Ms. Dominguez has been teaching dance for 20+ years. Since 2006, she has been with Center for the Dance in Castro Valley. During this 20-year period she has showcased numerous original dance arrangements from tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary and more, as well as a part of the full production of the Wizard of Oz in 2009. Favorite dance experience was dancing in San Francisco at Bimbo’s Club show casing 1920’s tap and jazz routines. Second favorite dance experience was dancing in Oakland Paramount Theatre with a show casing gospel tap routine. Monica has a special interest teaching students of special needs. She has a BA degree in Psychology and Sociology. She was born and raised in Oakland and lives in Castro Valley since 2000. She has been married sine 1994 and has two children. Monica is encouraging, positive, patient, and loves having fun with her community.
Favorite hobbies: reading inspirational books, playing with her three dogs, roller coasters, and going to the beach with her family!
Event & Financial Coordinator/ Dance Instructor
Ms. Adriana was born and raised in the San Francisco/ East Bay area. She began dance at the age of 5 years old, until the age of 15 years old where she became a San Lorenzo High Varsity Cheerleader during her senior year in high school, and later returned to teach dance two years later at Center for the Dance with dance instructor Monica Dominguez. She assisted Monica Dominguez in the past 7+ years in teaching dance. She has taught classes of tap, pre-ballet, jazz as well as students with special needs, and recently coached Varsity cheerleading for 6 years at Arroyo High School.
Ms. Adriana is a fun, energetic, positive outgoing person, where her passion stays with Jazz and Lyrical dance. During her free time, Ms. Adriana loves to read books, rest at home and watch classic Disney Movies.
Favorite quote: "Where you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way" - Wayne Dyer
Subhashni Naidu (aka Shobha), started her dance training after migrating to USA in 2000. She joined Shruti Swara Laya to learn Bharatanatyam under the guidance of her guru Vidhya Venkatesh and she successfully completed her solo Arangetram in 2010.
In 2009, Shobha joined Dance Identity and learned different styles of dances such as Hip Hop, Jazz, Bollywood, and Contemporary from Shaira Bhan. Shobha completed Contemporary Workshop taught by Terence Lewis, Bollywood Choreographer in 2010; Hip Hop Workshop taught by Rosero McCoy, Hollywood Choreographer and Bollywood Workshops taught by Saroj Khan in 2016 & 2017. Saroj Khan selected Shobha to participate in the Solo Dance Competition at DanceUSADance competition held in Livermore, CA on March 12, 2017.
Shobha has been performing Solo and with different Groups since 2001, and she is excited to be part of DLDC to share her passion.
Mr. Sonny Lee Baker
Mr. Sonny began dancing at the early age of three. He constantly danced around the house and wasn't interested in anything else other than dance, where he ended up dancing at a local dance studio where he took variety of classes: jazz, ballet, lyrical, Hip-Hop and acrobats. Growing up dancing, he was always involved in many competitions, shows and special events such as being part of the entertainment crew in the famous cruise line: Caribbean and Carnival.
As a natural gift, teaching dance as an art form to others is one of Mr. Sonny's passion; to help kids bring forth their self-esteem, confidence and courage as they reveal their own unique style of dancing and that is what truly makes his heart happy!
Mr. Sonny has two daughters: Kailyanna & Caliah. They both love dancing all for the same reason - to have fun! They love being part of the DLDC family!
"This is the fun place to dance - join us!"
~ Mr. Sonny
Ms. Shannon Gotelli