At Grossmont Center, we enjoy helping people make their entrepreneurial dreams come true by opening their businesses here. One of those people is Nadia Gewarges. This talented and experienced dance teacher had a mobile-based business, driving all over the community holding short classes at many different locations. All the while, she envisioned a large studio of her own that would be home to a community of dancers and artists. Her dream was realized with the recently opened Dance Dayz Studio.
“The performing arts, especially dance, require a tremendous amount of determination and self-discipline,” she says. “We instill those values in our students and provide them a supportive environment where they can develop into the best dancers they can be. We encourage children to pursue the performing arts to boost their physical activity, self-esteem, and self-expression.”
Nadia runs the studio with the help of her husband, John. Along with their talented teaching staff, they have built Dance Dayz Studio into a creative space well-known for its positive, nurturing environment and a fantastic selection of high-quality dance classes. Those classes, for students ages 2 and older, include tap, jazz, hip hop, musical theater, tumbling, ballet, lyrical, and contemporary dance. Many classes are offered at different skill levels to accommodate all dancers, from beginning to advanced. Toddlers get a fun introduction to dance with parent participation and preschool-level classes.
Noteworthy offerings show that Dance Dayz Studio is truly devoted to providing the finest instruction to its students. There are highly specialized classes, where dancers can refine their leaps and turns or build strength and flexibility. Private instruction is available in 30-, 45-, or 60-minute sessions. Here students can get extra preparation for a recital or audition or just brush up on their technique. Dance Dayz Studio also offers a movement class for kids ages 12 and older with special needs, as well as street hip hop classes for adults.
One of the most popular programs at Dance Dayz Studio is Princess Ballerinas. Each month, 4 and 5 year olds enjoy exploring a new theme, such as Enchanted Forest or Frozen Wonderland. They learn dance terminology and class etiquette all while having a magical experience—and there is a Spotify playlist for each class allowing young dancers to continue their fun at home.
Another unique aspect of Dance Dayz is the visual art component and musical theater components. The studio also hosts monthly paint nights, workshops in disciplines such as calligraphy and textile art, and much more. Combining the visual and the performing arts makes the studio incredibly well-rounded—there is nothing quite like it anywhere else!
Gewarges says Grossmont Center is the perfect spot for Dance Dayz Studio. “It is central to the area and next to the freeway, making it easily accessible to families as a morning activity with toddlers or an after-school activity for elementary to high schoolers,” she says. Gewarges adds that she is already starting to participate in the Center’s events and enjoys connecting with community members.
“I love being able to have a personal relationship with each family that signs up for the studio and that I get to see every week,” she adds.
That one-on-one relationship is a hallmark of shopping local. These businesses are run by hands-on owners who work long hours and get to know their customers all while providing the best possible service. They often go the extra mile to keep people happy and when people are happy, they enjoy their experience at the Center and will want to return for more. When you buy local, it is a sign of support for these owners and it helps their businesses thrive. When local businesses are successful, it encourages more entrepreneurs to launch their own shops and restaurants, creating a vibrant community culture.
For Gewarges, that is what buying local is all about. “Being a local business owner is important because it is my personal stamp on the community,” she says. “I hope to have as many children and families as possible come and be a part of my Dance Dayz Studio community that I am building.”
If you want the arts to be a part of your family’s life, visit Dance Dayz Studio and see for yourself what it can offer your budding dancer. It may be the first step toward a lifelong love of movement and dance.