Berklee, a California native, began dancing at age of 3 when she took her first Creative Movement class. She soon moved intoballet,then jazz, modern, hip-hop, cheerleading, and finally salsa. She has been performing since she can remember, and has danced almost every female role in the Nutcracker, had the roles of the Nightingale in The Emperor’s Nightingale and Gretel in Hansel and Gretel choreographed for her, and danced in countless other ballets and dance performances. She also loves musical theater, and was in productions of The Wiz and Fame in high school, and Cabaret at the Santa Rosa JC.
She has taught ballet, jazz and salsa, and coached junior college dance and cheer teams. Berklee has performed at the New York and San Francisco Salsa Congresses, the San Francisco Salsa Festival, and various other local salsa venues. She is also the Assistant Director of the all-women’s latin dance company Orilé Obiní.
Berklee has a BA from UC Berkeley in Development Studies with a focus in Latin America, and currently works for the nonprofit organization International Rivers helping communities defend their human rights and their environments from destructive development projects. When she’s not dancing or saving the world, Berklee loves to read, knit, and improve her Spanish through traveling to interesting places. She is deeply grateful for the opportunity and privilege to be able to express herself and bring joy into the world through dance.