MYT Classes – Fall 2022

Rebecca Cervantes – MYT Director/Instructor
“Let’s Dance”

This class focuses on creating community and inspiring self-expression through dance games. Students are encouraged to freestyle, improvise, choreograph and find their own way of moving in their space through fun, creative exercises. We also learn and perform dances from all over the world, including Hip Hop, Salsa, and Merengue. 

Rebecca Cervantes has been teaching dance to kids and adults all over San Francisco since 1994. She started teaching Hip Hop at the Mission YWCA, worked with adults at Rhythm & Motion and now teaches all over SFUSD and at The Marsh. She loves bringing kids the joy of dance and creating opportunities for them to perform in community events all over San Francisco. 

Wayne Harris – Instructor
“Storytellin with Mr. Wayne”

A weekly storytelling program that invites students to explore the stories in their family and community. Utilizing the techniques and skills needed to for traditional storytelling,

Wayne Harris is an award winning solo performer, writer, educator, curriculum innovator and musician. A gifted artist with wide ranging interests, he has accumulated an impressive body of work over the years that includes 7 full length plays, presentations for schools, directing and designing for pageantry groups as well as various musical projects.

Bruce Pachtman – Instructor
“Digital Storytelling”

Stop Motion Video Class – Fall 2022

We begin each session by reviewing a compilation reel of the work the students created in the previous class as well as a video created by a professional animator using the same materials that the students will explore that day.Instruction is provided on the iPod, tripod, and the application we use. Over the course of a term, students are introduced to a wide variety of materials: cardboard boxes, clay, colored paper, white boards, green screens, legos, and uncooked pasta. A day is set aside for the students to bring in materials from home. All videos are compiled at the end of class and sent to the parents of the students.

Bruce Pachtman began teaching storytelling with The Marsh Youth Theater in 2015. When not in the classroom, Bruce co-produces the Solo Sundays solo performance series and BIG SHOT, a storytelling series about meeting famous people. He has appeared: in a long running solo show which he also wrote, as a storyteller on Porchlight, as a central character in a movie directed by Chris Columbus and as a member of highly regarded sketch comedy groups in New York City.


Maica Folch – Instructor

Maica Folch was born and educated in Catalonia, Maica Folch has been an energetic presence in the San Francisco art education community for over twenty years. Maica draws on her circus, theater, dance  background to teach theater, dance and trapeze at the Marsh Youth Theater, the San Francisco Youth Theater, and in the San Francisco public elementary schools.

Mariella Morales – Instructor

“Dances of the African Diaspora”

Students are encouraged to discover movement within their own individual bodies through the vehicle of dance. These classes explore dances of the African Diaspora. She creates a safe space for ALL students using dance as art and discipline.

Mariella Morales, a San Francisco native was introduced to dance at the age of 7 when she would accompany her mother to her dance classes. Her love for dances of the African Diaspora was due to her attendance at SF School of the Arts (SOTA), where she was introduced to Dunham Technique and African Haitian. Ms. Morales’ academic credentials are: received an A.A in Dance from City College of San Francisco (CCSF) in 2004; completed a B.A. in Dance from San Francisco State University (SFSU) in 2007; and earned a M.S. in Kinesiology at SFSU in 2012. 

Juan de Dios Soto – Instructor

“Latin Rhythms Dance and Percussion”

This class offers movement and rhythms from the Latin and African diaspora. Students are introduced to Afro-Peruvian percussion basics on the Cajon drums.

We explore the rhythms through movement, dance, choreography and percussion. 

Juan de Dios Soto came to San Francisco, CA from Lima, Peru in 1990.  From childhood he was exposed to Afro-Peruvian music and dance, and began practicing the Cajon drum as part of his family’s Afro-Peruvian inheritance and traditions. He co-found the Tradition Peruana Cultural Center (TPCC) in 1995 and teaches dance and percussion throughout the SF Bay Area.