A heartfelt thank you for another wonderful year!

Our Premiere performance of ‘Alice’ in June was met with rave reviews and this year’s ‘Nutcracker’ was a community favorite once again thanks to all of you!

We return to classes on January 8th, but we would like to invite you to come join the fun at our SVDA Family Appreciation Night on Saturday, January 6th. More info about this fun event coming soon!

We would also like to take a moment to share some good news about members of our SVDA Family!

We would like to honor our Modern/Ballet Instructor Meghan Horowitz on being an Artist in Residence yet again in 2018, this time for SAFEhouse Arts.

We would also like to share the fact that three of our Senior Company Alumni have received professional ballet contracts in 2017 and former Senior Company Alumna, Ashley Wellington, has received a grant for her Spring 2018 semester at the Julliard School in New York.

Congratulations to all!!

2018 is going to be a great dance year; we are very excited to announce the addition of two new instructors to our teaching staff (see below) and the reinstating of our Royal Academy (RAD) Classes and preparations for Official RAD Exams. We will also be welcoming in our new SVDA Board members in January.

From the SVDA Faculty and Staff, we would like to wish you all a warm and loving holiday filled with peace and family!

South Valley Dance Arts is pleased to announce
the addition of 2 Instructors to our teaching staff……
Ms. Melissa James
Melissa is originally from South Africa and has been involved in the dance industry since the age of four, completing examinations and performing various dance genres such as ballet, tap dance, modern dance, Irish dance, Spanish dance, and jazz. After high school, she pursued her passion for dance through studying, performing and teaching abroad in the United Kingdom. Melissa has 19 years experience teaching ballet, tap, jazz, Irish, Spanish dance and was also a faculty member at a prestigious private school in Cape Town, South Africa teaching middle and high school dance as a subject before relocating to California. Melissa has been successfully entering students for R.A.D. ballet examinations for more than 12 years from Pre–Primary to Advanced and has an excellent reputation with dance students and families wherever she has been. Ms. Melissa will be joining us as our Royal Academy of Dance Instructor.

Mr. William Prusinowski
Billy Punnamedrusinowski is the co-founder of the SF Bay Area’s “Burevisnyky” Ukrainian Dance Group. Originally from Upstate New York, he grew up dancing with the Odesa Ukrainian Dance Ensemble of Syracuse and later participated in Roma Pryma Bohachevsky Dance Workshops at Soyuzivka Ukrainian Heritage Center. He has also performed with groups across the state, including Syzokryli of New York City, and Rochester’s Mamai and Dunai. Billy lives in Santa Cruz and has been active in cultivating the Bay Area’s Ukrainian culture by attracting dancers to his group, Burevisnyky, and joining us this spring semester at South Valley Dance Arts.

Congratulations to the
SVDA Ukrainian Company
for their invitation to dance in the
2018 International Festival in Ukraine.
This will be SVDA’s first ever international performance!
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In Studio Registration
will be available on Monday August 21 from 4:00 – 7:00 Ballet & tap shoes, tights, skirts, leotards available to purchase during office hours.Online Registration now available. Payment of fees and tuition may be done via the invoice that will be emailed to you.
Dress Code Reminder:
South Valley Dance Arts Level 1 thru Level 6 classes now has a strict dress code policy.
Please refer to our website for a detailed description
of what dancewear is approved for class.
View SVDA Dress Code