ABOUT US

 Step 2 This Dance & Performing Arts opened in August of 2002 in Oakley, Ca.   Since then we have become an established studio with a dance program that enriches the lives of both recreational and competitive dancers. We believe through dance, children can learn values necessary in becoming happy, healthy adults. 

 Our family oriented, positive atmosphere helps to build self-esteem and the love of dance. Our staff genuinely cares about your child and wants only the best for their dance education. Our teachers love what they do and are inspired by your children every day. 

THE REWARDS OF DANCE

One of the most important things dance does is build "self-esteem".

Children have to grow emotionally as well as physically and dance can help them develop a positive self-image and become much more confident. Any child who feels as if he or she is contributing to the team effort will acquire healthy self-esteem. 

One of the great rewards of dance is socializing. Dance gives children the chance to make new friends in a stimulating environment. It is a testament to the power of dance that many of these friendships can last through adult life.

Children love to pursue and learn about new things and ideas, to search for new information.

Dance helps everyone acheive personal objectives, and to experience self satisfaction when they rise to a challenge.

Children will advance and expand their lives through their talent, to find fulfillment in their efforts.

Along the way we must remember to balance fun and work, children love to have fun, they embrace it, with this balance they will combine the two and know what Ying and Yang are all about!

Quitting is easy. Anybody can quit. If you have the courage and strength to hang on and refuse to give up, you will succeed in most anything you do in life. If a child gives up in an instance it becomes easier to do so the second time. Pretty soon, quitting becomes a way of life. Each person should do something special with their life and if they quit, their opportunity to achieve their dream is lost.

When a child has rules to follow, goals to work towards with dedication and commitment, they will learn life skills. They will learn patience and tolerance working as a team. They will learn to respect other peoples differences and build communication skills. They will learn to be comfortable with self expression. 

Step 2 this was founded because of the love for dance, but we did not know what joy it would bring us on a daily basis. The joy it would bring us seeing your children grow and learn good things. To know we had something to do with that makes our life full!  You know that "Ying and Yang" thing.

Always believe in yourself, always dance like no one is watching you

 

Owner and Director

Amber Weiss

 

Amber has been teaching dance for over 20 years. She studied dance at several different studios in the Bay Area. She began competing at Regional Competitions throughout Northern California at the age of 7. She won many Top awards and has been recognized by  judges for her ability to bring passion and character to the stage. She attended many workshops and conventions through the years to expand her expertise in dance technique and styles.

She studied ballet at Delta Ballet under the direction of (retired) Helga Isikata during her teen years and her love for dance and children started her teaching career at age 13.

She was a Deer Valley Cheerleader as well as a member of the Deer Valley Dance Squad during her High School years and during her college years she choreographed routines for several High Schools, Dance Studios and Cheer organizations in the Bay Area.

Her desire to learn more started her travels to Southern California to attend Master Classes at the Edge, where she familiarized herself with the industry.

Over the years Amber has fostered great relationships with other dance studios and choreographers within California. She is always networking with other dance studios and Choreographers to bring workshops and up to date instruction into East County.

Amber is the Director of Step 2 This as well as a teacher. Her ability to connect with children is an asset to the studio.

 

                      

Victoria Haro

 Jazz, Tap and Lyrical

 

Victoria started her dance career at the age of 5. She has received many awards as well as showmanship awards during her 11 years competing.

As well as being a dance teacher assistant at age 14, Victoria was a member of the Liberty High School Cheer Squad. In 2004 she became a member of the Team Rave Performance  Company and continued on with them through 2006.

Victoria has worked with Choreographers, Greg Russell, JJPop Stars, The Fly Girls from "In Living Color" , back up dancer Lisa Thompson and the "TAP DOG" Dancers.

After completing an internship in her senior year in Child Development, Victoria knew she wanted to be a teacher.

She began teaching competition and recreational students in 2005 in the bay area and in 2007 started teaching for Step 2 This Dance.  She has been an inspiration to everyone she touches. Her knowledge and passion for dance is remarkable.

Recently Victoria has obtained her Bachelors degree in Liberal Arts/Multiple subject with an emphasis in child development. She also has 2 AA degrees, one in foreign language and the other in child development. 

 

          Haley Lamb- Ballet

Haley has been dancing for 20 years and is excited to pass on her passion and knowledge of dance.

