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Greetings from the Director
I want to welcome you to The Dance Academy and am sincerely looking forward to sharing our love of dance with you.
Our slogan is “A positive approach to dance education in a professional setting”…and that is exactly what we strive to provide. The Dance Academy faculty is dedicated to providing a rewarding dance experience for our students and their families. Our goal is to maintain the highest of standards that will allow each individual student to progress toward technical development. At the same time I want our students to enjoy a pleasant and positive experience in the world of dance.
You are invited to check this website frequently for updates on our calendar and the latest news. I always want everyone to have a complete understanding of our events and policies and welcome your questions. If at any time the information seems unclear or you have any questions, I encourage you to contact us.
The Dance Academy faculty and staff look forward to another exciting and rewarding dance year with our students and their families.
The Dance Academy
Whether you choose to dance for fun, development of mind and body, professional growth or all three, you will find the faculty at The Dance Academy striving to maintain the highest of standards in helping you reach your goals. Individual attention is given as each student is encouraged to progress at his/her own rate toward the development of their greatest potential. We desire to instill in our students of all ages a positive self image and a belief that successes achieved as dancers carry over into all areas of their lives. We are committed to sharing a productive dance experience with every student.
Nancy East has enjoyed teaching dance for over thirty years. During that time she has been on the faculty of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington and operated her own dance business. Her long dance career has allowed her to teach to both students and instructors alike in classroom as well as guest artist situations. She has also served as a judge to various dance competitions.
Nancy began her dance education as a young child studying ballet, tap and jazz. In college she majored in Dance at UCLA and the University of California at Irvine where she received her degree in Dance and Art. At the same time Nancy attended the American School of Dance in Hollywood, studying under Eugene Loring and Joe Tremaine. She has earned her California Teaching Credentials for Elementary Education and Secondary Credentials for Dance, Art, and Physical Education. Nancy holds a Masters Degree in Musical Theatre Direction and Choreography.
Along with directing the dance program at The Dance Academy, Nancy has recently retired from California State University, Stanislaus as a faculty member in the Kinesiology Department. During her 27 year tenure she taught various courses in dance and education and choreographed for the Theatre and Music departments. During her career she has also enjoyed teaching dance, fitness and creative movement in the school system through the Stanislaus County Arts Commission STARS program. Her dance career has also allowed her the opportunity to choreograph for theatre and performing arts groups throughout the Central California area.
The Dance Academy is extremely proud of its professionally trained faculty. The training and experience of our teaching staff ranges from the field of education to the world of professional dance. They are all highly regarded as experts not only in dance education, but also in choreography and the development of performance skills. In addition, they are dedicated to providing a dance experience that is a positive and rewarding one for our students.
Lucy’s dance education started in her youth initially focusing on jazz and hip hop. She later added ballet and tap to broaden her training. Lucy attended California State University, Stanislaus where she formed the very successful Unity Dance Company. She transferred to San Francisco State University earning her degree in Dance and was a member of City Slam Dance Company.
After college, Lucy moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a professional dancer signing with the Bloc Dance Agency. During this time she danced with a variety of artists including Christina Aguilera, Mya, Nelly Furtado, Timbaland, Ru Paul, Robin Thicke and many more. She has also trained with Wade Robson, Brian Freidman, Dave Scott, and Shane Sparks. For ten years she traveled the world performing in live shows, television, music videos, and feature films such as The Matrix II and Paparazzi. Lucy has such an undeniable passion for dance that she still continues to perform locally and in the bay area with the support of her husband and two talented dancing children.
In addition to teaching and coaching the competition team at The Dance Academy since 2006, Lucy is a credentialed Computer Literacy teacher with Modesto City School District.
Kate started her dance education at age four at The Dance Academy. She grew up training in ballet, jazz, tap, and lyrical, was a member of the competition team and served as an assistant for five years. In 2012, Kate graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in History and Spanish and a minor in Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. In college, she was a member of the Cal Dance Team, which gave her the opportunity to travel the country alongside Cal's football and basketball teams. Upon graduation, Kate pursued a Master's degree in Arts in Education at the Harvard Graduate School in Education earning her MEd.
