Dance & Movement Studio: Aerial, Dance, Barre, Pilates, Restorative Stretch, Accessible Yoga

TO ENROLL CLICK HERE: Register for Class / View Live Schedule

 

 

 

 

LOCATION: 3603 Portola Drive – – to the LEFT of our Yoga Studio

Pre-Enrollment is highly encouraged. Space is Limited.  We have expanded our Class Offerings! 

 

Class Sizes are Highly Limited – No Refunds for No Shows

TO ENROLL CLICK HERE: Pre-Register / View Live Schedule / MindBody App

 

All Levels, All Bodies, All Ways are Welcome Always! 

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu ~ May all beings be happy. May all beings be healthy. And may all being be free everywhere.

 

Did you know we have a DEDICATED DANCE & MOVEMENT ARTS STUDIO? Please, tell all of your fellow adult / teen / collage dance friends!! This is where it’s at! We are bringing back dance to the adult dance community! We dance for the light in our souls. ANY ONE CAN DANCE!

We offer Adult / Teen Dance Classes, Dance Fitness, Barre Flow, Pilates Flow, Restorative Stretch for Dancers and more!

We dance for ourselves. We dance to ignite the light in our souls. We dance for JOY! We dance to express. We dance to let go. We dance to heal. We dance to celebrate. We dance to relate. We dance to release our fears. We dance for each other. We dance to love ourselves. Dance with us!

We offer All Levels – No Prior Dance Experience Necessary Levels Classes. We just want to dance and spread the joy of dancing to our community and to anyone who has ever wanted to dance. Your time is now!

All Levels, All Bodies, All Ways, are Always Welcome!

Thank you so much for continuing to support our studio! We are expanding our dance classes and offerings with many intensives coming  (see below!) and have leveraged local dance favorates to build our instructor base. It’s ON like Donkey Kong!

 

WEEKLY CLASS SCHEDULE: 

  • Monday 9:00am – Barre Flow w/Lisa Barretta (Conditioning)
  • UP TO 5 CLASSES FREE! Monday 10:15am – BREAKDOWN Hip Hop & Zumba w/Joy Smith (Learn the Top 10 Essential Moves!)
  • Monday 4:00pm – Pilates Flow w/Elizabeth Charlton (Conditioning)
  • Monday 5:30pm – Cardio Funk w/Alison Chesley (Choreography / Add-On)
  • Tuesday 9:00am – Latin Spice w/Renee Menard (Dance Fitness / Latin)
  • Tuesday 10:15am – Barre Flow with Deborah Yates (Full Body Expression Workout)
  • Tuesday 5:30pm – Street Jazz w/Joy Smith (Choreography / Add-On)
  • Wednesday 8:15am – 9am – Barre Flow w/Lisa Barretta
  • Wednesday 9:15am – Tropical Fusion w/Allison Haley (Dance Fitness / Afro / Latin)
  • Wednesday 10:30am – Cardio Hip Hop & Zumba w/Joy Smith (slightly faster paced than Mondays class)
  • Wednesdays 11:45am – Restorative Stretch Express w/Joy Smith
  • Wednesday 4pm – Pilates Flow  w/Elizabeth Charlton (Conditioning)
  • Wednesday 5:30pm – Latin Spice w/Renee Menard (Dance Fitness / Latin)
  • Thursday 9am – Cardio Hip Hop & Zumba w/Joy Smith (Dance Fitness / Hip Hop & Zumba)
  • Thursday 10:15am – Barre Flow with Deborah Yates (Full Body Expression Workout)
  • Thursday 1:30pm – Accessible Chair Yoga w/Hailey Kinter
  • Thursday 4pm – Barre Flow w/Lisa Barretta (Full Body Expression Workout)
  • Thursday 5:45pm – Samba w/Gisella Ferreira (Brazilian Samba)
  • Friday 9:15am – Tropical Fusion w/Allison Haley (Dance Fitness / Afro / Latin)
  • Friday 10:30am – Restorative Stretch for Dancers with Joy Smith
  • Friday 12:30pm- The Get Down (Yoga Meets Dance) with Kaelin Bovee
  • Saturday 11:30am – Vibe Brazil w/Gisella Ferreira (April 6th)
  • Sunday 10am – Inspire Dance w/Deborah Yates (Jazz Choreography Add-On)

Enroll in Dance Classes HERE!

Enroll in our Dance Workshops & Intensives HERE!

Please pass this along to all of your dance friends so we can continue to expand our dance community and add more classes! Your support is keeping dance alive!

