Gualala Dance Studio


Gualala Dance Studio

Strong. Active. Graceful.

Winter Showcase - December 14, 2019

Welcome to Gualala Dance Studio. My mission is to provide a welcoming environment for students to join in and have fun while learning through movement.  I am passionately committed to providing each individual the opportunity to learn the art of dance in a positive, structured and inspiring environment.  I offer individual attention, respect toward each student, & gentle guidance through the proper techniques of dance.  I focus on the developmentally conscious use of the body while invoking artistry and self-expression within each dancer. 

I begin teaching young students at age 2 1/2 in an action packed 45 minute class of movement which incorporates introductory dance concepts in a lighthearted way.

Children ages four through six take a combination of ballet, tap, tumbling, creative & pantomime in a one hour class. Recommended attendance is once per week.  

Ages seven through twelve take a one hour class consisting of ballet, tap, intro to contemporary, hip hop, & jazz. Recommended attendance is once per week.

Adults are welcome to take an array of classes including ballet, tap, contemporary, & broadway jazz this season..Jennifer will teach ballet, tap, broadway jazz and contemporary and will rely on CLI's instruction to round out some specialty classes & workshops (to be announced). 

Gualala Dance Studio Partners with CLI Studios!:  Want to dance with tWitch (Ellen Degeneres Show), Kathryn McCormick, Teddy Forance, Nick Lazzarini, Allison Holker (all So You Think You Can Dance Alumni) and more?  Gualala Dance Studio is partnering with CLI Studios to give our students access to the dance industry’s top choreographers in Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary and Acro!  Register with our studio this season and you’ll be able to take master classes from these world renowned choreographers. 

Gualala Dance Studio is proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 9 level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development.  The ABT National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.  Pre-Primary through Level 3 will be taught by ABT Certified Teacher, Jennifer Massey, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. 

Yoga, Pilates, Music and other exciting classes are offered by independent teachers at the studio as well. More information is included in the class descriptions section below.  



All students must register prior to their first class. Registration forms are available at the studio or just click on the "Contact Us" button and an email will be sent directly.

Would you like to be added to our mailing list to learn of new and exciting offerings at the studio?  Click the "Contact Us" button below to join!  


Class Descriptions

Strong. Active. Graceful.

Tiny Tots 

Teacher: Jennifer Massey

45 minutes per week recommended

This class is for the 2 1/2 year old to 3 year old student.  It teaches basic body movement, coordination, balance and interaction with other children.  Parents or care givers are asked to join in this class but the focus is towards the child and his/her development.

Pre-Dance I & II

Teacher: Jennifer Massey 

1 hour per week recommended

For all students 3 - 6 years of age ( 3 classes, separated by age/development).  Children are placed in the appropriate class by Jennifer.  The young student is introduced to the world of dance and music in an informal, yet structured manner, which serves as preparation for further study. Classes are designed to develop rhythm, coordination, and self confidence, as well as physical fitness. Instruction includes:  basic tumbling, trampoline, floor level balance beam, tap, ballet, hip hop, creative movement & pantomime.  

Beginning Dance Combo

Teacher: Jennifer Massey

At least 1 hour per week recommended. For beginning students ages 6 - 9  and graduates of pre-dance. These young dancers take a combination class of acro/gym, ballet, tap, jazz, intro to contemporary. This variety of instruction increases body awareness, strength, limberness, rhythm and timing.  A foundation is laid for the study of classical ballet and theatre.​

Level 1

Teacher: Jennifer Massey

1 to  2 hours per week recommended 

Students at this level, age 9-12, have graduated Beginning Dance and are progressing to more challenging technique in ballet, tap, jazz, & contemporary and learning increasingly difficult choreography.

Accelerated Learning Program - Teacher Jennifer Massey - 1 hour per week

Entrance to this class is by teacher placement only.  For those students who have shown a high learning ability, consistent attendance, concentration and drive to excel.

Teen/Adult Ballet - Beginning to Intermediate

Teacher: Jennifer Massey

Students have a 1 or 1.5 hour ballet class focusing on the core principles and foundational concepts of ballet in a safe and developmentally appropriate manner. Traditional ballet barre and center floor work included. 

