Ms. Lana (Dance Instructor /Director)
Ms. Lana grew up in a family of dancers, and has been dancing for as long as she can remember. She has been teaching dance since the age of 16. She owned/operated her first dance academy in Northwest Ohio, where she taught Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Creative Movement. She has directed several children's dance productions including "Wizard of Oz, "Little Mermaid", "Peter Pan", and "Hansel & Gretal". She is Adult/Child CPR and AED Certified and resides in Rancho Penasquitos with her husband and 2 sons. Recently, she has been teaching Pre-Ballet/Creative Movement, Tiny Tots, Tap, and Hip Hop at Sunset Hills Elementary and at Rose-Ritchie Academy in San Diego. She founded the Tiny Steps Dance Co. in 2007.
Lana's Philosophy - "In my experience with working with young children, I find there is an innocence that allows them to be more free, and less self-conscious about their bodies and movements. As a result of starting dance early, they mature into more confident dancers and become more comfortable with stage performances. I can't think of a better gift that I could give to my students, than self-confidence that they can use for all their life experiences."
"I wanted to say thank you for the wonderful dance experience you've given my girls. Tonight was so special and it went so smoothly all because of your hard work and attention to every detail. And the girls have loved learning the dances and being a part of the performances. It's so fun to hear them use dance vocabulary and watch them practice the dances at home. It's amazing to see how far they've come in both their confidence and skill level. Thank you again. You really have a gift for teaching dance! ~ Janine Gavin
My oldest daughter has been taking dance from Lana for the past 4 years. My younger daughter is also enrolled with Tiny Steps (and has been for about 2-3 years). They both love Lana and having dance class and look forward to class every week and seeing their friends. I really like as a parent the song choices or themes chosen (Tangled, Aladdin, Annie, etc) are very age appropriate and kid friendly, so the kids like the music and dance more too.
~ Jennifer Houck
"Thank you, Lana, for all your hard work, practicing, and teaching the girls, and putting on a great event. I especially would like to thank you for working with Olivia so well. She's having such fun learning and I can definitely see improvement. Thank you for your patience and positive attitude. It's clear you love what you do and the kids you instruct."
"We have been with Tiny Steps Dance Company for five years. Lana is fun, creative, and patient with the kids. My daughter loves it and looks forward to the songs, costumes, and new dances. Lana also does her best to work with her customers and keep it affordable."