Dance With Miss Alyssa

Dance With Miss Alyssa

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40 employees
16 years in business

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San Francisco High School of the Arts is the only private arts high school in the city and offers extended programs to all ages. The Academy is known for its high-quality Classical Chinese Dance program and its spectacular training facility next to the Golden Gate Park. SFHSA provides classical ballet and Chinese dance classes for children ages 2.5-7. Technique, artistry, creative practice, and musicality will be incorporated in every class. 

We offer folk/ballet combo classes, drum dance, tap classes, and Chinese folk fan dance. This allows children to explore different cultures through movement and music. Young dancers will also benefit from learning important life skills such as discipline and respect for others in this fun, nurturing and structured program. 

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San Francisco, CA 94117
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I introduce myself upon arrival and enthusiastically welcome them to see the studio. It is important with little ones that mom & student can explore the space in which we will be studying ballet. I then show them a Ballet Storybook and ask if they'd like to try the class. I am direct, soft, and polite when working with toddlers; and approach the class as a Disney Princess would. Lots of songs to remember rules of the class, and positive reinforcement around every pass across the floor. It is important that every new student feels comfortable to explore, imagine, and create. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have taught Pre-School dance for over 10 years & creative movement and Pre-Ballet are my specialities. With experience with over 50 classes in four states, I have managed to build a curriculum that satisfies both students and parents. We are having fun while we are learning, and my performance background allows me to achieve whimsical energy throughout the class. This inspires students to dance and work on movement skills that they may otherwise let go of. I have trained in Pre-School Care & am currently working on a certification in nursery instruction. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Pricing is prorated based on enrollment. One class per week is currently offered at $300 for 10 weeks.

How did you get started teaching?

I began dancing at two, and my greatest influence was my pre-school dance teacher. I can still remember her introducing us to our tap shoes, making sure we knew all of our ballet positions, and obviously, we just had so much fun in her class! In high school, I was ready to teach a class of little ones on my own. I learned so much in that first year of teaching and was determined to know more. I decided to go to school for dance. In college, I taught at several studios and studied psychology, kinesiology, and movement development in infants and toddlers. I was fascinated with the stages of walking, running, jumping and skipping. It was during this age that we may also learn how to dance as a second movement skill/language. After training with a fantastic mentor in Oregon in creative dance, I was able to incorporate and build the curriculum that I practice today. It has been a long time, but I am still excited and inspired to learn more, and do more within these toddler's courses!

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students from all walks of life. Whether they have sensory issues or can be a bit of a challenge in a classroom, I've handled it. I welcome all students to the magical world of dance. I believe in preserving diversity & inclusivity.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

One of my students, Zoe, brought me a card that she wrote herself on the first day of Fall Classes. It was so incredibly sweet & I was almost brought to tears at the immense care she put into spelling my name. Zoe is four years old & an absolute sweetheart!

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Find someone that is truely caring. Toddlers need structure within care. They are little people with big thoughts, so it is best to find someone that isn't too serious about things 'looking good' or 'performance focused'. These are the years to cherish and support our little ones in the joy of dance.