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ABOUT US

Welcome to Dance Arts Academy, a premier dance program in Orange County and Los Angeles! We offer a diverse range of dance classes, including Creative Movement, Hip-Hop, Latin, Ballet Folkloric, and more. Our mission is to make a positive impact on the youth of Santa Ana and beyond.

At Dance Arts Academy, we provide a safe and inclusive space where individuals can explore their true selves and nurture their dreams. We believe in the power of dance to unlock unique talents and foster personal growth and self-expression. Through our partnerships with schools, families, and corporations, we are committed to breaking down the limitations that our students may face.

Resilience, showmanship, discipline, and strong values form the core of our teachings. By instilling these qualities, we empower our students to overcome obstacles and achieve their full potential in all aspects of life. We firmly believe that with resilience and a solid foundation of values, there is no challenge our students cannot conquer.

Experience the transformative power of dance as we work together to make a positive impact on the lives of today's. Let us inspire a new generation to dream big, achieve greatness, and create a better world through the joy and artistry of dance.

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Sakina Ibrahim

Founder/Artistic Director - www.sakinaibrahim.com

Meet Sakina Ibrahim, an extraordinary individual with over a decade of experience studying and teaching dance across the globe. With an unparalleled background in the arts and entertainment industry, Sakina has worked alongside legends such as Donald McKayle, Anthony Burrell, Shelly Garrett, and more. Her talent and expertise have taken her to esteemed platforms such as the Essence Festival, Jill Scott's Blues Babe Foundation, Boston Women's Conference, The Trayvon Martin Foundation, and numerous international educational institutions.

Sakina's performance credits encompass a wide range of acclaimed projects, including working with Jill Scott, Rennie Harris RHAW, Beauty Shop starring Tiffany Haddish, Bayside the Musical, The Harlem Arts Festival, Creed 2, Silver Linings Playbook, and many others. Notably, she served as the choreographer for the two-time Rose d'Or award-winning film Young@Heart, listed as a Top 50 documentary and streamed on Netflix and PBS.

Recognized for her immense contributions, Sakina has been honored with the Orange County Arts and Administrators Award for Advocacy in 2023. Her extensive training includes studying under Dance Masters at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, attending the Bates Dance Festival, Broadway Dance Center, and immersing herself in the rich cultural arts at the Dagbe Cultural Arts Center in Ghana. She has worked with renowned institutions such as The Dance Theater of Harlem, Mark Morris Dance Center, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Cal State Long Beach, and more.

In addition to her accomplishments as a dancer and choreographer, Sakina is also an accomplished author, receiving an NAACP Image Award nomination for her book "Big Words To Little Me." Her work in arts and wellness has attracted the attention of prestigious entities such as Black Enterprise Magazine, Google Corporate Offices, Taurus Pharmaceuticals, Nextwave Octane, and many others.

Sakina holds a BFA from the University of the Arts and an MFA from UC Irvine. She has shared her knowledge and passion as a Professor of Dance at Cal State Long Beach and Cypress College. Through classes, workshops, speaking engagements, and film, Sakina extends her dedication to the arts, creativity, and healing on an international scale.

As a social entrepreneur, Sakina is devoted to nurturing the next generation of creative artists through teaching dance in Orange County. With her expertise, vision, and unwavering commitment, she continues to shape and inspire the world of dance, leaving an indelible mark on the arts community.

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Meet the Team

Meet our friendly and talented instructors.

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