Grant Spencer, President
Grant trained with Jon Cristofori and Kathleen Sinclair at Yuma Ballet Academy in Yuma, AZ. Grant supplemented his training at Joffrey San Antonio, BalletMet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet where he received full scholarships. His professional experience began with Sacramento Ballet where he performed pieces by Alan Hineline, Septime Webre, and Katherine Posin. During his time with Sacramento Ballet he also became well acquainted with George Balanchine’s masterpieces & style while performing in his Four Temperaments, Serenade, Western Symphony, Theme and Variations, and Rubies. Grant continued his career with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, in New York City, where he performed as a Soloist in much of the Classic Russian Repertoire. With Trockadero he toured to such countries as Japan, Australia, Italy, France, England, Thailand, China, Russia (at the Bolshoi) and the greater United States. In 2006, Grant moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. While performing with Peninsula Ballet Theatre and Company C Contemporary Ballet he danced works by Anthony Tutor, David Parsons, Michael Smuin, and Charles Anderson. Grant has taught at Dance Connection Palo Alto since 2008, and in 2011 he established Dance Connection Ballet Company where he is currently the Artistic Director.
Jennifer Kulz-Smith, Secretary
Jennifer received her ballet training in San Francisco with the Academy of Ballet, Dancers' Stage, Lanova Academy, City Ballet School and Boston Ballet School. She has performed with various Bay Area companies including the Peninsula Ballet Theater, San Francisco Dance Theater, and the Santa Clara Ballet. She performed in the San Francisco production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" for 4 1/2 years. Jennifer has two beautiful little girls, Cynthia and Allison, and has been teaching at Dance Connection for the past 15 years.
Cindy Ginanni, Treasurer
Cindy grew up dancing from a young age, studying all styles of dance, and has never stopped. She has been teaching dance for over 35 years to all ages and abilities, and is now seeing the second generation of her dance students. She has a fondness for working with young dancers, and an educational background in Early Childhood Development. Cindy founded Dance Connection in 1987, and it has grown to become one of the most popular dance schools on the Peninsula. One of the rewards of teaching dance is the relationships that develop over the years with the DC dancers and families. Cindy credits the outstanding faculty here at Dance Connection for the quality training every dancer receives. She and her husband, Mark have three grown children, Joe, Christie, and John, three grandson, and another on the way!