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 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!"
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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."