Daynee Lai-Krauss


Executive & Artistic Director, Jazz

Daynee received her primary training as a dancer and choreographer at Zohar Dance Studio and has performed with and choreographed for Zohar Dance Company since 1983. In New York, she studied at the Martha Graham School, Broadway Dance Center, and with Luigi. She has taught jazz and ballet in Europe and was a charter and principal dancer with Zohar Dance Company. Daynee’s jazz style is based on Ehud Krauss’s technique that is influenced by Luigi, Graham, and Ballet. In addition to teaching, Daynee is Zohar’s Artistic and Executive Director.  

Lisa Burnett

Lisa Burnett


Lisa holds an MA in dance education from Stanford University under the tutelage of Inga Weiss and an MFA degree in dance from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts under the tutelage of Larry Rhodes. She has studied and performed with Doug Varone & Dancers and Aaron Osborne. In addition to her teaching at Zohar, she has a private pilates practice and teaches Pilates through the HIP program at Stanford. Lisa has been blessed to be teaching modern at Zohar since 1986 and has great appreciation for the community that has come together through her class. 

Kristine Elliott

Kristine Elliott


Kristine Elliott received her formative ballet training from Richard Gibson. Her professional career began with the Stuttgart Ballet where she danced leading roles in ballets by artistic director and choreographer John 

Cranko and toured extensively to Japan, Israel, Europe, and Scandinavia, as well as to Russia and in the United States. After five years with the Stuttgart Ballet, Kristine joined American Ballet Theatre as a soloist and worked closely with director Mikhail Baryshnikov. 

Following her performing career, Kristine now teaches and coaches ballet nationally and internationally. She works with American Ballet Theatre as a guest teacher for the company and for summer intensive programs. Kristine has been associated with Zohar since 1990. 

Adrienne Foley

Adrienne Foley

Contemporary & Jazz

Adrienne specializes in modern and contemporary movement - emphasizing speed, efficiency, and an aggressive spatial dynamic that supports a more advanced artistic sensibility. Contemporary fundamentals, including the use of weight and thoughtful attention to transitions result in a quality of movement that enhances all dance styles and disciplines, as well as cultivating versatility and joyful expression.

Adrienne Parker Foley is a former Hubbard Street Dance Chicago company member, having performed works by such renowned choreographers as Twyla Tharp, David Parsons, Margot Sappington, Daniel Ezralow, Bob Fosse and Lynn Taylor Corbett. Adrienne has taught ballet technique, modern and contemporary classes at Lou Conte Dance Studio, STEPS-NY, and Stanley Holden Dance Center, as well as heading the HSDC Master Class Series on tour. She has appeared in numerous film and television projects, and has most recently performed with Garrett/Moulton Productions, Dance Continuum SF, and Deyo Dance. Ms. Foley is a member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA.  

Vivian Sam

Vivian Sam

Jazz, Musical Theatre Dance

Vivian studied with Hama (Luigi’s protege) in Los Angeles and was his assistant for 5 years. After dancing professionally in Los Angeles, Vivian moved to the Bay Area and started teaching at Zohar. Her shared heritage in the Luigi technique made her a natural addition to Zohar’s dance family. She left to perform on Broadway in Miss Saigon and continued onto the 2nd National Broadway tour as the Dance Captain/Swing/understudy for Gigi and Ellen. After touring, she settled back in the Bay Area and taught Musical Theater and Dance at The American Conservatory Theater. She has performed throughout the Bay Area (TheatreWorks, Woodminster, AMTSJ) and choreographs for local high school musical productions as well as the first musical for ACT/YC at The Strand (original production of I’m Still Standing). She teaches her private dance clients Musical Theater Dance for pre-screens for college applications/auditions. Her past students: Darren Criss (Glee, etc); Ari’el Stachel (The Band’s Visit & Tony Winner); Laura Corina Sanders (Eastman School of Music; Wolftrap Opera Company; and others. When she is not teaching, she enjoys spending her time with her two sons and husband.

Esther Selk


Jazz (sub)

Marny Trounson



"Marny" Marilyn Trounson was born and raised in San Francisco. She danced professionally with the Royal Ballet. In addition to performing soloist and principal roles, she had roles created for her by Sir Kenneth MacMillan and Sir Frederick Ashton. Marny is a gentle and caring instructor providing dancers with a nurturing environment to practice and grow.