For 8 years, Kate lived on the east coast, employed by Carnegie Hall, Boston Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre in each organization's Education Department. Last year she returned to the west coast to accept a position as the Director of Education at Alonzo King LINES Ballet in San Francisco. The Dance Academy is happy that Kate is now back in the area and is able to rejoin our dance family as a faculty member.
Ginger’s extensive dance education for over the past 30 years has ranged from ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and lyrical. Ginger graduated from Beyer High in 1998 and earned her BA degree and secondary teaching credential in Physical Education from California State University, Stanislaus. While at CSUS, Ginger was a member of the elite Unity Dance Company.
Ginger has been a dedicated member of The Dance Academy faculty for ages three through adult in all dance disciplines since 1998. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she also has been a competition coach with the studio. Ginger’s two children have been dancing at the studio for the past 8 years following in their mother’s dancing footsteps. Along with teaching at The Dance Academy, for several years Ginger has been the highly respected dance teacher at Downey High School directing a top level dance program for freshmen through seniors.
Angela’s dance education started with Mavis Seeman. Since then, she has continued her study with countless dance masters from New York and Los Angeles. Angela was a member of the thriving Modesto Civic Ballet Company during the 70s and 80s and later, the esteemed CSUS Unity Dance Company. After high school graduation, Angela lived in Hawaii for two years studying hair design. She returned to Modesto to teach at The Dance Academy as well as begin her now flourishing business as a talented hair stylist.
At The Dance Academy, Angela serves not only as an advanced level instructor, but as a competition coach as well. Angela got a taste of musical theatre in her teens when she performed in Evita, Pirates of Penzance and Song of Norway, collaborations of Townsend Opera Company and The Dance Academy. Angela discovered that in addition to dance, she had a talent and love for the theatre and since then has found time to choreograph for and perform with several area musical theatre groups. Angela and her husband have produced an athletic son and a dancing daughter.
Amy started her dance education as a three year old at The Dance Academy. She grew up with extensive training in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical and hip hop and was a valued member of The Dance Academy competition team. Amy graduated from San Francisco State University in 2012 with a degree in Communicative Disorders for Speech-Language Pathology. While living in San Francisco, Amy continued her dance education which eventually led to work as a professional dancer.
Amy returned to Modesto to teach hip hop and predance at The Dance Academy and begin her pursuit of a teaching credential and employment with Modesto City School District. When time allows, Amy continues with her career as a professional dancer, although caring for and spending time with her little boy is her primary focus.
Kristina grew up with a vast dance education starting as a young child at The Dance Academy. Over the years she has been a busy dancer on the competition team and in musical theatre productions. Kristina has a BS in Psychology, and has completed her professional development program in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Kristina has been a faculty member since 2006 and served as a competition coach for two seasons. For several years Kristina was also employed with B.E.S.T. for Autism as an Assistant Clinical Supervisor. At the studio, in addition to her teaching assignments in predance, combination and tap classes, she has used her college education and training with B.E.S.T. to develop the Friends N Deed class which is specifically designed for young people with special needs. Kristina and her husband have three beautiful daughters.
After many years of varied dance study during her childhood and preparation for future training, Nancy graduated from UC Irvine with a degree in Dance and Art. She has secondary teaching certificates in dance, art and physical education and an elementary multiple subject credential. She earned her MA in Musical Theatre Direction and Choreography.
In addition to The Dance Academy, Nancy recently retired after teaching for 27 years at California State University, Stanislaus in the Department of Kinesiology. Prior to returning to California, Nancy taught dance in the PE Department at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Along with her teaching responsibilities, Nancy has enjoyed choreographing countless musicals for various production companies in California. In 2010 she was the proud recipient of the Stanislaus County Arts Council Excellence in Dance Award. Nancy and her husband have two children, a son-in-law and two delightful grandchildren.
Kelsey started her dance education with The Dance Academy as a predancer. Throughout the years, she became a well-rounded dancer by adding ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and lyrical. During her high school years she was a valued assistant with the studio.
Kelsey graduated from San Francisco State University in 2012 earning a BA in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on Education.
