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refreshing movement

Soul of Cali is a youth dance community, dedicated to preserving passion through genuine companionship. Founded in 2012 by Lisa Medford, SOC is Co-directed by Lisa and Tijae Davis, offering opportunities for dancers of all ages and levels through out Los Angeles to develop their own unique style and expression through dance.

        As my mother watched “Dirty Dancing” in the movie theater, I made my dance debut with a kick in the womb.  Raised as a ballerina,  I  cherish memories of performing full length ballets with the Evergreen City Ballet, directed by Wade Walthall.
At age 16, the liveliness of the Seattle Hip-Hop scene drew me in and inspired me to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the music and dance industry.  
        After moving to Los Angeles,  I experienced touring China, as a dancer for Pop Star Jay Chou, training in New York City at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and dancing as a leading futuristic lady in Steve Aoki and Waka Flocka’s music video, “Rage the Night Away.” 
        In 2012 an awesome group of kids in North Hollywood and myself came together to create “Soul of Cali” a positive environment for youth to train, create, and discover personal style from the inside out. SOC is now available to youth through the city of Santa Monica.
        Professionally, I have arrived at a magical crossroad between dance education and Early Childhood Education. My experience as a dance atelierista at Maple Tree Academy, a Reggio based Preschool, fused with extensive dance experience, has called me to explore writing and designing original dance adventures for young children. My “Save the World” dance along for kids produced by Mega Mace has been translated into several languages and broadcasted by Cyberobics through out Europe. While continuing to fulfill my passion for teaching, I am embarking on my own journey into motherhood and am
thrilled to be working on my first Children’s book.

S o u l   o f   C a l i



5-9 yrs  |    3:30 - 4:30 pm Fri   |    4/21/17 -  6/9/17
santa monica Resident $83 / Non-res $95

Instructor: Lisa Medford

Assistant: Adriana Monroy
Marine Park Auditorium
A dance class inviting boys and girls of all levels to learn the
freshest new moves to the songs they love! With routines and
exercises designed to improve coordination, get the body
moving, and mind sharp, kids are able to feel their growth week by
week. As an outlet for expression, Soul of Cali empowers youth to
be uniquely them, connect with peers, and discover that true style
flows from with in.

Spring class registration open now:

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Lisa Medford
Founder & Director

         My name is Adriana. I am a short Latina who is always getting confused for a Philipina. Born and raised in Los Angeles California with parents  from El Salvador,  I consider myself  part Salvi, part Cali.

         I have been dancing different styles of dance since I was 7 years old, but have a huge passion for Hip-Hop. I dance with two crews : Soul Of Cali and the Zulu Maniacs. Though I train at at many dance studios, I consider Millennium Dance Complex my second home.

          My teaching experience includes volunteer work for STAR summer camp as well as working as a dance counselor at World Groove summer camp in Santa Monica. Currently I am assistant coach for Soul of Cali Kid's Dance Club.

       Besides dancing, I was a girl scout for 10 years,  love to swim and spend time with family and friends. I am a person who is always learning something new and wanting to grow not just as a dancer, but as a person.

Adriana Monroy

Assistant Coach

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