Faith has been teaching for 5 years now and her styles include: ballet, pointe, lyrical, acrobatics, tumbling, and special needs classes. Faith is not only a teacher, she is also our office manager at APA. Faith has been apart of APA for 16 years. Her dance journey started at 4 years old when she first enrolled at APA. She then also joined the nonprofit organization, Children's Dance Theater at 6 years old and has played numerous rolls such as Rose Queen, Snow Queen, and Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker. She also was Alice and the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland. At age 8 she began competive dancing and did that for about 7 years. Faith began to TA for Deborah at 8 years old and continued to TA and learn from Deborah for 8 years. Faith finally started teaching at age 15 and has loved every minute of it. Faith focuses on having fun and encouraging her students to push themselves in her classes. She loves seeing her students improve, especially her special needs students.
"Working with kids is an absolute treasure for me. My favorite moments is when my students learn something new. It is important to me to create a positive and encouraging space for these kids to gain their confidence and develop their personalities."
Mean has been teaching for 5 years now. She has taught styles including jazz, acrobatics,lyrical,special needs classes, and leaps and turns classes. Megan started dancing at the age of 2. At age 8, she started competitive dance and continued competing all the way through age 18. At 6 years old, she joined Children's Dance Theater (CDT) and since then she has played numerous roles such as the Rose Queen in the Nutcracker. Over the years, she started TAing classes young and then began teaching at 15 years old. Megan focuses on growing her kids' confidence and getting them to break out of their shells and express themselves through dance.
"Being a teacher is such a rewarding. I love being a dance teacher because I love interacting with all the kids.Everytime a student learns something new, I can't help but get so excited. It is such a treat to help create such young, beautiful dancers."
Tatum is our main substitute teacher at APA. She is one of our newest members to the APA staff. Tatum started dancing at the age of seven and has now been dancing for eight years. She has been apart of the Chidren Dance Theater production for five years now and has had many main roles, such as the Rose Queen. Tatum's main goal when teaching is to share her passion of dance with others. She loves to help others and watch them grow.
"I love being a role model; someone to look up to for boys and girls at our studio. I want to share the love that I have recieved through my eight years of dancing at APA."
Alexandra started her dance journey 6 years ago. It began when she enrolled into a ballet class at APA, which resulted in her falling in love with the creative and athletic art. She has studied many dance styles as well: Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Modern, and Musical Theater. Alexandra is currently in her senior year of high school and plans to continue her schooling throughout college as she intends to be apart of the medical field. Alexandra focuses on guiding dancers to explore new possibilities through technical and experimental forms of movement, while creating a fun and safe learning environment for her students. Alexandra has also participated in Children’s Dance Theater’s productions for 5 years, portraying rolls such as Alice and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Now, she continues on to the next chapter of her life and she transitions from a dance student to a student choreographer, hoping to grow new skills all around.
"Teaching students is more than a job, it is a way to not only express myself, but see dancers grow (technique wise and creative wise). The ability to enrich dancers is incredible and I am so grateful that I am able to welcome students."
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Lisa has been teaching Barre, Cardio Kickboxing, and Cardio Sculpt for two years now. She is an AFFA Certified Group Fitness Instructor and a Certified Barre Above Instructor. Lisa's goal is to create an environment where all members feel welcome to work on their fitness together.
"It is important to me to create a non-threatening setting where people of all fitness levels feel comfortable coming together to work on their fitness goals. I love seeing members accomplish goals that they never thought they could!"
Hanna has been on her dance journey for 17 years now within Tracy and Livermore. She has been teahing for 6 years now and is our Competition Director at APA. Hanna has studied tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary, lyrical, Hip Hop, musical theater, and modern. She started competing at the age of 7, recieving numerous awards for solo and group performances. Hanna has performed a number of roles over the years including: Sugar Plum Fairy, Arabian soloist, and Mouse King from the Nutcracker; Mad Hatter and Caterpillar soloist from Alice in Wonderland; Fairy Godmother from Cinderella; and Odette from Swan Lake. When teaching, Hanna emphazproper technique coupled with fun, yet challenging choreography while focusing on a positive experience for her students.
"Dancing is an art, but it is also an energy.And each dancer's energy is unique to them.As a teacher, I get to take these dancers on such an amazing journey. I love watching dancers master what they never believed possible. I love watching dancers express themselves in so many different ways."
Lexi has been a teacher for 5 years now and has taught many styles such as ballet, hiphop, contemporary, conditioning, and cheer. Over her years of dancing, she has played many roles including Snow Queen, Rat King, Red Queen, Tinkerbell, and Peter Pan. Lexi has also choreographed for the Raiderettes. Lexi's biggest accomplishments are being a Simmawear Alumni and a 49ers Goldrush Alumni. Lexi focuses on encouraging and motivating her students' passions for dance.
"I love seeing my students grow each week, not only in their dance ability, but their personal growth as well."
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Jacquie has been teaching Preschool and Kinder combo classes for 2 years now. She has been a dancer for 10 years now and has loved ebery secong of it. She has been performing with Chidren's Dance Theater for 5 years now and has been apart of the Tracy High Dance Team for 2 years now. Jacquie has also attended competitions and conventions for which she has earned scholarships for.
"Ever since I've started teaching, I've loved it. I love meeting the students and being a mentor for children. Watching them improve, grow, and smile gives me joy. Not only do I help my students improve, but I also learn new things about myself and help myself to improve."
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Jordan has been teahing HipHop for a year now. Jordan was a late bloomer as he did not start dancing until his teenage years. Within his first year of dancing he recieved a contemporary sholarship from Con Danza Contemporary Repretaire. He has also performed with and choreographed for the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts.
"I love making people feel like they are worth it. Being a teacher is not just the task of educating, a teacher is designed to encourage people and push them beyond what they believe they are."