After graduation, Kelsey was employed as the director of an enrichment after school program in San Francisco. In this position she was able to incorporate the arts into the children’s general education curriculum. During the 3 years that Kelsey was in this position she produced and directed many musical theatre productions. While living in San Francisco Kelsey not only continued her dance education at San Francisco State, but also with Dance Mission Theatre, OCD and City Dance Studio, adding modern, salsa, African Haitian and Cuban folkloric dance to her dance training.
Kelsey returned to the Modesto area in 2014 and we are delighted she is now teaching with The Dance Academy and coaching the competition team. Along with teaching jazz, tap and hip hop she has also used her musical theatre experience in San Francisco to start our very successful Musical Theatre and Latin dance programs. In addition to her studio teaching, Kelsey is also a faculty member of Lammersville Unified School District teaching sixth grade math and science. Kelsey and her husband are now awaiting the arrival of their first baby.
Megan's dance education at The Dance Academy began at the age of six. She trained in a variety of genres including ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop. During high school, Megan was a member of Modesto High School's dance production team and she was a valued assistant at the studio. After high school graduation Megan attended UC Irvine where, in 2014, she earned a BA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. During her time at Irvine, Megan took advantage of the thriving dance community and continued to dance with various groups on campus as well as in master classes available in the southern California area. Megan also fell in love with yoga and became a certified yoga instructor in 2014. Many of the poses and transitions remind her of dance, which is what initially drew her into the practice.
Megan returned to Modesto in 2015 and we are so happy she is back at The Dance Academy sharing her love of dance as a teacher. Since moving back from Irvine, in addition to her teaching responsibilities, she also has been performing in the Bay Area. Megan earned her Master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences from San Jose State University and is now employed with the Stanislaus County Library system.
Kylie enrolled at The Dance Academy as a six year old taking classes in ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop. Even though her resume includes all dance genres, one of her favorite classes over the years was the father and daughter dance group. In 2019, Kylie and her dad returned for the 30th Anniversary show to perform with the father/daughter reunion dance. Because of her excellence and dedication to dance, Kylie was invited to join the staff first as an assistant and now as a teacher.
Kylie graduated from Enochs High school in 2013 where she was a cheerleader for 3 years. After graduation from MJC, she attended beauty college, graduating with her hair license. In addition to her dance teaching responsibilities and taking care of her young daughter, Kylie is also employed as a stylist in a Turlock hair salon.
Sara is originally from Pacifica, CA, located in the San Francisco Bay Area. She enrolled in her first dance class in San Francisco at the age of 6. Growing up, Sara studied a variety of dance styles including tap, jazz and acrobats and successfully competed in regional and state wide talent competitions. When she was 12 years old, her family relocated to the Modesto area and she continued her dance training with The Dance Academy. In her junior year at Modesto High School she was invited to become an assistant at the studio.
After graduating high school in 1992, Sara moved to Las Vegas, NV to accept a position in the cast of Don Arden’s stage spectacular, Jubilee! She was soon promoted to Assistant Line Captain of the world renowned Blue Bell Girls. During her time In Las Vegas Sara was chosen for additional performance opportunities along with her show at Bally’s. In 1995 she was a featured dancer in Martian Scorsese’s film, Casino. During this time Sara was able to learn from well known choreographers such as Anita Mann and dance in a variety of events including The Jerry Lewis Telethon. Sara was also hired for multiple modeling and runway shows for various companies holding promotional appearances in Las Vegas.
These days, along to being a realtor and mother to a son and dancing daughter, Sara is once again a valued teacher with The Dance Academy, focusing on tap and jazz curriculum.
Josie’s dance education started at the age of three. Over the years as a student at The Dance Academy she studied various genres of dance including ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical and hip hop. She was a member of the competition team and for 5 years was a teacher’s assistant with The Dance Academy. Josie graduated from Downey High School where she was a member of Dance Production.
In December 2019 Josie graduated from Azusa Pacific University earning her BA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Special Education. During college she continued her dance training and was a member of the APU Dance Company. After graduation, Josie moved back to Modesto to earn her teaching credential. Along with teaching various classes at The Dance Academy, she also is a kindergarten teacher with Modesto City School District.
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The Dance Academy
3500 Sisk Road
Modesto, CA 95356
Phone (209) 522-6879
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