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Dance

The City of San Ramon Parks & Community Services Department offers a wide variety of dance classes ranging in genre, age and level.  The goal of our program is to teach dance technique in a safe and positive environment.  Classes take place all over the City at the following locations: San Ramon Community Center, Dougherty Station Community Center, Alcosta Senior & Community Center, and The Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center.

INSTRUCTORS

Miss Christie
Miss Christie Photo
Better known around San Ramon as Miss Christie, has been studying dance (all types) since the age of 3. She has danced in three, very different, dance companies and performed in shows such as Once Upon A Mattress, Anything Goes, Music Man and The Boyfriend. She has also done various choreography for professional singers, dancers, bodybuilders, cheerleaders and for two Olympics (which they won 2 gold medals)! She's been teaching ballet, tap and jazz for 38 years! The last 27 years for the City of San Ramon.

Program
Ballerinas

Classes build upon the previous years’ experience and prepare children for the next level. Children are expected to continue in the same class level for the school year. Miss Christie teaches at the San Ramon Community Center on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Miss Christie’s Annual Dance Recital is held in June at The Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center and requires students to be enrolled in the full Winter/Spring session.

For a full list of classes, descriptions and pricing please see The Activity Guide.  


Miss Christie's Dress Code

Ballet Attire:
Pre-Ballet & Pre-Ballet Continuation - light pink leotards and light pink tights.
Ballet I & Ballet II - light blue leotards and light pink tights.
Ballet III - black leotards and light pink tights.

Tights are to be worn even on hot days.
Please do not wear skirts or a tutu in class. They can get in the way when I am checking for proper body alignment and younger students tend to be distracted by them

Ballet Slippers - pink slippers. After adjusting the strings, tuck them inside.
Hair - Please pull hair back, in a bun, a ponytail or a braid.
Boys & Young Men - black tights, white T-shirts and white or black ballet shoes.

Jazz:
Attire - Leotards and tights or tight fitting stretchable clothing. NO baggy pants or shirts.
Shoes - Black jazz shoes or black ballet slippers.
Hair - Please pull hair back into a bun, a ponytail or a braid.

Tap:
Attire - Anything goes!
Tap I & Tap II - Tap shoes- take the ties off and replace them with a hair twist ties that have a ball on each loop. Ask me!
Tap III & Tap IV - Tap shoes with adjustable screws on taps.

All Dance shoes, tap, jazz and ballet, should never be worn outside! Another tip, please put your child's name on his/her dance shoes.

Parent Testimonial:

We love Ms. Christie for her talents, humor and care. We want our girls to be introduced to dance in a caring manner and she's definitely shown that. Thank you Ms. Christie!

My daughter has danced with Miss Christie for 15 years she truly loves to teach and inspire other dancers. She has taken classes with other studios and always came back to Miss Christie, because of her passion for her art. Thank you for 15 wonderful years.

We have loved having Miss Christie for a dance teacher!! When we moved here my daughter tried different dance studios but never liked the teachers. She still missed her old teacher. But as soon as she met Miss Christie she loved her!! I'm so happy we found her!


Miss Heather - All 4 Dance

Heather TaborMiss Heather began her dance training at the age of 3 with Stars National Dance Academy where she studied ballet, gymnastics, jazz, tap, hip hop and musical theatre. She competed regionally and nationally in the advanced divisions and won many overall awards. Heather later worked as Choreographer for San Leandro High School and dance instructor for Dublin Theatre Company. She studied at California State University's Fresno and East Bay dance focus, London's Basement, and attended teaching conventions with the industry's top master teachers and choreographers. Heather has been teaching children and adults since 1998. She has been teaching throughout the tri- valley for 15 years. Last year, Heather's dance team received their first double platinum award at Showstoppers Regional Competition.  Heather is a mother of two. Her goal is for every child to have a positive experience in dance leading to a lifelong appreciation for the art of performance.

Program

Heather dance

Classes build upon the previous years’ experience and prepare children for the next level. Children are expected to continue in the same class level for the school year. There are 3 sessions offered throughout the school year (Fall session, Winter and Spring).

Classes are offered on Saturdays at Dougherty Station Community Center.

One $45 costume fee is due at the first class meeting. Late orders add $5. Class costume will be worn for presentations appearing the last day of each session throughout the school year. This year's All 4 Dance theme is 'Seasons!'

For a full list of classes, descriptions and pricing please see The Activity Guide.

Miss Heather's Dress Code

Pre Ballet I & II: 
Pink tights, Black leotard, pink ballet shoes (no skirts please)

Fun with Jazz & Tap:
Black Jazz shoes & Tap Shoes with comfortable, moveable clothes, pants must be no longer than ankle length.

Ballet I, Ballet II, Ballet III/IV:
Black (no skirts) Camisole Leotard, ballet pink tights, and pink split-sole ballet shoes.
Hair - pulled back into a bun

Parent Testimonial:

Miss Heather is a very rare teacher and her style is both rooted in traditional modes of dance and also very creative. She understands that individuals learn in different styles and is able to demonstrate technique in a variety of learning styles. Really she should be teaching teachers. Also Miss Heather is an excellent choreographer.  

We absolutely love Heather's dance classes. She has a very positive attitude and it is very age appropriate.


Deb Saravia 

Debbie Saravia has been dancing and choreographing in San Francisco and the East Bay for over 48 years and is committed to bringing quality and affordable adult dance classes to the Tri-Valley.

Deb

Her background in dance is Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Contemporary and has been teaching locally for over 20 years.  Not only is Debbie an experienced dancer and teacher, she is a Shellie Award nominated choreographer, the Co-Artistic Director of San Ramon's resident dance troupe Jumpin' at the Sun Dance Company and an officer with the San Ramon Arts Foundation. 

Visit https://www.debbiesaraviadance.com/ for more information and come join our fabulous dance family and start dancing! 





Susanne TATSEENA Dennis

Tatseena

Tatseena is a awarded master teacher/dancer with over 38 years teaching experience, Tatseena infuses her spirituality into her performances and body awareness into her classes.  A natural artist, healer, poet, costumer, choreographer, and poetic dancer Tatseena performed at the International Peace Conference in Taiwan in 2000, hailed “the queen of tableau”, known for her fusion theatre presentations. In the early 80's she added hatha yoga and rehab movement for seniors to her list of classes. As a poet herself she facilitated read rounds at National Poetry Conventions with Artists Embassy International. Tatseena performed for many educational programs at elementary schools and colleges. Also, a certified bodyworker guiding couples in wellness massage, teaching Imagi-dance for moms & kids, and offering fusion healing bellydance movement/color therapy workshops too.  Tatseena independently produced a successful Belly Dance Festival for 10 years bringing the cultural art of Middle Eastern dance to the big stage in San Leandro. She also hosts dancer camp retreats during the summer to foster community and family fun.