The Dancers

CORE's dancers come from all over the United States- from all walks of life and a wide range of training backgrounds. What unifies us is the passion we share for creating meaningful dance experiences and sharing our passion with the community in which we live. We are friends, mentors, teachers, dreamers, and doers. 

Blair Cacanando (Colorado Springs, CO)

Assistant Director

Training & Education: The Dance Center, Robin's Danceworks (Colorado Springs) UC Davis- Bachelor's of Science: Animal Science

Experience Includes: NewStyle Motherlode- apprentice (Oakland, SF Bay), UC Davis Dance Team (including a national championship debut on ESPN- 2003). UC Davis Annual Spring Concert.

Blair works full-time as a veterinary technician at a local veterinary hospital, in addition to dancing full-time with CORE. 

Teaching Credits:  Step 1 Dance & Fitness (2008-2013), Faculty Member at Leighton Dance Project (Jazz, Contemporary). 

Blair is a founding member of CORE Contemporary Dance.


Jenni Anderson (Nashville, TN)

Training & Education: The Dance Machine (Nashville, TN), Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA (Bachelor's of Arts in Dance) Studied with Jason McDole, Kiesha White, Doug Bentz, Judith Leifer-Bentz, Pearlann Porter, and Danielle Pavlick. 

Experience Includes: Works by Doug Varone, Kristina Fluty, Doug Bentz, and Pearlann Porter.

Teaching Credits:  The Dance Machine (Nashville, TN) (Director). Teaches CORE’s outreach programs: STARS Afterschool Program, Mitchell Middle School Dance Club, Adaptive Dance. Faculty member at Leighton Dance Project (Hip Hop, Jazz).

Jenni joined CORE Contemporary Dance in 2013.


Rachael Stevenson (Ventura, CA)

Training & Education: Oakley Ballet Center in Ventura, CA. CSU Sacramento, Sacramento Ballet. 

Experience Includes: Channel Islands Ballet’s “Nutcracker”, Footworks Youth Ballet’s productions: Giselle (“Giselle”), Swanilda (“Coppelia”), Principal  (“Les Sylphide”), White Cat (“Sleeping Beauty”), Soloist “Paquita”. CSU Sacramento, Hornet Girls Dance TeamCompany member for Oakland Ballet and Central West Ballet (2011-2012): “The Nutcracker”, “Swan Lake”, “Rat Pack”, and “Romeo and Juliet”. Oregon Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Ballet Met, and Sacramento Ballet. Sacramento Ballet Dance Education Training Program (2010).

Teaching Credits: Faculty at Leighton Dance Project (Ballet, Preschool Dance)

Rachael joined CORE Contemporary Dance in 2012.

Miranda Herrera

Miranda Herrera

Jamie Day (New Hartford, NY)

Training & Education: The Rock School, The Nutmeg Conservatory and The Joffrey Ballet. Point Park University: Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, Dance; Concentration in Ballet, Bachelor of Science in Accounting (2010).

Experience includes: Works with Dana Arey, Fara Sciulli-Bowen, Kiesha Lalama-White, Jill Randolph-Lazzini and Susan Stowe. Works by Francesca Harper, Ron Tassone and Kiki Lucas. Thodos’ New Dances (Chicago, 2010).

Faculty member at Leighton Dance Project (Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary)

Jamie joined CORE Contemporary Dance in 2011.

Samantha Matsumoto (Elk Grove, CA)

Training & Education: Encore! Studio of Performing Arts, Franklin High School’s Fusion Dance Company, and Eukinetics Dance Company. UC Irvine, Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography.

Experience Includes: Donald McKayle’s Etude Ensemble, Sheron Wray’s Insight Jazz Ensemble, and Lisa Naugle’s DTM2 Improvisation Ensemble. Works by Pavel Zustiak, Chad Michael Hall in The Sacre Project, Patrick Corbin, Lisa Naugle, Melanie Rios, Will Johnston, and Israeli choreographer Idan Cohen - with Noa Shilo.

UCI department award for Excellence in Choreography.

Faculty Member at Leighton Dance Project (Modern, Contemporary).

Samantha joined CORE Contemporary Dance in 2014.

Alexis Vincent (Castro Valley, CA)

Training & Education: Duane Dance Academy in Hayward, CA. CSU Sacramento. 

Experience Includes:  San Francisco Olympic Club’s Annual Christmas Gala (2002-2007), CSU Sacramento Hornet Girls Dance Team (2007-2009).

Teaching Credits: Tap instructor at Step 1 Dance and Fitness (2009-13) Director: Youth Tap Competition Team (2011-13). Faculty at Leighton Dance Project (Tap, Jazz).

Lexi joined CORE Contemporary Dance in 2008.

Hannah Hawkins

Hannah Hawkins

Anne David-Steele (Sacramento, CA)

Assistant Director

Training & Education: Sue Geller Dance Studio,  Sacramento Ballet Company (apprentice), Marin Dance Theatre. CSU Humboldt, Bachelor’s degree in Education

Experience Includes: Professional musical theatre experience includes “Pokemon Live!”, Las Vegas, “Mississippi Love”, Branson Missouri, and ‘Rosie’ in Cabaret.  

Anne is currently on faculty at Natomas Charter School Performing and Fine Arts Academy and Leighton Dance Project (Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary).

Anne is a founding member of CORE Contemporary Dance.

Catrina Davis (Elk Grove, CA)

Training & Education: Gymnastics,  J. Rene Academy of Dance, CSU Sacramento

Experience includes: Rhythmical Madness Dance Company,CSU Sacramento: Hornet Girls Dance Team (2007-2008). 

Teaching Credits: Artistic Director- Pleasant Grove High School Soul Purpose Dance Company (2008-Present). Pleasant Grove High School (Choreographer): “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat” (2011), “The Jungle Book” (2012) and “Fame” (2013). Faculty member at Leighton Dance Project (Ballet, Jazz, Preschool Director)

 Cat joined CORE Contemporary Dance in 2008.