Felicia Sanders

Grand Jete in StudioFelicia was born into the world of dance as her parents were dancing professionally with

the Netherlands Dance Theater at the time of her birth in 1960. She made her first stage

appearance at the age of 5 in Anna Sokolow’s “Dreams.” She received her formal

training at the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts, majoring in ballet during

junior high and high school. She then went to Holland where she spent two years at the

Rotterdam Dance Academy (now Codarts) studying various forms of dance including

modern, jazz and flamenco. From 1980­1995 she danced professionally in Switzerland

and Holland, performing classical, neoclassical and modern works. She worked with a

wide variety of cutting­edge choreographers including Stephen Petronio, Yoshika Chuma,

Randy Warshaw, Kathy Gottschalk, Amanda Miller, Job Sanders, Dieter Amman, Ton

Simons and Shusaku Takeuchi.

Since moving to Eugene in 1995, she’s performed with Robin Bryant and Dancers, Dance

Theatre of Oregon, LCC Dance Department, Bonnie Simoa, Donna Briggs and Company,

and more. She’s choreographed for Dance For A Reason, Swine Dive, Oregon Dance

Project, Collaborations, Springfield High School and Dance Umbrella of the South Coast

of Oregon. She was the lead dancer in LCC’s “West Side Story” in 2002. She’s taught

ballet at the Eugene Ballet Academy and LCC Dance Department. Ms. Sanders has

taught creative movement for the Young Writer’s Association and 14 years for Imagine

That Summer Adventures. She became certified to teach Pilates in 2004 and has taught

at In Shape and Body Now. She currently teaches dance at South Lane Ballet Academy

and regularly teaches for the Eugene and Springfield Public Libraries. She is the Director

of the Lower Division at the Oregon Ballet Academy, where she’s been working since

2003. There she teaches ballet, pointe, modern, Pilates, and improvisation and

composition. Felicia and Cara Hakaanson started the 40+DANCE class for people with

dance experience who want to continue experiencing the joy of dance while paying

special attention to the specific needs of older dancers.