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has been training for over 25 years in Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Modern and Liturgical dance. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from San Diego State University with a Minor in Business Administration.
Following this, she received her Masters in Education and Teaching Credential from National University. Summer has taught and performed for international groups such as Pro Danza Italia, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Momentum Dance Theater and Capital Tap.
She has been featured in a Sony commercial and as a backup dancer for recording artist Megan Henry. She has taught at several dance studios throughout the San Diego area and is currently a member of California Rhythm Project. Summer is a dance teacher at CPMA Performing Arts Middle School and is the proud owner of Rap A Tap Center for the Arts.
has been dancing since she was nine years old. She studied and trained in multiple styles of dance throughout her school years beginning at San Diego Creative and Performing Arts High School (SDSCPA) and continuing through college.
In May of 2018, Laray graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance & Science from San Diego State University.
She performed with a university dance company for three years and also had the opportunity to share her experiences through an internship as a teacher’s assistant at Duke University in North Carolina.
Dance to her has always been more than just movement; it is about sharing passion and allowing others to find a place where they can be themselves and create their own art expression in addition to embodying skills for their well-being.
is a professional dancer, master class instructor, dance adjudicator, and choreographer. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Pace University and attended the Pre-Professional program at STEPS on Broadway.
She has performed nationally and internationally with Broadway Christmas Wonderland (Dance Captain/Swing), Christmas on Ice (Dance Captain), Dancing Queen (Dance Captain), Le Grand Cirque, Legends in Concert, DSP Live! The US Concert Tour, and Norwegian Cruise Lines.
She is currently a competitive dance judge and registered Yoga Alliance yoga instructor.
Christina incorporates into her warm-up how to safely stretch while building flexibility and strength. She has a passion for dance that she hopes to share with her students, while teaching them to execute proper technique and exposing them to new age styles of dance.
has been dancing at Rap A Tap since it started.
She has developed her dance skills in our progam and is now a performer and choreographer in San Diego. They have performed as a dancer at Seaworld San Diego and at Legoland California Resort. She also enjoys musical theatre. Her theatre credits include: Catch Me If You Can (ensemble), Addams Family (Ancestor), 42nd Street (Phyllis), Saturday Night Fever (Connie/ensemble). Her choreography credits include: Once Upon A Mattress, Mean Girls, Willy Wonka Jr.
Karina started as an assistant choreographer with our Pre-Professional Tap Company. She is excited to share her passion and Rap A Tap experience with other young dancers.
has had a lifelong love of dance!
She took ballet throughout high school and then trained in ballet, choreography, tap, and jazz at Southwestern College.
Following her four years at SWC, she transferred to San Diego State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing Studies.
Additionally, she has been teaching ballet and contemporary at Dance Society in Chula Vista for the past four years.
Mikaela believes in the power of dance education to instill confidence, encourage self-expression, and promote creativity. She is excited and honored to be part of the Rap A Tap team!
began his dance career in high school when a studio owner offered free jazz dance lessons to his football team.
His love of dance flourished and by his senior year, he was helping teach tap classes to pay for additional classes in ballet, jazz, and tap.
He continued exploring the world of dance in college and at age 18 was offered a student teaching position in the Tap Dance program at Brigham Young University.
He has taught tap classes in Utah, Nevada, Colorado, California, and Brazil.
Currently, he splits his free time between his two horses, as well as clogging with the Kickers Cloggers and tapping with the California Rhythm Project.
is a former collegiate All American gymnast.
He has been inducted into Sacramento’s Hall of Fame for outstanding athletes. Sam continues to train Junior Olympic athletes and participates in the Professional Development Program for USA Gymnastics.
Sam was the first US Worlds team coach for the sport of Cyr Wheel (2013 and 2015) and has created the Progressive Axis Training (PAT) technique for teaching skill progression for the art of Cyr.
He is certified through the IRV as a technical judge and served on the board of USA Wheel Gymnastics as a technical advisor. Sam was the owner and head coach of Giants
Gymnastics, a recreational and competitive men's and women's USA gymnastics club from 1995 to 2010.