In her younger years, she studied at Academy of Arts and Ballet under the direction of Arlene Newhouse and Yvette Del Monte Madrigal. She studied all forms of dance and won many awards at competitions.  She was also a member of the Ballet Celeste and Theatre Ballet of San Francisco. Throughout high school she focused her training primarily on Ballet. She was an apprentice with Diablo Ballet, under the direction of Viktor Kabanaiev and Tina Kay Bohnstedt. They trained her in the classical form of Russian Vaganova ballet. She traveled throughout California and had many performance opportunities with the company.

Haley has also been a student of many ballet summer intensive programs. She has attended Contra Costa Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School, Lines Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and the Kirov Ballet Academy, where she received a scholarship to attend full time.

Haley graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Biological Sciences. While off at school, she kept dancing with weekly ballet classes and was a founding member of the Davis Ballet Company.

This is her 2nd year teaching at Step 2 This and we are very excited to have her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shannon Fuentes - Hip-Hop

Shannon, is a wife and mother of 2 beautiful children. She brings over 20 years of dance and cheer experience to Step 2 This. She has danced professionally for all the major Bay Area Sport teams including: San Francisco 49er Goldrush, Oakland Raiderettes and the Golden State Warriors.  She has  traveled and performed in Superbowl 37 to name a few. She earned "Rookie of the Year" on the Raiderettes and served as dance co captain and dance captain of her line while on the Raiderettes.

She has studied with many well known Choreographers in Los Angeles while she was signed with DDO Artists Agency. Shannon performed in a Carlos Santana and Michelle Branch music video "I'm Feeling You".

She is a graduate of San Francisco State University receiving her BA in Dance as well as having an AA degree in Liberal Studies.

Her passion for dance and working with children displays itself when she is teaching.

All the students love her classes and we are so happy she is a part of our family. 

 

 

    Mya Garcia- Little Steps, Jazz and Tap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

               Davon Austin- Hip-Hop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle Henderson- Lyrical, Contemporary

Hannah Martinez- Tumbling

 

 

 

New this season

Katherine Galindo - Tap

 

 

 

 

 

Graduating Students memories

Monica

As a senior & my 10th year at Step 2 This, my journey has been short but memorable. From my first dance class to my last recital a lot of things have changed over the years, but one thing that has stayed the same through it all was the love behind everyone who taught me or danced with me.

Our studio may not be big, but we have the biggest hearts, the loudest laughs and have proven that we aren't ones to be messed with at competition. No matter where life takes me or my teammates, this studio has the most special place in our hearts. Whether we are a thousand miles away or just around the corner whenever we step foot on this dance floor, Step 2 This will always be our home. Thank you for the best years of my life and I hope everyone can have the experience I have had.

 

Lexy

I have danced for the last 5 years at Step 2 This. In that time I've learned a lot about myself. It's been my place to go once a week and just have fun and dance it out! Whatever it was, Step 2 This was always there! I'll have the memories I've made there forever! Thank you for everything.

 

 

  
My name is Amanda  and I am 18 years old. I recently graduated from Freedom High School and I plan on attending The University of Nevada Reno in the fall.
I started dancing at Step 2 This when I was 9 years old. I can still remember my very first dance class. As scared and nervous as I was, I instantly fell in love with dance.
I began to take more classes to pursue my goal of becoming a competition dancer. I achieved that goal when I turned 12. I was invited to join the Competition Team. At first the team kicked my butt and I wanted to give up at times, but I am so glad that I didn’t!
I have gained so much, not only as a dancer but also as a person. I am no longer the shy quiet little girl that I was.
The memories and the bonds I have created here will always be in my heart and unforgettable. It’s not only a dance studio, it’s my second home. I love you guys, and thank you Teri and Amber for everything.

 

 My name is Katelyn , I am 18 years old and have recently graduated from Freedom High School. When I was 10 years old I began taking jazz at Step 2 This. I immediately fell in love with it and knew it would be something I would stick with throughout the years. My love for dance led me to want to try new things, such as tap and hip-hop, which I quickly took an interest in. Dance has taught me so much, like how much hard work and dedication pays off. Over the years it has helped me in expressing myself and also in creating new friendships with people who I’ve grown close with. In the fall, I plan on attending Los Medanos College. My hopes for the future are to one day become an Ultrasound Technician.
Thank you Teri and Amber and to the Step 2 This Dance Studio for all you have done for me over the years! You’ve made it an incredible experience that I will never forget!

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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