At DanceWorks AZ we believe in dance education, quality training, and helping our dancers become well-rounded, confident individuals. From our teachers and choreographers down to our youngest dancers, we expect a high level of integrity at all times. We believe in teaching our students how to maintain a professional reputation in the dance industry as well as in day to day life. The studio has been mentoring children and helping enrich their lives for nearly 20 years, whether it's audition and scholarship opportunities, college decisions, but most of all, empowering dancers to achieve their best no matter what they decide to do. In the end, the lessons learned in dance apply to life!
Dannis Shepherd Zazueta has been in the dance industry for more than 20 years as a performer, teacher, choreographer, and coach. She specializes in dance education, focusing on a curriculum that exposes each student to a wide range of dance genres. Dannis has a BA in Communications with a minor in Performing Arts from Arizona State University. Some of her credits include artistic director of DanceWorks, a finalist for The National High School Athletic Coaches Association Coach of The Year, and the costume coordinator for Super Bowl XXX's pre game show. Her studio was recognized by Dance Spirit Magazine as "One of the Top 50 Studios On the Move." Some of her students' credits include female finalists for "America's Best Dance Crew" Season 1, top 20 female finalists for "So You Think You Can Dance," and numerous National Awards including Performance and Performer of the Year titles at the 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2013 Co. Dance National Finals. Her students have also gone on to win the YAGP Junior Division and dance with Alvin Ailey's Professional Division. Dannis is the coach of Mountain View High School's Pom Line and has led her high school teams to ten consecutive Division 1 State titles and three National Championships.