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:

Miss Samantha Gaskin

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 Maya Denise Gaskin 
Studio Chorography  Director

Maya Denise has been dancing since the age of two, and has technical training in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, pom, contemporary, and ballet folklorico. She was apart of the Golden State Warriors Jr Jam Squad, received a scholarship to the American Dance Training Camp 2016, and was also the recipient of NUVO’s Teen Hip Hop StandOut Scholarship to attend the Dancerpalooza intensive. During her two years of dancing with the Jr jam Squad, Maya Denise, performanced with Aloe Blacc and Montell Jordan, she also Participated in the 2015 NBA Championship Parade Celebration and received a championship ring. Her Tap solo placed 1st place overall in the age category at Spotlight Dance competition and Placed 2nd at Bravo Dance competition in small group Hip Hop division Maya Denise Played Claire in Sunshine Dance & Cheer studios rendition of The Nutcracker. Maya Denise had th honor of being a part of the California High Schools Varsity song team, and performs at all of the varsity football, and basketball games.Maya Denise help to lead the team to National champions 3 years in a row. Maya Denise served as girl scout for 13 years and served as Miss Contra Costa County's Outstanding Teen 2017, Miss Central California OT 2018, and Miss Los Angeles OT 2019 , California Teen International Junior Miss 2020, Miss Arizona Collegiate 2021 and  Miss Arizona Teen USA 2022. aya Denise is Junior at the University of Arizona where she remotely assists the studio with fun and creative choreography for Sunshine Dance & Cheer Studio. 

Ms Lexi Mcintyre

             Dance Instructor/ Competiton Team Director

Lexi McIntye has been dancing for over 19 years! Although she started later than others, she quickly had a love for dance immediately. She studied ballet until she was 18 and then she studied other styles including contemporary, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, musical theater, modern! Lexi attended while known schools including San Jose ballet, Santa Clara ballet, Julines school of dance in Modesto, art of dance, Holly Rochelle dance company, and Academy of performing arts. Lexi also danced two seasons as a San Francisco 49ers gold rush cheerleader and danced for the Sacramento kings!  Lexi had the opportunity to perform in the nutcracker as sugar plum fairy, snow queen, Russian, Chinese lead, rat king. Alice In wonderland as red queen and Peter Pan as Peter Pan and the shadow!  She has also had the opportunity to perform with the ying Yang twins, skeelo, and Amerie. Throughout her competition years her teams have placed top 10 and have recieved multiple judges awards, and Lexi was honored by recieving the outstanding choreographer award for a hiphop pieces! Miss Lexi strives to teach her students to never give up and chase their dreams just as she did and cannot wait to share with her students as well as help and watch them grow so they can reach their goals . Lexi is excited to join the SDC team so she can continue to share her knowledge and passion of dance to the next generation of dancers.             

Ms. Luzi Loza

                                          Dance Instructor

Luzi Loza was born in the bay area and raised in Livermore. She always had a strong passion for dance at a very young age. Growing up her mom taught Ballet Folklorico to many children in the bay area. Wanting to expand her knowledge of dance, Luzi enrolled at Sunshine Dance and Cheer. Here she studied ballet, tap, Jazz, and hip-hop. Luzi was also one of the first members of the fSDC competition team. That went on to win several local competitions. Luzi found a love for cheer with the Granada High School cheerleading team where she was involved in an emerging sport for women called Stunt the Sport. She has a very deep passion for the art of dancing and is very excited to spread her knowledge and love.

Ms. Pam Aguilar

Dance Instructor

Pamela Aguilar began dancing at 3 years old, and has experience the world of dance through competing in dance competitions and performing in musicals.Pam trainined in ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical. During her dancing education she spent training at Las Positas College, she performed in many musicals and dance productions. There she began creating her own choreography. Pam found her passion for teaching children when she had the opportunity to choreographer at a drama camp for kids. Since that moment she has taught ballet, tap, and lyrical jazz to children of all ages. No matter if Pam has always loved how rewarding it is to see her dancers engaged in class and enjoying themselves while learning and growing with their dancing. For Pam, dancing has always been a passion and she looks forward to sharing her love of dance to her students at Sunshine!  

Allie Flores

Studio Administrator

We are delighted to introduce Allie Flores, a valued addition to the Sunshine Dance & Cheer family and a resident of Livermore. Allie joins us with enthusiasm as she embarks on her role as Studio Administrator, eager to contribute to the collaborative efforts of our all-female team. Recognizing the profound privilege of witnessing the growth of SDC's young dancers under the guidance of our esteemed instructors, Allie brings a background shaped by a lifelong appreciation for the performing arts.

From a young age, Allie found joy in attending musicals and theatrical performances, inspired particularly by her older sister's involvement in ballet. Witnessing the grace and skill of performers on stage ignited her passion for the arts, a passion she carries with her into adulthood. Now, she eagerly anticipates SDC's recitals, celebrating the culmination of hard work by both students and staff.

With a deep-seated love for music spanning all genres, Allie finds continual excitement in the practice sessions where dance routines come to life through the melodies that accompany them. Despite lacking formal dance experience, Allie approaches her role with unwavering enthusiasm and a commitment to support the studio community with warmth and positivity.