Tami Burton



Tami Burton comes with many years of experience building and running the successful Performing Company (DCPC) at Dance Connection in Palo Alto. Her company won numerous top studio awards and she was the recipient of the prestigious “Educator Award” from Co. Dance Regionals in 2011-12 and 2013-14. Although starting later in life, the passion of dance was instilled in her forever. She was a cheerleader at San Diego State University and after graduation, her dance career began. She is a volunteer Assistant Director for Foothill Repertory Dance under the direction of Bubba Gong. Her emphasis is in jazz and lyrical but she also loves working with younger dancers in all disciplines (tap, hip hop and ballet). Her goal is to not only instill a passion for dance in all her students but to guide and help them through the journey as they learn honesty, discipline, commitment and dedication. Tami is a recognized teacher/mentor for all dancers.

Daniel Gautier



A gifted artist, Daniel infuses his contemporary music with a holistic theme. In addition to accompanying the modern classes at Zohar, Mr. Gautier devotes his time to writing music and painting. He has presented works fusing his music, painting and love of dance at Zohar. He is currently a regular class accompanist for Zohar Dance Studio, Western Ballet, and Stanford University.

Ehud Krauss

Founder 1946-2016

Ehud Krauss, 70, beloved Palo Alto dance teacher and Founder and Artistic Director of Zohar School of Dance passed away at his home on October 15, 2016. 

Ehud Krauss was born and raised on a Kibbutz in Israel. Ehud was a member of the Israeli Olympic Volleyball team when a back injury led him to discover his passion for dance. Ehud studied dance with Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Robert Joffrey, Gus Giordano, and Luigi in New York, and performed as a soloist and principal dancer in Europe, Canada, and the United States.  An accomplished performer and choreographer, Ehud has been a fixture in the bay area dance community for over 35 years. 

Ehud started teaching in local high schools and community colleges and founded Zohar School of Dance in Palo Alto in 1979. A gifted choreographer, Ehud’s innovative jazz works inspired and moved audiences with their beauty and range. Always forward thinking and wanting to bring the dance community together, he began Dance Mosaic, an annual summer dance festival bringing all dance forms together on a single program. It was during this time that Ehud’s true vision of making dance available to all that he began the outreach program IndepenDANCE for children in East Palo Alto that had no afterschool programs. That program, which began with 30 middle school-aged girls being bussed to Zohar’s dance studio on California Avenue, soon expanded to 6 elementary schools in East Palo Alto with Ehud building a dance studio with sprung-wood floors at each site.  At its peak, IndepenDANCE was at 3 high schools, 2 middle schools, and 10 elementary schools and included 4 instructors with classes in East Palo Alto, Redwood City and San Jose. Never shying away from a challenge, Ehud worked with the most serious offenders in Juvenile Hall and taught Juvie Jazz at both Santa Clara County and San Mateo Juvenile Halls. His influential work led to the development of a course at Stanford University entitled “Dance in Prisons” and provided graduate students with first hand exposure to the Hall, teaching dance to youths that have never had formal dance lessons, and hearing about their stories. 

With his constant desire to grow as a teacher, Ehud taught children with special needs. He had a special gift of making everyone feel as though they could dance. No matter what the disability… sight, hearing, wheelchair-bound, Autism or Downs Syndrome, Ehud would work his magic and make even the observer participate. These programs exemplify Ehud’s vision and commitment to serving the community through dance and sharing the splendor of dance. 

Zohar Dance Studio under the direction of Ehud and his wife Daynee, has brought the joy, artistry and spirit of dance to the community through classes in jazz, ballet, and modern dance in Palo Alto since 1979. The studio continues to offer adult classes with the Bay Area’s finest teachers committed to providing professional dance instruction and the opportunity to perform. Students range from beginning aspiring artists and dedicated amateurs to professional dancers all enjoying the splendor that dance brings. 

In his spare time, Ehud loved to fish, bike and spend time with Daynee and their daughter, Maile. Ehud is survived by his wife, Daynee and daughter, Maile. And in Israel his mother, Yehudit, sister, Michal Sadur and brother, Nir.

Ehud Krauss

Ehud Krauss