundation for the Performing Arts, Beth Hoges while at Mills College, and currently with Applegate Dance Studio. It is Stephanie’s goal to provide a solid technical and artistic foundation for students as they advance upwards in the studio.
Stephanie is the director of the K-3rd grade children's program and is one of Applegate Dance Company's extraordinary costume designers!
Adult Division Teacher
Barre Exercise and
Very Beginning Ballet Teacher
Jean Snyder teaches Teen/Adult Intermediate to Advanced Ballet.
We are very fortunate to have Jean on staff. Jean brings years of professional experience to Applegate Dance Studio. Jean was a professional dancer touring internationally with the Marquis de Cuevas Ballet, and also danced in European films and TV. She took her teacher's training courses at the Royal Academy of Dancing, and at the Marin Ballet School, and has been teaching and choreographing for over 35 years.
Rebecca has been part of the Applegate Dance community since 2007 as a costume designer and dancer. In 2019 she followed her passion into the space of dance conditioning and general conditioning for life through barre exercise classes. She also began sharing her passion for ballet through beginning adult ballet classes. Rebecca is a certified barre instructor with the International Ballet Barre Fitness Association in Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Special Populations, and Ballerobica. Rebecca has also completed Level 1 Dance Teacher and Practitioner training with Lisa Howell who is an Australian dance physiotherapist who specializes in working with ballet dancers. Rebecca continues biweekly trainings with Lisa Howell. Rebecca is also training to become a Schatz Method Practitioner with Gina Schatz, so that she can guide people to achieve optimal function and an expanded repertoire of movement.
Anthony Canarella- Andersen
Guest Contemporary Teacher
Anthony grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and received scholarships to study at the Rock School and the Nutmeg Conservatory in Connecticut. Anthony has competed in the YAGP Finals in NYC, was a Tremaine Dance Convention Dancer of the Year and was on "So You Think You Can Dance" during Vegas Week. Anthony also comes with a lot of musical theater experience including being Don Lockwood, (Gene Kelly's role) in Singin' in the Rain. Anthony currently is in contract with The Sacramento Ballet.
Tony Nguyen obtained a BA in Dance at CSU, Sacramento. He has furthered his artistic and performance voice locally in the Sacramento Community and in the Bay Area performing with: Bandaloop, Paufve Dance, Mid to West Dance, Joe Goode Performance Group, Nolan T'Sani, Lisa Ross, Red Bucket Dance Theatre, DIG, Lori Bryhni, Felipe Barrueto, Shakiri, and many other movers and shakers.