Nadeen began dancing at age four in the greater DC area. Under the direction of Chinese Ballet Master Dawei Zhang, she was put on dance scholarship at the Potomac Dance Centre at age twelve. After training in classical ballet, pointe, jazz, modern dance, and hip hop, Nadeen was invited by Liliana Andreu and Dawei Zhang to teach at the Potomac Dance Centre at seventeen. She has danced extensively in master workshops across the United States and abroad.
In 2006, Nadeen opened and co-directed a studio in Maryland focused on performance pieces and dance competitions. The studio thrived with over three hundred students between the ages of two and half to twenty years old. A select group of children were chosen to be a part of the studios competitive team -- a group that went on to compete nationally and win several awards in ballet, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, and jazz routines. The success of these dancers came from a well rounded training in all styles of dance.
Nadeen moved to San Francisco in 2013 and now lives in Palo Alto with her husband and daughter. She began the dance program at the OFJCC in Palo Alto when she first moved where she taught ballet and hip hop to three to ten year olds. She also teaches the after-school program at the Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School. Luna Dance was opened in June 2016. We are thrilled to start this new and community-based studio with you all!
Kim Demartini Li
Kim teaches with a philosophy that everyone is an artist, and she encourages students to take risks, strengthen skills, gain confidence and dream – anything is possible. Kim holds a BA in Studio Art and Art History from Santa Clara University. She has also studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, and in Florence, Italy. Her artwork is included in private collections around the world. Kim has taught children while traveling extensively, creating and coordinating exhibits for International Children’s Art Alliance (ICAA). She founded demARTini studio in Menlo Park, and taught studio art to students in grades Pre-K through 5 at the Phillips Brooks School. She co-founded the Kindness Mural Project with the Art Miles Mural project to create a mile of murals promoting peace. She has also volunteered teaching art at several local organizations, bringing the joy of art to communities in need. She is passionate about the power of art to connect and inspire.
“As a teacher, Kim is second to none. Kim is among the finest educators I have had the pleasure to know. Core to Kim’s success with young children is her firm belief in their abilities, their artistry, and their fascination with color and medium. Kim treats every child as though he/she is already an artist. When you observe Kim teach, her patience and enthusiasm create an energy in the room that makes even then observer want to participate.” –Clair Ward, Assistant Head of Phillips Brooks School
Kim lives in Palo Alto with her thoughtfully creative husband and their three children: a curious adventurer, an expressive dancer and thinker, and a charming smile “maker.” She is a current parent at Addison Elementary. She thanks her lucky stars......
Serena began dancing at age six studying jazz, tap, hip hop, ballet, lyrical, and pointe. She started dancing competitively by the age of 8 and continued through college. Serena has danced for semi pro teams and has performed in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Orlando, and Disney. We are so lucky to have her sweet creative energy at our studio!
Jen is a fitness enthusiast who started her yoga journey a decade ago while living in Singapore. Her training at YogaFit gave her flexibility to dive deeply and train with masterful teachers across the U.S.
While she respects all styles of yoga, Jen enjoys teaching Vinyasa flow with elements of cardio paired with a good playlist! She believes mornings should be filled with music, movement, and mindfulness.
Her ideal day would include spending time with her kids, sweating to cardio hip hop, cooking to Sinatra, and of course inhaling and exhaling deeply.
Reina is a Zumba™️ and dance enthusiast with a Zumba certification and extensive training in competitive ballroom dancing. With a Harvard MBA and years of working in corporate America under her belt, Reina decided to pursue her passions in fundraising and the arts. Reina resides in Palo alto with her husband and two boys and enjoys cooking, karaoke, travel, and laughing with friends.
Esteban studied dance at West Valley and Mission College. He teaches over 40 hours of dance and dance fitness classes a week to both children and adults, including his own style of dance called, EnBeat - a composition of Jazz Funk, Hip Hop, and Latin. EnBeat is a big hit and is currently being taught throughout the South Bay.