Hi! I'm Saumirah.
I am an entrepreneur, dancer, and educator. I am the founder and CEO of Dance Daze, Inc. and the Co-creator of the Dance Daze Dance Board™. I have a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum & Instruction, I am an American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher (Primary - Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum), and I am currently earning a Doctor of Education Degree in Educational and Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Social Entrepreneurship. My research focus is on pre-professional classical ballet training and creativity. Check out the links above and the "About Me" section below to learn more about me.
Essentially, I am an entrepreneur and a dreamer with a professional background dance and education. I try to spend all of my time creating, learning, and cultivating happiness.
I am the founder and CEO of two dance education organizations. One organization is Dance Daze, Inc. and the other is a non-profit called Dance Daze in Schools. Directing these organizations allows me to bring high-quality dance programs to children at studio locations in California and at schools throughout the United States.
In April of 2020, I began my online dance membership community for children, Dance Daze Online, as a response to COVID-19. At Dance Daze Online, I record, edit, and publish dance videos for kids and create and publish digital dance education content every week. Additionally, at the start of COVID-19, I created the Dance Daze At Home Challenge and Dance Daze Story Time so that children could access fun dance education content for free during an unprecedented time.
Because I love words and communication, I started a podcast and another blog (because, of course, I've blogged on and off since I was a teenager). As the host of The Happy Dance Podcast and the writer behind The Happy Dance Blog, I talk about all things related to "dance, education, and cultivating a life of happiness."
I've loved all things related to social media, marketing, and content creation for as long as I can remember, so I am so happy that I get to do occasional work as a digital marketing strategist through SociallySaumirah.com! At SociallySaumirah.com, I design digital marketing plans, create and develop content, and manage social media accounts for businesses and brands.
A current first grade virtual teacher in California, USA, I hold a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction, a Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of the Pacific. Still involved with my alma mater, I am a former Communications Chair for the Sacramento Pacific Alumni Club. I am also an American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training in Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. I am a member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and a Board Member for the California Dance Education Association (CDEA). I served on the Subject Matter Advisory Panel for the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) in Dance to support the development of a teaching credential for dance in the state of California. A lifelong learner, I am presently a doctoral student at the University of the Pacific, studying Educational and Organizational Leadership, with a concentration in Social and Educational Entrepreneurship.
If you're interested in any of my products, businesses, or services, don't hesitate to reach out! I'm always on the interwebz.