Education Staff

DTSBDC dancer Tati Valle-Riestra

Tati Valle-Riestra
photo credit: Jeffrey Watts

“Tati” (Maria Del Carmen) Valle-Riestra (Educational Principal and Managing Director) is in her 15th season with Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company. Ms. Valle-Riestra was born in Lima, Peru, where she began her dance training at an early age, continuing in Colombia, Canada, Ecuador, and Washington, D.C. She has performed extensively with Latin American contemporary dance and dance theater companies. She has toured to Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Croatia, the Netherlands, Sweden, Latvia, India, and Jordan. Ms. Valle-Riestra won an award as best interpreter in the IV Festival Iberoamericano Oscar Lopez in Barcelona. She holds a BS in Marine Biology from the University of Guelph, Canada, and a Licenciatura title in biology from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Perú. Ms. Valle-Riestra has taught dance at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Fundación Cultural Humanizarte in Ecuador; Escuela de Danza Pata de Cabra in Peru; and Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia; and Biology at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Ms. Valle-Riestra is an ink and watercolor painter, exhibiting her art in the Washington, D.C. region.

DTSBDC staff Jan Tievsky

Jan Tievsky

Jan Tievsky has been working with DTSBDC as a board member and educational consultant since 2000. She has founded, taught for and developed dance programs for Georgetown Day Lower/ Middle School, the Maryland State Department of Education (Gifted and Talented programs), the National Park Service, and Mt. Vernon College. Ms. Tievsky recently served on the regional board for the National Dance Education Organization and was acting head of the Washington Area Independent Schools Dance Education Association for more than 10 years. In addition to being a dancer and artistic director for Glen Echo Dance Theater, Ms. Tievsky also performed with Pola Nirenska Dancers (Kennedy Center), Sharon Wyrrick and Dancers (New York City) and was an artist-in-residence at ArtPark, the performing arts park of New York.

DTSBDC dancer Christine Doyle

Christine Doyle
photo credit: Jeffrey Watts

Christine Doyle (Dancer and Instructor) is in her third season with the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company. She was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, where she trained at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts under the direction of Phyllis Penney and Rhonda Stampalia and at The Florida Ballet under the direction of Laurie Picinich-Byrd. Ms. Doyle has had the opportunity to work with and perform original works by Ronen Koresh, Eddy Toussaint, Emery LeCrone, Christopher Huggins, Michael Smith, and Runqiao Du, as well as train at White Oak Plantation. After graduating from Florida State University with a degree in International Affairs, Ms. Doyle relocated to Washington, DC. Since then, she has performed with regional companies such as Moveius Contemporary Ballet, Metropolitan Ballet Theatre, DC Contemporary Dance Theatre, Ballet ADI and Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company. Ms. Doyle is on faculty at the Kirov Academy of Ballet, American Dance Institute, Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Georgetown University.

Ben Sanders

Ben Sanders
photo credit: Jeffrey Watts

Ben Sanders (Dancer, Technical Coordinator and Instructor) is a recent graduate of The George Washington University with a double major in theatre and dance. While at GWU, he had the privilege of working with artists such as Laura Halzack, Donna Uchizono, and Anthony Gongora, among others. Ben is happy to be working with DTSBDC again.

DTSBDC dancer Felipe Oyarzun Moltedo

Felipe Oyarzun Moltedo
photo credit: Jeffrey Watts

Felipe Oyarzun Moltedo (Dancer, Technical Coordinator and Instructor) is in his fifth season with Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company. He is from Santiago, Chile, where he began dancing at the age of 12 and received Chile’s Best Dancer Inter-American Circle of Dance Professionals Award, First Place standard mode in Ballroom dance and the Best All Around Group in Hip Hop. Mr. Oyarzun ran his own Santiago-based folkloric company, which toured extensively. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance with honors from the University of Chile and has danced in various choreographies, which have led to multiple tours in Chile and abroad. Mr. Oyarzun choreographs for the Joy of Motion Youth Ensemble, most recently for their Millennium Stage and Greenberg Theater performances. He is currently a candidate for an MFA in Dance at the George Washington University.

DTSBDC Instructor Sammi Rosenfeld

Sammi Rosenfeld

Sammi Rosenfeld (Instructor) holds a Bachelors in Fine Arts in Dance with a minor in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Before studying at the University of Michigan, Rosenfeld studied dance primarily at the Washington School of Ballet. In Ann Arbor, Rosenfeld choreographed and produced the evening-length show Shades (2012) and Nicking the Outside Edge (2013) and her work, All Views Are Partial (2013), toured eastern Michigan. She was an apprentice for Dana Tai Soon Burgess and Company in 2013 and a dancer with Maida Withers Dance Construction Company from 2014-2015. She is currently completing her first season with Motion X Dance DC. Rosenfeld has been teaching creative movement to lower school students at Georgetown Day School since 2013. In addition, she has been a teaching artist and choreographer at Imagination Stage where she leads classes for their inclusion program and is the primary teacher and choreographer for Imagination Stage’s dance conservatory which focuses on modern technique and dance composition. Her newest work, It’s On Her, premiered at the Capital Fringe Festival in 2016.

Jonathan Hsu headshot

Jonathan Hsu

Jonathan Hsu (Instructor) graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with a dual degree in Kinesiology and Dance. Currently dancing with PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER (apprentice) and Orange Grove Dance, he is also a former member of Culture Shock DC, Treehouse, and VF Dance Theater. He has performed extensively with these groups at venues such as the Alexandrisky Theatre, Kennedy Center Terrace Theatre, Millennium Stage, Give Kids the World, PS21, San Diego Civic Theatre, and many other local performances. Along with dance performance and teaching Jonathan also has a passion for dance photography, videography, and projection design.