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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.

 

Nancy East

Director
The Dance Academy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome
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.

 

FACILITY

 
 

Director

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.
 

 

Faculty
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
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 dancing children. 

In addition to teaching at The Dance Academy since 2006, Lucy is a credentialed Computer Literacy teacher with Modesto City Schools. 

 

Ginger
Ginger’s extensive dance education 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 for 16 years. She also has been the dance teacher at Downey High School since 2010. Ginger's two children are now following in their mother's dancing footsteps.

 

Angela
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 and perform for musical theatre groups such as MPA’s Oklahoma and 42nd Street.  Angela and her husband have produced two talented children.

 

Amy
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.  Amy also continues with her career as a professional dancer, along with caring for her new baby boy.

 

Jilline
Jilline’s dance education began under the direction of Mavis Seeman of Modesto Academy of Dance. For many years she was a very active member of the Modesto Civic Ballet Company. Jilline’s training of and love for ballet later extended into the study of the Pilates fitness discipline. 

Jilline has been teaching ballet and Pilates at The Dance Academy for 25 years. During that time she has also been employed by Modesto City Schools as a food service instructor and supervisor. Jilline’s family consists of a son and daughter and five precious grandchildren.

 

Kristina
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 for the past four years has been a coach for The Dance Academy Competition Team. Kristina is also employed with B.E.S.T. For Autism as an Assistant Clinical Supervisor.  In addition to her teaching assignments in predance,combination and tap classes at the studio, she uses her training when teaching the Friends N Deed class which is specifically designed for children with special needs. Kristina and her husband are awaiting the arrival of their first baby due in November. 

 

Nancy
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
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 with 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 training 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 2015 and we are delighted she is now teaching with The Dance Academy.  Along with teaching tap and hip hop she is also using her musical theatre experience in San Francisco to develop our Musical Theatre program.  In addition to her studio teaching, Kelsey is working on her teaching credential as well as employed with Modesto City School District as a long term substitute.

 

Joe
Joe started dancing at age 13 and from that time has never stopped. Although he has had experience in many styles of dance, his forte and first love is breakdancing and popping. Yes, he’s a ‘B-Boy’! His choreography is heavily inspired by various professional dancers often seen on America’s Best Dance Crew. He was a competitive dancer with the Academy of Villians dance crew after which he moved on a professional dance career traveling throughout the United States and internationally.

In addition to starting his second year of teaching street hip hop at The Dance Academy and performing, Joe is also full time employed as an Environments Engineer for Workday.

 

ALEX

Alex began her dance education at the age of 3, joining The Dance Academy family at age 9. She was a member of the competition team and during her 4 years in high school served as an assistant. Her dance training encompassed a wide range of genres including ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical and hip hop. 

Alex recently graduated from Azusa Pacific University where she earned her BA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Psychology. During her college years she continued dancing and performing with the APU dance team and returned each summer to teach at The Dance Academy. Alex recently married and in August will begin her career as a first-grade teacher along with her teaching responsibilities at The Dance Academy.

 

MEGAN

Megan's dance education began when she was three years old, and she has been dancing at The Dance Academy since the age of six. She has been 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 had the privilege of working as an assistant for the studio. Megan then attended UC Irvine where she received a BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing in 2014. During her time in Irvine, Megan took advantage of the thriving dance community and continued to dance with various groups on campus, as well as in master classes held at local studios. 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 she is so happy to be back at The Dance Academy, sharing her love of dance as a teacher. Since moving back from Irvine, she also began performing in the Bay Area. Outside of dance, Megan works for the Stanislaus County Library system as a Library Assistant, and is pursuing her Master's degree in Library and Information Sciences.

ERIKA

Erika has been teaching ballet at The Dance Academy since 1992. She grew up in New York City and attended the High School of Performing Arts (the “Fame” school) studying occasionally with the famous choreographer George Balanchine. In New York she studied with many well known ballet instructors such as: Robert Joffery, Alvin Ailey, Melissa Hayden and Finis Jung and in San Francisco with Lew Christiansen, Marc Wilde and Ron Guide. To stay current with her technique, she continues to attend ballet seminars including the Vaganova (Russian) Ballet and the Ballet Intensive from Moscow.

Before moving to Modesto, her husband’s hometown, Erika was head of the Pre-Ballet Department at St Hilda’s and St. Hugh’s private schools and Head of the Dance Department of the Brooklyn Music School. In San Francisco she performed with Ballet Celeste, the Pacific Ballet Company and the Opera Ring Theatre.

Along with her husband, Buck, Erika founded the Townsend Opera Players in 1982. After 25 years of building it into a well-respected opera company she retired. Weekends will find Erika teaching ballet and spending time with her family in Bolinas where her daughter is a professional dancer and her son-in-law and two grandchildren are also talented artists.

 

 

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The Dance Academy
3500 Sisk Road
Modesto, CA 95356

Phone (209) 522-6879
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