Tap Dancing for Seniors
Mrs. Venae started dance at age five in tap, jazz, and acrobatics. She
continued classes for nine years and then went on to ballroom in her late
teens which has allowed her to teach for Arthur Murray Studios. During
that time she and her partner performed as the floor show in several dinner
clubs in the Bay Area. Mrs. Venae has owned a Couple Ballroom dance
studio in Hayward and has acted as the dance director at her church for
twenty years. She has trained in private studios and began teaching for the
City of Fremont in 2006.
Mrs. Venae's classes are for the over fifty groups. Her classes are invited to
perform for various organization including senior centers and care facilities.
Alexandra de Lory
Alexandra started dancing at the age of three at Mission Dance in Fremont.
Later, she moved to Yoko's Dance and Performing Arts Academy and
danced there until her junior year of high school. While training at Yoko's
in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and hip hop, she competed in regional and
national dance competitions and danced in recitals and local performances
with the Fremont Symphony Orchestra and Moscow Ballet. She was a
member of the Hopkins Jr. High Dance Team and while in college, she
completed jazz, ballet, and modern classes in the University of California,
Irvine's Dance Department.
Alexandra loves dancing because it provides an opportunity to be constantly
challenged and is a fun way to stay active. Also, dance allows her to
convey certain feelings and stories to an audience, and gives her a sense
of freedom and accomplishment. She enjoys teaching children a new
skill and seeing them have fun while doing it.
Ms. Jessica has been an instructor for the Dance Department over four
years and worked with all ages. Prior to teaching, she has taken ballet,
tap and jazz and many other types of dance styles over the span of 16
years. She had competed for 2 different studios and had received
recognition. In 2010, she and her group were awarded Grand Champions
of Starbound Competition in Lake Tahoe. She also participated in many
musical theatre shows with Star Struck Youth Theatre. Musicals like
42nd Street, Cats, The Music Man, Annie and Guys & Dolls.
Jessica’s passion for dance flows when teaching. She enjoys spreading
her knowledge and sharing her experiences to others.
She hopes to see you in her class!
Indian Music and Dance Instructor [Bollywood and Classical]
Vaishnavi grew up around her mother who is a dancer and stage drama
artist and director. Assisting her and performing along with her in various
Stage, Television and Radio [ drama] performances and camps in India.
Vaishnavi studied and learned the Indian classical dance "Kathak" since the
age of 3 under the guidance of Guru Surendra Saikeya and completed her
Masters in Classical Dance . This laid the foundation for her to learn many
other dance forms from around the world that today she Incorporates in
Vaishnavi also Studied and did her Masters in Indian Classical Vocal
[Hindustani style] under Pandit Rameshwar Prasad Mishra and has been
his student for the past 25 years. She has been a choir singer and soloist
for western style of singing all through her school and college years and
have won many awards for genre.
Vaishnavi has taught Music and Dance for as long as she can remember,
but formally for the past 8 years. It is a passion that she cannot separate
from. It brings the true"outside the box" thinking in her. Her biggest reward
is the smile on her students' faces when they leave class and the eagerness
with which they wait for the next.
Youth & Adult Hula
At a very young age, Janice was introduced by her mother to a native
Hawaiian, Kumu, Irene LaChance. She taught Janice and her older sister
Hula, Maori and Tahitian dances . As students, Janice and her family
became O'hana with her Kumu's, later to find out, this was truly the Aloha
Spirit O'hana and danced with our hearts.
However, as Janice became older and needed to focus on college, she
retired her grass skirt to work a real job. Up until it was rekindled by a
friend when asked to perform the Hawaiian Wedding Song at her wedding.
All those O'hana feelings came back and never left. Years later, when
Janice retired from industry and her family well established, she decided
to bring back Hula into her life, but through Hula Praise dancing. She had
become involved with O'hana Crossroads Church, Fremont, Kumu Renee
Price, Living Hope, Newark, Kumu Laura Teo, and currently active with
The Heart of the Bay, Hayward, Kumu Cheryl Kaleinani Pacanas.
In 2013, Janice attended a Hula Conference, "Hula with a Message", where
she learned traditional Hula fundamentals deeply immerse in the Spirit of
Aloha. She also attended the new craze classes called Hot Hula Fitness
and participated at the Save our Shores in Santa Cruz Island Breeze "Hot
Hula Zumba" Master class event.
A Fremont resident over 50 years, Janice knows the community well. She
has become involved in the Fremont Community by bringing children and
adults to appreciate Hula in a fun and healthy way and to feel great about
themselves. Her students have participated at the Kid's Kite Festival, Elder
Care, Centerville Dinning, Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, St.
Joseph Elementary School, Lincoln Residential, Fremont Senior Center,
and Boldly Me.