Sherene Melania (Bretschneider)
Class of 2000
An accomplished performing artist, choreog- rapher and dance educator, Sherene Melania is the Artistic Director and Principal Cho- reographer of Presidio Dance Theatre. She also serves as the Vice President of the San Francisco Arts Commission, representing the fields of dance and arts education. As a Principal Artist of Presidio Dance Theatre and Collage Dance Ensemble, Sherene continues to perform both nationally and internationally.
She holds a Master of Arts in Education from Harvard
University. From the University of San Francisco, Sherene
received a B.A. in Performing Arts and Social Justice and the
Dean’s Medal for Excellence in the Arts. From Russia’s prestigious Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, she received a Certificate for Ballet Direction Specialty and Choreography. She
studied with San Francisco Ballet School and Kirov Academy
of Ballet in Washington D.C., performing principal youth roles
with San Francisco Ballet and Kirov Ballet on national tours.
Sherene has choreographed for dance companies at home
and in Europe, presented for the United Nations, International
Red Cross, and PBS. Her work has been recognized by the
press nationally in Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher, and inter-
nationally broadcast. Presidio Dance Theatre’s youth company
has been hailed as “SF’s youngest cultural ambassadors”,
representing the United States in Saint Petersburg, Russia and
Izmir, Turkey. This June they performed in Budapest, Hun-
gary, at the invitation of the U.S. Ambassador.
Reconnecting after graduation and sharing their love of the arts and a global
perspective, three of our alumni work closely with Sherene to enhance the work
of the Presidio Dance Theatre.
Erin Durrah ’01
Director of Education and Community Engagement
While attending International High School, I was given
the opportunity to work at the school as a teacher’s assistant
during the school’s vacation care and summer camp programs.
There, the children enjoyed the benefits of organized activities
in the realms of art and physical education, which provided
me with a new perspective of those disciplines. The role of
play and creative arts in education and in the establishment
Nick Moy, Nicole Hirsch, Sherene Melania, and Erin Durrah