With so much gratitude,
Pleasure Point Dance and Instructors

 

Dance like no one is watching!

OR

Dance like EVERYONE is Watching! Fire!

LIVE SCHEDULE FOUND HERE!

 

All Levels, All Bodies, All Ways are Welcome Always! 

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu ~ May all beings be happy. May all beings be healthy. And may all being be free everywhere.

 

 

TULUM DANCE + YOGA RETREAT: December 8 – 15 

Dance | Yoga | Mayan Ruins | Cenotes | Community | Connection | Rejuvenate

with Joy Smith & Megan McAllister
Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico 
December 8 – 15
(7 Nights)

The salt of the ocean. The tranquilly of white sandy beaches. The magic and energy of ancient Mayan ruins spread across jungle and sea cliffs. The peacefulness and calm of the famous Cenotes. The calming energy and natural beauty of Tulum…

Oh yes, there will be dancing! Lots of DANCING!

Your journey to peace, balance, and rejuvenation begins at our Tulum Dance & Wellness Retreat.

Find Your Heart. This Dance & Wellness Retreat is the ideal escape for dancers, yogis, and wellness enthusiasts looking to discover the Mayan magic of Tulum while reconnecting to their heart.

Join us in Tulum!

~What’s Included~

  • Seven nights of luxury accommodations
  • Morning Beach Walk Meditation
  • Daily Dance Classes overlooking the Caribbean Sea
    (Dance Fitness, Beginner Classes, Choreography)
  • Balance your dance regimen with Yoga, Stretch, & Other Classes
    (Restorative Stretch, Yin Yoga, Japa Mala Meditation, Guided Meditation, Sunset Beach Yoga)
  • Sunset ecstatic dance & swimming sessions at the beach
  • Light Breakfast, Brunch & Dinner each day with a focus on fresh healthy food
    (either Vegetarian, Vegan, or Fish & Chicken)
  • One off-site Dinner & Celebration at an amazing beachfront restaurant
  • Beach walk to cliffside Tulum Ruins overlooking Caribbean Sea
  • Excursion to Mayan Ruins & Archeological Site (Optional)
  • Visit and Swim in Gran Cenote (Optional)
  • Temezcal Ceremony (Optional)
  • Full Service Spa available
  • Beachclub with beachfront pool & hottub, icebaths, beach deck with hammock lounge
  • Garden and outdoor workout site
  • So much more!

QUESTIONS? PLEASE EMAIL INFO@PLEASUREPOINTYOGA.COM

SECURE YOUR SPOT HERE

2025 YELAPA DANCE & WELLNESS RETREAT: Feb 23 – Mar 1

Dance | Yoga | Rejuvenate | Couples | Rustic | Warm
February 23 – March 1 (6 nights)
with Joy Smith & Tom Callanan

~ Yelapa, Mexico ~
known for its wild and natural beauty, slow down into your heartspace at Casa Isabel, a beachfront rustic, warm, and peaceful retreat space

 

A peaceful retreat for the enjoyment of nature and rejuvenation of the human spirit…

Slow down, unwind, and take a step back into time in this wellness journey to your heart. Connect with natural beauty and wild nature in this simple and peaceful beachfront connected community of warm indiginous people and their beautiful land. Unwind in this simple, no frills peaceful fishing community where slowing into the natural circadian rhythm of nature calls at the corners of your soul.

Yelapa feels like you are on an island, as it can only be accessed by boat (yet it is a short and beautiful ride from Puerto Vallarta). There are no cars in Yelapa. All transport is by boat, feet, horses and donkeys.

Casa Isabel is and feels secluded, yet we are a 7-10 minute walk to town. A gorgeous benefit results in hearing nothing but quiet and ocean sounds.

People in Yelapa are very patient and flexible because they have to be. One feels grateful to be in a place that is not overdeveloped and with that brings adjusted expectations and flexibility as well as the upside of this deep reset only felt once experienced.
Your journey to peace, joy, and rejuvenation begins at our Yelapa Dance & Wellness Retreat.

