Over 25 years of bringing the love of dance to all ages by sharing its beauty, power, and vision in fresh and unique way! We strive to make all of our dancers feel welcome and at home in our studios, whether they are competitive or recreational dancers. Our staff is invested in each dancer’s success, on and off the dance floor! We don’t just teach dance; we teach valuable life lessons too!
Whether you are looking for an hour a week to have some fun and release some energy, or you are looking to train and improve your dance skills and technique, we have something to offer you! We pride ourselves on our varied schedule, with classes geared toward all levels and ages. We continue to look for opportunities to improve our studio, strengthen our dancers, and grow our staff!
Sonya is proud of the relationships she establishes with her students. They eventually grow up and leave to begin new chapters in their lives, but they still feel as if CDC is their second home and love to check in often. It is because of these lasting relationships that Sonya believes she and the CDC staff are not just teaching dance, but creating experiences and gifting life lessons that help shape their dancers into responsible, well-adjusted, life-loving adults. Sonya considers herself not just a dance teacher, but also a coach, counselor, and mentor. There is nothing more satisfying to her than watching her students open their wings and fly away to experience new adventures and to conquer new challenges. Sonya feels California Dance Company prepares them for both, with an open mind and much enthusiasm!
BIO COMING SOON
Amanda stared dancing at the age of six and trained in ballet, jazz, tap, and lyrical. Eight years later she joined the California Dance Company Intensive Team where she found her love for new styles such as Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Jazz Funk, Contemporary, and Aerial Silks. During her competitive years Amanda received multiple top 10 awards and CDC’s Triple Threat Award. She joined the Apprentice Program in her senior year of high school and shortly after began her teaching career, now beginning her her seventh season.In 2017 Amanda started choreographing for the Intensive Team where her students have won several First Overall, Top Ten, and Judges Awards.
Although she loves all genres of dance, Amanda has a heart for ballet. One of her favorite experiences as a Ballet teacher was working with the Moscow Ballet and assistant teaching for the Nutcracker. She has completed the Ballet Method’s Teaching Certification Program and continues to immerse in other online training programs. Her goal as the CDC Ballet Director is to share her love for the art form and make Ballet a positive experience, as well as pushing her students to succeed. Amanda cares for her students as if they are her own and has great joy in watching them grow into amazing human beings. She strives to make CDC a loving, open minded, accepting place where dancers can build character and learn to express themselves. Amanda loves her CDC family and hopes to make the studio a second home for her students just like it is for her!
OUR AWARD-WINNING STAFF
Lotus grew up in Redding, California and in addition to working at California Dance Company, she works at an elementary school with special needs children as a paraprofessional. She has been dancing since the age of 3, competing since the age of 11, and apprenticing since the age of 15. She loves teaching and creating a safe environment for kids to express their creativity and love for dance and acro. Not only is teaching a rewarding profession for her, but also a way for her to learn and grow along with her students. She is extremely excited to be the teacher of the new Acro program and to watch her students grow at California Dance Company.
Born in Wisconsin, Arianna began her dance training at the age of three gaining experience in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and modern. After 15 years of ballet & 11 years of jazz she began teaching those styles. Along with dancing, Arianna also grew up very involved in theater, competitive figure skating, step team, and competitive choral groups.
Arianna moved to Redding in 2017 and began working with CDC in 2020. Since being with the studio she has taken over as gymnastics program director, as well as kept her love of dance alive through teaching ballet and jazz. As of April 2022 Arianna is a certified Rhythm Works Dance Instructor. The certification is awarded after completing an 18-hour training program that combines music, rhythm, and movement into a fun and effective therapy modality based on hip hop dance as a pathway to integrate kids with special needs and individual learning experiences into inclusive dance classes.
Arianna has loved getting to share her love of the arts with the students at CDC, and hopes that she may inspire them to share their love of the arts with everyone around them.
Amber has a passion for dancing and all things performing arts! She has been a dancer, dance teacher/coach, and dance mom - all roles that she has loved! If there’s a good beat, you'll find Amber dancing, whether it be in the car, in the kitchen, or while sweeping the studio. She is excited to be working with such an amazing studio full of wonderful and talented dancers and teachers!