Meet Our Crew
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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
We are excited to introduce the Group Class Director at The Dance Loft!
Mikey has trained extensively in dance, movement, music, and acting, including a conservatory setting at the renowned American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco! His classes blend movement and storytelling together to create unique dance pieces that vibe perfectly with the music. His passion for dance led him to subbing a class at the studio he was training at, after which he was told by the director that he had found his calling. He has since been teaching professionally in San Francisco since 2017. He first started teaching a heels class which focuses on self empowered, sensual exploration through dance. That class got so popular that it had had to expand to a second date. He was trained and licensed as a Zumba Fitness Instructor in 2018, and is currently licensed to teach Zumba, and Zumba in Circuit classes. He has been providing a fun way for people of all fitness levels to work out, train, and strengthen their bodies ever since! He is also currently working on his personal trainer certification so that he can bring an even higher level of understanding to his group fitness classes. You can check out more about him on Instagram at @mikeylikesthed. Yes, the d is for dance!