Claylee's Dance Academy - About Us

 

Claylee Stewart established Claylee’s Dance Academy in 1991 specifically for dancers of all ages. Claylee was determined to create a comfortable environment for children and adult participation. The studio offers a family friendly atmosphere while at the same time providing benefits not found at other studios including two large dance studios, ample free parking, two viewing areas where parents and students can relax and enjoy watching ongoing classes. Today, the studio has kept the same family friendly atmosphere that has been present from day one.

Claylee is a professional dancer turned dance teacher. Before opening the studio Claylee danced professionally in movies, television, and theater. She has danced professionally since age 17 when she auditioned and was chosen for a cast member in the Disneyland Electrical Parade. While working at Disneyland she was cast as Snow White, Mary Poppins, and Cinderella as well as many other characters. After completing her BA degree at UC Irvine Claylee moved to Hollywood and danced professionally for several years. She danced in films like Grease starring Michelle Pfieffer, Pennies from Heaven starring Steve Martin and much more. Claylee’s talent extends beyond her professional dance career. While attending college she worked part time as a dance teacher for Linda Buell’s dance workshop. Little did she know at that time teaching was where her love for dance would take her.

Claylees experience in theater and film has brought a unique aspect to the studio. The yearly recital that all the children and adult dancers participate in is not just a recital but also a Broadway show. She uses all her knowledge and experience to incorporate dancing, singing, comedy, acting and music to put on a show that every one of all ages can enjoy. This is a very important aspect to Claylees. Not only do the children learn to dance but they also learn how to perform.

CDA offers a very accomplished and professional staff. Many of the instructors are professionals in there own right. Many have danced and are still dancing professionally.

Former students of CDA are accomplished choreographers; dancers in Cirques Du Soleil, Sacramento Ballet, Le Rive, Disneyland and Aladdin, just to name a few.

The studio offers a wide variety of dance genres to choose from including Classical Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Folklorico, Hip Hop, Hula, Contemporary/Lyrical, Modern, and Musical Theater.

This year CDA is producing it’s 22nd annual production of “The Nutcracker” ballet. This annual tradition offers students an opportunity to perform the entire production of this full-length ballet in a completely professional atmosphere.

It is this comfortable environment that has attracted many families throughout the LA and Orange county areas for over 26 years. We invite you to visit the studio and see for yourself. CDA is a clean and safe environment for the whole family.