~What’s Included~

  • 6 nights of simple, warm, and rustic accommodations at Casa Isabel
  • Morning Beach Meditation
  • Daily Morning Classes overlooking the Sea — lead by Joy Smith
    (Dance Fitness, Beginner Friendly, Restorative Stretch)
  • Yoga, Sound Healing & Other Restorative Classes — lead by incredible Healing locals
    (Yin Yoga, Meditation, Sound Healing)
  • Sunset Breathwork, Cacao, & Yoga experience
  • Sunset ecstatic dance & ocean swimming sessions — lead by Joy Smith
  • Exploration walks to two local waterfalls
  • Daily Meals: We will bring food in & dine out together in the connected community with focus on fresh local food
    (Early Morning Coffee/Tea, Fruit, Granola, hard boiled eggs)
    (Brunch & Dinner: Delicious traditional meals each day prepared in the Yelapan tradition)
    (Two off-site Dinner Celebrations at a fabulous local restaurant with live music, dancing and fun!)
  • Intimate Breakout Circles / Mini Workshops linked to dance, yoga, couples, connection, NVC, + Psychadelic Assisted Therapy Info Sessions
    (Optional for Additional Cost: 1 Group Journey led and assisted by Tom Callanan – Release trauma or stuck patterns)

QUESTIONS? PLEASE EMAIL INFO@PLEASUREPOINTYOGA.COM

SECURE YOUR SPOT HERE

 

Burlesque for Beginners w/Meredith Cabezas (May 12-26) 

INSTRUCTORS: Meredith Cabezas

DATE: Sundays | May 12th – 26th | 11:15am – 12:30pm

COST: $25 Drop In / $65 Full Series (3 classes)

LOCATION: 3603 Portola Drive (Dance Studio)

Vibe Brazil Pop Up Dance Class w/Gisella Ferreira (May 25th) 

INSTRUCTORS: Gisella Ferreira

DATE: Saturday | May 25th | 12:30-1:30pm

COST: Regular class pricing

LOCATION: 3603 Portola Drive (Dance Studio)

Brazilian Samba Basics Workshop w/Gisella Ferreira (May 28th) 

INSTRUCTORS: Gisella Ferreira

DATE: Tuesday | May 28th | 6:45-8:00pm (75 minutes)

COST: $25 

LOCATION: 3603 Portola Drive (Dance Studio)

Accessible Chair Yoga with Hailey Kinter

INSTRUCTORS: Hailey Kinter

DATE: Thursdays | 1:30pm – 3pm | Every Week 

COST: $20 drop-in fee, sliding scale pay what you can at the door. First class is free. Caregivers welcome at no cost.

LOCATION: Held in our Dance & Movement Studio at 3603 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz

Aerial Yoga: Strength, Flips & Tricks, & Yin with Vega Bluem (Sundays @ 7pm)

INSTRUCTORS: Vega Bluem

DATE: Sundays | 7-8:30pm

COST: $35 Drop In | $150 5 Class Pass | $250 10 Class Pass 

* Drop in = $35 or 2 Yoga / Dance Passes
* Memberships apply

LOCATION: 3603 Portola Drive (Dance Studio)

Barre Flow with Deborah Yates or Lisa Barretta (Total Body Expression Workout)

DAYS/TIMES:

  • Monday 9am – 10am w/Lisa
  • Tuesday 10:15am – 11:15am w/Deborah
  • Wednesday 8:15am – 9am (45 mins) w/Lisa
  • Thursday 10:15am – 11:15am
  • Thursday 4pm – 5pm

LOCATION: 3603 Portola Drive, in our dedicated DANCE Studio.  

DESCRIPTION: Total Body Expression Workout with elements of Ballet, Pilates, Fitness, & Flow

Lengthen, strengthen, tone, and revive with this class that combines ballet, Pilates and fitness for a full body expression of self care. Increase strength, balance and core stability while moving joyfully to music.

Barre * Ballet * Core * Fitness * Fun!

We have both Wall & Portable Barres AND 2.5lb & 5lb Dumbells, Sliders, Bands, & Balls

Come for a Core Blast!!

 

INSTRUCTOR BIO: Deborah Yates, Veteran Fitness Pro and National Aerobic Champion, has been sharing her love for dance based fitness for over 30 years. Yikes! That’s a long time!

“I love combining my dance training with fitness and will continue as long as possible”.
Having spent the last several years managing Group Exercise programs for Silicon Valley Sport Resort Clubs, Mama Yates has returned to the life of a full time instructor. Certified in several formats spanning the field from Strength to Barre, Deborah finds her true heart while dancing and sharing that love with like minded humans.

 

What to Bring:
Yoga Mat, towel, and water.

