DanceNation offers a variety of classes to all levels, ages two to adult, all taught by passionate and professional dance instructors. Classes offered include ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, musical theater, acrobatics, turns & technique, stretch & conditioning, choreography, and yoga.
All dancers training at DanceNation will perform in our Finale Showcase at the end of the school year. Classes will rehearse one dance routine each leading up to the showcase. The Showcase will take place in a beautiful auditorium on stage with lights, dance costumes, a videographer and more. DN's Finale Showcase is a very exciting time and showcases what all the dancers have learned over the year.
Additional training and services include company team, showteam, master classes, private lessons, and choreography for special events. Check out additional information about these amazing opportunities DanceNation offers under the "Extended Services" tab. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and TikTok! @dancenationca for more information, pictures and videos!
Ms. Shelby was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA and started dance at the age of 3, spending majority of her time growing up in a dance studio environment. She danced competitively for 15 years and has been teaching and choreographing for 10+ years in styles such as jazz, ballet, lyrical, acro and jazz funk. Shelby is a graduate of California State University of Bakersfield with a degree in Business Management. She is passionate about getting creative with choreography and inspiring young artists. The time and dedication she puts into her studio and students is incomparable.
Pamela Sosa is an Advanced Member and registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance, London. She began her ballet training with Heather Benes at Mojave Movement Arts Center. When she was 15 her family moved to Bakersfield where she began training with Patti Ashby at Ashby Academy of Dance. While there she completed her Advanced 2 exam. She also became a member of the Kern Classical Ballet Company. While with KCBC, she performed roles including the Ballerina in The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Tigerlily and the Caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland, and the Autumn Fairy in Cinderella. She also performed the lead Mirliton as a guest artist with Santa Barbara Festival Ballet. She taught in Bakersfield for 5 years at Ashby Academy of Dance and then at Turning Point Academy. In 2004, Pamela moved to Santa Clarita and began teaching at Santa Clarita Ballet Academy. She was there for 14 years working with all ages and coaching kids for their RAD exams. She also choreographed 5 full length ballet productions for the Santa Clarita Ballet Company. She choreographed Alice in Wonderland (2008, 2011, 2017), Snow White (2010, 2014), Peter Pan (2012, 2016), Far Far Away (2013), and Little Mermaid (2015). Pamela is also certified in Yoga and Pilates. She feels that they are both important cross training methods for ballet. Pamela enjoys sharing her love of ballet with her students and helping to bring out the best in them.
Ms. Lizzie has been dancing since she was three years old and starting competing when she was five years old. Lizzie studied genres of tap, ballet, contemporary, lyrical, jazz and acro. She recently graduated from Lyle's College of Beauty and loves doing hair! Lizzie looks forward to teaching kids and improving their technique skills!
Ashley Reynolds grew up in Bakersfield, CA and has been dancing since the age of two. She danced competitively for 14 years with Ms. Shelby and has trained under award winning choreographers in styles such as ballet, jazz, and lyrical. During her dance career she booked several jobs including dancing during a Lakers Game half time show and acting in a Sizzler commercial. After graduating high school Ashley moved to San Diego where she met her husband, John. Now that she’s back in Bakersfield she’s excited to be apart of the DN family!
Kellie Grantham grew up in Bakersfield, and started dancing at the age of 11. She studied dance styles of tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, and cheerleading. Kellie enjoyed being on her studios Cheerleading and dance competition teams. After graduating from High school, Kellie started teaching dance at Turning Point Academy while she attended beauty school to become a manicurist. During her time teaching at TPA, Kellie was on the shows team and also assisted with some of the TPA company team dances. Kellie is excited to be teaching at DanceNation! Kellie’s favorite part of teaching is seeing the her students joy and excitement as they grow in skill and technique!
Ms. Connie has been married for 30+ years and has two grown children. She was a dance mom for 16 years and is now enjoying her role as "dance grandma." Connie is a graduate of California State University of Bakersfield with a degree in Accounting. She worked for the City of Bakersfield for 30 years, as an accounting supervisor, retiring in December of 2017. One of her goals after retiring was to help her daughter, Shelby, fulfill her dream of opening her own dance studio, DanceNation!
Romy Domanique Hernandez was in her first dance recital before the age of two and has been dancing ever since. She loves all styles of dance equally and studies them all to strive to continue to be the best well rounded dancer she can be. Romy likes to spend her summers training at dance intensives and workshops throughout California. She also dreams of becoming a working dancer in movies, musics videos, a ballet company, broadway, and even a Rockette! Romy has found a love for teaching and choreographing and hopes to inspire young dancers to shine bright and explore their creativity!