Worship Dance Instructor
Sandi Gonzalez has had many roles, but her favorite is mom to four daughters, and one son, three of whom she homeschools, and all of whom have been involved in the performing arts of music, theater, dance, and stagecraft.
Having studied dance as a child with an emphasis on tap, Sandi returned to it a few years ago when her children expressed interest in music, then theater and dance, and has performed as a tap and jazz dancer with Ohlone College. She has also worked with Stage 1 Theatre in Newark, performing in such shows as Cinderella, Titanic and AIDA and working behind the scenes as an assistant choreographer, co-producer, and properties designer on various other productions and has taught dance classes for varying ages with the City of Fremont’s recreation department.
She currently serves as a dance instructor at Starlight Studios in Tracy where she teaches beginning to advanced and adult tap classes, musical theatre classes, and preschool tap and ballet combination classes. Three of her children take classes of every style and her eldest daughter teaches piano and voice there.
An ongoing learner, Sandi is taking jazz and ballet classes with the studio. She also has the privilege of being a choreographer with HEART’s Youth Theater Project, which allows students to perform theatre in a Christ-centered environment. The first show she choreographed for YTP was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 2014. She has gone on to choreograph YTP’s productions of Singin’ in the Rain, Seussical Jr., The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Mary Poppins, Honk! Jr., Into the Woods Jr. and Wizard of Oz.
One of her favorite aspects is seeing students’ growth in character, skill and confidence as God uses and grows each one. As she combines her passions for teaching and dance at YTP, she is excited to do the same for the Worship Dance class at HEART where the focus is bringing glory to God through the art of various dance styles.