Stacey Caesar McDonald, Director
A Student of Mason-Kahn in San Francisco, Stacey received her training in ballet, tap, jazz, and acrobatics at the age of four, and maintained close relations with Stanley Kahn, her teacher, assisting him at the LA Tap Workshops with Gregory Hines in Kahnotation (tap notation) classes. After graduating from Woodside High School as member and choreographer of her song leader (Pom) squad and gymnastics team, Stacey went on to perform in many musical theatre productions including San Jose Civic Light Opera’s Paint Your Wagon.
Earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from UCLA in modern, ballet, jazz and ethnic styles as well as becoming a holder of a Cecchetti Ballet Teacher’s Certificate, Stacey performed with the UC Dance Theatre in Los Angeles in multiple concerts including studies with Alvin Ailey Company members.
Professionally dancing with San Francisco’s Khadra Folk Ballet Co. which included a European Tour of Belgium and France gave her the opportunity to expand her training by learning many folk dance styles from Russia, Hungary, French-Canada, Tex-Mex, Mexican, Appalachian and many more. She has also performed with Lost in the Shuffle Tap Company, SF and with a local Can Can company at various events throughout the bay area including the San Francisco Opera Bastille Day at Stern Grove.
Stacey has been teaching tap, ballet, jazz and pre-school at Kirkpatrick’s since 1985 and became director in 1991. She enjoys working with children and sharing her passion for dance.