Carly Westergard-Dobson

Ms. Westergard-Dobson holds a BA in Art history from the University of California, Irvine and an MFA in Dance from Mills College. She has trained predominantly in Modern dance but is also versed in Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, Scottish Country Dance and African dance forms. She has trained with instructors such as Jill Working, Sonya Delwiade, Heather Gillette, Shelley Senter, Molissa Fenley and Rachel Berman. She has had the opportunity to perform pieces choreographed by Sonya Delwaide, Lisa Wymore, Heather Gillette, Jenny Backhaus, Mike Esperanza and Kari Jensen. She is also a certified Pilates instructor from Body Arts and Science International and trained under Rael Isacowitz.  She is also holds a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) certification from Cloud 9 Yoga.  She is currently a part time faculty member at Santa Ana College and has taught at Santiago Canyon College and The Wooden Floor. She also currently teaches Yoga and Pilates at Soul at Home in Tustin, CA.

Carly has taught a variety of classes including Modern Dance, Jazz Dance, Dance History, Pilates, Beginning Ballet, and Yoga. She has been choreographing for a number of years and has had her work shown at the American College Dance Festival, Long Beach and Modesto, Santa Ana College, Santa Barbara City College, Encore Dance Festival, and Platform Dance Festival. Currently, Carly is the director of the Dance Touring Ensemble at Santa Ana College. DTE is a dance company that focuses on out reach dance educational interactive lectures with neighboring high schools.  DTE has also has the opportunity to perform in the dance community and in 2011 won 1st place at Encore Dance Festival for Best Choreography.