Over the last year, I was warmly welcomed into the Academy of Dance family as one of your faculty members and I am honored to now be taking on the role as your new Director.
Dance has played an integral part in my life and I am thrilled that I am now able to share my passion with all of you. I was born right here in Thousand Oaks and I am so glad to be back in my hometown.
Many of you may only know me as a dance teacher; however, I have been fortunate enough to wear many hats in the dance industry. I have managed a large studio for three years, helped run a major dance convention, been competition director for several studios across the country, and done almost every job behind the scenes of running a performance from lighting design to stage managing.
I believe that dance is a healthy balance of physical activity, education, and self-discovery. I embrace anyone with the desire to dance, no matter the age, level, or commitment.
Dance has shaped who I am today and I hope that the dancers that walk through our doors will be able to experience the joy and passion for dance that has enriched my life so much. Growing up, my dance studio became my second family and those cherished friendships have lasted well into my adulthood. I would like all of our students to get the most out of their time here so that when they finish training with us, they will not just be better dancers; they too would have made life long friends, lasting memories, and become better individuals.
For those of you I haven’t had the chance to meet, if you are so inclined, please email me so we can get better acquainted by phone or in person. In the meantime, I will be sending updates periodically on our upcoming events and ongoing additions. I thank everyone who has already registered for the Fall and am eager to work with all of you to continue improving the studio as we move forward together. I look forward to helping our dancers grow as artists and as human beings and I am excited to create great and lasting memories with all of you at Academy of Dance.
- Jess Warfield