Hi! I'm Saumirah. Let's connect! ⤵
I am an entrepreneur, dancer, and educator. I am the Co-creator of the Dance Daze Dance Board™, the founder and CEO of Dance Daze, Inc., and the Host of The Happy Dance Podcast. I am currently earning a Doctor of Education degree in Educational and Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Social Entrepreneurship. My research examines the effects of pre-professional classical ballet training on creativity. Keep reading 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. I have directed dance programs for Dance Daze, Inc. and Dance Daze in Schools at various locations in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento in California and previously in New York City and in Washington, D.C.
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. I also co-founded Dance Daze Dance Boards™ in 2020, inspired by my own efforts of dancing in my front yard throughout the summer of 2020. In 2021, I began producing weekly free content for kids on the Dance Daze, Inc. YouTube Channel.
Because I love words and wanted a way to share my thoughts and experiences, I started a podcast and another blog. (Because, of course, the true Millennial that I am, I've blogged on and off since I was a teenager. I basically grew up in chat rooms and with AOL Instant Messenger, so today's forms of electronic communication are not my first rodeo!) 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."
A former elementary school 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 or services, don't hesitate to reach out! I'm always on the interwebz.