Our Team of Dance Instructors
Sunshine's Dance & Cheer Studio has recruited some of the Bay Area's most accomplished and talented dance instructors, each of whom brings their own personal approach to the dance floor. See below who they are:
April Hatton is a dance teacher and choreographer of 8 years. She has been dancing since age 5 and has formed a life’s passion for ballet, teaching, and performing! One of her greatest goals is to share her life’s passion of movement so others may experience the joy that dance cultivates.
April first began classes in Bakersfield, CA with a ballet, tap, and gymnastics combo class. As a teenager, she danced at the Conservatory of Dance and Performing Arts for 8 years. Here April progressed in the highest levels of ballet and point classes, Pilates, company classes, etc. It was here that she first started teaching ballet, point, Christian dance, company classes, conditioning, and choreography. April danced with Ballet Rejoice, a pre-professional Christian dance company from the Conservatory of Dance and Performing Art’s studio. She was a senior member and Assistant Director/Choreographer for three years.
April performed in Nutcrackers and spring performances with Placer Theater Ballet of Auburn, CA. The different characters she has played are Village Girl in Snow White, Waltz Flower and Snow in Nutcracker. To further educate her experience, April traveled to dance intensives and attended teacher workshops at Ballet Magnificat! in Jackson, Mississippi.
As an advanced dancer, April took dance classes in college and was a teacher’s aide in Ballet and Modern. At the CSU of Sacramento from Spring 2008 - Fall 2009 she took: Choreography, Dance History, Advanced Ballet, Beginning Jazz, Intermediate Modern, and Weight Training. April was an assistant teacher to Lorelei Bayne, Assistant Professor in the Dance Department, for Beginning Modern, and Nolan T’Sani, Professional Ballet Instructor, for Intermediate Ballet.
April continues to share her love of dance by teaching at several dance studios in the Bay Area. She has also recently formed a dance ministry in San Francisco called OPEN. This ministry provides anyone who has a love and/or appreciation for the arts to help grow and share within the community. She currently has outreaches at parks in San Francisco and is also invited to travel around the Western Coast to teach workshops.
Hip Hop/Jazz Instructor