About the Owner

         Kristen Baker first explored dance and gymnastics at age three, and continued both for years. After discovering a passion for performance at an early age she dedicated herself to a life in the dance community. At age eleven she auditioned and joined a performing arts company, Expressions Productions. This company opened the door to all styles of dance; Jazz, Tap, Clogging, Polynesian and Lyrical. While Ballet was her first love, she continued to grow and experience new forms of dance, while also growing an appreciation for teaching. While in the company she had the amazing opportunity to travel to Disneyland, San Francisco, and Southern California, as well as performing on tour to Mexico, and Hawaii. During this time Kristen was able to work under numerous choreographers including; Kim Nead Reeve, Ryna Taylor, Jessica Layton, Christy Falconer, Tony Banks, and Shirine Keyani- Rose.
         After graduating Ponderosa High School Kristen took her love for dance to the bay area where she studied dance at De Anza Junior College under the tutelage of Warren "Juba" Lucas and Vernon Gallegos. After obtaining her Associates Degree in Social Sciences, Kristen taught for Debi Davis-Worth at El Dorado Dance Academy, and was also a guest performer with their resident company, Kaleidoscope. With this company she had the privilege of touring to Chicago, as well as performing in, and choreographing for Miss Teenage California, L.A.
         At this time in her life teaching became the new passion, teaching was what filled her heart with joy and dreams. Deciding to follow a dream, Kristen moved to the bay area again, and taught for Mission Dance and Performing Arts, as well as C.L.A.P. Arts, and was able to impact the lives of hundreds of children through the art of dance. When the opportunity presented itself to go back to school and obtain a Bachelor's Degree, Kristen moved back to Sacramento to begin the exploration of a B.A. in Dance at California State University at Sacramento. During her years at CSUS Kristen experienced the study of Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Afro-Caribbean, and Tap dance, as well as the history, cultural aspects and elements of dance. While being at CSUS she was able to study under Lorelei Bayne, Randee Paufve, Nolan T'Sani, Ed Brazo, Lisa Ross, and Philip Flickinger.
        During this time she also taught at a local dance studio, and became the studio manager, as well as the Director of their Dance Companies. She is looking forward to what the future holds for her personal dancing as well as her teaching career. Her goal has always been to open a studio to pass on her passion for dance.