Lisa Brown, Owner Sunset Academy of Dance San Francisco


Lisa Brown (Owner, Tap and Children's Jazz) grew up in San Francisco and took dance lessons from the late Lorna Fordyce. She began teaching at Lorna's studio when she was just 16 years old.  It was at that time that she realized her passion for teaching. 

Lisa loves inspiring young dancers and introducing them to the exciting art of dance (especially tap).  She has taught for years throughout the Bay Area at several dance studios before opening her own studio in 1997.  She also has the pleasure of currently teaching tap at Adda Clevenger Junior Preparatory School in San Francisco.

Lisa especially enjoys the experience of owning her own studio and working with her wonderful students and talented teachers. She takes great pride in teaching the fundamentals of dance while having fun!

Darnell Carroll

Darnell Carroll (Hip Hop) is one of the Bay Area’s leading hip hop dance choreographers/instructors. He brings over 25 years of hip hop dance training, performance, competition, and showcase productions to Sunset Academy of Dance.

Darnell specializes in teaching the art of Hip Hop dance and culture in both adult and youth Hip Hop programs. He has worked at Club One Fitness and various programs throughout the San Francisco and South San Francisco Unified School Districts.

He is also the director of Funk Beyond Control, a hip hop dance company.

Mario Ponce

Jamie Delodovici is a Bay Area native who began dancing at 3 years old. She has studied tap, jazz, ballet and modern dance. She began her dance studies at the Glen Shipley Dance School and then at age 5 she took classes at Schumacher's School of Dance in South San Francisco through her high school years. Jamie continued her dance education in college at San Francisco State University, where she danced with the school's dance company, University Dance Theater. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance as well as in Child and Adolescent Development and a credential in Physical Education with an emphasis in dance. She has also performed with Broadway By The Bay and Openstage Repertory Theater in musicals such as: Funny Girl, Singing in the Rain, Little Mary Sunshine and Steel Pier.

Jamie loves that she can share her love and passion for dance with the next generation of dancers. In addition to teaching at Sunset, she also teaches dance for three elementary schools in the San Francisco Unified School District.


Alinah Solidum an alumni, has been a hip hop teacher at Sunset Academy of Dance for 2 years and while she was a student she was a teachers assistant as well. She fell in love with the Art of Hip Hop at 6 years old, under the direction of Darnell Carroll. She currently dances with Academy of Villains and continues to have the strive and passion to perform. Alinah feels that dance is an extension of ones personality but above all, she believes that dance should be fun and accessible to all.


Tarik Rollerson grew up in the bay area and received his dance training from several groups like Imani’s Dream, Mini Shock Oakland, Destiny Arts Center, Junior Jam Squad, Sunset Academy of Dance, City Shock/Funk Beyond Control and Academy of Villains. He has been teaching at Sunset Academy of Dance since 2016 and is the director of his own hip hop adult group, 1Up.

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