About Micaya

Micaya is a dance instructor, choreographer and producer extraordinaire.
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Bio

Micaya is a dance instructor, choreographer and producer extraordinaire. Formally trained in many diverse dance forms, she incorporates a wide range of diversity in her choreography and teaching styles.

Micaya’s classes are LOVED by many students of all ages and backgrounds due to her exceptional teaching skills and the non-intimidating atmosphere she creates in her classes. In 2012, she was awarded "Best Dance Teacher" by the the SF Bay Guardian Readers Poll.

In 1993, Micaya began producing high energy, grassroots, sold-out hip-hop dance shows in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District. Those shows led up to the creation of the First Annual San Francisco Hip Hop DanceFest in 1999 at Theatre Artaud. Now in its 22nd year and presented at the historic Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, the critically acclaimed San Francisco International Hip Hop DanceFest has grown to be THE event that has put San Francisco on the map for presenting hip hop dance.

Acknowledged as the FIRST festival dedicated specifically to hip hop dance, the Internationally recognized, award winning SF International Hip Hop DanceFest is a groundbreaking event, hosting companies from all over the globe.

Micaya is also the founder, director and choreographer of SoulForce Dance Company. Micaya’s choreography and SoulForce dancers have been in music videos, commercials, touring productions, festivals, corporate events and more.

Micaya also produces “Mission in the Mix” every June. Mission in the Mix is a multidisciplinary show that features SoulForce and up and coming local talent and students.

Short Documentary Featuring Micaya by Kevin Morrison

This is a short documentary created by Micaya's student Kevin Morrison about his experience taking her annual performance workshop.

Classes

All Micaya’s classes are drop-in basis and everyone is welcome to come by anytime.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis that we all are affected, all dance studios where Micaya teaches are currently closed. However, Micaya is providing online classes on Zoom.
These classes are donation basis.


Check out her class links below.

Donations - Venmo @MicayaSF

Online

Recurring Tuesdays

tuesdays
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Recurring Saturdays

