Founded in 2002, Dancekidz is a mobile dance and gymnastics company that brings quality performing arts education to area preschools. Using an assortment of props and costumes, our curriculum is designed to bring out your child's imagination. Nothing is more exciting and engaging than dancing with a magical wand, or to playing pretend while wearing a mask, hat or boa!
Our mission and passion has been to create a fun loving, safe experience for children to grow, learn and develop a love for dance. We believe that the Dancekidz custom curriculum will enhance learning in school, improve social skills and teamwork, develop coordination and creativity, and most importantly, build confidence and self esteem.
MEET OUR TEACHERS
All Dancekidz instructors have been dancing their whole life and have a true passion for working with small children. Each is First Aid and CPR certified; licensed by the state of California; fingerprinted; and vetted through an extensive background check. Our instructors have been carefully selected and trained so every child can learn to dance in a loving, positive environment.
Miss Niki FOUNDER | INSTRUCTOR
Miss Niki began Dancekidz in 2002. She has been teaching for 25 years, and is a certified gymnastics coach, as well as a member of the Canadian Dance Teacher Association. Her true love is dancing with children at the preschool age.
Niki started her professional dancing career in Toronto, Canada as a Toronto Argonaut Sundancer for the CFL (Canadian Football League). She performed in many TV shows, award ceremonies, as well as musical theater shows; her favorite being the role of "Mrs. Potiphar" in the musical JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT.
Miss Niki toured through South America and the Caribbean with Holland America Cruise line as dance captain. Niki was lead choreographer, dancer and singer At the Deerhurst resort where Shania Twain started. Niki can be seen in movies such as SUPERSTAR, CHEATERS, and CHICAGO as Catherine Zeta-Jones' sister.
Miss Amrita INSTRUCTOR
Born and raised in West Los Angeles, Amrita began her journey in dance at the age of seven. Learning the basic dance foundation of Ballet, Jazz, and Tap, she quickly moved on to intermediate level dance classes with her peers. While in high school, Amrita ventured into playing and coaching competitive soccer. At this time, she became passionate about Hip Hop, Indian Classical Dance, Ballroom and Bollywood dancing styles.
Over the last several years, Miss Amrita has danced for various half-time performances for the NBA, as well as, cultural dance shows within the Los Angeles community. Amrita teaches Bollywood Dance and various Ballroom Dance styles along with Hip Hop and Ballet.
Miss Chantel INSTRUCTOR
Miss Chantal grew up in Dallas, TX where she trained intensely in contemporary and hip hop for 5 years. After graduating high school she toured nationally with Ingredients Dance Company for 2 years bringing her all the way to Los Angeles, California. She started teaching 6-10 year olds her senior year of high school and has loved pouring into kids ever since.
Miss Chantel calls LA her home and is involved in a dance company based in North Hollywood. She is excited to be a part of Dancekidz and own her passion for teaching kids
Miss Lauren INSTRUCTOR
Miss Lauren has been dancing since the age of three, and has spent the last decade performing professionally and teaching children of all ages. Teaching dance is a source of great joy, and a passion for Lauren. She is trained in the genres of tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, musical theater, kick line, and hip hop. She has competed nationally in her youth, as well as in the collegiate dance circuit. Performing in Minneapolis with Collide Theatrical Dance Company as a multi-season soloist has been a highlight of her career.
Lauren has an excellent track-record of instilling a love of dance in her students, while fostering their knowledge and understanding of dance. She is thrilled to be sharing her talents and energy with Dancekidz!
Miss Sylva INSTRUCTOR
Miss Sylva was raised in College Station, TX where she was trained classically in Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, and Pointe under the direction of Suzanne Moreau. While still in High School she was a member of a pre-professional Contemporary company, a soloist for Ballet Brazos, and was invited to join Ballet Brazos's elite ballet troupe.
After graduating, Sylva had the opportunity to tour nationally with Ingredients Dance Company, taking classes from instructors such as Vincent Hardy, Ryan Warren, and Michelle Brogan, founder of Dance Revolution and Earth Shakers Competition.
Miss Sylva started as an Assistant Dance Teacher when she was 12 and, quickly realized that she loved sharing her passion of dance with others. She taught her own dance classes at age 15. When she was 19, Sylva began directing a dance company for an elect group of dancers and has since won several awards for best choreography. She recently moved to LA to pursue her love of dance and to inspire others to love it as well.
Miss Verenice INSTRUCTOR
Verenice is a natural born dancer. Since the young age of five, she could be found twirling and dancing to any music that filled her ears. After her parents enrolled her in their local Boys & Girls Club of America, she grew to love dance and creative expression. During that time, Verenice explored the traditional style of Folklórico, a folk dance from Central America. She quickly embodied the extensions, accents, and exaggerated movements which led to finding a passion in ballet technique. Her background includes anthropological research, field work, and child behavioral analysis.
The last 2 years Verenice has been working as a Behavioral Health Technician working close with children. Missing her love for dance she decided to get back into the dance world to share her passion with little ones. She is very excited to be working with Dancekidz to help pass on her love for dance.
Ms Kate INSTRUCTOR
Kate has been a performer for most of her life and began dancing at the age of three with the Movement Laboratory Dance Company in Pennsylvania. She started off with Classical Ballet and eventually added Modern, Jazz, Tap and Hip-Hop to her skill sets. Kate had the privilege of touring the world and dancing in over 13 different countries with Movement Lab’s Goodwill Through Dance student exchange program.
Kate has a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts and over nine years of teaching experience. She began teaching students of all ages in 2011 at Dance Envoy in Pennsylvania. In 2015, Kate and her husband moved to Florida for warmer weather and work opportunities. It was there she began teaching at preschools for the mobile dance company, Dancing Little Stars. Kate quickly realized that she loved teaching this young and energetic age group the most.
In 2019 Kate and her husband moved to Los Angeles and she was given the opportunity to teach for Dance Kidz as their floating substitute teacher. She’s incredibly grateful to be teaching in a new city for a great company and some truly wonderful students.
Miss Emily OFFICE MANAGER
Miss Emily is our Office Manager. Prior to joining Dancekidz, she attended film school in the San Fernando Valley area, pursuing her Bachelors in Cinematography.
Emily enjoys working with kids, and she also helps things run smoothly in the Dancekidz office. Apart from work and school, Emily enjoys going on hikes and spending time with her family and friends.