Collaborating with youth to move, build, and experience a momentous community.
Soul of Cali is a clubhouse for nourishing unique skill sets, character, and relationships, in the form of passion, fun, and movement.
Whether you're on the stage, the field, the court, in the kitchen, lab, or studio,
"Practice makes magic."
We show up, find out, and thrive together.
A trusted circle of mentors and peers that cultivate growth with out judgement is crucial to the preservation of genuine expression and drawing strength and style from the inside out.
Devoted to providing youth with a range of opportunity and space to flow in creativity, practice discipline, and familiarize with a shared positive vision for the future.
As my mother watched “Dirty Dancing” in the movie theater, I made my dance debut with a kick in the womb.
My early youth was immersed in the beauty, discipline, and grace of the
"Evergreen City Ballet", directed by Wade Walthall. Memories of 30 hour dance weeks, true sisterhood, and Swan Lake, feels like a life time ago, but the deep connection ballet has given me to dance ad community still pulses strong.
At age 16, the liveliness of the Seattle Hip-Hop scene drew me in, and inspired me to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the music and dance industry. After moving to Los Angeles, I toured China as a dancer for Pop Star Jay Chou, trained in New York City at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and got futuristic as the leading lady in Steve Aoki and Waka Flocka’s music video, "Rage the Night Away." (parent advisory due to language)
In 2012 I founded "Soul of Cali", a place for youth to create, and discover personal style from the inside out.
With over 10 years of experience teaching in dance studios, public schools, colleges, and reggio based preschools, I have arrived at a lively crossroad between dance instruction and early childhood education. My teaching approach is rooted in collaborating with kids, in the moment, to stir up fresh and original dance adventures. We are story tellers with "cool tools". Our tools are our music, movement, and imagination. Our work is to keep these tools clean, sharp, organized, and loved, so we can continue refine how we use them, and find new ways to utilize them. Our team agreement is to keep our minds open, learn patiently, and support one another, since we are way cooler and happier together.
“Save the World”,my first published dance along for kids, produced by Mega Mace, has been translated into several languages and broadcasted by Cyberobics through out Europe.
I spend my summers Co-directing the best place on earth, World Groove Camp, exploring cultural arts and real, live, unity.
I prefer cheese to cake, baggy to fitted, tube socks to ankle socks, and breakfast burritos to regular ones. I love cozy rainy days, neon colors, and friends that make me laugh!