saturdays
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

testimonials

Micaya’s classes are LOVED by many students of all ages and backgrounds due to her exceptional teaching skills and the non-intimidating atmosphere she creates in her classes.
Micaya’s boundless energy and sass is GREAT for all ages !! My 8-year-old boy LOVES her! My teenage daughter and I (yup, mommy of 3) have also been able to JAM in her classes! Micaya ROCKS- she is unique and talented and keeps you feeling young and vivacious!!
Claudine Murray(8 yr. old Casey’s mom)
Micaya’s class makes you feel sexy, cool, fierce, joyous, and part of a family! Anyone who has ever – or never – contemplated taking a dance class should go check her out immediately!
Hope Kaye
There is definitely not a shortage of beautiful women that know how to move their bodies
Yesuah Bell
Micaya’s class is the best I’ve taken. She knows her stuff, but more importantly, she knows how to teach it so anyone can do it.
Jeremy Templeman
Best instructor, hottest choreography and funnest classes and workshops ever!!! No matter what state of mind I am in when entering her class, I always leave feeling happy, grounded, inspired, and confident. So much more than an instructor, she has been a mentor and role model to me and everyone she has touched within the dance community. With a hilarious sense of humor and a genuine passion for what she does, she has a way of making you feel comfortable at any level of experience. Come dance you… Read more
Lily Allen
Dance classes can feel like a contest. It’s not often that you find yourself in a place where you can feel the movement, get into it and love yourself. You get that here.
Miko Laube
Micaya offers that classic, Bay Area style hip hop that everybody loves. She is an exceptional dance teacher and really makes her classes adaptable to all levels. Micaya’s love and passion for her art is truly something special and she spreads that love to each and every one of her dance students.
Sara Solomon
I keep telling my friends over and over how much I love Micaya’s classes. She is able to break her choreography down into smaller pieces and guide her students through it in a way that truly separates her from other choreographers. And no matter how I am feeling when I walk into her class, I know I will leave feeling fantastic! She truly inspires me like no one else!
Sam Roemer
I love the class. I think the environment is friendly, fun, and above all sexy! Coming to class is something I look forward to, and wish I could go to more often. I’ve made a lot of friends coming to class and through the workshop. Micaya is an excellent teacher, and she knows how to break down the choreography so it’s easy enough to pick up, but challenging enough to make you work. She keeps it fun and exciting and leaves me wanting more.
Chris Zimmerman
Micaya’s hip hop classes are a fabulous way to get a great work-out and have a lot of fun at the same time.
Heidi Law
Micaya’s class is fun, high energy, comfortable, and never boring!
Justine Gordon
Micaya is the ‘Grand Dame’ of hip hop; her enthusiasm and excitement are contagious. I look forward to her class as the high point of my day. She makes my endorphins rise.
Martin Mass
Creativity takes courage! Thank You Micaya for always inspiring me to be brave, teach, learn, and grow. Micaya provides great Dance Education for pre-professional artists. You can see for yourself the way her students build connections in the studio but don’t require them when it is time to dance.
Ashley Foston
All the natural beauty in the world doesn’t replace the feeling I get from taking her class.
Martin Mass
Micaya’s classes are so inspiring! Whether you’re new to dance or wanting to take your dance skills to the next level, she teaches a broad range of classes to get you there. Just take a class and you’ll be hooked!
Lisa Doran Schnitzer
I have taken Micaya’s classes for 5 years in a row and I look forward to them every single time. She is fun, entertaining and very talented. For as long as she is willing to teach, I will be there in her class!
Heidi Law
Better than sex…..well almost
Yesuah Bell
Micaya’s class is for sexy people.
Megan Monsalvatge
Micaya is more than a great dance teacher. She is a great combination of experience, motivation, energy, and silliness all wrapped into one extremely unique and wonderful instructor. When you take one of her classes you get the entertainment and a good work-out!
Heidi Law
I love Micaya’s class! It is filled with people from all walks of life who just want to dance. The best part, Micaya accepts us all and encourages us to leave our egos at the door and dance. And, we do.
Irene Holvik
Micaya’s class is like no other! It’s just the right mix of chill, fun, and sexiness. If you haven’t been, you need to go…..NOW. It’s good times and great teaching.
Natalie (Nae-Nae) Karet
Micaya’s dance classes is the best form of therapy!
Joanna Haas
Learn how to do it in the club TONITE!
Yesuah Bell
Micaya combines great choreography with fun music and a teaching style that makes everyone feel welcome and talented!
Karen Greenwood Henke
Micaya’s class is not only crazy fun, but it will shrink your ass as it expands your soul.
Kristin Slye
My son has been in Micaya’s class since he was 5 years old–it was his very first dance experience and has stayed with Micaya for 4 straight years now! Every Wednesday morning, Casey wakes up and is eager for the afternoon to be able to dance with Micaya. Her class has given him a sense of pride and opened his world to the love of dancing which has been AMAZING for his self esteem, strength, creativity and also improved his skills in his other sports. We are very grateful and appreciative to … Read more
Claudine Murray(8 yr. old Casey’s mom)
I’ve been taking Micaya’s class on and off now for about 3 years. I love Micaya’s class, because of the diverse amount of people in her class. She has company members, first timers and committed regulars who work it out in every class. She breaks down her routines in a fun, but no nonsense kind of way. She wants people in her class to have a good time, but also expects them to work hard to achieve her choreography’s potential. Micaya also keeps her students on their toes by mixing a vari… Read more
Elena Ruggiero
Even in a class of a hundred, Micaya has a way of teaching that makes you feel like she’s talking directly to you. Every person feels included and important and no one gets left behind.
Miko Laube
For beginners and novices alike, Micaya makes you instantly feel like you’re a member of the hip-hop dance community. She breaks every step down so you can rip it up!
Micheline Duterte Luwick
If not for Micaya’s hip hop classes, I would be embarrassing myself by dancing in the car a lot more than I do now!
Heidi Law
What I love about Micaya in not only does she have the hottest hip hop action going on, but the manner in which she teaches is a fun, witty, sexy, yet concise way that gets people to really open up and move their bodies to the beat. She is a super awesome choreographer and teacher!!
Heidi Segedin
“People go to her class in part for the hip hop but in part for Micaya herself.”
Miko Laube
What, you’ve never gone, where have you been at?
Yesuah Bell
Dancing with Micaya you get to learn new things and learning is fun because Micaya teaches us great new dances and super fun dance games!
Casey Murray (age 8)
Micaya’s class is crackin! She cracks the choreographer’s whip and her personality will crack you up
Sammy Go
Micaya’s class goes from 0 to 60 in 3.5 and it never stops- enough booty bouncing and gyrating to give an earthquake a run for its money
Sammy Go
Micaya makes hip hop approachable, ‘what you can do in the club’ . . . but I find myself doing it in my bathroom mirror because I’m still not over it after class.
Miko Laube

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Feel free to contact Micaya to ask any question about her classes, workshop, San Francisco International Hip Hop DanceFest and SoulForce Dance Company