Cardio Funk with Alison Chesley (Choreography / Add-On)

INSTRUCTORS: Alison Chesley

DAY / TIME: Mondays | 5:30pm – 6:30pm

LOCATION: 3603 Portola Drive – DANCE STUDIO 

LEVEL: Open to all dancers – – but highly accessible for beginners with little to no experience

 

 

CLASS DESCRIPTION: CARDIO FUNK is a high energy all levels choreography dance class to upbeat music where we build a fun and accessible dance routine over the hour for some serious satisfaction by the end. We normally practice this routine for a month or so before building another rountine. Starting with a warm-up then breaking down moves with a continuous cardio flow that includes some gut and ab toning, Alison’s clear and experienced style makes dancing our way to wellness AWESOME and available to all levels with no dance experience necessary!

BASICS Hip Hop & Zumba BREAKDOWN (Beginner Level) with Joy Smith

INSTRUCTORS: Joy Smith

DAY / TIME:

  • Mondays 10:15am – 11:15am 

COST: UP TO 5 FREE CLASSES*, then Regular Class Pricing  – *Needs to be used within 1 Month / cannot exceed 5 classes across our Basics / Beginner Classes

LOCATION: 3603 Portola Drive – DANCE Studio  

LEVEL: Great for Beginners, Super Fun for Dancers of ALL Levels

 

Description: Cardio Hip Hop & Zumba

Hip Hop & Zumba BREAKDOWN with Joy Smith
Great for Beginners, Super Fun for Dancers of ALL Levels

Breakdown of essential moves, styles, and choreography of Hip Hop & Zumba with focus on steps, style, and building cardio routines in a super fun class for all levels of dancers

Great for Beginners, Super Fun for Dancers of ALL Levels

You will learn step-by-step, non-intimidating breakdown of essential moves and styles of Hip Hop & Zumba.

This class is for those new to dance, beginner’s or anyone who wants a real break-down of the moves.

This class will deepen your dance knowledge and technique. Come one, come all! And access the dancer inside of you!

Joy covers vastly diverse styles with authenticty and freshness, which is part of her creative genius!

 

Instructor Bio: Joy Smith – Owner and director of Santa Cruz Dance Company and Growing Wild (online nutrition courses and retreats). Internationally awarded instructor and choreographer for music videos, film, television and musical artists in France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Brazil, Japan and the US.

International dance and fitness presenter, master trainer and Zumba Education Specialist (ZES) for Zumba Fitness LLC–for France, Belgium, California, Washington and Minnesota. Previously awarded ”Best of Santa Cruz Aerobic Instructor of the year” for Zumba instruction. ACE and AFAA faculty and CEC provider.

Cardio Hip Hop & Zumba (ALL Levels Dance Fitness) with Joy Smith

INSTRUCTORS: Joy Smith

DAY / TIME:

  • Wednesdays 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Thursdays | 9am – 10am

LOCATION: 3603 Portola Drive – DANCE Studio  

 

Description: Cardio Hip Hop & Zumba

Cardio Hip Hop & Zumba with Joy Smith
All Levels Dance Fitness

Dance Fitness class based in Hip Hop and Zumba – taught by Master Trainer and Zumba Specialist (ZES), Joy Smith!

Joy is widely known for her heart pounding, soul awakening, & sensational dance choreography to infectious music that is uplifting and fun for everyone!

Come experience the Joy of Dance!

You will learn step-by-step, non-intimidating breakdown of Hip Hop and Zumba – with styles ranging from Jazz, Hip Hop, Reggaeton, Latin, Shuffle, etc. – – Joy covers vastly diverse styles with authenticity and freshness, which is part of her creative genius!

This class will deepen your dance knowledge and technique. Come one, come all! And access the dancer inside of you!

ALL LEVELS WELCOME – No Prior Dance experience necessary. Joy knows how to get both folks with “two left feet” AND Skilled Dancers engaged, stoked, and dancing happily at their desired level, all in one class.

Come one, come all! And access the dancer inside of you!

Instructor Bio: Joy Smith – Owner and director of Santa Cruz Dance Company and Growing Wild (online nutrition courses and retreats). Internationally awarded instructor and choreographer for music videos, film, television and musical artists in France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Brazil, Japan and the US.

International dance and fitness presenter, master trainer and Zumba Education Specialist (ZES) for Zumba Fitness LLC–for France, Belgium, California, Washington and Minnesota. Previously awarded ”Best of Santa Cruz Aerobic Instructor of the year” for Zumba instruction. ACE and AFAA faculty and CEC provider.