Silver Swans (Suggested Age 65 & up or injury rehab) Beginning Ballet Class - Barre Work Only (

Private Lessons Only At This Time Until More Community Interest)

Teacher: Jennifer Massey

45 Minutes to 1 Hour, depending on students ability

A gentle approach to the ballet barre class, using chairs, props and focusing on stabilization, breath work, posture, and body strengthening exercises.

Broadway Jazz / Adults Only

Private Lessons Only At This Time

Teacher: Jennifer Massey

1 hour

Jazz dance evolved on Broadway in the 1950s into the new, smooth style that is taught today and known as Theatre Jazz or Modern Jazz. Theatre Jazz is also used in large scale musicals today such as Chicago, Fame, Wicked and Grease, etc.  We will focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Street and Contemporary.  This class is for adults only due to content of expression (think sultry, at times) 

Contemporary / Adult Class

Private Lessons Only At This Time

Teacher: Jennifer Massey

1 hour

 Incorporates an eclectic blend of contemporary and post-modern movement into instruction. Modern and Contemporary Dance forms allow students to explore their individual dance style outside of the structure of traditional ballet and jazz classes.

Tap Class / Adult Class

Teacher: Jennifer Massey

1 hour class focusing on the basics of tap dancing, rhythms, combination work with an emphasis on having FUN together in a relaxed & easy environment.

Private Lessons with Jennifer

@ $60 per hour in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary/modern.

As the studio grows, we hope to be able to offer the following classes:

Level 2 - Teacher Jennifer Massey -  2.5 hours per week recommended 

Students have a 1 hour ballet class, one hour of jazz and 1/2 hour of tap per week.  At this level, dance proficiency is increased with emphasis on placement and form.


Level 3 - Teacher Jennifer Massey - Dancers at this level usually attend 2 or more ballet classes per week.  

Tap and jazz class and/or "other" classes one hour per week.  For students of the appropriate age, strength, stamina and development, beginning pointe is offered but not required.  

Level, 4, 5, Intermediate & Advanced - Teacher Jennifer Massey

Dancers at these levels attend ballet, jazz, contemporary and tap classes consistently.  The instruction is aimed at the continuing dancer with professional aspirations or a desire for advanced dance instruction.  ​

Student Teacher Training - Class Demonstrator

This program is open to students who indicate a desire to enhance their goals of dance, either as a teacher or as a performer.  The class demonstrator will assist with the beginning level classes.

Additional Classes Offered At The Studio


WEDNESDAY 6:30 pm  

OFFERING KUNDALINI-BASED yoga at Gualala Dance Studio, Margaret Lindgren's popular "UNBEATEN YOGA" classes are wonderful and provide a nicely balanced blend of Vinyasa Flow Warms-Ups for those new to Kundalini.  

In addition, her 1 hour classes are geared towards a specific focus, which she brilliantly explains via email.

Contact Margaret directly  OR VISIT HER WEBSITE via for more information or to be added to her mailing list

Classes are $10/Per Person - Per 1 Hour Class. 

Margaret Lindgren, CTA 

Owner & Guide

Unbeaten Path Tours

Tel: 707 888 6121


Instagram: @OurUnbeatenPath


Private Pilates w/Reformer & Other Catered Instruction

Teacher : Gary Marquart

$50 per hour

Get in touch with your core muscles! Pilates is an exercise system that teaches body awareness, good posture and easy, fluid movement. You’ll tone muscles and improve your flexibility, coordination, strength and balance. After just a few sessions, you'll start noticing how much better you feel: more self-aware, self-confident and centered. Open to all ages over 16 and all body types and fitness levels. 

To learn more, contact Gary at 707-412-3090.

About Gary

Gary is certified through Balanced Body University and has been teaching Pilates for nine years. He has also been a massage therapist for 23 years.

Rhythm & Moves

Teacher: Kim Ghezzi

Classes are for kids age 0-6

They are designed to build basic tonal and rhythmic competency, promote language and stimulate brain development with singing, playing percussive instruments, and small & large body movement.. It also good for developing social skills and dynamics as part of a group. It’s a fun and nurturing environment that meets each child where they are at.. and it fosters uninhibited, creative self expression.

