Our Teachers

Our teachers make all the difference

Each isadoraNOW curriculum is designed to help students develop their technique, artistry, personal connection to the form, and understand the cultural and historical context in which that dance form developed. These curricula provide a consistent and standards-based foundation for our classes. But ultimately what differentiates isadoraNOW is our teachers themselves. Our teachers lead with enthusiasm, pedagogical expertise, passion, and fun, keeping students engaged and excited to learn. 

Elyssa Dru Rosenberg

The founder and director of isadoraNOW, Elyssa is a dancer and educator who relocated to San Diego from New York City.  A fourth-generation Duncan dancer, Elyssa’s dancing has been described as “radiant” and “magnetic,” while her efforts to keep Isadora’s work relevant for a new generation have been praised as “refreshing.” Elyssa holds a Masters in Dance and Dance Education from New York University and a Bachelors in Political Science from Tufts University. She has performed with isadoraNOW, the Isadora Duncan Dance Company, and the Isadora Duncan Youth Ensemble, and has also been privileged to perform the choreography of Ben Munisteri, Fredrick Curry, Deborah Damast, Daniel McCusker and Emily Miller. Elyssa teaches master classes and workshops at schools and universities throughout the United States.

Rebecca Elster

Rebecca Elster graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2017 with dual degrees in Dance and Education. She has had the opportunity to perform works by Andrea Miller, Anna Halprin, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Yvonne Rainier, Jose Limon and many others. She particularly enjoyed touring internationally and getting to perform in London, Athens, Cypress, and Italy as well as in New York and California. In 2017 she was awarded the “Emerging Artist Award” as ‘one to watch’ from the Santa Barbara Independent. Currently, Rebecca is very happy to be back at her ‘childhood dance home’ in San Diego,  teaching Ballet,  Modern and Creative Movement, as well as continuing her own movement research.

Brittany May

Brittany May grew up dancing at Performing Arts Workshop, Encinitas under the Direction of Leslie Craig. Brittany has attended summer intensives at State Street Ballet, Santa Barbara, and taken summer classes from Larry Rosenberg. Brittany’s thirteen years of Ballet training led her to receive her BA in dance from California State University, Fullerton. Under the department direction of Gladys Kares, Brittany began her modern training. She trained in Limon, Horton, and Graham from instructors Debra Noble, Alvin Rangel, and Lisa D Long; as well as keeping up her Ballet training with Muriel Joyce. Brittany May has performed in CSUF’s Fall and Spring Dance Concerts where she danced in contemporary ballet pieces by Muriel Joyce followed by classical repertoire from “Giselle.” Brittany Graduated Magma Cum Laude from the University Honors Program. Her senior thesis involved a research investigation on the style of Horton and how it related to Ballet dancers. She created and completed case studies that led her to acknowledge the benefits of the style on Ballerinas. Throughout her Honors project, she found her passion for teaching. Brittany currently teaches ballet to ages 2-18, as well as pointe and contemporary classes at studios throughout north county area.

Heather Shershun-Varner

Heather Shershun has been an active teaching artist to students of diverse backgrounds in the San Diego and San Francisco Bay Area dance communities since 2005. Teaching Credits include Malashock Dance (since 2012), Eveoke Dance Theatre (2005-2013), ODC Dance Commons (San Francisco), California Academy of Performing Arts (SF Bay Area), and Outreach Dance classes at over 100 schools, having taught over 6,000 students herself.

Heather completed her B.A. in Sociology from UC Berkeley (with international honors) in 2016, as well as an extensive Teacher Training program through Eveoke Dance theatre on the art of teaching dance in 2007. She specializes in teaching youth and underserved "at risk" populations, and is certified to teach people with disabilities in movement classes. Heather currently teaches Hip Hop dance history, Math and English through Dance, DanceAbility, and Creative Movement.

Heather has developed curriculum and choreography on “positive body image and healthy self-esteem for young women” through dance and founded San Diego’s first Women in Hip Hop Conference (2007). She has developed and presented workshops on Dance as Activism and Hip Hop Dance History for social justice conferences and dance companies. Heather trained at Culture Shock Dance Center, the Academy of Performing Arts, and Evoke Dance Theatre in San Diego, with Allan Frias (of So You Think You Can Dance) at Dance Mission in San Francisco, ODC Dance Commons and UC Berkeley in the styles of; Hip Hop, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Dancehall, African, and Burlesque. She has performed professionally in Oregon, Oakland, CA and San Diego with Dance Northwest, Breakdown Dance Co., Bodywerk Dance, and Eveoke Dance Theatre. She currently performs with NuEra, under the direction of David Darkie Simmons from the current season of NBC's World of Dance.