Program Leader: Tanisha Paul
Program Description: Learn how to dance to the rhythm of a song and incorporate every body part into doing so! In the YAPA Kids Dance program, all activities are hands-on and we will introduce different genres of dance including hip hop, contemporary, jazz, and ballet! Students will have the opportunity to create their own dance pieces and showcase their moves with the guidance of trained and passionate teachers. Flexibility, strength, stamina, and more are all natural benefits that students will gain from dancing their hearts out through an engaging and fun dance program. No prior dance experience is needed! Come join us in the world of dance!
Option A: Tuesdays, null
Option B: Mondays, null
Program Teachers: Katie To, Henna Chawla, Ashley Perez, Maya Jagota, Tiana Zhou, Annitha Krishnan, Tejas Polu, Adhivika Parashuram, Jada Alexis, Graciela Sandoval, Tanisha Paul, Alison Castro, Nikita Brahmma, Christie Ung, Venus Wang, Reva Mahto, Lily Parekh
My name is Katie To and I'm an uprising junior at Mark Keppel High School, which is located near Los Angeles, California! I started dancing for fun in 5th grade due to my love for music and K-POP. Once I went to high school, I joined my high school's competitive dance team where we performed at school rallies and competed in competitions. I had the honor of gaining national championship titles including ones in MEDIUM FEMALE HIP-HOP and LARGE KICK. I trained in various dance styles including hip hop, contemporary, kick, pom, and more. I continue to passionately dance till this day and I'm so excited to share my knowledge with the youth and help them express their feelings through the art of dance!
Hi! My name is Henna Chawla and I'm a rising sophmore at Homestead High School. I love dancing and have been taking Bollywood dance classes for several years! I'm so excited to teach you guys!
Hi everyone! My name is Ashley Perez. I am currently an upcoming junior at Mark Keppel High School. I am excited to teach dance since I am on my high school's dance team!
Hello! My name is Tiana Zhou and I am a junior at Mission San Jose High School. I have been a competitive dancer for more than 10 years at Yoko's Dance and Performing Arts Studio, and I compete at several regional competitions as well as a national competition every year. I have experience in ballet, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, modern, and more styles of dance! Looking forward to working with you all!
Hi! My name is Annitha Krishnan, and I am a junior at American High School. I did gymnastics for 6 years and taught gymnastics for 2 years. I took dance classes for 4 years and I am also an officer at my school's dance team. I enjoy dancing because it allows me to express myself. I can't wait to work with all of you!
Hi guys, I am Tejas Polu, a sophomore at Cupertino High School. I’ve been playing basketball my whole life and also started working out recently. I'm so excited to teach you guys!
Hi! I'm Adhvika and I'm a sophmore at Cupertino High School. I've been dancing for 10 years and 3 competively. I'm really excited to meet you guys!!
Hello! My name is Jada:) I am a sophmore at Rosary Academy. I have had a love for passion for dance since I was 5 years old. I currently dance at Orange County Performing Arts Academy. I love all genres of dance and am so excited to be apart of this program!
Hi everyone!! My name is Graciela Sandoval I am currently a sophomore and have competed in dance for 12 years. I'm super excited for this program can't wait!!
Hi everyone, my name is Tanisha Paul. I'm a sophomore at Hoffman Estates HS. I have been dancing traditional Bharatanatyam from a young age of 5 years old and in the recent years, I have self taught myself urban hip hop. I look forward to working with everyone!
Hey! I am Alison Castro and I am a junior at Gabrielino High School! I love dancing and have been dancing since I was in the 2nd grade! I love learning new dances and making freestyles and choreography! I would love to bring something to this team! Although I am not the best, I can still teach it pretty well!
Hi my name is Nikita Brahmma and I am a junior at MTHS in NJ! I have been dancing for over 12 years and am very fond of this beautiful art. My motivations in dancing were to stay connected to my culture & Indian roots, also it allowed me to stay active. More than that it stood as a platform for me to explore the aspect of creativity :)
Hi! My name is Christie Ung and I am a junior at American High School. I am a level 8 gymnast and have been doing competitive dance for over 10 years. I train in multiple styles and my favorites are contemporary, ballet, acro, lyrical, and jazz. I also have experience in teaching fitness, conditioning, and stretching for flexibilty. I enjoy teaching and coreographing dances, correcting others to help them develop their skills and technique, and challenging my students to explore out of their comfort zone.
Hi! My name is Venus Wang, and I am a junior at Saint Andrew's School from Florida! I am in the dance company team at school and have had previous experience choreographing and doing all genres of dance! I am so excited to share and help others develop an amazing passion for dance!
Hiiii, I'm Reva!! Currently, I am a sophomore @ CHS and I absolutely love to dance (esp. HipHop:) Even as a kid, dance had always been something that naturally came to me. Whether its watching WOD, Bailey Sok, KPOP choreographies, or Dance Moms (lol) I excitedly start choreographing something wild in my head! I hope to spark the same interest in dance to students by making them feel comfortable performing and improving their ability to groove with the music.
Hey! My name is Lily Parekh and I'm a sophmore in high school. I live in Toronto, Ontario and I've been doing ballet since I was 4 years old but I also have experience in other styles as well as choreography and coaching young dancers. I love dance and I'm really excited to be part of the team.