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Our Story

West Coast Dance Arts was founded in 2021 by Anelysse Keenan,  and was designed to bring an opportunity of dance back to the community.

Our mission at West Coast Dance Arts is to foster a vibrant community where passion, creativity, and excellence converge. We are dedicated to providing a nurturing environment where dancers of all ages and backgrounds can flourish, grow, and express themselves through the art of dance.

With a commitment to quality instruction, we strive to inspire our students to reach their full potential both on and off the dance floor. Through innovative curriculum, supportive mentorship, and a diverse range of dance styles, we aim to cultivate not only exceptional dancers but also confident individuals who embody discipline, perseverance, and self-expression.

At the heart of our mission is the belief that dance has the power to transform lives, instill confidence, and foster connections that transcend borders and boundaries. We are passionate about sharing the joy of dance and empowering our students to embrace their unique talents while fostering a lifelong love for movement and artistic expression.

Together, we dance towards a future where creativity knows no limits, and where every individual has the opportunity to shine brightly.

 

Welcome to West Coast Dance Arts, where dreams take flight and the rhythm of life inspires us all.

 

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Studio D

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Family Outdoor Patio

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Parent Area

Student Area

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Studio C

Meet our Instructors

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Anelysse Keenan

Studio Owner and Choreographer

Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Combo, Company

Mrs. Anelysse has been dancing since she was very young. She has been teaching for over 16 years in Northern California throughout Sacramento, El Dorado, and Amador Counties. She is experienced in teaching Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, and Musical Theater for ages 18 months to adult.  Her passion for dance began in an afterschool traveling dance program that soon ignited her love for dancing and performing, living her best life training every day. 

She has been an guest performer for Disney's Magic Music Days for multiple years and even had the amazing opportunity to be a cast member at Disneyland Anaheim in the Entertainment Costuming Department getting an up close experience with all of our favorite Disney characters and helping make the stage magic happen. Anelysse was also invited as a guest performer for the Volcano Theater Company and has had the opportunity to travel and perform in New York and  Hawaii. 

Anelysse takes pride in making everyone feel included, from the recreational dancer to the more experienced, and providing opportunities for every dancer, of every stage to enjoy. 
 

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Miss April

Dance Instructor

Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theater, Company

Miss April is a former president of the Sacramento Area Dance Alliance and has been teaching children and adults since 1996. A graduate of Cedar Crest College with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Dance, Miss April has an extensive background in competition choreography and has coached several winning dance studio teams including her own students at Premiere Dance. She teaches tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, musical theater, and lyrical.

 

Miss April has directed several productions such as Guys and Dolls, Annie, The Music Man, and Into the Woods. She has acted in many shows including Steel Magnolias, Carousel, Mack and Mabel, Julius Caesar, and Charlotte’s Web among others. Fun Fact: Miss April also has over 30 years’ experience in the pageant industry as a director, contestant, judge, and titleholder.

Miss April has been teaching at West Coast Dance Arts since 2021. 

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Miss Sabrina

Dance Instructor

Combo Ballet/ Jazz/ Tap 

Miss Sabrina started dancing at the age of five, training in multiple styles of dance, and has performed in annual dance recitals, community performances, as well as dance competitions and dance conventions in the Sacramento and San Francisco area.  She has taught Combo classes for dancers ages 3-5 in the past with Miss Anelysse and is excited for her first season at WCDA!

Miss Sabrina is a soon to be cosmetology graduate and will be attending Folsom Lake College. "My passion has always been dance and I cannot wait to fulfill everyone's dreams as much as it did for me."-Miss Sabrina

Miss Sabrina has been teaching at West Coast Dance Arts since 2022. 

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Miss Shelby

Dance Instructor

Junior Hip Hop Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap

Shelby Mason is a dedicated ballet dancer and has been dancing since the age of three. She continues to train in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, pointe, acrobatics, and musical theater. Shelby hopes to attend school in Texas at Tyler Junior College and join the Apache Bells dance team. After college she hopes to become a member of a dance company and a cosmetologist. Miss Shelby has performed in the Nutcracker with Placer Theatre Ballet for two years, the Sacramento Ballet for six years, and the Nutcracker in Oak Park for three years. She has also acted in A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Taming of the Shrew with Hummingbird Theatre Company. Miss Shelby enjoys pageants, she was Miss California Heartshine Teen 2022.  She also enjoys horseback riding, swimming and volunteer service when she is not dancing. 

Miss Shelby has been teaching at West Coast Dance Arts since 2022. 

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Miss Arlen

Dance Instructor

Combo Ballet/ Jazz/ Tap 

Miss Arlen has been teaching at West Coast Dance Arts since 2022. 

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Miss Dana

Dance Instructor

Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz, Technique & Progressions,
Company

Miss Dana has been a choreographer and teacher for over 14 years. Earning her black belt at the age of 11, Miss Dana chose to transition her passion for movement into dance and began studying. With training in Martial Arts, Gymnastics and Dance, she has been exploring movement almost her whole life. She became a feature dancer in the Production of “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” She has also played roles in “Anything Goes” and “Les Miserables.”  Pursing her dance degree at Folsom Lake College and American River College, she eventually focused on Composition and Production. She became the Mosaic Dance Company treasurer and Vice President during her tenure at Folsom Lake College from 2009-2012. During this time she organized 3 dance tours for her dance company that included performance opportunities and workshop opportunities with industry professionals.  Applying these teachings and skills for the past 14 years, Dana was able to take on the role of artistic director for teen and senior dance troupes with emphasis on touring performances and competitive dance. Earning an overall Best Choreography award in 2021 along with “Creative Concept” and various “Storyteller” awards from 2019-2023. Her competition troupes have placed in the top ten and earned highest technical placement awards.

Miss Dana believes that dance is for everyone and can help say the things we cannot say. She can’t wait to keep sharing her journey with others in hopes of inspiring them to be confident with who they are.

Miss Dana has been teaching at West Coast Dance Arts since 2023. 

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Miss Johanna

Dance Instructor

Ballet, Technique & Progressions, Company

Miss Johanna has been teaching and inspiring young dancers for over 8 years. Starting at age 4 she trained in Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Tap, and Jazz. Johanna attended Sacramento Ballet Summer Intensives, was involved in her high school dance program, and in

 the Folsom Lake College program giving her exposure to Modern and Contemporary dance and the stylistic vocabularies of dance pioneers such as Paul Taylor and Martha Graham. Miss Johanna participated in several classical ballets such as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Giselle and danced the title role Swanhilde in excerpts of Coppelia in her home studio. Johanna has extensive competitive experience as a soloist and in groups, winning awards at a variety of competitions including Starbound and Spotlight. Over the last 8 years Miss Johanna has helped to develop and lead a competition program, as well as set several pieces across a wide variety of ages. Miss Johanna believes in instilling sound technique and dance fundamentals at all ages. Having studied Early Childhood Education and the overall development of youth, Miss Johanna strives to help her students

grow as dancers and as people. She looks forward to meeting each and every dancer at West Coast Dance Arts and helping them in expressing themselves and their love

 of dance.

Miss Johanna has been teaching at West Coast Dance Arts since 2023. 

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Miss Paityn

Dance Instructor

Jr. Jazz

Miss Paityn has been teaching at West Coast Dance Arts since 2023. 

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