I started my own company with this in mind. Sometimes it takes a couple months for a child to come around (sometimes only days!), but most children trust me because I’m not forcing them to join me... instead I encourage them to join in the joy of dance with me on their own time.
And that's what it's all about: Helping children blossom with joyful confidence in a playful, welcoming environment that fosters a lifelong love of dance.
Whether they're "good" or not; whether they want to become a "real" dancer or not. I just want them to know from the start that it's fun and feels good to dance.
I've taught at many studios and was always told I was "too nice" and not strict enough. I thought that was crazy! I believe children under 5 learn very well and behave better if I give them the freedom to be themselves—while encouraging them to follow me through play and inclusiveness.
My love for dance began when I was a just little girl. I took my first ballet class at the age of 3, and it has become my lifelong passion!
Started my own dance company, Dance With Miss Anna. I now teach classes at Sprout San Francisco and Sprout Mill Valley!
My teaching career took off! Taught ballet to young children in studios in San Francisco and the East Bay, as well as kids' cheer camps in Sonoma.
Was a Raiderette captain and traveled to Austria to cheer in the Euro Bowl. Was awarded "Raiderette of the Year" and also danced in the Pro Bowl in Hawaii!
Received the Wanetta Horton Memorial Award for most inspirational Raiderette, voted by my teammates.
Auditioned for the Oakland Raiderettes. Traveled to Japan to perform for Troops, and was awarded "Rookie of the Year".
Joined Kirstin William's hip hop dance group “Strong Pulse” and performed with Jeanette Male in “Within the Circle”.
Moved to San Francisco, CA!
Took a break from dance for college.
Performed with the Rangerettes in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Cotton Bowl.
Auditioned for the “World Famous Kilgore College Rangerettes” – the first dancing drill team created in 1940, known for their high kicks and jump splits.
I became officer of the dance team. Helped choreograph the team's award-winning competition routines.
I joined the high school dance team, McNeil Majestics. Choreographed and performed my first solo!
Moved to Texas and danced with Star Dance Studio. This year I had my first real stage performance as a snowflake in The Nutcracker.
Took ballet classes from a teacher at her in-home studio in Michigan.
At recess I would bring my Fisher Price tape player and teach my friends choreographed dances to Paula Abdul, Madonna, and Janet Jackson.
Took ballet lessons as a child and was always found dancing around the house.