Hi! I'm Saumirah.
I am an entrepreneur, dancer, and educator. I am the founder and CEO of Dance Daze, Inc., the Co-creator of the Dance Daze Dance Board™, and the Creator and 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 professional/pre-professional classical ballet training on creativity. Learn more about me, my projects, and my educational background by checking out the links above and the information below.
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.
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."
I've loved all things related to social media, marketing, and content creation for as long as I can remember, so I occasionally 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. I am presently the Marketing Associate for the California Dance Education Association.
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, businesses, or services, don't hesitate to reach out! I'm always on the interwebz.