Established in 2012, Bay Area Dance School is dedicated to maintaining excellence in dance education, and welcomes young dancers to learn and enjoy the art of dance through various styles and levels of instruction. We build upon these styles and levels to support a young child’s learning pattern and growing body.
The combination of practice, dedication, passion and skill allows a dancer to safely build the strong technical skills necessary to improve and progress. Children are also taught musicality, rhythm, and choreography, as well as performance skills.
• All instructors have been trained in their discipline and appreciate the potential of young dancers.
• Staff is professional and demonstrates a high level of decorum.
• Students and parents are requested to display courtesy and integrity.
• The facility and equipment is cleaned regularly to maintain hygiene.
From their heads to their toes: Bay Area Dance School provides an education-rich dance experience
Nine-year-old Jesigga Sigurdardottir goes through floor exercises during ballet class at Leyla Boissonnade’s Bay Area Dance School. Leyla Boissonnade’s philosophy is that good dancers should think as well on their feet as in the classroom. “I want to make a place (at the studio) for kids to do homework,” she said, adding that she plans to provide her students with academic tutors. “I want to make an environment based on learning and achievement.” » Read the full article from the Town Crier
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As a well-loved and respected dance educator in the Bay Area for over 12 years, Leyla Boissonnade wanted to create a school that was more than just a dance training program. In 2012, she founded Bay Area Dance School to extend her love of dance to young dancers by offering a healthy, fun and creative learning environment for serious young dancers. Teaching children of all ages and engaging with them has always been her passion.
Having grown up locally, Ms. Leyla was trained in ballet with the Royal Academy of Dance ballet curriculum and passed her Advanced level of major examinations. She has also trained in jazz, tap, lyrical, modern, contemporary and acrobatics. Her choreography has received numerous awards for its creativity and excellence. She has coached students for several regaional and national dance titles for many organizations, including Youth America Grand Prix and Dance Masters of America. Her students have attended summer intensive programs including The Joffrey School,The Juilliard School, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Kirov Ballet Academy of Washington, Ballet Austin, Ballet West, The Nutmeg Conservatory, and Boston Conservatory.
Ms. Leyla graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a B.A. in Psychology and minors in dance and education and also attended UCLA Graduate School of Education for a preliminary credential in secondary English. She is excited to share her love of dance with young dancers and their families.