Who we are

Carla Escoda trained as a ballet and modern dancer at Ballet Philippines in Manila, with the Connecticut Ballet, and at Yale University, where she performed with the Yaledancers and received her B.S. and M.S. in Engineering & Applied Science with a double major in French Literature.

She resumed the practice of ballet after a hiatus of 20 years, as a form of physical therapy following the onset of a severe case of arthritis. She was inspired to return to teaching after successfully battling the worst symptoms of the illness through an active, rigorous ballet program.

Having lived and worked in Asia for 17 years, she continues to travel the world while based out of San Francisco, whose joyously eclectic dance community she greatly admires. She teaches ballet, and writes reviews of dance, theatre and art in the Bay Area and farther afield for the blog, for the Huffington Post,  Bachtrack, Dance Europe, and KQED Arts. She has been a Google Glass Explorer since June 2013 and has produced an experimental dance film using the new technology.

Carla is an American Ballet Theatre ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough eight-level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development.

In a prior incarnation, Carla worked as an international investment banker and project financier in New York, Hong Kong and Singapore. And in the heyday of ‘Star Wars’ (no, not the film, the Reagan-era Cold War period, when defense-based research was all the rage) she flirted with science, knocking about in darkened labs, wielding enormous lasers, and computing on gigantic mainframes. The glamour days…


Loads more about Carla in Our interview with Dance Advantage!


Former ballerina Leigh Donlan trained in Russian technique and a variety of folk and modern dance techniques, was Children’s Ballet Mistress at the Washington School of Ballet, Director of the Athenaeum School of Ballet, and studied English at the University of Oregon and Public Relations at Georgetown University. She is a devout arts advocate and believes that artists are the true leaders of societies. She is a dance artist, writer and teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area.








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