BFA in Modern Dance

Ballet, Contemporary, Pointe

One of Dance Magazine’s 2019 “25 to Watch,” Tanya Chianese was also recently named by San Francisco magazine as "100 Artists Putting the East Bay on the Map" alongside such individuals as Daveed Diggs from Broadway's Hamilton and Ryan Coogler, the director of Black Panther. To read her extensive choreographic credits as the Founder and Artistic Director of dance company ka·nei·see | collective, please visit In addition to Ace Dance Academy, Tanya has taught throughout the Bay Area including at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, ODC Dance, LINES Ballet, Roco Dance, Berkeley Ballet Theater, Berkeley City Ballet, Alameda Ballet Academy, Dance Mission Theater, City College of San Francisco, and San Francisco State University. An advocator for dance outreach, Tanya traveled to Guatemala as guest choreographer with JUNTOS Collective in 2018 to perform and teach daily workshops across the country; she taught ballet to visually impaired adults and children in Oklahoma City, OK in 2010; she directed the Kids on Track outreach program of the San Francisco Trolley Dances in 2012; and she co-taught free dance classes in at-risk, low-income after school programs in Los Angeles, CA in 2006. Most recently Tanya has performed with Rogelio Lopez & Dancers, Garrett + Moulton Productions, Paufve | Dance, and Kristin Damrow & Company. She has worked as an administrator for Oklahoma City Ballet, Epiphany Productions and dance anywhere. Originally from Los Angeles, CA, she holds a B.F.A. in Modern Dance and B.A. in Art History from the University of Oklahoma.

To dance is to be out of yourself.
Larger, more beautiful, more powerful.

~Agnes De Mille