 

Inspire Dance (Choreography / Add-On) w/Deborah Yates

INSTRUCTORS: Deborah Yates

DATE: Sundays

TIME: 10:00am – 11:00am

LOCATION: 3603 Portola Drive – DANCE Studio  

LEVEL: All Levels

 

Description: 

Inspire Dance is a recipe for a delicious jazz dance choreography experience. Move to your favorite popular songs combining dance styles from hip-hop, funk, jazz, chair and contemporary while spicing it up with a bit of musical theater. Class includes breakdowns and sweat sesh with no pro skills needed. Just bring your passion for dance, love of music and your desire to move!

NO DANCE EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

Instructor Bio:

Deborah Yates, Veteran Fitness Pro and National Aerobic Champion, has been sharing her love for dance based fitness for over 30 years. Yikes! That’s a long time!

“I love combining my dance training with fitness and will continue as long as possible”.

Having spent the last several years managing Group Exercise programs for Silicon Valley Sport Resort Clubs, Mama Yates has returned to the life of a full time instructor. Certified in several formats spanning the field from Strength to Barre, Deborah finds her true heart while dancing and sharing that love with like minded humans.

Latin Spice with Renee Menard (Dance Fitness – Latin)

INSTRUCTORS: Renee Menard

WEEKLY CLASSES:

  • Tuesday 9:00am – 10:00am
  • Wednesday 5:30pm – 6:30pm

LEVEL: Mixed Levels

LOCATION: 3603 Portola Drive, in our dedicated DANCE Studio  

 

 

Description: This dance class is an hour of high energy, booty shaking, sweaty fun, filled with the tropical and latin vibes of Samba, Salsa, Reggaeton, Soca, Dancehall, and more. Join us as we travel through a global music and dance journey!

Pilates Flow IN STUDIO (Conditioning: Pilates + Yoga Poses)

INSTRUCTORS: Elizabeth Charlton

DAY / TIME: 

  • Monday | 4pm – 5;10pm
  • Wednesdays | 4pm – 5:10pm

LOCATION: 3603 Portola Drive – Dance & Movement Studio

LEVELS: All Levels

 

Restorative Stretch for Dancers w/Joy Smith

INSTRUCTORS: Joy Smith

DATE / TIME:

  • Wednesdays | 11:45am – 12:45pm (60 Minutes)
  • Fridays | 10:30am – 12pm (75 Minutes)

Class Breakdown:

  • 10 Mins: Warm-Up
  • 5 Mins: Breathography
  • 45 Mins: Stretch / Yin Yoga
  • 20 Mins: Fascia Release / Massage with Tennis Ball
  • 10 Mins: Extended Savanna

LOCATION: 3603 Portola Drive – Dance & Movement Studio

LEVELS: All Levels

 

Samba w/Gisella Ferreira

INSTRUCTOR: Gisella Ferreira

CLASSES: Thursdays 5:45pm – 6:45pm 

LOCATION: 3603 Portola Drive – DANCE Studio  

IN STUDIO & LIVESTREAM OPTIONS

LEVELS: Open Levels, Beginner / Intermediate Friendly

 

DESCRIPTION:

This Brazilian Samba Dance class will break down Samba, develop and strengthen your Samba skills through Samba Drills and build your strength and stamina. Learn Samba choreography.

Come learn, train and get in the spirit of Rio’s Carnival

Open to All Dancers

 

INSTRUCTOR BIO:

Gisella Ferreira, a Brazilian American performance artist and instructor specializing in: Samba, Afro-Brazilian, Capoeira, Hip- Hop, Burlesque and Brazilian Baile Funk. Her titles include: The 1st Samba Queen USA/ Rainha do Samba 2014, Musa do Brazilian Day SD 2014 & 2015, and current Hollywood Carnival Queen.

Gisella studied at UCLA’s Dept. of World Arts and Cultures, focusing on dance choreography and performance, as well as on art activism. She began teaching dance at age 12 in Santa Cruz CA and has taught in Rio de Janeiro (Brasil), Salvador (Brasil) and Los Angeles CA. Gisella lives in Los Angeles, where she choreographs, teaches dance, and performs with her own company, Samba Soul. She can also be found performing at The Floor Show and improv nights around LA.

She also tours and performs worldwide and trains extensively in the U.S. as well as Brasil in many dance forms including Capoeira, Samba and Hip-Hop. She was named one of “LA’s Hottest Trainers” in 2012 and has been active in Health day LA as well as Let’s Move LA, dedicating time to help the LA community become more active and inspired through dance.

Gisella Ferreira loves sharing her passion for life through artistic movement expression, and dances as a form of energy work & healing for herself and others. She is inspired to live each day in joy and gratitude and help to give back to the world through dance.

