Our Team

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:

Samantha Gaskin
Founder/Instructor

Originally from Houston, Texas Samantha Gaskin has a joy and passion for all forms of dance. This love for dance has blossomed through her study, choreography, and performance of dance for more than 26 years. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop styles of dance all over the Bay Area. Samantha has been dancing since the age of 5 years old and hasn’t stopped since. During high school Samantha studied dance on a recreational level and had the opportunity to perform as a member of the Willowridge dance team in Missouri City, Texas.

While in college Samantha was a member of the cheerleading team and performed in shows collaborating jazz, hip-hop and contemporary for local R&B and hip hop artist. Samantha performed for many years on the competition team at Dance 10 Performing Arts Studio in Alameda, California under the direction of Pam Drake.

In 1999, Samantha made the prestigious Oakland Raiderette Cheerleading team where she performed for 3 seasons under the direction of Karen Kovac. In, her second season as a Raiderette Samantha was selected to perform on a special caberet variety show team for the Raiderettes where she performed at special corporate and charity events. In her final season cheering for the Oakland Raiders, Samantha was selected to represent the team in Bosnia and Kosovo to entertain for the troops overseas.

From 2008-2010 Samantha served as head coach for the San Ramon Valley High School Freshmen cheerleading team. As coach she led her team to first place in several local competitions.

Samantha has 10 years of experience teaching dance and cheerleading to young children at different bay area elementary schools, high schools, recreation centers and dance studios giving her a wide spectrum of experience. Samantha’s passion for dance and her love of children is evident in her teaching style. She both inspires and nurtures all of her students. Samantha’s goal is to provide a fun, exciting, and inspiring atmosphere for her students. She aspires to share her love for dance and allow all of her students to acquire the same love.

Miss Brooke Miller 

Hip Hop Teacher  

Brooke found her passion in dance when she was three years old and has been in love with the art ever since. She began studying at Livermore School of Dance where she preformed and practiced jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary, tumbling, hip hop, and modern. Brooke was rewarded the honor of being a part of Granada High Schools dance team for two years. She is currently studying child development where she has the opportunity to learn about and work with children everyday. Brooke adores sharing her knowledge of dance and ending her classes seeing students happy and 10x more confident !

Taylor Braaten


Tap Instructor

Taylor started dancing at Jamie's Dance Studio at 3 years old and continued her training at Jazz N' Taps for 9 years and competed for 7. In the summer 2014, Taylor and her duo partner were invited to compete their jazz duo "Queen Bee" at Showstoppers Nationals in Anaheim, California where they placed 2nd overall. Taylor was a member of the Amador Valley High School dance team. She graduated from Amador June of 2015. Taylor is currently a Clinical Psychology major at Ohlone Community College in Fremont and plans to transfer to the University of Oklahoma. Taylor has experience in Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, and Lyrical. "When I practice until I get it right, I am an athlete. When I perform it and reveal my soul, I am a dancer."

Miss Natalie Rosare

Tutu's and Tap Shoes/ Tap Teacher 

 Natalie has been dancing in the Tri- Valley area since the age of two. Performing in tap, jazz, ballet, and lyrical. In middle school she began competing with a local dance studio and began taking dance more seriously. Her favorite dance memory was performing with her dance studio in Disneyland with the Disney cast and crew. When she grows up she would like to be an elementary academic school teacher and continue teaching dance.Natalie has been dancing in the Tri- Valley area since the age of two. Performing in tap, jazz, ballet, and lyrical. In middle school she began competing with a local dance studio and began taking dance more seriously. Her favorite dance memory was performing with her dance studio in Disneyland with the Disney cast and crew. When she grows up she would like to be an elementary academic school teacher and continue teaching dance.