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About


A Boutique Dance Studio
With over 20 combined years of experience and expertise, we have worked with THOUSANDS of wedding couples preparing them to look polished, elegant, and above all, comfortable on the dance floor. We personally understand the intricacies of not only your first dance but of your entire wedding day.


Inquiries:

Info@thedanceloftsf.com

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About


A Boutique Dance Studio
With over 20 combined years of experience and expertise, we have worked with THOUSANDS of wedding couples preparing them to look polished, elegant, and above all, comfortable on the dance floor. We personally understand the intricacies of not only your first dance but of your entire wedding day.


Inquiries:

Info@thedanceloftsf.com

WHAT SETS US APART FROM THE OTHERS?

We at the Dance Loft consult with you and your partner on how to keep the fire in your romance alive while dancing. We also assist in making the most of your particular dance floor, finding the perfect length of your song, offering options of how to pose at the end of your dance for your photographer and even how to recover after making a mistake. Simply put, we take into account all the variables that can occur at your event to ensure as smooth an experience as possible.

While most lessons in the city are taught in large studios where you must share the floor and music with many other couples, we teach in the comfort of our private dance studio where there are beautiful hardwood floors, full length windows, mirrors and a great view of the city.

Located in San Francisco’s new Dogpatch, the neighborhood offers wine bars, cafes, and restaurants to make an evening out of your lesson.

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WHY NOT MAKE YOUR LESSON INTO A DATE NIGHT?

LOCATION:
2475 3rd Street
at 22nd, Suite 311, 3rd Floor, 
San Francisco, CA 94107
Info@TheDanceLoftSF.com
(415) 846-3154

HOURS:
Open Mon - Fri, 4 pm - 10 pm
& Sat. 11 am - 7 pm

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Voted San Francisco's Top Dance Instructor by Yelp
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Services


Voted San Francisco's Top Dance Instructor by Yelp
Read how The Dance Loft Lifts Spirits

- Portrero News

SERVICES WE OFFER

Got a question? Email us at Info@TheDanceLoftSF.com or visit our FAQs

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Instructors


Instructors


Meet Our Crew


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Val Cunningham

Val Cunningham has been instructing, performing, and choreographing dance professionally since 1997.  She is ISTD, DIVIDA and ZUMBA certified with 'High Honors’ in both Ballroom and Latin. She is a member of N.D.C.A., and her extended studies include Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Yoga, and Pilates. Although she is extremely proficient in all the dances, her passion lies in the street/club style of Lindy Hop Swing, Cuban Salsa and Argentine Tango. Val has studied extensively with all the great masters both in the Bay Area and around the world such as world champion Tom Slater and world-renowned master Richard Lambarty. She has extended her teaching across the U.S, Australia and throughout Europe.


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Kayleigh Cook

Kayleigh Cook has been dancing and performing since the age of 5. She studied ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, modern and Irish dancing at SFS Dance Center of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, CA under the direction of Jason and Lisa Weiss. She then followed her passion and continued to Dance at California State University, Long Beach where she learned from world-renowned choreographer Andrew Vaca. Kayleigh spent years performing for large companies in Los Angeles, such as Disneyland, The Los Angeles Clippers and The Royal Caribbean Cruise. She transitioned from being a soloist to partner dancing just a few years ago and her love for the art and connection continues to grow as she studies West Coast Swing, Lindy-hop and Salsa.

Kayleigh is so excited to be joining Val Cunningham and the dance team at The Dance Loft.  She hopes to bring her joy, love and understanding of dance to all that she teaches .


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Angela Vujkovic

Angela has been dancing, performing and competing since the age of 11. Her dance journey started at Migado School in Montenegro, under the direction of Milos Krivokapic, successful instructor, performer and cofounder of the Sport-Dance Union of Montenegro. 

She had a privilege to study Ballroom and Latin dances in the great schools in Europe and the Bay Area. Inspired and thirsty for more knowledge and experience, she started assisting and teaching private and group lessons, organizing workshops and regional dance trips about 5 years ago.  Salsa is one of her favorite dances and while living in Belgium, she worked with well known salsa master and performer at many major national and international events and TV shows, Mike Olembo. 

Today Angela can guide you through the wonderful world of salsa, cha cha, rumba, samba, swing, foxtrot, tango and waltz.   She enjoys instructing, connecting with people through dancing and helping them find a joy and transformational power in it.


 Photo Credit: Fred Pique

Photo Credit: Fred Pique

Josh Hoover

Josh started dancing at the age of 4 in the Lakewood Ballet, WA where he trained for 8 years in ballet and jazz.  After finding his passion for dance again as an adult, thanks to the revival of Lindy Hop Swing, Josh has spent the past 13 years social dancing, performing, and teaching dance in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Josh has been a core member of Loose Change Dance Company, for five years,with whom he has performed with at Yerba Buena Center for Performing Arts, Cowell Theater, and the Palace of Fine Arts.  Josh has taught and performed Lindy Hop and Hip Hop throughout Europe and he has been performing with Val Cunningham for the past 6 years, who he has since married and help co-run The Dance Loft.


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Melissa Rutz

Melissa began her training at age four at Star Dance Studio in San Francisco. Three years later, she found herself at the prestigious San Francisco Ballet School for seven years under the direction of Lola DeAvila. While at SFB School, Melissa studied classical ballet, and performed in various performances with San Francisco Ballet.  From there, Melissa desired to expand her dance education and soon found herself at the Metronome Ballroom studying two of her favorite types of dance: swing, with champion Lindy Hop instructor Sharon Ashe, and Theater Arts Adagio with coach, and World Champion adagio cabaret dancer, Tom Slater. Under Tom's wing, she won the 1998 title of United States Pro-Am Theatre Arts Adagio Champion


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Reviews


"DANCE LESSONS WITH VAL REALLY KEPT US CONNECTED DURING OUR JOURNEY TO GETTING MARRIED..."

Reviews


"DANCE LESSONS WITH VAL REALLY KEPT US CONNECTED DURING OUR JOURNEY TO GETTING MARRIED..."

Reviews, news, & music

Featured on Martha Stewart Weddings

Featured on The Protrero View 2013


Val was simply amazing. She is not only brilliant at learning what each person can do, but she has an uncanny ability to understand a couple and how they work together. My wife and I showed up early a few times and got to see how good Val is at tailoring her teaching methods to different couples.
— Matthew O, Yelp Review
Her process is so fun and engaging and. She helped each of us showcase our best selves and took time to understand where our strengths were for movement. She really knows her stuff! Val also gave my fiance a HUGE confidence boost and was able to help him break out of his shell and really own the dance floor
— Shannon P, Yelp Review

Listen to some music we love!

We’ve been taking private wedding dance lessons for our first dance with Val. She has been absolutely wonderful. She spots the difficulties we have with great accuracy. She is great at explaining the dance moves and the feelings behind them. We had a lot of fun and learnt a lot. Every time we left her studio we were feeling super, filled with positive energy.

I would recommend her to anyone from beginner to proficient.
— Alexandra V. Yelp Review
Thanks V, for really bringing home the fact that the dance doesn’t end when the music stops and the guests go home. And, for a killer routine that got us a 5 minute standing ovation!
— Michi V, Yelp Review