ARIELLE COLE

Choreographer | Dancer | Educator | Adjudicator

 
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MY STORY

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, dance has been an integral part of my life and has taken me around the country and world. At age nine, I started seriously training in ballet at San Jose Ballet Academy while continuing my jazz and tap education at Jensen's Performing Arts. In high school, I was part of the nationally award winning dance team, the Lincoln Convertibles as well as a member of the Fancy Dancers. I received my BFA in Dance from University at Buffalo and am currently working towards an MFA in Dance and a Masters in Management from Mills College in Oakland, CA. Some highlights of my career has been dancing in Israel in the MASA Dance Journey program with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, dancing with Keshet Dance Company in Albuquerque, NM, and PERSpectives Dance Company in Los Gatos, CA, as well as being the Artistic Director of Montage Contemporary Company.

My passions within dance include teaching and choreography. At the age of five I started choreographing dance shows in my room and would mount full stage productions using my loft bed as a stage. I started seriously choreographing around the age of eleven, entering my own solos into local dance competitions. I knew from a young age I wanted to have my own professional dance company. In 2018 that dream became a reality when I founded ArcTangent Dance. In 2019, ArcTangent Dance was part of the Resident Artist Workshop (RAW) at SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts in San Francisco, CA, and was featured in the SEED Festival hosted by Li Chiao-Ping Dance.

I have been a lifelong lover of academia and education. Teaching dance has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my career. I love teaching dance to adults of all levels and highly enjoy coaching preprofessional students. My day is truly brightened when I see that same spark of joy I feel in my own heart reflected  in my students' eyes. Sharing my feedback and knowledge at dance competitions as an adjudicator with dancers from around the country has become one of the more rewarding aspects as an educator.

To book me for master & private classes, choreography, judging or collaborations, please reach out to me on my Contact page.

To learn more about my company, ArcTangent Dance, please visit arctangentdance.com.

To stay updated with my list of drop-in classes for adults, visit my Open Class page.

To see videos of my performances, visit my Performance page and Portfolio.

 
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TESTIMONIALS

Words from My Clients & Students

 

“Arielle is a phenomenal dance teacher with a personality that lights up the room and makes you want to come back, learn, and improve. Her classes are fun, informative, inclusive and always a good workout. I’ve been dancing since I was 3 years old and Arielle is one of the best teachers I’ve had the opportunity to learn from. Thank you Arielle!”

Nisha

Student at Montage Dance Studio

"Arielle is an incredibly talented dancer and teacher, who makes each her classes fun and inspiring. She can tell what you’re thinking about just by watching you move, and gives you the tools and confidence to make tangible improvement. I will forever remember her tennis ball metaphor to help me improve my pirouettes! Every class with her leaves you not only a better dancer, but a more confident and happy person."

Melanie

Student at Montage Dance Studio

"In my quarter of a century of dancing, Arielle is one of the best dance instructors I've ever had. Her immense understanding of anatomy and kinesiology means that she can pinpoint exactly what you need to change in your body to improve your dancing. Although she clearly has true mastery and expertise in dance, she treats you like an equal so that you always get what you want out of a class and feel thrilled and confident throughout. Also her choreography is amazing and so fun to perform! I can't recommend her highly enough."

Caitlin

Student at Montage Dance Studio