Dance Academy USA Apprentice Teachers
Ms. Andrea was born in Bulgaria and moved to the US when she was 4 years old. She came to DAU at age 7, and has been dancing ever since! She is currently a senior at Homestead High School, and is a senior editor for the high school newspaper. She is also a part of a program called HOP (Homestead Orientation Program), which helps at Student Body and PTA events, participates in community service, and serves as a guide for incoming freshmen and students new to Homestead High School. She is also a coach for the Alpha Mares, an all-girls hip hop group that performs at rallies for Homestead High School.
Ms. Andrea has been a part of DAU’s Teaching Assistant program for 4 years, and this will be her second year as an apprentice teacher. After high school, she hopes to attend Northwestern for journalism or move to Southern California to audition to be a working dance professional. A fun fact about Ms. Andrea: she is a second-degree black belt in kung fu!
Ms. Ashley has been dancing since she was 4 years old, and came to DAU in 2011. She has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary, and is also a member of DAUPC. She has been a part of the Teaching Assistant Program for 5 years, and is thrilled to take the next step as an Apprentice Teacher.
Ashley will be a junior at St. Francis High School, and is a member of the cheer team. A fun fact about Ms. Ashley: She loves to spend time outdoors camping and going to the lake!
Jianna has been dancing ever since she can remember and has always loved the variety of possibilities of expression that are accessible through dance. Jianna is currently a senior at Homestead High School and is a part of many campus clubs including Red Cross and National Music Honor Society. Aside from dance, Jianna enjoys Musical Theater and has been cast in many shows across the Bay Area! Jianna hopes to study education and disabilities and one day become a Special Education Teacher for young children.
Ms. Mahima started dancing when she was 7 years old, and began her training with Bollywood dance. When she was 9, a friend had suggested taking hip hop classes at Dance Academy USA, and Mahima was hooked. She furthered her training by adding classes in ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical/contemporary the following year, and became a member of DAUPC as well.
When Mahima was a freshman at Lynbrook High School, she was a member of the dance team - the Lynbrook Valkyries. Ms. Mahima has also been a part of our Teaching Assistant program, and is thrilled to be teaching her own classes this year. “I had some great dance teachers growing up, and it’s a great opportunity to foster a love of dance when my students are so young.”
A fun fact about Ms. Mahima: She is currently learning two languages - French and Russian!
Ms. Shirley grew up dancing at Dance Academy USA, and joined DAUPC when she was in the first grade. She first started out taking only jazz classes, but then expanded her training to include all styles of dance offered at DAU. She has been a T.A. for 4 years and is a second-year Apprentice Teacher.
Shirley is a senior at Monta Vista High School and was a member of the Song Team from 2015-2017. During her time on the Song Team, she was able to set choreography on the dancers for school rallies. After high school, Shirley would like to attend college to get a degree in Computer Science.
A fun fact about Ms. Shirley: She can crack every joint in her body!
Yana grew up in New York and started dancing when she was 3 years old. When she was 11, her family moved to the Bay Area, and Yana became a member of the DAU family. She is a member of DAUPC and has training in ballet, pointe, jazz, and contemporary. She has been a T.A. for the past 2 years and is delighted to become an Apprentice Teacher.
A senior at Cupertino High School, Ms. Yana is a member of the Best Buddies club and works as a student intern in the DAU office. After graduation, Yana hopes to attend college to become a physical therapist. A fun fact about Ms. Yana: She was born in Belarus
Ms. Abbey grew up in the Bay Area and started dancing when she was 3 years old. She came to DAU in 2012, and has bee training formally in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Lyrical/Contemporary. She has been a member of DAUPC for 5 years, and has been a Teaching Assistant for 2 years before being promoted to Apprentice Teacher.
A senior at Willow Glen High School, Abbey is a member of the Buddies Club as well as the California Scholarship Federation. She also participates with the WGHS Dance Club and has choreographed for several rally performances. After graduation, Abbey would like to study Environmental Law. Ms. Abbey is excited about taking the next step as an Apprentice Teacher!