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Discipline, focus, cooperation, and responsibility


not only for yourself but for

your classmates. These are

four of the attributes

we learn from dance. 

Always try your best.

Not only for yourself, but

also for your teammates!


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Children move naturally








They move to achieve mobility, they move to express a thought or feeling. They move because it is joyful and feels wonderful. Dance embodies one of our most primal relationships with the universe. It is pre-verbal beginning before words can be formed. Dance helps children develop literacy. Learning languages and learning dance are not separate threads, but are woven together and incorporated into a fabric of communication and understanding. Dance is a natural method for learning and integrates kinesthetic learning with understanding. Ultimately, learning the art of dance helps young children develop knowledge, skill, and understanding about the world.


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Our middle and high school kids have more demands, bigger ambitions and very little time. We know how much ballet technique helps our success in musical theater, but many cannot commit to the demands of a full time ballet school. What are the technical dance priorities that a musical theater performer needs to focus on? What is the most economical way to strengthen their dance skills swiftly and effectively? There are no short cuts, but we trimmed the fat and created a class series to work seriously without a year long commitment. 


Sakachez® Sunday class series is geared specifically for professional musical theater performers that need to work on technique. Professional kids are smart and focused, but tend to have holes in their dance technique due to work schedules. We want to prevent technical problems and injuries that can come up quickly as they transition to adult performers. Running around, trying to learn an audition combination can only go so far. Ultimately it's real technique that gives a performer longevity in their career. 

Sakachez® Article by Lia Chang 2020


We create opportunities for students to socialize, join us for lunch, ask questions, and receive advice about their careers and concerns. Bonding with their community can be the greatest gift when pushing through challenging times. 

As mentors and teaching artists, Lainie Sakakura and Alex Sanchez offer students not only the experience of performing in multiple Broadway shows, but also 25+ years teaching experience, work as director/choreographers, and as parents. Teen years are challenging, having to juggling many new responsibilities, pressures, and changes. Their self confidence are always tested. They need a constant balance of being pushed and reassured. Working with students for so many years has shown us over and over that teaching the whole child takes time and patience. We strive to help our students connect more deeply with their craft and their peers and community.

Sakachez® is fiscally sponsored by New York Live Arts, Inc. Please visit our support page to make a tax-deductible contribution today.

Please contact asap if interested. Studio space requirements

depends on number of students attending. Limited space.


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Dance Together
Friends Forever!

Dance is not an art you do alone.
Dancers must work together as a team.

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