Meet the Faculty
Ana Miladinova (Associate Professor)Business, Design and Workforce - Kinesiology, Athletics and Dance
Ana Miladinova has worked as a fitness/dance associate professor at Cañada College since 2007. Her dance education and experience is extensive. At an early age, she performed in the Macedonian National Ballet Theater and competed in ballroom dancing on the national and international level. She won many awards including the Macedonian Ballroom Dance Championship.
She has also studied dance in Slovenia where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and Dance Training. Currently she owns a Master’s degree in Kinesiology.
She has taught the following classes at Cañada College: Personal Trainer, Step Aerobics, Dance Conditioning, Yoga, Pilates, Ballet, Social Dance.
Linda Breen (Assistant Professor)Business, Design and Workforce - Kinesiology, Athletics and Dance
Linda (Breen) Manuel has been teaching dance/fitness at Cañada College for 14 years. She also is a personal trainer/instructor at Stanford University.
She has been involved in dance since she was 5 years old & loves teaching. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, hiking & walking her dogs. Just married this summer & enjoying car shows with her husband.
Vera Quijano (Assistant Professor)Business, Design and Workforce - Kinesiology, Athletics and Dance
Casandra Owen (Assistant Professor)Business, Design and Workforce - Kinesiology, Athletics and Dance
Casandra E. Owen is a dancer, choreographer and dance educator. She has been performing, teaching and choreographing in the Bay Area since 2003.
Casandra holds her MFA in Choreography and Performance from Mills College and her BFA in Choreography and Performance from the School of Music and Dance at SFSU.
Her understanding of movement and the human body is informed by her study of Ballet Limon, Cunningham, Graham, Contact Improv, Broadway and Contemporary Jazz, Hip Hop and Pilates.
She has performed the choreographic works of Molissa Fenley, Kathleen McClintock, Dr. Alberta Rose, Alicia Pierce and Susan Whipp. She also restaged and performed in Primitive Mysteries choreographed by Martha Graham, and Carousel, originally choreographed by Agnes DeMille. Casandra has also been a visiting artist/choreographer at Marin School of the Arts and Golden State Theatre.
She is currently on faculty at Cabrillo College and Cañada College, she is the director and instructor of the dance program at Orinda Academy, and currently teaches ballet, contemporary technique and jazz at PSD- Studio of Ballet Arts in Vacaville, CA.
Annie Roake is an instructor of Dance and Physical Education and is currently teaching Hip-Hop at Cañada College. She holds a BA Dance/PE from San Francisco State University and an MA in PE/Dance from California State Dominguez Hills. She is currently instructing Hip-Hop, Jazz Dance, Dance Production, Yoga, Stretching and Flexibility, Fitness Training and Water Aerobics at City College of San Francisco, and Chabot College.
Past instruction at San Jose State, University of California Berkeley, El Camino College, College of San Mateo, Evergreen College, Merritt College and L.A. Harbor College.