Contact Kim Ghezzi via email:


Weekly Schedule


10:45 am - 11:30 am 

Tiny Tots

Teacher: Jennifer

Age: 2.5 & 3 


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Beginning & Intermediate


With Jennifer

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Pre Dance 1

Age 3 & 4 (by placement)

With Jennifer


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Beginning Dance

Age 6-9 (by placement)

With Jennifer

4:15 pm – 5:45 pm

Level 1 

Age 9-12 (by placement)

With Jennifer

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm



With Margaret




Beginning & Intermediate


With Jennifer

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm



All Levels

With Jennifer

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm 

Pre Dance II

Age 4, 5 & 6 (by placement)

With Jennifer


10:30 am - 11: 30 am

Rhythm & Moves

Age 0-6

with Kim



Class Fees / Tuition

Monthly Tuition based on the rates below are payable on the 1st week of each month or, during the Summer months of July & August, you may pay per class if you wish for no extra fee.

First class is always free!

Class Rates

45 minutes $10

60 minutes $13

90 minutes $16

120 minutes $19

Private Instruction @ $60 per hour. No less than 1 hour per session.

Ask about sibling discounts

Cash or Check Only


Dance Attire & Footwear

Proper dance attire enables the teacher to see the dancers’ positions and movement in order to give necessary corrections for the benefit of the dancer’s education.

In the beginning classes, for boys or girls, any color or design of leotard, sport top or fitted t-shirt and tights, leggings, or fitted sweat pants may be worn.

Leotards with fluffy net skirts (tutus) attached are not acceptable for class. (During recital showcase season, students will get the opportunity to perform in tutus and other special costumes).  

Boys wear sweats or leggings that aren't too loose and a t-shirt that's not too loose. 

We request that long hair be tied back.

We do not have a "color code" as such, however, in the advancing ballet levels, a plain color leotard with pink tights is requested but not mandatory. For tap or jazz or any additional styles offered by the studio, there is more freedom for individual style.   


As a general rule-

Tiny Tots:  Ballet Shoes

Pre Dance & Beginning Dance Combo: Ballet & Tap Shoes

Jazz Class:  Jazz or Ballet Shoes

Hip Hop:  Shoes w/bounce

Where to Purchase Dance Attire & Shoes:

Jennifer has accounts with the major companies and can help to fit and order your dance gear at wholesale & discounted prices. Please see her before paying retail!  

Dance Gear in Santa Rosa has the basics.  Marin Dancewear in Novato is a great shop. We also recommend is another resource for shoes. *Note that Capezio ballet, tap and jazz shoes generally run a half size smaller than your regular shoe size. has ballet shoes & dance wear specifically for boys but any ballet shoe works for younger boys (typically not pink for boys but whatever makes them happy is fine with us!).

If traveling to San Francisco, any student of Gualala Dance Studio will receive a 10% discount at 1887 Dance Shoppe (2206 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123, 415.441.1887, Contact: Martita Timiriasieff).  

We are always available for any questions regarding attire or shoes.  Happy to help.  Just ask!



Winter Showcase planned for

December 14, 2019, matinee performance at Arena Theater

Initial meeting to assess interest will be held September 15th at 3:00 pm at Gualala Dance Studio

Scroll Through the Pictures Below to See What Fun We Can Have!  Let's Dance!  


Agnes De Mille

"To dance is to be yourself, larger, more beautiful, more powerful.  This is power on Earth and it is yours for the taking"


“The only dancer you should compare yourself to is the one you were yesterday."

Misty Copeland, ABT Principal Dancer

"You can start late, look different, be uncertain and still succeed."


Gualala Dance Studio

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39225 CA-1
Suite B
Gualala, Mendocino County 95445





"Come dance with me where the river meets the sea."
-Jennifer Massey, Owner/Director
Jennifer Massey is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary though Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum




39225 CA-1
Suite B
Gualala, Mendocino County 95445

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