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.


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.


Raven Earlywine was born and raised in Los Angeles, California before moving to San Francisco in 2017. She first discovered her passion for dancing at age 3 and has since spent over two decades studying ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop and contemporary. While training she became especially fond of the contemporary style, specifically the precision involved. This fondness for contemporary translated into a desire to share her expertise and experience through teaching, which she began doing in 2016. Her wish is to cultivate a shared appreciation for dance within her classes and prepare her dancers for a successful and rewarding journey in the field.

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