Street Jazz (Choreography / Add-On) w/Joy Smith

INSTRUCTORS: Joy Smith

DATE / TIME: Tuesdays | 5:30pm – 6:30pm | Regular Class Pricing / $20 Drop In

POP UP WORKSHOP: $25 Each

  • Sundays, March 17 & 24 | 11:15-12:30pm
  • Sundays, April 7 & 14 | 8:30am – 9:45am

LOCATION: 3603 Portola Drive – Dance & Movement Studio

LEVELS: All Levels

 

Tropical Fusion w/Allison Haley

INSTRUCTOR: Allison Haley

DAYS/TIMES:

  • Wednesdays 9:15am – 10:15am
  • Fridays 9:15am – 10:15am

LEVELS: ALL LEVELS

 

DESCRIPTION:

Tropical Fusion is a high-energy dance fitness class with music from Brazil, the Caribbean, Latin America, and beyond. We’ll journey through dance styles like Samba, Salsa, Dancehall, Afrobeats, Soca, Rhumba, Cumbia, Calypso, and more resulting in one hour of juicy and joyful movement! Class includes a warmup, cardio dance, easy-to-learn choreography, and cool down. Open to all levels and abilities! Come free your hips, shake your booty, open your heart, express yourself, and feel the Tropical rhythms feed your soul!
 
INSTRUCTOR BIO:
Allison Haley shares her love for dance through an approachable teaching style that combines infectious music, fun choreography, and lots of juicy movement! She feels passionate about sharing the empowerment, expression, community, and mind-body connection that dance provides.
Allison is a lifelong student of dance with an endless curiosity for cultural dance forms. For over 15 years she has studied African Diasporic dance with teachers from Brazil, Cuba, the Caribbean, and Latin America—learning Samba, Afro-Brazilian, Dancehall, Soca, Afrobeats, Salsa, Rhumba, Bomba, Calypso, and more. Her first exposure to these dance styles was as a teenager when she would travel to the Caribbean to visit her father, who lived there part of the year. As an adult, she is grateful to have learned from master teachers such as Marsea Marquis, Dhanda DaHora, Rosangela Silvestre, Vera Passos, Alvaro Reys, Marcelo Chocolate, Libby Miga, Latoya Bufford, Betty Rox, Erica Dixon, and many more. Allison has a long performance history in both dance and musical theater, both as a performer and event producer. She is also a certified Zumba instructor, bringing that knowledge to her classes to create an inviting, inclusive environment for self expression!
 
Learn more about Allison at allisonhaley.com/dance

Vibe Brazil Pop Up Class: Brazilian Dance + Fitness w/Gisella Ferreira

INSTRUCTOR: Gisella Ferreira

CLASSES:

  • April 6th:  11:15am – 12:15pm
  • April 13th: 11:00am – 12:00pm

COST: $20 Drop In / Regular Class Pricing

LOCATION: 3603 Portola Drive – DANCE Studio  

IN STUDIO & LIVESTREAM OPTIONS

 

DESCRIPTION:

VIBE BRASIL Brazilian Dance + Fitness class… Baile Funk, Samba, Axé on Saturdays at 11am in December at Pleasure Point Dance. Come join the fun and catch the vibe
🔥😎💪🇧🇷

 

INSTRUCTOR BIO:

Gisella Ferreira, a Brazilian American performance artist and instructor specializing in: Samba, Afro-Brazilian, Capoeira, Hip- Hop, Burlesque and Brazilian Baile Funk. Her titles include: The 1st Samba Queen USA/ Rainha do Samba 2014, Musa do Brazilian Day SD 2014 & 2015, and current Hollywood Carnival Queen.

Gisella studied at UCLA’s Dept. of World Arts and Cultures, focusing on dance choreography and performance, as well as on art activism. She began teaching dance at age 12 in Santa Cruz CA and has taught in Rio de Janeiro (Brasil), Salvador (Brasil) and Los Angeles CA. Gisella lives in Los Angeles, where she choreographs, teaches dance, and performs with her own company, Samba Soul. She can also be found performing at The Floor Show and improv nights around LA.

She also tours and performs worldwide and trains extensively in the U.S. as well as Brasil in many dance forms including Capoeira, Samba and Hip-Hop. She was named one of “LA’s Hottest Trainers” in 2012 and has been active in Health day LA as well as Let’s Move LA, dedicating time to help the LA community become more active and inspired through dance.

Gisella Ferreira loves sharing her passion for life through artistic movement expression, and dances as a form of energy work & healing for herself and others. She is inspired to live each day in joy and gratitude and help to give back to the world through dance.